Annie, Are You Gnocchi?

November is winding down, but Pour House Trivia is still in full swing, as the last Monday of the month gets under way with eight venues!  Twice as many as we started the month with!  We’ve welcomed a lot of new teams to PHT the last few weeks, but we still see the same teams dominating the nightly standings.  Apparently, our trivia teams in Alexandria must have been VERY anxious to get back to their weekly game, as we crammed 17 TEAMS into DRP Monday night!  Chris must be one hell of a great host.  Monday also gave us a chance to see the best one-man team in Pour House Trivia history take down another win!  Read all about it in the nightly recap:

MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (61 teams across eight venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: High School Prom (Spider Kelly’s) with 173

–> Highest Score after Round 4: High School Prom (Spider Kelly’s) with 168

–> Highest First Half Score: High School Prom (Spider Kelly’s) with 90

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Thanks to a tough Over/Under question to finish Round 4, followed up by a very difficult final question, High School Prom was the only team to score a ‘Perfect 21’ on Monday night.

–> The extraterrestrial halftime page played to an average score of 17.3, with six teams scoring 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question was a cinch for many teams, as nearly half of the field knew that “Annie” is the name given to CPR dummies (as referenced in a certain Michael Jackson song).

–> Congratulations to Mike Maccarone of Stink Floyd, who won as a solo player for the 25th time!

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (26.4% success rate):

–> Who is the only African-American performer to have won an Academy Award for acting more than once?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


Buckeye + Bear in Washington, DC

Coming soon…






DRP in Alexandria, VA

Hey everyone!  I hope everyone had a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving.  But it’s time to get back to work as we have Monday night trivia at DRP again.

Tonight, the first half was all about “twos” as at the end of Round 2, two teams tied for first place, two teams tied for third place, and two teams tied for fifth place.  Teams got to that point after knowing the roads of Shenandoah National Park and advertising slogans.  But some had also missed questions on Lorde and her discography.

The second half had a question about movie music that was a “dream maker” for some teams and a “heartbreaker” for some teams.  But for some teams, they managed to overcome that by earning bonus points identifying NATO’s headquarters in Belgium rather than Switzerland.

In the end, the final question asked about the only African-American performer to win more than one acting Oscar.  Some went with the right train of thought of Denzel Washington, but others were led astray with Sidney Poitier.  Eventually, we got three final winners:

First Place:  HR Puff and Stuff

Second Place:  Worst Case Ontario

Third Place:  DRD

Next week’s first category: 1980s Music

Until next time,

~ Chris

1980s Music Trivia


Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD

Tonight we started out with another edition of the “Chad Sings” question, this time in the category of “A Muppet Christmas Carol”.  For this one, I ended up singing a part of the song that Statler and Waldorf sang as Jacob and Robert Marley, just asking for their shared last name.  I liked the halftime page we had today too, which asked about different aliens from TV/film franchises, as well as the nine states that have hosted a Superbowl aside from New York/New Jersey.

Tonight’s final question was about the Academy Awards, and it proved to be pretty tough.  Turns out we had only one team get the question right, but unfortunately they were too far out to shake things up (nice job The People!).  Here are how the final standings shook out:

First Place:  That’s A Niner

Second Place:  Shirts and Skins (on the crafty wager!)

Third Place:  What Else Could It Be?!?!

Next week’s first category:  “The Simpsons”…  Study up!  There’s a marathon on FX right now!

Until next time,

~ Chad

Simpsons Trivia


Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD

Back once again here at Morgan Inn in Woodbine for a little post turkey edition of Pour House Trivia.  Five teams came to battle it out over subjects such as our President-elect, college football, fairy tales, diseases, and Shakespeare. We combined aliens with the NFL for our half time puzzle, and visited the Oscars for the final question.  Don’t forget to check out the website for details on the World Series as we have announced the date.  Here are the results of tonight’s game:

First Place:  Men & Pausers

Second Place:  River Benders

Third Place:  Two Girls / One Team

Next week’s first category:  1980s Washington Redskins

~ Ronnie

1980s Redskins Trivia


Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD

I don’t know if it was something in the air, but the bar was pretty full at Hershey’s Restaurant so we had a fun game on Monday! Other than a couple first timer teams, I had a visit from some regulars at one of my other hosting venues that rocked it! The top 4 teams were all pretty close in their scores once we reached the final question, but after it was answered the top 3 looked like this… Holding on to 3rd place was a first time team, The Caps! Holding onto 2nd place after a shaky 4th round was Smella Nella, and coming in to visit me and pulling out the 1st place victory was the Jon Jeffries Fan Club!! They picked “Triple 50-50: Baltimore Orioles or Washington Nationals” for next weeks winners choice, so study up and come join us next Monday evening at Hershey’s Restaurant!!

~  Jon J


Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

I think the post-Thanksgiving tryptophan haze was still in effect tonight, but our game of Pour House Trivia was still a hot one, that came right down to the finish!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Admittedly-It’s-A-Short-List-But…”:  Admittedly it’s a short list, but the teams still had trouble coming up with a young New Zealand-born pop star tonight, and I don’t blame them in the slightest.  If she’s 20 now, it means Lorde was 17 when her debut album came out, and I couldn’t have told you that, I had no idea she was that young!

In “Sick-Pulls!”: The year of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?  Composer of Moon River?  Location of NATO HQ?  The teams were on fire tonight with strong 2-point bonus pulls! Made it a very tight race!

In “Million-Dollar-Coin-Flip”: The teams were split down the middle on the final between two very good answers; even the bar staff who were listening in were debating between these two!  How would the finale play out?

Honorable Mention tonight goes to a couple whom I have dubbed “Playing But Not Playing”; they got here in the back-half and I could see them answering each question from their seats, but were too nervous to officially jump in. Hope I see them back next week, because they were doing good from what I could see!

In second place tonight, Manischewitz and the Grapes of Wrath!  My favorite group of self-proclaimed “old fogeys”! Just don’t tell that to my parents if they come out to play some time 😉

In first place tonight, taking it down in style, the Roaming Gnomes!  Always good to see some familiar faces around at the different venues, and you guys put on a good show tonight!

Great game everyone! Next week we’ll kick things off with a category about the Indian Ocean! Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Indian Ocean Trivia


Spider Kelly’s in Arlington, VA

Looks like some of our regulars are still “tryppin” on tryptophan from Thanksgiving, as we had nine teams including two newbies who showed up to play!  One of the biggest “goofs” of the night came on the second question when a third of the teams couldn’t name Goofy or his animated TV series of the 1990s.  Other than that, the hardest question to answer for these teams was the bonus naming Lorde’s chart topping album, as well as the final question of the night.  Always interesting to see what a difference a 12 point swing can make!  Our 4th place team ended up in 2nd after answering the final question correctly!  Winners were as follows:

First Place:  High School Prom

Second Place:  Walking Talking Stephen Hawking

Third Place:  Kitten Mittens

Next week’s first category:  “Magic: The Gathering”


~ Kate

Magic the Gathering Trivia


Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

And we are BACK after what I HOPE was a great holiday weekend! Turkey, food, family, monkeys (maybe?).. Glorious times hehe. We continued the tradition of glory tonight at trivia night where a chunk of the regular crowd came in to compete for the prize. A star-studded cast of players spread the room though we’d assume the favorites were gonna be The A Team, winning last week and coming tonight with a full squad (well, just the 4 of them).

The final question of Round 2 asked about New Zealander Lorde who hit it big with the song “Royals” from the fall of 2013. About half the teams had already forgotten about this one; it seemed the only teams to get this were the ones who remember the South Park episode where Randy Marsh admits to being the popstar. This question played a big part in why Stink Floyd held the lead after the first half.

Consistent play led Stink Floyd into the final question with a lead, every team hoping he would slip up, though it didn’t seem likely considering the category was “Academy Awards”. Our solo player, Stink Floyd, is a fairly big movie buff (in addition to other categories as well… he’s an unstoppable trivia force. We just deal with it…). Turns out, the lead he held didn’t even matter as he was the only one to pick up points on the final with Denzel Washington. Every other team either going Sidney Poitier or Morgan Freeman. Multiple nominees but Denzel the only double winner in Acting. Poitier I believe has an Honorary Award.

That’s how the game unfolds. Stink Floyd crushes the competition once again, playing as a single man. Next week he wants us to prep for the holiday season with Christmas Specials! Should be a fun one, I’ll see you guys in 7!

Next week’s first category: Christmas Specials

Animated TV Specials Trivia