A New Year of Pour House Trivia!

New Year’s Day gave us a light Wednesday schedule, as we welcomed 43 teams across five venues.


Wednesday’s game began with a question concerning the oldest U.S. President and the oldest U.S. Vice President in history.  Coincidentally, these two men (Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale) served together in the late 1970s.  We continued with a look at the recent film “Dark Waters” and the career achievements of hockey star Mario Lemieux.  We closed the opening stanza with the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: A North Carolina mountain bearing this name is the highest peak in the eastern United States.

CLUE 2: The world’s largest Corn Palace is located in a South Dakota town bearing this name.

Five teams snagged two bonus points by turning in the early answer of Mitchell.  Three of those five teams completed a perfect opening round: Tiny Pete’s (Dragon Hops), Van Buren Boys (Memories), and Darn You to Heck (Brookside).


Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs composed using the Millennial Whoop: “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, “Tik Tok” by Kesha, and “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo.  Later, we asked an incredibly difficult bonus question on the subject of American artists.  Most of the field earned wagering points by recognizing the work of painter Jackson Pollock, but none of our Wednesday teams added two bonus points by also knowing that Pollock was married to fellow artist Lee Krasner.  After a look at the classic game Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, we closed the first half with another difficult bonus question, as only four teams knew that the sixth most populous city in the United States (falling just behind Phoenix) was Philadelphia.  Wednesday’s second round did not yield any perfect scores.


On Wednesday’s halftime page, our teams were asked to identify films that included scenes taking place on New Year’s Eve.  Four teams (all playing at Memories) recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.1 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:


The diabolical bonus questions continued into Wednesday’s second half, as only one team (Lawson from Brookside) picked up the first bonus points of the third round by knowing that David Bernhart is the current U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  After taking in a shot of Johnnie Walker whisky, we asked a three-part question regarding archipelagos.  Only three teams earned two bonus points by knowing the second largest island by area in each of the island chains of Hawaii, Japan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (respectively, Maui, Hokkaido, and St. Thomas).  We closed the third round with questions concerning Columbia Records and former NFL star Vince Wilfork.  We did not see any perfect third round scores on Wednesday night.


Final round topics from Wednesday night included the board game Trivial Pursuit, classic film actress Great Garbo, the mythological figures of Vulcna and Hephaestus, and the Jewish holiday of Passover.  With a slightly easier trio of bonus questions, Van Buren Boys (Memories) snagged the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Wednesdays final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (88.1% success rate):

–> “A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching covetous old sinner!  Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire”.  These words describe which 19th century literary character?

The field must have been happy that we were not quite finished with the holiday-themed questions, as nearly every team responded correctly with Ebeneezer Scrooge.  Congratulations to Van Buren Boys (Memories) and Darn You to Heck (Brookside), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final overall leaderboard on this first game of 2020:


Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 29 – First category: James Bond Films)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Pride and Prejudice”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: 1920s)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Woodworking)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know   (Next week’s first category: Animated TV Families)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Cats   (Next week’s first category: “Doctor Who” Episodes from 2006)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Friends” Guest Stars)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Over the Counter or Prescription?)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Big Chewy Nerds   (Next week’s first category: John Williams Film Scores)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Disney Films)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Van Buren Boys   (Next week’s first category: African Flags)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Darn You To Heck   (Next week’s first category: Frederick Landmarks)