Scrambling Around the World at Wednesday Trivia!

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A wet and gloomy Wednesday in the area didn’t deter 129 teams from indulging in an evening of Pour House Trivia across 15 venues.


Opening round topics on Wednesday included X-Men‘s School for Gifted Youngsters and the University of Kentucky‘s shocking first-round defeat at the hands of small Saint Peter’s University in this year’s NCAA D-1 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The hardest question of the first half came in this round as well:

  • In addition to his two acting Oscars, who directed the films That Thing You Do! and Larry Crowne?

Exactly two-thirds of the field correctly named Tom Hanks as the director of those two films from 1996 and 2011, respectively. At the end of the first round, 20 teams had a perfect score.


The second round brought more overall success to our teams, but the audio question came with the toughest bonus opportunity of the first half on Wednesday. We kicked off the second round by playing parts of three songs with forms of communication in their titles; while almost 80% of the field could name at least two of them, only 36% successfully identified Jive Talkin’ by the Bee Gees, Message in a Bottle by the Police, and Telephone by Lady Gaga. Other second round subjects included Xena: Warrior PrincessPatrick Henry‘s give me liberty or give me death speech, and the Hunger Games book series. This was another solid round for our teams, with 18 putting up a perfect second-round score.


For Wednesday’s halftime page, teams had to identify works with BLANK and the BLANK-style names, then go on to match up colleges and universities to their corresponding athletic team nicknames. On average, teams scored 15.7 points here, while a dozen squads scored a perfect 20 points. Here’s your Wednesday halftime leaderboard, featuring a quintet of teams that were perfect up to this point:


In the third round, teams answered questions about Australia, Robin Hood’s Merry Men, and Queen Victoria, the first Empress of India. However, the hardest question of the round came in the Broadway Musicals category at the end:

  • A Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical featured songs such as If I Loved You and You’ll Never Walk Alone, the latter of which was adopted as an anthem by a current English Premier League soccer team.  For your wager, identify either the stage musical or the soccer team.

Just under half of our Wednesday teams were able to correctly answer either the musical Carousel or the Liverpool EPL team that took You’ll Never Walk Alone as its anthem, while only nine teams could name both for bonus points. One of those nine teams, Stink Floyd (Belles’), ended up as the only group to go perfect in the third round.


A 6-4-2 about the hearts playing card suit later, and we entered the fourth round. The first question of the round ended up being the hardest main and bonus questions of the night, as teams were asked about the episode of The Simpsons where the town of Springfield outlawed alcohol. A little under 45% of the field were able to either name the number in the episode’s title (Homer vs. the 18th Amendment) or the pet shop that Moe turned his bar into to disguise the speakeasy he was running, while just seven teams named both correct answers to snag the bonus. After that, the fourth round included topics such as the Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall and the petri dish. No teams were able to craft a perfect fourth round of answers. With four rounds in the books, these were your Wednesday leaders:

FINAL QUESTION (59.7% success rate):

  • The letters in the name of an African country can be rearranged to spell the name of a South American national capital city.  For your wager, please identify both of these names.

Bringing almost the exact same success rate as last Wednesday’s final question, those two anagram-able answers were the nation of Mali and Lima, Peru. Four teams earned the Perfect 21 for answering every wagering question correctly: Einsteins of Beer (Memories), Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom), The Legend of Taylor Heinicke (Axes and O’s), and Trending Toward Fourth (T. J. Stone’s).  Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Of Mice and Men)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Smarter Than We Look (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seattle)

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

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

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Statistical Math)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Farscape)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ozzy Osbourne)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Herndon Mamas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Encanto)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Lemonheads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Printing Industry)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Toward Fourth  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB World Series)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Go With Grace  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Geography)

Cellar Door in Frederick: Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Airline Logos)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Best Picture Oscar Winners)