A Bombshell at Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 118 teams across 16 venues:


After opening Wednesday’s game with a look at the film career of Jackie Chan, we continued with a surprisingly difficult question in the category of U.S. geography:

–> Which U.S. state capital lies just 12 miles west of its home state’s border with Wisconsin?

Both Minnesota and Iowa lie along Wisconsin’s western border, but Des Moines is basically in the center of the state.  Just under half of our teams responded correctly with St. Paul, Minnesota:

Wisconsin Minnesota

Next up, we asked about the life of gangster Al Capone, but only 15% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that his business cards listed his occupation as a “furniture dealer”.  Sure he was…  Though we closed the round with a relatively easy question on sports venues, only one team escaped the opening stanza with a perfect score: Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner).


Karaoke music returned to the PHT audio question on Wednesday, as teams were asked to identify instrumental versions of “With Or Without You” by U2, “The Bad Touch” by The Bloodhound Gang, and “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.  The second round also included the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After most of the field responded correctly on a question about the chemical element lithium, we offered two bonus points to any team that could also name the element’s atomic weight (rounded to the nearest whole number):


Apparently, all of the chemistry majors are hanging out at Valley Grill in Middletown…  Across the board, only nine teams earned bonus points with the correct answer of seven, but four of those teams were playing at Valley Grill.  This bonus question was the only sticking point for most teams, as only four squads turned in perfect second round scores: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill), Areola Grande (Valley Grill), Something About Llamas (Valley Grill), and Math is For Boys (Memories).


We all screamed for ice cream brands on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded eight perfect scores and an overall average of 15.9 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the break:


Wednesday’s second half began with this Over / Under question, with tonight’s key number being 40:

1)  The number of Heisman Trophy winners that have also won a Super Bowl.

2)  The number of wooden blocks in a standard Jenga set.

3)  The number of U.N. member states located entirely in the Western Hemisphere.

Most teams answered correctly on both #1 (UNDER: nine players) and #2 (OVER: 54 blocks), but nearly the entire field was surprised by the third clue.  While most people think of only North and South America in regards to the Western Hemisphere, there are also ten African nations, three European nations, and two Oceanic nations which fit the description, so the correct response was OVER at 51 nations.  Only 22% of the field snagged those two bonus points.  After visiting topics such as chutney and “American Horror Story”, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Supposedly causing fits of hysteria, the bite of a local wolf spider in a namesake Italian region inspired the name of which upbeat folk dance that is popular in Southern Italy and Argentina?

Only 27% of the field earned points here with the Tarantella.  None of our teams recorded a perfect third round score.


The difficult bonus questions continued as we began the final round:

–> A crime defined as the ‘deliberate destruction of public or private property’ derives its name from this group of Germanic tribes that controlled much of mainland Europe in the 5th century A.D.  For your wager, name this group of people.

2-POINT BONUS: This word is the athletic nickname of which Division I university?

The wagering portion?  Easy…  Those were the Vandals.  The bonus?  Rather difficult, as only 13% of the field answered correctly with the University of Idaho.  Next up was a question concerning the Run-D.M.C. remake of the Aerosmith song “Walk This Way”, which once again included a wicked bonus question.  Only 10% of the field could identify “Raising Hell” as the title of Run-D.M.C.’s best-selling album (which included “Walk This Way”).  Finally, we concluded the round with a Three Clues question concerning Starbucks.  Most of our teams learned that a Starbucks cup or logo appears in every scene in the film “Fight Club”:

Flight Club

Once again, there were no perfect scores in the final round.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (53.4% success rate):

–> The 1956 wedding of which two celebrities led to the newspaper headline of “Egghead Weds Hourglass”?

Just over half of our teams answered correctly with Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller.  Six teams recorded the Perfect 21 with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:


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

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: “Jaws”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Ra  (Next week’s first category: Hollywood Cold Cases)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: Dungeons and Dragons)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: “Fight Club”)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: Arnold Schwarzenegger One-Liners)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: Matthew McConaughey Films)


Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: “The Lego Movie”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Two and a Half Adults  (Next week’s first category: Original “Star Wars” Trilogy)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Layers  (Next week’s first category: “Saturday Night Live” Five Timers Club)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Rick and Morty  (Next week’s first category: 1990s British TV Shows)

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Green Machine  (NEXT GAME ON SEPTEMBER 26 – First category: Processed Foods)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Seaward Ho!  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Math is For Boys  (Next week’s first category: The U.S. Constitution)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Retired Ninjas  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Dead or Alive)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  Snuk in Her Snizz  (Next week’s first category: World Cup Hosts)