Wednesday Trivia Did Its Homework!

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With the return of Falling Branch Brewery after a hiatus and the debut game at Urban Winery in Silver Spring, MD, Pour House Trivia took place at 21 venues on Wednesday! A total of 208 teams took part in a game, including a 26-team outing at Idiom Brewing and 21 more squads playing at Celtic House.


It took until the final bonus question of the first round to get to a stumper. We finished this round with a question about a certain march:

  • Which march gained popularity in the U.S. after it was played at Yale University in 1905 to commemorate composer Edward Elgar’s honorary degree, but now is closely associated with academic commencement ceremonies?

Pomp and Circumstance was a relatively easy answer for our teams, but just six teams knew that title was taken from a line in Shakespeare’s Othello for extra points. Before this question, teams handled questions on the Lost in Space film adaptation from 1998 and the video game Tetris. The only team to record a perfect score in this round was Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s).


Another round that the majority of teams found to be a breeze began with an audio question which played a trio of TV clips from the year 1996. From there, we discussed Michelangelo’s David, the riches of Sam Walton‘s family and the Walmart empire, the city of Houston, and Masters golf champions Jack NicklausTiger Woods, and Arnold Palmer. As the most successful round of the night, 42 teams earned all 36 points apiece.


The first part of Wednesday’s puzzle page asked teams to identify brand names formatted in CamelCase, in which a capital letter is found in the middle of the name (such as NyQuil and JetBlue). Afterwards, players matched urban neighborhoods to their corresponding city. While 17.2 points was the average team score, 50 teams were able to earn all 20 points. A four-way tie marked the top of the halftime standings:


It didn’t take long to get to the most difficult question of the third round, which took us out to space:

  • Before Pluto’s downgrade in status to dwarf planet, what moon of Pluto was the largest moon in the solar system in comparison to the size of the planet it orbits?

About 47% of the field earned points with the correct answer of Charon, but almost a fifth of teams did so before multiple choices were revealed, earning bonus points for it. Other topics in the round included Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, a three-parter on converging rivers, and the 1980s film Stripes. Nine teams recorded a perfect score in the third round.


A 6-4-2 about aluminum saw 29 teams name it from the first clue for all six points. The fourth round began with questions about the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, Johnson & Johnson mouth care product Plax, and characters from TV’s Veep. After that, we reached the most difficult wagering question in Wednesday’s game:

  • Taken from a word mentioned in the title of his debut album, which singer has a fan club known as the Hooligans?

From his album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, that fan club follows singer Bruno Mars; that answer was given by 15% of teams. At the end of the round, a Three Clues question about the junk food Funyuns was answered early by a night-low five teams early for bonus points. Once again, Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s) was the lone perfect team in this round. They also led the field as we reached the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (28.85% success rate):

  • Though it has since broken up, which duo remains the most recent music group to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year?

Daft Punk is still the most recent group to win Album of the Year, having done so a decade ago for the album Random Access Memories. Just as with the first and fourth rounds, Billy Crystal Balls (Quinn’s) was the only team to notch a Perfect 21 effort on Wednesday! They capped the night as the overall point leader:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dark Souls)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s WWF Tag Teams)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Extraordinary Attorney Woo)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Those Guys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Rides)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Colorful Song Titles)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Lindsay and the Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Magic: the Gathering)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Green Tea Shots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Lillies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dogs)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: B-Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s TV Sitcoms)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Carters Mill  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV Shows)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Scuby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mad Men)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Toasty  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimi Hendrix)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Tommy Pickles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Quiz in My Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pro Wrestling)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dion and the Belmonts)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Red (Taylor Swift album))

Urban Winery in Silver Spring, MD: Austikee  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rocket Science)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: April 12 in History)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Sparkle Hippos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Whales)