You Need Cooling at Wednesday Trivia!

A slew of difficult questions highlighted Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia, which welcomed 106 teams across 12 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time challenging our Wednesday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was also its most difficult.  After most teams earned wagering points by knowing the current “Chasing Gold” ad campaign promotes Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries, only THREE teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the campaign features Broadway star Darren Criss:

The opening round continued with questions concerning urban mass transit, the corncob pipe, and the current fantasy film “Yesterday”.  Two teams (both playing at Memories) earned a perfect first round score: Bite My Shiny Metal Ass and Einsteins of Beer.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured clips from the TV sitcoms “Taxi”, “Perfect Strangers”, and “Mom”.  We continued with a look at author J. R. R. Tolkien (or more formally, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien) and athlete Javier Sotomayor, who has held the world record in the high jump for over 30 years.  Only eight teams picked up two bonus points on this question by knowing that Sotomayor hails from Cuba.  After closing the round with questions regarding rapper Lil Nas X and the February birthstone of Amethyst, we once again saw two perfect scores: Save the Clock Tower (Valley Grill) and Here For the Beer (Brookside Inn).

HALFTIME:

Wednesday’s halftime page may have seemed like as simple “name that film” theme, but many teams picked up on the hidden pattern, in which the number of letters in each answer matched the number of the question.  As a result, nine teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 16.3 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third round proved to be the most difficult round of the Summer Fling season, as each of the first four questions yielded overall success rates of under 30%.  After opening the round with a question about the comedy film “The Naked Gun”, we continued with a pair of extremely difficult questions about historic women:

–> Although she doesn’t have a book named for her, this prophetess’s exploits are chronicled in the Book of Judges.  For your wager, identify this only female judge of the Bible.

–> In 1916, she made headlines when she became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  For your wager, you can either name this woman or identify the western state that she represented.

In each case, only 12% of our teams earned wagering points with the respective answers of Deborah and Jeannette Rankin (or Montana).  Later, we asked our teams to name the opening track from the album “Led Zeppelin II”, which was also the band’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  About one-quarter of our teams responded correctly with “Whole Lotta Love”, but many of the teams that answered incorrectly coughed up their five-point category bonus (and a high wager) in the process.  Not only did the third round not yield any perfect scores, but none of our teams answered all five wagering questions correctly.

FOURTH ROUND:

After checking in with the Golden State Warriors during the 6-4-2 question, the wicked questions continued into the final round.  Most teams easily picked up nine wagering points on a question about the TV sitcom “Friends”, but only eight teams scored the first bonus points of the round by also knowing that Chandler Bing’s mother is named Nora.  We continued with a spin of the roulette wheel before landing on a question about classical music.  Even after the diabolical third round, it was this query that was the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Although the piece was notably and quite famously unfinished, arguably the most famous work from what composer was his eighth symphony: the 1822 Symphony in B Minor?

Only nine teams picked up points here with the correct answer of Franz Schubert.  After snacking on some linguine and hearing Three Clues about the word ‘cape’, only one team ran the table in the final round with 36 points: Please Return My Pens (Memories).  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> What is the only U.S. state that is triply landlocked, meaning one must travel through three U.S. states, or two U.S. states and one Canadian province before reaching an ocean, gulf, or open water bay?

Exactly half of our teams responded correctly with Nebraska.  Thanks to the third round, none of our teams recorded a Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Your final overall Wednesday leaderboard included these top teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JULY 31 – First category: 1990s Hip Hop)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap   (Next week’s first category: Neil Diamond Lyrics)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: John Cusack Films)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Vision Quest”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Sexual Chocolate   (Next week’s first category: Nebraska)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (Next week’s first category: “Family Guy”)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: MLB Mascots)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Beer Winners   (Next week’s first category: Beer)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  F Bryce   (Next week’s first category: Minnesota Twins Hall of Famers)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  What’s That Smell?   (Next week’s first category: Batman Villains)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Menace to Sobriety   (Next week’s first category: “Venture Bros.”)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: Wu-Tang Clan)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Please Return My Pens   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Pearl Harbor Battleships)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Formerly Known As   (Next week’s first category: Sarah Sings 1990s Music)