99 Yards to Pay Dirt at Thursday Trivia!

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 114 teams across 15 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Our Thursday teams did NOT have to wait very long for a game-changing question, as the first round opened with a Three Clues question that sent many teams reeling:

CLUE 1: In baseball, this term describes a pitch where the ball is released just above ground level.

CLUE 2: The fast food restaurant with the most locations in the U.S. specializes in this food item.

Surprisingly, most of the field did NOT wait for the third clue.  Apparently, many teams thought that White Castle maintains the most locations in the United States (really?), which led to nearly 30% of the field coughing up the maximum allowable wager with the incorrect response of slider.  The correct answer was submarine, as exemplified in the delivery of former MLB pitcher Dan Quisenberry (and the fact that there is a Subway restaurant in every town):

While the field recovered nicely on topics such as music group The B-52s, Dr. Suess, and Islamic holy cities, the first question certainly took its toll, as only eight teams earned a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question dealt with films whose titles contain the word “Hope”: “Hope Springs” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, “Hope Floats” starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr., and “The Great White Hope” starring James Earl Jones.  Thanks to this diverse trio of flicks, only nine teams picked up two bonus points by identifying all three film titles.  Later, we discussed the first successful three-point shot in NBA history, the work of “Fuller House” star Candace Cameron, and the process of producing mead.  The most difficult bonus question of the night closed the first half, as we looked at the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece from Greek mythology:

Only four teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that the Golden Fleece was supposedly found in the region of Colchis.  As a result, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Comediennes were the focus of Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded five perfect scores and an average of 17.1 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s second half began with a look at war novels, Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album, and this Oscar-winning film role:

We paid a quick visit to Lake Baikal in Russia before closing the third round by asking our teams to name either one of the two chemical elements which are found in a liquid state at room temperature.  With only 12% of the field responding with both correct answers of mercury and bromine, we saw just three teams earn a perfect third round score: Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards), PC Principals (Fish Market), and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Thursday night included the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, the poisonous plant hemlock, and these two running backs who are now tied for the longest rush in NFL history:

After closing the round with questions concerning abstract expressionism and late-night TV sidekicks, we saw four (rather familiar) teams earn perfect fourth round scores: North Country (Quincy’s), Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards), PC Principals (Fish Market), and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).  Here are Thursday’s highest scoring teams heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (74.3% success rate):

–> Among the 100 highest grossing movies of all time, 99 of them are English-language films.  The only non-English language film is the 2017 action film “Wolf Warrior 2”, which grossed virtually all of its $870 million in its native country, and was performed in what language?

Just under three-quarters of the field responded correctly with China.  Congratulations to Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) and Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards), who were the only two teams to earn the Perfect 21 on Thursday by earning wagering points on every question.  Here is Thursday’s final leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country  (Next week’s first category: Fictional Dogs)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: Peter, Paul and Mary – AUDIO)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Washington Foreskins  (Next week’s first category: “Clue” – film)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap  (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers  (Next week’s first category: Christopher Pike Novels)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Hundo P  (Next week’s first category: “Love Actually”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…  (Next week’s first category: Pixar Films)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  1-2-3 Drink  (Next week’s first category: Greek Mythology)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Big Brain  (Next week’s first category: Pokemon)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Trifecta  (Next week’s first category: Disney Animated Films)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: John Mulaney Stand-Up Comedy)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Better Red Than Dead  (Next week’s first category: “Bad Santa”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus  (Next week’s first category: Famous Couples)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  Highlanders  (Next week’s first category: Comic Book Sidekicks)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Unatheltico Madrid  (Next week’s first category: British Heavy Metal – AUDIO)