Me Fail Trivia? That’s Unpossible!

Wednesday night progressed along rather normally for three rounds.  As usual, we had our veteran teams putting up some rather high scores, while newcomers kept close, hoping for a wheelhouse question.  But every once in a while, we come across a question that (to our surprise) is related to a common misconception.  Teams throw down high wagers on wrong answers left and right, and it turns most of our games upside down.  Did that happen on Wednesday night?  Check out the recap and find out:

WEDNESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (87 teams across 13 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Rhymes with Orange (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) with 163

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) with 160

–> Highest First Half Score:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Barefoot Bernie’s) with 85

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Because of a very tough science question in round four (see below) and a difficult final question, no team scored the ‘Perfect 21’ tonight.

–> The halftime page featured a little rhyme time and matching of pop music fan bases.  While the overall scoring average was in the ‘normal’ range at 16.3, the inclusion of two difficult pictures (the board game “Zingo” and the novel “Jingo” by Terry Pratchett) meant that only TWO teams scored 20 points: ADE at Clover Theater and The Jack McCoy’s at Bennigan’s in Clarksburg.

–> The 6-4-2 question was one of our most difficult in recent memory, as no team knew (or at least didn’t knew it well enough to go for six points) that the smallest county in the U.S. in terms of both area AND population is located in Hawaii (Kalawao County).

–> Our most difficult question of the first four rounds was a round four science question which asked about the word argentiferous, asking which element is found in rocks described by this term.  The fact that the word ends with ‘ferous’ might have led some teams to guess ‘iron’, as only 21% of our teams focused on the first two syllables to come up with the correct response of silver.  Of course, whenvever I hear the word Argent, I think of this…

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (19.7% success rate):

–>  According to Box Office Mojo, which 2007 film earned $527 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest grossing traditionally animated film (i.e. drawn by hand, no computer graphics or 3-D) that was NOT released by Disney?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD

These folks here at Valley Grill in Middletown NEVER fail to disappoint, and once again we were standing room only for our weekly edition of Wednesday night Pour House Trivia!  So I don’t know if you have noticed, but we have had a trend in first categories from a particular team, all of which are awful movie titles pitched by Troy McClure of “The Simpsons”.  So we started off tonight with “P is for Psycho”, followed up by a TV spin off of a popular Liam Neeson action film:

Taken Liam Neeson Trivia

In our second round, there was no need to be a “wizard” for our pinball question, and we did it “West Coast” style with subjects such as Anaheim and The Golden State Warriors.  After we played a little rhyme time for the halftime page, round three had an interesting mix with Secret Agent 86 and Gandhi making appearances, rolling right into a Hawaiian 6-4-2.

Get Smart Trivia

We took a little dip at “day trading” with a nice stock market question in the final round, and then followed it up with a little “wild & crazy” Steve Martin, the infamous Draco Malfoy (that was an awkward hug between him and Voldemort), and topped it off with “Black Mamba” herself Uma Thurman.

Steve Martin Trivia

The final was a tough one, though I was glad to see “Spirited Away” as the most popular incorrect answer given, it’s a great film I highly recommend it as a Netflix choice.  In an interesting coincidence, the final answer we were looking for was “The Simpsons”!  It’s almost as though one of our regular teams has been hinting at it for weeks!  But, out of sixteen teams tonight, only one team was able to surmise the correct response.  It should come as no surprise that the one correct answer came from Stupider, Sexier Flanders, who held onto their second half lead and took down the win.  Thanks to you all for your support.  Here are tonight’s results:

First Place:  Stupider, Sexier Flanders

Second Place:  Areola Grande

Third Place:  Shakeweight

Next week’s first category (another Simpsons reference): “Firecrackers: The Silent Killer”

~ Ronnie

Firecracker Trivia


The Tavern in Olney, MD

We had a LOT of teams trading in and out of the top three spaces tonight from our Wednesday night game at The Tavern in Olney!  Well, technically I should say “in and out of the second and third place spots”, since tonight’s winner was in first place alone at the end of the first round, and NEVER turned it over after that!  With such close scores, those bonuses were key, as Moving Forward proved by being the ONLY to earn a two-point bonus on a Round 4 question concerning the many uses of the name ‘Draco’

We got a nice surprise switcheroo in tonight’s top three after the final question was answered!  All but the team in first place wagered the full 12 points on the final (they wagered lower for obvious “guaranteed win” reasons).  Moving down to third place tonight after the final question was Moving Forward.  As the ONLY team to correctly answer the final question, The Other Side jumped from fifth place to second place!

Kinda within striking range, but always dominant throughout the night, extended their winning streak one more week… nice victory for Working Women Fan Club!!  They chose Barbara Stanwyck Films for next week’s first category, so study up and join the fun with us on Wednesday at The Tavern!!

~ Jon J

Barbara Stanwyck Trivia


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD

Oh Wednesday, you make my heart sing.  As long as you make my heart sing, and don’t make me actually sing…  It might be a coincidence that Kobe Buffalo Meat hasn’t won… might not be…  I love the groups we are getting in here at Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, some tried and true squads were back out to throw down again tonight!  Thanks for coming out and gracing us with the pleasure of your company, your artwork, and some of your stunningly bad answers!  Those random ones make my night…

There were few surprises in the first half, though that over / under question in the first round threw a few of our teams for a loop.  Formal Protest held a slight lead with 80 points at the break, but a miss on their bonus category in round three quickly dropped them back into the pack, as they were unable to come up with Don Adams.  Our second half tonight had some true highs and lows – the lowest point had to be that rocks and minerals question in the fourth round.  Geologists we are not!  How many R’s are in that “argentiferous”?  We swept the crowd on that one, and teams were feeling good on it too!  Three of our seven teams missed with their maximum wager, causing a seismic shift in the standings.

The final question was also a killer, with only one team pulling the ‘spider pig’ for the win, and that meant Flight Level Awesome took home first place after bouncing around in that top three all night.  FLA is back in the winner’s circle after a two-week hiatus.  The second place prize went to Comfortably Dum.  I’m glad you didn’t stick to that 69 answer on the symphony question!  In third place were the gentlemen of Kobe Buffalo Meat, refusing to be kicked out of the top three.

See you next week for an opening category of Horrible Deaths in Children’s Novels.  That’s uplifting…

~ Sam

Children Literature Trivia


Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD

Tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia was a wild one here at Bennigan’s in Frederick. We didn’t have a third quarter nosedive, we had a long, slow train wreck, and it hit everyone!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Come-On-Guys-It-Couldn’t-Have-Been-Easier”: We gave you Santa Ana River.  We told you n included the German word for home.  Ana-home.  Come ON people!  I should’ve known right then what kind of a wild night I was in for. And yet, the surprises just kept coming!

In “Best-Wrong-Answer-Of-The-Night”: When you can’t come up with the correct answer on a pseudo-spelling question, like one looking for a double-letter country name, then you get creative with your country spelling.  Like Sweeden.  Ahh Sweeden.  What a loovely coountry. 😛

In “Mother…How??”: My mom is almost as big of a Harry Potter nerd as I am.  So, you can imagine my disbelief when her team turned in an answer of ‘Sirius’ for the One Word, Four Meanings question.  Mother.  PROtagonists, are good guys!  ANtagonists, are bad guys.  Sirius was a good guy. not a bad guy.  Come on woman! And for nine points?!

After four rounds, our teams stumbled their way over the finish line, collapsing in the following heap.

In third place tonight, BTF!

In second place tonight, Guante de Popo!

In first place tonight, despite their best efforts, Momentary Lapse of Reason!

Tough game tonight guys!  Next week, Momentary Lapse of Reason decided they weren’t done with Sports Stadiums questions, so they want to kick things off with Stadiums and Arenas (again)!

Study up, and we’ll see you next time!  Until then…

~ Ian

Stadium Trivia


Woodside Deli in Germantown, MD

Wednesday night at Woodside Deli in Germantown provided a three-team race the entire night.  In round one, the over/under question provided an initial nine-point swing that may have been High Water Mark’s push to victory.  Playing as a duo tonight, High Water Mark nailed all three parts of question four in round one while Contribution, their current rival at Woodside, whiffed on all three parts.  I don’t know what is more impressive – that two teams knew Snoop Dog had more than 12 studio length albums or that Snoop Dogg actually has more than 12 studio length albums.

Contribution was at an eight-point deficit after round one, but managed to cut that lead in half by the time the halftime puzzle page was turned in and graded.  Fellowship was tied for second after the puzzle, with Kickin’ Cancer one question swing away from the podium.  Fellowship played an extremely strong second half, but unfortunately, the only two questions they missed were their five-point bonus categories!  Superstitions were truly unlucky for Fellowship!

High Water Mark played a perfect third round, and a nearly perfect final round to expand their lead over the final two rounds.  In round four, our second question on rocks and minerals put the game out of reach for the teams  who were behind but hoping to chase the gold medal!  Every team had a different answer!  And ultimately High Water Mark’s answer of silver over Contribution’s answer of iron caused a 14-point swing that gave High Water Mark insurmountable lead of 18 points heading into the final question!

With the game out of reach going into the final question, both Contribution and The Fellowship pulled out all of the stops and attempted to bribe the trivia host into allowing a 20 point wager!  High Water Mark countered with a bribe of their own to assure that all rules were followed to the very end and that only a 12 point max bet was allowed!

The final question brought no suspense because of the scoring, but the common answer of “Spirited Away” was the answer I would have gone with as well!  No one got the final answer, as apparently “The Simpsons” are not in the main stream as much as we thought.

Great game everyone!  High Water Mark decided to put forth the category of St. Patrick’s Day for next week!

~ Scott

St Patrick's Day Trivia


Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD

This week at Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, the house was jam-packed full of teams, and the game was a close one, with a ton of drama and excitement.  The word of the day is definitely argentiferous, but we’ll get to that later.  We started the game out with a question about Broadway Shows, asking for a show that featured over a dozen ‘auditionees’, as well as a producer named Zach.  Most teams did well with this one, getting the correct answer of “A Chorus Line”.

Our second round audio question was a cool one, asking for the names of songs based on unique cover versions.  My favorite was definitely the cover version of “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, as performed by former “High School Musical” actress Ashley Tisdale.  Our halftime round asked teams to identify rhyming items, as well as matching fan bases to the musical acts they follow.

Our toughest question of the first four rounds involved that word argentiferous.  Only one team, our eventual winners, managed to come up with the correct answer, knowing that argentiferous refers to rocks or minerals with silver in them (from the Latin ‘argent’, meaning silver).  After that question changed things around, the final question about Animated Films was also a tough one.  Nobody got it right though, and since there wasn’t any wagering strategy going on, things stayed the same.  Here are the final results:

First Place:  Misfits

Second Place:  Incognido’s

Third Place:  Wet Daddies

Next week’s first category:  U.S. State Nicknames

Congrats on the win goes to The Misfits!  Study up and I’ll see you all next week!  Until next time…

~ Chad

US State Nicknames Trivia


Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD

For Wednesday night Pour House Trivia, we had a great turn out and Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, a fun lively crowd and some teams who really knew their stuff.  We touched on all sorts of interesting topics, to new TV shows and cover versions of popular songs.  It was close between my top teams Go Terps came in first place tonight with an overall score of 112, Colin came in second place at 91 points, and Trebek’s Rejects took third place at 84.  I cannot wait to see what next week has in store!  Come join us next Wednesday at Gentleman Jim’s!

Next week’s first category:  Classic Rock

~ Lindsay

Led Zeppelin Trivia


Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD

At Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, Dusty Baker School of Management was on a FIVE-game winning streak coming into tonight’s game.  It seems I’ve been writing the same thing over and over and over again.  Maybe tonight would be something different?  We’d find out with the upcoming set of questions!  We hosted a double digit team count here at Bennigan’s; mostly a field of veterans, but we also had a few newcomers try us out tonight!  Dusty Baker was without one of their core team members, but looked ready to win regardless!

Going into the half, Dusty Baker led the field, though it was a slim, slim margin as a 16 on the halftime page was not necessarily the best in the house.  The Jack McCoys picked up the ONLY perfect 20 on the halftime page, and they looked like they might have a shot to take down this juggernaut of a trivia team.  Though no one else seemed out of it yet, every team all clumped up near the top of ranks!

The third round had some tough ones, in particular the Don Adams / Three Clues question was very difficult. Only two teams were able to pick up the two points bonus on that one, and only two more teams even scored any points at all!  Certainly showing the age of the crowd with the difficulty of this one ha…  Dusty Baker showed their breadth of TV knowledge by picking up two points (they knew he voiced Inspector Gadget), while Rhymes with Orange picked up two as well, knowing the “Screen Test” TV show!  Both deep cut knowledge, hopefully these bonus points would prove advantageous.

Well, the points DID help as we saw Dusty Baker leading by nine points going into the final with Rhymes with Orange in second place, up ten points on the third place team.  It was a bit of a long shot for DB to lose it, especially with the consistent play recently, but it could happen if they missed and Orange got it right.  Well, the final question was indeed a hard one, as only three teams picked up the points.  Dusty Baker MISSED it, leaving the game wide open to be taken away from them!  Well, as luck would have it, Rhymes with Orange was one of the correct responses on the final so they TAKE DOWN THE WIN and break that winning streak!  What a game!  We’re back next week to see if Orange can create a glimpse of a dynasty! Be there!

~ Bill

Next week’s winner’s choice category:  “Gilligan’s Island”

Gilligan's Island Trivia


Memories in Mount Airy, MD

Hello, Memories in Mount Airy!  Well, let me first say: this was my most challenging substitute hosting assignment yet.  I don’t know what went sideways, but I take full responsibility.  I’m so sorry we ran over time.  We were good up to the half, and then the wheels fell off.  It will be much better if and when I return.  Now then…  Moving to the game: how many of you didn’t know about Rescuers Down Under? It was HUGE (my little brother had it on VHS on repeat, for, like YEARS.)

Rescuers Trivia

Alas, all you folks that though “Hause” (because German nouns are capitalized) would somehow be a part of  the hometown of Disneyland and the homes of the Los Angeles Angels (of wherever they are now; go NATS!)…  Well, you forgot that “Heim” is “house, home, homeland” as a third definition.  Don’t know how it ended up that way, but, still. What California city ends in “Hause?”

Sexual Chocolate managed a 19 on the puzzle, but a perfect 20 eluded all of us.  That helped them to fourth place, but a tough final question led to an interesting finish…  Here are your top weekly finishers:

First Place:  Satan’s School for Girls (I still want to enroll; I have GI Bill benefits)

Second Place:  LOWL (thanks for being confusing with Fowl, our 5th place finishers, ALL NIGHT)

Third Place:  Heisenberg

Next week’s first category next week, God save us for it being so expansive a category: The Simpsons.  Good luck, Nick, keeping this unruly crowd under your thumb. I certainly couldn’t do it!  Fair Winds, Memories! I hope the next time I sub here, all of you are already drunk and maybe I’ve taken an 1980s weight-loss pill; because keeping up with you is bloody well impossible for me!! 🙂

~ Chief

Simpsons Trivia


Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD

Tonight at the Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, we wanted to give a shout out to Raelyn from Rae Rae B-day for celebrating her birthday with trivia!  Tonight we had a close game where teams were battling to make their way into the top three.  Our first round included a rather difficult Triple 50/50 question in the style of “Over/Under”.  Our birthday girl must have been on the ball here!  Not only was Rae Rae B-Day the only team to earn their wager, they snagged an extra two point bonus by knowing all THREE answers!  After our teams were stumped by a question about the city of Anaheim, Breakfast For Dinner took over the lead in the second round by knowing our NBA question, and they increased that margin by topping the field with 18 points on the halftime page.

One question that played a pivotal role to determine the destinies of our teams asked about the stock market, specifically naming the exchange which is not only the world’s first electronic stock exchange, but also the second largest exchange based on trading volume.  The correct answer was NASDAQ, which Breakfast For Dinner was able to pick up for an even bigger lead.

The final question was tricky for our teams as they had to name the animated film (excluding Disney pictures) which was the highest grossing film worldwide with traditional animation.  That answer was “The Simpsons Movie”, but unfortunately no one was able to get the correct answer.  However, due to strategic wagering, Breakfast for Dinner landed themselves in the top spot for tonight, marking their fifth win in a row!  They are on quite a run and will certainly be in the mix during the next Pour House Trivia World Series in June.  In second place we had Pegrod, while Member Berries rounded out our top three tonight.

Until next time…

~ Devan

Next week’s first category:  1980’s Music

1980s One Hit Wonders Trivia


Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD

If you’re looking for fun with friends in Hagerstown on a Wednesday night, you couldn’t do better than Pour House Trivia at Barefoot Bernie’s.  A new happy hour menu was just introduced with a lot of yummy $5 dishes served starting at half time!

We had some great veteran teams come out to play and an old challenger appeared.  The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou has been making the rounds all over the city, but they stopped by tonight.  In the first round, Pen Island jumped out to the lead by being the only team to know that Bryan Mills is the name of the lead character in the “Taken” film (and now TV) franchise.  Not to be outdone, the Arrondissements of Ouagadougou snagged the solitary two-point bonus by knowing the only Penny Marshall film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture was “Awakenings”.

With the help of the high score of 19 on the halftime page, AoO held a commanding lead throughout the night.  We continued with some interesting questions during the fourth round, when Alternative Answers was the only team to earn a two-point bonus by knowing that Steve Martin teamed up with Edie Bricknell to write “Bright Star”.

Then came the final question…  Animated movies turned out to be a tough category when you exclude everything released by Disney.  This incredibly difficult question could only be answered by one team.  It wasn’t Pen Island; they took third place.  It wasn’t AoO, who fell from first to second.  It was Alternative Answers who got it right, and sealed the win despite only risking a mere two points!  Congrats!

Our winning team has chosen George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” as the first category for next week.  We’ll see you then!

~ Sean

1984 Novel


Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA

So you know the phrase “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish”?  Well, sometimes its both how you start AND how you finish.  We had another great game tonight at Applebee’s in Waynesboro, which saw JuJu and Friends get knocked out of the top spot for the first time in three weeks.

Here are some highlights:

Round one ended with a tie for first place between Not Your Team and Alternative Facts, and our scores were so close that all of our teams were within seven points of each other.  That trend continued through the second round, with a three way tie for second place while Not Your Team gained sole possession of first place.  The halftime “rhyme time” puzzle page was a tough one, with no teams scoring higher than a 17.  Also, who knew that Terry Pratchett wrote a book called “Jingo”?  Apparently, no one.

Not Your Team strengthened their lead in round three, turning in a near perfect round.  Nobody got our 6-4-2 on the six-point clue, but several teams got it on the four-point clue.  Thanks in part to being the only team to get the bonus on the first question of round four, Not Your Team went into the final with the game securely out of reach as they had a 13 point lead on second place.  Not that it would have mattered, as they were one of two teams (along with Bees?) who knew that “The Simpsons Movie” is the highest-grossing traditionally animated film not produced by Disney.  Here were the top three teams at the end of the night:

First Place:  Not Your Team

Second Place:  Bees?

Third Place:  Alternative Facts

Next week’s first category:  They Might Be Giants

Check them out on Spotify and we’ll see you next week!

~ Kyle

They Might Be Giants


Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA

Woohoo!  It seemed like tonight’s set was written especially for the Clover Theater crew, as a couple of great west coast questions were sprinkled into tonight’s set.  Cloverdale is full of Golden State Warriors fans, so that question about their new arena was much enjoyed (and only one whiff).  Later on, a question about the derivation of the name ‘Anaheim’ (where your intrepid host grew up) was also an easy one for this crowd.  I bet those played more difficultly back east!

Fourteen teams showed up to compete tonight.  The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers led wire to wire, entered the final category with a Clavin (that means an insurmountable lead in trivia-speak), and sewed up their second win of the season.  They built that big lead by being the only team to nail a pair of two-point bonuses: they were the only team to come up with Andorra as one of the European nations with a double-letter, and the only one to know the main character of the “Taken” TV show.  What a very particular set of skills they have!  Quite impressive.  The most common wrong answer of the night was ‘Gringo’ for Placido Domingo on our halftime page.  While technically correct, it wasn’t the answer we were looking for.  Here are your final standings tonight:

First Place:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers

Second Place:  Second Place (seriously)

Third Place:  Let’s Get Quizzical

Next week’s first category:  Multiple Oscar-Winning Actors and Actresses

~ Ryan

Oscars Trivia