Turn Around, Every Now and Then It’s Trivia Night!

We opened yet another NEW VENUE on Wednesday night, and in the process we brought Pour House Trivia to a new state (that’s seven now…).  Last night featured our inaugural game at Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia!  Overall, we welcomed 112 teams across 16 Wednesday venues, including a record crowd of 16 teams at Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington!


Wednesday’s game began with a surprisingly difficult three-part question, as we quizzed our teams on three titles that contain consecutive ‘O’s.  Only about two-thirds of our teams earned points with any two of these three correct answers:


After that speed bump, the rest of the round was a breeze for the field, as nearly every team answered correctly on questions concerning George Washington, NBC Sports, and this Italian landmark:

Rome History Colissuem

We snuck in a difficult bonus question to close the round, as only 15% of our teams knew that the Colosseum in Rome is also known as the Flavian Amphitheater.  After one round of play, eight teams were holding on to a perfect score.


Wednesday’s audio question threw our teams a bit of a curveball, as we asked a question concerning animals in song lyrics.  Tonight’s answers included tarantula (from “Day-O” by Harry Belafonte), jaguar (from “Maneater” by Hall & Oates”), and lion (from “Roar” by Katy Perry).  While Katy does mention the “eye of the tiger” in her hit song, the clip that we played featured the line: “louder than a lion“.  As a result, only nine teams earned two bonus points with three correct answers.  We moved along to a REAL zoology question concerning the world’s heaviest snake:


I’m sure that Nicki Minaj would have known that the green anaconda can weigh in at close to 500 pounds.  After a question regarding the glaring similarities of recent Liam Neeson films, we closed the first half with this delicious question:

–> Introduced by the Ferrero Company in 1964, which sweet snack dubs itself with the trademark: “The Original Hazelnut Spread”?


About one-third of our teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that Nutella dropped Kobe Bryant from its advertising campaigns after the discovery of his… uh… indiscretions.  Once again, the first question of the round took its toll on the perfect scores, as only Shakeweight (Valley Grill), Great Scott (Quinn’s), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) notched 36 points in the second stanza.


Wednesday’s halftime page featured logos of fictitious brands from TV shows, while also matching up American war heroes to the conflicts in which they fought.  We saw an overall average score of 16.4 points, with nine teams recording a perfect 20 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:


Wednesday’s second half began with our nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts regarding a certain phrase:

CLUE 1: The name of the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

CLUE 2: An alternate name for the extinct animal known scientifically as Ursus arctos californicus.

Only five teams earned a two-point bonus by going in early with this correct answer:

Golden Bear

Most of the field waited until the Jack Nicklaus clue to give us the correct response of Golden Bear.  We continued by looking at several of the recent songs to have featured Adam Levine as a featured artist.  We then asked our teams to name the only country that borders both Germany and Poland, with only 39% of the field arriving at this correct answer:


(map courtesy of freeworldmaps.net)

We closed the third round with a question on the fictional editor of the Daily Planet newspaper: Perry White (and his catchphrase “Great Caesar’s Ghost!”), after which we saw just one team sweep the third round with a perfect score.  Act surprised!  It was your defending World Series champs Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).


Only TWO teams picked up the full six points on our 6-4-2 question:

–> Which U.S. President was the first to refer to the President’s Annual Message to Congress as the State of the Union Address?

In his second such speech in 1934, this President began using the currently accepted title:

Franklin FDR Roosevelt


Wednesday’s final round touched on such wide-ranging topics as the minerals which comprise the human body, the life of composer Antonio Salieri (from “Amadeus”) and this extreme sport sometimes known as “Muni”:

Mountain Unicycle

You can’t make this up, but apparently mountain unicycling is a real thing…  After closing the round with a Triple 50/50 question on the subject of Food or Philosopher? (who hasn’t snacked on some Heidigger or read the works of Hasenpfeffer?), we saw just two teams notching perfect final round scores: Rural Jurors (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) and Tokyo Sex Robot (Belles’).  Here are Wednesday’s highest scores heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (21.9% success rate):

–> On August 21, 2017, which 1980s pop hit saw a massive spike in streaming from online music sources, including a 2,859% boost on Spotify and an increase of 4,136 listens on Pandora?

While many teams associated this question with Tom Petty, he did not pass away until October of last year.  The date was indeed an enormous hint, as the country was overrun by Solar Eclipse Fever!  Less than one-quarter of our teams responded correctly with the Bonnie Tyler hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.  Only one team earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s)!  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:


Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap

** Smoketown’s game returns to its normal Thursday night next week (First category: Looney Tunes) **

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – USC or UCLA?)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Momma Lu’s  (Next week’s first category: “The Big Lebowski”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Robot  (Next week’s first category: “Groundhog Day”)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings Disney Songs)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Holt  (Next week’s first category: Clowns)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: Lame 1980s Pop Songs)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Fat Guys in Little Coats  (Next week’s first category: “WWE Raw” 25th Anniversary)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: NCAA Lacrosse)

Gumbo Ya Ya in Germantown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: West Virginia)

Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA:  Collective Nouns  (Next week’s first category: “The X-Files”)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Angus  (Next week’s first category: Berkeley Springs History)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: “Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: “Casablanca”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine  (Next week’s first category: Russian Czars)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know  (Next week’s first category: Terminology from “The Great British Bake-Off”)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Wingin’ It  (Next week’s first category: Pink – AUDIO)