French Education at Wednesday Trivia!

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Seventeen venues played host to this past Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia, with a total of 172 teams showing up to play.


It took until the end of Wednesday’s first round to get to a bonus question that played a little difficult for our players. The round started with queries about author Toni Morrison, three film roles in the career of Dwayne Johnson, and the carbon which comprises a diamond. The final question in the round involved TV networks:

  • Launched in 2006, the CW network was formed by the merger of which two former networks that ceased operations that same year?

The CW was formed when the WB Network and UPN merged; just under 30% of the field named both former networks for bonus credit. A game-high 16 teams had perfect scores in this round.


Teams had to name the weapon featured in each of three song titles for Wednesday’s audio question. This was the most difficult bonus opportunity in the first half, as only 23% of teams named Cherry Bomb (John Mellencamp), 21 Guns (Green Day), and Grenade (Bruno Mars). After questions about the First Nations people of Canada and the rarity of the triple in baseball, we reached the first half’s toughest wagering chance:

  • What single word once appeared in the names of the breakfast cereals Golden Crisp, Frosted Flakes, and Honey Smacks?

All three of those cereal names used to contain the word Sugar; about 55% of teams knew that one. We were down to five perfect team scores in the second round.


This halftime page contained a top half full of things that rhymed with each other, such as the wrestler called Sting and the search engine Bing. At the bottom section, teams had to identify the actor who played James Bond in a list of films from that franchise. Eight teams put together a perfect 20-point effort here, while the average team score was 15.7 points. One team crossed the 90-point mark at the halftime break:


Once again, the third round featured the game’s toughest question:

  • The 1985 album She’s the Boss and the 2001 album Goddess in the Doorway were not recorded by a woman. Instead, they are solo albums released by which classic rock frontman?

A night-low 8.1% of teams didn’t need a later multiple-choice portion to successfully name Mick Jagger as the artist for those albums; a little over a third of the field earned points at any point during the answer period. Other topics in this round included Dante’s Divine Comedy, Netflix’s impeding closure of its DVD mailing aspect of business, and the recent back-to-back Stanley Cup titles earned by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. This was the only round with no perfect team scores.


Only five teams were able to pick up all six points for naming Dr Pepper from the initial 6-4-2 clue. Heading into the final round, we had a little U.S. state wordplay featuring Alaska and Kansas, the only six-letter states with six-letter capital cities (Juneau and Topeka, respectively). After that, we had a fruity question:

  • While this citrus hybrid fruit is native to Southeast Asia, it takes its name from an area in Florida where it was naturalized in the early 1900s. Name that specific fruit.

Coming from the islands off southern Florida, that would be the Key lime; that answer had a 48% success rate. Another hard bonus opportunity came next on the night’s Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: The first word in the title of a Tony Award-winning musical based on the work of author Douglass Wallop.
  • CLUE 2: The one-word title of the work that won Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
  • CLUE 3: It is found in the #1 film quote of all time, according to the American Film Institute.

About 12% of the field was able to name the word Damn, which is found in the musical Damn Yankees, the aforementioned album by Kendrick Lamar, and the famous quote toward the end of Gone With the Wind. In this round, ten teams recorded perfect scores. We reached the final question of the night with these teams on top:

FINAL QUESTION (12.79% success rate):

  • The only public four-year university located in which U.S. state can be found in a city named for a French frontiersman?

Not the easiest final question we’ve had, but the University of Wyoming was that school, found in Laramie. Some tricky bonus questions paired with the low final success rate meant that no teams achieved a Perfect 21 on Wednesday. However, these teams prevailed to reach the final overall leaderboard:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Community)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nicolas Cage Films)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Feeding the Fish  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Five Seconds of Summer)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Fashionably Late  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Comic Books)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Differential Equations)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: PlayStation Vita)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dog Breeds)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Salty Cucumbers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Philippines History)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Two-Wheel Tricycle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mexican Cartels)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Family Affair  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Motown)

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

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Three Fifes and a Drum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Art Ross Trophy Winners)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s MLB World Series)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century Composers)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Rat Funk  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebs Named Colin)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Quiz in My Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Sports Teams)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mexican Food)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Whiskey Business  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cults)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: 

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rocks)