A Flight of Fancy at Thursday Trivia!

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 128 teams across 16 venues.


Thursday’s game opened with questions concerning the comedy film “Blazing Saddles”, the state of Mississippi, and these advertising characters:

After successfully answering a bonus question regarding horse gaits, nine teams galloped their way to a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured three ‘old’ songs, one of which was actually the brand-new #1 hit “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X.  We also heard “An Old Fashioned Love Song” by Three Dog Night” and “The Old Apartment” by Barenaked Ladies.  We continued with a look at the work of Claude Monet, the scientific concept of ‘escape velocity’, and the perfect 1972 season recorded by this team:

The final bonus question was also its most difficult (by far), as only four teams correctly identified Hiram Bingham as the American explorer who discovered the ruins of Machu Picchu.  Two of those four teams completed a perfect second round: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s) and Brain Freeze (Quincy’s).


TV opening titles and American beaches were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime round.  Falling on the easier side, the average score reached 18.6 points, as 23% of the field earned a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your first half leaders on Thursday night:


Thursday’s second half began with a slew of difficult questions, the first of which dealt with world geography and the Disney Channel.  A question about the Concorde proved to be the easiest of the third round at a 68% success rate.  Later, a trip back to high school supplied the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> What value is obtained by finding the cosine of a 60-degree angle of a right triangle?

The cosine of an angle is the length of the adjacent side (A) divided by the length of the hypotenuse (H).  If a right triangle has an angle of 60 degrees, then you know the other angle is 30 degrees, which would lead you to the correct answer of 0.5.  For those of you that asked “when I am ever going to need this again” in high school, the answer was Thursday night.  Needless to say, most of us have forgotten what we learned in high school trigonometry class, as evidenced by the 14% success rate.  None of our teams managed to record a perfect third round score, which only seven teams answered all five wagering questions correctly.


After surviving the third round gauntlet, our teams were pleased to play a slightly easier final round, as we delved into the topics of coffee brands, World War I, and this comedy film:

The fourth round wasn’t completely devoid of difficult questions, as only six teams picked up two points on the toughest bonus question of the round.  Those squads knew that the song “Rock the Boat” featured the final music video appearance for the late R&B singer Aaliyah.  Two teams closed their evening with 36 final round points: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s) and Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love).  Here is the pre-final leaderboard from Thursday night:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (76.4% success rate):

–> A 1904 issue of Popular Science Monthly reported the success of these men in North Carolina the year prior.  For your wager, who were these men?

Just over three-quarters of the field responded to Thursday’s final question with the correct answer of the Wright Brothers.  After most of the field was wiped out by the third round, Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s Pub) answered every wagering question to record the only Perfect 21.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Negro Baseball Leagues)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Rice Rice Baby   (Next week’s first category: Calculus)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed   (Next week’s first category: “Monk”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  99th Precinct   (Next week’s first category: 1990s “Saturday Night Live”)

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

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: New York Yankees)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…   (Next week’s first category: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving  (Next week’s first category: Holocaust)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: Metallica)

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

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Wrecking Ball   (Next week’s first category: “The Little Rascals”)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: James Madison University)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: Pink Floyd)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  What’s in the Box?   (Next week’s first category: Stephen King)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (Next week’s first category: World War II Eastern Front)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Charlie’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: Wolf Trap Farm Park)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Seattle Music)