Two Guys and a Wednesday Trivia!

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There were 17 host venues Wednesday night for Pour House Trivia, bringing in 152 teams ready to bring it in a trivia smackdown.


The most difficult wagering question in the first round came halfway through, on this tidbit from across the pond:

  • The Secret Intelligence Service is the official name of a British government organization best known by which alphanumeric name?

While MI5 is the Security Service, only MI6 is known as the SIS; about 65% of the field got that right. We had a pop culture question next about the respective NYC delis namedropped in Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song (the Carnegie Deli) and rom-com When Harry Met Sally… (Katz’s Deli), in which about a fifth of our teams had both right answers for bonus points. Only Sexual Chocolate (Memories) was able to put together a perfect first round.


We righted some wrongs with Wednesday’s audio clues, asking teams to name the actual song title for each of three songs that are commonly referred to with incorrect titles. This proved to be the hardest bonus opportunity of the first half, with only 15% of the field knowing all three songs: Message in a Bottle by The Police, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega, and Bring Me to Life by Evanescence. We had back-to-back questions in this round with success rates of 50%, tied for the lowest before halftime. Those questions are as follows:

  • Which adjective completes this title of a film based on the work of author Ransom Riggs: Miss Peregrine’s Home for BLANK Children?
  • Which British-born boxer won an Olympic gold medal and defeated Mike Tyson?

That title is complete with the word Peculiar, while Lennox Lewis knocked Tyson out in 2002. With some heavy hitters in the second round, no teams were able to earn all 36 points.


To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film series, we led off the halftime page with ten Bond girls; after that, teams had to match spoken-word lyrics to the appropriate song. The average team score was 16 points, while a dozen squads were perfect. We headed to the halftime break with these high scores:


We started this round with a three-parter about American travel, then made a pit stop for the night’s toughest wagering query:

  • Which six-letter name refers to ALL of the following: a fictional character portrayed by Sally Field, the real name of the Chihuahua who once appeared in Taco Bell commercials, and an animated character voiced by Jenny Slate in the film The Secret Life of Pets?

About two-fifths of our teams identified the name Gidget from those clues. The rest of the round proceeded pretty easily, with topics such as AAA minor league baseball, a math-based A+B=C question, and the classic TV series The Love Boat. This round had the most perfect scores of any on Wednesday, with seven squads earning every possible point.


Wednesday’s 6-4-2 about the Philippines had about a 10% six-point success rate from teams that knew the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy (Tim Tebow) was born in the country. This round had a set of pretty difficult bonus chances, the hardest by far coming at the start on this wagering question:

  • Set in 19th century Asia, which Rodgers and Hammerstein production features songs such as I Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance?

While a majority of teams had The King and I for wagering points, only six teams knew the real-life monarch depicted in the work was named Mongkuk (or Rama) for bonus points. We also discussed escape velocityMissy Elliott‘s record 10-week reign at #2 for her song Work It without ever reaching #1, and Morgan Freeman’s only animated film voice role in The Lego Movie. There were also no perfect scores to be found in this round. However, we made it to the final question and these teams were in the lead:

FINAL QUESTION (40.1% success rate):

  • Which American organization was co-founded in 1935 by two men: a stock speculator named Bill and a surgeon named Bob?

Bill W. and Dr. Bob were the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our Perfect 21 duo on Wednesday was Just For Fun (T.J. Stone’s) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s), each able to provide correct answers to all 21 wagering questions. These were the highest-scoring teams on Wednesday:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: That’s What She Said  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Crayola Colors)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD:  Smarter Than We Look  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: William Jennings Bryan)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1989 Oakland Athletics)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: NO GAME  (FIRST CATEGORY ON OCT. 19: Famous Karens)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dewey Decimal System)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity Birthdays)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Kaczynski)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Books)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Overthinkers Anonymous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sandra Bullock Films)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Silver Seals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scotch Whisky)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Just For Fun  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Deadpool (film))

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Eiffel Towers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffalo Bills)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Bailey’s Buddies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Current Philadelphia Eagles)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Bobs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tabletop Role-Playing Games)

Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Too Legit to Quit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Alternative Rock)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Here for the Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dad Jokes)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Atlanta Braves Playoff History)