A LOVE-ly Bunch of Thursday Trivia!

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Aslin Beer Co and Solace Outpost each welcomed 25 teams while Mustang Sally Brewing brought in another 22 this past Thursday for Pour House Trivia! In all, 253 teams played at any of our 21 locations.

FIRST ROUND:

A no-biggie set of questions went out to our teams in the opening round. We celebrated 80th-birthday boy Robert De Niro with a three-part question, then played some croquet and took the BART (or Bay Area Rapid Transit) around the San Francisco/Oakland area. Finally, we toasted the third Billboard number one for Olivia Rodrigo. There were 39 perfect teams in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

A tough audio question broadcast three clips from TV shows advertising fictional products. Here, only 14% of the field named all three shows: Saturday Night LiveFuturama, and 30 Rock. Later, a question about the homophonic word pair pious and Pius had a bonus question which asked teams how many Catholic popes have taken the latter papal name; 13% were correct with a guess of 12 leaders named Pope Pius. The round concluded with the first half’s toughest wagering question:

  • Celebrating Independence Day today, which Asian country has been ruled by Presidents with one-word names such as Sukarno and Suharto?
  • Bonus: It shares its easternmost land border with which country?

While it shares its easternmost land border with Papua New Guinea, only a quarter of our teams knew the country in the wagering question is Indonesia. This round’s only perfect team was We the Peephole (Loudoun Kitchen).

HALFTIME:

A mystery theme atop the halftime page spotlighted movies which all featured George Clooney. For the bottom section, teams had to name the lone European country with a certain string of three consecutive letters. While the average score was 15.4, there were 32 teams able to secure all 20 points. At the halftime break, these teams were ahead of the rest:

THIRD ROUND:

The second half started with a Three Clues question about events of a specific decade:

  • EVENT 1: Pete DePaolo becomes the first driver to average at least 100 miles per hour at the Indianapolis 500.
  • EVENT 2: Eugene O’ Neill wins three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.
  • EVENT 3: Warren G. Harding is inaugurated as U. S. President.

Only six teams provided the correct decade, the 1920s, before the final clue was given. Next came a literary question:

  • Harlem teenager John Grimes is the lead character of Go Tell It on the Mountain, the first novel penned by which author and civil rights activist?

James Baldwin was named by a quarter of our teams. At the end of the round, we discussed some hip hop stage names:

  • Antwan Patton, Sean Anderson, and Antonio Hardy are among the hip hop artists whose stage name contains which adjective?
  • Bonus: What is the full stage name of Antonio Hardy?

While many teams went with Lil as their guess, you had to go to the other end of the spectrum to get the correct answer of Big. That answer had a night-low get rate of 21%, while 11 teams knew Hardy’s stage name is Big Daddy Kane. A perfect score was out of reach of our teams in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The state of Maine was Thursday’s 6-4-2 topic, with 73 teams naming it from a single clue for the max six points. We turned on the small screen for the first question in this round:

  • Which two shows will have a series finale air on the CW Network on Wednesday, August 23?

While 37% of teams named either Riverdale or Nancy Drew, just eight teams had both correct answers for bonus credit. Later on, a three-parter about athletes with Mc last names granted bonus points to 5.1% of the field, each team able to name golfer Rory McIlroy, slugger Mark McGwire, and Olympic diver Pat McCormick. Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers (Solace Outpost) was the only team able to score all 36 points in this round. There was a three-way tie for first in the overall standings before the final:

FINAL QUESTION (55.34% success rate):

  • What is the only film to win the Best Picture Oscar with a title containing the word Love?

More than half of our teams correctly went to the late 20th century to name Shakespeare in Love. The night’s only Perfect 21 team was Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven). The final leaderboard had these teams on top:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Third Round Meltdown  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Generation I Pokemon)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queen Victoria)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muppets (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Save the Clock Tower  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Legend of Zelda)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Burnt Endz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Imaginary Numbers)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons (season 6))

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Thing (1982))

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: High School Musical (audio))

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ring Theory)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: THEME GAME  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON AUG. 31: Music from Guardians of the Galaxy)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baldur’s Gate 3)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Moose and Squirrel  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Characters)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Win Some, Learn Some  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: This is Spinal Tap)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Will & Grace)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1930 FIFA World Cup)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wales)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pee-Wee Herman)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Moist Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wu-Tang Clan

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Part-Time Models  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Concorde)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Nugis Fatuus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saving Private Ryan)