A Taxing Game of Wednesday Night Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia taught many of our teams a few new facts, such as the origin of the Fu Manchu moustache, and the fact there is actually a current network television show starring Jennifer Lopez as a cop!  A few of our teams also discovered that the phrase ‘Troilus and Cresside’ refers to two people, not bacterial infections.  One of tonight’s games welcomed back one of our long-lost PHT champions after a brief hiatus:

WEDNESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (97 teams across 13 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Bam (The Tavern) with 169

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Bam with 157

–> Highest First Half Score: Slapsgiving with 88

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): No team scored the ‘Perfect 21’ tonight, though four teams ran the table for the first four rounds.

–> The Disney-themed halftime page played to a slightly difficult average of 15.2, with ONE TEAM (Sad Fat Dragons) scoring a perfect 20.

–> Our 6-4-2 was only slightly easier, as five teams scored six points by knowing Sabrina Carpenter’s new “hit” song is entitled thumbs.  75% of our teams scored two points (or fewer) on this question.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (28.4% success rate):

–> In 1955, brothers Richard and Henry changed the last letter of their last name from an “H” to a “K”, to ensure that customers would not mispronounce the name of which new company?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA

A beautiful night outside led to a great night of trivia here at Whole Foods Market in Vienna!  It’s always nice to see all of the regular teams here competing for some great prizes.  While our regulars would admit they are…how do I say… a bit of an older crowd (by their own admission), you all did fairly well on the newer pop culture references, and it was great to see you get excited over it!

George Michael’s Revenge lead the pack throughout the first half, recording the venue’s high score of 18 on the halftime page, and cruising to 84 points at the break.  Most of the field sat less than ten points out of the lead, so our game was very much open for the taking.  The second half hit us heavily on academic subjects such as Shakespeare and Chinese history, but it was the fourth round that spread our teams out, as there were two questions in which only ONE TEAM answered correctly.  Movin’ On Up snagged the only correct answer on our Michigan question, while Chicken Jalapenos was the only team to know that the cover of last week’s People magazine featured the hottest new celebrity couple: A-Rod and J-Lo!

George Michael’s Revenge lead for a majority of the night, and was set up nicely for a victory with a comfortable nine-point lead.  By having to wager just four points on the final question for their “lock-out” bet, it meant that only one other team had any chance of winning tonight.  Well, the trend of only one correct answer continued right up to our final question.  On a difficult question regarding U.S. Business History, George Michael’s Revenge missed, meaning that Shiggles swooped in and took first with the only correct answer on the final question!  Do they have a team of accountants?  No matter!  A great finish indeed.  Here are your top three teams tonight:

First Place:  Shiggles

Second Place:  George Michael’s Revenge

Third Place:  No Reservations

Our next game will take place on April 26th, with an opening category of World War I.

See you then!

~ Zach

World War I Trivia

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Valley Grill in Middletown, MD

Back again at Valley Grill in Middletown for another Wednesday night edition of Pour House Trivia.  Thanks for all of the sentiments on my return, my health is still a bit rocky, but rest assured everything will be back to normal soon. Kudos to Zach for covering for me last week, and I am certain that he took the very best of care of you.  Sixteen teams was one hell of an adjustment after missing a few days of trivia, but we managed to get it all done, and with a new PA system to top it all off!  We went back to my favorite baseball team for our first category, as well as back to the 1980’s, with a little Memorial Stadium action.  We also visited two U.S. States that border Florida, three of the Se7en deadly sins, the Y2k scare at the end of the 20th Century, and the late Leslie Nielsen and his most recognized film role as Detective Frank Drebin:

Naked Gun Trivia

For round two, we referenced food twice, with a nice helping of roast beef for the middle piggy and a short lived candy bar featuring Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.  The word “Kids” was our common reference point for three songs from Echosmith, The Who, and The Offspring respectively, and two supporting cast members from Glee gave a number of teams fits in regards to their Golden Globe wins.  Finally, we visited just a few of the eighteen amusement parks owned by Six Flags, incidentally, based out of my home state of Texas.  Anyone remember this guy?

Six Flags Mascot Trivia

The third round is when a number of the teams starting getting into the weeds a bit, which seems to have been an unintentional phenomenon as of late.  The second biggest struggle of the night was our boxing question, with a three-word phrase that we have all surely heard, but I guess “The Sweet Science” only stuck with the die-hard pugilism fans.  The fourth question in the third round is where the scores really dipped, identifying a minority class of China, which had has some success in history for creating their own dynasty.  They were even referenced in the opening action sequence for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, as Indy returned the remains of the first Manchu Emperor to one of his 20th century ancestors:

Indiana Jones Trivia

The final round is where the scoring started to rack up again, with a couple of quick turn-ins for pistachios, and the original Ms. Pac-Man arcade game.  However, we still got a couple of Namco answers for Ms. Pac-Man, and although they developed the original “Pac-Man”, it was Midway that gave us the first popular arcade game sequel.  A few teams nailed themselves a two-pointer for our Lake Superior reference, and everyone seemed to be in the loop with Jennifer Lopez and Alex “All Things Steroidical” Rodriguez and their budding romance.  Not too many correct answers on Ms. Lopez’s new TV role, which is understandable considering that “Jenny from the block” isn’t exactly recognized for her acting chops.  Finally it was the “bloody Prince of Darkness”, his family, and their short lived hold on American pop culture that seemed to be the quickest scoring opportunity of the night:

Ozzy Osbourne Trivia

The final was a GREAT ONE tonight, and just reading the titular brothers first names in order after all the dust settled (which we did NOT do the first time around) really opened the eyes of our players tonight, and caused a few face palms as well.  Strategic wagering couldn’t keep our top team from slipping to second, and it took an Osbournes tie-breaker to settle third place.  Here are the results:

First Place:  Fast Forward Not Available

Second Place:  Hoboken Squat Cobbler

Third Place:  Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap

Our first place team said they have been sitting on this category for awhile now, so I strongly suggest you take a few minutes to study for next week for some Collateralized Mortgage Obligations.

~ Ronnie

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The Tavern in Olney, MD

Another great game is in the books from The Tavern in Olney!  It was great to see a couple teams back in the house that have been M.I.A. for a while, because they always bring good energy, a great attitude, and some tough competition with ’em!  Tonight’s game started off hot with two different teams tied for first place after both the first and second rounds.  One of our toughest questions actually came up early tonight, as only two teams earned points on a second round question which asked for either one of two performers to earn Golden Globe Awards for their work on the TV series “Glee”.  Not too many “Gleeks” in the house tonight!

After the puzzle page, the top three teams started separating more and more from the rest of the pack, but it was Team Bam who took command with a perfect third round, lengthening their lead to seven points by the end of round four.  Our teams faced a difficult final question tonight, as I was given just two correct answers overall.  After the final question was asked and answered, this is how our night ended…

Our third place team tonight was the Jon Jeffries Fan Club! (such a GREAT name)

Playing tough all game to take the second place spot was Moving Forward!

Our winners was one of our “prodigal son” returning teams, (in fact, this was their first game since the end of last season) and without skipping a beat they cruised to an amazing victory!  Let’s hear it for Team Bam!  They chose Marvel Movies for next week’s first category, so study up and come join us for some fun at The Tavern!

~ Jon J

Marvel Cinematic Trivia

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Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD

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Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD

The weather outside was beautiful tonight, which might account for it being a light night here at Bennigans, but that didn’t make our game of Pour House Trivia any less heated; in fact it was one of the most hotly contested games we’ve had in a while!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Don’t-Shoot-the-Messenger”: Tonight’s WC category was The Three Stooges. The answer to tonight’s WC question was Lucille Ball. As soon as I saw that I knew there’d be trouble. Thankfully no one put their bonus on it, but hoooooooo boy. The anger. 1 question in and already I’m gonna get shanked in the parking lot!

In “Stop-the-Presses”: One of my teams, Goonies Never Say Die, has been playing with us for months now, and are here mostly to have a good time. Rarely do they see the top three during the game, but they’re pretty ok with that. So when it’s announced that they were in first place after three rounds, the excitement was a bit overwhelming for them. 5 minutes later it got quiet enough to continue on to the 6-4-2. Love you guys 😉

In “Please-Hold-While-I-Contact-Your-Service-Provider”: It’s not often that I have to come to a complete stop mid-question to get a clarification from the mothership. Thank you all for being patient with me on that one! Pistachios for everyone!

The final was a gutbuster tonight, and no one survived it, but defensive wagering caused a last second shift in the standings!

In third place tonight, Goonies Never Say Die!

In second place tonight, Literally Anything!

In first place tonight, Momentary Lapse of Reason!

Great game everyone! Next week we’ll kick things off with a New York Yankees question! And I’m very sorry about that! Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

NY Yankees Trivia

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Woodside Deli in Gaithersburg, MD

Woodside Deli saw the return of several teams who had not visited us in a few weeks!  The first round did not present any problems except for the 1st question in the first round in the category of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  All the teams who missed the first question only missed it for a single point.  High Water Mark held a slim lead and all of the teams were within 2 points of each other going into round 2.

The second round was not particularly difficult for any team but the puzzle page did make a huge difference in the half time scoring.  There was significant spread within the puzzle page scores ranging from 10 to 17 points. Contribution found themselves squarely in 1st with 83 points, Nerds Say What in 2nd with 79 points and a tie for 3rd between High Water Mark and Big Blue Bobbleheads at 76.  China trivia was the difference in round 3 with only 40% of the teams answering this question correctly. High Water Mark cut the seven point lead down to one point in the 3rd round.

The final round made me cringe for Contribution because of the video game question.  Contribution knew exactly about the history of Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man but gave the original game instead of the sequel! ☹ This was their nine-point wager and dropped them to 4th going into the final question. High Water Mark had a 12-point lead over Nerds Say What, and The Fellowship made a late run to take 3rd going into the final.

Contribution exacted some revenge, and 2nd place by being one of two teams to get the final. High Water Mark also nailed the final to take 1st and Nerds Say What took the bronze to round out the top 3.

Next week’s first category:  Passover!

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Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD

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Next week’s first category:  The Italian Renaissance

Renaissance Art

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Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD

For the first time this season, we had a Dusty Baker-less Bennigan’s here in Clarksburg.  It was kinda nice knowing that the potentially best team in PHT history might not show up tonight, and give the other teams a shot to win hehe 🙂   Normally, that’s a mean thing to say, but Dusty Baker has been nearly unbeatable this season, winning all but ONE game!  Tonight we’d see a different winning team after one HECK of a game!

The lead traded multiple times throughout this one.  Rhymes with Orange had periodic glimpses of brilliance, Roaming Gnomes played a good one, Matt Damon showing they’re still a threat, Cash Me Outside popping into the lead at some points as well, it was really ANYONE’S game!  After the first half, we had a DEAD LOCK tie between Rhymes and Math Debaters, a team who used to be with us a lot but played their first Season XV game tonight.  They looked strong as ever in this one.

Round 3 saw some hard stuff but it was Rhymes with Orange, one of the few teams to pick up “The Sweet Science”, who led at the end of this round.  Round 4 played a bit easier as we saw 3 teams come through with a perfect round on the wager portions BUT the two-point bonuses were crucial in this round, propelling Cash Me Outside into their first lead of the game going into the final question!

A get on the final was a rare sight tonight, only two teams picking up the correct response.  Hats off to Strangers Have the Best Candy who got the final tonight but weren’t close enough to the leaders to be able to finish in the money!  A strong pull though, no doubt!  The other team to get the final would take down the win tonight and that was the Math Debaters! After not playing all season, they come back when the iron is HOT and snipe a win! Very impressive.  Maybe make this a weekly thing and keep the streak alive? We’ll see! Next time 🙂

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  U.S. Coins

Coins

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Memories in Mount Airy, MD

Here at Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, this week saw things heat up from Question 1, and never let up from there!  Teams answered questions about the Y2K bug (even if they weren’t alive for it), Ken Griffey Jr. (the man AND the candy bar), and then wondered what happened to Dido.  Remember Dido?  Neither did I.

After a smooth first half, teams worked through a Disney-themed halftime page that saw some relatively lower scores.  With the average hovering around 14 points, it was Sexual Chocolate that separated themselves from the pack, scoring 19 points and taking a slight lead into the halftime break.  Not surprisingly, the third round featured some of our hardest questions of the night, including a Chinese history question about the Manchu Dynasty (and the fictitious criminal mastermind named for it).  Sexual Chocolate turned in the only correct response on that question, extending their lead as we entered the final round.

As the final approached, Sexual Chocolate’s nine-point lead meant that they could not finish any worse than third place.  But our scores were close enough for one last surprise… and a near stumper on the final made it come true, as the Polyamorous Virgins was the only team to correctly answer H&R Block, which allowed them to charge up the leaderboard to secure their spot on the podium.  In spite of a miss on the final, Sexual Chocolate could not be caught as they secured their third victory in a row!  Here are your top three teams tonight:

First Place: Sexual Chocolate

Second Place: Satan’s School For Girls

Third Place: Polyamorous Virgins

Sexual Chocolate selects “Aphex Twin” as next week’s first category.  GOOD LUCK STUDYING FOR THAT.

See you next week,

~ Nick

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Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD

Tonight we celebrated another birthday at the Furnace in Thurmont!  Thank you to Dawn from the Goobers for celebrating her birthday with Pour House Trivia tonight.  What a way to kick things off, as her team got off to a good start, coming out of the halftime round in the lead over Breakfast for Dinner, who was riding a seven-game winning streak into tonight’s game.

Teams brought their A-games though, as going into the final question all of our teams were separated by a total of 14 points.  Everything came down to the final question, on which the category was American Companies.  The strategizing began for our team’s final wagers.  Wolfpack bet zero in hopes that other teams would go for it all and miss, but Breakfast for Dinner joined them in the ‘zero wager’ club, as they were down two points going into the final question.  This was the first time that Breakfast for Dinner had not lead going into the final in over a month!  With the Goobers betting it all, it would be determined by their answer whether or not they would win. However, they could not hold onto the lead, missing the final and giving Breakfast for Dinner its 8th straight victory!  In second place we had Wolfpack, and rounding out the top three was The Goobers first round

Until next time…

~ Devan

Next week’s first category:  Universal Studios in Orlando

Universal

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Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD

At Barefoot Bernie’s on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown, six teams came out to play Pour House Trivia on Wednesday night, including one team we had not seen in a long time!  Collectively, our teams had an almost flawless first round.  At the beginning of the second round, only the newly returned Slapsgiving could get all three bands for the audio question, picking up a key two-point bonus.  Then came the frustrating halftime page, which featured pictures of Disney and (not so) famous first lines of novels. The only perfect score of the night went to the Sad Fat Dragons!  The scores started to separate a little more, with nine points between first place and sixth place.

At the end of the fourth round, the scores remained tight, as we only had 12 points of separation between first place and fifth place.  With Sad Fat Dragons in the lead by two, they took a risky gamble and bet zero on the final question, and it paid off as the answer they submitted was incorrect.  But guess who’s back?!  It’s Slapsgiving for the win! Welcome back guys, it hasn’t been the same with out you.  Meanwhile, Alternative Answers also turned in the correct response, so we had to go to a tie breaker for second place.  Tonight we asked how many episodes of The Osbournes aired.  Both teams guessed in the 70s, and the answer was 52.  With that, Alternative Answers took third, while Sad Fat Dragons turned their loss into a second place showing.

Next week, we’re going to have to Netflix binge some Parks and Recreation, as that will be our first category of the night.  We’ll see you then!

~ Sean

Parks and Recreation Trivia Pour House Pub Trivia Maryland

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Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA

We hosted another great game of Pour House Trivia tonight at Applebee’s in Waynesboro, so thanks to all the teams that showed up on this wonderful evening.  Here are your highlights from tonight’s thrilling game:

Round one was especially close, with two teams finishing the round tied for first place and four teams tied for third place just two points back.  The only thing setting first and third apart was the bonus on question five, with Not Your Team and Wingin’ It being the only teams able to identify a subtitle for “The Naked Gun” sequels.  After a tough halftime puzzle page in which the high score was 17, we started to see a little more separation between the teams, with Wingin’ It holding onto their lead while JuJu and Friends moved into second, with Bees? taking up our thir position.

Our 6-4-2 question was very tough tonight, as no teams were able to guess before the two-point clue.  I’m not gonna lie, I had no idea that the thumb is also known as the pollex, so I wouldn’t have gotten it either.  JuJu and Friends were able to take over first place after round three, with Wingin’ It dropping back into fourth.  They didn’t give up however, and after a very strong fourth round, they found themselves tied for second with Alternative Facts.

Our final category was American Companies, and only JuJu & Friends were able to work out that brothers Richard and Henry Bloch were the founders of H&R Block, which secured their victory.  We needed a tiebreaker to determine second and third place, with Wingin’ It taking home second place over Alternative Facts, by coming closest to the amount of total episodes of “The Osbournes” which were broadcast on MTV (it was 52…never would have thought it lasted that long).  Here are your top three teams on the night:

First Place: JuJu and Friends

Second Place:  Wingin’ It

Third Place:  Alternative Facts

Next week’s first category:  U.S. Marine Corps History, so we’ll see you then! Semper Fi!

~ Kyle

Marine Corps Trivia pour house pub trivia maryland

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Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA

Our start at Clover Theater was delayed a little by a late showing of “Kong”, but that didn’t phase the 14 teams that showed up for Pour House Trivia on Wednesday!  In the second round, we learned that collectively, our players are NOT fans of the TV series “Glee”.  Naming either one of the two performers who earned Golden Globe nominations proved to be the most difficult question of the first half (by far).  Our halftime page was also on the difficult side, as no team scored 20 points.  The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers took the lead at the break with a score of 18 on the picture round, leading the pack by a solid ten points.

Our leaders relinquished the lead for a short time in the third round, missing a seven-point wager and a five-point bonus on our boxing question.  They recovered nicely, earning their wagers on the final eight questions (and scoring a few bonuses) to finish the final round with a comfortable lead.   Although they missed H&R Block as the final correct answer, some strategic wagering helped them to seal up the win.

Our best wrong answers of the night came from that same boxing question: we had guesses such as Sweet Baby Rays, Sweet Chin Music, The Gentleman’s Sport.  Thanks again for playing!  Here are your top three finishers:

First Place:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers

Second Place:  Brainy Yaks

Third Place:  Sparklers

Next week’s first category: 2004 to 2007 Indie Rock

~ Ryan

White Stripes Indie Rock