A (Converse) All-Star Night of Thursday Trivia!

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 164 teams across 20 venues.


We wasted little time in challenging our Thursday teams, as the first bonus question was also its most difficult.  After most teams earned wagering points by knowing that songs such as “I Have a Dream”, “Money, Money, Money”, and “Dancing Queen” were all featured in the stage musical “Mamma Mia!”, only six teams knew that this production lost to “Thoroughly Modern Millie” for the Best Musical Tony Award in 2002.  The remainder of the opening round must have felt like a breeze to our teams, as they rolled through topics such as the work of Stephen Hawking, the state of Hawaii, and the color blue.  Thanks to the Broadway bonus question, only three teams earned a perfect first round score: Wingardium Triviosa (Quincy’s), Terps (St. Arnold’s), and Cream Team (Mark’s).


We donned a pair of shades during Thursday’s audio question, asking our teams to identify the songs “Cheap Sunglasses” by ZZ Top, “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart, and “Whiskey Glasses” by Morgan Wallen.  Next, we discussed last year’s Super Bowl commercial featuring the late Andy Warhol, the life of T. E. Lawrence (or “Lawrence of Arabia”), and the films of comedian John Candy, the latter of which included the most difficult bonus question of the round.  Only 11% of our teams knew that one of Candy’s final film appearances was an uncredited cameo role in the family sports film “Rookie of the Year”.  After closing the second stanza with a look at the recent Netflix special featuring the members of The Lonely Island portraying the Bash Brothers, we saw six teams earn 36 points en route to a perfect second round.


Topics from Thursday’s halftime page included the letters of the Greek alphabet and items that share their names with X-Men characters.  The results of this round may have been more dispersed than any halftime page in PHT history.  A dozen teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while a dozen other teams scored fewer than eight points.  The overall average came in slightly lower than normal at 14.3 points.  At the halftime break, Thursday’s overall leaderboard included these teams:


Thursday’s second half began with topics such as the biggest winners at the 2019 Grammy Awards, the work of American poet E. E. Cumming (or more appropriately, e e cummings), 21st century video games, and the Tibetan dog breed the Lhasa Apso.  We closed the third stanza with its most difficult bonus question, as only 17% of the field knew that the spooky persona of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is portrayed by actress Cassandra Peterson.  Eight of our Thursday teams posted a perfect third round score.


Final round topics from Thursday night included scientific terms whose names end with the latter ‘X’, the La Scala opera house in Milan, the onscreen portrayals of fictional sleuth Alex Cross, and Victoria Falls.  The final bonus question of the round was also its most difficult, as we asked our teams to name any two of the three countries in which the memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” is primarily set.  Only 16% of our teams tacked on the final two bonus points of the night giving us all three countries of Italy (to Eat), India (to Pray), and Indonesia (to Love).  Seven teams swept Thursday’s final round by posting 36 points.  Here is Thursday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> Apart from Nike founder Phil Knight, which man born in Indiana is the only person to be enshrined in both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Sporting Goods Hall of Fame?

Exactly one-fourth of the field responded correctly with Chuck Taylor.  Congratulations to the three teams that posted a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly: Better Lucky Than Smart (Belly Love), Scott’s Tots (Belly Love), and Deck Chairs on the Titanic (The Derby).  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (Next week’s first category1980s Music – AUDIO)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Wingardium Triviosa   (Next week’s first category: Shakespearean Film Adaptations)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: Monty Python)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: “Canadian Bacon”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: Monty Python)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: “John Wick” – original film)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Sick of Winning   (Next week’s first category: Cold War)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Better Lucky Than Smart   (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek” – original series)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Drinkin’ and Guessin’   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Super Bowl Teams)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Deck Chairs on the Titanic   (Next week’s first category: )

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: Potent Potables)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Win or Booze   (Next week’s first category: Travis Sings Fleetwood Mac)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  No Brainers   (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Five Heads, One Brain   (Next week’s first category: Ramones Songs with Geographic Titles)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Terps   (Next week’s first category: Maryland Terps Men’s Basketball)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Suck My Juice   (Next week’s first category: Colors That Rhyme with “Urple”)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Living the Dream   (Next week’s first category: Sociology)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Franconia Hair Cemetery   (Next week’s first category: Famous Cemeteries)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (Next week’s first category: “The X-Files”)