A New Week and a New PHT Venue!

Week 5 of the Summer Fling Season kicked off with the addition of the newest Pour House Trivia venue, as Sam opened our tenure at Rockwell Brewery in Frederick.  Eight teams is a respectable turnout for an opening night, but that was nothing compared to the 18 teams that joined in on the fun at DRP.  All told, we welcomed 87 teams across 11 venues:


Our teams breezed through Monday’s opening round, scoring points on topics such as beef jerky and the centipede, but the final bonus question of the round kept nearly all of our teams from securing perfect scores:

–> Name either one of two actresses who respectively portrayed the wife and daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the film “True Lies”.

Nearly all of our teams scored wagering points by knowing that Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed the lead female character, but only nine teams also remembered that before being cast into the “Buffyverse”, actress Eliza Dushku appeared in “True Lies”:

Eliza Dushku

As a result, only three teams began their night with 36 first round points: MAJ (DRP), Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), and Need More Trash Culture (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle).


Monday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles included the word “GOT”: “Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith, “Got Me Wrong” by Alice in Chains, and “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry.  We continued with a look at the Delmarva Peninsula and the recent marriage of “Game of Thrones” stars Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie.  Once again, we closed the second round with its most difficult bonus question.  After most of our teams knew that the Oklahoma City Thunder originated as the Seattle SuperSonics, only 14% of the field could name the year in which this franchise won its only NBA championship.  We threw it back to 1979 for two bonus points:

Seattle SuperSonics

A trio of difficult bonus questions kept the perfect scores completely off the board in the second round.


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of items whose names rhyme with “Ollie”.  Falling on the easier side, the average score reached 18.1 points, with 17% of our squads submitting perfect pages.  Here is your overall halftime leaderboard from Monday night:


As usual, the most difficult wagering question of the night was asked in the third round:

–> What political episode from the late 18th century derives its common name from the substitution of letters for the names of French diplomats Hottinguer, Bellamy, and Hauteval, in documents released by the John Adams administration?

Only 19% of our teams knew that these men were the key figures in the XYZ Affair.Later, we looked at the history of the ABBA song “Dancing Queen”, Febreeze commercials, and this foreign highway:


(map courtesy of www.dreamstime.com)

Two teams ran the table in the third round: Unsavories (DRP) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).


Monday’s 6-4-2 question included the most difficult six-point question of the season, as only two teams earned the full value for knowing the answer to this question:

–> Commonly known by a two-word name, what is the second-fastest animal in the world, reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour?

While the peregrine falcon is #1 on that list, the golden eagle is a close second:

Golden Eagle


Final round topics included the TV series “Fargo”, the infamous “Hand of God” goal scored by Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup, and this extravagant group of acrobats:

Cirque du Soleil

Monday’s final round yielded just one perfect score: H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP).  These were your top Monday teams heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (68.4% success rate):

–> Including both land and water borders, which U.S. state shares the longest border with a foreign country?

Just over two-thirds of the field answered correctly with Alaska.  Congratulations to the three teams that scored the Perfect 21 on Monday with correct responses on all wagering questions: We Always Come But Never in First (DRP), Unsavories (DRP), and Cerebral Cinco (Cheesetique).  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Unsavories  (Next week’s first category: Vladimir Putin)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Periodically Under the Table  (Next week’s first category: Taylor Swift – AUDIO)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: John Wayne Films)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: “Jaws”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table Wordplay)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Giant Meteor  (Next week’s first category: “Home Alone 2” Quotes)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Wednesday’s Child  (Next week’s first category: Carpentry Tools)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: Daffy Duck)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Need More Trash Culture  (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl 45)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Our Cup Size is Stanley  (Next week’s first category: “The Mighty Ducks” film franchise)