Wednesday Trivia Goes Around the World!

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It was a beautiful evening for Pour House Trivia, as eighteen venues hosted 195 total teams on Wednesday.


We got right out of the gate with the first half’s toughest bonus question:

  • Sporting a slightly curved shape, which fruit of the Musa genus is grown in clusters called hands?
  • Bonus: Which Asian country produces about 25% of the world’s supply of this fruit?

Most teams were correct to name the banana, but 6.67% of the field earned bonus points for identifying India‘s bountiful banana production. We moved on to questions on the anchor of a relay team, U.S. state borders, and Eddie Murphy’s voice roles in Mulan and Shrek. This round’s perfect teams were Sexual Chocolate (Memories), Atrium All-Stars (Quinn’s)Atrium All-Stars (Quinn’s), Lily Pads (Quinn’s), and Second Breakfast Club (Thick-N-Thin).


An audio question on Sesame Street guest stars kicked off the second round, followed by topics such as Hosni Mubarak’s reign as president of Egypt, the singer Kesha, and the Latin phrase caveat emptor. However, the last question of the round featured another difficult bonus opportunity:

  • Which adjective fills in the blank in the title of the Oscar Wilde play The Importance of Being BLANK?
  • Bonus: Which actress portrayed Cecily in a 2002 feature film adaptation of this play?

Reese Witherspoon was correctly named by 7.69% of teams to end the round with two extra points. Another quartet of perfect scores were recorded in this round, this time by Comfortably Dumb (Quinn’s), Trash Pandas (T.J. Stone’s), Titanic String Quartet (Grape Escape), and Downtown Crown Family Jewels (Grape Escape).


At halftime, teams were asked to name TV shows by their Family Guy parodies, then determine whether each of a list of countries were real (such as Comoros or Nauru) or fictional (such as Mypos from Perfect Strangers or Genovia from The Princess Diaries). On average, teams scored 15.7 while 33 perfect pages were recorded. We hit the halftime break with two teams tied for first:


Round 3 contained the two least-successful wagering questions of the night, beginning with this query about two historical figures with the same last name:

  • Which French surname is shared by the author of the philosophical treatise The Social Contract and the post-Impressionist painter who created The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope?
  • Bonus: What are both of their first names?

About 34% of the field recognized the last name Rousseau, while 5.12% submitted the correct first names, Jean(-Jacques) and Henri. We turned to some video game history later in the round:

  • Kid Icarus and Metroid were the first two Nintendo video games to feature which technological achievement? This answer is also the name of a TV game show that was revived in 2022.

As a way to restore your progress without the capability of a save file, those games introduced the password to NES users; 23% of our teams got that one correct. After a question on the classic comedy film Some Like It Hot, one team was indeed perfect in the third round: Carpet Stretchers (T.J. Stone’s).


Wednesday’s 6-4-2 saw only Tug and the Heart Strings (RAK) and Rat Funk (Shipgarten) identify the word imagine from the six-point clue! Wagering questions in the last round were of no trouble to the majority of the night’s teams, but there were two troublesome bonus chances. We turned to some European geography:

  • What are the two most populous cities in Austria?

Most teams earned their wager for naming the Austrian capital of Vienna, but only nine teams also named Graz for bonus credit. The night’s Three Clues came later, this time regarding a certain weapon:

  • This historically significant weapon was nicknamed in honor of Sydney Greenstreet’s character from the film The Maltese Falcon.
  • The name refers to the bulbous shape of its early design.
  • This atomic bomb detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

Roughly 8.2% of the field identified the Fat Man atomic bomb early enough for two bonus points. One of those teams, Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s), recorded the only Round 4 perfecto. We reached the final question with another duo tied for first in the overall standings:

FINAL QUESTION (15.9% success rate):

  • Originally known as Darlin’, which music duo took its name from a negative review in a 1993 issue of the magazine Melody Maker?

Stemming from a negative article calling the band’s music daft punky thrash, two members of the band broke away to form the electronic duo Daft Punk! With a correct final answer, Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s) clinched the night’s lone Perfect 21 output. They also became the night’s overall points leader:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: We’re All Infected  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Generation 5 Pokémon)

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Octave  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Television)

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

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scott Pilgrim vs the World)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Lily Pads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Official Disney Princesses)

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

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

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Quizards of Oz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films Shot in Utah)

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

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Route 66)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Scuby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Film Soundtracks)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Titanic String Quartet  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Immanuel Kant)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Bene Gesserat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Britney Spears)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Hawks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Honda Motorcycles)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ireland)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: A New Hope  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Royalty)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: It’s All Relative  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Pepto Bismol  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jason Bourne (film series))


Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Channel Film of the 2000s)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)