Pour House Wants YOU For Wednesday Trivia!

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A Wednesday’s worth of Pour House Trivia provided the questions for 177 teams across 18 area locations.


A three-parter on words that start with P and end with I began Wednesday’s game, followed by a question about Tom Cruise‘s portrayal of action character Jack Reacher where just 11% of teams earned bonus points for knowing that franchise’s sequel subtitle, Never Go Back. From there, we floated like a hummingbird and learned about the Rastafari faith. The latter question also had a tricky bonus chance, as 27% of our teams knew that former world leader Haile Selassie was regarded in that faith as a Messiah. Four teams had perfect scores in this round: Pterodactyl (Memories), Comfortably Dumb (Axes and O’s), If Jim Says It’s Bad (Celtic House), and Here For the Beer (Thick-N-Thin).


Wednesday’s audio question wasn’t an easy one: we asked teams to identify the common phrase, Mama Said, found in three song titles (by The ShirellesLL Cool J, and Lukas Graham). Slightly more than half the field named the phrase for wagering points, but just 9% named Lukas Graham as the final artist for bonus credit. Not to be outdone, the hardest question of the night came halfway through this round:

  • Originally billed as a celebrity version of MTV’s The Real World, which reality show will be revived by VH1 next week with housemates such as Stormy Daniels and Frankie Muniz?

The Surreal Life apparently didn’t stick in the collective pop culture subconscious of our players, since only 16% of teams had that correct answer. On top of that, 6.2% got bonus points for knowing the Hall of Fame athlete joining the revival cast is Dennis Rodman (because of course he is). The last question in the round asked teams to name the American League teams that play in the oldest and newest current MLB stadiums, and just 15.8% named both the Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park, 1912) and Texas Rangers (Globe Life Field, 2020) to get bonus points. We were 3-for-3 on tough bonus opportunities in this round, but Mannion’s Men (Quinn’s) made it through with a perfect score!


Our teams had to name celebrities by their yearbook photos and match fictional bands to the movie they were featured in for Wednesday’s halftime tasks. Three teams aced it with a perfect score on a page that had an average score of 13.2 points. We made a halftime pitstop with these teams leading the field:


We got to work in the second half with Three Clues about Atlanta, then reached the second half’s toughest wagering question:

  • Featured in an early episode of The Simpsons, this type of fish can be lethally poisonous if not prepared correctly. What is the name of this food whose name means pufferfish in Japanese?

Roughly 31% of the field had the correct answer, fugu. A question about the U.S. television debut of the British sketch comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus preceded another difficult query:

  • Which 1950s singer is mentioned in the first stanza of the 1980s songs Come on Eileen and We Didn’t Start the Fire?

Just over a third of our teams had Johnny Ray‘s name for wagering points. In this round, the only perfect team was Just For Fun (Quinn’s).


About 17% of teams had the correct number, 12, after just one clue to get the maximum six points on Wednesday’s 6-4-2 question. Round four began with its easiest wagering question, but a bonus chance that tied for the hardest of the night:

  • What are the two most commonly harvested fruits of the Ocean Spray cooperative brand?

Almost every team had cranberry as one of their two answers, but only 6.2% also said grapefruit for bonus credit. Other fourth-round topics included forensics, a three-parter on U.S. Presidents that survived assassination attempts, and the New Testament parable of the Prodigal Son. We ended the round with its most difficult question:

  • Who are the only two left-handed quarterbacks to win a Heisman Trophy in the 21st century?

While 57% of the field had at least one of Matt Leinart and Tim Tebow, just 11% named both for two more points. Just For Fun (Quinn’s) and Putin It Where It Don’t Belong (Hops N Shine) provided this round’s perfect scores. The top of the pre-final question leaderboard looked like this:

FINAL QUESTION (41.8% success rate):

  • Several sources have cited a meat packer named Samuel Wilson as the apparent inspiration for which enduring iconic image?

Mr. Wilson is credited as inspiring that American icon, Uncle Sam. However, no teams answered every wagering question correctly to earn that Perfect 21 on Wednesday night. The final scoreboard was led by these squads:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: M.I.A.  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fighter Planes)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: NO GAME  (FIRST CATEGORY UPON RETURN: Pittsburgh Steelers)

PLEASE NOTE: Valley will begin an immediate and indefinite hiatus. Please check back for updates next month.

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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Bodybuilders)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Mannion’s Men  (NEW WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ken Burns Documentaries)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Townies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A Petit Dejeuner)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geographic Band Names)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stinkfist  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Northern Ireland Punk Rock)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Putin It Where It Don’t Belong  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Daddy)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Impressionists)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Hoof Hearted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Physical Education)

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

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Open For Quizness  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Girl)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Artsy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Little House on the Prairie (book series))

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: All About That Bass  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Puppets)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Rat Funk  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: West Virginia)

Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: We’re Late  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Frank Capra Films)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Here for the Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: If Jim Says It’s Bad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Whisky)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Contemporary Christian Music)