A Bard’s Tale at Thursday Trivia…

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 109 teams across 14 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s opening round topics included U.S. history, words than end in “ZO”, and the etymology behind the internet term ‘troll’.  Most of our teams were rolling towards a perfect score until this final question of the round:

–> The current Cinemax TV series “C. B. Strike” is based on the “Cormoran Strike” novel series penned under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.  Name the British author who uses that pen name.

2-POINT BONUS: Name ANY ONE of the three novels in that series.

While just over half of our teams earned their wager with the correct response of J. K. Rowling, only seven teams could also name any one of these three books:

Rowling

As a result, we saw just two perfect scores to open Thursday’s game: Lone Wolves (Belly Love Brewing) and 1-2-3 Drink (Cushwa Brewing).

SECOND ROUND:

After an audio question which featured a track from the Hugh Jackman film “The Greatest Showman”, we looked at cumulonimbus clouds, the history of Yale University, and Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago.  Once again, we saved the most difficult bonus question for the end of the round, as we asked our teams to name the debut album from this band:

Coldplay

A paltry 12% of our teams responded correctly with “Parachutes”:

HALFTIME:

Celebrities in bath tubs and Grammy-winning performers were the subjects of Thursday’s halftime page.  With just four perfect scores, the overall average fell to just 14.8 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard from Thursday:

THIRD ROUND:

As usual, the third round featured the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Most commonly caused by a Vitamin D deficiency, which disease resulting in the softening of bones in children is thought to have derived its name from a Greek word meaning ‘in or of the spine’?

Only 23% of the field answered correctly with rickets.  We continued with a Three Clues question on scorpions before concluding the round with a look at this “mountain” of an actor:

Mountain

Two teams ran the table in the third round: Five Sure (Black Walnut Brewery) and PC Principals (Fish Market).

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics included the James Joyce novel “Ulysses”, the former line of Geo automobiles, and nicknames for NFL defenses, one of which was the feared “Orange Crush”:

Orange Crush

After concluding the final round with a question on the film “Boys Don’t Cry”, only PC Principals (Fish Market) managed to record 36 points heading into the final question.  Here are your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.3% success rate):

–> The word “Mexico” appears in only one of Shakespeare’s plays.  It is referenced as one of the destinations of the title character’s fleets of ships, which also travel to Tripoli, England, and India.  For your wager, name this play.

Just over half of our teams came up with the correct answer to Thursday’s final question: “The Merchant of Venice”.  Unfortunately, none of our teams were able to earn the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Breadsticks  (Next week’s first category: Cake – band)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Just Good Enough  (Next week’s first category: “Wynonna Earp”)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed  (Next week’s first category: Statue of Liberty)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune  (Next week’s first category: John Green Novels Other Than “The Fault in Our Stars”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Thrail Killers  (Next week’s first category: Led Zeppelin)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Fake Brews  (Next week’s first category: Beatles Albums)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  1-2-3 Drink  (Next week’s first category: “The Office” – U.S. version)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Flat Stanleys  (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: American Cookbooks)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: Current U.S. Navy Ship Classifications)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Goblin King  (Next week’s first category: Visual Disorders)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: “Gilligan’s Island”)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  We Are Not Going To Be Suck This Year  (Next week’s first category: Indianapolis 500)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole  (Next week’s first category: International Soccer)