All’s Fair in Love and Wednesday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia came back from the Independence Day holiday with 166 teams playing at one of our 19 venues, including a 20-teamer at Idiom Brewing.


The only question to trip up most teams came in this Triple 50/50 in which players had to decide whether each of these facts was about the Beatles or the Monkees:

  • 1) Both of their surviving members are in their 80s.
  • 2) Jimi Hendrix was their opening act in July 1967 but was replaced for not connecting well with the audience. 
  • 3) This group appeared in a feature film co-produced and co-written by Jack Nicholson.

The first fact was about Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney of the Beatles, while the latter two described the Monkees (including their film Head); just under a third of the field had all three parts correct for bonus credit. Other questions in this round dealt with Dolly the cloned sheep, various Beagles, and regular-season NFL perfection achieved by the 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots. After one round, there were 24 perfect scores.


The second round kicked off with a three-part audio question about songs with the word take in the title. Two questions later, we had the first half’s toughest wagering query:

  • Which state is officially nicknamed the Equality State, as it was the first to grant women the right to vote?
  • For two bonus points, name either of this state’s two current U.S. Senators.

This time, just over a third of our teams correctly named Wyoming, while 5.4% added on with either Senator: John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis. We also translated the Latin phrase veni vidi vici into the English I came, I saw, I conquered and Lucille Ball‘s film run-in with the Three Stooges. Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s) and Police Squad (Memories) had this round’s only perfect efforts.


Cards from board games such as Monopoly and Scattergories were shown at the top of the halftime page, while the bottom section asked teams to figure out where each of a list of celebrities were born in the U.S, U.K., or Australia. Only Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) earned all 20 points here, with the average squad scoring 15.9 points. At this point, these were the top Wednesday teams:


A question about former MLB slugger Sammy Sosa opened up the second half, after which we ran into Wednesday’s hardest wagering question:

  • On the HBO series The Wire, ruthless drug dealer Omar Little could sometimes be heard whistling which musical nursery rhyme while sticking up his enemies?

Little whistled The Farmer in the Dell, named correctly by 24% of the field. A crossword-style query about the edible endive leafy plant saw just three teams name it before the crossword clue was given out, making it the least-successful bonus chance of the game. This was the only round in which no team scored a perfect 36 points.


A whopping 107 teams named penicillin from the six-point clue in the 6-4-2. An art question early in the last round hung tough:

  • While Michelangelo’s version of David is more famous, which other Florentine artist known by a one-word name depicted David in a bronze statue commissioned by the Medici family in the 1440s?

Donatello was named by 36% of teams. We also featured questions on Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit single Don’t Worry Be Happy and a famous quote from the film Goodfellas in this round. Eleven perfect scores were achieved here. These teams were in the lead before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (70.48% success rate):

  • In 1795, King Stanislaw II of Poland was forced to abdicate his throne by what monarch, who also happened to be his former lover?

That awkward situation between former lovers happened when Catherine the Great of Russia forced Stanislaw II’s abdication. That capped the only Perfect 21 of the night, as Boldly Arrowski (Celtic House) had correct answers to each of our wagering questions! Wednesday came to a close with these high team scores:


Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: John Triviolta  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrek)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Grossly Negligent Guessing  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Police (band))


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: International Calling Codes)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Police Squad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Battles)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bermuda)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Law & Order)

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

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB All-Star Game)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Movie Music)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doctor Who)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nuclear Weapons)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Twizzlers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kate Bush)

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

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Broadway)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Second Breakfast Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Facts of Life)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV Sitcoms)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (audio))

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shutter Island)

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

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Cornhole in One  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hapsburg Dynasty)