You’ll Be Back for Wednesday Trivia!

The first full night of trivia in 2019 welcomed 118 teams across 13 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s opening round wasted no time in challenging our teams, as our first question looked at this TV sitcom:

How I Met Your Mother Trivia

While most of the field knew that the abbreviation “HIMYM” stands for “How I Met Your Mother”, only 13% of our teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the characters frequented McLaren’s Pub (as seen above). We continued with the topics of U.S. state flags, Mount Everest, and the constellation Gemini. Another difficult bonus question concluded the round, as only 16% of our teams knew that Castor and Pollux were the names of the lead characters from the action film “Face/Off”. As a result, only three teams began their night with a perfect first round score: Sexual Chocolate (Memories), Space Force Marching Band (Memories), and Breakfast For Dinner (Furnace Bar).

SECOND ROUND:

We broke out the saxophone for Wednesday’s audio question, as we listened to sax covers of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “This Love” by Maroon 5, and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. We enjoyed a slice of key lime pie, leafed through the pages of “Dune”, and discussed violin virtuosos. Once again, a difficult bonus question concluded the round, as only nine teams could correctly spell the last name of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo or this comedic actor:

Zach Galifianakis

It’s G – A – L – I – F – I – A – N – A – K – I – S. That seemingly superfluous second ‘A’ threw off most of our teams, as the second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Film parodies from “Robot Chicken” highlighted Wednesday’s halftime page, which featured perfect scores from 32% of our teams and an overall average score of 18.8 points. Here is Wednesday’s halftime laderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

After starting Wednesday’s second half with a Three Clues question regarding the city of Sarajevo, we looked at Biblical terms, the disease anthrax, and New York state’s first couple:

Once again, the final bonus question of the round kept virtually all of the perfect scores off the board. About half of our teams earned wagering points by recognizing a description of Hollywood makeup icon Max Factor, but only THREE teams earned bonus points by also knowing that Max (or Maksymilian Faktorowicz) was born in Poland. Thanks to that bonus question, only one team (Amigos from Clover Theater) earned a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

Our final round began with Italian composer Puccini, whose operatic work inspired the creation of these two Broadway musicals:

Miss Saigon Rent

Other final round topics included the late baseball announcer Harry Caray, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Nielsen ratings. After stumping most of the field with some wicked bonus questions, the fourth round let up a bit on our squads, as nine teams ran the table with 36 points. Here are your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.8% success rate):

–> It’s been over 30 years since we first heard which memorable movie quote that immediately followed the line: “Look it may take a while. If you wanna wait, there’s a bench over there.”?

Just under one-fourth of our teams channeled their inner Governator and responded correctly with “I’ll be back”. Congratulations to Southpaw Fish (Valley Grill), who recorded the only Perfect 21 of Wednesday’s game after answering all wagering questions correctly. Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:

An honorable mention goes out to Witiots, who scored 168 points in their guest appearance at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, but were playing ‘over the limit’.

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NEXT GAME ON JAN. 30 – First category: Super Bowl Statistics

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish  (Next week’s first category: Arnold Schwarzenegger Films)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category:
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: “Hogwarts: A History”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Teachers (Next week’s first category: English Premiere League)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Dog)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Spiritual Growth Hormone  (Next week’s first category: The Bible)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  A Small Foreign Faction  (Next week’s first category: “30 Rock”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: “Terminator 2”)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Bet Smart  (Next week’s first category: Lee Majors)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  New Year, Lets Drink Beer (Next week’s first category: The Periodic Table)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Music)

Fat Daddy’s in Fort Worth, TX:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: New Year’s Resolutions)

Hideaway Pizza Pub in St. Petersburg, FL: Yes, Virginia (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 16 – First category: “Gilligan’s Island”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Space Force Marching Band  (Next week’s first category: Phil Rizzuto)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast For Dinner  (Next week’s first category: Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins   (Next week’s first category: “Beauty and the Beast” – 1991 film)