Wednesday Trivia in the Key of Life!

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This past Wednesday, Pour House Trivia was played by 183 teams at one of our seventeen venues, including Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD which hosted 20 teams!


After an early question about the Boston Massacre, we reached the toughest first-round wagering chance:

  • The most popular tourist destination in Jordan is which ancient city featuring the temple of Al Khazneh?

About 57% of our teams successfully named the ancient city of Petra. After that, we had a three-parter where each answer started with the letter C and a question about Speed Racer in which just over a quarter of the field earned bonus points for naming his girlfriend, Trixie. There were 21 perfect scores in this round.


Wednesday’s most difficult wagering question in the first half came on the audio clue to start round two. Teams heard three TV clips having to do with Hanukkah and were asked to name the series from each clip; 46% of teams named at least two, but only 8.7% were able to get RugratsNew Girl, and The Goldbergs for bonus credit. Next up was this 1980s film question:

  • In 1980, bandleader Cab Calloway sang the jazz tune Minnie the Moocher in which film about a mission from God?

A little more than two thirds of the field were right with The Blues Brothers. The very next question, about the scientific names of the duck-billed platypus, had the lowest bonus success rate with just 8.1% knowing the platypus belongs to the monotreme order. Questions about the Fred Biletnikoff Award given to the best wide receiver in college football and Jennifer Hudson‘s Oscar win for Dreamgirls ended the round. The only team to earn a perfect score in this round was What the Fork (TGI Fridays).


Halftime tasks on Wednesday included matching holiday films to the appropriate quote, then listing the ten most recent teams to win the Super Bowl. The average score was 16.8 points and 27 teams put up a perfect page. At halftime, this was the top of the leaderboard:


In the third round, we covered subjects such as Three Clues about the badger, the world record gingerbread house, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the anniversary of The Clash‘s classic record London Calling. It took until the end of the round, however, to reach the hardest wagering question of the night:

  • After portraying a helmsman on the USS Enterprise, who appeared on The Big Bang Theory and can currently be seen on Celebrity Jeopardy!?

Wil Wheaton was correctly named by 45% of the field, while just over 10% earned bonus points for knowing Wheaton played a character named Gordie in Stand By Me. There were three perfect teams in this round: Alcoholics Unanimous (Belles’), Stinkfist (Idiom), and Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom).


6-4-2 about Scar of The Lion King had 29 teams each name the villain after a single clue for all six points. We started round four with the NHL’s Colorado AvalancheTampa Bay Lightning, and Minnesota Wild (who, along with the Seattle Kraken, are the only NHL team names that don’t end with the letter S). After a question about the Cascade mountain range, we came to the round’s toughest wagering query:

  • Though it was simply a coincidence, Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were once thought to have been named for two minor characters from which 1940s film?

Bert and Ernie were names of a cop and a cab driver from It’s a Wonderful Life, which was named by 53% of teams. A three-parter about people named Louise ended this round, and carried its lowest bonus success rate at 16%. However, six teams were able to ace this round. The following teams led the pack prior to the final question of the night:

FINAL QUESTION (23% success rate):

  • In his acceptance speech for the 1976 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Paul Simon thanked which American solo singer, because he didn’t make an album this year?

After back-to-back Album of the Year Grammy Awards, Stevie Wonder took a year off and Paul Simon won the award instead. The only team to record a Perfect 21 on Wednesday was Power Vacuum (Belles’), doing so by providing right answers to each of our wagering questions. At the end of the night, these were the overall points leaders:

Honorable mention goes out to Scott Looks Different (Memories) who put up 172 points while playing with more than the maximum seven players.


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Isaac Newton)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents Who Married More Than Once)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Student Drivers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Invasive Aquatic Plants)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Carols (second verse))

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Stinkfist  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Comic Books)

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

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Oh Wait  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ale)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Black Zexcellence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hip Hop Actors)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alfred Hitchcock (not his films))

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas TV Specials)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Artsy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Figgy Pudding)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: STDs)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Minnows  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON DEC. 28: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Motown Songs (audio))

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Island Banshees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stanley Cup Champions)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wednesday (TV series))