Something Eerily Familiar at Wednesday Trivia…

Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 124 teams across 15 venues.


Opening round topics from Wednesday night included the founders of Microsoft, the current Netflix series “You”, the moons of Jupiter, and literary characters and titles whose names begin with the letter ‘E’.  With few surprises early in the game, 14 teams began their night by posting 36 points en route to a perfect first round.


Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three ‘avian’ music groups, as we listened to Flock of Seagulls (“I Ran”), The Eagles (“Already Gone”), and Owl City (“Fiji Water”).  We continued with  looked at the artistic work of El Greco, the military career of Sam Houston, and the trophies doled out by the National Hockey League.  The most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the first half were asked at the close of the second stanza:

–> Debuting in 1978, this computerized children’s toy is among the parts used by E.T. to “phone home” in his namesake film.  For your wager, name this toy.

BONUS: Which company manufactured this toy?

Only 29% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Speak & Spell, with just nine of those teams tacking on two bonus points by also knowing that this toy was originally manufactured by Texas Instruments.  Three of those nine teams closed out a perfect second round: Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’), Flight Level Awesome (Belles’), and Traci’s Late (Furnace).


Last night marked the 85th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, so our halftime round featured pictograms that could be deciphered into the titles of his songs.  Ten teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.7 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:


Topics from Wednesday’s third round include the music of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Falkland Islands War, the insect commonly known as a silverfish, and the work of American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.  A pair of difficult bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board in the third round.  First, only 12% of our teams knew that the silverfish is depicted as a hostile enemy in the video game “Minecraft”.  In addition, only 12% of our teams knew that Oppenheimer was quoting Vishnu when he spoke the words “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”.


A question concerning college football stadiums opened the final round on Wednesday night, with dozens of teams picking up bonus points by knowing that the three largest stadiums in the country are the respective home venues of the Michigan Wolverines, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Penn State Nittany Lions.  Other final round topics included the makeup brand Maybeline, national flags, and the Garden of Eden.  We saved the most difficult bonus question of the game for the close of the fourth round, asked in the form of the nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This animated TV character first appeared onscreen in 1991.

CLUE 2: Hailing from Kirkwall, he has used the pseudonyms Dr. William MacDougal III, William MacMoran, and G.K. Willington Esquire.

With only a small portion of the field attempting an early guess, just three teams scored the final two bonus points with the correct response of Groundskeeper Willie from “The Simpsons”.  Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) used those two points to post the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round.  Heading into the final question, these were your highest scoring teams on Wednesday night:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> Featuring an Oscar-winning actress in the lead role, what was the highest grossing film of 2019 that was not a sequel or remake?

Exactly one-fourth of the field gave us the correct answer of “Us”, the horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele.  Five teams earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly: Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’), Slow Trivia Movement (Furnace), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), and Game Time Decision (Black Hoof).  The final Wednesday leaderboard included these teams:


Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 29 – First category: James Bond Films)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – KISS Songs: Make or No Makeup?)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: Branches of Science)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Chad’s Favorite   (Next week’s first category: Songs From “Zoolander”)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Traci’s Late   (Next week’s first category: Scuba Diving)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Pronouns)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Cats   (Next week’s first category: “Cabin Pressure” – radio series)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Game Time Decision   (Next week’s first category: Hallmark Channel Film Actresses)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Why Is This Wet?   (Next week’s first category: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” – TV)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D. C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: 1970s TV)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tex Mex   (Next week’s first category: Boy Bands)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Jockish  (Next week’s first category: College Football Playoff)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Grip It and Rip It   (Next week’s first category: K-Pop)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Tomato Camper   (Next week’s first category: 1987 Pro Wrestling)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Things You Measure   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Yoda or Baby Yoda?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  We Know Nothing   (Next week’s first category: Sewing Terms)