Wednesday Trivia is in Rarefied Air!

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Pour House Trivia welcomed 191 teams at 21 venues on Wednesday evening, including a 20-team game at Arlington’s Celtic House.


We started things with three people with the last name Ocean: fictional casino thief Danny and musicians Billy and Frank. From there, we also discussed the Chinese capital of Beijing and various cocktails that contain gin. This round ended with 10 teams still rocking a perfect score.


Another solid round overall started with three songs that contain the names of fruit: I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, Cherry Pie by Warrant, and Peaches by Justin Bieber. Other topics in this round included Eli Manning‘s two wins over Tom Brady in the Super Bowl and Crocodile Dundee, the highest-grossing Australian film of all time. A game-high 15 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


At the top of Wednesday’s halftime page, a mystery theme asked teams to name various films, then figure out that each starred a cast member from The Office. For the bottom section, teams were asked to list eight of the ten most recent NBA franchises to win a league championship. The average score was 16.7 points, but 30 teams aced the page for all 20 points. We reached the halftime break with one team even better than perfect:


Wednesday’s second half kicked off with Three Clues about the Ural Mountains that divide Russia into European and Asian sections. From there, we reminisced on Daniel Powter’s one-hit wonder Bad Day, discussed the egg-laying properties of the platypus and echidna, and Bruce Lee’s role as Kato on The Green Hornet. Even though no individual question tripped up a majority of the field, only Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) was able to earn all 36 points in the third round.


The city of Chicago was named by 41 teams for the full six points in the night’s 6-4-2. It took until the last round to hit upon a tough bonus question, and boy did the round start with a difficult one:

  • The romantic comedy film 10 Things I Hate About You is a modern retelling of what Shakespearean comedy?
  • Bonus: This film is set at what fictional school?

Most teams knew that film is a modern reworking of The Taming of the Shrew, but only 4.71% of teams figured out the high school in the film is named for the kingdom of Padua featured in the Shakespeare work. The next question dealt with a certain sportscaster:

  • You are looking live at this question about which sports broadcaster who spent close to 50 years calling sports for CBS, ESPN, and ABC and who most recently served as the play-by-play announcer of the Las Vegas Raiders?

As the most difficult wagering question of the night, 32% of the field correctly identified Brent Musberger. The round concluded with a three-parter on U.S. government shutdowns throughout history. This was the only round with no perfect scores. These were the top scores after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (35.6% success rate):

  • According to American author Henry David Thoreau, which word completes the following quote: The rarest quality in an epitaph is…?

The exact word used by Thoreau to cap that quote is truth. Unfortunately, that didn’t unlock any Perfect 21 efforts on Wednesday. However, these teams finished with the highest scores:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Winnamans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Parks)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Defunct Beer Brands)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Castaway  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harlots (Hulu series))

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON FEB. 21: Seinfeld (season 3))

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Ghoul and the Gang  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON FEB. 21: The Golden Girls)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA:  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Season Finales)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Trending Towards Fourth  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: William Sherman)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Scuby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Love Actually)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Silmarillion)

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: And They Were Roommates  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)

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

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Quiz in My Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Diseases and Disorders)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Nincompoops  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Goldfinga  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Love on the Spectrum)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Free Willy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: I Think You Should Leave)

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shipwrecked  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON FEB. 21: Disney Dogs)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iron Maiden)