Wednesday Trivia Spells It Out!

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Wednesday’s game of Pour House Trivia was played by 242 teams at 21 locations.


The game began with a question about Tom Holland‘s upcoming lead role in the London West End production of Romeo & Juliet. From there, a Triple 50/50 about illnesses caused by bacteria or viruses had a 19% bonus success rate. We toasted that with a Guinness to end the round. This round had 14 perfect teams.


Three songs with titles that are also Mariah Carey song titles kicked off the second round. A couple of questions later, we asked about the Apple TV+ series Manhunt about the Abraham Lincoln assassination carried a 24% bonus rate for teams that knew Patton Oswalt‘s role on the show. The last question of the round dealt with March Madness history:

  • Doing so in 1985, which #8 seed is the lowest-seeded team to ever win a Division I National Championship in basketball?

Villanova was identified by a 47% of the field, the lowest wagering rate of the first half. Even with that, a game-high 21 teams had a perfect score in this round.


Wednesday’s halftime round featured cereal boxes and answers with more vowels than consonants. Forty perfect 20-point pages were submitted, but the average score was 15.3 points. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:


Early in the second half, we had the game’s most difficult wagering query:

  • Which Queen of Sparta is also the mother of the twins Castor and Pollux?

Leda was named by only 5.78% of teams. Next up, we looked back at an actor’s career:

  • Which actor spent 16 seasons portraying District Attorney Jack McCoy on the NBC series Law & Order?
  • Bonus: During the 1980s, he portrayed the lead character in which film that earned seven Oscar nominations?

Most teams were able to name Sam Waterston, but just 12.8% remembered him from The Killing Fields. The only perfect score in this round was recorded by Billy Crystal Balls (T.J. Stone’s).


Thursday’s 6-4-2 gave three clues about Mexico; 13 teams earned all six points here. Topics covered in the fourth round included Brad Pitt and Matt Damon‘s cameos in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the country group Little Big Town, and MLB’s New York Mets. This round had 16 perfect scores. These were the top five teams after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (27.69% success rate):

  • Using each letter only once, which country’s common English name is spelled using seven different letters each worth one point in the standard American version of Scrabble?

With that wordplay, a little more than a quarter of the field correctly named Estonia. Another Wednesday game came and went with no Perfect 21 teams. We wrapped up the evening with these high scores:


Foster’s Grille – Vienna in Vienna, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ronald Acuna Jr.)

Silver Branch Brewing in Silver Spring, MD: Slovakian Slimes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dad Rock)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Awesome Power, International Team of Mystery  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Satan’s School for Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Asian National Flags)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Kim Deal or No Deal  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Karens)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Solar Eclipse or Twilight: Eclipse?)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Ruth and Wyatt  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Peaky Blinders)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Quizards of Oz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Historic Utah Events)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Hypothetical 5K  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Figure Skating)

T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kung Fu Panda)

Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christopher Nolan’s Batman Films)

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

Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Boozy Babes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European History)

Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Weiners  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Buildings)

Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Bibles and Brews  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Old Testament)

Rockwell Riverside in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Purple Rain (film))

Foster’s Grille – South Riding in South Riding, VA: Semicircle of Trust  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Masters)

The Casual Pint in Fairfax, VA: Pepto Bismol  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (book))

RAK Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bird Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek (original))

Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Mixed Bag  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

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