A Capital Night of Thursday Trivia!

As Season XV winds down, we determined the last of our House Champions on Thursday night.

THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (94 teams across ten venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Anti-Stochastic Pencil (Champion Billiards) with 171

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Anti-Stochastic Pencil and PC Principals (Fish Market) with 159

–> Highest First Half Score: Anti-Stochastic Pencil with 88

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Your Mom (Bunker Sports)

–> Celebrities with the initials “E.B” and former Soviet countries were the focus of our halftime page, which played to an average of only 14.7.  Only five teams scored a perfect 20 points.

–> Our 6-4-2 question dealing with Disneyland Paris got 18% of our teams six points.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (47.3% success rate):

–> The motto of what 68-square-mile area is “Justitia Omnibus”, Latin for “Justice for all”? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, MD

Tonight’s final game of Season XV of Pour House Trivia was a nail-biter here at Quincy’s!  With the House Championship on the line, three teams had a shot to take home the season title tonight, and the competition was fierce!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Can-I-Hear-It-Again”: The number of requests for another listen of the Audio clue tonight…oof.  I know the third one was kinda tricky, but you can’t be asking for another listen after I’ve called for time.  Gotta let me know as it happens for that work, and even then I can’t guarantee it’ll happen.  Sorry!

In “Back-to-Bible-Study”: I’d be lying if I said bible questions were anything close to popular.  But I honestly was not prepared for the Flood to stump so many teams tonight.  Granted, I’m not super familiar with the tower of Babel or the birth of Jacob and Esau, but nothing before the Flood ever seems to matter except for Adam and Eve right?  It was startling to say the least!

In “Down-To-The-Wire”: All the teams champing at the bit for House Champion were all within striking distance there at the end. I haven’t seen that close of a race in a long time, and was eager to see it come to a close.

In third place tonight, Breadsticks!

In second place tonight, Blue Collar!

In first place tonight, Lowered Expectations!

They may not have gotten the win tonight, but second place was good enough to lock up the House Championship for Blue Collar!  Congratulations guys on a hard-earned title, against some of the stiffest competition in all of Pour House Trivia.  This is the third overall season title here at Quincy’s for Blue Collar (and hopefully not the last).  Congratulations as well to Lowered Expectations on a good win tonight!

Next week we’ll kick things off with a question on the category of Franklin Roosevelt.  Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

~ Ian

Franklin FDR Roosevelt


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

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Next week’s first category:  The Apollo Space Program

Apollo Space Trivia


Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA

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Lake Linganore in New Market, MD

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Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD

There is never a dull moment here at Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, especially for Thursday night trivia!  Firstly, the Scoundrels were absent tonight, exciting many teams in the hope that they would get a shot at the top!  But things have a way of changing…

It was a tough night for many of our trivia teams, and it started with the opening question, as only three teams answered correctly out of the game.  In the second round, we also learned that Australia has states!  How about that…

The halftime puzzle page challenged many teams, with 18 being the highest score between I Drink and I Know Things and Habitual Linesteppers!  Teams did not recognize the name of the latter team tied for the lead, and soon discovered that it was only a one-man team.  Needless to say, many teams were wondering who this guy was and why he was doing so well – we would come to find that out later.  In the third round, the Biblical question tripped up a majority of the teams, and gave a new team, Fifth Dimension, time to catch up to the leaders.

The final question came and went with most teams not having issues answering correctly (maybe it helped that I even got the Latin pronunciation right!), and the gentleman from Habitual Linesteppers came out on top!  We came to find out the gentleman was Mike Maccarone, who normally plays as part of Stink Floyd, the team that just happens to be the defending PHT World Series champion.  I can see why!  Mike is the ringer on that team, and tonight he made Smoketown the 24th venue at which he has won as a solo player.  He is quite the Lone Wolf!  Here are your top teams tonight:

First Place:  Habitual Linesteppers

Second Place:  Fifth Dimension

Third Place:  I Drink and I Know Things

Next week’s first category:  “Game of Thrones”

~ Zach

Game of Thrones Trivia


Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD

Tonight’s game at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick was certainly a bit more difficult than usual.  One team was still licking their wounds, as last week’s host (::cough cough::) Chief referred to them as old.  But I will let you in on a little secret, Chief himself is retired… who’s the old one now?

Anyway, all of our teams started strongly in the first round, with two teams carrying perfect scores: Bed Bath and Beyonce and Incognito’s.  The scorned round proved to be a bit more challenging, with a crippling questions about the island of Tasmania.  Yes, our entire field did not realize that Tasmania is in fact it’s own state (in fact, it’s the ONLY island state in the entire country!).  After the close of the second round, we offered a rather difficult halftime puzzle page, with Incognido’s recording  the highest score of 16 points.

The second half began with a question on a Japanese plant that is one of the fastest-growing organisms on earth.  If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘grows like kudzu‘, now you know why!  On this night, Pugalicious was the only team who knew why when we asked the question, as they turned in the lone correct response.  At the end of the third round, Corn Dog Squad (formerly Ya Donkey) held a five-point lead, followed by Bed Bath and Beyonce.  The final round created some dramatic movement in the rankings, as two questions respectively concerning Dwight Eisenhower and Christian Laettner stumped the bar, and dropped Corn Dog Squad out of the lead.  Incognido’s escaped with only a few missed points, and suddenly held a ten-point lead going into the final question.

The final category of the night was Latin Mottoes, and with the majority of our teams coming up with the correct response of Washington, D.C., our top three finishers were already in place:

First Place:  Incognito’s

Second:  Pugalicious

Third Place:  Bed Bath and Beyonce

Next week’s first category: “Designing Women”

Fair winds,

~ Mrs.Chief

Designing Women


Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD

Tonight at Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, we closed out Season XV with one of the largest crowds of the season, as eight teams packed the winery in search for one night of trivia glory.  We Suck Without Matt was attempting to earn its first win under their new team name, as they came up just short of earning that elusive win last week.  However, the seasoned vets did everything they could to gather momentum heading into the Season XV Playoffs.  Meanwhile, our House Champions Maybe Babies was fine-tuning their game for the World series in just over one week.

What a better way for the team to get fine “tuned” as they picked up points for both Broadway questions in the first half.  However, with them missing a wager and a couple of bonuses in the third round, they had to make a comeback to get back into the thick of things!  That is how good the competition was tonight, as the bonuses made all the difference.  Meanwhile, leading after each round was We Suck Without Matt, who sat in first place by a comfortable ten-point margin as we reached the final question.  Our leaders only had to wager three points in order to cover a correct answer by the second place team.  By turning in the correct answer of Washington, DC, they were able to claim victory, which they were able to do just that! Our House Champions did not leave much more room for error, as Maybe Babies took home second tonight.  Rounding out the top three was Bentley’s Buddies, and a special shoutout to newcomers Sunshine Girls, who claimed several spots in the stadnings during the final round to take fourth place.

Next week’s first category:  Wine

Until next time,

~ Devan

Wine Trivia


Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD

The streets in Hagerstown were packed on with graduates and musicians on Thursday night; between a high school graduation and the Maryland Blues Fest, there was hardly any downtown parking available.  But our loyal teams braved the crowds and came out to play some trivia on the square.

The first round was a lot of fun, but Round 2 left no team unscathed; everyone missed at least one of their five wagering questions.  Sanford and Son suffered the least damage, with just one missed question on which they wagered one point.  Though they held the lead after the second round, they dropped out of the top spot during halftime, as our puzzle page was a doozy.  Most teams scored 14 or 15 points, but Give Us Your Beer Money topped the field with 19 points, and was now the leader by a thin margin.  Would they hold on to their lead?

In round three, Give Us Your Beer Money was the only team to know that kudzu was not the same as bonsai.  On the very next question, Sanford and Son was the only team to know their Bible well enough to answer that the Great Flood came before the construction of the Tower of Babel.  Then came the Presidential question in Round 4.  All teams wagered their maximum available wager, with two teams betting nine points.  We asked which U.S. President was born in Texas but has Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas.  All of our teams guessed Lyndon Johnson, but the correct answer was Dwight Eisenhower!  All of our teams missed this question, even the teams with history majors!  The scores at the end of the fourth round had Give Us Your Beer Money up by nine points.

For the final question, we asked about Latin Mottoes.   Give Us Your Beer Money guessed the Hague, and everyone else guessed Washington D.C.  And with a stunning upset, the answer was Washington D.C.!  Give Us Your Beer Money had to settle for second place tonight, followed by Sanford and Son.  It was Accidental Curly that rocketed into first place!  Amazing job tonight you two!

Next week we’re going to have a lovely question about British Royalty to start off the game.  We’ll see you then!

~ Devan



Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA

This week at Belly Love Brewery in Purcellville, we welcomed a bunch of new teams battling it out for a trivia night win.  Our first round started with some Purcellville history, and it may actually have been the toughest question of the night.  Do we even live here?!  At least we were able to ease back into the game with a 50/50 question, and our teams were awesome on that one!  For the rest of this round, we were eating potatoes and watching “Friends” and “Fringe”.  These questions were a hit!  Team Kasey took a slight lead over Team Scott to start the game.

We started the second round by jamming out to the audio question, where most of our teams had it in the bag.  We moved on from there to some mythology, over to Australia, and back to the U.S. for our Olympians question.  It was an awesome show from all of our teams ,but I could tell there was only a couple Viola Davis fans in the room to finish the round.  Team Kasey extended their lead!

The third round spied some James Bond films with “GOLD” in the title, plants, and a spelling test, but by far we had the most trouble with the Biblical question.  Just one team was able to nail that one.  Kudos to Three’s Company, who closed the gap some on the game-long lead held by Team Kasey.

Our fourth round got people excited about “Angela’s Ashes”, but not so much for our follow-up question on heavy metal.  Only one team “liked Ike”, but didn’t forget about our forgotten Dream Teamer Christian Laettner.  It was really no contest in the end.  Even though they couldn’t pull our Latin-themed final question, Kasey had enough of a lead to hold on to first place in the end.  Second place went to Three’s Company, while our third place prize went to #Firstworldproblems.

Next week’s first category will be Agriculture.  Thanks for a great night!  Glad to see some old regulars back!

~ Aaron

Farming Trivia


Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL

We truly had a good time this Thursday at Right Around The Corner in St. Petersburg.  We drank, we were merry, we ate free popcorn. There was a cute dog here (who also had his fair share of the free popcorn).  The Florida heat is encouraging all of us to seek air conditioned activities, such as drinking beer and winning trivia prizes!

We set off the evening with a bang, we talked about “Friends” (the musical), the holidays of the summer months, and a Three Clue question that lead to the answer of fringe!  Our mainstay team Over 140 took the lead immediately with 36 points, followed by Apple Pie with 30 points and Getting Lucky with 23.

Round 2 started out with a blast of Linkin Park into everyone’s ears, just to keep everybody on their toes!  Our audio clue also included The Weeknd and The Village People, all with songs that start with “In The…”.  Other topics included Slavic mythology (seriously), Olympic Swimming, and Viola Davis’ many well-deserved awards!  It was a close game, with all of our teams neck-and-neck at the halftime break.

The first question of Round 3 highlighted to me how many James Bond movies involved the word “GOLD” in their titles.  “Goldfinger” was the only one I could think of!  Other topics from the second half included U.S. Presidents, NBA players that are NOT in the Hall of Fame, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, and the two totally different ways to spell swayed (or suede).  It was a super super close game, but Over 140 took the gold after giving themselves a 12-point boost by answering our final question correctly.  Congrats to all of the teams that won prizes, whether it be free wine or arcade quarters.  Catch us next week drinkin’ and quizzin’ at Right Around The Corner!

With Trivia Love,

~ Mel & Anne

Next week’s first category: “Super Mario Bros.” (original)

Nintendo Trivia Pour House Pub Trivia Maryland


Fish Market in Alexandria, VA

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  It’s CRAZY how week in and week out we get a FULL HOUSE that consists of usually only one or two of our regular teams.  We bring in fresh blood every single week and the unfortunate part is that PC Principals just eats it up.  Tonight we crowned them Season XV House Champions, and they went to work at what they did best: beating up on the newcomers.  The crowd had something to say about that though as they all fought hard to keep up!

Well, PC Principals got off to an early lead but ALL CAPS kept it very close.  A perfect halftime page for ALL CAPS had them within two points of the lead!  PC Principals was doing all they could, having a nearly perfect first half save for two points on the halftime page, they’d look to add to the lead in the 3rd round.  PC Principals did just that, leading after three rounds and hoping to capitalize on the 6-4-2 question.  Four teams decided to take a shot at six points, but only two of them coming away with the max points.  We wanted to know the northernmost city that is home to a Disney Resort.  We had two Tokyo guesses and two Paris guesses.  But Paris was the correct answer, giving two teams NOT named PC Principals a bit of a boost, while two other teams just continued to dig their graves against a consistent team and a threat to win the whole thing next week!  PCP settled for four points, but it wasn’t enough to push them out of it.

ALL CAPS stuck with PCP fairly well, down by four after four rounds with 155 points, with PC Principals sitting in the lead at 159 points.  The third place team had a mere 128 points, so no one else was even close enough to give them a run for first place tonight.  Third place was an impressive showing from Bad Asses, who was playing by himself and had a shot to finish in the money against a field of double digit team numbers!

The final question tonight played ironically tough.. I say “ironically” because the answer was Washington, D.C. which literally is within view if you stepped outside.  A 68-square-mile area with the motto “Justitia Omnibus”, yep, it’s D.C.  Less than half of our teams getting that one.  Bad Asses bet zero points and was LOCKED into a third place tie with Hot Sauces.  Hot Sauces got closer on the tiebreaker so they’d usurp the third place podium from BA and take down that sweet, sweet prize money!

Your winner tonight was NOT PC Principals because of a miss on the final question, so the champs for tonight were ALL CAPS!  A solid performance to stick close and finished it up with a W!  What a game!  Great job all!  We’re back next week, see ya then!

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  “Home Alone”

Home Alone


Guido’s Speakeasy in Frederick, MD

We hosted a couple of first-time teams in to play our Thursday night game at Guido’s Speakeasy!  They were a bigger group than normal so they had to split up into two teams, which only meant they were going to be FIERCE competitors with each other as well as with the rest of the regulars who came in to win! Unfortunately, one of those two new teams had to leave early for work, so the left it WIDE open for their friends on the other team to overtake the lead and walk out with a 1st place victory!

The scores stayed close between our top three finishers, but once the final question was answered, this is how the top three looked here…  Finishing in third place after a bit of a rough first half was our Season XV House Champions Tuna Noodle Casserole!  Taking down second place honors was Clit Eats-Wood, and walking out a victory in their first game ever was #Covfefe!!  They seemed to be fans of the current six weeks-in-a-row “Jon Sings” winner’s choice category, so next Thursday’s first category will be Jon Sings Prince!

Good luck to ALL my teams competing in this Saturdays playoffs and I’ll see everyone back in a week at Guido’s Speakeasy!!

~ Jon J

Prince Super Bowl Halftime