A “Live”ly Game of Thursday Night Trivia!

The first Thursday of the post-Guido’s era welcomed 140 teams across 17 venues.


Opening round topics from Thursday night included TV theme song lyrics, the fictional character of Clarice Starling, and the various uses of the word ‘pitch’.  The final bonus question of the round was also its most difficult, as only 12% of the field correctly identified Ernest Rutherford as the scientist (and namesake of element #104) who discovered the nucleus of the atom.  Nine teams began their night by posting a perfect score of 36 first round points.


We danced the night away in Thursday’s audio question, as we listened to “Do The Hustle” by Van McCoy, “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits, and the one-hit wonder “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega.  We continued withe a look at the city of Paris, the work of author Isaac Asimov before moving on to a question about Pro Football Hall of Famers:

–> Dan Dierdorf, Willie Roaf, and Orlando Pace are among the Pro Football Hall of Famers who played which position?

About half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of offensive tackle., but the hard core football fans got to show off their trivia skills on the bonus question, which asked for the respective teams with which these men spent the majority of their NFL careers.  Only eight teams tacked on these two bonus points by naming the Cardinals, Saints, and Rams.  After closing the first half with a question regarding Presidential birth states, we saw just two teams post a perfect second round score: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and Just Good Enough (Champion).


We celebrated the first week of fall by incorporating the word ‘FALL’ into Thursday’s halftime answers.  With an overall average score of 15.3 points, we saw seven teams run the table on the halftime page with a perfect score.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:


We began Thursday’s second half with the nightly Three Clues question.  Numerous teams must be fans of the FX comedy “Baskets”, as that title’s inclusion in the second clue sparked dozens of teams to pick up two bonus points.  We continued the third stanza with questions regarding the microscopic animals known as water bears and the life of religious reformer Martin Luther, the latter of which included an incredibly difficult bonus question.  Only seven teams knew that Pope Leo X was the Roman Catholic Pope who orchestrated Luther’s excommunication.  We immediately followed that toughy with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Founded in 1947 by Erling Persson, what retail chain was originally called Hennes, the Swedish word for “hers”, before acquiring a hunting and fishing equipment brand called Mauritz Widforss?

Though they were quite subtle, the clues to the correct answer were buried in the text of this question, but only 23% of our teams responded correctly with the retail chain H&M.  Three teams earned a perfect third round score: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s), Protobowling For Soup (Quincy’s), and Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa).


Before heading into Thursday’s final round, we witnessed a surprising turn of events in the 6-4-2 question:

–> Until it was surpassed by “Finding Dory”, which 2004 sequel film was the highest grossing animated movie of all-time at the domestic box office?

Dozens of teams jumped the gun with the incorrect response of “Toy Story 2”.  While that was certainly a very popular film, it as released a full five years before 2004!  With 31% of the field taking a zero on this question, only six teams earned six points with the correct answer of “Shrek 2”.  The final round began with a question concerning the Chicago sculpture nicknamed “The Bean”.  Only nine teams picked up two bonus points by knowing that the actual title of this sculpture is “Cloud Gate”.  We also looked at the video game series “The Legend of Zelda”, nicknames for national rugby teams, and the Wham! song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”.  As a result of all three final round bonus questions yielding a success rate of under 15%, we did not see any perfect scores in Thursday’s fourth round.  Here is your leaderboard heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):

–> The first time the ‘F-word’ was spoken on a recurring TV show was in 1981, when it was said extemporaneously during a line delivered by an actor on which show?

It is likely to be the most notable fact in the life of the late actor Charles Rocket, who accidentally uttered the ‘F-word’ on (and was subsequently fired from) “Saturday Night Live”.  Congratulations to the six teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  A special congratulations also goes out to Dave Scanland from My Black Hole Just Exploded, who took down a field of eight teams as a solo player at Fish Market).  These were your highest coring teams at the close of Thursdays games:


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Hair Bands)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Protobowling For Soup   (Next week’s first category: “Shrek the Third”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Just Good Enough   (Next week’s first category: Ric Ocasek)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed   (Next week’s first category: MLB Playoffs)

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

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Red or Blue Pokemon?)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: Duke Blue Devils Football)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Fox Hunting Terms)

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

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: “Saturday Night Live”)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Here For Fun   (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Inconceivables   (Next week’s first category: U. S. National Parks)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: “Baskets”)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Rock Lobsters  (Next week’s first category: Codes and Ciphers)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  See You Next Thursday  (Next week’s first category: John Brown’s Raid)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  My Black Hole Just Exploded  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Country Music – AUDIO)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Clown Puncher   (Next week’s first category: 1960s One-Hit Wonders)