Charting a Course with Wednesday Trivia!

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On Wednesday evening, 212 teams attended a Pour House Trivia game at any of our 22 venues, which included a 23-team game at Rockwell Riverside and the debut at RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD!


Teams breezed through the quiz offerings given in Wednesday’s first round. We discussed whether various diseases are caused by a virus or bacteria, looked back at the early acting career of Ryan Reynolds, and toasted with a porter variety of beer. In all, 19 teams earned perfect scores in this round.


The audio question played instrumentals of three songs. Here, 16% of teams earned bonus points for naming all three musical acts: Pearl Jam (Black), Vanessa Carlton (A Thousand Miles), and Christina Aguilera (Beautiful). A few questions later, we hit this bit on artistic common bonds:

  • What single word completes the titles of all the following works: William Hogarth’s The Rake’s BLANK and The Harlot’s BLANK, as well as John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s BLANK?

This was the toughest wagering query in the first half, as 32% of the field filled in those blanks correctly with the word Progress. The round concluded with a question on HBO’s The Gilded Age in which 15% of teams received bonus points for naming either of the show’s major families, the Russells and Van Rhjins. This round’s perfect teams were Those Guys (GearHouse), Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Barstool), and Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape).


Celebs who got their big break on reality television comprised the top half of the night’s halftime round, while the bottom part featured answers that each ended with the letters US. While the average score was 15.9 points, only four teams went a perfect 20-for-20. At the halftime break, these were the top scores:


Wednesday’s second half started with Three Clues about a U.S. state capital:

  • This city sits along the banks of a river named for its home state.
  • It is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 30.
  • It is home to a Presidential library which opened in 2004.

Only six teams named the Arkansas capital of Little Rock before the final clue, making this the hardest bonus chance of the night. Late in the round, we had back-to-back toughies starting with this:

  • Also associated with college athletics, what naval rank officially refers to a junior officer-in-training, usually at the Naval Academy or in an ROTC program?

Just under a quarter of the field had the correct term, midshipman. The last question of the round asked about a certain element:

  • An isotope of which element currently serves as the reference standard of the mole unit for the International System of Units?

Roughly 37% of teams knew of the carbon isotope. This was the only round with no perfect scores.


About 16% of teams were able to identify the MLB’s Colorado Rockies on the six-point clue in Wednesday’s 6-4-2; however, almost two-fifths of the field took a zero with their guess! The last round kicked off with a question about Aaron Sorkin‘s cameo appearance in A Few Good Men, which had a 25% success rate. The night’s hardest question came later:

  • For your wager, identify either the author of the novel If Beale Street Could Talk, or the actress who won an Oscar for its film adaptation.

Just over 20% of the field named either author James Baldwin or actress Regina King for wagering credit, but 5.66% identified both for bonus points. At the end of the round, we had a three-parter where teams had to name the U.S. Cabinet department each list’s people led as Secretary:

  • 1)  Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, Lloyd Austin
  • 2)  Frances Perkins, Elizabeth Dole, Julie Su
  • 3)  Herbert Hoover, Penny Pritzker, Gina Raimondo

With a 26% wagering success rate, the respective departments are DefenseLabor, and Commerce. A quartet of perfect teams played this round: Power Vacuum (Belles’), Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape), Kaitlyn (Celtic House), and Porpoise Pod (Celtic House). We reached the last question of Wednesday’s game with these high scores:

FINAL QUESTION (28.3% success rate):

  • Which song reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1970s and 1990s, then reached the top 40 in 2018?

Due to its initial release, its use in Wayne’s World, then its namesake biopic, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody enjoyed multiple chart renaissances. Two teams put together a Perfect 21 in this game: Hey Siri (Memories) and Donner Party People (Quinn’s). Wednesday’s final leaderboard featured these teams:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Italian Food)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Smothers Brothers)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Hey Siri  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s The Simpsons Episodes)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Purple Yamelot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oscar Winners)

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

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Gilded Age)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: William Goldman Films)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Questionable Content  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Female K-Pop Groups)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aaron Sorkin Works)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Recreational Fishing)

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

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Konnichiwa Jason  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Interstate Highways)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Hawks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battles of Lexington and Concord)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Year’s Resolutions)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nineteen Eighty-Four)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: LEGO)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: ON HIATUS  (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Foster’s Grille – Warrenton in Warrenton, VA: McKenzie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Video Games)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Three Good Arms  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Team Logos)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Plutocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob Dole)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Porpoise Pod  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dog Breeds)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Atlanta Braves)