It was a night for the record books, as a trivia celebrity joined one of our regular teams to play a game of Pour House Trivia, leading to quite an amazing performance! Overall, we welcomed 104 teams across 12 venues:
Thursday’s first round included questions on the lead performers in the film “The Sound of Music” (Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer), hallucinations, and this tennis star who recently became the oldest Grand Slam singles champion in history:
The first round was a breeze for the field, as a whopping 19 teams began their night with a perfect score.
Thursday’s audio question featured three “NEW” songs: “New York State of Mind” (Billy Joel), “I Want a New Drug” (Huey Lewis and the News), and “Brand New Day” (Sting). Next, we asked about the TV series “Trick My Truck”, which is essentially the southern version of this MTV program:
We stopped at Cinnabon for a quick snack and finished up the second round with the most difficult question of the first half:
–> Making headlines with an enormous 1991 eruption, the volcanic Mount Pinatubo is located in which Asian island country?
Just under one-third of our teams earned their wagers with the correct answer of the Philippines, but this toughie also included a bonus question, as we offered two points to any team that could also name the island on which Mount Pinatubo is located. Not surprisingly, just 12% of the field earned those two points with this correct response:
With a slight uptick in the level of difficulty, only seven teams notched 36 points in the second round.
Our halftime page dealt with words beginning with a silent letter, as well as a matching section on the surnames of film title characters (such as “Rocky” and “Juno”). The average score reached 15.8 points, with eight teams scoring a perfect 20 points. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:
- Murder on the Polar Express (Fish Market): 92
- Dire Wolves (Belly Love Brewing): 92
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 90
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 90
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 89 POINTS
Thursday’s second half began with a rather difficult question in the Three Clues format, with this version dealing with a certain celebrity:
CLUE 1: Before becoming a film director, he performed as a cast member during the tenth season of “Saturday Night Live”.
CLUE 2: In the late 1990s, he spent three years as a member of the British House of Lords.
These two clues were enough for 14% of our teams to earn bonus points by turning in the correct answer early. With virtually no incorrect guesses at this point, most of our teams waited for this third and final clue:
CLUE 3: He has spent the last 30 years married to actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
Sure, we could have mentioned “This is Spinal Tap” or “Best In Show”, but why not make things a little more challenging? Just under one-third of our teams earned points here with the correct answer of Christopher Guest:
Indeed, the full name of this master of the mockumentary is Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest. Later, we endured a little pandemonium, and talked about the current #1 hit in the U.S.: “Perfect” a duet featuring Ed Sheeran and Beyonce. And then there was this…
The third round featured just two perfect scores, both from Fish Market in Alexandria: Murder on the Polar Express and PC Principals.
Our final round included questions on Giuseppe Garibaldi (and his Redshirts), nautical terms, and the upcoming NCAA football national championship game, which will be played at this brand-new stadium in Atlanta:
After closing the final round with a three-part question on female authors, we saw six teams sweep the fourth round with a perfect score of 36 points. Heading into the final question, our top score on the night belonged to Murder on the Polar Express, who was holding on to a PERFECT GAME with 170 points! Nearly six months have passed we witnessed our last perfect game. Obviously, their 170 points is the highest fourth round score of this season. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Murder on the Polar Express (Fish Market): 170
- Dire Wolves (Belly Love Brewing): 166
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 165
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 161
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 160
- Your Mom (Bunker Sports Cafe): 160
FINAL QUESTION (17.7% success rate):
–> In 1812, Spencer Perceval became the first (and only) holder of what office to be assassinated?
After a relatively easy night for some teams, this final question proved to be a wicked wake-up call, as less than one-fifth of our teams answered correctly. The Right Honourable Spencer Perceval held the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In Alexandria, the powerhouse team of Murder on the Polar Express completed the improbable, recording a perfect game of 182 points. Congratulations also goes out to PC Principals (Fish Market) and Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), who also recorded the Perfect 21 on Thursday with correct answers on all wagering questions. In a bit of hard luck, three teams recorded at least 170 points on Thursday night, but did NOT win their games. Some of our venues have some amazing competition! Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- Murder on the Polar Express (Fish Market): 182 (PERFECT GAME)
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 173
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 172
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 171
- Power vacuum (Champion Billiards): 171
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 170
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 168
- Dire Wolves (Belly Love Brewing): 165
- Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 159
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: The Fan Club (Next week’s first category: “Strange Brew”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: Bruce Springsteen – AUDIO)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom (Next week’s first category: NCAA Football Champions)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Next week’s first category: “Moby-Dick”)
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Harsh Reality (Next week’s first category: “The Great British Bake-Off”)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Dire Wolves (Next week’s first category: Celebrities Named “Len”)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Quiz in My Pants (Next week’s first category: Buffalo Bills)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Brizzy’s World (Next week’s first category: Tudor England)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: Tropical Diseases)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Casual Acquaintances (Next week’s first category: “Frasier”)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Murder on the Polar Express (Next week’s first category: Underwear)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Faith Plus One (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Type O Negative)