We are gearing up for one hell of a finish next week at some of our Thursday night venues. We saw a few surprise winners tonight, which tightened the season standings at several of our venues. Overall, we welcomed 98 teams across 12 venues:
Thursday’s first round included questions on the philanthropic work of Bob Barker and the amazing accomplishments of this multi-sport superstar:
The most difficult bonus question of the first round was included in our nightly Three Clues question, with Monday’s version dealing with a U.S. state:
CLUE 1: This state’s official motto is “Equality before the law”.
CLUE 2: Its most populous city sits across the Missouri River from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Only 14% of the field earned two bonus points by turning in the correct response after these two clues had been read. Here is the geographic area referenced by the second clue:
Very few teams were enticed to turn in an incorrect response, hanging around for the final clue and earning their wager points with the correct answer of Nebraska. Seven teams kicked off their games with a perfect first round score of 36 points.
In a change of pace, Thursday’s audio question featured just one song, but we asked our teams to come up with two different musical acts for their answers. The question involved the Kelly Clarkson tune “Heartbeat Song”, which inadvertently (or perhaps purposely) stole a melody from the Jimmy Eat Word song “The Middle”. Maybe you can judge for yourself:
While most of our teams easily recognized the voice of Ms. Clarkson, only 19% of the field earned bonus points by also knowing that the melody was “borrowed” from Jimmy Eat World. After a quick hit of THC, we asked a candy question which proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Introduced last November, which newest Hershey’s candy bar is made with caramelized crème, pretzels, and peanuts, but NO chocolate?
Considering that about half of our teams designated this as their bonus category, it caused quite a shift in the standings when only 37% of our teams answered correctly with this confection:
Our halftime page dealt with pictures of celebrities whose surnames begin with the letters “CO-“, as well as words that ended in the letters “-CO”. The average score reached 16.1 points, with eight teams notching a perfect score of 20 points. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:
- We Drink and We Know Things (Grille at Flower Hill): 90
- Singing Inferno (Smoketown Brewing): 87
- Kareen Abdul-Jabbar the Sheets (Beef O’ Brady’s): 87
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 86 POINTS
Thursday’s second half included questions on Broadway musicals and this political pundit who once worked for Jimmy Carter:
That’s Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC series “Hardball”. Later, we saw many teams cough up their largest remaining wagers after being asked to name the publication which bestows the Golden Calipers trophy upon its annual Car of the Year. Despite a rather popular response of “Car & Driver”, we were looking for the correct answer of “Motor Trend”. Finally, we closed with this question on the subject of Film Directors:
–> This filmmaker has directed 13 feature films, only one of which carries a critics rating higher than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, those 13 films have grossed more than six billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
Averaging nearly half a billion dollars per film is quite an accomplishment, especially when those films are generally considered to be awful. Nonetheless, the directorial work of Michael Bay earns this unique distinction. Only nine teams earned two bonus points on this question, as they could also name the Michael Bay film which has the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes (at a whopping 60%):
Everybody use your best Sean Connery impression to say… “Welcome to The Rock!”. The perfect rounds hinged on this final question, but none of our teams were able to pull off the full allotment of 36 points in the third stanza.
–> The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator places individuals into one of how many personality types?
Whether you’re an INFJ or an ENTP, you’ll fit into one of 16 personality types after taking the Myers-Briggs test. In what turned out to be a rather easy six-point question, 44% of our teams earned the full six points.
The final round began with a question on this carnivorous plant:
We continued with a look at this season’s NFC playoff teams and this query on the Grammy Awards:
–> Winning for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance every year from 1968 to 1975, who is the only artist to win eight consecutive Grammy Awards in the same category?
Show a little respect for this correct answer!
Once again, we closed this round with its most difficult bonus question. After most of our teams earned their wagers on a question about the Lincoln Memorial, we offered the field two bonus points if hey could pin the year of the monument’s dedication (within five years either way). Indeed, the completion of the Lincoln Memorial came much later than most thought, as only eight teams earned bonus points by landing within five years of the correct response of 1922. Just as in the third round, the fourth round also did not feature any perfect scores. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Singing Inferno (Smoketown Brewing): 159
- We Drink and We Know Things (Grille at Flower Hill): 158
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 154
- Cranius Maximus (Bunker Sports Cafe): 154
- Thoroughly Screwed (Bunker Sports Cafe): 153
FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> “Hemisphere” and “Rhapsody” are names of in-flight magazines found on what airline?
Exactly half of our teams answered correctly on Thursday’s final question, as they must have remembered a certain advertising campaign which featured the song “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, or perhaps it was the recollection of this hemispherical logo:
Five teams recorded the Perfect 21 on Thursday by correctly answering all wagering questions, but THREE of those teams were playing at the same venue: Bunker Sports Cafe! Tough crowd! Congratulations goes out to Cranius Maximus, Indians, and Thoroughly Screwed. In addition, the Fan Club (Quincy’s) and Singing Inferno (Smoketown Brewing) also picked up points on every question tonight. Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- We Drink and We Know Things (Grille at Flower Hill): 168
- Cranius Maximus (Bunker Sports Cafe): 166
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 165
- Captain Awesome and the Wonder Friends (Quincy’s): 164
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 160
- Vitrifiers (Champion Billiards): 159
- Singing Inferno (Smoketown Brewing): 159
- Bentley’s Buddies (Quincy’s): 159
- Your Mom (Bunker Sports Cafe): 159
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: The Fan Club (Next week’s first category: “The Last Polka”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: Abnormal Psychology)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Cranius Maximus (Next week’s first category: Louise Penny Novels)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Singing Inferno (Next week’s first category: Disney Princesses)
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Harsh Reality (Next week’s first category: Scott Sings Disney Music)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Cricket (Next week’s first category: Italian Food)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Quiz in My Pants (Next week’s first category: NCAA Wrestling)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Brizzy’s World (Next week’s first category: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (Next week’s first category: 1960s Girl Groups)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Daznig (Next week’s first category: Latin American Literature)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: PC Principals (Next week’s first category: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Tuna Noodle Casserole (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Elmo)