Wednesday Trivia Screams Itself Horse!

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A 22-team game at Quinn’s on the Corner and 21 others playing at Idiom Brewing brought Pour House Trivia’s game to 19 venues and 207 total teams.


Surprisingly, the hardest question by far all night came at the start of the game! This question about an inventor stumped many teams:

  • What American developed and patented the electric telegraph?
  • Bonus: What four-word Biblical phrase was the first message sent by telegraph?

Just two-fifths of the field correctly identified Samuel Morse as the man in question, while an eighth of our teams received bonus points for giving us the correct phrase: What hath God wrought?. We moved on to measure things on the Scoville, pH, and Fujita scales (for culinary heatacidity, and tornado strength, respectively), followed by a look at dystopian film Blade Runner. This round’s perfect teams were Power Vacuum (Belles’), Donner Party People (Quinn’s), and Downtown Crown Family Jewels (Grape Escape).


Bonus points on the audio question weren’t easy to come by. We asked teams to name the word in common for a trio of songs and, while most got the word wild correct, only 21% named all three musical acts: Cat Stevens (Wild World), Kenny Chesney (Wild Child), and Rihanna (Wild Thoughts). From there, we traced the 1990s origins of the slang term metrosexual, went back to Benjamin Franklin’s founding of the University of Pennsylvania, and played a little Dungeons & Dragons. Nine teams received perfect scores in this round.


Much like the openings of the first two rounds, Wednesday’s halftime sheet was also tough. Teams were asked to name famous people with last names shared by Football Hall of Famers (such as Naomi Campbell and Calvin Harris), then name the only ten countries that are ranked in the top 25 in both population and total area. No team was able to get all 20 points in this part of the game, which carried an average score of 12.4 points. A three-way tie for first highlighted the top of the halftime standings:


While some bonus chances earlier in the evening were rough, the two with the lowest success rates came in the third round. First up came Three Clues about a specific name:

  • The last name of the actor whose first credited screen role was as the character Tony Amato on an episode of Miami Vice.
  • The first name of the man who was named the NBA MVP during the 1969-70 season.
  • The current name of the tallest building in Chicago.

Only eight teams (3.8% of the field) figured out the name Willis before the final clue; the first two clues described Bruce Willis and Willis Reed, respectively. A little later, a question about actress Natalie Portman saw 9.1% of teams add two points for knowing Portman’s most recent Oscar nomination came for the film Jackie. After questions on magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt and the sister band HAIM, we ended the round with only Donner Party People (Quinn’s) notching a perfect score.


6-4-2 about dogs had 23 correct guesses on the six-point clue which described the fear of the animal, scientifically known as cynophobia. At the midpoint of the final round, we took a look back at some wine history:

  • Writing in 350 A.D., the Roman poet Ausonius provided an early reference to the wine production in which region encompassing the southwestern corner of modern-day France?

A crossword clue (8-letter word in which the fourth letter is D) wasn’t even necessary for 15% of the field able to identify the Bordeaux region early. Other topics in this round included Tom Brady’s Super Bowl losses to the New York Giants (twice) and Philadelphia Eagles, various TV series set in Boston, and Sean Connery‘s Mr. Universe bodybuilding history. Seven perfect scores were earned in this round. A little more space was established behind first place after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (29.47% success rate):

  • The Jackson Pollock work known as Untitled (Composition with Red Arc and Horses) features a horse head that is derived from the screaming horse found in which other 20th Century painting?

Pollock referenced Picasso’s Guernica in the aforementioned work. We were up to four Perfect 21 teams this week: Power Vacuum (Belles’), Donner Party People (Quinn’s), H.R. Pufnstuf (Hops N Shine), and Mixed Nuts (T.J. Stone’s). These were the highest Wednesday scores:

Honorable mention to Einsteins of Beer (Memories), which played over the limit of seven players and scored 160 points.


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

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

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

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Those Guys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monopoly)

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

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tug and the Heartstrings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blade Runner)

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

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

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

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD:

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

Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Matter of Fact  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Downtown Crown Family Jewels  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Who Said It: Mr. Burns or Donald Trump?))

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Mostly Millennials  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nickelback)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB Stadiums)

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

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

Foster’s Grille in South Riding, VA: Sandwich  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fortnite Dropoff Locations)

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Porpoise Pod  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Before Film Trilogy)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Petra (band))

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Tony Tony Tony  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pacific Northwest)