Wednesday Night Trivia was a Real “Sausage” Fest!

Wednesday night’s game included the opening of the newest Pour House Trivia venue, as host Aaron welcomed Delirium Cafe in Leesburg to the PHT family.  Overall, 88 teams showed off their trivia chops at 16 venues.  Many of our teams were cruising along quite nicely until a challenging final question flipped the standings at numerous games:


Wednesday’s opening round began with an Over / Under question, during which we asked whether or not the highest possible amount of money one could win a regular season episode of “Jeopardy!” was more or less than $100,000.  Accounting for perfect timing on finding the Daily Doubles, the maximum amount is actually a whopping $566,400!  After questions concerning feta cheese and the Colorado River, we looked at the acting career of this TV spokesperson:


This question also tacked on the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as we asked for the late 1980s NBC family drama on which Wilford Brimley starred alongside teenager Shannen Doherty.  Only 14% of our teams answered correctly with “Our House”:

Our House

As a result, only seven teams finished the opening round with a perfect score of 36 points.


After an audio question on U.S. Cities in Song Lyrics, we moved on to an intriguing question in the category of Sports Geography, asking for either one of the two NFL divisions in which all four teams are situated in the same time zone.  Most of our teams were able to come up with one correct answer, but only 19% of the field earned bonus points with both the AFC East (Patriots, Bills, Jets, Dolphins) and the AFC North (Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Ravens):

NFL Team Map

We closed the first half with a question on the works of Vincent Van Gogh, which included the most difficult bonus question of the first half:

–> Which herb also known as digitalis can be seen in his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet”?

Only five teams earned an impressive two bonus points here with foxglove.  With that, we saw just ONE TEAM sweep the second round with a perfect score: Olney the Lonely (The Tavern).


Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of advertising characters, giving our teams a 50/50 chance on each picture, telling us whether or not the faces were based on real people.  For this halftime page, the average score was a slightly lower than normal 14.2 points, with just two teams recording a perfect 20 points: Olney the Lonely (The Tavern) and Plugging the A Gap (Barefoot Bernie’s).  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

  • Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill):  87
  • Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories):  87
  • BAM (The Tavern):  87
  • Sexual Chocolate (Memories):  86


Wednesday’s second half opened with a rather difficult question in the subject of Composers:

–> Despite passing away in 1828 at the young age of 31, which composer created more than 600 lieder, a type of German song, the most notable of which is likely to be “Ave Maria”?

After the inclusion of a crossword-style hint, about half of our teams earned their wagers here with the correct answer of Franz Schubert.  Six teams showed off their knowledge of classical music by answering correctly before that crossword-style hint was given, thereby earning two bonus points.  We followed up by asking about Australian Michael O’ Brien, who became famous after performing this stunt at a 1974 rugby match:


Yes, Michael was the first streaker to interrupt a major sporting event.  While most of our teams earned points here, host Nick at Memories noted that one team asked if they could receive a two-point bonus by “acting out the correct answer”.  Maybe next time…  We continued with a question on Recent Animated Films, asking for either one of the two Disney films which earned nominations for Best Animated Feature at the most recent Academy Awards:

Moana and Zootopia

While most of our teams remembered “Moana”, the actual winner of the Oscar this year was “Zootopia”, and only 22% of our teams knew both of these films to earn a two-point bonus.  Finally, we asked about this 1980s computer model, which remains the best-selling computer model in history:

Thanks to the first bonus question of the round, we did not see any perfect third round scores.


–> In 2003, which American celebrity began writing a series of children’s picture books entitled “The English Roses”, about the life of five British schoolgirls?

Exactly one-quarter of our teams knew that if there is one American celebrity who pretends to be British, it’s this one, who also happened to be the correct answer:



Our final round featured a question concerning the Animal Kingdom, as we asked for either one of the two terms used to describe the larval stage in the life cycle of an amphibian.  While most teams arrived at tadpole as one of the two correct responses, the second answer of pollywog proved to be much more obscure, leading a team from Applebee’s to point out that it sounds more like a Pokemon character than a real-life animal.  We closed the final stanza with our nightly Three Clues question, starting with these two clues:

CLUE 1: It was originally published in 1945 by an author whose real name is Eric Blair.

CLUE 2: Its varying subtitles included “A Fairy Story” and “A Contemporary Satire”.

This was enough information for ten teams to go in early with the correct answer of “Animal Farm”, earning themselves a two-point bonus in the process.  The fourth round featured seven perfect scores, but four of those scores were recorded at Memories.  Tough crowd!  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (12.5% success rate):

–> Although its home country is NOT one of the 14 members of OPEC, what European capital city has been home to the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries since 1965?

Sorry folks, Geneva and Zurich are NOT capital cities, but Vienna certainly is, and this is indeed where OPEC is headquartered.  With just 11 teams answering this question correctly, none of our teams were able to earn the Perfect 21 tonight, though several teams were 20-for-20 before missing the final question.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores:


Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Shniggles  (NEXT GAME ON NOVEMBER 1 – First category: First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: World Flags)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  BAM  (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

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

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Monentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Mr. Jackpots  (Next week’s first category: “Friday Night Lights” – TV series)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard” – original)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Obscure References  (Next week’s first category: Young Adult Novels)

TopGolf in Tampa, FL:  Goons  (Next week’s first category: Nintendo Video Games)


Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: The Grateful Dead)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Oneders  (Next week’s first category: “Remember the Titans”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine  (Next week’s first category: 2017 MLB Season)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!!  Real Munsters  (Next week’s first category: “The Last Starfighter”)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” – 1995 film)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  Jerry Lewis Romperthon  (Next week’s first category: 1990s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)