Wednesday Trivia is Off the Chain!

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Twenty venues played host to this past Wednesday’s Pour House Trivia game for a total of 212 teams.


A video game question early in Wednesday’s game had a tricky bonus level attached:

  • In the original version of the arcade game Pac-Man, the four ghosts would turn which color immediately after Pac-Man ate a Power Pellet, signifying that they could be eaten for bonus points?
  • Bonus: In this game, how many total bonus points would a player receive for eating all four ghosts?

While most teams knew the ghosts turn blue when Pac-Man eats a power pellet, only 8.9% successfully added the point values for eating those ghosts (in order: 200, 400, 800, 1600) to get 3,000 as the bonus answer. We moved on to topics such as the history of the White House Chief of Staff, Anna Kendrick’s role in Into the Woods, and a three-parter in which each answer was also a chemical element’s name. Seven perfect scores were recorded in this round.


A trio of songs with onomatopoeic titles — Splish Splash by Bobby Darin, Pop by NSYNC, and Boom Clap by Charli XCX — were featured in the night’s audio question, which had a 14.6% bonus rate. Other topics in the round included the left field and right field umpires deployed in MLB playoff games, the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, and Galileo‘s Tower of Pisa experiment. This round had 11 perfect teams.


In Wednesday’s halftime round, teams were asked to identify Disney films from their representation in elaborate cakes, then answer definitions of words which are also typically male first names. Unlike the previous Wednesday, there were perfect scores on the halftime page. In fact, 84 teams earned all 20 points while the average score was 18.7 points. We rolled into the halftime break with these teams in the lead:


After questions on Toblerone‘s shrinking candy bars, the scientific pendulum, and NFL wide receiver Stefon Diggs, we reached the first wagering question of the game which stumped a lot of our teams:

  • Which character created by children’s author Norman Bridwell is the official mascot of Scholastic Press?

About 43% of the field knew that Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog is that mascot. A game-high 12 squads recorded perfect third-round scores.


There were 23 correct six-point guesses on Wednesday’s 6-4-2 about Biblical figure St. Peter. The most difficult question of the evening was asked halfway through this round, Three Clues about a rock band:

  • This band derived its name from a character in a Bob Dylan ballad.
  • This band’s debut single was the 1974 song Rocka Rolla.
  • Formed in Birmingham, England, this heavy metal band later gained fame with the songs Breaking the Law and You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.

Only 5.1% of teams were able to name Judas Priest before the third clue was read, but 34% of the field earned their wager with a correct guess at any point. Other subjects in this round included the 400th episode of Family Guy earlier this year, Jonathan Goldsmith’s most interesting ad campaign for Dos Equis beer, and film titles which include a time of day such as High Noon and Midnight in Paris. This round’s perfect teams were Camper Confessions (Belles’), Emily is Blunt (Quinn’s), and Mixed Nuts (T.J. Stone’s). After four rounds, these were the highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (60.85% success rate):

  • Which fast food restaurant chain earned its name because it was a smaller version of a southern California drive-in barbecue joint opened by a certain Mr. Karcher in the 1940s?

The above explanation describes how we got the fast food chain named Carl’s Jr. A half-dozen teams earned a Perfect 21 in the game. After all was said and done, these were the top overall squads:


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Numbers in Other Languages)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Invasion Bands)

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

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Those Guys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series))

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blue-Footed Birds)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Les Miserables)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films of 1999)

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

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Remeberalls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Hands Free Proctology  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: STIs)

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

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

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Trivial Suspects  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gorillaz)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Second Breakfast Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Board Game Geek‘s Top Ten)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Slightly Agitated  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Before Film Trilogy)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Susi and the Banshees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Hockey League)

Foster’s Grille in South Riding, VA: Two Vols  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Market Derivative Products)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Island Banshees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Ambassadors to Ireland)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Johann Sebastian Bach (audio))

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Garden Vegetables)