Top Shelf Wednesday Trivia!

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A total of 138 teams spent their Thanksgiving Eve with Pour House Trivia, playing at one of 14 locations.


A timely three-parter about Thanksgiving started things off on Wednesday, followed by a question on CO abbreviations and the etymology of trigonometry. At the end of the round, we gave a super question:

  • For your wager, name either the city that hosted the first Super Bowl or the metro area that hosted the most recent Super Bowl.

The game that became known as the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles, while the most recent NFL championship game took place in Glendale of the Phoenix metro area; 42% of teams earned their wager, but 10.1% had both answers for extra points. There were seven perfect scores in this round.


The second round started with the audio question, as usual. This time, teams heard a trio of songs from 1980s films: E.T.Beverly Hills Cop, and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Other subjects in this round included oak trees, the theme song from The Jeffersons, and the Marine’s Hymn which references the halls of Montezuma in Mexico and the shores of Tripoli in Libya. A game-high 14 teams went through this round with a perfect 36 points.


At halftime, teams started by identifying films with Thanksgiving scenes. They then had to answer NFL questions where the only possible answers were one of the six teams that played on Thanksgiving Day this year. You could say this Thanksgiving Eve page was a little fowl; the average score was down to 13.2 points, while the only team to earn all 20 points was Mixed Nuts (T.J. Stone’s). At the halftime break, this were the highest-scoring teams:


We discussed System of a Down’s first hit, Chop Suey!, to kick things off in the second half. This round also featured Three Clues about the word trouble. The round’s last question took a look at a recent political move:

  • Which former Prime Minister was recently appointed to the role of Foreign Secretary after current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak decided to shake up his cabinet? 
  • Bonus: In what year did this man first serve as Prime Minister?

Just under two fifths of the field named David Cameron, but only 12.3% knew Cameron started as U.K. Prime Minister in 2010. In this round, Bet Smart (Fridays), Comfortably Dumb (Axes and O’s), and Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) had perfect marks.


Pop-Tarts were identified at the six-point clue by only four teams in Wednesday’s 6-4-2. The evening’s last round featured the hardest wagering question of the night:

  • Flashing back and forth between when they were kids and the present day, in which series about a set of triplets would you have found an episode entitled Pilgrim Rick?

This is Us was named by 32% of the field. Two questions later, we gave what proved to be the lowest bonus rate on any question. A query about Bond film Moonraker saw just 7.9% of teams correctly identify Hugo Drax as the primary antagonist of the movie. After a moment of ZEN, the round concluded with no perfect team scores. However, these squads topped the list of scores after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (47.83% success rate):

  • Which national capital city has a name that can be spelled using only the top row of letters on a standard American keyboard?

It may be the northern row of letters, but you’d have to go to South America to find Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Wednesday’s Perfect 21 teams were Bet Smart (Fridays) and Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape). The night ended with these top-scoring squads:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1940s Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Jeopardy Rejects  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sixteen Candles)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Capital Wordplay)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Pengos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arizona Governors)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films with Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mr. Irrelevant)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Polish People)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Purple Sprouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Titanic (film))

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Barn Gurlz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DSM-5 Diagnosis)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Mixed Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Video Games)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Just Friends)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Josh Lyman (The West Wing))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Cheez-Its  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Nationals)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ketchup)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gustav Klimt)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Anatomy of the Human Brain)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Mac  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Flags)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Lauks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Instrumental TV Theme Songs (audio))

Foster’s Grille – Warrenton in Warrenton, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Teachers and Tech  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Flash)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kick Six (Iron Bowl))