Wednesday Night Was Ablaze with Trivia!

Despite the fact that Wednesday night featured 12 games of trivia, the three highest scoring teams were playing at the SAME VENUE!  What are the odds?  Obviously, it proved to be a hell of a showdown at one of our games:

WEDNESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (81 teams across 12 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Sexual Chocolate (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg) with 178

** Tied for the highest overall score of Season XV **

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Sexual Chocolate with 166

–> Highest First Half Score: Sad Fat Dragons (Barefoot Bernie’s) with 92

** Also playing at Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, Dusty Baker School of Management finished one point behind our oveall leaders, with scores of 165 / 177.

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Sexual Chocolate, Dusty Baker School of Management, We Need an Adult (Furnace), Pen Island (Barefoot Bernie’s)

–> Our halftime page featured canned food products and TV moms.  Apparently both of these categories are specialties for our players, as the average score reached 18.1, including 28% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question was much more difficult, as only six teams knew that Napoleon III had used aluminum (the third-most abundant element in the earth’s crust) as the source of his fine flatware.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (79.2% success rate):

–> This two-word phrase is BOTH the title of a current TV drama and the full name of a professional sports team.  It can also describe a notable tragedy which took place in 1871.  What is this phrase?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Valley Grill in Middletown, MD

WOW!  We went inside/out at Valley Grill tonight with folks staying cool inside and folks being cool outside on the patio for a Wednesday night game that had sixteen teams competing.  Our winner’s choice question on “The Princess Bride” proved to be a daunting one, and turned out to be the hardest question of the round.  Teams recovered though with correct answers about QB Bart Starr, Pepsi Blue, Tetris, and a recent political development in the United Kingdom.  We also paid tribute to this late musician, who put on quite a Superbowl halftime show.

Prince Super Bowl Halftime

Round two was a great scoring round for all of the teams.  Folks had to identify the Suez Canal, one of Martin Scorsese’s “go to” actors, and a  villain’s nickname from the James Bond film “Live and Let Die”.  We also found out that good things can come from bad intentions, as we now know the exact quarry that produced the marble for Michelangelo’s “Statue of David”.  Finally we had some audio clues from 1996, one of which was a pure heartbreaker for all of those Orioles fans out there.

Yankees Orioles Baseball

The third round featured a nice play on words with the category title “Edgar Allan Potpourri”, and the question was a “tell-tale” assurance that Marylanders know their Poe.  There were two questions that caused a little hiccup, one being Andrew Jackson as the second U.S. President to have also been a general, and the other was the Italian city which gave Parmesan cheese its name.  There were also two great scoring opportunities as well, with Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in “Stripes”, and the recent film and TV success of this wrestler turned actor.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson

The final round started seeing some separation in the field, but it also started seeing some comebacks from the teams that are typically in the running for the prizes on a weekly basis.  The best scoring questions of the round were Ajax, both the cleaner and Marvel villain variety; Paramore and their hit song “Ain’t it Fun”; the Minnesota Vikings and the collapsed roof at the Metrodome. The toughest questions of the round were the Official Walt Disney Fan Club, and Charon, a very large moon in comparison to its parent body, Pluto.

Pluto Planet

Congrats to our first place team, they led the entire game wire to wire! It also took a Metrodome tie breaker to settle third place. Here are the results:

First Place:  The Gang Ruins Trivia

Second Place:  Southpaw Fish

Third Place:  Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap

Next week’s first category:  “Archer”

~ Ronnie

 

Archer

 

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The Tavern in Olney, MD

All the teams that made it out to our Wednesday evening game at The Tavern really brought their “A” game!  There were five different teams that were in first place at one point during the game (including a tie for first after the 6-4-2 bonus question).

The first half was a breeze for some of our teams, with only a handful of missed wagers, three perfect scores on the halftime sheet, and Momma Lu’s topping the field with a very impressive 91 points!  In the third round, the Warm Weather Fan Club and It’s Not a Toomah ran the table to create that aforementioned tie for first place heading into the final round.  The game was tied heading into the final question of round four, but a crucial two-point bonus on the last question of that round proved to be the difference, as our eventual winners knew which Paramore song won a Grammy Award in 2013.

The scores were so close going into the final that only seven points separated first place from sixth place!  Not only that, but there was a three-way tie for 2nd place also!  Every team went with the “go big or go home” strategy and wagered the maximum 12 points on the final, and then everyone NAILED the answer, so of course, now we needed to settle a three-way tie!

After the tie breaker was answered and the dust settled, this was our top three…  third place went to It’s Not A Toomah!, while taking second place was High Water Mark, and moving into first place after round four and never looking back was Warm Weather Fan Club!!

They picked Maryland Craft Breweries for next week’s first category, so study up and come join the battle with us on Wednesday at The Tavern!!

~ Jon J

Craft Beers

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Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD

I had a great time for my first night running the show here at Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick.  Having such an awesome crowd really helps kick the game up a notch!  After a slow start in the first round, everybody caught on fire for the last few questions.  I mean, who doesn’t love a little 1980s video games and rock legends?!  Just one point off of a perfect score,  Just Good Enough was indeed just good enough to take the first round.  Round two took us into the 1990s, across the ocean, and thinking of a few Hollywood dreamboats.  These questions were eaten up by our teams with the majority not missing an answer. The puzzle page perfectly paired food with TV moms, where four of our teams aced the round with perfect scores.  Kobe Buffalo Meat scored one of those 20s and took the lead at the break.

The competition stayed strong in the third round where three teams separated themselves from the pack, but stayed tight with each other.  While most seemed pretty familiar with Edgar Allen Poe and “The Rock”, we may need to brush up on our American presidents.  Kobe Buffalo Meat lost the lead on that U.S. Presidents question, while Just Good Enough took it back, albeit by just  two points.

Our fourth round heated up after our teams heard how close the scores were.  We had a mixed bag of questions, but I was particularly impressed with everyone’s extent of knowledge on Pluto’s moons.  Very Nice!  After trading the lead all night, Just Good Enough lost their lead to not one, but two teams who were now tied for first.  After correct answers on the final question, our tiebreaker saw Always Sunny on Uranus and Kobe Buffalo Meat duke it out for the win.  Kobe Buffalo Meat stole the show though after guessing the closer number to the capacity of the Metrodome.  It was 64,121 seats by the way.  I  thoroughly enjoyed myself, as I hope the Belles’ crowd did too.  Don’t worry, Sam will be back next week.

Our winners tonight:

First Place:  Kobe Buffalo Meat

Second:  Always Sunny on Uranus

Third:  Just Good Enough

Next week’s first category: Fringe “Seinfeld” Characters

~ Aaron

Seinfeld

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Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD

We had ourselves one tough game of Pour House Trivia tonight at Bennigan’s in Frederick!  With a field consisting mostly of house vets with a traveling team thrown in for flavor, it was a battle to the bitter end!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Unexpected-Confusion”: I was not expecting to have to clarify the Suez Canal question tonight; trust my teams to need me to explain to them that I was looking for a specific name of a structure, not just “canal”.  As if there are multiple canals between the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

In “A-Little-Too-Obvious”: We had an unfortunate number of teams go hard on Ulysses S. Grant tonight for the Military General-turned-President question.  He’s pretty well known for his role in the Civil War; that should’ve been the clue he was a little too obvious for a Round 3 question.  Tough break guys.

In “Well-That-Didn’t-Help”: We had exactly one team guess Charon as Pluto’s largest moon for a two point bonus (prior to multiple choice options).  Of the remaining nine teams, only one gave me the correct answer once the multiple choice options were given.  Ouchtown, population:  Bennigan’s.

Tonight’s game boiled down to a two team race, but both of our leaders correctly answered the final question (Chicago Fire) with relative ease, leading our leaderboard as follows:

In third place tonight, Legends of Yow Town!

In second place tonight, Momentary Lapse of Reason!

In first place tonight, Poovey Farms!

Great game tonight guys!  Next week we’ll kick things off with a question on the Adult Swim cartoon series “Rick and Morty” category!  Study up on this crazy show and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Rick and Morty Trivia

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Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD

Coming soon…

Next week’s first category:  U.S. Presidential Elections

Dewey Defeats Truman Election

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Top Golf in Alexandria, VA

Thanks for making subbing fun, Top Golf!  These warm summer nights bring in a lively bunch!  I think some of the teams were a little embarrassed to tell me their team names.  It’s OK, Quiz in My Pants and Two Balls One Bag, I’ve heard it all before!  😉  But it seemed very few of our teams have heard of some of the colorful answers needed to earn points on the second question of the night.  Only one team answered all three correctly.  It seems Pepsi Blue was not a favorite beverage among these players.  All teams earned their five-point category bonuses in the round, so they were feeling good heading into Round 2.  The toughest question in that round was our audio clue with snippets from the news, sports, and the Grammy Awards ceremony from the same year.  Two teams were off and ventured into the 2000s, and only one team got it on the nose – Alanis Morissette, to me, is synonymous with 1996 (my HS graduation year :p)

Halftime went smoothly with teams matching up TV moms and identifying canned foods: Dinty Moore seemed the hardest to identify.  U.S. Presidents tripped up half our teams in Round 3 when asked who was the second U.S. President to have served as a military general.  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was the answer that earned two teams their wager.  Finally, the hardest question of the night was NOT the final category, but the astronomy clue in Round 4 (the hardest class I ever took in college).  Even with multiple choice, our teams could not identify Pluto’s moon Charon as the largest moon as compared to the size of the planet it orbits.  Alternately, tonight’s final question was much easier for this group, as all of our teams answered correctly, but unfortunately our Round 4 leaders did not wager enough to STAY in the lead.  Your winners were:

First Place:  Quiz in My Pants

Second Place:  Jackie’s Team

Third Place:  Easter Bunnies

Next week’s first category:  Films of David Lynch

Stay cool guys!

~ Kate

Eraserhead David Lynch

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Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD

With the impromptu closing of Memories last night, we had Sexual Chocolate come join us at Bennigan’s in Clarksburg.  They were looking for a win against Dusty Baker School of Management, whose World Series performances have locked them in as one of the top teams in the PHT circuit.  Dusty Baker was missing one of their core three players so a victory tonight would certainly not come easy.  Lots of teams coming out tonight to round off the rest of the crowd, looking to be a pretty competitive match tonight!

As expected, going into the second half we had Dusty Baker and Sexual Chocolate in the top two places, Sexual Chocolate winning by a small, small margin.  The third round turned into an expectation for Sexual Chocolate to maintain a lead while Dusty Baker was just hoping they’d drop a point or two. No such luck as we entered the 4th with the same placements for these two powerhouses, Sexual Chocolate winning by a single point as we enter the 4th round.

Round 4 gave Dusty Baker one last chance to claim the lead back.  A two-point bonus on a question about the modern rock band Paramore asked for their 2013 Best Rock song Grammy winner; a few teams got it AND Sexual Chocolate missed it, only up by one point!  Dusty Baker turned in their answer after Sexual Chocolate, but they did NOT pick up the bonus either!  They had a shot but fell short.  Sexual Chocolate still up going into the final question.

A single point separated the top two teams still, with scores of 165 to 166 going into the final.  Crazy high scores from two great teams.  The final question took teams a while to come up with a correct response, but in the end most teams able to realize we were looking for the professional soccer team known as the Chicago Fire.  A nice Q to top off a very good game!  Your winners, the out-of-towners Sexual Chocolate who took off Memories tonight to come beat the crap outta all of us at Bennigan’s!  Respect.  Dusty Baker takes second place by a single point, with third place going to Roaming Gnomes. We’re back next week, we’ll see ya then!

Next week’s first category:  “The Leftovers”

Leftovers TV Trivia

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Memories in Mount Airy, MD

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there was no trivia at Memories this week.  Nick returns next week with the opening category of The Normans.

~ Nick

Norman Hastings

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Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD

Tonight at the Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, we featured another competitive battle as our three powerhouse teams each played a hell of a game.  Breakfast for Dinner, the Goobers, and We Need an Adult all proved their trivia mettle during the first half.  The Goobers and Breakfast for Dinner each notched a perfect 20 points on the halftime page, but that was still not enough to take the lead away from We Need an Adult, whose 86 points topped the field at the break.  But that lead was just one point coming out of halftime!

The teams continue to battle, but what changed the momentum for We Need an Adult was the fourth round question on astronomy.  They were able to earn a two-point bonus by correctly naming the largest moon that orbited around the dwarf planet Pluto!  By acing the fourth round, We Need an Adult was able to go down the homestretch with what eventually was an eight-point lead.  With a lock-out wager of just five points for the final question, coupled with Breakfast for Dinner wagering zero, We Need an Adult solidified their victory for the night (they answered the final question correctly anyway), making it seven in a row, which is very solid momentum heading into the playoffs and World Series!  Finishing in second was our house champions Breakfast for Dinner, and rounding out the top three was The Goobers!

Next week’s first category: X-Men Film Characters

~ Devan

X-Men Trivia

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Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD

When it gets hot out, we have a chill game of Pour House Trivia on Wednesday nights at Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown.  Tonight was a laid back game for teams looking for every last point before the playoffs.  Highlights from tonight’s game include:

  • Three teams scored a perfect 20 points on the halftime puzzle page!
  • Pen Island was the only team to know that the Vikings now play in U.S. Bank Stadium.
  • Alternative Answers was the only team to beat the buzzer to correctly answer with the name of Pluto’s moon before the multiple choice answers were read.
  • The Sad Fat Dragons answered the most bonus questions tonight.

With four of our top teams in the house tonight, scores were certainly higher than expected.  Sad Fat Dragons blazed to the lead with a PERFECT first half, notching 92 points!  But with three other teams within ten points of that score, no lead was safe just yet.  In the second half, it was Pen Island who played to near perfection, missing just a couple of two-point bonuses to take the lead at the end of the final round.

The final question featured half of our teams changing their wagers to keep a minimum safe distance from their next closest competitor, but we couldn’t stump these teams, so the standings ended up staying the same.  Alternative Answers was able to hold to third, while the Sad Fat Dragons came in second, and Pen Island took first.  After a long dry spell, that’s two in a row for Pen Island.  Congrats!

Next week’s first category:  The NBA Draft Lottery

~ Sean

NBA Draft Trivia

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Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA

As we approach the Pour House Trivia Season XV playoffs, the competition is heating up at Applebee’s in Waynesboro, as teams fight for those coveted playoff spots.  Tonight’s game was no different, as we had yet another great game that ended in a close finish.  Here are the highlights:

Round one was relatively quiet, but we learned that Tetris recently celebrated it’s 30th anniversary (Tetris is older than I am – that’s crazy!).  Thanks to a very strong first round, Alternative Facts finished out the round in first place, but we had several teams within a couple points of the lead.  As usual, we started off round two with an audio question, asking teams to remember when certain events occurred, including the infamous Orioles – Yankees home run interference (sorry to all Orioles fans for bringing up bad memories).  Wingin’ It turned in a PERFECT round two, getting every question and bonus correct, to take the lead at the half.  However, Not Your Team was one of two teams to turn in a perfect halftime puzzle page, so they were only one point back.

Round three started off with a very cleverly named Edgar Allen Potpourri category, asking about “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  Both Not Your Team and Wingin’ It turned in very strong third rounds to distance themselves from the pack, but thanks to being one of two teams to get the 6-4-2 on the six-point clue, Wingin’ It extended their lead to three.  JuJu and Friends was the other team to pull off that feat, as they were determined to put up a fight.

In round four, JuJu and Friends came storming back, taking advantage of being the only team to correctly guess that Charon was the biggest planet in the solar system relative to the size of its planet (while Pluto was still a planet, that is) to claw their way into second place going into the final.  However, Not Your Team also turned in a strong final round, and had taken over the lead while Wingin’ It dropped to third.  It all came down to smart betting going into the final.  Teams were asked about a two word phrase that was both a TV drama and pro sports team.  Most teams were correctly able to guess that it was Chicago Fire, but Not Your Team wagered JUST enough to hold onto the lead and take home the victory by one point.  Here are your top three:

First Place:  Not Your Team

Second Place:  JuJu and Friends

Third Place:  Wingin’ It

Next week’s first category is Algebra One, so I hope you all know your math.  We’ll see you next week!

~ Kyle

Algebra Trivia

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Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD

We hosted eight teams compete for our second night of Pour House Trivia at Cafe Nola in downtown Frederick.  The game started off a little rough, with the first two questions stumping about half of teams.  Asked to identify “color”ful items, a few players mistakenly guessed red journalism instead of yellow, the Cleveland Browns instead of the Green Bay Packers, and cherry Pepsi instead of blue. (C’mon guys, is cherry really a color?) But things quickly started to look up, as every team knew the game with the slogan “We all fit together”.  Yup, us 1990s kids were all playing Tetris on our Game Boys.  Later, the well-placed clues of “flamboyant guitarist and singer” who fittingly played in “a torrential downpour” at a Super Bowl halftime show led everyone to place Prince as the performer from Superbowl XLI.

In the second round, we were joined by two more teams, who showed up late after a bachelor party.  As the competition intensified, players slayed Round 2 with only one question, a Three Clues / One Word question, stumping anyone.  In fact, only three of eight teams could guess that “Mr. Big” was the mysterious commonality in question.

Most teams continued to do very well on the halftime sheet, which had them labeling canned food brands and matching the first names of TV moms.  Going into the second half, team Smokey Mountains had earned a slight lead over team Titties, followed in third by Tuna Noodle Casserole.  In the third round, only Malort and Your Mom earned the two-point bonus for guessing the namesake for the dry-cured ham and hard cheese (the city of Parma) before the crossword hint was given.  The 6-4-2 was a killer, with many teams guessing early… and incorrectly.  Only T.N.C. and Penis Colada were patient enough to wait for more clues, earning them four and two points respectively.

Things went a little haywire in the last round, as we lost a few teams (our “bachelor” folks had to call it a night and an attempted robbery down the street at a business associated with some of our players claimed another two teams. Thankfully, everyone is OK!).  Our remaining players stuck it out and the final results were: Tuna Noodle Casserole in first place, followed by last week’s winners Malort, and newcomers Your Mom.

Next week’s winner’s choice is Herman Mudgett who falls under one of my favorite topics- serial killers!

See you then!

~ Allison

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Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA

Nine teams showed up for one of our closest matches ever here at Clover Theater.  This was most evident with tonight’s halftime puzzle page, as SIX teams tied with the highest overall score, but it was 19 points, not 20!  I guess there was one rather difficult picture on that sheet.  Meanwhile, a shout out goes to the Sparklers, as they were the only team to earn a two-point bonus on the audio question, which had teams identifying the year in which three notable events took place.

Our regular season leaders, The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers, held the lead through the first half, slipped to second in Round 3, and finished Round 4 back on top with a one point lead, thanks to being the only team to pick up a two-point bonus on the final question of the fourth round, as we were looking for the Grammy-winning song from the rock band Paramore.

The Struggle Continues and the Brainy Yaks entered the final category tied for second place, just one point out of the lead.  The final answer of Chicago Fire turned out to be a little easier than it seemed.  Wagering strategy dropped the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers to second place, and catapulted the Struggle Continues and the Brainy Yaks into a first place tie.  A tiebreaker ensued, with the Brainy Yaks coming closest to the Metrodome’s seating capacity and taking down the win.

In some depressing news, fewer people know about the movie Stripes than I had expected. We’ll need to do something about that.  Your winners tonight:

First Place: Brainy Yaks

Second Place:  The Struggle Continues

Third Place:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers

Next week’s first category:  Tensor Calculus