A Terrific Tuesday Night of Trivia!
We rolled into Week 2 of Season XV on Tuesday night with seven different venues which packed crowds of more than ten teams each! Once again, we topped the century mark, as more than 100 teams came out to play Pour Hose Trivia on Tuesday. It was no small feat to land at the top of our overall leaderboard, so who took down tonight’s set with ease?
TUESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (101 teams across 12 venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Capital Hillbillies (Capitol City Brewing) with 174
–> Highest Score after Round 4: Capital Hillbillies and Wingardium Triviosa (Quincy’s South) with 166
–> Highest First Half Score: Capital Hillbillies and Einhorn is Finkle (FireFlies) with 92
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Capital Hillbillies, Valley Girls, Win with Alternative Facts, Uncle Jack, Balls Out, Screaming Death Monkey, The Other Sarah, Einhorn is Finkle, MoMo, Lightfoot
–> Our ‘famous hats’ halftime page played slightly easier than normal. The average score hit 18.1, with 22% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.
–> The 6-4-2 question proved to be a bit more difficult, as only 10% of our teams knew that Donny Osmond provided the singing voice or Captain Shang in the Disney film “Mulan”.
TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (71.4% success rate):
–> Which automaker won a 1995 lawsuit brought forth by the International Olympic Committee? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)
Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA
My old friends at Whole Foods Ashburn are always great to see, once a month is never enough. On top ofthat, we had a great game of Pour House Trivia! The first two rounds came in like a lamb while the second two round came out like a lion, as the third round destroyed many of the teams. After outperforming everyone and coming from behind in the next two rounds, Pi took first! And we had a tie breaker for second with Taco Tuesday and My Name is Judge. It seriously was a pleasure, you guys helped me become a better host. See you later, Whole Foods!
First Place: Pi
Second Place: Taco Tuesday
Third Place: My Name is Judge
Our next game will be March 7th, when our first category will be Donald Trump Alternate Facts…
It’s the little things I love about being a bar trivia host. One of my favorites is when a player hands me an answer slip, then waits around with a searching, expectant look… I’m not going to tell you if you were right! Just wait thirty seconds! I’m proud of my poker face, especially when it comes to the final question.
A ton of teams tonight – sixteen in all, although one group had to leave at halftime. I do believe that’s a record for Cap City, at least since I took over as host last summer. Our regulars brought their political-comedy A-game with some inspired team names: “We Don’t Need No Education” (the Valley Girls) and “Three Million Moose Lambs” were my faves. Seriously, look up Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on YouTube, you won’t regret it!
The night kicked off with an awfully challenging winner’s choice, in which teams had to identify three Rolling Stones hits being covered by other artists. Besides Show Me on the Doll, who picked that category, only a few teams got any points at all there. In Round 2, our second audio clue of the night had me blasting instrumental nursery rhymes across the restaurant. I don’t know if “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet” truly qualifies as a nursery rhyme, but I concede that the tune is exactly the same as “Rain, Rain, Go Away”, so I did give credit for that. After the halftime sheet (which was a bit of a softball) the Capital Hillbillies (playing as “Soylent Green Massacre”) held an impressive four-point lead over Hillary Did Harambe, their closest competitors, with the Three Million in a close third!
At the top of Round 3, the sports wordplay question was either very fun or very frustrating, depending on how quickly you could mentally Control-F through the names of 122 pro teams for “EE”. Team Three Million passed Harambe to take second, thanks in part by being one of only two teams (along with newcomers Shake & Bake) to know that Donny Osmond helped us all “get down to business” as the singing voice of Shang in Mulan. The “do-re-mi” question in round 4 didn’t change the standings at all, but newcomers Hotel Angara earned a tip of the hat for adding teeny little illustrations to their answer slip: a doe, tea, sewing, etc. Love it!
I thought that final question was tough, but most teams correctly deduced that the Olympic Committee brought carmaker Audi to court, over their similar interlocking-rings logo. At the end of the night, here is your winner’s circle:
First Place: Soylent Green Massacre (Capital Hillbillies)
Second Place: Three Million Moose Lambs
Third Place: Capitol City Goofballs
Next week’s first category: MVPs of the Big Four sports leagues
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD
You have to be careful on those softball questions! Over thinking them will toss you out of the top three just as fast as those brain scratchers! That’s where the smaller teams get an advantage occasionally – less people to double guess answers. Happens way more often than anyone likes to think about. We may have had a few of those softballs tonight, but there were some doozies too! Italian cocktails indeed.
Speaking of adult beverages – our top teams tonight were happy to be there after the final, and many a glass was lifted in celebration. In 3rd place, it was Crystal Methodists! 2nd place went to Other Sarah, and 1st place tonight was Wiseacres! The season is shaping up nicely. Next week we will start with War Heroes. Good category!
See you next week… On Valentine’s Day!
Cugini’s Restaurant in Poolesville, MD
We had nine teams here at Cugini’s for our weekly Pour House Trivia madness! Our first category for this week featured what was arguably the most famous role for actor Gene Kelly. We also spoke of very short rivers, and dined on a question that had a little “seasoning” on it.
We played some nursery rhymes in round two, we included an appropriate subject for a pizza joint (crust), and we also remembered probably the most insanity inducing Disney ride in existence:
Our second half weaved through subjects such as breakfast fruit, Mediterranean languages, the outstanding Kevin Spacey, and if you can believe it… an iconic prize for Journalism. Ha! Can’t wait to see who gets one for 2016. We also talked about the setting for this iconic painting:
Here are the results:
First Place: What Could Go Wrong?
Second Place: Lightfoot
Third Place: MoMo
Next week’s first category: Jon Hamm
Orioles Nest in Frederick, MD
Tonight’s game at Orioles Nest in Frederick had one of the craziest endings I think I’ve ever seen in a trivia game. The win came down to a tiebreaker that needed to be settled, with the tiebreaker being the number of episodes that the TV show Golden Girls ran for. One of the two teams got extremely close, but the other got the answer exactly right! And that was for the win! Just an amazing finish.
We started things off with a question about Super Bowl halftime shows, and another question later in the set ended up being about this year’s Super Bowl performers, Lady Gaga and Luke Bryan (he did the National Anthem). Halftime asked teams to identify people with famous hats, as well as matching magazines to the titles of their special editions. The final question of the night was about the car business, and didn’t really change things much. This led to the tie I was talking about, which was just amazing.
Third place tonight went to Fill Stick, while second went to the Book Club Babes, just narrowly losing on the tie. The win tonight, congrats on the epic win to Ignorance is Bliss! Next week we start with a question about the “Harry Bosch” detective novel series, which is apparently at least 20 books long now. I’ll see you all then!
Until next time,
Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD
A bunch of new teams joined us at Tilted Kilt in Frederick for Week 2 of Season XV. Teams gobbled up questions as I gave them (including the fastest turnaround time on a puzzle page I’ve ever seen), and we had quite a few ups and downs in this week’s set. With a dominant performance, Poovey Farms locked up first place well before the final, but how did the rest of the field manage?
First Place: Poovey Farms
Second Place: Trivia Knight
Third Place: In Last Place
PF takes this one down, and selects, “Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law” as next week’s first category. One week, they’ll run out of Cartoon Network shows, right?
See you next week!
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD
After a cool first game last week, this week’s game of Pour House Trivia was hot here at Senor Tequilas!
Highlights of the Night:
In “Are-You-Arguing-With-The-Narrator?”: The Audio question tonight caused quite a stir, when one player defiantly called out “I have a newborn, I know my nursery rhymes, and that was NOT Itsy Bitsy Spider!”. I promise you it was. I had to play it for him at half time before he would settle down.
In “Funny-Wrong-Answer-Of-The-Night”: When one team couldn’t come up with the name of the Good Wife sequel, they decided to go for laughs, and what a fine job they did, because I very much want to see the Good Wife spinoff, the Bad and Ugly Wives. Well done ladies and gents!
In “Don’t-Mean-To-Call-You-Out-But…”: The last question of the regular rounds was a doozy, with only two teams getting it right, only one of those getting all three, specifically the Israel desert. Incredulously I asked how they knew it. They replied with “Geography, it’s what we do”. When I pointed out that the proudly Jewish person on Beer Pressure wasn’t able to get it right, the laughter managed to drown out his squawks of protest. Sorry bro, it was too easy; you’ve made Judaism and Hannukah your winner’s choice categories before, I had to do it 😛
The final was a bit on the easier side, but strategic wagering made all the difference.
In third place tonight, Axl’s Doghouse!
In second place tonight, the Fan Club!
In first place tonight, Beer Pressure!
Great game tonight guys! Next week we’ll kick things off with Bear Attacks on Schools! No comment on that one; study up and we’ll see you next time!
FireFlies in Alexandria, VA
Eight Teams came out tonight to bid adieu to their beloved trivia host, Chief! He came to play, not to host, but wanted to say his farewells to the venue he is very fond of, and thanks everyone for their support. Round 1 started strong, with the toughest question hitting at Category 4 “Where is this river?”. From the sounds of it, it was a tough one at all our venues! However, the majority of teams still answered correctly – the Onyx River is located in Antartica.
The only real stumper in Round 2 was on our audio clue: with our teams identifying the nursery rhyme “Rain Rain go away” after hearing an instrumental version. Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn took an early lead after both rounds and held on tight. These teams are S-M-R-T! Round 3 was no problem, except the 3 clues question about Iowa, half of them were able to get it after 2 clues, but a couple teams missed it altogether. And not a one dared to guess on the 6-4-2 after just hearing the first 6pt clue – ” I am a celebrity. Though B.D. Wong provided the speaking voice, I provided the singing voice of Captain Shang in Disney’s “Mulan”. Only after the 2nd clue was given did folks start guessing Donny Osmond, and half the teams waited for the 2pt clue to answer. And finally in Round 4 – the most missed question was about the lovable female foursome, the septuagenarian pre-cursor to Sex in the City…The Golden Girls. Who could forget Rose, Sofia, Blanche, and Dorothy? Well, some of you did. In the end, half the teams got the final question right – mostly the ones that were already in the top half. Winners were:
First Place: Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn
Second Place: Dustin Hoffman’s Pants
Third Place: Bowling Green Massacre
Next week’s first category: “Crossroads”
See y’all next week!
Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL
It was a crazy night of trivia on Tuesday here at the Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, full of hootin’, hollerin’, glass-shattering, tie-breaking competition.
The bar was packed as teams duked it out for the coveted first place prize. Competition ran high as teams did everything short of sabotage to secure the lead. There was much debate over everything from kids’ nursery rhymes to the length of various rivers worldwide. It’s safe to say our teams are some of the most cut-throat out there, but hey, that’s what makes for a fun night!
Congrats to all of our teams! Here are your final standings:
First Place: Quiz Knows
Second Place: Memphis B
Third Place: Parrotheads
~ C. J.
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD
With just five points separating first from fifth place tonight, it came down to the wire here at Monkey La La! Our teams made their best guess at our Olympic-sized final; when the dust settled, Sloppy Seconds was the last team standing – they took home the crown and the all-important 20 points towards house standings. Demented and Sad but Social couldn’t quite make up the point deficit and finished 2nd, followed by newcomers Illuminati in 3rd!
Shout out to Demented and Sad but Social for making a scoring correction that actually lowered their point total. In the end it didn’t matter, but that kind move is among the most honorable things a PHT team can do – I greatly appreciate the poise and class from our reigning house champs.
Next week, we’ll get a little greasy. A little fatty. A nice marble. Our winner’s choice category is Deli Meats. See you then!
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD
It was a crazy night of trivia at Quincy’s South in Rockville tonight, so so SO glad everyone out here could join us! It was a great time! Lots of great teams coming out and playing tonight; also a big number of new teams coming out tonight to try us out, hopefully we’ll see some of them out next week!
Surely we’ll see Knowing is Half the Battle next time, these guys were killer! Against a field of savvy veterans, Knowing is Half the Battle led at the halfway point by a strong three points! For a first time crew, this group was super legitimate. Unfortunately for them, however, their luck ran out in the 3rd round, missing a big wager and they fell behind.
This implosion by Knowing is Half the Battle left room for Wingardium Triviosa, last season’s surprise, to climb into the lead. Trailing not so far behind them was Uncle Jack, Screaming Death Monkey, and Balls Out. Wingardium Triviosa looked ready to finish this one with a victory though, missing (if I’m remembering correctly) nothing at all in the second half!
A three-point deficit to start round 3 turned into a six-point lead going into the final as Wingarium Triviosa truly shined among the rest of the teams. We still had the final to play. Lucky for WT, the final was fairly easy tonight, with only a few teams missing points. Unluckily, Wingardium Triviosa happened to be one of those teams. A game that should have been their’s was lost in an instant, making way for Uncle Jack to sneak into the lead and take down this game tonight! A crazy finish!
As if that wasn’t crazy enough, we had a Pour House Trivia first tonight… So, after the final question, Screaming Death Monkey and Balls Out were tied for 2nd place. For the first time ever, we didn’t use a trivia question to settle this dispute. We had a Dance Off!!! I said that as long as BOTH teams agreed to it, I would have no issue with this happening. Well. It did. And it was glorious!
The effort put in by both team’s dancers was just too much for me to deprive either of them of the win here so I just gave BOTH teams the 2nd place prize. So that’s it! This tie was settled, and it ends in a TIE! What a fun time. I’ve got the video here if anyone wants to see this epic PHT first! Not sure if this will ever happen again, but I’m glad it did tonight!
See you next week!
Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 : Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato? (AUDIO)