Wednesday Trivia is Back for Another Term!

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A 19-location evening of Pour House Trivia was played on Wednesday for 162 total teams. That included Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD, which played host to 22 teams!


A pretty successful opening round started with a three-parter on the Biblical betrayal of Jesus Christ, in which a round-low 81% of teams got at least two parts correct for wagering points. We proceeded to other topics like Milk-Bone dog treats and the states of Montana and Wyoming, which are massive in size but light on population. A final question about the Jolly Roger pirate flag proved to have the hardest bonus question in the round, as about two-fifths of the field correctly named Captain Hook as the leader of a literary ship by that name. Seventeen teams recorded perfect scores in this round.


The most difficult question in Wednesday’s first half was the audio question, where teams were asked to name a trio of songs with titles identical to those of unrelated feature films. About 45% of teams were able to name at least two of those song titles, but only 13% got all three (Babe by Styx, Drive by Incubus, and Vertigo by U2) for bonus points. Later in the round, we had a U.S. government question:

  • Among the three branches of the federal government, which one is listed in Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution?

As that concerned the creation of the U.S. Congress, the correct answer is the legislative branch, correctly named by three-quarters of our teams. Another tough bonus chance came at the end of the round on a question about Netflix series The Watcher; 37% of the field got two extra points for naming Naomi Watts as the actress who portrays Nora on the show. We had two perfect teams in this round: Satan’s School For Girls (Memories) and Just For Fun (Quinn’s).


Teams had to name former child stars, then match British slang terms to their respective definition for Wednesday’s halftime page, which ended up with a 17.2-point average score and 39 perfect teams. We reached halftime with these teams atop the standings:


Once again, the third round on Wednesday proved to be a mighty task for our teams. While we opened with the round’s easiest wagering question, Three Clues about the word proof, only five teams were able to figure out that word before the final clue for two bonus points. Two questions later, we had a bit of World Series trivia:

  • Which team hosted the first World Series game ever played indoors, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the 1987 Fall Classic?

About 45% of the field had the right answer, the Minnesota Twins, but only 6.1% of teams also named the Twins’ MVP in that series, pitcher Frank Viola. Next came the most difficult question of the night:

  • Dow Jones and Company, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, also publishes which weekly newspaper named for the man considered to be the founder of modern financial journalism?

Barron’s was successfully named by 17% of our teams. With these speed bumps, there were no perfect scores in the third round.


About three quarters of the field took a zero on the 6-4-2 about the country of Iran, but nine teams had it from only one clue to get all six points. After a starting question about The Giving Tree, we had another brutal bonus chance. We asked about the U.S. Virgin Islands, but bonus points were earned by just 8% of teams that knew those islands were sold to the U.S. by Denmark in 1917. A couple of questions later, we took this sip of trivia:

  • Often used to serve espresso, a demitasse is essentially a small coffee mug.  In French, the word demitasse translates to which phrase, even though the mug itself usually holds less than four fluid ounces?

Demitasse translates to half cup in English, and wagers were earned by 61% with that answer. Flight Level Awesome (Belles’), Just For Fun (Quinn’s), What the Fork (TGI Fridays), and Titanic Was An Inside Job (Hops N Shine) had this round’s perfect scores. There was a bit of distance between the first-place team and everyone else before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (27.2% success rate):

  • Who is the most recent person to lose a U.S. Presidential election, then win the election against the same opponent four years later?

With a loss to Benjamin Harrison and a victory over Harrison four years later, Grover Cleveland was that President in question. Wednesday’s only Perfect 21 was recorded by Overthinkers Anonymous (Sully’s), which thought things through enough to get every wagering question correct. An almost perfect squad headed up the final scoreboard:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heavy Metal Band Mascots)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: ON HIATUS  (FIRST CATEGORY UPON RETURN: Pittsburgh Steelers)

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

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Just For Fun  (NEW WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Literary Last Word/First Word)

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

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Argo (film))

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Penguins)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Overthinkers Anonymous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Silver Seals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thanksgiving)

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

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Eric’s Gone Again  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Andy Griffith Show)

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s MLB World Series)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Black October  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Origins of Led Zeppelin)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Quiz Me Outside, How ‘Bout Dat?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Engineering Degrees)

Elysium Axe Bar in Purcellville, VA: Ax and Tiddies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: VeggieTales)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Second Breakfast Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Letterkenny)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Trying Our Best  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Olympic Rowing)

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