Alphabets, geography and Kardashians – Oh my! Live Wednesday trivia from Pour House Trivia!

Pour House pub trivia‘s Wednesday was packed to the gills with live trivia, with about 10 games all over Maryland and Virginia!

We kept up with the Kardashians (barf), did a little geography and hung with the alphabet – read it all below!

Applebees – Frederick, MD

We are just flying through this fall season, it’s already starting to get cold outside and I can’t believe it’s already almost November. Tonight we started out with a question that is definitely fitting with the fall times in the category of Pumpkin Spice stuff. We asked a multiple choice question about the recipe for pumpkin pie spice, which is Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Allspice (NOT Turmeric, which was the answer).

After the pumpkin spice was a question about things ending in the letter ‘U’, such as a guru or the art of jiu-jitsu. Also, we talked about the origins of volleyball, which apparently became popular because of its prevalence in nudist colonies. The music legends question that came next was a bit tougher, asking about Bob Dylan, who adopted his stage name as a tribute to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, opting for that name over his original last name of Zimmerman. Ending the round was a question about the FFA, which stands for the Future Farmers of America, which I was never a member of, although I know a bunch of people that were!

The next round started with an audio question about Reality TV shows, and the theme song for Keeping Up With the Kardashians just sounds super annoying, I can’t imagine the show is any better though. I love Pawn Stars though, that show is fun. I’ve never watched Deadliest Catch, but I hear good things about it, and those guys live seriously dangerous lives.

The next question in the category of 3 clues/1 US state led to some confusion among teams, as apparently the definition of the word continuous isn’t that well known. Almost everybody thought we were talking about a team that stayed in one city, but that isn’t necessarily true. Also, the other clues about the most populous state capital and a Senator who lost the 2008 Presidential election as the republican candidate should have led teams to the state of Arizona. The Cardinals used to be the Chicago Cardinals back in 1898, but eventually moved to St. Louis before moving to Arizona where they are now.

The next question was about the film Miss Congeniality, where Sandra Bullock is an undercover cop who poses as a beauty pageant contestant, and apparently represents New Jersey in the pageant. The human body question asked about the hardeset material in the human body which is a part of your tooth, talking about the enamel. Ending the round we asked about Cold Stone Creamery, with their Like It, Love It, and Gotta Have It sizes and their Birthday Cake Remix (which might be my favorite thing they have there).

Halftime had a bunch of different obscure instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, the lute, the didgeridoo, the alphorn, and the flugelhorn (although luckily there was an answer bank!). There was also a chain reaction themed section, where the last letter of each answer was the same as the first letter in the next answer, which is something I always like.

After that we headed into the next round and asked about people who had the initials E.R. and I was surprised anybody knew who Esther Rolle is, who played Florida Evans on “Good Times”. I was glad nobody missed Eleanor Roosevelt, but the father of nuclear physics Ernest Rutherford proved to be a bit tougher to get, with Roentgen being a popular wrong guess. The cooking question next talked about the Cordon Bleu school of cooking, which apparently Julia Child went to.

Baseball was the next question, more specifically the World Series (which is coming up!!) asking about the only two people to hit a home run to end a world series, doing it in 1960 and 1993 respectively. Nobody knew Bill Mazeroski who did it for the Pirates, but a lot of teams knew Joe Carter who did it for the Blue Jays in 1993, with at least one person knowing it because he was a disappointed Phillies fan who had the disappointing image seared into his brain. Afterwards we asked about recent action films, talking about The Maze Runner, which is a pretty good movie in my opinion. I definitely had fun with it.

We headed into the 6-4-2 question and asked about a European country, which was the first one to host the Olympics after World War I, as well as the location where the treaty that ended the War of 1812 was signed. The next clue was that this country borders France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and the last clue talked about Waffles and the capital city being Brussels.

Starting round four was tough as nobody knew the answer to the jazz question from today, asking about the Jazz saxophonist who was known for his composition entitled “ornithology” which Charlie Parker. Way too many guesses of Kenny G, although I only really know Charlie Parker because they talk about him in the movie Whiplash. The next question focused on musicians, asking about the guys who kept people calm aboard the Titanic by continuing to play as the ship sank. What a bunch of heroes those guys were.

African Geography was the next question, and it definitely highlighted how little people know about Africa sometimes. The question asked teams to name just ONE of the five countries that border South Africa other than Lesotho, with a bonus if teams can name TWO of them. I definitely had some ridiculous guesses on this one too, with teams putting countries that were all over the place, some several thousand miles away from South Africa. The only one no team got was Botswana, but between everybody Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland were all mentioned.

The last two questions both had something to do with animals, with the word origins question talking about the origin of the term Scapegoat, which comes from the book of Leviticus. The zoology question talked about the mammary glands, which are present in all female mammals, although they grow independently in marsupials. Heading into the final question things were pretty close, and the final category was Name That Pop Star! I was excited for this one.

The final question proved to be tough, as only one team got the answer correct, sealing the win for them. Third place tonight went to Rent-A-Swag, who were definitely feeling extra sassy today, as they were bringing the sass any chance they got (looking at you Jenna!). Second place went to Dalek Dance Party, who were on a roll for most of the game and held the lead for much of the second half. Winning tonight, however, being the only team to get the final and pushing their winning streak to five(?) in a row, congrats to Suck It Trebek! Nice job guys and gals!

Next week we start with a question about the movie Aladdin (I was specifically told NOT the off-broadway stuff!). So go study up, you won’t regret it! Love that movie! I’ll see you all again next week!

Until next time,

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Trivia Ju-Jitsu! It was a bar trivia grappling match at Barefoot Bernies Wednesday night in Hagerstown, MD. Teams wrestled with the likes of Thumbelina, Cold Stone Creamery and Esther Rolle! (Let’s face it, an Esther Rolle reference should be made weekly IMHO).

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Great work all night navigating through that set of live trivia questions y’all! There were some tough ones for sure! After a couple of hours of play we had our Top 3 teams emerge!

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The endgame could have gone many ways. Only one team managed to grab the Whitney Houston final, and that was our winners! Congrats BIF! 🙂

Next week we kick off with US Military History. Have a great weekend everyone and I wil see you soon. DG 🙂

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Belles’ Sports Bar – Frederick, MD

Tonight’s round of live trivia was not for the faint of heart at Belles, but it was for the dirty minded. Innuendos were flying around hot and heavy, I actually gave up at one point and just laughed. I feel like that is a somewhat regular occurrence on our Wednesday nights.

I am so very sorry about the question about the family who shall not be named, but I think I made up for it with the Thumbalina question. The joking about Jersey got derailed by the hard stuff in your mouth question, and no one came up with either Bill Mazeroski or Birthday cake remix. Tonight was a bit all over the place, much like this write up. I’m actually having a hard time not talking about more of the slightly risque jokes.

Let’s just talk about the final- a threesome! Wait. Er, three-way tie! That’s better. Three way going in to the final, and we had only one team in the entire field being strategic. After a rather high pitched, tough final we had a bit of a shake up.

Peggin patschak were making a guest appearance and managed to be one of two teams to get the final, securing the 3rd place spot. 2nd went to the smart wagering duo of Killin Me Smalls! nice job guys! 1st was Team Wednesday, who managed to come up with Whitney herself, and secured the top spot. Next week we will start out with mexican cuisine, something I can study right along with you. 😉


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To start the game I had Graham Top TJ Bottom ask me “What is a pub trivia coupon?” I responded as any one of us should “They are the coupons you get when you place in the top three on any given live trivia night. It makes sense you guys would have no idea what they are.” True, a cheap shot, but Graham Top TJ Bottom has been notorious for poor performances. Would that change tonight? You’ll know in 45 short seconds!

The first half played fairly easily for the crowd of veteran teams I had playing, seeming like everyone was picking up all the same questions to a point where being the only team with a perfect halftime sheet would be a huge boost going into the second half. Graham Top TJ Bottom showed their musical instrument prowess by delivering when they needed to, coming up with a 20, while the 2nd highest score was a 17! This led them into the 1st place spot all alone at the end of the first half, by about 3 or 4 points!

The E.R. question in round 3 made a big impact on the game, and quite a fun story to tell. Our 3rd answer, Ernest Rutherford, is called the father of nuclear physics. The most common answer I got was Edmund Rontgen who doesn’t actually exist. I think the teams were trying to come up with Wilhelm Rontgen’s first name, the father of the X-Ray, but alas, that was not the case. I had 3 different teams not only pick the wrong guy but make up the same wrong first name. I very much enjoyed that.

Going into the final, the summer champs Chuck Rodent held the lead, followed by Grant Top TJ Bottom and Strangers have the Best Candy. The scores were spread in a way that the wager would mean a lot here. The final played very hard, no one getting it, so the wagers meant a ton. 3rd Place tonight was Strangers have the best candy with a conservative bet. 2nd place, a drop from the top for Chuck Rodent and winning tonight, finally seeing a trivia coupon is Graham Top TJ Bottom who missed the final but bet very to secure a victory in a stumper final question! Amazing! Great game guys! Back in a week! Bring it!

1st Place: Graham Top TJ Bottom
2nd Place: Chuck Rodent
3rd Place: Strangers have the Best Candy

Next week: John Stamos Facts

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What started out as a slow night turned out to be close to a packed house at Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon on Wednesday night.  We started with only five teams, but it was nice to see some new faces wander in and join the game  (and do quite well on top of that).  In the end, it was a fine performance by Two Girls and an Idiot, who maintained a steady lead all night, and had the game wrapped up with an insurmountable lead before the final question.  It’s been a while since we’ve had a runaway victory!  Alice Alice hit the final to secure second, while Trivia Newton John took third.  next week, we begin the game with a question on “Gilmore Girls”!  ~ Matt




Memories Charcoal House – Mount Airy, MD

Memories was LIVE tonight! We had a couple of new teams join the ranks and fight for prizes, shaking things up a bit for our regulars.

We breezed though the first round, and had a little fun with our Reality TV Audio question to start Round 2. Sorry for subjecting you to Kim Kardashian’s voice for that long, guys. I know it was touch and go there for a minute, but you made it through. The puzzle pages followed with a smattering of unconventional instruments and a word play challenge, and the scores were definitely all over the place on that one!

The second half proved a little harder and may have frightened a couple of our new teams, but you all persevered. The scoreboard started to shake out through the final round, leading up to our Pop Star Final Question.

Oh, right, about those scores: Taking home third place, back in action, were the Men & Pausers!! In second just ahead of them were our Polyamorous Virgins, being beat out by the killer See What Had Happened Was gang. Their choice of first category for next week?

SERIAL KILLERS. Enjoy studying for that one. Until next week, guys!



The Olney Tavern – Olney, MD

Last nights game at The Tavern started off CRAZY close score-wise.

Thankfully, after I scored the puzzle page they slowly started separating, so I didn’t have to use a tie-breaker at the end. (Whew) Tonights final could have changed up most of how the top 3 could look, unfortunately everyone wagered the same and everyone answered incorrectly!!

Finishing 3rd was Moving Forward! 2nd place went to Olney the Lonely, and this weeks king of the mountain is John Lithgow’s Fan Club! The decided to go with the show The Big Bang Theory for next Wednesday’s winner’s choice, so study up and let’s have another great battle next week at The Tavern!!

~ Jon J

Big Bang Theory TV Trivia

The Revolution Bar is always full of surprises, and tonight was no
exception! The newbies and the vets are mixing it up nice and spicy
there; tonight was a hot one!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Did-They-Not-Have-Them-At-Your-School?”: The FFA question was a
surprisingly tough one tonight. They were very prevalent at
Walkersville High; I figured it was in a lot more, but I guess I was

In “Puzzle-Pages-From-Hell”: The top part of the puzzle page was
devastating tonight, even with a answer key! These crazy instruments
were messing with people!

In “Head-Scratching-Questions”: No one had any idea that Charlie
Parker had the nickname of Bird. Not to mention I don’t think many
knew who Charlie Parker was to begin with! To the point where I was
pressganged into looking up his nickname online between questions.

The final tonight was crucial; the standings had a last second flip
because of it!

In third place tonight, Green Machine!

In second place tonight, GT80 Sauce!

In first place tonight, the only team to get the final correct and
leaping up because of it, E=MC Hammer!
Next week, we’re gonna start things off on a more somber note; round
one question one will be the 27 Club. If you don’t know what that is,
Google it. Try not to get too upset before next week!

Until then,

27 Club Pour House Trivia

Valley Grill – Middletown, MD

Back inside here at Valley Grill as it is starting to get a little chilly outside.

It was hot inside however, and we had a great contest for one of the best prize sets on the circuit. Here are the results of tonight’s game:

Richard Tickler in 1st

Stupid Sexy Flanders in 2nd

Simple Minds in 3rd

Our first category for next week is Fargo the TV series!

~ Ronnie