Spring Trivia is Here!

Monday night kicked off Week Eight of Season XV, with one team was trying to continue their perfect season and roll to an eight-game winning streak.  Meanwhile, one of our venues packed in more than 15 teams last night!  Check out all of the details!

MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (61 teams across seven venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: PC Principals (Basic Burger) with 168

–> Highest Score after Round 4: That’s a Niner (Greene Turtle) with 160

–> Highest First Half Score: The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle) with 88

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP), Eat Ham (DRP), The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou, That’s a Niner (Greene Turtle), Morgan Station (Morgan Inn)

–> The breakfast cereal ‘snippets’ and misspelled band names on our halftime page proved to be easy for some teams, as the average score reached 17.4, but only six teams scores a perfect 20 points.

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (74.1% success rate):

–> Founded in the late 20th Century, which company used a variation on the spelling of a term coined by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, a boy whose uncle published the 1940 work “Mathematics and the Imagination”? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


DRP in Alexandria, VA

Tonight, we celebrate our first Pour House trivia night at DRP in the springtime!  That’s right, today was the first day of spring and though the weather hasn’t been giving us a reprieve lately, we were all warm inside and enjoying our pizzas and another night of trivia.  Tonight, with seventeen teams in contention, it was another close game.

Our first round start off with some current events like questions on Ireland and March Madness 2017.  Observant teams would have noticed the giant chalkboard by the door with all the brackets filled in and could have earned some points there.  Later on, we asked another question about “Beauty and the Beast”, but it was the original Disney animated one, not the current live-action one.  DRD jumped out to the first half lead at 86 points, but numerous teams were close on their heels.

The questions became more academic in the third round with questions on African countries and Paul Gauguin.  And a 6-4-2 had some teams confusing rainbows with the aurora borealis.  Unfortunately for some, they fell for this trap and earned zero points instead.

However, it turned out our final question of the night on the appendix proved to be rather easy for our leading teams, which led to a tie for second place.  Our tiebreaker asked them to identify the year Northwestern University was founded and one team got closer with 1840 when the right answer was 1851.  This meant our medal table for tonight looked like this:

First Place:  HR Puff ‘n’ Stuff

Second Place:  DRD

Third Place:  Worst-Case Ontario

Next week’s first category:  “Seinfeld” (A category about nothing,…)

Until next time,

~ Chris

Seinfeld Trivia


Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD

After a week off due to some scheduling conflicts, I made my triumphant return to trivia night at The Greene Turtle, and what a night it was!  We had quite a few interesting questions throughout the night, as well as a 6-4-2 question that really turned the tide of the game.  That question alone opened the door for our eventual winners to seize the lead and they never looked back, handling Round 4 and the final to take the W!

We started off the game with a question about “Star Trek II: Wrath of KHAAAAAAAAN”, where we learned that Kirstie Alley made her feature film debut in that movie as a Vulcan Lieutenant.  I liked the audio question for today which asked about songs with different times of the day in their titles.  Most teams knew ‘3 AM’ by Matchbox 20 (Quality Guesswork guessed it before I even played the clip), but ‘The Midnight Hour’ by Wilson Pickett and even fewer got ‘Five O’clock World’ by The Vogues.  Halftime asked teams to identify breakfast cereals from zoomed in photos, as well as naming bands with a hidden theme that they also had to identify (all the band names featured a misspelled word).

In the second half we had another question where the answer was my name!  This time we asked about African countries whose names are four letters long (Chad, Togo, and Mali).  We also had a 6-4-2 that turned out to be rather tricky, as we asked about a natural phenomenon that the Bifrost Bridge is made from according to Norse Mythology.  We also asked about the guy who became a YouTube sensation about seeing a rare form of this, and the last clue was about ROY G BIV.  A lot of teams guessed northern lights or aurora borealis, but the answer was a rainbow.

Tonight’s final question was about human organs, and asked about the organ that is attached to the cecum and has a name derived from the Latin for ‘to hang upon’.  Most teams got this one right, getting the answer of appendix!  This meant scores didn’t change much, as third place went to Quality Guesswork and second went to The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou.  The win tonight, taking over after the 6-4-2, congrats to That’s A Niner0 ! Nice work!  Next week we start out with a question called Chad Sings Beauty and the Beast, so you don’t wanna miss that!  There’ll be singing (and maybe some dancing?) to start things off then…

Until next time,

~ Chad

Beauty and the Beast Trivia Pour House Pub Trivia Maryland

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD

This week, I had the pleasure of substituting for Ronnie here at Morgan Inn in Woodbine.  The competition was intense in the first round with Westward Ho and Men & Pausers (my new favorite team name) notching perfect scores going into round two, with Menace to Sobriety and Morgan Station only a two-point bonus back.  The NCAA question made all the difference in the first round.

Round two thinned the field out a bit: Westward Ho stayed in first with a nearly perfect round while Morgan Station put in a strong showing to take second place.  Men & Pausers had a nearly perfect round as well but a small falter cost them a three-point question, and an even more important five-point bonus!  Overall the teams were a strong 38 for 40 in the first two rounds combined.

Round three was devastating to a couple of teams.  The Three Clues / One Word question I thought was particularly difficult, with a couple teams going big early to try and snipe that bonus, only to be rebuked in the end with audible groans when hearing the final clue.  I have seen all three of the Batman/Nolan series and even I struggled to remember that Scarecrow was in all three!  Westward Ho and Morgan Station kept the momentum while Menace to Sobriety and Men & Pausers were hit the hardest by the round to turn the night into a two-team race.

Morgan Station stole the lead briefly for a moment in Round 3, until the 6-4-2 question, where a bold guess brought about a four-point swing that put them back to three behind Westward Ho!  I appreciate the guts to go for the gold, in my opinion, it is how trivia should be played!  Round four brought about normalcy and a return to trivia triumph as 85% of the questions were correctly answered by the teams.

Unfortunately, for the teams that were behind, the final question seemed a bit easier this week, as most of our teams seemed to know the answer right away.  Westward Ho took home the gold with a strong performance all night, followed by Morgan Station for the silver and Men & Pausers taking third.

Next week’s first category will be 1980s Hair Metal Bands.

~ Scott

Hair Bands Trivia


Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD

We had a pretty competitive game go down at Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg on Monday night!  We hosted a new team as Dr. Bob joined in for the first time.  They were a lot of fun, and I hope we might start seeing them on a more regular basis!  🙂  Our top three teams tonight were trading in and out of each others spots (the 2nd and 3rd place winners switched places after almost every round!)

At the end of the game, after the final was answered, I was SUPER impressed that our 1st place winner played the ENTIRE game by herself, since none of her normal teammates could make it out!  Of course we had to break a tie for 2nd place, and once we did, 3rd place went to Dangerous Curves, winning the tie for 2nd was the Smauglettes, and playing by herself against the rest and taking the 1st place VICTORY was Lisa from Jon Jeffries Fan Club!!!  For her second win in a row she picked African Capitals for next weeks winners choice, so study up, and join us this Monday at Hershey’s Restaurant for some good food and some great FUN!!

~ Jon J

African Capitals Trivia


Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

Looks like no one was nursing a St. Patty’s Day Weekend hangover, because tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia was a laser-focused one here at Uno Pizzeria in Frederick!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Am-I-Crazy-Or…”: Am I crazy, or is it impossible to say “Blarney Stone” without an Irish accent? I couldn’t do it, every time I said it, I ended up sounding Irish. Am I just a whackadoodle, or is this a thing? Regardless, thank you all for entertaining my madness while I tried to get through that particular question.

In “Where-In-The-World-Is-Africa?“: While a few teams were able to come up with all three 4-letter African countries, not every team could. Still most teams at least turned in African countries. One team however was only able to come up with one country. And as it happens, Laos isn’t even in Africa. Sorry guys xD

In “That-Wasn’t-Even-a-Joke!”: It’s become a regular event at Unos that Tequila Mockingbird and I do a little sparring and jabbing at each other, all in good fun. So after meeting my joke quota for the night, as I’m reading the answer to Flip Wilson, I commented off-hand “I’ve never heard of this show, it was before my time,” and I hear “Hey, you said you were done!”. That was not me throwing shade guys, I was just saying; if you inferred some, that’s on you 😉

The final tonight was hit or miss for my teams, so correct answers mattered.

In third place tonight, Firebreathing Rubber Duckies!

In second place tonight, Tequila Mockingbird!

In first place tonight, Stink Floyd!

Good game tonight guys! Next week, because Stink Floyd is evil, we’re gonna kick things off with the same category that caused a huge chorus of groans tonight, African Countries!  Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Africa Trivia


Basic Burger in Arlington, VA

Looks like everyone recovered just fine from their St Paddy’s Day festivities to join us for trivia tonight.  It was a bit of a tough start for half of our eight teams tonight – I guess not everyone is a college basketball fan, as only four teams knew Troy University lost a first round game to Duke on Friday.  But the luck of the Irish was with them on question two – they all recognized the Blarney Stone as the block of limestone that gives one the gift of gab!  (Although ask a local, and they will tell you not to put your lips anywhere NEAR the Stone!)  Round 1 ended with Walking Talking and Kitten Mittens tied for first, having answered every question perfectly.

Round 2 started much more confidently with almost every team wagering a full nine points on the audio clue, and all but one team getting all three correct.  Question five ended up being the toughest of the round, but still most teams did well. It required them to think back 20+ years to various roles played by Jerry Orbach – first Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast”, and second as “Baby’s Daddy” – that’s right, Dr. Houseman of “Dirty Dancing”.

Round 3 featured two difficult questions for our BB crew.  Q2 was a cocktail question – I was sure they would all get it! 😉  But I guess not everyone is familiar with the drink “Thug Passion” and one of its main ingredients – it’s Cristal, y’all!  Question 3 was a Three Clues / One Word question – and too many teams jumped to guess after the first two clues.  Only one answered correctly after the first two clues – Garth Brooks’ 2001 album, and a TV show starring Kate Jackson (remember Mrs. King?) The answer was “Scarecrow” which three teams correctly guessed after the third and final clue.

The 6-4-2 question had many teams incorrectly guess Aurora Borealis after hearing “I am a scientific phenomenon. According to Norse Mythology, the Bifrost Bridge, linking Earth and Asgard, was formed from me” – but the answer we were looking for was rainbow.  Round 4 also saw one of the toughest questions of the night – about classic TV.  I noticed teams with multiple generations within the team were able to easily answer about a 1970s racial boundary crossing show – The Flip Wilson Show. Many younger folks didn’t recognize the title even after the answer was given.  These questions saw some flipping of ranks for our teams – and the final question didn’t change anything, as the top teams wagered smartly.  Our winners were:

First Place:  PC Principals

Second Place:  Kitten Mittens

Third Place:  Rocket Surgeons (after tiebreaker with Walking Talking Stephen Hawking)

Announcement:  Don’t forget Devil’s Backbone will be joining us next Monday with some trivia fun, swag, and FREE BEER!!!


~ Kate


Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

Brandon of The Jeff King Experience was here by himself tonight hoping the rest of his team showed up.  They’re holding onto a seven-game winning streak.  Brandon said if no one showed up by halftime, he was leaving, effectively ending their win streak.  About halfway through the first round, Bill Todd showed up, giving them new life in hopes of extending the streak.  Honestly, it was fine without him; they were winning after two questions, the only team to earn more than a one-point wager on the Yellowstone question.  Nonetheless, The Jeff King Experience had a team tonight, which pretty much means at il Forno, they win.

A few blunders and missteps for Jeff King as we went into the 2nd half, but their performance was enough to keep them ahead of the field, leading by a single point. Round 3 saw one or two questions where Jeff King was the only team to pick up points on a bonus or even a wager.  It didn’t look good for the rest of the field, as I felt like I was calling their name every chance I got.  These dudes were serious trivia players and this second half didn’t seem like it had enough firepower to take them down.

With that, Jeff King led going into the final, up by 10 points on the 2nd place team.  The lead let them make a conservative bet of 3 points, securing 2nd place even if they’d miss the question.  Of course they didn’t miss it, when was the last time they did?  They get the final correct, secure a win, and add to that ever growing win streak.  I’m about to assign a bounty on this team, this is getting ridiculous.  C’mon guys, bring your ringers haha…  Need to take them down!  2nd place to Alternative Answers, a team who I hadn’t seen here before but seemed like they knew what they were doing, surely not their first time at a PHT event.  3rd to Much More Deeper, being Much More Consistent as of late, landing in the $$$ fairly often since the start of the New Year.  That’s a wrap people. We’re back next week, good luck…

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  Zoology

Animals trivia