Oh, the Trivia Answers You’ll Know!

A typical night of Pour House Trivia includes 12 bonus questions, which allow our writers the opportunity to delve deep into certain subjects in order to pull out obscure trivia nuggets.  Tonight’s batch of bonus questions ranked among the toughest questions we’ve ever asked!  The teams that were able to answer some of these questions certainly earned those bonus points tonight.  Let’s check out the details, as 103 teams squared off at 14 different venues:


Tuesday’s game wasted no time with the difficult bonus questions, as the opening stanza included a question on the derivation of the word mannequin, as it is derived from a Dutch word meaning ‘little man’.  The bonus question:

–> A 2008 song from what pop superstar shares its title with this term?

Apparently, Lady Gaga seemed like a more appropriate response, but only eight teams knew this correct answer:

Katy Perry

The opening round concluded with another difficult bonus question, this time in the category of the MLB Playoffs.  While most of our teams remembered that Derek Jeter was awarded a controversial home run in the 1996 playoffs, only 14% of our teams remembered which Orioles outfielder was poised to catch that ball:

Jeter Maier

Yes, it was Tony Tarasco who got in the face of umpire Richie Garcia on that memorable evening.  Unfortunately, none of our teams were able to answer both of these bonus questions correctly.  I am fairly certain that on a Venn Diagram of ‘Katy Perry Fans’ and ‘Baseball Fans Over 35 Years Old’, an intersection probably exists, but I haven’t met that person yet.  Needless to say, there were no perfect rounds after the first round.


Our audio question dealt with two songs that featured the exact same title.  About half of our teams earned their wager here with “All For You”, but only nine teams knew both of the musical acts that we featured: Janet Jackson and Sister Hazel.  We closed the second round with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  We quizzed our teams about an upcoming made-for-TV movie which is reviving characters portrayed by James Roday and Dule Hill.  While most of our teams earned their wager with the correct answer of “Psych”, the bonus question asked which former heartthrob will be reprising his role as Nick Conforth.  Only five teams earned those bonus points by knowing it was this Karate Kid:

Only one team managed to sweep the second round with a perfect score of 36 points: Capital Hillbillies from Capitol City Brewing.


Tuesday night’s halftime page featured pictures of famous cars from film and TV franchises, as well as a 50/50 section on whether certain pop songs were original recordings or re-makes.  Overall, this halftime page played to an average score of 16.9 points, with nine teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after the first half:


The second half continued tonight’s trend of extremely difficult bonus questions.  The first question of the third round asked about a media organization uses a three-letter acronym as its name, as well as the slogan Ideas Worth Spreading.  Just over half of our teams knew this correct answer:

TED Talk

But only five teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing what those three letters stood for: Technology, Entertainment, Design.  The third round also included our nightly Three Clues question.  On most nights of Pour House Trivia, the Three Clues question is usually the most popular bonus category, no matter what the specific topic may be.  Many of our teams were regretting that decision after hearing these three clues about the same U.S. city:

CLUE 1: The name of this city is found in the title of the play which won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

CLUE 2: It is home to the Empire City Casino.

CLUE 3: Though it is a suburb, this city is often referred to as “the sixth borough” of New York City.

Only 22% of our teams earned their wager here with the correct answer of Yonkers (or “YONK-IZZ” as it should be pronounced).  Furthermore, only ONE TEAM earned a two-point bonus on this question with an early correct answer: TWA from Casa Tequila.  With nearly three-quarters of our teams choosing this as their third round bonus category, it had a huge effect on the overall standings at many of our venues.  The final round concluded with a question on Film Scores, asking for the three Steven Spielberg films for which John Williams won an Oscar for Best Original Score.  Not surprisingly, only seven teams earned bonus points here by knowing all three answers: “Jaws”, “E.T.”, and “Schindler’s List”.  Just as in the opening round, there were no teams which answered every bonus question correctly.


The final round hit our teams with our most difficult wagering question of the night, though it probably shouldn’t have been.  We asked our teams the following question in the realm of the animal kingdom, but offered a potential crossword-style hint:

–> With a name derived from a Malay word meaning “one who rolls up”, which exotic mammal will often curl into a ball in order to use its hard keratin scales as protection from lions?

Many teams decided to forgo the crossword-style hint, and attempted to earn an early answer bonus with a response of armadillo.  Unfortunately, the word armadillo is Spanish (appropriately meaning ‘little armored one’), and armadillos don’t live anywhere near lions.  No, the correct response we were looking for was the pangolin:

Pangolin 2

Here’s one in a “confrontation” with a lion:

Only 18% of our teams managed to work around this slight misdirection and earn their wager, leading to just two perfect scores in the final round: Just Good Enough (Shuckin’ Shack) and Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Monkey La La).  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (40.3% success rate):

–> Upon this man’s graduation from Dartmouth in 1925, he entered Lincoln College at Oxford with the intent of earning a Ph.D. in English Literature.  Despite what you may think, he never finished that degree, quitting to become an illustrator two years later.  Who is this famous American?

It turns out that Dr. Seuss was not really a doctor (although Dartmouth awarded him an honorary Ph.D. many years later).  Across the board, only one team scored the Perfect 21 tonight, as the Heather Heyer Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s) correctly answered every wagering question.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall final scores:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Valley Girls  (Next week’s first category: Bourbon)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: Jim Varney Films OTHER than the “Ernest” Comedies)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Crusty Broads  (Next week’s first category: Adult Film Terminology)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Heather Heyer Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Rick and Morty”)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Have You Ever Been in a Turkish Prison?  (Next week’s first category: The Cold War)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Two Balls and Three Holes  (Next week’s first category: Comic Book Villains)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: Condiments)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Bendss  (Next week’s first category: Settlers of Catan)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Uncles with Benefits  (Next week’s first category: Geraden Sings “The Book of Mormon”)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows  (Next week’s first category: One-Armed Artists)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (Next week’s first category: Quentin Tarantino Films)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Solar Eclipse Potpourri)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Who Doesn’t My 2007 Mazda…?  (Next week’s first category: History of Togo)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Bar End  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Pop Music – AUDIO)