Thursday’s games featured 88 teams across 12 venues, with some new names appearing on the overall leaderboard:
Our game began with a question on “South Park” episode titles before moving on to the impending nuptials of this happy couple:
After closing with a little Russian History and U.S. Geography, 14 teams began their night with a perfect first round.
We were “all about” Thursday’s audio question, featuring three songs whose titles began with the word “All”. Teams had no trouble recognizing “All About That Bass” and “All Along the Watchtower”, but Billy Joel’s “All About Soul” was much more difficult to pin down, leading to just eight teams earning two bonus points on the audio question. After we quizzed our teams on the names of the feuding families in “Romeo and Juliet” (Capulet and Montague), we closed with a question on this recent Super Bowl champion:
Thanks to the audio question, only one team notched a perfect second round score: PC Principals (Fish Market).
Thursday’s halftime page featured pictures of advertising mascots, while the bottom half forced our teams to “find the connection” with different hairstyles. Though the average score of was in the normal range at 16.4 points, only one team managed to record a perfect 20 points: PC Principals (Fish Market). Apparently, very few of you were familiar with the Frito Bandito:
Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 90
- Dire Wolves (Belly Love Brewing): 89
- Syn Storm (Champion Billiards): 89
- Your Mom (Bunker Sports Cafe): 89
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
Thursday’s second half opened with our nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: The first name of the character played by Tracee Ellis Ross on the sitcom “Blackish”.
CLUE 2: The U.S. Army’s 42nd division under Douglas MacArthur featured this nickname.
Few teams ventured a guess at this point, but these two clues were enough for 14% of the field to tack on a two-point bonus with the correct answer of rainbow. We followed with our most difficult wagering question of the night, asking for the Dutch city which lent its name to the “jar” that stores static electricity. This was some college level science here, as only 17% of our teams earned their wager with the Leiden jar. Later, we asked about this Fox news personality who took over for Bill O’ Reilly’s time slot:
Most of our teams had that same look on their faces as well, as only 31% scored points with Tucker Carlson. Even after closing the round with a relatively easy question on The Big Ten-ACC Challenge, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.
We flipped the bird for Thursdays six-point clue:
–> The northern variety of which bird is the official state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas?
Exactly one-quarter of our teams snagged six points with the mockingbird.
I’ll just leave this here…
The final round included Thursday’s most difficult bonus question, as only four teams knew that Richard Hooker was the author of the novel “M*A*S*H”. As a result, PC Principals (Fish Market) was once again the only team to sweep a round on Thursday. They also became just the fourth team this season to turn in three perfect rounds in one night. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 165
- Syn Storm (Champion Billiards): 158
- We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill): 157
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 156
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 154
FINAL QUESTION (38.7% success rate):
–> Which word referring to a powerful person is derived from the name of a dynasty that ruled India for more than 300 years?
Just over one-third of our teams knew that India’s Mughal Empire is the source of the English word mogul. Congratulations to We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill), who was the only team to earn the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 166
- We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill): 166
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 165
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 165
- Dire Wolves (Belly Love Brewing): 163
- Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports Cafe): 162
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 161
- Thrail Killers (Beef O’ Brady’s): 160
- Multiple Scoregasms (Smoketown Brewing): 159
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 157
** Honorable mention goes out to Syn Storm (Champion Billiards), who racked up a very impressive score of 169 points (and answered all 21 wagering questions correctly), but was playing “over the limit”.
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Breadsticks (Next week’s first category: “Survivor”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: 19th Century Physics History)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom **SIX WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard” – original)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Multiple Scoregasms (Next week’s first category: “Dirty Dancing”)
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Thrail Killers (Next week’s first category: “The Walking Dead”)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Dire Wolves (Next week’s first category: Equestrian Terms)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Sack of Marbles (Next week’s first category: American Muscle Cars)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Dirty Mike and the Boys (Next week’s first category: “The Room”)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: We Drink and We Know Things ** FOUR WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Parenthetical Songs Titles of the 1960s)