No, Aunt Jemima is NOT an Oscar Winner!
Wednesday night saw the return of one of Pour House Trivia’s original hosts! After a three-year hiatus, Scotty McV is back behind the mic! If any of you older teams want to get a little nostalgic, head over to Germantown on Wednesday nights. On to the recaps, where it will be quite obvious that while Wednesday’s set was a bit rough on some of our teams, one team absolutely pulverized last night’s round of trivia, and it is a name we are all familiar with…
WEDNESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (91 teams across 12 venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) with 170
–> Highest Score after Round 4: Dusty Baker School of Management with 162
–> Highest First Half Score: Dusty Baker School of Management with 90
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Flight Level Awesome (Belles’), Momentary Lapse of Reason (Bennigan’s – Frederick), Dusty Baker School of Management
–> Our half-time page played rather difficult last night, yielding an average of 13.7. With no perfect scores, the top score of 18 points was turned in by (act surprised) Dusty Baker School of Management, as well as Pen Island from Barefoot Bernie’s.
–> About 22% of our teams scored six points on the 6-4-2, by knowing that 90-year old Ann Turner Cook had been recently replaced as the (very) long-time face of Gerber Foods.
TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (73.7% success rate):
–> Translated as ‘quick’ in Hawaiian, which word is defined as “web technology which features open user access and collaborative editing”? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD
Back again at Valley Grill Sports Bar here in Middletown, for another Wednesday night of Pour House Trivia craziness. The English weight system sure has its hold on we Americans as our first category, the metric system, was a bit of a struggle for our teams tonight. Things eased up at bit as we moved through an elective surgical procedure, a popular video game franchise, and this gentleman shown below, the “poster boy” for marital dysfunction:
Round two started fairly well though an online retailer tripped up a few folks, but the teams were much more “happy” with their scores once we reached the half time puzzle. Our teams proved to be a bit more successful in the second half, performing fairy well with early American flags, horses, and part-time airline pilot Roger Murdoch. He had another career, didn’t he?
The second half did include a couple of tough questions, as X-Men Characters and Thin Lizzy did through off a few of our teams. Thanks again to you all for coming out! Here are the results:
First Place: Hoboken Squat Cobbler
Second Place: Southpaw Fish
Third Place: Shakeweight
Next week’s first category: “Sixteen Candles”
The Tavern in Olney, MD
Another good match-up went down at The Tavern in Olney on Wednesday night! There was a three-way tie for first place after the halftime puzzle page was scored, but thankfully it broke itself up by the time we reached the final question. Everyone wagered big and nailed the final, so there was no surprise ending in the top three. In third place, we had the Melo Tremble Fan Club, in second place was It’s Not a Toomah!, and in first place was Olney the Lonely!
Next week’s first category will be the musical (not the film) “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
~ Jon J
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD
It was a great turnout at Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, and a great way to finish off hump day and welcome one of our newbie hosts, Go Big or Go Home! Congrats to my top three teams, Flight Level Awesome coming in at number one, Comfortably Dum at a close second, and last but certainly not least, we have that delicious Kobe Buffalo Meat to close the top trio. I hope you all enjoyed the great food and drinks this local spot has to offer and gave your bartenders some post-Valentine’s Day love.
Its always a fun night here at Belles… Next week’s first category is Antonio’s Sandwich Wishlist, have no fear, this one is all about food! Join us next week to keep this party train rolling!
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD
Another Wednesday night coming to a close, and another game of Pour House Trivia closing strong here at Bennigan’s in Frederick!
Highlights of the Night:
In “Rough-Start-to-the-Night: Our winner’s choice category question was one that I wasn’t expecting to be that hard. I thought it was pretty common knowledge that Rogaine was originally a blood-pressure medicine. Clearly, I was wrong, as only one team, the team that picked the category, was able to pull a correct answer! What a tough way to start the game!
In “Rough-Middle-of-the-Night”: After the opening question, things were pretty smooth sailing. Until the halftime puzzle page. With teams struggling to crest 15 points, it was one of the tougher puzzle pages we’ve seen in a long while. Both parts of it seemed tricky too, it wasn’t skewed either way. Teams were looking haggard after halftime!
In “Hold-On-Say-That-Again”: It’s rare that a team will stop me mid-question and have me re-read and then double check a question. That said, I had no idea that the plot of Equus was Harry Potter stabbing horses in the eyes. I just thought it was about him being naked and brooding with them, which honestly is also what happens, but still isn’t much better. Suffice it to say, I had to stop and check Wikipedia to make sure I had read it right as the teams laughed and cried Bulls*** at me. That’s a wild show!
The final proved to be slightly irrelevant after a hard fought game, but nevertheless we had our top three.
In third place tonight, Big Fact Hunt!
In second place tonight, Tom Brady!
In first place tonight, Momentary Lapse of Reason!
Great game tonight guys! Next week we’ll kick things off with an opening question on U.S. Civil War Battles! Study up, and we’ll see you next time!
Woodside Deli in Germantown, MD
Week two of my tenure here at Woodside Deli in Germantown saw The Fellowship and High Water Mark duking it out for first and second place all night, while Contribution and Nerds Say What battled for third place. In the end, it was High Water Mark who correctly answered the final question to win their second week in a row. The Fellowship took second while Contribution wrapped up the bronze. It was another great game at Woodside!
Next week’s first category: Bridges
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD
Next week’s first category: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD
Happy birthday to me… hehehe… I guess somebody let it leak that my birthday was tonight; that leak ended up turning into a great night for me, hopefully most of you (though I know I probably annoyed a third of the crowd), and it’s nice to let loose every so often! I got some french fries, bread pudding, a few shots, a beer; everyone buying me stuff to celebrate with me! Very much thanks to all, I had a blast. Hopefully the game ran smooth enough for you, I promise much more professionalism next time ;-p
As for the game, Dusty Baker was here, so we know what that means. They just put on an absolute clinic. They led by 11 at halftime; soon thereafter, most teams seemed to be playing for 2nd. Dusty Baker is one of the few teams that does really struggle as the material in the set ramps up in difficulty, they just get a chance to increase their lead. If you’re not beating them by the halfway point, you’re probably not beating them.
Dusty Baker blazed through the 2nd half, leading by a very very strong 21 points going into the final. One of the biggest margins of victory we’ve seen recently at PHT, it makes sense that it was by Dusty Baker. They’ve been playing week after week here, looking to take the house championship, and they are in very good shape to do so as long as they keep playing. Exciting stuff to see what these guys can do with the sets we’ve crafted. Hopefully in June they can bring home another victory to Bennigan’s! Until next time; we all might be in trouble if we want to win again here hahaha… See ya next week!
Next week’s first category: “The Partridge Family”
Memories in Mount Airy, MD
This week saw our veteran teams out in full force, tackling a tough set of questions as the battle for House Champion remains very much up in the air. We made it through a whole game without the TVs in the bar spoiling an answer!!… maybe. I’m still convinced that the appearance of a “Training Day” commercial is the reason so many teams got that one right…
Also, those answers on the puzzle page… Let’s go with “creative”.
In the end, teams were very close and clustered together, so it would come down to the final question (as it always should). Here are your winning teams tonight:
First Place: LOWL
Second Place: Sexual Chocolate
Third Place: Satan’s School for Girls
LOWL takes it down once again and selects American Soccer Players in Europe for next week’s first category. I have no idea if there’s a lot to study or not… Soccer’s the one where you kick the ball a lot, right?
See you next week!
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD
Tonight at the Furnace in Thurmont we had a close game all the way through until the very end. The fate of the teams came down to the wagering strategies for the final question, as Member Berries and Wolfpack both went with the zero wager in hopes of a difficult question, and that maybe the other teams would bet it all. That strategy paid off as Member Berries took home third place, Wolfpack took home second place, and the winner for tonight was Breakfast For Dinner. We’ll see you next week at the Furnace!
Next week’s first category: “The Gilmore Girls”
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD
We had roving bands of teams from other venues encroaching on the locals territory here at Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown. We can see The Fertile Myrtles and Give Me Your Beer Money, attempting to assert their dominance over the teams that regularly play at Bernie’s. Their bright plumage and loud calls did not deter the residents.
After a long dry season, the final question rained down on the players. Up until then, chaos reigned as the Sad Fat Dragons, Alternative Answers, Pen Island, and even Give Us your Beer Money all held top three positions at the watering hole at some point during the game. After the monsoon that was the final question, it was the veteran teams that held on to the top spots. Pen Island dropped to third, allowing Alternative Answers to take second, while the Sad Fat Dragons came in first, allowing them to be the dominant alpha of the herd.
See you next week!
Next week’s first category: “Bio-Dome”
Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA
We had another strong showing tonight at Applebee’s in Waynesboro, with all seven teams charging out of the gate fast, finishing round one with only a three point difference between first and seventh place. The teams fought through a rough halftime puzzle page (who knew there were more Jack in the Boxes than Chick-Fil-A’s?!), to end the half with ties for both first and third place, showing just how competitive this game was.
Rounds three and four were a bit tougher, but JuJu and Friends had a near perfect second half, getting every question right and only narrowly missing one bonus to give them a lead they would never relinquish. After knocking out the final answer of ‘Wiki’ with ease, JuJu and Friends took home their first win of the season. Here are your top three:
First Place: JuJu and Friends
Second Place: Mischief Managed
Third Place: Alternative Facts
Next week’s first category: The Woodrow Wilson Administration
Brush up on your history and we’ll see you then!
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA
Wednesday’s trivia night at Clover Theater got off to a rocky start with much groaning at the Winner’s Choice category of Mathematics. It was a tough way to start but we got into the groove soon after. The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers took the lead during Round 3 and held on for the win. I can’t wait to see everybody back here for another night of trivia next Wednesday! Here are your final standings:
First Place: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers
Second Place: Southern Comfort
Third Place: The Amigos
Next week’s first category: “The Simpsons”