Wednesday Trivia is Smooth!

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Wednesday evening featured 19 venues and a total of 202 teams across the Pour House Trivia landscape, including a 20-team game at Idiom Brewing!


The game began with topics such as Jimmy Fallon‘s party games on the Tonight Show, a three-parter about children’s literary titles with the word Red, and the infamous Bush v Gore Supreme Court case in 2000. At the end of the round, we gave this film question:

  • Released in back-to-back years in the 2010s, which two Best Picture Oscar winners feature John Goodman?

Goodman was in both The Artist and Argo; 32% of teams named at least one of those films, while a game-low eight teams identified both for extra points. The only team to record a perfect first-round score was Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’).


The audio question started this round and proved to be its most difficult way to earn points. We played three songs that each topped the Billboard Hot 100 for exactly one week in the 1990s: Blaze of Glory by Bon Jovi, Unbelievable by EMF, and Exhale (Shoop Shoop) by Whitney Houston. The wagering success rate was 43% here, while 11% tacked on bonus points with all three song titles. Other topics in this round included the controversial fracking technique to extract oil and gas, the Massachusetts city and Maryland county each named Worcester, and Jimmy Johnson‘s NFL coaching tenure succeeding both Tom Landry and Don Shula. Tokyo Sex Whale (Idiom) and Black October (Grape Escape) were this round’s perfect squads.


The top section of Wednesday’s halftime page removed performers from famous film scenes and asked teams to provide the film title. After that, the bottom part featured a list of answers that each contain the name of a month (such as actress January Jones and the Mayflower ship). The average score was down to 13.1 points; in fact, Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape) was the only team to earn all 20 points at halftime! That team was also in a three-way tie for first at the halftime intermission:


A three-part geography question with Z answers kicked off the second half, followed by a query about the human bone known as the scapula. This round’s toughest wagering question dealt with a current streaming series:

  • Following the success of their podcast, which three male actors are featured on the MAX behind-the-scenes documentary series Smartless: On the Road?

Just over a third of the field named at least two of that trio — Will ArnettJason Bateman, and Sean Hayes — for wagering points. A tricky bonus chance came at the conclusion of the round:

  • Between 1931 and 1965, the New York Yankees won 17 World Series titles. During that same stretch, which were the only two other American League teams to win the World Series?

The Detroit Tigers in 1935 and 1945 were joined by the then-Cleveland Indians (1948) in that feat; roughly 20% of our teams named both for bonus credit. However, no teams achieved a perfect third round.


The color green was named by only three teams early enough to receive the full six-point boost on the 6-4-2. It took until the beginning of the final round to get to the toughest wagering question:

  • Though the title of the original source material was four words long, Disney realized that this two-word phrase tended to be box-office poison, so it was dropped from the title of their film John Carter. What is that two-word phrase?

That book is called John Carter of Mars; the deleted two-word phrase was named by 29% of the field. On top of that, 11% added bonus points for knowing the book was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. From there, we tackled topics such as GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hungry Hungry Hippos game, and the muddler used by a bartenderThree Clues about actor Steve Carell put a bow on the round, with a bonus success rate of 18%. This round’s perfect quartet was Satan’s School for Girls (Memories), Tug and the Heart Strings (Idiom), H.R. Pufnstuf (Hops N Shine), and Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape). We expanded to a four-way tie at the top of the standings before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (36.63% success rate):

  • What is the shared name of a fantasy TV show which aired in the 21st century and the album that won Santana the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1999?

Both the show and that Grammy-winning album are titled Supernatural. Once again, a Wednesday night came and went with no teams able to string together a Perfect 21 game. However, we did end up with a trio of first-place teams atop the final podium:


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

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

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Four Guys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blink-182)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Food in Song Titles (three-part))

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Phineas and Ferb)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heart Strings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mars)

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

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Iron Sheik)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Barn Gurlz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mixed Martial Arts)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aerospace Engineering)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Mixed Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pickleball)

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

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

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Pi  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: GG Help  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Music Groups)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Masters)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: O’Doherty’s Rebellion)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Charlotte Hornets)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Astronauts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Pop Stars)