A Crowning Moment at Thursday Trivia!
We came close to another record turnout Thursday, as 225 teams played a game of Pour House Trivia at one of 20 local venues, including Aslin Beer Co and its 27-team game!
The game opened with a discussion of the three animals found in the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, then a three-part 50/50 about world populations. For the hardest first-half wagering question, we took a literary trip outdoors:
- The fictional setting of the Hundred Acre Wood was created by which author?
That would be the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, who was correctly guessed by 70% of the field. One last question on the primary setting of current FX series The Bear wrapped things up on a round which had 43 perfect team scores.
Thursday’s audio question played three songs with reptilian titles (Elton John’s Crocodile Rock, Karma Chameleon by Culture Club, and Anaconda by Nicki Minaj). After a question about iron pyrite or fool’s gold, we reached the most difficult bonus chance of the first half:
- Name the most recent New York Yankee or New York Met to hit 50 home runs in a single season.
Two-fifths of Thursday’s teams were able to name both Aaron Judge and Pete Alonso for bonus points. The round concluded with the phone number of Medieval Times and Broadway productions-turned-Best Picture Oscar winners West Side Story and The Sound of Music, both which have main characters named Maria! Not to be outdone by the opening round, perfect scores here were gained by 49 teams.
Topics for Thursday’s halftime sheet included fictional detectives and license plate slogans by state. The average score on this page was 17.1 points, and a perfect 20 points went to, ironically enough, 20% of the field. A five-way perfect tie headed up the halftime standings:
- Bazinga (Champion): 92
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 92
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 92
- Street Sharks (Brewery Fire): 92
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 92
We started the second half with a cocktail, specifically a Cosmopolitan and its cranberry and lime juices. The hardest wagering question of the third round came next:
- The rodents of the Dipodomys genus are best known by what common two-word name referencing a certain marsupial, as these rodents travel mostly by hopping?
That would specifically be the kangaroo rat, successfully answered by 57% of the field. The Three Clues question that followed saw bonus points earned by a round-low 34% of teams which knew the word Exodus from the first two clues given. We took a trip to the ATM and experienced a little backdraft to wrap up the round. In the third, ten teams recorded perfect scores.
Mel Gibson was Thursday’s 6-4-2 subject; 41 teams knew him from a single clue about his reign as the first People Sexiest Man Alive for the full six points. Round four opened with the game’s hardest bonus opportunity of the night, where 27% of the field answered Smith and Young as the last names of the dual Camerons who topped this past weekend’s Open Championship golf leaderboard. We sang with Donny Osmond and marveled at some Faberge eggs before spending a weekend in New England with what was by far the night’s toughest wagering question:
- Which suburb of Boston is named for a family patriarch whose descendants include numerous war heroes and poets, an actress from the television show Law & Order, and a notable astronomer?
Very much counted as part of Greater Boston, that suburb is Lowell, Massachusetts; 11% of our teams got that right. Three of those teams — Bazinga (Champion), No Brainers (Interchange Tiki Bar), and Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s) — used that correct answer as part of a perfect fourth-round effort. A tightly-packed group stuck together atop the leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 165
- Bazinga (Champion): 165
- Crabcakes (Champion): 164
- Sexual Chocolate (Champion): 164
- Alley Cats (Solace Brewing): 164
FINAL QUESTION (40.9% success rate):
- On June 2, 1953, which event partially filmed with 3D cameras became the first major international event to be broadcast live on television?
That special event was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, broadcast live on TV and named by just over two-fifths of the field! A trio of Perfect 21s were recorded in the game, with Sexual Chocolate (Champion), Alley Cats (Solace Brewing), and Southpaws (Mark’s) getting all 21 wagering questions right. We had points galore at the end of Thursday’s trivia night, highlighted by these groups:
- Crabcakes (Champion): 176
- Sexual Chocolate (Champion): 176
- Alley Cats (Solace Brewing): 174
- F U COVID (Mark’s): 174
- Artichoke and Company (Crooked Run): 173
- Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing): 173
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 172
- Southpaws (Mark’s): 172
- Lincoln Lugs (Fourscore): 169
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 169
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Looney Tunes)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Running on Empty (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Crabcakes (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: In Living Color)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century U.S. Presidential Candidates)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Las Vegas Strip Casinos)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Sexy Liberals (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: LGBTQ+)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Porsche)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Les Miserables (film))
- This game is temporarily being played at O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Martinsburg.
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychedelic Drugs)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Lincoln Lugs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 MLB Draft)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Artichoke and Company (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arkansas Razorback Athletics)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Psychiatric Help Five Cents (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Styles)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob’s Burgers)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Sherlock Homies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Physics)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century One Hit Wonders)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scream (film series))
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Stressed (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Colleges and Universities)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: E=MC Hammer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muppets)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baywatch: Hawaii)