A Little Green Fairy Told Me About Thursday Night Trivia!
THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (91 teams across ten venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards) with 167
–> Highest Score after Round 4: Power Vacuum with 159
–> Highest First Half Score: Faithful Band (Champion Billiards) with 86
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Power Vacuum
–> In honor of high school graduation season, our halftime page featured fictional teachers from TV and film. The average score reached 15.4, but only six teams scored a perfect 20 points.
–> About 21% of our teams scored six points on our 6-4-2 question dealing with the origins of the Tooth Fairy.
TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (44.1% success rate):
–> In 2007, the United States lifted its ban on which consumable product made from the plants of the genus Artemisia? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)
Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, MD
The game might have been more for fun than anything, but that didn’t make tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia any less competitive here at Quincy’s!
Highlights of the Night:
In “Yeah-I’m-A-Nerd-But…”: Yeah I’m a nerd, but no, for the 100th time I do not speak Klingon! Let’s leave the jokes to me! Y’all think you’re funny…
In “Even-With-Leeway…”: Even with leeway, the audio question was a doozy tonight. Only one team got all three, and I don’t believe anyone knew who the artist of the first song was. Between you all you got all three musicals though, so kudos there!
In “Should-I-Know-This-One?”: Guy Lombardo? Yeah, no I don’t know who that is. No. Nope, never heard of him. No, you asking a fourth time isn’t gonna suddenly make me know him. Oh Guy Lombardo? Yeah he’s from this trivia question. He’s famous because we asked about him. Seriously though, yeah no, he’s not in my particular knowledge base. I was shocked so many teams got him right…
After a quick tiebreaker after a tricky final, we had our podium!
In third place tonight, Lowered Expectations!
In second place tonight, Nasty Neutrons!
In first place tonight, the Fan Club!
Great game guys! Next week we’ll kick off the summer fling with a question in the category of Fishing Lures! Get your fishing hats on, and we’ll see you next time!
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD
Next week’s first category: Motorhead
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA
We had ourselves a nice “S&G” here at Bunker as folks are getting ramped up and ready for the World Series and upcoming Summer Fling as well. First round kicked off with a triple 50/50 in the vein of real news or “fake” news, followed up with three words that all started with “B” and ended with “X”. We played the ukulele a bit…
did some “spring cleaning” with Ajax, and finished the round off in the Klingon language.
Round started off as usual with the audio clue, and we had three current music artists covering some popular Broadway tunes. We remembered the “Iron Horse” himself Lou Gehrig, and then took a brief trip to the northern most national capital in the world. We visited the town of “Chewandswallow”…
and finished off the round with the series end to The Colbert Report.
Third round started off with a little trip to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. We then celebrated two Super Bowl losses for the New England Patriots, found the definition for “leeward”, and then had a little bite to eat.
Finally ending the third with three gentleman named Guy. Mr. Pearce, who were the other two?
6-4-2. The Rock. Tooth Fairy. What more can you say?
The final round had a ton of pop culture moments. First and 80’s love story.
The return of blues.
To top it off, never forget this secret spy.
We took a trip over to the hallucinogenic side of life, with a final question about absinthe. Here are the results:
First Place: Thundercats
Second Place: Five Sure
Third Place: Indians
Good luck at the World Series this Sunday, I will see you there, Make sure you are back next Thursday for the start-up of Summer Fling. Our first category will be HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD
A busy game of trivia on a beautiful night in Brunswick! It was quite a game at Smoketown Brewing, with some underdog teams showing their strength! The first two rounds were very close, with most of the 13 teams keeping on pace with each other. The only question of the first half that gave the teams trouble was the audio question. Only three teams earned their wager on this question, with Singing Inferno the only team able to identify all three of our Broadway cover songs, scoring a two-point bonus.
The halftime puzzle page featured some varied scores, with Barley Fields Forever scoring the only perfect score of 20 points! That lead was short-lived, as our front runners missed their wager and their five-point category bonus on the Meat question. That gave the Scoundrels time to catch up, and they took the lead by the end of the third round. Our House Champions increased that lead as one of only two teams to earn a two-pint bonus on the We Share a First Name question.
The final set some teams apart and it gave many teams who were in the middle of the pack chances to place. Here are your final standings!
First Place: Scoundrels
Second Place: I Drink and I Know Things
Third Place: Fun Employed
Next week’s first category (for which I wont be present, luck you all ;P): Jeeps!
See you in two weeks!
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD
Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD
Tonight at Rockland Farms Winery in Poolesville, it was far from a bye week if you will, as teams came out very competitive. Last week’s winners, We Suck Without Matt, was looking to make it two in a row. However, newcomers Dog Squad and Team Essex where looking to prove themselves and take home a win. Teams started out on fire, as there were only three questions collectively missed by our entire field, however it was still early.
Coming out of the halftime page, No Bueno was leading and they were also trying to earn their first Pour House Trivia win. The top three teams were within seven points of each other! One question in particular that seemed to hurt everyone except Dog Squad was the Super Bowl question. Teams had to identify the AFC team that is the only team lose twice in the Super Bowl in the last ten seasons. Surprisingly, the correct answer was the New England Patriots, as they have lost twice to the Giants: in Super Bowls 42 and 46. That question was “no bueno” for No Bueno, as a miss there meant they went into the final question trailing We Suck Without Matt by nine points.
For the final question, everyone took a big risk by going all in with a full 12-point wager, which seemed to pay off since only two teams missed the final, so here is how we finished. In first place was We Suck Without Matt, in second place was No Bueno, and rounding out the top three was Six Pack.
THERE IS NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK. WE WILL RETURN ON JUNE 22nd.
Next week’s first category: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD
Pizza, wings, drinks, and good friends. Ooo Ooo. It’s Pour House Trivia night at Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in Hagerstown, and we had some great teams rock the casbah! Sanford and Son knew all of their Broadway tunes, which gave them a two-point advantage on the field early in the second round. Alternative Answers was seaworthy when they knew the nautical term for downwind was leeward. At the half, we had a tie for first with #LB Cool J (formerly Team Cool) and Sanford and Son notching 83 points!
Round 3 brought heartache and tumult. With a string of incorrect answers, #LB Cool J feel into third place after losing out on their five-point category bonus. Don’t worry. No team knew about Italian sausages; that question swept all of our top three teams. At the time of the 6-4-2 question, a group of bicyclists came through the square, with two of them on penny farthing bikes! We just had to stop and stare out the window at this spectacle! Welcome to Hagerstown.
The final was… a bit contentious (but seriously, what is it NOT contentious?). The consumable product made from the Artemesia plant turned out to be Absinthe! Sanford and Son was oh so close, with their answer of Wormwood, but that is the actual name of the artemesia plant, and was never actually banned like absinthe was. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a team overthink an answer. Fortunately, they still had more than enough points from a tactical low wager to hold on to second place. #LB Cool J guessed correctly, but was too far behind to rise out of third place. Alternative Answers took the lead with their correct guess.
Next week we’re going to start it off by asking about a favorite board game of mine: Pandemic! Maybe Alternative Answers will bring their copy so we can play before the big game next Thursday. We’ll see you then!
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA
What a fun night at Belly Love Brewery tonight! It was a fantastic, hard fought game for our teams! I’m glad to see us building back up to a regular crowd.
Round number one started us off with some agriculture and the coffee must have clued us into our next question on ukuleles as the whole Belly Love “ohana” got that one. The “B to X” question was a hit for all except for those who didn’t recognize the Apis genus as “B’s”, though we did have a few Trekkies in the crowd to follow. God made dirt, and dirt definitely didn’t hurt any of our teams. Team X and LOTCR were tied for first place after round one.
Our second round was a doozy from the get-go, with no teams able to earn points on our audio question. That was followed by a soft ball about the children’s book (and film) “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, which got some hopes up before have to think about some MLB Hall of Famers. Lou Gehrig, by the way, was the first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box (on the back though). Knowledge! Most aced our world cities question but we followed with a tough one on “The Colbert Report”. After our fictional teachers puzzle page, Team X took the lead.
We started with some U.S. towns to begin round three. While most teams could figure out the town of New London, Connecticut, only one team remembered the Coasties and that their school was there. It seems we only had a couple of sailors in the house tonight and maybe less of those who enjoyed delicious tubes of meat. They bounced back with the recent Super Bowl winners/two-time Super Bowl losers (heard those Giants’ fans cheer!) and those “Guys” were easy to recognize. Like a quarter the Tooth Fairy left for them, Team X increased the gap to a commanding lead!
Round four began with movie music and while everyone knew the movie, the music part got away from them. No one could believe that our second question on the Munich Agreement was that easy (No, it wasn’t a trick question!) Griffin was a gimme compared to our last two which were almost completely lost if we didn’t have some “Archer” and Alabama shakes fans in the group. We finished the game with a quick shot of Absinthe and found our champions of the night, Team X. In second place, we had No, I Won’t Change Your Grade, and in third place it was Wheatland Warriors. Our first category next week will be 1990’s Boy Bands! Always a great time! Thanks Belly Love!
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL
Four trivia teams, two of whom had never played before, joined us here at Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg for Thursday night trivia. In addition Scott’s Team had not been here in quite a while. The bartender was great letting me know the wifi and asking about the music. Over 140 was really patient with all the explanation and newbies.
One of the teams was a first date with a gentleman that loved to dispute the accuracy of many questions. Prizes were normal $25, $10, and quarters. It all came down to the last question and with only one team getting it right, all the standings flipped. I believe the new people had seen Facebook and poster postings about Trivia so those work! I’m looking forward to the next hosting.
Next week’s first category: Reese Witherspoon
Fish Market in Alexandria, VA
As I entered Fish Market tonight, it was a familiar sight. Our House Champions PC Principals were in their regular spot awaiting the start of the game. The bar was crowded and my station was occupied by patrons. Never a dull moment here. After waiting the appropriate amount of time, I was able to finally set up my equipment and call out for sign-ups. The line formed and filled up fast as we had tons and tons of people ready to go, excited for the night’s game! Only a few regulars, we were packed with new players and casual gamers looking to get their trivia fix! Well luckily, we had ’em covered!
We began the game with double digit team numbers, obviously with the packed house we were dealing with. A “Home Alone” question got everything started just right! Most everyone picking up points on that one and moving fairly smoothly through the first round. Round 2 began with a Broadway Cover Songs AUDIO clue which did not go quite as well as the previous five questions had. About half of the teams were able to correctly identify two of the three songs that we played, even fewer nailing the two-point bonus for everything correct. PC Principals were among the teams to convert on the two points bonus, with Rusty Coat Hangers gaining an edge on the field with that one as well.
A baseball question popped up in the middle of Round 3 which caused some issues for a lot of teams; PC Principals dropped their wager, not being able to identify Lou Gehrig from the clue. This missed opportunity gave Team Slytherin enough firepower to move into a tie with PCP at the half in first place, due largely to the fact that Slytherin picked up the only perfect halftime page! Slytherin was gaining momentum and looked ready to make this a game!
At the end of Round 4, Slytherin was back by a few points and needed to convert their five-point wager on “Modern Actresses” into a potential seven points. Well, no luck, no dice, they whiffed completely, letting PC Principals hold a solo lead going into the final question. The final played decently tough but still about the half the teams picking up points here. Slytherin was in second place after the final round, BUT they missed the final and dropped out of the running after a very strong game tonight.
This drop out for Slytherin left the top three wide open! Third place tonight went to ALL CAPS, hitting the final on the head and moving into the money with a correct response! Second place went to Drinking While Thinking! They drank, they thank (thunk? thinked?)… They won second place! Of course the night’s winning team is PC Principals, your House Champion and one of the favorites for the World Series this weekend! I’m excited to see what happens this weekend! We’ll see you guys there! Thanks a bunch!
Next week’s first category: Woodrow Wilson
Guido’s Speakeasy in Frederick, MD
We had a GREAT fight for first place on Thursday night at Guido’s Speakeasy! Our top three teams really kept the pace with each other throughout the first half game. So much so that there was only a two-point difference between first place and third place! A shoutout to Tuna Noodle Casserole for turning in the only perfect halftime page. The scores did start to separate more through the second half, but it was gonna be fun to see who would shine once we reached the final question!
After the answers were tallied, the game finished like this… Finishing in third place we had our Season XV House Champion Tuna Noodle Casserole! Our second place finishers were a visiting team who played a great game: What The Fun!?!! Pulling out the victory after missing a week was Unathletico Madrid!
Next week we will start the Summer Fling series, and the first winners choice category for it will be Jon Sings Limp Bizkit! (I guess I will be forever singing the first question it seems!) Good luck to all my teams representing this Sunday at the World Series, and I’ll see everyone next Thursday at Guido’s Speakeasy!!
~ Jon J