A Pint of Wednesday Trivia!

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Eighteen locations and a total of 205 teams had the Pour House Trivia experience on Wednesday, with the highest-attended spots being Idiom Brewing (21 teams) and Quinn’s on the Corner (19 teams).


We visited Monopoly utilities Water Works and Electric Company to start the game, followed by a taste of some New York and Maine maple syrup and hitting some splits in bowling. However, a three-parter to end the first round proved to be the hardest way to earn points in any of our four rounds. See if you can name these famous cameos in film:

  • 1)  In Psycho, he is seen through an office window wearing a cowboy hat.
  • 2)  In She’s All That, she had a nonspeaking role as Girl in Cafeteria.
  • 3)  In Back to the Future, he tells Marty’s band that they are just too darn loud.

In order, those celebs are Alfred HitchcockSarah Michelle Gellar, and Huey Lewis. Only 30% of the field got at least two of them for wagering points, while a game-low 11% knew all three for bonus credit. At the end of the first round, 10 teams still had perfect scores.


For Wednesday’s audio questions, teams were asked to identify shows featuring lawyers: The SimpsonsLaw & Order, and Boston Legal. From there, we discussed the differential and integral branches of calculus, then played through the 15 top-ranked Billboard Alternative singles in the discography of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Again, the hardest bonus question was found at the end of this round:

  • The 20th century books Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic were penned by which American writer?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: This man also penned which Top-10 hit song from the 1969 album At San Quentin?

Most teams knew Shel Silverstein wrote those books, but only 23% also knew he wrote the Johnny Cash song A Boy Named Sue. A game-high 22 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


Halftime topics included animated characters with A-names (such as Aladdin and Atom Ant) and geographic superlatives. The average score was 14.6 points, but nine squads earned all 20 points for a perfect page. At the halftime break, two teams were still perfect:


Three Clues about Agatha Christie kicked off the second half, followed by a trip out to space:

  • Arriving at its destination in December of 1995, the Galileo probe was created primarily to study which planet of our Solar System?

Roughly 41% of our teams correctly identified Jupiter as the Galileo probe’s destination. Two questions later, we reached the second half’s most difficult wagering query:

  • Which former cable horror series derives its name from a genre of British fiction which serialized gruesome stories into a series of publications, each of which were available for a very low cost?

Penny Dreadful was named by about two-fifths of the field. This round’s perfect teams were Scott Looks Different (Memories), Sexual Chocolate (Memories), and Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine).


Garth Brooks was the subject of the game’s 6-4-2, and ten teams named him at the six-point clue. Another film question proved to be tricky for Wednesday’s players:

  • Elizabeth Taylor won two acting Oscars during the 1960s, the first for a film named for a fictitious telephone answering service, the second for a role created by playwright Edward Albee. What are those two films?

Just under a fifth of the field earned bonus points for naming both Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, while 41% submitted at least one of those titles for wagering credit. Other topics in this round included the Purple Finger for Freedom campaign to support voters in Iraq, the Kashi healthy food brand, and the naming origins of the Windsor knot. We swung back up to 12 perfect scores in the fourth round. The top five teams were closely packed together before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (6.34% success rate):

  • This scientist is the namesake of the law that states that the absorptive capacity of a dissolved substance is directly proportional to its concentration in a solution. Incidentally, his last name may sound familiar, as it is a word that is often heard at a Pour House Trivia event. What is that scientist’s last name?

It’s only fitting that an unlucky final question saw only 13 teams correctly submit the last name of August Beer, the namesake of Beer’s Law. With that, the Wednesday game ended with no Perfect 21 teams. These were the top-scoring teams on the night:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cryptozoology)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Scott Looks Different  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of Gettysburg)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Words That Almost Rhyme With Orange)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Three Clues / One Friends Character)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ketchup)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bob Dole’s Grip  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reba McEntire)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Duets (audio))

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hitchcock Films)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Green Tea Shots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aerospace Engineering)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Washington Trivia Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Italian-Americans)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Blue Meanies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Kingdom of 109  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Mathematicians)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Noras)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Will Ferrell)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Cookie Hoarders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: St. Jerry  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock Climbing)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: The Coven  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hallmark TV Movies)