I Think I’m Turning… into a Trivia Winner!

Wednesday night’s game of Pour House Trivia featured 97 teams across 13 venues, but a familiar name topped the overall scores once again!  Let’s check out the highlights (and lowlights) from Wednesday’s game:


Wednesday’s game opened with a Triple 50/50 question on Beer Brands (foreign vs. domestic), which of course was a breeze for most of our beer-loving trivia teams.  We then asked about the Disney musical film based a real-life strike by New York City paperboys in 1899.  Most teams came up with the correct response of “Newsies”, with about half of those also earning a two-point bonus by knowing that this future Caped Crusader and Oscar winner portrayed the lead character:

Newsies Bale

We closed the first round with a surprisingly difficult question on U.S. geography:

–> Though it is certainly located in a Great Lakes state, this city of about 700,000 residents does not actually border a Great Lake.  Instead, it borders a 430 square mile lake tucked between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, along the U.S. / Canadian border.

The U.S. city which fits this description?  Detroit:

Detroit Michigan

Only 42% of our teams were able to answer this question correctly, with many opting for Buffalo instead (which sits directly on Lake Erie).  This category also included the most difficult bonus question of the first half, as only six teams knew the name of the smaller lake on which Detroit sits: Lake St. Clair.  As a result, only three teams recorded a perfect first round: Clucktards (Bennigan’s – Frederick), Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), and Not Your Team (Applebee’s).


Our audio question featured three pairs of songs, with each pair sharing the exact same title.  About two-thirds of our teams earned bonus points by knowing all three song titles: “Money” (Barrett Strong, Pink Floyd), “Shout” (Isley Brothers, Tears for Fears), and “Jump” (Van Halen, Kriss Kross).  The following question asked about the Fox News personality who was recently suspended by the network.  Since we included a hint that his surname “is a homophone for a certain indoor sport”, this gave our teams a chance to forgo one point for a humorous answer instead.  Host Ian at Bennigan’s – Frederick noted that the best wrong answer he received was “Jim Nastics”.  Only 36% of our teams knew that we were actually looking for Eric Bolling.  After a question on U.S. Presidents, we continued with this query on international sports:

–> Held every August in Dunoon, Scotland, the Cowal Games feature competitive events such as the caber toss, the stone put, and the hammer throw, as well as numerous cultural events and exhibitions.  The Cowal Games are the largest version of which type of multi-sport event?

This is one question where a visual aid would have helped immensely:

Yes, it’s the Highland Games!  Two teams swept the second round with a perfect score of 36 points: Witiots (Nido’s) and Roaming Gnomes (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).


The top half of tonight’s halftime page featured photos of “sculptures” created from Arby’s menu items and accessories (I am not making that up), while the bottom half challenged our teams to name Europe’s eight most populous cities.  Though several teams notched 19 points, no team managed to pull out a perfect score tonight, as the round played to an average of 14.7 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:


Our second half began with this question on classic actors:

–> Shortly before passing away at age 95, this actor provided the voice for Mermaid Man, a retired superhero on “SpongeBob SquarePants”.  He is better known for appearing in the films “The Poseidon Adventure” and “From Here to Eternity”, as well as the TV series “McHale’s Navy”.

Most of our teams answered correctly, with Ernest Borgnine, even without mention of his guest appearance on “The Simpsons”:

Ernest Borgnine Simpsons

In addition, 17% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing the film for which Borgnine won an Academy Award: “Marty”.  FUN FACT!  At 91 minutes, “Marty” is the shortest film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.  Tuck that away, it’s bound to come up later…  The third round also featured a question on the source and many uses of the term Hot-Blooded, before concluding with this question concerning U.S. History:

–> A New England museum houses a replica of the Beaver, one of the three ships involved in which incident staged by the Sons of Liberty in 1773?

Most of our teams had no issue answering correctly with The Boston Tea Party, but we also included what proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the night, as NONE of our teams could name either one of the other two ships involved in this incident: the Eleanor and the Dartmouth.  Needless to say, there were no perfect scores in the third round.


The final round began with a question about the name shared by these two athletes:

While our sports fans had no issue naming Jay Cutler, they took a back seat to the non-sports fans on the bonus question, which asked for the celebrity who is married to the newly signed Dolphins quarterback.  Only 14% of our teams earned that bonus with former “Laguna Beach” star Kristen Cavallari.  The final round concluded with a three-part question in the category of Also a Biblical Figure, which asked our teams these questions:

1)  After spending ten years as the CEO of Godfather Pizza, he unsuccessfully campaigned for U.S. President.

2)  This actress portrayed Florida Evans on the TV series “Maude” and “Good Times”.

3)  This is the name of Lady Tremaine’s pet cat in the Disney film “Cinderella”.

Despite needing just two correct answers to earn points on this question, this proved to be our most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 27% of our teams earned their wager with any two of these three answers:

That’s Herman Cain, Esther Rolle, and Lucifer.  With three correct answers, we doled out bonus points to just eight teams on this question, leading to just one perfect score in the final round: Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (41.5% success rate):

–>  The four largest islands of which country have names which respectively translate into English as Nine Provinces, Four Provinces, Northern Sea Circuit, and Main Island?

Respectively, those islands are named Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido, and Honshu:


Congratulations to Roaming Gnomes (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg), as the only team to earn the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly (I guess Dusty Baker School of Management needs to watch more Fox News).  We would also like to congratulate Mike Maccarone from Love in the Time of Cthulhu, who won tonight’s game at Nido’s and tied for the second-highest overall score despite playing by himself.  Remarkably, it is the 25th Pour House Trivia venue at which he has won as a solo player.  Seriously…  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores:


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift  (Next week’s first category: Motivational Speakers)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: Cigars)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: Christian Bale)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:   Clucktards  (Next week’s first category: Radiohead)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (Next week’s first category: Japan)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Uncles with Benefits  (Next week’s first category: “Jabberwocky”)

Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: Soda)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  Old Farts  (Next week’s first category: Exotic Shots from Pond Hockey Tournaments)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  We Guess So Hard  (Next week’s first category: History of Texas)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dusty Baker School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Constellations)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Deaf Squirrels  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – 12th Century or 13th Century English Monarch?)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  We Need an Adult  (Next week’s first category: Adam Sandler Characters – AUDIO)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Pen Islands (Next week’s first category: Minor League Baseball)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Juju and Friends  (Next week’s first category: Teddy Roosevelt’s Term as New York Governor)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:    (Next week’s first category:   )