Kiss Me Cate! It’s Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia featured the long-awaited return of Valley Sports Grill in Middletown.  We also welcomed a massive crowd of 26 teams at Idiom Brewing in Frederick!  Overall, Wednesday’s game featured 143 trivia teams across 14 venues.


Wednesday’s game began with a three-part question regarding brand names with consecutive ‘G’s: Boggle, Piggly Wiggly, and Huggies.  We also discussed the 1990s family film Babe and the Pythagorean Theorem.  The final question of the round yielded the fewest bonus points:

  • Apart from California, identify any two of the other three U. S. states with at least 15 million residents each.

The field had no trouble identifying Texas as one of the correct answers, but the other two states were certainly more difficult to ascertain.  About one-quarter of the field earned two bonus points by submitting the other two correct answers of Florida and New York.  Twelve teams stormed out of the starting blocks by posting a perfect first round score of 36 points.


In Wednesday’s audio round, we asked our teams to identify the anatomical titles of three songs: Behind Blue Eyes by The Who, Groove is in the Heart by Deee-Lite, and Poker Face by Lady Gaga.  Other second round topics included the hobbies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the best Western Conference teams during the current NBA season, the medical malady commonly known as the bends, and the streaming series Peacemaker starring former pro wrestler John Cena.  With a slightly easier set of bonus questions, 21 teams notched a perfect second round score.


Wednesday’s halftime page included photographs of notable sports moments, for which our teams were asked to identify the city in which they occurred.  This page yielded an average score of 17.2 points, with 19 teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is Wednesday’s overall leaderboard at the halftime break:


We began Wednesday’s third round with this query in the category of Literary Quotes:

  • Which U.S. city is mentioned in the title of the 1970s novel that opens with the line “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold”?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Who wrote this novel?

About half of the field started their second half on a high note, picking up nine wagering points and a two-point bonus by submitting the correct answers of Las Vegas (from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and author Hunter S. Thompson.  From there, we moved on to discussions of clams, the Old Testament figure Jezebel, and the college football postseason.  Seven teams earned a perfect third round score.


Before diving into the final round, we quizzed our teams about this interesting film fact as the first clue in the nightly 6-4-2 question:

  • For his work on a 1996 comedy film, who became the first actor to earn 20 million dollars for a film role?

About 20% of the field earned the full six points on this question with the correct response of Jim Carrey.  Unfortunately, Carrey earned that paycheck for the unimpressive film The Cable Guy.  Wednesday’s final round looked at the classic rock band ZZ Top, the 1990s sitcom Blossom, and the ancient Battle of Marathon.  We closed the final round with our nightly Three Clues question, giving our teams one last chance to tack on two bonus points with these first two clues:

  • CLUE 1: In the singular, this is the first NASA mission to land an object on Mars and send back information upon arrival.
  • CLUE 2: In the plural, this is the NFC team that has appeared in four Super Bowls without a win.

Our football experts easily picked up two bonus points here, forgoing the third clue and submitting the correct response of Viking(s).  Thanks to those final two points, nine teams posted a perfect fourth round score.  After four rounds of play, these teams stood atop Wednesday’s overall leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (10.5% success rate):

  • Which foreign-born two-time Oscar-winner recently set a record for actresses with her ninth credited role in a film that earned a nomination for Best Picture?

With her recent roles in Don’t Look Up and Nightmare Alley, Cate Blanchett now holds this distinction.  After the fourth round, numerous teams were poised to earn a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly, but with the difficulty of this final question, that honor eluded the entire field.  Wednesday’s final leaderboard included these teams:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: Baby Come Back  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Comics)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: FBB  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rolling Stones)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: We Showed Up  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wordle)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cleveland Browns)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Breaking Bad Characters)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Artsy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Painters)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stinkfist (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cate Blanchett)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of Midway)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Airport Codes)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Deep Fried Chuckles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Olympic Volleyball)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Ivy Hill Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity Baby Names)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA:  IPA Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Commanders)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  The Owls Are Not What They Seem  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Waters Films)