A 20-Piece of Thursday Trivia!
A majorly-successful first round of play included topics such as the start of the Watergate scandal, Bermuda Triangle vertices Florida and Puerto Rico, and a three-parter on over and under words. The only real stumble of the round came on a question about tequila; just under a quarter of the field earned bonus points for recognizing the ingredients of a Matador cocktail. Perfect scores here were achieved by fifteen teams.
Top-ten U.S. hits sung in foreign languages comprised Thursday’s audio question. The hardest first-half query came next:
- Due to an offseason homecoming signing, which NL Central team has three of the current ten oldest players on MLB rosters?
42-year-old slugger Albert Pujols once again joined 40-year-old Adam Wainwright and 39-year-old Yadier Molina on this season’s St. Louis Cardinals, which was correctly answered by 54% of our teams. A question on TV’s The Love Boat provided the toughest bonus chance of the first half, with about one-fifth of the field able to name the Pacific Princess itself. In all, seven teams scored a perfect 36 points in this round.
The top half of Thursday’s halftime sheet showcased various animated TV homes, while the bottom part tasked teams with guessing whether certain sports were ever part of the Olympics. The average score here was 15.2 points, but of our 181 squads, none were able to get all 20 points. However, these teams were still leading the pack at the halftime break:
- Tax Invaders (Solace Outpost): 90
- Psychos (Olde Mother): 89
- Washington Trivia Team (Solace Outpost): 88
- Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s): 88
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 88
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS
The third round started off well enough with questions about current pop duets and author Jules Verne‘s Voyages Fantastiques, but things changed about halfway through the round. Teams handled a wagering question about the Pegasus well, but only six total teams got bonus points for named the creature’s brother, Chrysaor. Another bonus question at the end of the round was even harder to get right; a game-low two teams identified Montreal as the North American city situated entirely on the Hochelaga Archipelago before a multiple-choice clue was given. Sandwiched between those brutal bonuses was the game’s hardest wagering question:
- Although it is not a travel company, which brand began an advertising campaign in 1994 by asking consumers Where do you want to go today?
With the Internet revolution on its way, Microsoft used that slogan in the 1990s. Just seven teams earned their wager with that right answer, but one of those — Freud’s MILFs (Solace Outpost) — came out of the third-round scrum to post its only perfect score.
A quartet of teams pulled out the six-point answer on a 6-4-2 regarding the surname James. We started the fourth round by honoring the college baseball and softball successes of Oklahoma and Texas this season, then discussed the primary actors from the 1980s film Look Who’s Talking. For the toughest wagering get of the round, we worked our teams out:
- Developed by a German physical trainer in the early 20th century, which popular fitness regime was initially called Contrology, before being renamed for its founder?
Half of the field knew that to be Pilates, while 14% added a pair of bonus points by giving his first name, Joseph. The round concluded with a fanny pack and a Triple 50/50 about Squid Game and Stranger Things episode titles. Trivia Newton John (Champion), I Don’t Know (Aslin), and Vapors (Kalypso’s) provided perfect outputs in the round. Before the night’s final question went out, these were the top scores:
- Freud’s MILFs (Solace Outpost): 155
- Alley Cats (Fourscore): 154
- El Duderinos (Solace Outpost): 154
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 153
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 151
- Pho Q (Belly Love): 151
FINAL QUESTION (62.4% success rate):
- According to its creators, which restaurant menu item is sold in four different shapes: bell, bowtie, ball, and boot?
You might be able to get similarly named items in generic shapes elsewhere, but you’ll only get those shapes by ordering Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s! We gave the boot to any Perfect 21 efforts on Thursday, since no teams could answer all 21 wagering questions correctly. Undeterred, these teams claimed top spots in Thursday’s standings:
- Freud’s MILFs (Solace Outpost): 167
- El Duderinos (Fourscore): 164
- Pho Q (Belly Love): 163
- Tax Invaders (Solace Outpost): 162
- Purr and the Kitty Cats (Solace Outpost): 157
- Alley Cats (Solace Brewing): 157
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 155
- Holiday Inn Express (Solace Outpost): 155
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 155
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 154 POINTS
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (World War I or World War II?))
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Steve Holt! (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Final Fantasy VI)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century U.S. Vice Presidents)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Total Strangers (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JUNE 30: Taylor Swift (audio))
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Korean War)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Love Boat (original))
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2 Broke Girls)
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THIS GAME WILL TEMPORARILY MOVE TO O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB IN MARTINSBURG
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Not Georges Enough (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Agriculture)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: El Duderinos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Big Lebowski)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Freud’s MILFs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Minecraft)
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Here For the Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Sex Pistols or Ramones?))
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Best Picture Oscar Winners)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pew Pew Pew (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Princes)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Richard Nixon)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Vapors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chevy Chase Films)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Tyrian’s Law (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vacation Destinations)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II Airplanes)