Yur-in for a Good Time at Thursday Night Trivia!

March went out like a lion on Thursday night, with some of our top teams going head-to-head in a number on intense trivia battles.  Four of our venues topped 15 teams, which led to several tiebreakers being needed to settle things.  Teams called on their fellow “comrades” to score points tonight.  In the end, which teams rose to the top?  Read on to find out:

THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (72 teams across nine venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Breadsticks (Quincy’s), PC Principals (Fish Market), Ant Farm Keyboard (Fish Market) with 171

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Breadsticks, PC Principals, Ant Farm Keyboard with 159

–> Highest First Half Score: Maybe Babies (Rocklands Farm) with 91

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Breadsticks

–> The Asian map and Tom Hanks films on our halftime page played rather easily, with an average score of 18.1, with 30% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> Our 6-4-2 was extremely difficult, as no team was able to earn six points by knowing the name of the recently introduced male doll from American Girl (it’s Logan).

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (71.4% success rate):

–> This name is the Russian equivalent of the English name George.  A man with this name made world headlines in 1961.  What is that Russian name?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, MD

It may have been a chilly end to an otherwise beautiful week, but the reception in Quincy’s was warm, and the game of Pour House Trivia was hot tonight!

Highlights of the Night:

In “We-Clearly-Need-A-Movie-Night”: Maybe I just watch too many movies, but I really thought the Shared Characters question was gonna be an easy one for everyone.  This was clearly not the case, as about the half the teams weren’t able to pull the characters they needed.  Guys, I know almost none of those Robin Hood movies are any good, but come on now!

In “Should’ve-Offer-A-Two-Point-Bonus”: I don’t think I can remember a single time (excluding now of course) where I’ve had to spell Haagen-Dazs.  So it never occurred to me that, most likely, no one else had either.  Which proved to be exactly the case.  Should’ve offered a two-point bonus for spelling it correctly, because oh boy the spellings I got! I think the best won was Haygin Dayz.  Which in all honesty is pretty borderline as far as spellings go, but since no one spelled it right, I can overlook it.

In “Right-On-The-Cosmonaut’s-Nose”: Our tiebreaker tonight saw a rare occurrence: an exactly correct answer, quelling any doubt as to who was taking that prize money; congrats to Clever Team Name for knowing the exact number of minutes of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight!  Hats off to you guys for a well-earned finish!

In third place tonight, Clever Team Name!

In second place tonight, Blue Collar!

In first place tonight, Breadsticks!

Great game tonight guys! Next week we’re kicking things off with a Cal Ripken Jr. question! Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~Ian

Orioles Trivia

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Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

Sixteen teams brought the pain tonight at Champion Billiards in Frederick, Maryland.  We laughed, we teared up a bit (Damn you California!), and we learned some damn respect!  We here at Pour House are big fans of consent, you can’t be all up in there grabbing a host’s puzzle pages before you hear an invitation.  You’re lucky no one was stabbed with the pens that I may or may not have pilfered from my office…  Shhhh…  they will never know!  A host has to do what she has to do…

Our winner’s choice category of One-Letter Words was a good start to our night, it sure woke up the brain cells when you heard that Y was not the word we are looking for!  Next time you will have to be more specific when you pick your category – when you leave a window open like that, don’t be surprised when we choose to ask about Portuguese and not English one letter words 😉  The round one question on film characters threw you all for a bit of a loop, and it allowed a few teams to start to separate themselves from the pack.

Round 2, whatchyaknowbout that?  Well, you now know that “Mary Poppins” is now on my playlist, “Top Gun” has the best volleyball scene in cinematic history, and I have no idea what the words are to the “Slumdog Millionaire” song.  You know that aliens take longer than eight minutes to get to the Earth from the Sun.  Ninjas take a while too. Ninja aliens have yet to be timed.

In Round 3 we all had a moment of reflection on if Tits McGee was an appropriate answer for the author of the book “Lean In”.  It’s not, but we laughed anyway.  I really liked the Change a Letter question tonight, and will now be refreshing my memory on who Dr. Caligari is.  A challenge is good for the brain. The 6-4-2 proved to be simply a four-point question, but it maintained status quo going in to our final round.

We rejoiced about ice cream and then cried about Long Beach.  That seems about right, and frankly that’s all I am going to say about Round 4.  The final played well, and strategy saved the day for some of our teams!  Yet again, Syn Storm ruled the airwaves but they also had played the how many people can physics let us sit at a table game, and had to be happy with bragging rights.  In the real first place was Purple Cobras!  Happy late birthday present!  Second place went to Slanjava, they played a solid game all night.  Holding on to third place was Occam’s Disposable Razor after leading the pack for most of run.  Just can’t be too careful with that final…

Next week we will start with a question on the film “Dodgeball“.  Study up 😉

Dodgeball Movie Trivia

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Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA

Happy Thursday to you all and once again as we are back at Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg for some Pour House Trivia action.  Eight teams and some new faces showed up, which is always a welcomed sight.  You didn’t have to be a marksman to get our sports shooting first category correct as they folks scored a 100% on said category.  I guess you are all “prone” to success.  We touched on MLB’s opening day this Sunday, matched up some film roles to the actors who portrayed the specific characters, discussed France’s version of “sea to shining sea”, and reminded folks of just how old the Dow Jones index actually is. On a side note, Jonny Lee Miller’s version of Sherlock Holmes is EPIC compared to Benedict in this host’s humble opinion.

Sherlock Holmes Elementary Trivia

For round two, we mixed it up a bit by tying together Ariana Grande with Ariana Dumbledore, Marvel’s “Iron Fist” (in comparison with how it would best describe certain world leaders like the late Fidel Castro), and Thomas Jefferson’s monetary quid pro quo with Napoleon Bonaparte.  The end result was the U.S. doubled in size and Napoleon scored some cash to help fund his war machine.  We learned that light takes eight minutes to reach us from the SURFACE of the Sun, however on average it takes light photons approximately 100,000 years from creation to actually breach the sun’s photosphere, so tomorrow morning’s sunshine on your smiling faces was created right around the time Neanderthals still roamed the Earth.  Say cheese!

Caveman

Our second toughest question of the night was in round three, as team had to identify Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg and her book/non-profit “Lean In”, followed by another tough one identifying the current head basketball coach at Kentucky and the fictional doctor Caligari from an iconic German silent horror film, that I am admittedly still unaware.  Kudos to the teams that named them both.  Our Michael Jackson question was a great scoring opportunity for all of the teams, and our three words all beginning with B-A-R was a boon for the teams as well.  Ice Cube is just too cool.

Barbershop Film Trivia

The final round is where we saw some scores start to flip around a bit.  The great scoring questions were Häagen-Dazs, Foghorn Leghorn, and the “evolutionary” phrase “survival of the fittest”.  Our toughest question of the night was identifying Long Beach, the home of Snoop Dogg, as the the most populous city south of Los Angeles if you omit San Diego from consideration, this question had the most misses of them all.  We also struggled just a bit with The Charge of the Light Brigade, though nearly all the teams new of Tennyson as the author of the epic poem.  It was knowing that the fatal charge occurred during the Crimean War that dashed the hopes of a lot of two-point bonuses. By the way, Iron Maiden immortalized that fateful charge as well back in the 1980’s.

Iron Maiden

Our final question was a doozy, and kind of poignant considering all of the Russian kerfuffle “flying around” as of late.  Strategic wagering once again rules the day, and congrats to Good Answer, Good Answer, as he made into third place tonight much like Yuri Gagarin, flying solo.  Here are the results:

First Place:  Cranius Maximus

Second Place:  Indians

Third Place:  Good Answer, Good Answer

Next week’s first category:  The Book of Romans

~ Ronnie

Book of Romans Trivia

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Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD

At Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, we had a great game tonight folks, with many ups and downs.  The game started out strongly for all the teams, with a majority of the teams answering every question correctly in each of the first two rounds, including all of our teams getting all three components of the audio clue, earning a two-point bonus in the process.  The scores on the halftime puzzle page were also strong, with a few twenties and nobody scoring lower than 15 points.

There were many ties for both second and third place throughout the evening, with Natty Bo, What are Those? ahead of the pack by two points to the surprise of many, with the Rebel Alliance and the Scoundrels not far behind.  The third round started difficultly, with only three teams out of nine answering correctly on the Businesswomen question, with each of those teams also getting the bonus as well, helping many get ahead of the field.

The lead traded back and forth through the last round, and at the end Natty Bo held on to their lead, with Scoundrels not far behind.  The final question however, changed everything up with only Raider Nation, I Drink and I Know Things,  and Rebel Alliance giving me the correct answer of Yuri.

The Rebel Alliance had the most points tonight, but since they played “over the limit”, our final prizes were given to the following teams:

First Place:  Raider Nation

Second Place:  I Drink and I Know Things

Third Place:  Natty Bo, What are Those?

Next week’s first category:  Famous Losers (perhaps a jab at their rivals The Scoundrels?)  Gotta love Smoketown

~ Zach

Lance Armstrong Loser

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD

Once again, we welcome new teams to the Pour House fold here at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick.  But there was one team that was definitely my favorite.  Why, you ask?  Because team Huskie (formerly team Lion) has a third-grader that was extraordinarily helpful in my setup and presentation.  She is.  Absolutely.  Adorable.  With good taste in music, natch.  Which is why halftime was set up to play every song that she requested, including the Nae Nae as well as various Disney/Pixar songs.  She was more than adorable, and more than helpful.  I’m extraordinarily happy that she and her father joined us tonight.

As far as the game went, it turns out that more people than I expected knew Ric Flair’s intro song (cc: @danmills). Regarding the third question of the second round, I feel like more people would have answered correctly if I had hinted that “she had disrespectfully licked a donut”.  (Ariana Grandé).  I don’t suppose that changes her physical attraction, nor her ability to sing (or imitate, from what I’ve seen on Jimmy Fallon.  Nonetheless, this posed a tough question.

Hint for this venue: bone-up on Presidential and Vice Presidential history.  That being said, you know your ice cream trivia, so as Americans, I think it’s an even equation.  Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space, posed a problem for lots of teams, leading to smart application of their strategic last-question wagers.  Fortunately, we didn’t have to work into the tie-breaker.  Flight Level Awesome made its consistently strong showing, despite a second-half comeback from the formerly under-attended Master Haters.  Here are your top finishers tonight:

First Place:  Flight Level Awesome

Second Place:  Incognidos

Third Place:  Superkick Party

Next week’s unfortunate first category: Milard Fillmore (At this point, I think that Flight Level Awesome is just making fun of CCTN/Bowling Green Massacre’s lack of participation: see Matt!)

Fair Winds, trivia masters,

~ Chief

Presidents Trivia

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Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD

Tonight at Rockland Farms Winery in Poolesville, we had a close game that kept teams battling all the way until the very end!  Maybe Babies were trying to start a winning streak, as they won last week’s game and was looking to go for two and a row.  If the first half was any indication, that was not going to a problem tonight, as our defending champs racked up a very impressive 91 points!  That’s just one point off of a perfect score!  In spite of that performance, our other teams battled hard to stay near that top spot.  All of our teams were within 15 points of the lead as we bgan the third round.

Teams continued to battle throughout the second half, even with a few challenging questions.  Tonight’s game would be decided with the strategic wagering for the final question of the evening.  With an 11-point lead going into the final question, Maybe Babies wagered two points, leaving it all up to them to solidify their victory for tonight’s game. Everyone else was betting the full 12 points in hopes that Maybe Babies would miss the question.  However, our defending champs came up with Yuri as the correct answer, giving them a two-game winning streak.  In second place was the Hunters, and rounding out the top three was Six Pack.

Until next time…

~ Devan

Next week’s first category: 2016-17 Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Trivia

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Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL

Tomorrow is Friday, the weekend is almost here, and we could all use a beer.  Thursday is a great night for Pour House Trivia and I am honored to usher in your weekend at Right Around The Corner in St. Petersburg!  It is a pleasure to be subbing for C.J., and quite frankly, I had a blast.

The gang came in swinging in the first round, blazing through baseball trivia, world geography, and most impressively, questions about the stock market!?!  Sometimes you guys blow me away.  Despite missing a nine-point wager in round two, Venus Kyack gained a few points on the field by being the only team to score 20 points on our Asian mapping halftime page.

By the end of the third round, Dog Park Cars (121 points) and Over 140 (114 points) were neck and neck with Kosher Bacon trailing close behind.  Our third place team was playing for the first time, and was comprised of just two players!  Gotta love an underdog…

As usual, the final category was the tipping point, and our teams here at RATC go big or go home.  It turns out, none of us know much about Russian names so there were plenty of -12s to go around.   Two teams did come up with the correct response, so our final standings looked like this:

First Place:  Dog Park Cars

Second Place:  Kosher Bacon

Third Place:  Over 140

Congratulations to our winners!

Next week’s first category:  Hydrogen Cells

~ Melissa

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Fish Market in Alexandria, VA

Holy cow!  For the first time in forever, we had a TON of regular teams here at the Fish Market.  Fish is notorious for filling up the place but only having two or three regulars with the rest of the field new teams.  Well tonight, it was like everyone who has EVER played here decided it was time to come back.  I saw Ant Farm Keyboard, PC Principals, Poe Pouree, Bless Your Heart, Pitt Duq, Drinking While Thinking, Second to Last, Atomic Dogs, so many more I can’t even name!  It was fantastic!  Fifteen teams playing, so much power behind these trivia teams, a win tonight was certainly a well earned victory!

Well, it certainly was what we’d have expected.  Everyone playing extremely well tonight, all the scores were super close throughout the game.  I think eight teams were within four points at the half, with separation created by several two-point bonuses and the halftime page.  The only perfect halftime pages were AFK and PC Principals, and they had a tied lead going into Round 3.  Atomic Dogs and Poe Pouree were right on their tail, hoping for a tough second half to give them a chance to gain ground on the leaders.

Good news and bad news: The good news?  Round 3 and 4 were hard.  The bad news?  The teams near the top were getting/missing the same questions, so nearly no shifting of the places happened at all!  AFK And PC Principals were still dead even going into the final question.  Such a close game, the duo of Ant Farm Keyboard able to keep up with the dynasty of PC Principals, that in its own was very impressive.

Well, the final question didn’t help anything.  Our top teams all getting the final so it came down to a tie breaker. Yuri Gagarin, the inspiration for our final question, was ALSO the inspiration for our tiebreaker, asking our leaders to correctly guess the # of minutes that Yuri’s famous flight lasted.  PCP said 51 minutes, AFK said 121 minutes.  In actuality, he lasted about 108 minutes so the duo of AFK takes down the win tonight!  A very close own, PCP taking second tonight.  Third place goes to Atomic Dogs, another duo who played fantastic all night!

This venue is getting pretty competitive, lots of vets duking it out tonight. Hopefully we get the same turnout next time, it was real fun tonight! Thanks a bunch for coming out guys, we’re back in a week!

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  Holy Roman Empire

Holy Roman Empire

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Guido’s Speakeasy in Frederick, MD

We had a good battle for first place for our Thursday night game at Guido’s Speakeasy!  Two teams kept it almost neck and neck for the entire game!  It was going to come down to what they decided to wager AS WELL AS getting the final question correct!  Now I’m always a fan of the “go big or go home” wager, but both teams decided to go with the “creative/strategic” style.

Once all the answers were in, this is how it ended… Finishing in third place was Clit Eatswood!  Playing a great game all night but unfortunately finishing in second place was How ‘Bout a NASCAR Question?!  Our first place winner tonight had a two-point lead after round one and never held the lead the WHOLE GAME…until the final that is.  Congrats to Tuna Noodle Casserole!  Our winners chose Russian-American History for next week’s first category, so study up and I’ll see everyone this Thursday at Guido’s!

~ Jon J