Season XV is Off and Running!

After an amazing day of trivia on Sunday to cap off Season XIV, there was no time to waste for many of our teams, as we started Season XV last night at seven different venues!  A special thanks goes out to all of the teams playing their second day in a row.  Some of our teams didn’t need to shake off any rust, and rolled through Monday’s set with relative ease.  Check our top teams and recaps!

MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (55 teams across seven venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s) and PC Principals (Spider Kelly’s) with 171

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s) and PC Principals (Spider Kelly’s) with 159

–> Highest First Half Score: Stink Floyd (Uno Pizzeria) with 90

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s) and PC Principals (Spider Kelly’s)

–> The halftime page played to an average of 17.4, with about 20% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question was certainly more difficult, as Jimmy’s in Vegas was the ONLY team to snag six points by knowing that the 18th Century ‘Broughton Rules’ applied to the sport of boxing.

–> Across the board, only 10 teams answered tonight’s final question correctly, but half of those teams were at one venue: Spider Kelly’s!  Tough crowd!

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.2% success rate):

–> Since 2012, these are the only two shows to finish atop the overall Nielsen ratings for a full season.  One is a CBS police drama which has spawned two current spin-offs.  The other is an NBC show which is broadcast live.  What are these TWO shows?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


DRP in Alexandria, VA

Tonight at DRP in Alexandria, we began Season XV after a great World Series event yesterday.  So with a new season beginning, we also brought in a lot of new teams to DRP to play trivia with us tonight.  As usual, it was a packed house with fourteen teams in contention, and it was great seeing our old regulars amidst our newcomers as well.

Tonight was really about the two-point bonus questions, as many teams knew the answers to the base questions, but only a few could pick up the bonuses to separate themselves from the pack.  A question about self-help books led to everyone knowing that “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”, but only one team knew John Gray wrote it.  Another round later had teams identify Weezer easily, but a few identifying “Beverly Hills” as their highest-topping single.  Then, in Round 3, a question about William H. Macy and Joan Allen had most teams identifying their film “Pleasantville”, but only one team was the ardent cinephile and could identify “Room” as their other film together.

In Round 4, this theme proved to be strategic for some teams as teams answering correctly clearly fell in the minority.  Only one team could convert the speed of sound from meters per second to miles per hour.  Only three teams knew their European Union members as well the small nations of the world.  And only two teams knew where Ernest Hemingway died also.

The final question was elusive for everyone, as no team was able to come up with both correct answers, which led to our medal table for tonight:

First Place:  Del Ray Dummies

Second Place:  B-58s

Third Place:  Alternative Answers (a newcomer team, so congratulations!)

Next week’s first category: “Freakonomics”

Until next time,

~ Chris

Freakonomics Trivia


Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD

We kicked off the brand new season of Pour House Trivia tonight and this was a WILD one!  Things came right down to the wire with some wagering strategy on the final question and a tiebreaker coming into play!  The game started out with a question about the 1982 film ‘Conan the Barbarian’, and only one team knew that Oliver Stone was brought on as a screenwriter for it in order to give the film a bit more credibility (Arnold wasn’t a household name just yet).

The halftime page for tonight was about Washington DC sports figures, as well as a bunch of answers that all had ‘Ball’ in them.  The final question of the night was about Modern Television, and proved to be one of the hardest questions of the night.  The only team to get it right was Befuddled, who snagged third place as a result.  However, the top two spots had to be settled with a tiebreaker.  This led to second place going to The Arondissements of Ouagadougou, and the win tonight going to THE PEOPLE for the first time ever!!  Congrats guys!!

Until next time,

~ Chad

Next week’s first category: “The Office”

The Office TV Trivia


Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD

Here we are back again at Morgan Inn for our Monday edition of Pour House Trivia to kick-off Season XV, I missed you folks last week!  We had five teams battle it out tonight with a few new faces here which is always glad to see.

Our first round featured a question on the only Oscar winner to be among the five current nominees for Best Actor, while also covering some self-help materials and shark baiting…

Training Day Trivia

Our second round spoke of the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics, a scientific property of motion, and a recent White House faux pas…

Alternative Facts

Round three dealt with a little dangerous Greek mythology, “Shameless” star William H. Macy, and an iconic classic rock band…

Led Zeppelin Trivia

The final round started with a sonic boom and finished with a famous gun manufacturer sported by fictional San Francisco Inspector Harry Callahan…

Dirty Harry Trivia

Remember tonight was the first week for acquiring points for Season XV and the next World Series so keep building up those teams!  Our winners had the game wrapped up before the final question, and here are the results:

First Place:  Men & Pausers

Second Place:  Ponyboy

Third Place:  Menace 2 Sobriety

Next week’s first category: Non-Fixed Wing Military Aircraft

~ Ronnie


Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD

The first game of Pour Hosue Trivia Season XV is officially in the books from Hershey’s Restaurant!  I really love it when friends compete against each other, because the trash talk is pure gold!  Here’s how Day One finally ended: I Like to Play With Myself in 3rd, the Fry Babies took 2nd, and the first win of season 15 went to Forget The Shrimp!! They picked “Classic Rock Bands” for next week’s first category, so study up and get back out to Hershey’s Restaurant next Monday!!

~ Jon J



Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

Season XV of Pour House Trivia started off with a *drops the microphone* damnit…well it started with something: me being goofing most of the game up here at Unos.

Highlights of the Night:

In “Ian-Can’t-Word-Good”: I dunno what in the world was wrong with me tonight, but I was a hot mess.  Doing the wrong spiel at wrong times, tripping over questions…it was bad.  So thank you all for bearing with me tonight; hopefully next week I will have gotten all that nonsense out of my system.  It must be post-World Series hangover or something.

In “Well-That-Was-Uncalled-For”: After giving the answer to a question about a song, sometimes I do my best at humming/singing a few bars to help clue some teams in who still aren’t sure what I’m asking about.  After announcing Black Dog for the Led Zeppelin question I did just that, only to hear “Stick to your day job” from the peanut gallery.  That comment hurt all three of my feelings.  *sniff*

In “Dropped-Callbacks”: Early on in the game, a team didn’t know the playwright responsible for the film Fences and guessed Ernest Hemmingway. So when the question came along actually asking for Hemmingway, I really hoped that team would be able to pull it out for a nice little funny callback. Sadly they weren’t able to pull it out, and we all grieved for them.

When all was said and done, the standings were thus:

In third place tonight, Left Field!

In second place tonight, Tequila Mockingbird!

In first place tonight, Stink Floyd!

Great first game of the season guys! Next week we’ll kick things off with a category called Great Walls…no comment. Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,
~ Ian

Great Wall of China Trivia


Spider Kelly’s in Arlington, VA

Looks like everyone turned out for one last hurrah at Spider Kelly’s!  Attendance was higher than it has been after all of the holidays, snow days, and inaugurations!  Tonight got off to bit of a tough start – I guess not everyone is a fan of grunge bands!  Only three teams correctly guessed Screaming Trees from the audio clue of their hit song “Nearly Lost You”.  The bonuses proved to be the toughest part after that point, with only one team correctly naming the Gold Award as the highest achievement in the Girl Scouts.  Our Round 2 audio clue also tripped up a few teams – not everybody could name Pringles from its advertising jingle!  And while teams could name a lot of Weezer songs, only a couple names their highest charting song “Beverly Hills”.

Halftime was a cinch for most of these teams, with no one scoring less than 17.  Round 3 concluded with what was deemed the hardest question – with three teams missing the answer and bonus regarding Led Zeppelin’s song Black Dog.  Only Jimmy’s in Vegas earned the full six points in our 6-4-2 question about boxing.  The final question in round 4 was again one of the toughest, with many teams wanting to guess the firearms company before the last clue was read – but many guessed incorrectly to the Smith & Wesson question.  The final question was a real head scratcher, but after much thought, many teams were able to decipher the top two TV shows in the Nielsen ratings over the last five years as “NCIS” and “Sunday Night Football”.  After a tiebreaker question, our winners were:

First Place:  Jimmy’s in Vegas

Second Place: Fire Rooster (also known as PC Principals)

Third Place:  Kitten Mittens

Im looking forward to seeing everyone at our NEW venue next week: Basic Burger just down the road near the Courthouse Metro Station.  Same time, same great host 😉

Next week’s first category:  Led Zeppelin


~ Kate
Led Zeppelin Trivia


Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

We started off the new season of Pour House Trivia today with a good number of teams returning to play in the 15th season!  Lots of teams kept to their roots, sticking with the same team name, but we did have a few changes.  Volcano Insurance became ‘Kylo Ren and Stimpy’ in honor of the Star Wars character and the lovable goofballs from the early 90’s. The A-Team changed up to honor one of the finest gentlemen in the trivia circuit and became The Jeff King Experience.  They spent the majority of their night telling stories about British Trivia Game Shows and studying note cards.

Going into the first half, The Jeff King Experience looked just as good as they had all last season, leading the field by a solid margin. This is coming off a hell of a performance Sunday at the World Series where they led all night but came up just short of the victory with a miss on the final. Tonight they had a bounce back in mind and wanted to start the season off very strong.

The 3rd and 4th round had some doosies for the majority of the field but The Jeff King Experience prevailed and made it into the final question, winning by a small margin. The final was a damn hard one. Only 1 team got the final correct, and as luck would have it, The Jeff King Experience was that team. Led the whole time, solo get on the final, a great game and a well earned victory! Good game all! 2nd place went to Fat Kids who played as a duo tonight and looked very good for not having a full squad. 3rd place to Half a Brain, another duo, who bet smart on the final and were able to stay in the money!

Next week’s first category: “Saturday Night Live”

Saturday Night Live Trivia