Some Symbolic Wednesday Trivia!

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Idiom Brewing led the charge again this past Wednesday with 22 teams, as Pour House Trivia welcomed a total of 212 squads across its 20 games.


Questions on the comedic Three Stooges and the oh-so-fashionable cargo pants preceded the most difficult question in Wednesday’s opening round:

  • Bearing an appropriate nickname, which Nigerian-born player joined the second incarnation of the Olympic Dream Team after earning his U. S. Citizenship?

About 52% of the field correctly named Hakeem (The Dream) Olajuwon. However, this was the least successful bonus chance of the night, as only 6.1% knew Olajuwon finished his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors. One of those teams, Sexual Chocolate (Memories), spun the only perfect effort in the first round.


An adverb-heavy audio question kicked off the second round, followed by this literary query:

  • What American author known for her mystery novels passed away in 2017, before she could write the 26th and final novel in her series featuring detective Kinsey Millhone?

Author of A is for Alibi and subsequent alphabet-related titles Sue Grafton was named by about two-fifths of our teams, making it the toughest wagering question in the first half. At the end of the round, this film question was asked:

  • Between 2002 and 2010, Martin Scorsese directed just four feature films. All four of these films featured which actor in the lead role? For a two-point bonus, which of those films was released earliest?

Most teams earned wagering points for naming Leonardo DiCaprio as that actor, but just over a quarter of the field received two more points for knowing Gangs of New York was the first of that quartet (which also included The AviatorThe Departed, and Shutter Island). A night-high eight teams had a perfect score in this round.


Musical frontmen and women comprised the top section of Wednesday’s halftime sheet, while the bottom part dealt with medical names of common health conditions. An average team score of 15.1 points came out of this page, with 14 teams getting all 20 points. One perfect score led the rest at the halftime break:


The second half began with a question about former Nickelodeon series Kenan and Kel (featuring a theme song by Coolio). After that, we revisited some recent awards:

  • What first name is shared by the two men who co-directed the most recent Best Picture Oscar winner?

Misters Kim and Scheinert are aptly known collectively as Daniels, as Daniel is the first name of the co-directors of Everything Everywhere All at Once; that answer was provided by 35% of the field. We hit the clay for the round’s final question:

  • Which two living people have at least six men’s singles tennis titles at the French Open?

Rafael Nadal‘s 14 French Open singles titles well outpaces Bjorn Borg‘s six championships, but both of those players were named by just 13% of our teams for bonus credit. Toilet Kings (Quinn’s) was the only team to record a perfect score in this round.


Just seven teams named Cleopatra as the night’s 6-4-2 subject early enough to get all six points. The trickiest second-half bonus opportunity came midway through this round:

  • Which rivers which flow through each of the following national capital cities?

    • 1) Paris, 2) Amsterdam, 3) Budapest

Only 7.5% of teams had all three of those rivers: the SeineAmstel, and Danube respectively. Other topics in this round included the moon’s Sea of Tranquility and the lovable Paddington Bear. The only two fourth round perfect teams were Not Annie (T.J. Stone’s) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s). Before the last question of the night, these were the highest-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (42.45% success rate):

  • Formed as a combination of two letters, which symbol is most likely derived from the Latin word recipere, meaning to take?

The Rx symbol has that likely origin story. That was just what the doctor ordered for each of our five teams that recorded a Perfect 21 on Wednesday! At the end of the night, these teams had the best outings:


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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H Characters)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Toilet Kings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Peeping Tom Cruises  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jim Carrey Films)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Solar System)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wire (Season 1))

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Lindsay and the Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilligan’s Island)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monk)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Green Tea Shots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Silver Seals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vermont)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. City Nicknames)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Three Fifes and a Drum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bavarian Castles)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: AB Plus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Cats)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dune (2021 film))

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

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Original 151 Pokemon)

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

Urban Winery in Silver Spring, MD: Austikee  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Portugal)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Money Math)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: