A Hall of Fame Night of Thursday Trivia!

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 118 teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s first round included questions concerning the Great Sphinx, the El Nino weather pattern, and TV taglines.  The final bonus question of the round was also its most difficult, as only 14% of our teams named both Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia as the two cast members from “This Is Us” who were recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  As a result, only four teams earned a perfect first round score: Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown), Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s), Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa), and Cream Team (Mark’s Pub).

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question included three BLANK of the BLANK music groups.  We listened to “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog, “Business Time” by Flight of the Conchords, and “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age.  Only 15% of our teams picked up two bonus points by recognizing all three music groups.   Later, we looked at human anatomy, the sports nicknames of the U.S. service academies, and Ireland’s Easter Rebellion of 1916.  Once again, the round closed with its most difficult bonus question, as only 11% of the field could name Veronica Roth as the author of the “Divergent” novel series.  With difficult bonus questions bookending the round, none of our teams notched a perfect score of 36 points in the second stanza.

HALFTIME:

After a tough first half, our teams got a bit of reprieve at halftime, as the topics of brand name pizzas and U.S. city parks proved to be beyond easy for our stellar teams.  Nearly one-third of the field earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached a very high 18.4 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round began with a three-part question regarding artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Salvador Dali, and Leonardo da Vinci.  We continued with a rather difficult question about band name origins:

–> A copy of Jack Keraouc’s “On the Road” included a date written in the back in a unique way.  Upon reading this, Matty Healy was inspired to name his band after the date.  For your wager, name this band whose songs include “Chocolate”, “Somebody Else”, and a recent hit entitled “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”?

Only 21% of our teams parsed through the clues to arrive at the correct answer of The 1975.  After performing well with questions concerning Biblical figures and exotic fruit, our teams were asked to name either one of the two women that have won consecutive Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Mathematically speaking, this question ties for the most difficult bonus question in PHT history, as none of our teams could name both Katharine Hepburn and Luise Rainer as the two correct answers.  Needless to say, Thursday’s third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a wicked bonus question closed the third round, things went in the opposite direction in Thursday’s final stanza.  Topics such as NFL stadiums, Netflix, and the Amazon River were no match for the field.  Even a Three Clues question about the name ‘Ness’ doled out bonus points to dozens of teams.  In what may be a PHT record, two dozen teams earned a perfect score in Thursday’s fourth round.  Here is your Thursday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (79.1% success rate):

–> Sharing its name with a different state’s capital, what name is shared by the third largest cities in both Missouri and Massachusetts?

Nearly four-fifths of the field responded correctly with Springfield.  Congratulations to the six teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday night by earning points on all 21 wagering questions.  Here is your final leaderboard from Thursday night:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Hot Dog Stigmata   (Next week’s first category: World War II Eastern Front)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Barack Obama)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: 2019 Tour de France)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: William Butler Yeats)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: NBA Arenas)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: Rain (K-Pop Star) – AUDIO)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Flintstones” or “The Jetsons”?)

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

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: Schnauzers)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Comfortably Dum   (Next week’s first category: “Rick and Morty”)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Violators   (Next week’s first category: Marvel Superheroes)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Tesla or Marconi?)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Tubthumping   (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Dave’s Not Here   (Next week’s first category: Dungeons & Dragons)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Glow in the Dark Boner Tag   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Craft Beer or Indie Rock Band?)