Pen Sounds at Weekend Trivia!

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Eight weekend locations hosted Pour House Trivia for a total of 88 teams, including one that wasted little time giving us another in-person attempt at a perfect game!


Questions about sitcom actor and on-screen mall cop Kevin James, rock band Pearl Jam, and the late, great Alex Trebek were featured in opening-round action over the weekend. For the most difficult question in this part of the game, we ventured to Washington, DC:

  • Considered to be the eastern endpoint of the National Mall, which structure forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the center point of the city’s four quadrants?

Exactly two-thirds of Friday’s teams correctly named the Capitol Building for wagering credit. In all, eight teams earned perfect scores in the first round.


On Friday, we played a trio of songs with five-letter song titles for the audio question, while Saturday’s had a little early Labor Day action with three songs that have the word work in the title. The hardest question in any first half this past weekend came in Saturday’s second round:

  • Located directly behind the iris and pupil, which part of the eye adjusts its shape in order to focus light rays on the retina?

About 36% of the field knew the lens from that description. Otherwise, we had topics such as Napoleon‘s defeat in Russia, Three Clues about Wrigley Field, the infamous history of Napster, and the Full House category in Yahtzee. It was in this round that perfect scores were earned by Shady Deductions (Springfield Manor), Slightly Agitated (Springfield Manor), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Mason Social), and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Mason Social).


Animated company mascots and the titles of various Roman deities were the subjects of Friday’s halftime sheet. For Saturday, teams had to name celebs with B.S. initials and occupational movie titles. On average, teams over the weekend had a score of 15.5 points, and nine squads got all 20 points on their night’s page. These were the highest team scores at the halftime break:


The most difficult bonus opportunity in either weekend game reared its ugly head to start Friday’s third round; a question about The Sound of Music saw only three teams earn two extra points for knowing Mary Martin played the lead role in the original Broadway cast of that show. The end of Saturday’s round showcased the hardest wagering question in the third round:

  • Released in 2020, Shadowlands is the 8th expansion of what wildly popular MMO role-playing video game?

World of Warcraft was named by 64% of the field, while 36% tacked on bonus points for naming its primary location of Azeroth. We also spent the third round discussing the hemlock Socrates was sentenced to consume, Three Clues about Poland, and cooled things down with freonBeer Pressure (Doc Waters), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Mason Social), and Quality Guesswork (Pretzel and Pizza) had the perfect scores in this round.


While five teams got all six points on Friday’s 6-4-2 about cotton, just two did so on Saturday when we asked about the goat. The toughest wagering question of the weekend came on a look at the recent music charts on Friday:

  • Released earlier this summer, which song from Beyonce was the lead single from her upcoming seventh studio album? It became her first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2017.

Our teams would have received credit for naming either the song, Break My Soul, or its album, Renaissance. While 31% of the field got at least one of those correct answers, only 7.9% were able to name both for bonus points. Other fourth-round weekend topics included three men named Eddie, the 1980s TV series Moonlighting, and the Scoville scale that measures the pungency of chili peppers. The only team to get all 36 points in this round was Hipster Fashion Consultants (Mason Social), doing so to keep the perfect game bid alive. They led the standings at the pre-final question break:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (34.9% success rate):

  • The delivery system for Ban deodorant, introduced in 1952, was based on another invention that was patented in 1938. For your wager, what was this specific inspirational invention?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (56% success rate):

  • While on their 50th Anniversary Tour, which band hired an opening act known as California Saga? California Saga was comprised of the children of the band that was on that 50th Anniversary Tour.

Friday’s teams had to name the ballpoint pen, while Saturday’s finale was all about the offspring of The Beach Boys. The only Perfect 21 over the weekend went to our second in-person perfect game in recent weeks: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Mason Social) not only answered all 21 wagering questions correctly, they also claimed every bonus point, the sixer in the 6-4-2, all 20 halftime points, and a 12-point correct guess on the final question! Well-deserved congratulations go out to them. Will we add to the list of perfect games sometime soon? Let’s think about that while we check out the final leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jerry Orbach)

P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: ON HIATUS  (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Cryptozoology)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Mouse Rat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Only Murders in the Building)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Professional Slackers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: No MSG  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYGrand Admiral Thrawn)

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYU.S. Constitutional Amendments)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: KSS  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYAirports)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great British Baking Show)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)