On Top of the World with Wednesday Night Trivia!

As usual, we hosted as a busy Wednesday night of Pour House Trivia with a dozen highly competitive games.  Once again, there were some familiar team names topping the leaderboard:

WEDNESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (91 teams across 12 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) with 173

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Dusty Baker School of Management with 162

–> Highest First Half Score: Dusty Baker School of Management and Kobe Buffalo Meat (Belles’) with 90

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Second Place, Flight Level Awesome, Dusty Baker School of Management, and Roaming Gnomes all scored the Perfect 21 on Wednesday.

–> Our halftime page played to an average score of 17.1, with 12% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question on Swedish proved to be one of the most difficult of the season, as no team scored six points and only a handful of teams scored four points.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (48.8% success rate):

–> Which geographic name is derived from Sanskrit words meaning “abode of snow”? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Valley Grill in Middletown, MD

Well I was going to set up on the patio tonight, but I guess it was going to get too cold, so we kept it nice and toasty and played in the dining room at Valley Grill.  Fifteen teams tonight, and you all are such a blast to play with. We had a few more teams than I expected get our winner’s choice category correct, snare drum rudiments.  I really only expected two or three teams max.  Great job!  Our “SIDE’ question didn’t put too many teams on the ‘sidelines’ as nearly all got at least their wagers and several two point bonuses were scored.  Other subjects in the first round were Sherlock Holmes, the Rubik’s Cube, and this film duo that had a bit of a problem during the most recent Oscars ceremony:

Oscars Trivia

For round two, we visited the port city of Charleston and talked about the role it played in the (first) American Civil War, and followed it up with Bart Giamatti’s banning of Pete Rose from the MLB Hall of Fame. We revisited 80’s pop teen sensation (and one hit wonder) Tiffany, and then things got a little foggy with our dry ice question. For the audio clue, we asked the teams to identify some stand-up comics, and this legend was the most missed of the three.

Steve Martin Trivia

Things got a little tougher in round three as we had a couple of questions that put the skids on some scoring, we even had our front runner drop from first to fifth by the end of the round.  Everyone did OK with the political nicknames, but we had some struggles on American author Janet Evanovich, followed by the mythical harpy, who I believe is releasing a book on her recent election loss sometime in the near future.  Most folks answered correctly on the wavelength question, and everyone knew this guy, who was once a childhood favorite and now is a pundit.  If you have seen his new show, I think his bowtie has cut off too much oxygen to his brilliant brain:

Bill Nye Trivia

Our final round was a doozy and we got through it pretty quick with fast answers on Popeye’s chicken and wakeboarding.  John Mayer made an appearance along with his seven Grammys, though we had to keep an eye on him around Regan MacNeil from the Exorcist because John has shown he likes them young and wild.  We also had a high two-point bonus percentage on this theatrical element of Japanese culture.

Kabuki Trivia

The top three teams used the strategic wager option to protect their leads and it payed off for them for our mountainous final question.  The question had a “pretty high” success rate as well.  Here are the results:

First Place:  Fast Forward Not Available

Second Place:  Second Place:  (I guess irony can be pretty ironic sometimes)

Third Place:  Southpaw Fish

Next week’s first category:  Song Lyrics from Sting’s Solo Career

~ Ronnie

Sting Trivia

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The Tavern in Olney, MD

We hosted another great game (including a packed house) for Wednesday night Pour House Trivia at The Tavern in Olney!  It was nice to have a new team join in for their first taste of Pour House Trivia as well!  The battle for first place was pretty epic this week.  After a smooth start, I had three teams tied for the lead after the first round (all with a PERFECT score, no less).  I still had two teams still tied for first place after the second round.  We only had a little separation after the puzzle page, as one team scored 20 points, bur four other teams scored 19 points!  You guess were just crushing it!

That perfect score gave Olney the Lonely a one-point lead at the break.  After picking up a pair of crucial two-point bonuses in the third round, they stretched that lead to three points as we reached the 6-4-2 question (which itself didn’t change much as all but one team scored two points).   But by the time we reached the final question, that lead had dropped back to a one-point margin once again!  The final question did shake up the top three one more time AND we needed to hold a tie breaker to find out who our third place team would be.

After the tiebreaker, the Adam Jones Fan Club took third place, while Moving Forward lived up to their name and made a nice jump up from fourth place to second place after the final question.  They were in first place from the first round and never gave it up for the entire game, Olney The Lonely were our winners!

Olney the Lonely chose The Moody Blues for next week’s first category, so study up and come join the party with us on Wednesdays at The Tavern!

~ Jon J

Moody Blues Trivia

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Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD

At Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, our first round moved very well, teams settled in and hit their stride quickly.  It was nice to see so many familiar faces with the weather being as beautiful as it is.  You like me, you really like me!  Or, you’re creatures of habit and trivia is your habit 😉  A second round question on former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti question was the only one question from the first half that set teams back on their heels a bit, with many of you going to Newman and missing the pull.  Thankfully, it was early enough for you to have a low wager to burn. Also thankfully, I didn’t need Tiffany’s last name for the wager on the “I Think We’re Alone Now” question. Quite a few smart people in here and no one got it!  Maybe a sign of what’s to come…

Halftime was a breeze, lots of high scoring teams but most of you fell to the St. Louis mistake on the bottom half, but after 50 years, the Blues are still waiting for their first Stanley Cup.  Can’t win them all 😉  The third round was tough on some of you, definitely tough on your scribes.  Either forgetful or just scheming.. hard to tell these days! I  love how the multiple choice was literally team just choosing a letter with no thought as to what the actual answer was.. Professionals, through and through.  The 6-4-2 question…  Man, oh Man!  Not a single team tried the six or the four, but everyone was solid on the two-pointer.  Two points is better than no points, indeed!

You made up for it in round 4, no one wanted the crossword hint for Kabuki!  Either all or nothing.  Most likely for the best, not sure how many of us could have spelled kabuki correctly anyhow.  Anytime the final references Sanskrit, I can just watch teams checking out.  I even heard a “If I know my Sanskrit – which I don’t..” but it still played pretty well…

Third place went to Pookie and the Bwain, second place went to Just Good Enough, while our winners tonight were the fine folks of Flight Level Awesome!  Next week, we’ll open with a question on “Talledaga Nights” – the movie of course.

~ Sam

Ricky Bobby Trivia

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Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD

Hockey games, computer malfunctions, and trivia oh my!  Par for the course for a game of Pour House Trivia here at Bennigan’s in Frederick!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Sportsing-Sports-Sports”: Playoff hockey always manages to bring out the loud fans to the bar.  I may or may not be one of them.  Still, always tricky to read trivia questions when half the bar is roaring at a TV screen.  It was still a fun time though!

In “Houston-We-Have-A-Problem”: What isn’t fun is when my computer decides to crap out in the middle of the fourth round and we’re sent back to the stone ages for scoring until it comes back up.  Sorry for the issues guys, and thank you for your patience!

In “Yeah-I-Got-Nothing-On-That-One”: Half the teams tonight hadn’t even heard of Tiffany before, so it came as no surprise that many didn’t even bother guessing at a last name, even if they had Tiffany right. Can’t really blame them on that one, that was always gonna be a tough pull.

Correct answers were key on the final, and only one team pulled it out.

In third place tonight, Simple Minds!

In second place tonight, DB3!

In first place tonight, Momentary Lapse of Reason!

Great, tough game tonight guys!  Next week we’ll kick things off with a question on Genesis!  The band that is, not the book of the bible. Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Genesis Trivia Maryland

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Woodside Deli in Gaithersburg, MD

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there was no trivia at Woodside Deli this week.  Scott returns on May 10th with the opening category of Khan!!

Star Trek Trivia

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Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD

At Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, this week’s game started with a fitting category of Italian Cuisine, courtesy of last week’s winners The Witiots.  The toughest question of the first half however was definitely about the former MLB commissioner and father of an actor named Paul.  This one ended up becoming basically a “guess the Paul” question except for a few teams who remembered that commish was Bart Giamatti.  The audio question was a fun one too, asking teams to identify stand up comedians based on sound clips.  Steve Martin was the toughest one of the three, with Lewis Black and Kevin Hart being much more recognizable.  Halftime asked teams to identify celebrities based on pictures of their eyes, but luckily there was an answer key so they didn’t have to blindly guess.  I was surprised about the inclusion of Max Scherzer, but heterochromia is definitely a unique trait that makes him much more recognizable.

In the second half The Witiots created a wide gap between themselves and the field, and heading into the final they had all but clinched the win.  The final question of the night was about geographic word origins, and most teams actually got this one right.  The term we were looking for was derived from the Sanskrit words meaning “abode of snow”, which ended up being Himalaya or Himalayan.  This meant that third place tonight went to The Pop Vultures, while second went to The Donner Party and the win went to The Witiots!  Next week we start out with a question called Triple 50/50: Muppet or U.S. Vice President!  That one should be ridiculous, and I’ll see you all then!

Until next time,

~ Chad

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Top Golf in Alexandria, VA

At TopGolf Alexandria, we had two new teams play who wanted to see what Pour House trivia was all about.  And with our regular teams as well, let’s see how well this new batch does.  Of course, when I mentioned the World Series and the prizes we had to offer, everybody’s eyes opened up.  Now, we had everyone’s attention.  What happened tonight?  Round 1 started off with some slightly suggestive questions about famous sausages and then a question on finger tricks, lubrication, and tensioning.  Luckily, we dodged a bullet as we were looking instead for the Milwaukee Brewers Sausage Race and some techniques used in solving the Rubik’s Cube.  Round 2 had everyone miss the wild and crazy guy Steve Martin in stand-up comedians.  But everyone instead knew where Fort Sumter was.

The eyes have it for our halftime sheet as teams did well identifying celebrities by their eyes—and in some cases, crow’s feet.  Round 3 had our teams familiar with Bill Nye and the mythological harpy, but not so much with Janet Evanovich, the writer with numbered books as opposed to Sue Grafton, who wrote the alphabetical mystery books like “’A’ is for Alibi”.  Nobody went for our six or four points and instead opted for the safe two points on knowing the language Wikipedia that has the third-highest quantity of articles.  Another language question in Round 4 had teams figuring out the Japanese character for “kabuki”, which one team unfortunately guessed as “Sudoku”.

Tonight’s Final Question involved the Sanskrit term for “abode of snow”.  Two Balls, One Bag wagered zero and were the only ones to miss, thinking Sanskrit was from Africa.  Unfortunately for them, everyone else wagered big and got it right.  That led to a tie for second place.  Our tiebreaker asked when Dwight Eisenhower was born.  Easter Bunnies said 1889 and Jackie’s Team said 1893.  Eisenhower was born in 1890.  So, here was our medal table for tonight:

First Place:  Beef Boys

Second Place:  Easter Bunnies

Third Place:  Jackie’s Team

Next week’s first category: Minor League Baseball

JOIN US NEXT WEEK AT 7:00p!

~ Chris

Minor League Baseball

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Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD

An unfortunate power outage at Woodside Deli left those teams without a home for tonight, so it looks like we got one of them here at Bennigan’s!  Tonight we welcomed in The Fellowship from across town to join us in our game; little did they know that this place can get mega competitive.  We have a good line-up of strong teams including PHT Season XIV Champions Dusty Baker School of Management.  Every week is an all-out dogfight!  Tonight was no different as our regular powerhouses were kicking it into full gear putting up some very impressive scores.

As per usual, a lot of the teams scoring up over 80 points going into the second half with Dusty Baker in the lead, putting up a score of 90+.  For those of you that don’t play that often, a 90+ score at the half is incredibly strong. That’s like if you miss nothing.  Not figuratively either.  Literally, you miss nothing and you barely eclipse the 90 point mark. Dusty Baker’s real good…

Going into the 3rd round, yes, Dusty Baker was leading but Rhymes with Orange was doing all they could to keep up, back by only 2 points. Round 3 wasn’t terribly painful but it didn’t really help the cause to catch the leaders, Dusty Baker still ahead after that one. The place to make up ground would’ve been the 6-4-2, one of the hardest Q’s we’ve seen in a long time…

The 6-4-2 was asking for a language of the world, the 3rd most common language used for Wikipedia articles. Yeah, that is tough. Real tough… One team went for it! … They did not get it… The 4 point clue got you to an area of Northern Europe with roughly 8,000,000 speakers; that clue didn’t help much of the teams, though we had another team go for it! … They did not get it… Today’s 6-4-2 took points from 2 teams and left everyone else with a whole 2 points for knowing the capital of Sweden was Stockholm: Swedish was your language (I also had a team miss it after the 2 point clue… just adding to the difficulty factor on this one). A rare 6-4-2 that just obliterated the crowd!

Going into the final question, Dusty Baker led by 2 points, the same margin they held at the half. Rhymes with Orange was in 2nd; they played well enough to stay close but couldn’t make up the deficit with the set provided. The final question was gotten by about half of the teams tonight, our leaders all nailing it, so no suspense here. Dusty Baker wins another one, Rhymes with Orange finishing 2nd after a well-fought game, and Roaming Gnomes (last week’s winners) take 3rd, leap frogging a team ahead of them that fell back with a miss! That’s a wrap folks, we’ll see you in seven days!

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  “Dancing with the Stars”

Dancing with the Stars

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Memories in Mount Airy, MD

Another game is in the books at Memories in Mount Airy!  Our veteran teams clashed over this week’s set, and it looked like two-point bonuses would win the day!  Slowly, the field separated out, over a few questions that had teams scratching their heads.  Oh, and easily 5 minutes of Ric Flair “Wooooo”s.  Right answer?  WOOOOO!  Wrong answer?  WOOOOO!  They were on a roll, and couldn’t be stopped.  Plus, who am I to stop anyone from discovering their inner stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun?

Sexual Chocolate scored the only perfect score on our halftime page, but that was still not enough to claim first place at the break, as Satan’s School for Girls rode a wave of two-point bonuses to a score of 87 points.  A devilishly hard 6-4-2 brought teams back down to reality, as somehow we made it through a question about Swedish without a single mention of meatballs, fish or IKEA!

And please, for your own well-being, take a second and look up the difference between Wakeboarding and Waterboarding.  It could save you from a pretty terrible weekend at the lake!  After riding high for three rounds, SS4G stumbled a bit coming home, missing two questions and landing in third place as we concluded the fourth round.  The final proved difficult, but not for our top three teams:

First Place:  Sexual Chocolate

Second Place:  FOWL

Third Place:  Satan’s School for Girls

Sexual Chocolate increases their overall lead in the season standings with their third win in a row.  They have selected Mysterious Disappearances as next week’s first category. Fancy a trip to Bermuda, anyone?

See you next week!

~ Nick

Bermuda Triangle

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Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD

Tonight at the Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, we hosted some great competition, as teams where trying to knock We Need an Adult off of their current winning streak, and with the Pour House Trivia Playoffs and World Series right around the corner, teams really stepped up their game tonight.  Breakfast for Dinner was still seeking redemption after their own eight-game winning streak earlier this season, while our stalwarts Member Berries and The Goobers were each still going for their first win.

At halftime teams, out entire field were separated by 19 points, but with two rounds left and lots of potential points, it was still anyone’s game to take.  However, We Need an Adult were able to come in with some clutch answers down the stretch, giving themselves a ten-point lead going into the final question.  This lead allowed them to wager three points, meaning they would need a miss AND other teams would have to answer correctly in order to steal the win!

After all of the strategic wagering, here is how we ended up.  We Need an Adult answered correctly and took home the win (five in a row!), with The Goobers in second after they also answered correctly.  Rounding out the top three was Breakfast for Dinner.

Next week’s first category will be the animated version of “Beauty and the Beast”.

Until next time…

~ Devan

Beauty and the Beast Trivia Pour House Pub Trivia Maryland

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Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown happens to have the best trivia around.  Don’t take my word for it!  Just as Pen Island who told me, “That got good at the end”.  Tonight we had the return of Slapsgiving and Balls Deep; two names that should not be mixed up.  Did our returning heroes return victorious?

We had a very close game early on, and not very many questions were missed throughout the night.  The scores were almost all separated by bonus answers.  At the half we had three 20 point puzzle pages.  The lowest score was 17 points.  A difficult 6-4-2 about the Swedish language prompted almost everyone to hold until the two-point clue.  The final round kept things just as close.  At this point, we had a four-point game between first and fourth going into the final question.  That’s about as tight as it gets!

The name that means “abode of snow” was a question that gave to some and took away from others.  The Sad Fat Dragons and Pen Island swapped places between second and fourth.  Slapsgiving was able to hang on the third with a zero wager.  The Sad Fat Dragons answered incorrectly while Pen Island gave me a correct answer, and was able to snake the Dragons’ second place spot.  On top, again, was Alternative Answers who correctly guessed “Himalaya”.

Our winning team made it five in a row tonight, which is now the longest winning streak of the season here at Barefoot Bernie’s.  Next week we’ll kick it off with a question about the movie “Dogma”.

~ Sean

Kevin Smith Trivia

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Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA

Man oh man, finishes like these make me love getting to host trivia nights at Applebee’s.  One team pulled off an epic come from behind win, coming from 5th place going into the final to take home the victory.  Here are some highlights:

We started off the night with a question about New Kids on the Block, and Wingin’ It (last week’s winner) was one of the only teams to answer correctly.  This helped them finish out an otherwise calm round one in first place, but there was only a six point difference between them and sixth, so I could already tell it was going to be a good one.  Not Your Team took over in round two by being the only team to get every question correct, and then turned in a very strong puzzle page to go into half time with the lead.

In round three we talked about one of my childhood heroes (Bill Nye the Science Guy), and thanks in part to being the only team to correctly guess the highest and lowest points in a wave pattern, JuJu and Friends finished out the round in the lead, but that would not last long.  Mischief Managed turned in a PERFECT round four, getting every question AND bonus correct, which put them in a great position going into the final, as they had a five point lead over second place. However, our final was a tough one; we asked teams for a geographic term derived from the Sanskrit words for “abode of snow”.  JuJu and Friends was the only team to correctly guess that this was Himalaya, and they bet very aggressively so they were able to jump from 5th place to 1st to get the win.  Here’s your top three:

First Place:  JuJu and Friends

Second Place:  Wingin’ It

Third Place:  Not Your Team

Next week’s first category: “Murder She Wrote”

Check out some episodes and we’ll see you next week!

~ Kyle

Murder She Wrote

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Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA

Fourteen teams competed on a hot, sultry night here in Cloverdale.  Only a few teams started off with a correct response on our winner’s choice category of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, but from there the first round was a breeze, with half our teams topping 35 points.  The second round began to show its teeth, as a surprising number of people did not recognize Steve Martin’s voice.  While most teams scored points by knowing the former pop queen Tiffany, absolutely no one knew her last name for bonus points.  And Paul Rudd is the most popular actor named Paul. We got more than a few Commissioner Rudd answers on our baseball question.

The halftime puzzle slightly easier than expected with an average score of 17, but it was the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers who notched the only perfect 20.  The Struggle Continues started off a little slowly but took over first place by the end of Round 2, and a nearly flawless second half increased their lead to nine points as we geared up for the final question.  With a correct response there as well, the Struggle Continues held on for their first win of the season.

First Place: The Struggle Continues

Second Place: Sparklers

Third Place: The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers

Next week’s first category:  Northern California Cannabis Strains

~ Ryan