No Blank Tiles at Wednesday Trivia!

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Led by a 22-team smackdown at Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD, Pour House Trivia brought in 213 squads on Wednesday across its 20 locations.


After each venue’s Winner’s Choice, we opened up the regular set with this question:

  • Exactly 24 years ago, which Hockey Hall of Famer scored his 894th and final NHL goal?

Naming Wayne Gretzky was no issue for most teams, but only 29% knew he scored that goal as a member of the New York Rangers. We also discussed Disney dogs, Patrick Swayze‘s SNL Chippendales sketch with Chris Farley, and the Maine cities of Augusta and Portland. This was the easiest round to earn a perfect score in, as 21 teams each scored every available point.


Musical acts that implemented the flute in hit songs — Jethro Tull (Cross Eyed Mary), Beastie Boys (Sure Shot), and Lizzo (Coconut Oil) — were represented in Wednesday’s audio question. A query about Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple was the toughest bonus try in the first half, with only 16% of teams knowing Marple’s first name is Jane. The most difficult wagering question before halftime came next:

  • Which deity was the namesake for a 25,000-seat theatre located on the Acropolis of Athens?

Just 12% of the field knew of the Theatre of Dionysus. A far cry from the previous round, this round carried no perfect teams.


Wednesday’s halftime sheet showcased comic book character logos and municipal parks matched to their corresponding U.S. city. The average team score was 16.6 points, but nine teams earned all 20 on the page. At the halftime intermission, these were the highest scores:


After a question about the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, we headed to the movies:

  • Released in 2002, which film featuring the character of Jack Ryan centers on a plot by an Austrian Neo-Nazi to trigger a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

That was Ben Affleck’s turn as Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, named by 38% of the field. To end the round, we had a question about the former competition series Star Search. However, just 4.6% of teams knew that former late night host Arsenio Hall led the 21st-century revival of the show. Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’), Fashionably Late (GearHouse), and Germans (Shipgarten) were the perfect teams in this round.


Seven teams were able to figure out a Mark Twain quote about cauliflower to earn all six points on Wednesday’s 6-4-2. The night’s final round kicked off with a question about current NBA conference top seeds Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets. From there, we ran into the two toughest questions in the second half, a one-two punch that began with this:

  • Once owned by a missionary priest, what is the longest barrier island on Earth?

The least-successful wagering query of the night saw only 8.9% of teams correctly identify Padre Island, off the coast of Texas. After that, we ended up giving this brand name question:

  • When two companies merged to form the technology company LG in the early 1980s, the letters L and G represented which two words?

LG was formed from companies known as Lucky and Goldstar; 13% of the field knew at least one of those names for wagering credit. Other topics in the round included the dumbwaiter and Three Clues about the sapphire. Even with a couple of tricky questions, Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) managed a perfect fourth round. Before the final question, these teams were ahead of the pack:

FINAL QUESTION (23.94% success rate):

  • If all proper names were legal in Scrabble, which Presidential last name would have the highest value at 22 points?

With eight points for a J, four points for each F, and one point for each other letter, Thomas Jefferson‘s last name carries the most value among U.S. Presidents. Another Wednesday passed with no Perfect 21 teams to be found. When all the games were done, these were the overall points leaders:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Three Clues/One Sandwich)

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Quiz on My Face  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Criminal Minds)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Fashionably Late  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The X-Files)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings a Hit from 2020)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bob Dole’s Grip  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doctor Strange (comic book))

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Exes and O’s  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Music)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dodgeball (film))

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Black Zexcellence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Def Comedy Jam (audio))

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Snack Foods)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Three Fifes and a Drum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons Monsters)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reflexology)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Titanic String Quartet  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2023 New York Yankees)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Disgusting Brothers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Athletes from Northern Virginia)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity Gossip)

Kitzie’s Restaurant in Martinsburg, WV: Brendena  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: True Crime)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Films)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rich Mullins)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Footprints on the Moon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)