A diabolical final question separated the top teams from the rest of the field during Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia. Overall, we welcomed 120 teams across 15 venues.
There were few surprises during Thursday’s first round, as the field cruised through questions concerning Queen Elizabeth II, the literary character of Mr. McGregor, and the action comedy film “48 Hrs.”. Even a three-part opera question did not pose much of a burden to our trivia teams, thanks to the help of some clever wordplay. Twenty teams began their Thursday night with a perfect first round score of 36 points.
We kept it in the family for Thursday’s audio question, as we asked our teams to identify the music groups Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”), Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”), and Sister Hazel (“All For You”). Later, we looked at world geography, the bacteria salmonella, and the upcoming TV series “Holey Moley”, which focuses on extreme miniature golf. After closing the first half with a look at California Olympic hosts, we saw just two teams earn a perfect second round, both playing at Quincy’s: No Keefe and Castle Greyskull.
With Father’s Day approaching, Thursday’s halftime page featured a matching section about men who have been deemed the “fathers of” their specific fields of expertise. Exactly one-fifth of our teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 17.1 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 90
- No Keefe (Quincy’s): 90
- Gong Gong Butt Demons (Cushwa): 90
- Semicircle of Trust (Solace): 89
- Can’t Win Anyway (Champion): 89
Thursday’ s second half opened with the nightly Three Clues question, which focused on Hall of Fame baseball star Dave Winfield. We followed up with the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> This word originally applied to supporters of the Jacobins in the French Revolution, who advocated repression and violence in pursuit of the principles of democracy and equality. Identify this word that today describes people who use fear as a means of coercion.
Just over one-third of our teams responded correctly with ‘terrorist’. We continued with a look at gangster Bugsy Siegel, the upcoming film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, and the work of contemporary sculptor Jeff Koons. None of our Thursday teams ran the table with a perfect score in the third round.
Thursday’s final round kicked off with an intriguing question on the subject of music groups:
–> Both releasing their first album in the early 1970s, name either one of the two bands which are respectively first or last alphabetically among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
The easier of the two answers for our teams was certainly ZZ Top. Despite the objections of some sticklers that “they are not a rock and roll band”, the music group ABBA has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making them first on this list (sorry, AC/DC!). Only 14% of our teams earned bonus points with both correct answers. We continued with a rather difficult question about the Spanish Steps in Rome, but lightened the mood with some Lunchables from Oscar Mayer and events from the year 2006. Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s Pub) notched the only perfect score of the final round. Here is your Thursday leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s Pub): 157
- Wrecking Ball (The Derby): 157
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 156
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 155
- Semicircle of Trust (Solace): 155
- Can’t Win Anyway (Champion): 155
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (4.2% success rate):
–> The original name for this island meant “Land of the Hummingbird”. Christopher Columbus renamed it in 1498, fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage. For your wager, name this island.
You don’t need to be good at math to see that Thursday’s final question was beyond difficult. The (extremely subtle) hint in the question was the reference to the third voyage of Columbus. Across 15 venues, only five teams responded correctly with Trinidad. Though numerous teams had answered each of the first 20 wagering questions correctly, none of those teams could seal the deal on the final question, meaning that the Perfect 21 eluded the entire field on Thursday. These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 161
- Next to Nothing (Cushwa): 160
- Wrecking Ball (The Derby): 157
- Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s Pub): 154
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 152
- Just Good Enough (Champion): 147
- Dangerous Business (Solace): 147
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 146
- Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen): 146
- Semicircle of Trust (Solace): 143
- Happy Little Trees (Fish Market): 143
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: Cars in Films)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: “Monk”)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (Next week’s first category: Thunder Bay, Ontario)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: Warren Zevon Songs)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Punslingers (Next week’s first category: Cleveland Sports)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: It Could Be Anything (Next week’s first category: “The Office” – U. S. version)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Schweddy Balls (Next week’s first category: 1970s Films)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Next to Nothing (Next week’s first category: “The Office” – U. S. version)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: (Next week’s first category:)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Wrecking Ball (Next week’s first category: Lake Tahoe)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Dangerous Business (Next week’s first category: “The Odyssey”)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Oily Beau Hunks (Next week’s first category: Ancient Rome)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Happy Little Trees (Next week’s first category: European Board Games)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Charlie’s Angels (Next week’s first category: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Glow in the Dark Boner Tag (Next week’s first category: Jon Raps)