Wednesday Trivia Goes for Two!

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Another Wednesday night record was set this week with Pour House Trivia: 21 venues and a total of 217 teams were involved in the action, with Idiom Brewing bringing in 21 teams for its game.


The night’s Three Clues question came early in this game and proved to be a tricky bonus chance. Teams had to identify a word from these clues:

  • When pluralized, is the title of the debut album from the British band Coldplay.
  • It is derived from Latin and French words, which together mean to protect against a fall.
  • It is a device that is used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag.

Roughly 35% of the field only needed two clues to recognize the parachute. After that, we discussed the beginnings of a certain U.S. state:

  • In 1636, theologian Roger Williams created a New England colony which served as a refuge for religious minorities.  This colony would eventually become which current U.S. state?

Rhode Island was correctly named by 56% of teams. This round also had questions on the return of the Ringling Brothers / Barnum & Bailey circus and the box office success of director Alfred Hitchcock. Eight teams put together a perfect opening round.


Wednesday’s second round began with an audio question about 21st-century sitcom theme songs. After that, teams cruised through topics such as the Converse shoe brand and Lake Michigan. We went for the gold at the end of the round:

  • Sporting bright gold sneakers during his heyday, this is the only male athlete to win the 200- and 400-meter dash at the same Olympics. For your wager, you can either name that man or name the city in which he achieved this feat.

Just under half of the field submitted at least one of those answers, but 30% were able to name both Olympian Michael Johnson and the 1996 Summer Games city of Atlanta for bonus credit. This was the most successful round overall, as 15 teams earned every possible point.


At halftime, teams had to identify various comic strip characters such as Broom Hilda and Franklin from Peanuts, then match TV shows to the title of its pilot episode. While 22 teams earned all 20 points here, the average score was down to 15.1 points. However, two teams reached our halftime break with perfect scores:


The most difficult wagering question in the game came in this round:

  • The Morrill Act of 1862 established which type of university in the United States, described as a publicly funded agricultural and technical university? Today, schools fitting this description include Penn State, the University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

That 1862 act established the land grant university; this question had a 41% success rate. Other topics in the round included parenthetical song titles, tapioca, and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew which was the inspiration for Broadway hit Kiss Me Kate. Nine teams had perfect scores in this round.


A tad more than a third of the field received all six points on the 6-4-2, which gave a trio of clues about the octopus. We started this round with a question about the anatomical epiglottis before heading out to sea with this query:

  • What nautical item is secured by what is known as a ship’s cathead?

The cathead secures a ship’s anchor, which was named by 45% of teams. The toughest bonus opportunity on Wednesday came on the baseball diamond:

  • Which two active major league players have at least 450 career home runs? Respectively, these men currently play for the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres.

Just over 20% of the field were able to identify both Miguel Cabrera and Nelson Cruz for extra points. We danced the Lindy Hop and took a trip to the Rock of Gibraltar to wrap things up in this round. There were six perfect team scores here. Speaking of which, one squad was still perfect after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (60.37% success rate):

  • Who is the only person to produce, direct, and star in two films that each won the Best Picture Oscar?

Doing so for Unforgiven and Million Dollar BabyClint Eastwood is the only person to achieve that feat. Seven teams earned points on each wagering question on Wednesday to earn the Perfect 21! The final leaderboard was led by these teams:

A very special congrats must be given to Sexual Chocolate (Memories), which put up the first in-person perfect game in months!


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Guerrilla Warfare)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Akira Kurosawa Films)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Sprinkler Sound  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Peeping Tom Cruises  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Host Choice)

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

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Outlander (TV series))

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Microsoft Excel Functions)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Green Tea Shots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Percy Jackson (book series))

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Family Affair  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Canada)

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

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Carters Mill  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hogan’s Heroes)

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

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wheel of Time (book series))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Jonathan Swift Daycare  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. State Capitals)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s NBA Players)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Potent Potables)

Urban Winery in Silver Spring, MD: Hopa Tropa  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bulgaria)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Questionable, Doubtful, Out  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fast Food Pioneers)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Four Bagels and a Donut  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Academy Award Feats)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Hot Cider  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MAY 3: Rocks)