A Royal Touch at Thursday Trivia!

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A 24-team game at Aslin Beer Co was one of 15 locations hosting Pour House Trivia on Thursday for 164 teams.


Entering October means spooky season is here and fittingly enough, we started off with a question on the Halloween film franchise; however, the bonus was a little scary as only 38% of teams knew the next entry in the franchise is titled Halloween Ends. The most difficult wagering question in the opening round came on this query about a game show:

  • If a Jeopardy! player reveals the Daily Double on the first clue of the game, what is the maximum allowable wager?

You can wager a maximum $1,000 if you have less than that when you hit a Daily Double, a correct answer given by just under three-quarters of the field. Twenty-three of those teams had that answer and every other en route to a perfect score.


An audio question about three songs with five-letter titles was the hardest way to earn bonus points in the first half on Thursday. About 16% of our teams knew all three titles: Layla (Derek & the Dominos), Music (Madonna), and Panda (Desiigner). We followed that with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

  • The first five letters in the name of a certain Asian country will give you the name of which peninsula forming the southernmost portion of mainland Asia?

The Malay Peninsula was named by 59% of the field. We moved on to topics like yeast‘s role in brewing beer, the legal term arraignment, and the NFL’s undefeated Philadelphia Eagles and winless Houston Texans. Perfect scores in this round were achieved by two teams: Beer Winners (Loudoun Kitchen) and Teachers Have Class (Solace Brewing).


We asked our teams to solve punny rebus puzzles to identify company names, then match films to their respective composer as Thursday’s halftime tasks. There were 37 perfect 20-point efforts here and an average team score of 17.8 points. Another team reached Thursday’s intermission with a perfect score:


After questions about the classic TV show Laverne & Shirley and the green circle used to denote North America’s easiest ski slopes, we hit the toughest wagering question of the third round:

  • With the exception of its 50-mile Atlantic Ocean coastline, which African nation is completely surrounded by the country of Senegal?

A little more than two-fifths of our teams knew that to be the Gambia, but 27% were able to give us that right answer in the first minute before a multiple-choice component for bonus points. The round concluded with Sandy Duncan’s Tony-nominated portrayal of Peter Pan and the Mohs scale endpoints, talc and diamond. Seven teams knew all there was to know in the third round to pick up a perfect score.


A trip to Rhode Island saw 39 teams return with all six points on the 6-4-2. Topics in this round included Hot Fuss band The Killers and Hot Fuzz actor Simon PeggVermont’s Finest brand Ben & Jerry’s, and the many uses of the Tower of London. However, the end of the round featured Thursday’s toughest way to earn points:

  • Often employing stream of consciousness, which novel set in the town of Jefferson, Mississippi derives its title from a line in Macbeth?

For wagering points, teams could have supplied either the title of that novel, The Sound and the Fury, or its author, William Faulkner; 35% had at least one of those answers, but a game-low 15% got two extra points for both. Even with that, there were eight perfect team scores in the fourth round. At this point, these were the top-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (53.7% success rate):

  • In what is likely to be her final television acting role, who portrayed fictional attorney Rachel Zane on a 21st century cable series?

That role was played on the USA Network series Suits by the Duchess of Sussex herself, Meghan MarkleThe Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Steinhardt) and Butt Sparklers (Aslin) each recorded a Perfect 21 by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. Final standings on Thursday were topped by a four-way tie:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Ale or Lager?)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Treehouse of Horror (The Simpsons))

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Retired NHL Logos)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chris Cornell (audio))

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Let’s Get Quizzical  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Asian Geography)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Risky Quizness  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYK-Pop (audio))

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFC East Teams)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1950s TV Sitcoms)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Magic: The Gathering)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rolling Stones)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: No Effing Clue  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cocktails)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Butt Sparklers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon Crystal)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: 

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Book of Judges)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The New Testament)