A Sick Night of Wednesday Trivia!

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This past Wednesday had 219 teams play Pour House Trivia at any of our 18 locations, which included a 23-team game at Idiom Brewing.


A three-part Over/Under question showed up early and hit hard, as only 11% of the field racked up bonus points for getting all three parts correct. Not to be outdone, Three Clues about a specific object had an even lower bonus rate:

  • The current version of this object was officially adopted in 1960.
  • A May 2000 issue of Rolling Stone magazine featured Britney Spears posing in front of this object.
  • One of its nicknames is Old Glory.

Just 8.6% of teams named the American flag before the final clue for those two extra points. We also discussed France’s Disneyland Paris and Salvador Dali’s persistent moustache in this round, which ended with just one perfect team: Alcoholics Unanimous (Belles’).


The hardest wagering question in the first half ended up being Wednesday’s audio question, which played spoken-word sections from three different songs: Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues, Steal My Sunshine from LEN, and Beverly Hills by Weezer. Roughly 58% of teams knew at least two of those song titles for wagering points, while the bonus rate was 14%. We took to the hardwood two questions later:

  • At many universities, the first practice of the college basketball season is an extremely popular event.  Since that first practice is held at a very specific time, it is usually known by which two-word alliterative phrase?
  • For a 2-point bonus: Which ACC coach began this tradition in 1971?

Midnight Madness was a relatively easy answer for most of our teams, but only 15% of teams knew that former Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell was the originator of the tradition. Otherwise, the second round featured questions on the cellulose termites can break down when they consume wood, Honolulu‘s time as capital of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, and Pikachu‘s spot in the Pokedex. Two teams from Idiom Brewing recorded the only perfect scores in this round: Tug and the Heart Strings and Trashbag Donuts.


For the halftime page, teams had to name famous Las Vegas hotels, then match Oscar-winning songs to the appropriate film. A tough round saw an average score of 13.7 points and eight perfect pages. One team distanced itself from the rest of the field somewhat by the halftime intermission:


The third round featured the two most difficult wagering questions on Wednesday. We opened up to the pages of an ancient publication early on:

  • Also known as the Book of Changes, this Chinese text includes a divination system that can include tossing dice, coins, rice, or even heating a turtle shell to create randomness. What is the title of this written work first published nearly 3,000 years ago?

Several titles were acceptable, but the most common name of this book is the I Ching, named by 28% of the field. The last question here showcased a metal band:

  • Phil Anselmo and Zakk Wylde are current members of which thrash metal band whose music was once featured on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants?

Wylde joined in recent years, but Anselmo is a founding member of Pantera; 36% of teams earned their wager here, but 11% were able to do so before an extra crossword clue was given. This round also featured Joe Biden‘s years as a U.S. Senator and various shades of green. Stink Floyd (Belles’), The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Idiom), and B-Team (Celtic House) were the perfect teams in this round.


A tough 6-4-2 question saw 38 teams correctly name the baseball cap as Wednesday’s topic from the first clue, as that is the object in Bruce Springsteen’s back pocket on the cover of the album Born in the U.S.A.; however, almost three-quarters of the field took a zero on the question, most incorrectly thinking the object in Springsteen’s pocket is a bandana. Speaking of tough questions, the fourth round kicked off with what ended up being the lowest bonus get rate of the game:

  • In 1984, a contestant named Michael Larson sent CBS executives into a frenzy after he secretly memorized the patterns used on which show’s game board, racking up a whopping $110,000 in cash and prizes in a single episode?
  • For a 2-point bonus: Who was that show’s original host?

While about two-fifths of our teams knew Larson’s Whammy avoidance on Press Your Luck, just 7.7% also identified Peter Tomarken as the show’s first host. Other topics in the fourth round included Shaq’s Gold Bond TV ads, the 132 Pulitzer Prizes won by the New York Times, and Sicily’s Mount Etna. Two teams, Stink Floyd (Belles’) and Bob Dole’s Grip (Idiom), withstood the fourth round gauntlet with a perfect score. As we reached the final question, these were the high scores:

  • Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 159
  • Bob Dole’s Grip (Idiom): 158
  • The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Idiom): 154
  • Trashbag Donuts (Idiom): 154
  • Alcoholics Unanimous (Belles’): 154

FINAL QUESTION (32.42% success rate):

  • Though the case occurred more than 40 years ago, a British medical photographer named Janet Parker is the most recent known person to contract which disease?

Because the disease was eradicated worldwide in 1980, Parker will go down in history as the last person known to contract smallpox. We had a trio of Perfect 21 teams on Wednesday: Alcoholics Unanimous (Belles’), Bob Dole’s Grip (Idiom), and Trashbag Donuts (Idiom). As it turns out, those teams also ended the night with the three highest scores:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European Roller Coasters)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: We’ve Moved On  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sports Gambling)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Team Name Wordplay)

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

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

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quantum Mechanics)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tina Turner)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Barn Gurlz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dog Breeds)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Mixed Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Knights Templar)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queen Songs)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: University of Michigan)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Indict Me Daddy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous New Jerseyans)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Damn Gina  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nic D Songs (audio))

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Turbo Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stephen King)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Demon Slayer (anime))

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Game Shows)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Repair Man Man Man Man  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Music Theory)