In the Name of Love… and Thursday Night Trivia!

What do you get when you mix Thursday night Pour House Trivia with the first Washington Capitals playoff game of the year?  You get an absolutely jam-packed trivia venue!  For the first time this season, one of our weekly games topped 20 TEAMS!  The winners at that venue surely deserve a round of applause.  Find out where that game was held at our nightly recaps:

THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (84 teams across nine venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: PC Principals (Fish Market) with 176

–> Highest Score after Round 4: PC Principals with 164

–> Highest First Half Score: PC Principals with 91

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Breadsticks (Quincy’s) and Comfortably Dum (Champion Billiards)

–> The playing cards theme on our halftime page was slightly more difficult than normal, playing to an average of 14.8, with six teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> Our 6-4-2 was fairly easier, with 24% of our teams knowing that New York was the only existing colony to NOT vote for independence in 1776.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (56.9% success rate):

–> Winning for albums released respectively in 1987 and 2004, what is the only musical group in Grammy history to earn the Album of the Year Award twice as a lead artist?   (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, MD

After a week of sunshine, there was a bit of a chill in the air tonight, that could be felt inside Quincy’s during a tough game of Pour House Trivia!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Can’t-Keep-the-Calendar-Straight”: The Calendar question was a bit more tricky than I think anyone could’ve anticipated; with only 12 months to choose from and no repeats, you’d think it should be pretty simple, and yet we had a lot of teams tonight making some pretty substantial errors on this one.  Hopefully it wouldn’t be curtains for them so early on!

In “No-Love-For-Dixie-Kong”: Not a single team knew who Dixie Kong was on the puzzle page tonight. If there was a 19, she was the one missed answer. My poor sweet unloved Dixie. I still care about you!

In “I-Can-Only-Say-It-So-Many-Times”: I did my best tonight to repeat that the final was looking for a Music Group and put a lot of emphasis on it, but teams still had problems getting past the Lead Artist part. I still ended up with Solo Artists as answers. I can only do so much here guys!

Breadsticks played a stellar game, leading wire-to-wire through four rounds of play.  But with an eight-point advantage heading into the final question, it was not quite the insurmountable lead they had hoped for as they went for their third win the last four weeks.  Exactly half of our teams were able to answer the final question correctly, and when the dust settled the podium looked like this:

In third place, Lowered Expectations.

In second place, Clever Team Name.

In first place, Breadsticks!

A tough but good game tonight guys!  Next week, we’ll kick things off with the opening category of the 2015 New York Mets!  That should be interesting.  Study up and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Mets Baseball

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Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

Coming soon…

Next week’s first category:  1960’s TV Spy Shows

Mission Impossible TV Trivia

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Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA

A wonderful night once again down here at Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, and thanks again to you all for coming out for a little pre-Easter Pour House Trivia!  The first half was bookended by a couple of MLB questions that were similar in nature, American League baseball teams and World Series appearances.  We played a calendar game which featured January Jones, T.S. Eliot’s view negative view of the month of April (must’ve been paying his taxes), and Oliver Stone’s biographical film “Born on the Fourth of July”.  We found out the network Nickelodeon has existed longer than most people think, and ate some cookies courtesy of Mrs. Fields.  Finally we remembered “The Day The Music Died” back in 1958 due to a tragic plane crash:

Day the Music Died

Round two started off with some audio snippets from some popular animated films, a Carthaginian general with a taste for war with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti, and the “city with the big shoulders” currently being run into the ground by Rahm Emanuel.  We also found out that the cycling of warm Pacific Ocean water, a.k.a El Niño, was named after the baby Jesus, and went back to baseball with these World Series teams:

Baseball Trivia

Round three was the lowest scoring round for our teams, with some tribulation in the forms of Blackbeard’s pirate ship, Eminem, and Justin Bieber.  Folks recovered well with a condition that can cause a difficult pregnancy, and the home city for Tulane University.  They also scored with the fictional fraternal orders shown below from the TV mirror image series “The Honeymooners” and “The Flintstones”:

Honeymooners TriviaFlintstones Trivia

Things got back to normal in the final round as we freshened up our mouths with a little Plax, and spurred on the upcoming NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.  The only little hiccups was the book (and TV series) “Animorphs”, and that there are twelve U.S. states that share a border of some sort with Canada. Finally we delved into a true life debate in the subjects of art, smut, and free speech with the 1996 biographical film “The People vs. Larry Flynt”.  Here is Mr. Flynt himself in his cameo role from the film, ironically portraying a judge:

Larry Flynt Trivia

A number of teams used their strategic wager option for the final question, though tonight it didn’t have any real effect on the outcome, but then trivia does sometimes “move in mysterious ways”.  Here are tonight’s results:

First Place:  Cake or Death

Second Place:  Indians

Third Place:  Five Sure

Our first category for next week could be a tough one so be sure to brush up: U.S. 1st Ladies by Maiden Name!

~ Ronnie

First Lady Trivia

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Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD

What an interesting game of Pour House Trivia we had tonight at Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick!  We had some questions that surprised many people – though it was one of our earliest questions, the Mrs. Fields question stung a few teams, as well as a second round question on the historical figure Hannibal.  It was no surprise that our powerhouse team The Scoundrels answered correctly on both of those questions, and took a commanding lead after the first two rounds.  However, Beer Makes Smart scored the only perfect twenty on the puzzle page with their knowledge of Video Game Apes!  We Drink and We Know Things picked up a stellar 19 points on the halftime page to remain just six points off the lead.

The game stayed fairly close over the final two rounds, with no single question really tripping our teams up.  Even though the scored ZERO points on our 6-4-2 question, the Scoundrels played nearly flawlessly otherwise, and by the final question, they reached an insurmountable lead, with a handful of teams fighting for second and third place.  By the end, a new team called The Breakers took second place with a correct answer of the final question, and an aggressive wager.  Meanwhile, Beer Makes Smart played more conservatively on our final question, but with no correct answers behind them, they took third.  Once again, here are your top teams tonight:

First Place:  The Scoundrels

Second Place:  The Breakers

Third Place:  Beer Makes Smart

Next week’s first category (in a not to distant future):  “Mystery Science Theatre 3000”

~ Zach

MST3K

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD

Despite the wondrous weather, we had enough teams at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick to sufficiently challenge me as a host and the waiters and waitresses with your insatiable appetite.  For what, I will not disclose.  All of the teams tonight were regulars — if not here at Beef o’ Brady’s — then with Pour House Trivia.  (I think I was being evaluated as a host.  I also think I rocked it.)  In an unprecedented move, Flight Level Awesome (admittedly understaffed) finished third.  Their quest for three wins in a row fell slightly short  After my personally-witnessed butt-kicking last night at Belles’, this had to have been a disappointment.  But still, a prize is a prize.

New-to-Beef o’ Brady’s team Barnstormers lived up to their name.  They came in unannounced and absolutely dazzled me as the host and our fellow players.  Oh, by the way, did you know?  Only two players.  Maybe they were intended to fly the Curtiss J-4D.  Otherwise, they decimated their opposition.  No one question separated the wheat from the chaff, nor did only one question see the rise of underperformers and the crash of expectants.  A shout out goes to our second place team, Simple Minds, who practically ran the table after the first round.  Here are your finishers for the evening:

First Place:  Barnstormers (new competitors!)

Second Place:  Simple Minds  (new competitors!)

Third Place:  Flight Level Awesome

Next week’s first category:  Atlantic League Baseball… How incredibly specific.

Nonetheless, I love hosting you all and can’t wait until next week.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, you miscreants.

~ Chief

Atlantic League Baseball

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Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD

Tonight at Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, the Maybe Babies were going for their fourth straight win as other teams attempted to snap their streak and start one of their own.  The Maybe Babies started strongly, and took a double-digit lead after second round, despite scoring only the bar’s lowest score on the halftime puzzle page.  The team continued their dominance throughout the second half, only missing a single one-point wager in the third round to increase the lead to nearly 20 points!  Needless to say, the Maybe Babies were on cruise congtrol the rest of the night, not giving the chance for other teams to catch up to them.

So, tonight’s game boiled down to a close race for second place, as The Wine Nots and the Green Eyed Lady battled all the way until the final question.  The Wine Nots wagered ten points on the final question, hoping for a correct response while also hoping that Green Eyed Lady missed the final question.  When it was all said and done, their wish had come through as they were the only team to answer the final question correctly tonight!  Of course, taking home first place was the Maybe Babies, finishing in second was Wine Nots, and rounding out the top three was the Green Eyed Lady.

Until next time…

~ Devan

Next week’s first category:  “Seinfeld”

Seinfeld Trivia

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Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL

A night of great craft beer and fun filled trivia at Right Around The Corner! in St. Petersburg!  We had plenty of teams competing for the top three prizes with some head-scratching questions!

After the first round, the teams were neck in neck, with Better Red Than Dead leading the way!  It was a crazy first round though, with all of the teams wagering big on the Brand Names question, and not one team answering correctly!  For those of you who don’t know, Mrs. Fields first name is Debbie!  And she was NOT the namesake for Little Debbie!

Second round saw some consistency among the teams, keeping all of the scores in contention.  Appalachia Rise took the lead at the end of the second round, but Better Red Than Dead re-took first place after earning the high score of 19 points on the halftime page.  Over 140 also had a near-perfect picture round to get closer to contention going into the third round!  All of our teams were within 12 points of the lead at the break, so it was still anyone’s game.

In the second half, we saw very few missed questions, with all of our teams answering incorrectly just once or twice to close out the game.  The scores were very close and it came down to wagering on the final question and securing some correct answers.  Better Red than Dead had a risky wager, but maintained first place with a correct answer! Appalachia Rise received second place with a conservative wager of zero, and Over 140, who was in last all night, bumped up to third with a conservative wager of zero!  Mexicans Penguins were in for the win, but didn’t get a correct answer, falling to fourth place.  Such a fun team to have though!

Thanks all who played! First category next week is the History of Google!

~ Brittany

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Fish Market in Alexandria, VA

A fun night at the Fish Market in Alexandria tonight as we saw a bunch of newcomers trying out our brand for the first time!  Not only did we have a number of players / teams tonight seeing Pour House Trivia in action for the first time, but I had the pleasure of training a new PHT host!  We welcomed Lee tonight as my co-host/trainee, a good man with a big heart.  Tonight he got to play the game for the first time along with the crowd to see how he’d do while he learned the game.  A respectable night for Lee as he played solo and put up a score of 136 points!  Had he been in competition with the field, he’d finish 5th overall.  Not bad for a first timer!

Aside from the excitement of having a new PHT host in training tonight, it certainly was a tough set.  We started out with a Round One question that ate half the teams’ high wagers.  A woman named Debbie founded a namesake company that makes cookies and brownies.  The real answer: Mrs. Fields.  The great answer that is wrong: Little Debbie. A shame because it felt SO GOOD!  But I believe (I could be making this up) that Little Debbie was the granddaughter or daughter of the founder and he named it after her and used her image as the company’s likeness.  If that’s not true, well, it was a great attempt at a false fact!  Also, good try teams but alas!  A wrong answer.

Round 3 tripped a good number of teams up too.  Questions about pirates, pregnancy, JUSTIN BIEBER!  A truly terrifying experience.  I’m glad most of you made it without seriously regretting your life decisions.  After the 4th round, we saw PC Principals with a dominant performance, sitting atop the leader by over 20 points!  Everyone playing for second place after hearing the score.  PC Principals was up so much that they were able to bet the full 12 points and STILL lock the game no matter the final question result!  Just a nasty night of trivia for them, a well deserved win.

Second place was a heated battle, but it was Frankenwheat who pulled it off in the end!  A tight bunch of scores from 2nd to 6th place, quite an accomplishment to finish atop the rest!  3rd place went to Suck It Trebek after trailing going into the final, but nailing U2 to shoot them into the money!  Great game all!  We’re back in a week with more trivia fun!  Until then 😉

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  All-Female 1980s Music Groups (AUDIO)

1980s Music

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Guido’s Speakeasy in Frederick, MD

We had some fun at our Thursday night game at Guido’s Speakeasy!  There was two new teams who came in to play for the first time, and one of them had a great second half comeback to get themselves a first time WIN at their first game at Guido’s!  In an odd occurrence, our game actually started quite difficultly, with a first round question stumping the bar!  That kept scores close throughout the first two rounds, but Team Yoko managed to sneak into the lead with a score of 19 points on the halftime sheet.

Most teams had an up and down game with the scores, which meant a good bit of movement in the top three throughout the night.  There were a lot of different wagers used for the final question, and that gave us one last top three switch.  Dropping down one spot to finish 3rd was Team Yoko! Making the move from 4th place to 2nd place after the final was Banana Candle!!  Coming in for their first game at Guido’s and having a GREAT 2nd half to get the 1st place WIN was Ace In The Hole!!  They decided to go with the movie, “Heavyweights” for next week’s winners choice category, so study up and join us next Thursday at Guido’s!!

~ Jon J