More than half of our Thursday venues welcomed at least ten teams each this week, leading to a crowd of 128 teams across 15 venues.
Our teams encountered few surprises in Thursday’s opening round. Questions concerning MLB stadiums, film actor duos, Calico cats, and the “Twinkie Defense” were mastered with ease. Even the three bonus questions each yielded success rates of over 50%, leading to nearly one-third of Thursday’s field notching a perfect first round score of 36 points.
Thursday’s audio question featured songs from Del Shannon, Bon Jovi, and Kanye West, all of which share the title of “Runaway”. Identifying the shared song title was a breeze for the field, but only seven teams earned the most difficult bonus points of the first half by also identifying the aforementioned musical acts. Later, we discussed scuba diving, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, and the boroughs of New York City. Thanks to the audio question, the only perfect score of the second round was posted by Rumpleforeskin (The Derby).
Thursday’s halftime page depicted notable rock guitarists (and giant slugs), while the bottom half asked our teams to remember the political parties of U.S. Presidents. Only four teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average came in at 15.7 points. Here is Thursday’s leaderboard at the halftime break:
- No Keefe (Quincy’s): 90
- Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 90
- Punslingers (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 90
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill): 90
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 89
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 88
After opening the second half with a Triple 50/50 question regarding musical theater collaborations, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> Set at the last family-owned institution of its kind on Miami Beach, which current ABC drama series shares its title with a Greta Garbo film that won the Best Picture Oscar?
Only 21% of our teams gave us the correct response of “Grand Hotel”. After a question regarding notable graduates of Harvard University, we asked the second-most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> The name of which Japanese sportswear company is an acronym for a Latin phrase meaning ‘A healthy soul in a healthy body’?
Only slightly easier than the “Grand Hotel” question, the correct answer of ASICS was turned in by just 23% of the field. On top of these two difficult wagering questions, all three of the bonus questions in the third round yielded success rates of less than 20%. As a result, we the only perfect score from Thursday’s third stanza was courtesy of Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill).
Thursday’s final round included the most difficult bonus question of the night, as we asked our teams to name either one of the two schools to have three of its players selected among the first ten selections in the same NBA Draft. Though most teams earned wagering points with the more obvious correct answer of Duke, only five teams earned bonus points by giving us the second correct answer of the University of Florida. Other final round topics included the song “Blinded By the Light”, the Indian Ocean, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Four teams earned a perfect final round score: No Keefe (Quincy’s), Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s), Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill), and Trivia Newton John (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s). These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill): 168
- No Keefe (Quincy’s): 162
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 159
- Hit It and Bounce (Solace): 158
- Capricorn One (Mark’s Pub): 156
- North Country (Quincy’s): 155
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (58.3% success rate):
–> Founded in Berlin in 1937 and currently headquartered in Wolfsburg, what is the largest company by revenue based in Germany and the 7th largest publicly traded company by revenue in the world?
Just over half of our teams responded correctly with Volkswagen. Congratulations to the seven teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday night. Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill): 180
- No Keefe (Quincy’s): 172
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 168
- North Country (Quincy’s): 167
- Capricorn One (Mark’s Pub): 165
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 164
- Singing Inferno (Smoketown): 163
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s Pub): 163
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 163
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 162 POINTS
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: No Keefe (Next week’s first category: “Hot Fuzz”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on August 1: )
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Indians (Next week’s first category: Disney)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Punslingers (Next week’s first category: Musical Films)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Rum Ham (Next week’s first category: Celtics / Lakers Rivalry)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Fake Brews (Next week’s first category: Wine)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: “Grammar Rock” – Seven Parts of Speech)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: Tour de France)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Psychos (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Hit It and Bounce (Next week’s first category: Quantum Physics)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Voltron (Next week’s first category: Medical Lab Lingo)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Dad Bods (Next week’s first category: Irish Folk Songs)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Capricorn One (Next week’s first category: Tour de France)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Glow in the Dark Boner Tag (Next week’s first category: HOST CHOICE)