Declaring Independence at Wednesday Trivia!

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Twelve Pour House Trivia locations provided a Wednesday dose of questions and answers for a total of 106 teams!


All things considered, wagering questions in the first round weren’t too challenging. However, a bonus question related to Capital One‘s TV ads ended up one of the most difficult of the night: just 15% of the field knew that 11-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift is one of the company’s celebrity spokespeople. We also had a serving of the rice dish risotto and discussed New York and Wisconsin‘s borders on multiple Great Lakes. Blind Squirrels (Memories), In Last Place (GearHouse), and I’m Useless (Falling Branch) each came out of the opening round with perfect scores.


An audio question about three versions of the song Personal Jesus and a look back at Thurgood Marshall‘s work on Brown v Board of Education preceded the hardest wagering question of the first half:

  • In an upcoming release on Disney Plus, which animated duo will appear in a film version of their adventurous television show that aired more than 30 years ago?

Just under three-fifths of the field knew their Rescue Rangers, Chip and Dale, are returning for another adventure; about 20% of teams added a pair of bonus points for knowing either John Mulaney or Andy Samberg as the voices of the aforementioned characters. The crowd concluded with questions on the pigment melanin and Prince Harry‘s founding of the Invictus Games. Perfect scores in this round were attained by five teams.


Wednesday’s teams spent halftime identifying bands by their headshots and figuring out whether various Saturday Night Live sketches ever became feature films. The average score on this page was 15.2, but six teams were able to go all the way to a 20-point effort. The top-scoring teams at the halftime intermission can be found here:


We hit the nostalgia button with a question on the groundbreaking music video for the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing to open second-half play. A query about the not-so-invincible Spanish Armada led into the hardest question of the round, a three-parter on words that are also Caribbean islands. While 59% of teams got two of the three answers right for wagering points, only 10 percent knew all three answers for their bonus. Some screenworthy questions on a Chuck Norris mobile game and the former FX show Nip/Tuck rounded things out.  Seven teams were perfect in the third round on Wednesday.


This evening’s 6-4-2 on the MLB’s Atlanta Braves was aced by 11 teams for the full six points. The fourth round brought the pain early with what became easily the toughest question of the game:

  • Which two planets in our Solar System have a rotational period of fewer than 12 Earth hours?

Even though teams only had to identify one of those gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, to earn wagering points, only 32% were able to do so. On top of that, just six teams submitted both correct answers for bonus points. We continued on with topics such as British singer Ed Sheeran, the Adam Sandler film Spanglish, and the NHL’s Florida Panthers. A perfect score was just out of reach in the fourth, as no teams were able to get the full 36 points. We proceeded into the final question with these teams at the top of the standings:

FINAL QUESTION (19.8% success rate):

  • One of the Virginia delegates that signed the Declaration of Independence would eventually have two of his direct descendants serve as U.S. President.  For your wager, what is this man’s last name?

While there have been multiple families with more than one U.S. President in the family tree, that delegate was Benjamin Harrison, father of William Henry and great-grandfather of his namesake. Sexual Chocolate (Memories) didn’t just know that, they knew every single wagering question’s answer to snag the Perfect 21 on Wednesday! They used that feat to record the high score of the night, with these other teams joining close behind:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SpongeBob SquarePants)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smuttynose  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Zombie Films)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Micronations)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Team Nicknames)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Birds of Maryland)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Rock Album Covers)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: We Like to Come From Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Green Tea Shots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: I’m Useless  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blues Brothers Band Members)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Towards Fourth  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: IPA Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Flags)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Twizzlers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: West Virginia History)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: All About That Bass  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Nickelodeon Cartoons)

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