With World Series XIX on the horizon, we saw a slight uptick in attendance on Thursday night, as a few non-Thursday teams snuck in one last practice session before the BIG GAME on Sunday afternoon. In addition, we welcomed two new venues to the Pour House Trivia family, as opening night took place at Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn and at Backyard Bar and Grille in Warminster, PA. Overall, 129 teams took in a game of trivia at one of 17 venues.
We began Thursday’s game with a rather difficult bonus question, as only 17% of our teams knew that the Clint Eastwood character of “Dirty Harry” Callahan made his final screen appearance in the film “The Dead Pool”. The opening round also asked a Three Clues question about David Letterman and quizzed our teams about the chronology of contemporary literature. Sixteen teams swept the first round by posting 36 points.
Thursday’s game was certainly not WITHOUT its audio question, featuring the songs “Eyes Without a Face” by Billy Idol, “With or Without You” by U2, and “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson. The second round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night. After most teams earned wagering points on a question about Flushing Meadows in New York City, only two teams tacked on two bonus points with this follow-up query:
–> Measuring 120 feet in diameter, what is the name of the stainless steel representation of Earth created for the 1964 World’s Fair?
You’ve seen it in the film “Men in Black”, but only Singing Inferno (Smoketown) and Big Brain (Flower Hill) knew that this structure is called the Unisphere. After closing the first half with a question about the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, we did not see any perfect second round scores.
With the Little League World Series underway, Thursday’s halftime page depicted “Little” things while the bottom half featured a matching section about authors who use initials in their names. This page yielded eleven perfect scores and an overall average of 15.6 points. Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 92
- Just Joe (Olde Mother): 88
- Dad Bods (Olde Mother): 88
- Cheeky Bastards (Cushwa): 88
- Indians (Loudoun Kitchen): 88
- Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 88
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 88
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 88
Thursday’s second half began with a pair of wicked questions on the topic of artistic genres:
–> Practiced by Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat, what hyphenated art movement emerged as a reaction against an earlier movement’s concern for the naturalistic depiction of light and color?
Only 21% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Post-Impressionism. Furthermore, a mere five teams added two bonus points by knowing that “The Card Players” and “The Bathers” were created by Paul Cezanne. Next, we saw many teams drop their maximum wager by mistakenly thinking that John F. Kennedy created NASA by signing the National Aeronautics and Space Act. In actuality, that bill was signed in 1958 by Dwight Eisenhower. The rest of the third round progressed without any surprises, as we asked questions regarding au gratin potatoes and the Dwayne Johnson film “Fighting With My Family”. None of our teams earned a perfect third round score.
Before starting our final round, we touched on a rather interesting fact in the 6-4-2 question:
–> With over 250 portrayals, Guinness lists which character as the second-most portrayed literary character in film and TV history, behind only Dracula?
Only nine teams earned the full six points with the correct answer of Sherlock Holmes. Topics from Thursday’s final round included the song “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal, the technology brand Fitbit, the state of Vermont, and Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Seven teams ran the table in the final round by earning a perfect score of 36 points. Here are Thursday’s top scoring teams after four rounds of play:
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 161
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 159
- Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love): 158
- PVI Quizzards (Fish Market): 157
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 157
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 157
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.7% success rate):
–> In his final episode as a regular on “Spin City”, Michael J. Fox’s character moves to Washington to become a lobbyist and mentions that he met a conservative junior senator from Ohio. For your wager, what is the name of that senator, who was first introduced in pop culture almost 20 years earlier?
Nearly one-fourth of our teams picked up in the reference to Ohio in the question, remembering that the series “Family Ties” was set in Columbus, leading to the correct answer of Alex P. Keaton. Two teams earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday night, though one of them needed a little extra help. Waiting On One More Team (Fish Market) and Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love) answered all 21 wagering questions correctly, though the latter did so while playing ‘over the limit’. These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 171
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 168
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s Pub): 167
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 167
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 166
- Epstein’s Totally Innocent Cellmates (Fish Market): 163
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 163
- Punslingers (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 162
- North Country (Quincy’s): 162
- Waiting On One More Team (Fish Market): 162
An honorable mention goes out to Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love), who scored 170 points with their oversized team.
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: Team Name (Next week’s first category: Golf)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: North Country (Next week’s first category: “Gilligan’s Island”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: Bands With Multiple Vocalists)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom (Next week’s first category: Alabama Crimson Tide Football)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: 99th Precinct (Next week’s first category: Cats)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Batman or Robin?)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Rum Ham (Next week’s first category: 1998 New York Yankees)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Chappie’s Revenge (Next week’s first category: Diseases of the Nervous System)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Harry Potter or Severus Snape?)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: “The Boys” – Amazon series)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Dumber Than We Look (Next week’s first category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Pineapple (Next week’s first category: 1970s Rock)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: BLT (Next week’s first category: Accounting)
Backyard Bar and Grille in Warminster, PA: I Used a Cell Phone (Next week’s first category: Beer)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Epstein’s Totally Innocent Cellmates (Next week’s first category: Jazz Age Novels)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Darts (Next week’s first category: National Football League)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Unatheltico Madrid (Next week’s first category: MF Doom – AUDIO)