1.21 Gigawatts of Trivia Knowledge…

The first Thursday of the 2019 Summer Fling season welcomed 111 teams across 16 venues.


Thursday’s game began with a look at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, which included 22% of our teams tacking on the first two bonus points of the night by pegging 2003 as the release date of “Curse of the Black Pearl”.  Next, a three-part question about the U.S. military also doled out bonus points to 22% of the field.  After closing the first round with a discussion of American cities, we saw six teams begin their night with a perfect score of 36 points.   


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs all entitled “Valerie” (or, in the case of The Monkees, “Valleri”), as well as questions about the Caesar Salad and NFL stadiums.  We closed the first half with a pair of difficult wagering questions:

–> Who wrote music and lyrics for multiple Tony-winning musicals including “Sweeney Todd”, “A Little Night Music”, and “Company”?

–> Which numbered Apollo mission was the fourth to land on the moon?

We were looking for the correct answers of Stephen Sondheim and Apollo 15.  For each of these questions, the success rate hovered at about 30%, probably due to the fact that most of our teams forgot that Apollo 13 never actually made it to the Moon.  The NASA question included a wicked bonus question, as only one team (50 Shades of Grey Matter at Dawg House) could name either one of the two men who walked on the moon during the Apollo 15 mission: James Irwin and David Scott.  Not surprisingly, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.


TV flashback scenes and concert tours were the two topics featured on Thursday’s halftime page.  Nine teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 16.6 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


Thursday’s second half began with questions concerning candy brand advertising slogans and Egyptian mythology, but the difficulty increased significantly with this baseball question:

–> With 3,508 strikeouts, pitcher Walter Johnson held the MLB career record until the 1983 season, when three different players all passed his mark.  For your wager, identify any two of those three pitchers.

More than half of our teams earned wagering points with the answers of Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton.  But Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) was the only team to earn two bonus points by giving us the third correct answer of Gaylord Perry.  We continued the third stanza with an look at the quotations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the work of actor Judd Hirsch.  None of our Thursday teams managed to sweep the third round.


Thursday’s final round opened with a look at the Normandy beaches on which the Americans landed on D-Day, followed by questions about the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and the U.S. / Canada border.  The fourth round also included a rather difficult question about U.S. Presidents:

–> Despite being the fifth U.S. Vice President to assume the office of Presidency upon the death of his predecessor, which 20th century President was the first one to later win an election for the Presidency in his own right?

Only 21% of the field responded correctly with Theodore Roosevelt.  That was the only sticking point for most of the field, as seven teams closed their game with a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.9% success rate):

–> Which film was inspired by producer Bob Gale finding his father’s high school yearbook and wondering if he would have gotten along with his father if they went to school together?

Just over three-quarters of our teams earned points on the final question with the film “Back to the Future”.  None of our teams earned the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Rick Moranis Films)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: J. Robert Oppenheimer)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: Fishing Terms)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  99th Precinct   (Next week’s first category: “The Golden Girls”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Deck Chairs on the Titanic   (Next week’s first category: Tombstone Pizza)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Just Joe   (Next week’s first category: Pennsylvania Geography)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Chappie’s Revenge   (Next week’s first category: Medical Abbreviations)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – film)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion    (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  50 Shades of Grey Matter   (Next week’s first category: X-Planes)


The Derby in New Market, MD:  Mad Haters   (Next week’s first category: Art History)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Dangerous Business   (Next week’s first category: Children’s Literature)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Oily Beau Hunks   (Next week’s first category: Andrew Sings Cartoon TV Theme Songs)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Prisoners of Trebekistan   (Next week’s first category: Clarinet Players)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Operation Overlord   (Next week’s first category: 1970s TV Game Shows)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Unatheltico Madrid   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Wrestling Entrance Songs)