Welcoming Wednesday Trivia With Open Arms!
Twenty venues hosted Pour House Trivia on Wednesday for a total of 211 teams.
To kick things off, teams encountered questions about Ferrari car models, presidential middle names, and the children of the Chronicles of Narnia fantasy book series. The toughest way to earn points in this round came at the end with this question:
- Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, and Michael Gross appeared in which earth-shaking monster film that spawned six direct-to-video sequels?
Naming the film Tremors wasn’t the tough part, but naming the primary creatures in the film was; only 18% knew they’re called Graboids. There were nine perfect scores in Wednesday’s opening round.
After an audio question about songs with the word sugar in the title, teams reached the first half’s hardest wagering try:
- In addition to being the root of the word talon, the Latin word talus is also the scientific name of a bone found in which joint of the human body?
The talus is found in the ankle, which 46% of the field got correct. At the end of the round, we asked a geography question that proved to be tough:
- The Mississippi River flows within the city limits of which two U.S. state capitals?
Teams only had to get one of those two answers for wagering credit, but just over a quarter of them earned two extra points for naming both Baton Rouge and Saint Paul. There were 12 perfect scores here, the most of any round on Wednesday.
At halftime, teams had to name films from screenshots of their tiny characters, then match mixed drinks to the corresponding unique ingredient (such as the sweet vermouth found in a Manhattan). A whopping 78 perfect scores were recorded here, with the average tally being 17.8 points out of 20. With an extra two-point bonus in the first half, two teams were able to reach 94-point perfection at the halftime break:
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 94
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 94
- What the Fork (Fridays): 92
- Quiz on My Face (Quinn’s): 92
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 91 POINTS
A tough bonus chance started Wednesday’s second half, as we asked about the baseball team Tony Danza’s Who’s the Boss? character played for; just 4.7% knew he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. A few questions later, we had some Olympic distance recording to do:
- While the shortest Olympic running event is 100 meters, what longer distance is the length of the shortest Olympic speed skating event?
The shortest speed skating race at the Games goes for 500 meters, which had a correct answer rate of 17%. Other topics in this round included Three Clues about the fictional prison of Azkaban and water-soluble vitamins B and C. Just one team navigated the third-round minefield en route to a perfect score: Pete’s Calves (Celtic House).
The European country of Denmark was the topic of the 6-4-2, in which 16 teams named it on the six-point clue regarding its Clown Prince, Victor Borge. We waited until the last round of the night to give the hardest question:
- As one of America’s first self-made female billionaires, Meg Whitman amassed much of her fortune during a ten-year stint as the CEO of which company?
Before her time at HP, Whitman became super successful running eBay, which was named by 12% of the field; just four teams added bonus points for knowing eBay is headquartered in San Jose, California. In other round action, we covered topics such as god of the underworld Hades (for the Greek) and Pluto (in Roman mythology), notorious duo Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson. Once again, only one team was able to record a perfect score in this round, with The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’) doing the honors this time around. With four rounds down, these were the top-scoring teams:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 167
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Belles’): 161
- Blinded by the Wine (Axes and O’s): 160
- What the Fork (Fridays): 160
- Tonya Harding Club (Thick-N-Thin): 158
FINAL QUESTION (21.33% success rate):
- In addition to Eswatini and the Republic of Congo, what is the only other African nation to feature an elephant on its national coat of arms?
Remembering that some elephants have tusks may have helped here with the correct nation, Côte d’Ivoire (or the Ivory Coast)! Even with that, no teams recorded a Perfect 21 for answering every wagering question correctly on Wednesday. When all the games were done, these were the overall points leaders:
- Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Belles’): 179
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 168
- Oh Wait (Hops N Shine): 167
- Bar Backs (Celtic House): 166
- Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (Grape Escape): 166
- I Don’t Know (Hops N Shine): 165
- Green Tea Shots (Sully’s): 164
- Bob Dole’s Grip (Idiom): 163
- Quiz on My Face (Quinn’s): 163
- Comfortably Dumb (Axes and O’s): 160
- What the Fork (Fridays): 160
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Films with Zero Oscar Nominations)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maryland Terps Basketball Greats)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Quiz on My Face (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sailing)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Walt Disney World)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: What the Fork (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mondegreens)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bob Dole’s Grip (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Picard)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hayao Miyazaki Films)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Oh Wait (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christopher Nolan Films)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Green Tea Shots (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)
T.J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Carpet Stretchers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Major League Baseball)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Ted (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pennsylvania Sports)
Barstool Sportsbook in Charles Town, WV: Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Rock)
Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD: Not the Doctors You’re Looking For (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Animated Classics)
Shipgarten in McLean, VA: Scott’s Tots (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Farsi Words)
Thick-N-Thin Brewing in Hagerstown, MD: Tonya Harding Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)
Kitzie’s Restaurant in Martinsburg, WV: Damn, Gina (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tangled)
Rough Edges Brewing in Waynesboro, PA: Vandelay Industries (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kix (band))
Celtic House in Arlington, VA: Bar Backs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Mississippians)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: The House Never Wins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Half-Baked)
Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA: Mish Mash (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: China)