Horseshoes and Wednesday Trivia!

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A 24-team game at Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD paced the Wednesday night offerings for Pour House Trivia, in which 167 teams attended one of 18 local venues.


The game started with a three-parter about fictional pilots, which ended up being the toughest wagering question in Wednesday’s opening round; about 64% of teams received their wagering points and 28% earned bonus points for getting all three parts correct. We moved on to Great Britain’s various wars with France, the Private Practice spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, and the 60th birthday of two-sport superstar Bo Jackson. The latter question carried the hardest bonus try of the round, in which a quarter of the field knew he was originally drafted by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were 12 perfect team scores in this round, the most of any on Wednesday.


The night’s audio question asked teams to figure out the word in common across a trio of song titles; 70% figured out that word was river, while 39% got two extra points for knowing all three artists (The Killers for This River is WildJustin Timberlake for Cry Me a River, and Billy Joel for The River of Dreams). The culinary uses for Bisquick, Lake Titicaca’s location on the border of Peru and Bolivia, and the Puss in Boots Shrek spinoff on Netflix comprised the middle of Wednesday’s second round. For the final question, we turned to a famous film:

  • Named for an area of Los Angeles, in which 1970s film does Jack Nicholson appear with a bandaged nose?

As the toughest wagering query of the first half, roughly 51% of teams correctly identified Chinatown. This was also the most difficult bonus chance before halftime, as only 22% were able to also name its sequel, The Two Jakes. In spite of that, there were still 11 perfect scores here.


At halftime on Wednesday, teams had to name TV shows by their onscreen teachers, then match countries to the correct list of cities. A whopping 51 teams recorded perfect scores in this part of the game, which carried an average tally of 18.1 points. A top three at the halftime break inched just ahead of a group of 90-pointers:


An unfortunate bout of trichinosis and a rendition of Toby Keith’s Red Solo Cup began the third round on Wednesday. As for the trickiest part of this night’s game, it showed up midway through the round on this three-parter on passwords:

  • 1) The current revival of the game show Password is hosted by which former child actress who starred in the recent horror film Nope?
  • 2) By using the name of his dog Buddy as a password, which U. S. President signed a bill legalizing electronic signatures on interstate contracts?
  • 3) Featuring Hugh Jackman as a computer hacker, which film was named for a password used by the Marx Brothers in the comedy Horse Feathers?

Respectively, those answers are Keke PalmerBill Clinton, and Swordfish. Just 37% of the field had at least two of those for wagering points, while a game-low 8.3% pulled out all three to get extra credit. The round finished with the math definitions of the word cube and Netflix film The Adam Project. This was the only round of the night in which there were no perfect scores.


On Wednesday’s 6-4-2 about The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 33 teams picked up all six points for naming it after a single clue. The hardest bonus chance in the last round came on its first question, where 22% of the field knew both Wichita, Kansas and Winston-Salem, North Carolina are the alphabetically last U.S. cities with a population over 250,000 people. Three Clues about the color yellow preceded this, the hardest wagering question of the fourth round:

  • In 2003, Manchester United was given a transfer fee of £25 million to send David Beckham to which other European club?

Beckham was sent to Real Madrid, which was the correct answer given by 53% of teams. The only perfect teams in this round were Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom) and Smartinis (Celtic House). We swung into the final question with these teams in the lead:

FINAL QUESTION (52.7% success rate):

  • What American horse breed was named for its ability to outdistance other horse breeds in races of 1,320 feet or less?

As that distance is one-fourth of a mile, that breed is the quarter horseYour Perfect 21 teams on Wednesday were Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom) and Black Zexcellence (Sully’s), the only teams with correct answers for each of our wagering questions. Final standings were led by these teams:


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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s NBA Draft Picks)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Just For Fun  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: 

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Highways)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 FIFA World Cup)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s TV Theme Songs)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Black Zexcellence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Private Homes of Early U.S. Presidents)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Silver Seals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Traditional Irish Music)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Omar Sings)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Where the Hell is Grace?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons (season 1))

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of Gettysburg)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Grizzly People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Napoleonic History)

Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Just the Axes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mariah Carey Christmas Songs)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Cutthroat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rugby Union Rules)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Four Courts Refugees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SEC Football Championship Games)