Don’t Go 28 Years Without Playing Trivia!

It was another fantastic opening night, as we welcomed our third Florida venue to the Pour House family, as well as our third TopGolf venue!

WEDNESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (101 teams across 15 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Stupider Sexier Flanders (Valley Grill) with 164

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Deaf Squirrels (Memories) with 157

–> Highest First Half Score: Deaf Squirrels and Satan’s School for Girls (Memories) with 88

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): NONE

–> Our halftime page featured statues of international leaders, as well as matching songs with the word “Money” in the title to their original artists.  The page played to an average score of 15.7, with only FIVE teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question played slightly easier, as 24% of our teams scored six points by recognizing the title of the most recent song released by Foo Fighters.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (47.4% success rate):

–>  Penned by French author Michel Tournier, a book entitled “Friday, or, the Other Island” is a modern retelling of which 18th Century novel supposedly based on the life of Alexander Selkirk?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Valley Grill in Middletown, MD

It was the first night for Summer Fling here at Valley Grill and what a beautiful night it was, with players inside in the cool AC, and folks outside enjoying the summer-esque weather.  For the first round of the game, we made a stop at Sheetz for some M-T-O action, talked a little baseball with “Scooter” Gennett’s four home run game, and mixed up the Periodic Table with the Manhattan Project.  We also featured some “kid friendly” four letter words, including this “forgetful” Pixar character.

Dory Pixar Animated

Off to round two and our traditional first category audio clue, featuring the likes of the Georgia Satellites, Blondie, and this recent artist.

Weeknd

We followed them up with former President W.H. Harrison, the capital of Denmark, and the 1993 family film “Homeward Bound.” Lastly we addressed this common wedding tradition of offering forth the bride’s garter.

Wedding

The third round got a bit tougher for some of our teams, including the Biblical writings of King Solomon, the flavors found in the limited run of Mt. Dew’s “Dew S. A.”, and the 5th century conqueror Attila the Hun. EGOT winners Mel Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, and Rita Moreno was a bit of a challenge for most teams, as well as the proper way to hold a ping pong paddle.  The final round eased up a bit with Darwin’s inspirational locale the Galapagos Islands, and this type of ancient sea vessel that has since become a term for a type of kitchen.

Galley Boat

There was some challenge in the knowing the amount of bones in an adult human skeleton, but the teams made up for it with this 60’s animated TV series.

Speed Racer

They also did well on points with this 80’s top comedy film.

Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy

The final question saw a reasonable amount of success with a modern retelling of “Robinson Crusoe”. Here are the results:

First Place:  Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift

Second Place:  Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap

Third Place:  Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters

Next week’s first category:  The Works of Dr. Chuck Tingle

Chuck Tingle

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The Tavern in Olney, MD

Our opening night of the Summer Fling season went off without a hitch at The Tavern in Olney on Wednesday evening!  We actually had two new teams competing for the first time, but it sounded like they may become regular players in the future, which I would love to see for the competition here.  One of the new teams tonight (One Head is Better Than None) was comprised of only one person, but after the halftime puzzle page, he was actually holding his own in second place!  However, the game doesn’t end there, so there was still LOTS of battling in the second half for the top three spots!

The Flag Day Fan Club held a very small lead over the rest of the pack as we began what would prove to be a rather difficult third round.  While no team answered all five questions correctly, our leaders escaped relatively unscathed, increasing their lead to seven points by the end of the round.  I didn’t have any crazy, final question team switching since most of our teams answered the final question correctly, but at the end of Week 1, our final stansings looked like this…  Moving into third place by the end of Round 4 and hanging on for a spot in the money was the steady Mamma Lu’s!  Struggling a bit in the second half of the game, but playing STRONG throughout to finish with the second place prize was Olney The Lonely!  Moving into first place after the halftime puzzle page and never looking back to take their first victory of the summer was the Flag Day Fan Club!!

Our winners decided to request an audio question for next week’s winners choice category: Country Music Hall of Famers (AUDIO), so study up, and I’ll look forward to another GREAT time on Wednesday at The Tavern!

~ Jon J

Country Music Trivia

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Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD

Coming soon…

Next week’s first category:  Historical STD’s

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Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD

Tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia was…well let’s face it, we had ourselves a slobber-knocker tonight at Bennigan’s in Frederick.  The front half of the game?  Fine.  The back half?  Hooo boy…

Highlights of the Night:

In “Enrico-Who?-Suave?”: When asked to name famous physicists who might have chemical elements named after them, thankfully plenty of teams thought of Einstein and his Einsteinium.  Unfortunately, Enrico Fermi wasn’t on anyone’s minds. Fermium just isn’t as well known I guess!

In “Round-3-From-Hell”: When we came back from halftime…goodness gracious. It’s like everyone’s brains all suddenly came to screeching halts.  I don’t remember the last time we had such a rough round!  I’m glad we got out of it without TOO much angry muttering,

In “THAT-IS-E-GOT”: Y’all need to CHILL. G oodness gracious, you don’t pronounce the T on EGOT and people FREAK.  It’s an acronym people, it don’t really matter!  Keep screaming at me and I’ll come out there after you! I get it, it’s been a rough round, but SHEESH!

Defensive wagers abounded tonight when “Literature” came up as the final category, but everyone seemed to fair pretty well with this question, as it was answered correctly by about two-thirds of our field.  That question left tonight’s final standings as follows:

In third place tonight, Simple Minds!

In second place tonight, Momentary Lapse of Reason!

In first place tonight, Poovey Farms!

A tough but good game overall tonight.  Next week, we’ll be back to kick things off with a category about the company Google!  That should be interesting at least.  Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Google

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Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD

Coming soon…

First Place:  Witiots

Second place:  Dalek Dance Party

Third place: Late to the Game

Next week’s first category:  Triple 50/50 (Pasta Shape or Renaissance Painter?)

Pasta

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Top Golf in Alexandria, VA

It’s the first week of Summer Fling 2017!  The teams here at TopGolf in Alexandria will be competing not just against our house teams, but against the rest of our Northern Virginia constituency in our truncated season.  We started off this new season at TopGolf Alexandria with eight teams in contention tonight for the first “W”.  Unfortunately, one of our rounds proved quite taxing and caused quite the shake-up in our standings.  What exactly happened tonight?

Round 1 started with a question on the battle of Manila Bay, which only our most ardent Spanish-American War fans knew.  Then, everybody submitted their answer within one minute on the question about the gas station chain Sheetz.  But, a difficult question on elements 99 and 100 led no team to guess Enrico Fermi as the second of two possible answers.  Round 2 included a question on identifying tourist landmarks in Copenhagen, and while some struggled there, everyone had an easier time with the film “Homeward Bound”.

Then, Round 3 hit.  There were certainly no easy questions in this round.  Luckily, some of the teams managed to pick up a few points on books of the Bible and Attila the Hun.  No team managed to break the century mark after this difficult round.  Round 4 provided some much-needed respite as teams managed to rack up some last-minute points asking about the Galapagos Islands and “Beverly Hills Cop”, but some difficult questions on knowing the number of bones in the human body halted others from making further progress.

The Final Question proved to be quite a stumper, but two teams managed to pick up that vital clue of Friday and island and put them together to get “Robinson Crusoe”.  Because of that, we have our medal table for tonight:

First Place:  Hexa-Hotties

Second Place:  Stop Golf 2017 (Inaugural game!)

Third Place:  Uncles with Benefits

Next week’s first category:  Medieval Warfare

Until next time,

~ Chris

Middle Ages Medieval History

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Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA

A rousing game of Pour House Trivia at the Greene Turtle in Leesburg tonight!  We started our game with a flashback to 1984 with the “Who’s the Boss” theme song, followed with some four-letter words.  Luckily, these were the good kind of four-letter words, because all three were fantastic for our teams.  We channeled “The Colonel” with the next question, as teams aced our KFC query.  It was the Periodic Table and MLB stats that started to trip up some of our teams.  After Round 1, we saw a tie between Team Eagle and Two Geminis.

Our second round got us grooving with some “body part” songs, and they were hits!  Quite a few may have either given up, or caught a garter in their day, but may have skipped history class, as only a couple of our teams were able to answer correctly on the William Henry Harrison question.  After a trip to Copenhagen, we were “Homeward Bound” to finish Round 2.  An almost perfect puzzle page by Obscure References brought them up to our top spot.

The second half of our game featured a bit of a slow start, as both the Bible and ping pong seemed to be lost on everybody.  A little Mountain Dew got our teams going with no problem, as did Atilla the Hun and Mel Brooks.  The Foo Fighters 6-4-2 question also seemed to trick a couple teams, but helped Obscure References keep their first place spot.

The fourth and final round went easily for most.  From geography to boat talk, “Speed Racer” to “Beverly Hills Cop”, these were a breeze.  Only the A + B = C question had are teams thinking hard.  Only one team was able to pull our final question on “Robinson Crusoe”, but it was too little too late as the game had been taken already by Obscure References.  Second place went to Wahoos Suck!, while finishing in third place was Two Geminis.

Our first category next week will be Hair Bands.  Thanks everyone!

~ Aaron

Hair Bands Trivia

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TopGolf in Tampa, FL

What a crazy first night at TopGolf in Tampa!  We started with nine teams some ready to fight, while some of the others were just sitting around waiting for a golf bay to open.  That doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun playing trivia, right!  Anyway, the nine teams that started were all in contention after the first round!  Buffalo Born, Oh Baby and Unicorn on the Cob were all fighting for that first place spot with a tie atop the leaderboard!  Naked Coed Hockey was only down by one point! Burns Bullies had a rough first round, but that didn’t keep them from staying around!

In the second round, the standings generally stayed the same.  Burns’ Bullies made a jump up to fifth place, while Naked Coed Hockey fell back to fourth place; a crucial category bonus pick went badly in that round.  Luckily for those teams, Balls and JZ were called for their bays and had to end their game all of the sudden.  We expected that, but that still left seven teams fighting for the number one spot.  Unicorn on the Cob took a commanding lead with a phenomenal puzzle page, but that didn’t stop Naked Coed Hockey or Burns Bullies from their continued track to the top.  Oh Baby had a relatively rough puzzle page, but were still maintaining that third place spot.  Team Rocket, well they were there for a good, fun time!

After the puzzle page, Buffalo Born had to leave, even with their second place position, and so did the Dazzling Divas, which left five contenders.  Round three was tough! Burns Bullies were the only team to know that a Ping Pong Paddle could be held with a “Penhold” or a “Shakehand” position.  Crucial knowledge, putting their team in third place going into Round 4!  For the final question, we had a few “go big or go home” wagers, and a few zeroes for wagers, and it was the teams who wagered strategically who won, given that no one could figure out the connection of Literature with Friday and an Island to the final of “Robinson Crusoe”.

Burns’ Bullies were able to pull out the third place prize after a tough start!  Naked Coed Hockey received the second place prize after a rough third round, but it was Unicorn on the Cob who remained in first after the final question!

What a fun first night Thanks to everyone who played!  For those teams that had to leave early, I venture to say they will be back for blood next week at trivia!

Next week’s first category:  Cleveland Sports History!

Cleveland Baseball History

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Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD

I ended my last night of training at Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, and I’d say it was a success!  Eleven teams came out to play tonight.  Most of the regulars came back this week, but we also welcomed new teams LMNOP, Trivia Newton John, and Goobers.  Some of our regulars changed their names for the Summer Fling season.  Alternative Facts switched to Go for the Wedge, Time to get Schwifty are now Bees?, and Rhymes with Orange are now Handshoes and Horse Grenades; can’t wait to hear the story on that name.

Every team earned their wagers on the third question of the first round as well as he second and fouth questions of Round 2.  The average score for the halftime sheet was 17, as most teams thought the statue of Saddam Hussein was Joseph Stalin, but still no team scored less than 12 on this page.  The two perfect scores went to Just the Tip and Dusty Baker School of Management.  For those of you that were unable to attend, Dusty Baker won the Season XV World Series on Sunday, it was their second World Series title in the last three seasons.  Congrats!

The third round gave most of our teams a hard time.  The third question of the round was the toughest, as only two teams earned points by naming varieties of Mountain Dew.  Those two teams (Bees? and LMNOP) also earned a two-point bonus on this question, gaining some vital points against the rest of the field.  The category for the final question of the round was Award-Winning Celebrities.  Three teams earned their wager here, while Go For the Wedge earned the only two-point bonus.

Thank you everyone for coming out and hopefully I’ll see most of you again next week when I join the competition with Bees?.  Here are your top three finishers:

First Place: Dusty Baker School of Management

Second Place: LMNOP

Third Place: Roaming Gnomes

Next week’s first category: C&O Canal

~ Skye

C&O Canal

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Memories in Mount Airy, MD

It’s Summer Fling season, y’all!!  Usually it’s a time for teams to relax a little, try and gain some new players, pick out a new team name, and gain some points towards our Summer Fling tournament…  But the teams at Memories apparently didn’t get the memo, as they brought their A-Game this week, fighting tooth and nail for those points like there was a House Championship on the line!  I guess that’s to be expected, with a Top 10 World Series team in the house!!  Congrats, Satan’s School for Girls!

After a competitive first half, the Deaf Squirrels managed to post the only perfect score on the halftime page.  That boost pushed them into a tie with Satan’s School for Girls at 88 points apiece heading into the second half.  In the third round, we asked more than a few challenging questions to test the field.  A crucial Attila the Hun question really brought some teams a tough coin-flip answer, followed by an even tougher EGOT question that left all but the toughest teams scrambling.  The Deaf Squirrels missed just one question in the round, and since they were savvy enough to use their one-point wager, they took over sole possession of the lead.  By the end of the fourth round, that lead reached double digits, but not quite enough to clinch the win.

The final question tonight dealt with Classic Literature.  Difficult or not, it was certainly decisive, as only four teams came up with the correct response.  That left us with a clear picture of your top three teams:

First Place:  Deaf Squirrels

Second Place: Goal Unit Baskets

Third Place: Satan’s School for Girls

Taking it down as a duo, the Deaf Squirrels selected The Wars of the Roses as next week’s first category.  Study up and we’ll see you next week!

~ Nick

English History Wars of the Roses

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Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD

Tonight at the Furnace in Thurmont, we kicked off the 2017 Summer Fling season with a fun night of Pour House Trivia!  As always friendly rivals, We Need an Adult and Breakfast For Dinner paddled for the top spot as Member Berries and Super Synapses were each hoping for their first Pour House win!  However, coming out of the halftime page, We Need an Adult took a commanding seven-point lead over the nearest competitor Breakfast For Dinner, and they did not stop there!

One of the more amusing parts of the night was on the Bible Study question. Teams had to identify the three books of the Bible written by King Solomon.  The clues included a collection of fables, a book of contemplation and self-reflection, and an unusual collection of poetry interspersed with verse.  Only one team was able to successfully name any two of those three answers to earn their wager (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon).  The humorous part was when someone from the crowd shouted that we should start going to church.  Who knew that going to church would provide such vital trivia information?

Going into the final question, We Need an Adult held an 18-point lead over Breakfast For Dinner, meaning they could not be caught as long as they wagered five or less (which they did of course).  Just for good measure, We Need an Adult was the only team to answer the final question correctly tonight!  So here is how we ended up: We Need an Adult finished in first place, while our second place prize was given to Breakfast For Dinner.  Rounding out the top three was Member Berries!

Next week’s first category:  Triple 50/50 (DC Comics or Marvel Comics?)

Until next time

~ Devan

Comic Book Trivia

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Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD

At Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, we doubled up on teams tonight, as three veteran teams came back to play while three new teams joined us for their inaugural game of Pour House Trivia.  Alternative Answers is now going by #Back To The Future Reference.  Welcome to Charging Our Fireball, who did play in the Championships last weekend; Barefoot Bernie’s is great place to hang out on Wednesdays.

We stated out with cats, and half of our teams were able to remember a little guy named Morris, the advertising mascot for 9Lives cat food.  No teams were able to guess Enrico Fermi for the question about elements named after scientists.  Our new teams were the saving grace on tonight’s Bible question; Married Without Children and Charging our Fireball correctly named two out of three Old Testament books written by the wise King Solomon, while only #Back To The Future Reference knew that the Galapagos Islands were part of Ecuador.

Our final question dealing with literature was answered correctly by half of our teams.  Unfortunately, Sad Fat Dragons couldn’t come up with “Robinson Crusoe” and fell out of the top three in the standings.  Taking their place was Charging Our Fireball for their first finish in the money here at Bernie’s.  Pen Island stayed in second with a correct response, while #Back To The Future Reference had been running the table all night, and continued that trend into the final question.  They took home the first win of the Summer Fling season!

Next week, we’re going to open up with a question about the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Did they do something important over the weekend?  See you then!

~ Sean

Penguins NHL Stanley Cup

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Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA

We had a terrific showing tonight at Applebee’s to kick off our Summer Fling 2017 season!  We had eight teams in total, with two new teams joining us so a big thank you to everyone for coming out!  Here’s a quick recap:

We started off asking about the history of Pittsburgh (excluding sports) so of course the Pittsburgh natives were able to correctly guess that Andy Warhol is from there and is also the subject of a museum erected there in 1994.  Moving on into round two we asked teams about one of my favorite childhood movies, which is Homeward Bound (such a good movie!) Our halftime puzzle page stumped some teams, but we did have a perfect 20 as well as some 19s, so we had a really close game at the half.

We went back to Sunday School in round three, starting it off with a bible themed question about King Solomon, and wrapped it up with a question about ‘EGOT’ winners (kudos to the teams that got all of those, they were tough ones!). Our 6-4-2 question tonight stumped the majority of our teams that jumped the gun, but patience paid off for the ones that waited for more clues as the six-point clue was a tricky one.

In round four we asked about the Japanese cartoon “Mach GoGoGo”, where teams were able to correctly guess that its English title is “Speed Racer.” Then we asked teams about the theme song for “Beverly Hills Cop” (and no, ‘da da da dadadada’ doesn’t count, unfortunately).

Our final question was an exciting one, as the category was literature and we had several teams very close in score so it made wagering very interesting.  Thanks to an aggressive wager, Not Your Team was able to come from behind and snatch the victory from JuJu and Friends, who decided to go the conservative route in what made for a thrilling finish.  Here were your top three:

First Place:  Not Your Team

Second Place:  JuJu and Friends

Third Place:  To the Moon

~ Kyle

Next week’s first category:  Firefighting Apparatus

Firefighting Trivia

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Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD

Tonight’s game was an exciting one here at Cafe Nola in Frederick, with a lot of positions switching on the scoreboard from round to round.  As usual, our first half was not terribly difficult, with most teams topping 75 points at the break.  Tuna Noodle Casserole maintained a healthy lead after turning in the top score on tonight’s halftime puzzle page, which dealt with international statues and songs about money.  Some of the questions which our teams struggled with involved naming Books of the Bible and celebrities who had won the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards).

In the end, Jerry Lewis Romperthon was the only team to correctly answer the final question, but since they wagered nothing, it allowed Tuna Noodle Casserole to maintain its lead and take home another win.  Jerry Lewis Romperthon was a close second, while the ever-consistent Malort rounded out the top three.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again next week, where we’ll start off with a question in the category of the Fall of the Western Roman Empire (thank god – they almost made me sing.)

~ Allison

Rome History Colissuem

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Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA

The Pour House Trivia World Series came to Cloverdale last night, as our teams got to experience the same questions that the east coasters suffered through over the weekend.  While we couldn’t give away $2,000 for first prize, our field certainly felt like they deserved it after answering these questions!  It’s easy to see how this set determined the best our of 90 trivia teams.  We did have a close match though.

We definitely had one of the most difficult half time games ever. Even with the first letters given that bottom half was tough. Top score was a 16 from Southern Comfort.  The Amigos, playing as a team of one, got out to an early lead and stayed close to the top all night.  In the end, the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers took over the lead on their way to their third straight win.

Next week we’ll start off with two Winner’s Choice questions: 1990s Cartoons and Non-“Simpsons” Voice Roles for Dan Castellaneta.

First Place:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers

Second Place:  Amigos

Third Place:  Southern Comfort

Simpsons Trivia