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With a debut game at Hard Times Cafe in Springfield, VA and Ion International Training Center in Leesburg, VA moving to Wednesdays, the night’s Pour House Trivia game was played at 23 locations. A Wednesday record was also set for PHT with 264 teams, including a 25-teamer at Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino!


Questions about Founding Father and Apple TV+ series subject Benjamin Franklin, football coach and video game namesake John Madden, and the Middle East’s Persian Gulf were found in Wednesday’s opening round. No question was tough for a large portion of our players and in fact, 12 teams ended the round still perfect.


A trio of songs with the word King in the title kicked off the second round. Later on, we reached the most difficult wagering query in the first half:

  • A best-selling author in his own right, which British scientist inspired his daughter Lucy to become a children’s author, as she found success with books such as George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt and George and the Big Bang?

As two-fifths of the field figured out from those titles, Lucy is the daughter of Stephen Hawking. A game-high 23 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


TV bartenders and answers with RB initials were the topics of the evening’s halftime page. There were 41 perfect efforts, but 15.9 was the average tally. Three teams got to the halftime intermission with a perfect score:


We turned on the green light to begin the second half with a three-parter about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby. A question about a musical inspiration showed up later:

  • Though Christie Brinkley appeared in the music video, the song Uptown Girl was initially written about Billy Joel’s relationship with which Australian supermodel?

About 37% of the field correctly named Elle Macpherson. The toughest bonus chance came at the end of the round on a question about Daniel Weinman’s 2023 World Series of Poker championship; here, 12.8% of teams knew the WSOP was created by Benny Binion. This round had eight perfect teams.


Rather than take an L, 17 teams named the letter L for all six points on Wednesday’s 6-4-2. In the night’s last round, we talked about the narrator of Desperate Housewives, the 1999 revision of the exorcism process, and gave Three Clues about New Zealand. Fifteen teams made it through this round with a perfect score. Before the final question, these were the highest scores:

  • Awesome Power, International Team of Mystery (Belles’): 165
  • Tug and the Heart Strings (RAK): 164
  • Carpet Stretchers (T.J. Stone’s): 163
  • We Cur Also (Fridays): 163
  • Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 162

FINAL QUESTION (16.67% success rate):

  • With music by Marvin Hamlisch, which musical that opened in the 1970s was the first Broadway show to reach 6,000 performances?

Hamlisch’s A Chorus Line was the first to reach that feat. This game’s Perfect 21 teams were Enough Already (Rockwell) and Tug and the Heart Strings (RAK). At the end of the night, these were the top teams:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alfred Hitchcock Films)

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Date Night  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Invasive Animals)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Awesome Power, International Team of Mystery  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South American Geography)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Unstable Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Teen Comedy Films)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Scotsmen  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1968 Events)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Sings Classic Karaoke)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Golf Course Grass Varieties)

Hard Times Cafe in Springfield, VA: Pour Choices  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Masters)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Minecraft)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Masters)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Violent Femmes)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Axolotls)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Things to Do at the Beach)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Birds)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Participation Trophy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Archer)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nuno Bettencourt)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: We Cur Also  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Bowties)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Execute Order 69  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Quinns)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Armenian History)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Madhouse at the End of the Bar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Beer Brands)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Game Shows)