The Cool Waters of Wednesday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia crossed the 200-team mark on Wednesday as 203 squads attended any of our 17 locations, including a 24-teamer at Idiom Brewing.


While the wagering questions in the first round weren’t too tricky, two of the three hardest bonus chances were found here. A three-parter about people with the last name of Lee had a bonus rate of 5.4%, each of them able to provide the first names of rocker Tommy, Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Cliff, and Twin Peaks actress Sheryl. After that, we pivoted to this board game query:

  • Introduced in the 1950s, which board game once featured the subtitle The Game of Global Domination?

Most teams knew that board game is Risk, but only three also gave its current subtitle: The Game of Strategic Conquest. No perfect scores were found in this first round.


Wednesday’s second round was overall the most successful of the night. An audio question with a trio of songs titled for women kicked things off, as we played Layla by Derek and the Dominos, Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys, and Valerie by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse. From there, we toured some colleges in Vermont, had a viewing of Jordan Peele‘s Nope, visited the periodontist, and tracked the numerous Emmy nominations of the late Betty White. This round had 17 perfect team scores.


We went birdwatching at halftime as teams were asked to name several bird species from their photos. For the bottom section, they had to figure out whether each of a list of actors have won a non-acting Academy Award (such as Emma Thompson, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility). On average, teams scored 17.3 points here while 52 perfect scores were recorded. A massive tie for first highlighted the front end of the standings at this point:


A three-parter about the Kentucky Derby started Wednesday’s second half, followed by a question about the impulse control disorder trichotillomania which compels people to pull their hair out. At the midpoint of the round, teams had a question about a singer set to release a new album:

  • Set to release his second studio album next week, which Scottish singer recorded tunes such as Someone You Loved and Before You Go?

Lewis Capaldi was named by 44% of the field, while eight teams added bonus points for adding his new album’s lead single, Forget Me. The round finished by asking about TV host Ed Sullivan and the Greek mythological Sphinx. Odd-numbered rounds were cursed on this night as yet again, no perfect scores were had.


Four teams earned all six points by knowing the possible French-based derivation of Buffalo, New York’s name from the 6-4-2‘s first clue. Early in the last round, we asked about a certain literary work:

  • Which geographic area completes the title of a 1952 work written by Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in BLANK?

For the second night in a row, the online Hint of the Day pointed to a low success rate. This time, a night-low 25% of teams filled in the blank correctly with Wales. A Three Clues question after that gave a trio of facts about the trombone; here, 16% of the field answered early for a two-point bonus. Other topics in this round included the Spanish-American War, the Swiss Miss mascot, and the 1980s film Dead Poets Society. Five teams recorded a perfect score in this round. Before the final question, these were the highest-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (20.20% success rate):

  • Which name can refer to a Native American tribe, a manufacturer of motor vehicles, and the largest lake located entirely within Wisconsin?

Each of those items can be described with the name Winnebago. The night ended with a half-dozen teams putting together a Perfect 21 effort! These teams led the field in the final overall standings:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spaceballs)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: House, M.D.)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Presidential Mistresses)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Mountain Ranges)

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

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Unnecessary Farce (Dave Wright Play))

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: John Denver  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Cocky Tigers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Pop Music)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: We Work Here  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hamilton)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: FIIK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Marine Corps History)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Scuby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Doors)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Donkey Kong)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Jonathan Swift Daycare  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NYC Neighborhoods Outside of Manhattan)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Fin An Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Toys)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Ferris Bueller  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Exotic European Cars)

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

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: