Row, Row, Row Your Wednesday Trivia!

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Twenty locations hosted Wednesday’s Pour House Trivia matches this week for a total of 206 teams.


In the first round, we covered topics such as the 318th birthday of Ben Franklin, the recently-released memoir of Patrick Stewart, colorful geographic places, and the filmography of director Chris Columbus. However, none of these questions were enough to trip up many teams. In fact, 53 teams recorded a perfect score in this round.


Wednesday’s audio question played a trio of dreamy songs by Eurythmics, Mariah Carey, and the Greatest Showman soundtrack. From there, we studied the daddy longlegs (which is not a spider), traveled to Xavier University, and caught a glimpse of the upcoming return of TV’s Deal or No Deal. It took until the end of the first half to give a truly tough question:

  • This Texas Instruments toy was not only one of the earliest handheld electronic devices to feature a digital display, it was also apparently high-tech enough for E.T. to use as his makeshift communications device to phone home. What is the name of this toy?
  • Bonus: This device lent its name to the debut album by which band?

About 30% of the field remembered the Speak and Spell, but 4.85% went even further to also name Depeche Mode for bonus points. This was the only round with no perfect teams.


At halftime, teams were asked to name magazines from their covers, then list the ten non-Christmas Day federal holidays celebrated in the U.S. This was a tricky halftime page; the average score was 14.5 points, while three teams aced the round. One team was slightly ahead of a pack of runners-up at the halftime intermission:


A Shakespearean Triple 50/50 started the second half, but a two-answer film query later in the round proved to be the hardest way to earn bonus points on Wednesday:

  • Among the six films for which Tom Hanks has been nominated for an acting Oscar, name either the oldest or most recent film.

You’ll have to go back to the 1989 ceremony and Big, then the 2020 Oscars for Hanks’s only Best Supporting Actor nomination, for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Here, just over 20% of teams named either movie while a game-low 4.36% knew both titles. This round’s perfect scores were recorded by Letters from Iwo Denver (Sully’s) and Something Trivial (Mark’s).


On the 6-4-2, 13 teams knew the Minnesota Vikings were the first team to appear in four Super Bowls and received six points for submitting a correct early guess. We traveled to Africa for a fourth-round geography query:

  • Windhoek and Rundu are the most populous cities in which African country?

This was the least successful wagering question of the night, as 18% of the field correctly identified Namibia. Other topics in this round included Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring, the literary inspiration behind HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and Three Clues about the name Bruce. Lily Pads (Quinn’s) was the only team able to score all 36 points in the fourth round. These teams were in the overall lead after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (29.61% success rate):

  • Which 19th century book was created as the result of a tale told to a young girl with the last name of Liddell, while she sat in a rowboat on the River Thames?

That tale turned into Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! That final answer capped a Perfect 21 for one team: Stink Floyd (Belles’), which also led the final Wednesday standings:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Lesbian Barbie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Books With Talking Animals)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Guyana)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1984 NBA Draft)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films About U.S. Presidents)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Does Game Shows)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Smells)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Strokes)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hades)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Barn Gurlz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Equine Anatomy)

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

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: 

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Road Trip)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Bobs the Builders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taskmaster (UK TV series))

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Anakin’s Daycare Service  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Historic Losers)

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

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: We Like to Come From Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music Videos)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Team H  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: William Shaqspeare  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Something Trivial  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Geography)