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There were 202 teams at an outing Wednesday evening for Pour House Trivia, which was hosted by 20 locations.


We started the game with a three-parter with answers containing the GOT letter string, followed by other topics such as the Canadian city of Toronto, the debut ship of Carnival Cruise Line, and Disney’s Absent-Minded Professor. When the round was over, 21 teams still carried a perfect score.


The night’s audio question played a trio of songs titled 3 AM, but 15% of the field earned bonus points for naming each artist: Meghan Trainor, Eminem, and Matchbox 20. Two questions later, we turned to baseball:

  • Who was the final New York Yankee to wear a single-digit jersey number?
  • Bonus: In what year was he elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Yankee #2 Derek Jeter completed the single-digit set for the Bronx Bombers; 12.8% of teams knew he was part of the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class. After a question about Federalist Papers authors Alexander HamiltonJohn Jay, and James Madison, the round concluded with no perfect teams.


For the halftime round, teams handled celebrities with colorful names and Grammy Songs of the Year. There were 50 perfect scores, but the average team tallied 17.1 points. A pair of teams hit the 90-point threshold at the halftime intermission:


The majority of the third round wasn’t too tough for our teams. They deftly handled an Over/Under and topics like the Greek god Eros and the band Alabama Shakes. However, the round’s last question was a departure from that path:

  • Who was the author of American Pastoral, The Anatomy Lesson, and The Human Stain?
  • Bonus: What recurring character appears in all three of those books?

While 16.3% of teams correctly named Philip Roth, only three teams also identified Roth’s character Nathan Zuckerman. This was the second consecutive round with no perfect scores.


6-4-2 about the vampire saw 42 correct guesses at the six-point clue. Wednesday’s last round was bookended with difficult bonus opportunities, beginning with this question:

  • In 1977, Bill Murray joined Saturday Night Live to fill the void left by the departure of which original cast member?
  • Bonus: This departing cast member was born with what first name?

Murray replaced the departing Chevy Chase, whose birth name was Cornelius. That bonus answer was given by 7.92% of the field. Later, we gave Three Clues about a fictional character:

  • In feature films, this character has been portrayed by Ming-Na Wen and Kristen Kreuk.
  • The most recent Top 10 hit for Nicki Minaj is named for this character.
  • She was the first female character to appear in the Street Fighter video game series.

About 11.3% of teams knew of Chun-Li before the final clue for bonus credit. Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) provided the lone perfect score of the round. Top scores were recorded by these teams after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (42.08% success rate):

  • Barrels of whisky were strategically positioned along the path of which 363-mile project to motivate the Irish immigrants working on its route?

Those barrels provided motivation for those working on the Erie Canal. The aptly-named Awesome Power (Belles’) used that answer to become Wednesday night’s only Perfect 21 team! When the games were finished, these were the top scores:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Hold My Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Art History)

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Supreme Immunity  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Academy Awards)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Awesome Power  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bluey)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Bad Duckies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ducks)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Brandy)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Chalk or Caulk?)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: We Cur Also  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: I’ll Buy That for a Dollar)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Quizards of Oz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrities from Utah)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pies)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Washington Trivia Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia History)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1930s MLB World Series)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Federal Rules of Evidence)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Play Freebird  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Capitals)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Hawks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: OB/GYN)

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


Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Anagrams)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: It’s All Relative  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Siblings)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Diana  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrities Named Dan)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Sitcoms)

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

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