Tuesday Night Trivia Mustache You a Question!

Tuesday night’s game of Pour House Trivia had a number of crazy finishes thanks to a unique (and difficult) final question.  Check out the recaps to see which teams prevailed:

TUESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (78 teams across 14 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Doctor Emo (Quincy’s South) with 155

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Capitol City Goofballs (Cap City Brewing) with 156

–> Highest First Half Score: Capitol City Goofballs with 92

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): NONE

–> Our halftime page featured “board game” mugs and four-letter countries.  The round played to an average of 17.2, with about 15% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> About 20% of our teams scored six points on the 6-4-2 question, by knowing that the character nicknamed “Mac on the TV series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is actually named Ronald McDonald.

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.0% success rate):

–> The episode of “Jeopardy!” which aired on September 21, 2001 included a notable omission, marking the second time since the show’s 1983 revival that this did not appear on screen.  What was this item?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA

Tonight, we hosted an intimate game of trivia at Whole Foods Market in Leesburg, Virginia.  The game was fast paced and action packed.  In the first round, JL coasted to a strong lead but the field missed two whole questions in the first round.  The guess the year question is always a tricky question and the Disney World clue seem to throw off the teams.  Also, U.S. State stuff seemed to put the teams in a bind as the most populous state up until the 1960s drew a common answer of Pennsylvania instead of the correct answer of New York.

In the second round, Just Two clawed its way to the front making this a two team battle the rest of the way. The Friends audio clue stumped the teams in the second round. While the teams new Reese Witherspoon instantly most teams drew a blank on Julia Roberts and guessed Bruce Willis for the third part instead of Brad Pitt.

The third and fourth rounds had the top two teams keeping pace with each other. Just Two was never able to overcome the huge gap that JL amassed in the first half. When Just Two would gain some ground in the 6-4-2 question, nailing the answer at 4 while JL would hit at 2, they would then lose ground on the Body Parts question!

JL, having an overwhelming during the game, decided to give Just Two a chance and wagered the full amount to give Just Two a sporting chance. The final proved too difficult for both teams: JL guessed Alex’s glasses for the final and Just Two guessed the trademark Pegasus symbol for the question “on September 21, 2001 included a notable omission, marking the first time since the show’s 1983 revival that this did not appear on screen.” The answer, Alex’s mustache!!

Great game everyone, we’ll start our next game (on June 7th) with a question on Jeopardy! (no, not this… the REAL version)

~ Scott

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Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA

Hello again!  At last night’s game, we witnessed another clash between our powerhouse regulars, welcomed some impressive newcomers, and bade farewell to a spirited squad that will be sorely missed.  Here’s how the night went down:

Round One favored the science brains, with our Einstein-inspired winner’s choice and a question on the chemical composition of our Sun.  Our newcomers, the Pilsners of Azkaban (great name!) distinguished themselves early on by being the only team to earn a two-point bonus by being right on the money in our Name That Year question.  By the end of this round, we had a three-way tie for first, with the Goofballs, Valley Girls, and Thinken Kraken all posting a nearly-perfect 36 points.

In Round Two, we branched out into some pop culture, with a Friends-themed audio three-parter, a “very, very fright-en-ing” jukebox musical, and a borderline blasphemous 1999 film that pretty much started and ended the genre of theological gross-out comedy.  The “Last Word / First Word” was a doozy, as it hinged on being able to name a certain presidential war hero and the artist of “American Gothic”.  Only the Goofballs were able to do so – and in one stroke, fully half our teams missed out on their chosen five-point bonus category.  Tough break!  (I will say that “Andrew Jackson Pollock” was a pretty inspired guess.)

How To Get Booed – Every Pour House host puts his own spin on explaining the “Last Word / First Word” game.  My go-to example is, “name the pop singer who starred in The Bodyguard and is also the greatest baseball team of ALL TIME”.  Once it dawned on them, the Cardinals/Yankees/etc. loyalists in the house made their disapproval known.  Deal with it, folks – I’ve got the microphone!

At the half, it was our returning champs the Goofballs on top by six points – with Menace 2 Sobriety, the Pilsners, and Thinken Kraken all in strong positions.  Could they close the gap?

Things (Almost) Nobody Knows – Artist Grant Wood (see above), the sesamoid bones (oy vey), Titus Andronicus (underrated!

Round Three!  The Goofballs and the Krakens shocked me by knowing the name of our first female congresswoman without waiting for the multiple choice hint.  Tip of the Hat!  And we all learned about the upcoming game show based on the “Shazam” app, which sounds to me like it would just be a remake of “Name That Tune” – but what do I know?  One great joke answer from the Pilsners, who supposed that President Donald Trump might host the show, after his current gig “gets too hard for him”.  A president game show host?  Come now, don’t be ridiculous.

In Round Four, the Goofballs – who were an absolute juggernaut all night – slipped a bit and missed a few 2-point bonuses, allowing Menace 2 Sobriety and the Valley Girls to improve their position.  Just in time for Mother’s Day, we remembered how Kevin Durant’s memorable speech made us all misty — and speaking of misty, we tried to come up with weather-themed proper names in our last question of the round.  Some teams were totally at sea there, but Green Machine and M2S managed to get all three right!

Our Final asked what “item” was notably absent from a September 2001 episode of Jeopardy!.  Nobody came up with the correct answer, with most guessing that somehow the Daily Doubles or Final Jeopardy did not come up in that day’s game.  No, it was Trebek’s mustache that did not appear, as he’d shaved it off – and he’s been clean-shaven (mostly) ever since.  This left the teams’ standings in place, with these top three:

First Place:  Capitol City Goofballs (our first three-peat win of the season!)

Second Place:  2nd – Menace 2 Sobriety

Third Place:  Valley Girls

Finally, we said goodbye to an energetic young team that always brought the trivia heat, not to mention some hilarious T-shirts.  Quiz All Over Your Face, you will be missed!  Best of luck to you all.

Next week’s first category: Famous Minnesotans

Herb Brooks Trivia

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Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

By Trebek’s mustache, did we have a game tonight!  Lots of ups and plenty of downs tonight as our 17 teams got put through the ringer!  No softball set tonight, no sir!  We’re just warming you all up for our Pub Crawl and World Series next month.  Can you believe it’s almost that time again?!

Let’s see now…  The first round was fairly easy going once you got past that first question.  What hath god wrought? He has wrought zeros on that first question.. man oh man.  Baltimore people, it’s Baltimore!  Close, fast, telegraph. Once everyone was woken up, we gave the some cold beer and wings to fuel the rest of the game.

Round 2 saw more of those dreaded zeros with the least loved (by your hostess) Last Word / First Word question. Ulysses Grant Wood.  Not for the win for most of you.  Art has always been a tough one for the PHT universe, if you find someone to fill that wheelhouse you should hold on to the with both hands!

The puzzle was fun tonight with most of you coasting through the top half, and there were quit a few 20’s.  One notable team just wrote Oman in many forms, completely disregarding the four-letter rule.  Rebels, I can respect that.  That third round!  The oh so common third round nosedive was in full effect for some of you, and there were plenty of ‘a swing and a miss’ going on out on the floor tonight.  The Platte River was a killer, and more than a few of you were secretly hooping Shakespeare wrote Aladdin…  sorry about your inevitable literature question.

By the time we hit the fourth round, there were lots of mistrusting looks going out to me as I read questions, as there should be.  I was shocked that only four teams picked up the last question in the round, talk about not getting your hopes up before the final!  I want to know how you most of you forgot about Snow.  No, really.  How did you manage that?  The song “Informer” has been stuck in my head for years.

I am going on record here.  I LOVED tonight’s final.  Thinking outside the box indeed!  Anytime I announce the answer and everyone goes “Oooooh!”, I know we had a good one!  Only the boys of Comfortably Dum pulled the facial hair for the final, but it wasn’t enough to get them into the money.  Third place went to Jungle fever, second place went to Scared Money Don’t Make Money, and in first place, it was those hard to beat Wiseacres!

Next week we start with a question on Paris.  See you then!

~ Sam

Paris Trivia pour house pub trivia maryland

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Cugini’s Restaurant in Poolesville, MD

Happy Tuesday to you all and thanks again for all of the kindness and comments on my new car, you folks here at Cugini’s are the best.  Our first round was very successful for all involved except for one question which I will address momentarily.  We asked about three events that all occurred in 1969, the two majority elements that make up the Sun, the state of New York and its population, and the tasty franchise Dairy Queen.  Now to the winner’s choice question, to which only the team that picked it scored, here is Gamera, the infamous Japanese turtle monster doing what he does best:

Gamera

For round two, our audio question featured three Oscar winners that all made guest appearances on “Friends”, and we followed that up immediately with the “fastest two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby.  Galileo and Scaramouche (Scaramouche is a great book by Rafael Sabatini btw) were referenced by the band Queen and are actually characters in the musical entitled “We Will Rock You”, and we brought back the last word/first word category by combining a famous Civil War general with the artist that painted “American Gothic”.  That last word/first word question turned out to be the toughest in round two, as only two teams remembered Grant Wood. Finally for this round, we ended with this Kevin Smith film that caused a bit of controversy among a number of religious groups:

Kevin Smith Trivia

The third round started off with the first female to be elected to the U.S. Congress, four years before women were FINALLY given the right to vote here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.  A simple letter addition changed a Nebraska river into a pop singer that I have NEVER HEARD OF, and we followed that one up with the invention of the elevator, first introduced in NYC in 1858.  We also referenced an app that shares it’s name with a DC Comics superhero, and visited with three of Shakespeare’s super villains.  Here is Kenneth Branagh as Iago, alongside Laurence Fishburne as Othello, in one of Kenneth’s breakout films:

Othello Shakespeare Trivia

The final round had our second biggest miss of the night with identifying what defines a sesamoid bone, but folks recovered quickly with quick and correct answers for Marvel’s Blade, populous cities in Australia, and the graciousness of NBA star Kevin Durant.  We also had three persons whose names are also weather terminology, including Rainn Wilson shown here in his most recognized role from “The Office”:

Dwight The Office

The final was a whopper, and it doesn’t get closer to an actual trivia question than an ACTUAL trivia question about Jeopardy!  Only one team managed to answer correctly, securing first place with a resounding cheer as everyone else went… oh….yeah.  Here are the results:

First Place:  Drunk and Disorderly

Second Place:  No Clue

Third Place:  Never Mind

Next week’s first category:  Stanley Cup Playoffs that do NOT include the Penguins

~ Ronnie

Crosby Penguins Hockey Trivia

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Orioles Nest in Frederick, MD

This week we opened things up with a question about Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, asking about the Headless Horseman’s past.  Most teams knew that he was originally a Hessian mercenary before he died and became the vengeful spirit we all know and love.  The audio question today asked about guest stars on the sitcom “Friends”, which actually ended up being pretty tough!  Reese Witherspoon was the most recognizable of the three, but Brad Pitt was one of the answers (he hates Rachel Green), and Julia Roberts showed up too.

The halftime page asked teams to identify board games based on stylized mugs, as well as naming all the countries with four letter names (Chad was one of them!!).  The second half opened up brutally hard, asking about the first female member of congress who was from Montana.  It was even multiple choice and none of the names seemed to help.  After that the add a letter question was tough; turns out not many people know who Rachel Platten is.  Those questions back to back led to a nightmare start to the second half for most teams, and it continued with a question about Shakespearean villains.  Only a couple of teams knew any of them, with Iago from Othello, King Claudius from Hamlet, and Caliban from The Tempest.

Luckily things eased up a bit for the rest of the game up until the final question of the night. The final was about TV Game Shows and asked for a specific item that was missing from a 2001 episode, marking the second time it wasn’t there since the show was revived in the 80s.  Turns out they were talking about Alex Trebek’s mustache, which only one team got right (and they knew it almost immediately)!  This led to a big shift in scores, as third place went to Fill Stick, second went to The Book Club Babes, and the win tonight went to Turd Ferguson!  Nice work!  Next week, we’ll start with a question about “The Flintstones“, so study up!  I’ll see you all then!

Until next time,

~ Chad

Flintstones Trivia

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Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD

Another beautiful Tuesday night, another round of Pour House Trivia here at Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, which means I’m invariably going to be groaning and telling someone to shut up, but that’s neither here nor there.

Highlight’s of the Night:

In “Ian-Forgets-Everything”: For instance, tonight, Ian forgot that he was supposed to sing Fiddler on the Roof for the teams. *sigh* Guess who’s got two thumbs and is gonna sing next week instead? This guy! Sorry about that guys, dunno why it went out of my head like that.

In “You’ve-Got-Grant-Wood!-Or-Not”: The Last Words First Words question was a bear tonight; if you didn’t know Grant Wood was the painter of American Gothic, you weren’t getting the question right. I didn’t know it either, so I could sympathize; chalk it up to another art question I should know but don’t.

In “I-Mustache-You-A-Question-But-I’ll-Shave-It-For-Later”: The final question tonight was a total whiff for the teams, but it DID lead to a surprising last second tiebreaker between the two teams who had been trading the lead all night.  With no one able to come up with Alex Trebek’s missing mustache, how would it all go down?

In third place tonight, Axl’s Doghouse!

In second place tonight, losing the tiebreaker, the Fan Club!

In first place tonight, Beer Pressure!

Great game tonight guys; next week we’ll try me singing again, this time going for 1990s Grunge. That’s a little more in my wheel house xD Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Grunge Bands

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FireFlies in Alexandria, VA

At 6:50 I had one team signed up to play, y’all had me worried!  But by 7:05, we had five healthy teams joining us tonight at Fireflies.  But once again I was worried the first question of the night might scare our players away!  One team thought the world flag question was too easy, and thought there should be a bonus.  I said, well in a way there was – you were the only team to earn points!  The rest of the round went pretty well.  Round 2 saw our teams struggle with the Last Word/First word question.  I will admit this one was tough – if you don’t know who painted American Gothic, it’d be hard to pair that name with the first president who graduated West Point.  The correct answer was Ulysses Grant Wood.  The halftime puzzle was pretty easy for this group with the lowest score at 18: it seems that four-letter countries are a cinch!

The add a letter category in Round 3 was a doozy!  Only two teams could name the Platte river, so if they didn’t get that, they definitely weren’t going to answer the second part correctly, singer Rachel PlatteN was who we were looking for when adding a letter.  They guessed PlatteS and PlatteR, but no N meant no points for any of our teams.  Fun Squad really stood up to their reputation as the resident theater/opera group during question three as they were the only ones to correctly name all three Shakespeare plays from the villainous character clues given.  Round 4 question 2 was a brain picker across the venues it seemed, as only Bye Bye O’Reilly correctly answered tendon to the question about a sesamoid bone.

Ranks were pretty steady throughout the game, but I was really curious to see who could answer that crazy final question of the night.  I think for the first time in my history of hosting nobody got it correct.  Winners were:

First Place:  Einhorn is Finkel

Second Place:  Bye Bye O’Reilly

Third Place:  Fun Squad

Next week’s first category: New York Islanders

See You Next Tuesday!

~ Kate

New York Islanders NHL Trivia

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Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD

This game, played in Frederick’s first actually-pleasant weather in what seems a week, was very. well. played. Positions on the leaderboard changed frequently throughout the game. It was, as a host, very exciting for me, seeing how everyone nudged everyone else to get ahead.  Let’s cover the questions that posed a problem:

1. Very few of you have Shazam as an installed app.

2. No one watches It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

3. No one remembers Snow (the musical “artist”), which, frankly, is a grand thing.

Successes:

1. I didn’t offend the Coast Guard.

2. I made jokes and at least some people laughed.

3. I am the best host for this venue, unquestionably.

Your finishers for the night:

First Place:  Buttered Balls (by eight points)

Second Place:  Just Good Enough (by one point)

Third Place:  Tequila Mockingbird (by two points)

I told you it was a closely-fought game.  I’m so happy and honored to have hosted here at Shuckin’ Shack once again, and of course, you’re my fave crowd, bar none.  Next week’s first category: “Dr. Strangelove”.

As always, Fair Winds and Following Seas…

~ Chief

Dr. Strangelove Trivia

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Top Golf in Ashburn, VA

Tonight I was sent out to fill in as a substitute host for the Tuesday trivia game at a REALLY cool place called TopGolf in Ashburn.  It was my first time here, and I must say that if you’re a golfer, do yourself a favor and check it out!  I set up on the first level where the bar and restaurant section is located, and the walls open up to an awesome driving range with lounge chairs, couches and tables for your food and drinks, and that’s just the first floor!!  You can literally, legally drink and “drive” there! (hee-hee)

The teams that were out to to play were super nice and thankfully took it easy on me while I was filling in for Zach tonight.  The competition was tough as there were ties in the top thre spots after almost every round, plus teams doing well in the first half that kinda struggled in the second half and visa-versa.  As we finished the fourth round, our leaders were ahead by just three points over our second place team.  The final question totally changed the look of the top three teams, as only one team answered correctly, jumping them from fourth place to the winner’s circle.

Finishing in third place was Kelly’s Heroes, dropping to seconnd was Victoria’s Secret, and making that sweet final move for first place was Not So Little Women!  Their first win of the season!  Great finish!

Our winning team selected Modern Children’s Television for next week’s first category, so study up, and Zach will be back to see everyone next Tuesday at TopGolf!

~ Jon J

Dora Kids TV

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Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD

Beautiful spring nights mean we get to have a lovely evening of outdoor Pour House Trivia at Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown.  Give Us Your Beer Money was off to a hot start, holding a double-digit lead at the break even though they missed their five-point bonus category in the second round.  It seems all of our teams had a bit of trouble recognizing the voices of celebrity guest stars on the TV series “Friends”.

The Lone Strangers stayed within striking distance into the half, where the teams seemed evenly matched on the puzzle page.  Then calamity in the second half.  All of our teams chose The Human Body as their bonus in round three.  Sesamoid bones proved to be the downfall of everyone last night; no one could remember their anatomy class to help out defining that $10 word.

In a game like this, it really didn’t come down to the final. First and second place teams were far enough apart that they both bet zero to lock in their places.  Bosom Buddies was the only team going for the points in the final question about Jeopardy.  Maybe I should grow a mustache, like Alex Trebek?  With no correct answers and tactical zero wagers abounding, the Bosom Buddies stayed in third place.  Lone Strangers dug their feet in to stay in second. And Give Us Your Beer Money took first for the second week in a row.

Next week our first category is going to be on the Death Star! May the Force be with you.

~ Sean

Death Star Wars

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Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL

A rare thing happened this week during trivia at the Blue Parrott. The day started like normal, with our host, C.J., reading through the questions on her own in the afternoon. Usually, she knows about a third of them. But this week, she was on a role, correctly answering far more than typical.

“My teams are going to love tonight’s questions,” she thought

Boy, was she wrong.

Round one started off strong, with all eight teams scoring at least 30 points. But then things started to get a little rocky during the second half of round two. Did you know Ulysses Grant was the first U.S. president to graduate from West Point and that Grant Wood painted ‘American Gothic’? Yeah, most of our teams didn’t either. But more surprising than that, many teams missed the movie question about the 1999 classic “Dogma.” Who doesn’t love a movie where Alanis Morissette is God? (Don’t answer that.)

Our teams coasted through the halftime sheet, slaying questions about board games and four-letter country names. But man, the third round was rough. While C.J. reveled in questions about Rachel Platten and Shakespearean classics “Othello” and “Hamlet,” many of her teams started shooting her daggers.

Ultimately, only one team correctly guessed Alex Trebek’s mustache was the missing item in a 2001 Jeopardy episode. Congrats to all our teams who came out. Hey, at least we all learned a few things, right?

First Place:  Clavins

Second Place:  Parrotheads

Third Place:  GTS

Next week’s first category:  Children’s Books

Children's Lit Trivia

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Monkey La La in Frederick, MD

Coming soon…

Next week’s first category:  NASCAR

NASCAR Trivia

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Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD

It was my first game back since my vacation in Florida last weekend!  A lot was on my plate tonight in my return as we had a huge crowd and I had my first night training the new guy Geraden!  He’ll be with me for the next few weeks as he works into the PHT family getting ready to take over his own venue in Virginia!  With that, the game pace was a tad behind my normal speeds but good enough to finish nearly around the same time.  I appreciate the patience; no one here seemed to have been super beat up about it.

The first half was a bit challenging tonight. Normally, we have close scores, usually all eclipsing the 80 point benchmark HOWEVER tonight it was not so kind.  Only three teams over 80 points, some teams back in the low 70’s after a tough first half.  Sofa King Smart, Doctor Emo, and Balls Out were our top three teams going into the third round, looking to hopefully hang on as the question difficulty ramped up!  Doctor Emo was able to make up some ground on Sofa King Smart in the third, tying it up, but the 6-4-2 wasn’t in their favor.  Doctor Emo settles for two points, giving Sofa King a four-point lead going into the fourth round as they were one of two teams to pick up the six points there!

As if those four points weren’t enough, Doctor Emo then misses their five-point bonus on the science question, putting them even further out of the lead! It was looking like Sofa King Smart was ready to take down this victory after climbing far into the lead going into the final.  Sofa King held first place heading into the final, Time to Get Schwifty jumped into second place with a good final round, with Doctor Emo somehow holding a top three spot.

The final was tough tonight, only four teams picking up points, making for a very interesting finish.  The correct gets on the final meant a lot as we shifted all the places.  Third place went to Screaming Death Monkey, who answered correctly on the final and leapt over our top two teams Sofa King Smart and Schwifty!  Second place went to Oh God Bees, another big leap with a correct get, and an unexpected victory for Doctor Emo!  Heck of a finish!  Twas fun, I’ll see you guys again soon!  We’re back next week, come join us!

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  French Composers

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Black Eyed Suzie’s in Bel Air, MD

Coming soon…