More than half of our 13 Thursday night venues welcomed at least ten teams last night, leading to a total of 107 teams across the board:
We began Thursday’s opening round with its most difficult bonus question. After asking a relatively easy question on the Red Sea, we asked our teams to name either one of the two countries (other than Egypt and Sudan) which have a shoreline on the Red Sea. Only 19% of our teams came up with one of these two correct answers:
Later, we looked at three uses for the word nano, and the work of TV’s favorite neighbor Fred Rogers. After one round of play, nine teams began their game with a perfect score.
Thursday’s audio question featured clips of songs with “astronomical” titles. Most of our teams earned their wagers by recognizing “Drops of Jupiter” (Train) and “Walking on the Sun” (Smash Mouth) , but “We Are All Made of Stars” (Moby) was far more obscure, leading to just nine teams earning bonus points. Next up, we asked our teams to name the home country of the world’s most famous Olympic flag bearer:
After representing Tonga at the 2016 Summer Olympics, athlete Pita Taufatofua amazingly qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics as a cross-country skier (despite having never skied before 2017). We closed the first half with a look at this film based on the work of Stephen King:
Only seven teams picked up bonus points on this question, by knowing that the film “The Green Mile” was set in Louisiana. With a pair of difficult bonus questions to bookend the round, we did not see any perfect scores in the second stanza.
Celebrities with animal names and losing Vice presidential candidates were the subjects on Thursday’s halftime page. More than a dozen teams recorded perfect scores, while the overall average clocked in at 17.1 points. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 90
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 90
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 88
- Washington Irving (Fish Market): 87
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 86 POINTS
Thursday’s second half opened with a question on this celebrity entrepreneur:
After questions on mitochondria and foreign cuisine, we posed the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> Used as a reference to one’s youth or heyday, which phrase traces its origins to Act 1, Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”?
Only 22% of our teams earned points with the correct answer of salad days. We followed up the night’s most difficult wagering question with its most difficult bonus question. After most teams recognized the film resume of Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, only THREE teams knew that her character in the film “The Shape of Water” is named Zelda. As a result, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.
The final round included questions on the derivation of the word velcro, the Parthenon, and this three-part question with three rhyming answers:
1) Similar in appearance to a tomato, this is the fruit of a rose.
2) This term is used to describe the dots found on dice and dominoes.
3) According to rapper Silentó, you can watch him (THIS), and then watch him nae nae (“NAY-NAY”)”.
After revealing the answers of hip, pip, and whip, we saw five teams sweep the final round with a perfect score of 36 points. There were your top Thursday scores after the fourth round:
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 165
- Washington Irving (Fish Market): 161
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 160
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown Brewing): 155
- Your Mom (Bunker Sports Cafe): 154
FINAL QUESTION (17.4% success rate):
–> Last month, Bruno Mars became the ninth musical act to win Grammy Awards for Record, Album, and Song of the Year on the same night. Which solo artist is the only person to accomplish that feat on two separate occasions?
About one-sixth of our teams responded correctly with Adele, whose Grammy wins in 2012 and 2017 earned her this unique distinction. Congratulations to Breadsticks (Quincy’s), as the only team to earn the only Perfect 21 with correct answers on all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown Brewing): 166
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 160
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 160
- Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports Cafe): 160
- Gryffindorks (Beef O’ Brady’s): 159
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 156
- Washington Irving (Fish Market): 155
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 155
- My Name is Judge (Black Walnut): 151
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 150
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Breadsticks (Next week’s first category: English Premier League)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: NASCAR)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (Next week’s first category: “Home Improvement”)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: World War II Tank Battles)
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Gryffindorks (Next week’s first category: “Altered Carbon”)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Bros From Grover (Next week’s first category: The War on Drugs)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Sack of Marbles (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Wins the Super Bowl (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Appearances)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: Horned Dinosaurs)
Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA: My Name is Judge (Next week’s first category: Baltimore Orioles)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Brother of Menelaus (Next week’s first category: 1990s One-Hit Wonders)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: