Shine Bright Like a Diamond at Thursday Night Trivia!

I don’t know what it is about Thursday night, but week in and week out it seems to be the most competitive night of trivia for our Pour House teams.  Out of nine venues, we had six which topped double digits in attendance, and we had five venues that needed a tiebreaker to determine one of the top three spots!  Check out tonight’s recaps!

THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (89 teams across nine venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s) and Ant Farm Keyboard (Fish Market) with 170

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Ant Farm Keyboard with 164

–> Highest First Half Score: Flight Level Awesome (Beef O’ Brady’s) with 88

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Breadsticks (Quincy’s), Lowered Expectations, Ant Farm Keyboard

–> Seven teams ran the table on the ‘cult films’ halftime page, with the average score coming in at 16.6.

–> Likewise, exactly seven teams scored six points on the 6-4-2 question tonight, by knowing that the next calendar year divisible by four which will NOT be a leap year is the year 2100.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (82.5% success rate):

–> Returned to its original setting in 2012, which item is the centerpiece of the Harry Winston Gallery at the Smithsonian? (you’ll find the answer in this blog)


Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, MD

Tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia was hotter than hot to make up for how cold it was outside Quincy’s; the wind was howling (and so were many teams) as we battled our way through it tonight!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Guys-We-Gotta-Take-It-Down-A-Notch”: Obviously, people have things that they’re gonna be more knowledgeable about than others.  Some spent hours upon hours studying it.  I understand and respect that, and our question writers are also doing their best to make sure all of our questions are correct and accurate.  Sometimes, things get overlooked and mistakes can happen, especially on unfamiliar topics.  But that does not mean that swearing at me, because you don’t agree with a question (that you got right), is the right way to go.  I get that you’re passionate.  But let’s take it down a notch shall we?

In “Maybe-A-Fourth-Clue…”: The Three Clues question tonight was a doozy; even after the 3rd clue, a lot of teams got tripped up and couldn’t pull Mindy Kaling.  Tough one tonight!  That said, I’m not going to accept “But she’s neither funny, nor any good an actress!” as a reason you didn’t put her down.  Uncalled for people!

In “How??-Why-and-How-do-You-Know-That??”: I expected Claudia (Lady Bird) Johnson to be a complete whiff for a 2-point bonus tonight.  So imagine my surprise when a team marches up after just a few seconds with the correct 2-point answer on their sheet.  Of course I have to ask how they could’ve known that; “her name is Claudia!” half the bar shouts at me laughing.  Of course it is… xD

The final was a non-issue tonight, though we did have to settle a tiebreaker.

In third place tonight, Breadsticks!

In second place tonight, Blue Collar!

In first place tonight, Lowered Expectations!

Great game everyone; next week we’ll kick things off with a category called Hysterical Americans.  Nice and broad for you to get studying on!  See you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

Tonight I may have been a bit of a hot mess (Speaking? What? Is this thing on?), but your skills were on point!  Our Thursday game at Champion Billiards in Frederick saw lots of movement in the ranks, it was fun to watch everyone’s faces when I would announce the scores.  That 4th round took some prisoners however, inflicting damage that was not easily rectified!  A couple of our teams who got bet up a bit in the last half were hoping for a hard final in their wheelhouse but it turns out that everyone loves shiny things!  The Hope Diamond was a popular (and correct) answer and the final leader board was up.

What’s that?  A tie you say!  Smarty Pants and Power Vacuum?!  Man oh man…  It was Smarty Pants who had to bow out to third while Power Vacuum took that second place spot.  In first place tonight, there was a small table of Vitrifers who took it!  Just goes to show you that size doesn’t always matter 😉  See you next week!

Next week’s first category:  Walt Disney World

~ Sam

Disney Trivia


Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA

I’m not going to start this blog off with another weather quip, but I am going to thank you all for coming out to Bunker to play some trivia!  France seemed to have a little undercurrent in tonight’s game as we started the game with a winner’s choice category of the Tour de France, before following up with the Louisiana Purchase and the Louvre all in the first half of our game.  We also discussed movie taglines, and remembered that “everyone has one special thing” referred to this guy:

Our French theme continued into the second half, with questions on Grey Goose and a French acrobat:

Sprinkled in among the French were some flight characteristics, geography, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.  It was a close game tonight, with most of our teams coming up with this little item on the final question:

It took a tie-breaker to settle third place.  Here are the final results:

First Place:  Your Mom

Second Place:  Cranius Maximus

Third Place:  Indians

Next week’s first category:  Triple 50/50: Real or Fake Trump tweets?

~ Ronnie


Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD

Hello guys…  what another great night at Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick.  While we all had a good laugh at me reading the answer to the U.S. history bonus within the question – you all have a good spirit about it all.  And it was a close game, with many ties for 2nd and 3rd place at half time.

And we had a tie for first at the end between Scoundrels and Beer Makes Smart, with the scoundrels taking the tie breaker question, with Raider Nation taking third!  Here are your top teams:

First Place:  Scoundrels

Second Place:  Beer Makes Smart

Third Place:  Raider Nation

Next week’s first category:  Tom Waits (audio clue)!  Should be fun!

~ Zach

Tom Waits Trivia


Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD

As most of you have learned, Chief neither sings nor appreciates musicals / show tunes.  Also, Chief — and you! — welcomed even MORE new players to the Pour House fold.  That being said, there’s one thing none of y’all knew: Boogie Nights was a thing about “Everything has one special thing”.  Netflix it.  Never look at Burt Reynolds again.

An observation, also: this is my worst venue at spelling.  You’re fortunate I’m a trained linguist, because otherwise your monkey-speak would challenge even Alan Turing.  (Google him.)

The question on borders and Central America was certainly a contentious issue.  Pour House apologizes sincerely and promises that the writers will take one caning for every future mistake on our questions (dismissing the 1803/France thing.)  And by caning, Chief intends it to be an IV sugar injection because come on, this isn’t Singapore.  Your places tonight:

First Place:  Flight Level Awesome (I like to remind people that I gave them that name.)

Second Place:  Suck it, Chief (that’s me, I think.)

Third Place:  Master Haters (NEW TEAM!!)

Next week’s first category:  SLAMILTON (People criticized by Alexander Hamilton).

Fair Winds, Following Seas,

~ Chief




Morgan Ridge Railwalk in Salisbury, NC

So, Thursday’s trivia night at Morgan Ridge Railwalk was pretty interesting if I may say so myself.  We had our steady committers New Kids on the Block and Slow Bro, but we also had a newcomer join us in the form of Old Timers.  Although the night was packed with great questions, there were some that did stump a few teams.  I was very surprised that the last question of the game stumped everyone.  Both Lyndon Johnson and Ben Stiller both married women with this same surname and the answer was Taylor.  Sadly, none of the teams knew this answer, but that did not deter their enthusiasm.  The competition was very competitive, and our final standings looked like this:

First Place:  New Kids on the Block

Second Place:  Slow Bro

Third Place:  Old Timers

Next week’s first category:  RVs



Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL

The second week of trivia at Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg went off without a hitch.  A record TEN TEAMS showed up to play – though one quietly exited in the first half, perhaps due to the intimidation from the greatness surrounding them (kidding!)…

Many of our teams named the wrong Jimmy for this year’s Oscar host (Kimmel, not Fallon), knew Norah Jones but not her father Ravi Shankar, and knew the U.S. bought the Louisiana Purchase from France but didn’t have a clue as to when.

The first clue, on the 6-4-2 question tripped up all of our teams, but they recovered once they had the ability to do simple math.  Ultimately, Alternative Facts staged a strong comeback in the second half to overcome a rough half-time quiz sheet and claim third place.  It was a tight race between Better Red Than Dead (last week’s victors) and newcomers Wings.  Ultimately, Wings was triumphant.

Congrats to all of our teams who came out tonight!  Hope to see you next week.

First Place:  Wings

Second Place:  Better Red than Dead

Third Place:  Alternative Facts

Next week’s first category:  “The Office”

~ C. J.

The Office Trivia


Fish Market in Alexandria, VA

Every week a rager!  The new phrase for Fish Market.  This place is slowly becoming one of the fiercest venues in regards to the weekly competition, always a good number of killers out there looking to win the game.  PC Principals won the house championship last season, but with a recent revival of Ant Farm Keyboard and the return of Poe Pouree (formerly Two Birds One Stone), every week is looking like it could be anyone’s game!

Tonight saw truly a tight one as we had a handful of teams up near the top during the halftime break: Poe Pouree, AFK, PC Principals, Angry Groundhogs, Biggus Dickus, just to name a few.  So many teams competing tonight, it was hard to keep track of who was missing what and when!  The pause for score updates helped not only the teams out there know what was going on, but me too!

One thing I could tell is how hard some of the questions were!  We had a good number of difficult ones tonight, particularly starting the 3rd round, the World Geography question!  Looking for country borders here, and it slipped a LOT of teams up.  Pinpointing what seems like the exact middle of the European Union proved a bit challenging without a map.  Lots of bonus chips on that, lots of teams falling behind there!

AFK was the only team to pick up the six points on the 6-4-2 and that propelled them into first for the remainder of the game! Going into the final, Ant Farm Keyboard led with Poe Pouree and PC Principals tied in 2nd place.  The final played easy tonight so no crazy rank switches BUT we did have a tie between our 2nd place teams!  That tie was broken by PC Principals, who was closer to the year of Ravi Shankar’s birth, 2nd place to them!  Poe Pouree taking 3rd place but neither could top AFK!  Ant Farm Keyboard the champs tonight!  Great game!  See ya all next week!

Next week’s first category:  Presidential Potpourri

~ Bill

Trump Trivia


Guido’s in Frederick, MD

Another great night of trivia went down at Guido’s Speakeasy on Thursday night!  We have some good teams that love to have fun and are pretty competitive, so our games here are always fun to see!  Only three points separated fourth place from the two teams that were tied for first, so the final question and how they decided to wager on it definitely came into play.

Once the answers were in, this is how it ended…  Dropping to third place was Triple Jeopardy, moving up to second place was Tuna Noodle Casserole, and taking first place was Unathletico Madrid!!  They picked “World Cup Soccer” as next Thursdays winners choice, so study up, and if you’re looking for some fun on a Thursday night, join us for a game at Guido’s!!

~ Jon J

FIFA World Cup Trivia