A Night of Good Feelings at Thursday Trivia!

The last weeknight game in February welcomed 163 teams across 18 venues.


Opening round topics from Thursday night included the classic TV sitcom “Taxi”, the Capuchin monkey, and landmarks named for U.S. Presidents.  We closed the first round with its most difficult bonus question, as only 12% of our teams successfully identified Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the current President of Mexico.  That was the only sticking point for most of the field, as eight teams began their night by posting 36 points in the first round.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs with repetitive titles.  More than half of our teams earned bonus points by recognizing “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen, “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins, and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.  We continued the second stanza by ordering a round of kamikaze shots, discussing the mythological cockatrice, and reminiscing about the film “Saturday Night Fever”.  Once again, we closed the round with its most difficult bonus question, as only 14% of the field remembered that quarterback Michael Vick ended his NFL playing career as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Six teams ran the table in the second round by posting a perfect score.


Mixed gender music group and “Saturday Night Live” film adaptations were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page.  Ten teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.3 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


Thursday’s third round featured several difficult questions which kept virtually every team from securing a perfect score.  First, only 12% of the field earned the first two bonus points of the round by knowing that the Clint Eastwood’s character in the film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” was nicknamed Blondie.  Next, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Which month bears the only birthstone that is not considered a mineral?

In what was essentially two questions combined into one query, our teams first needed to figure out which of the twelve birthstones is not a mineral.  While a majority of our teams knew that the birthstone in question was pearl, only 23% of the field also knew that pearl is the birthstone of June.  Other third round topics included cities of the Middle East, the Vichy government of World War II, and U.S. Open golf champions Jordan Spieth and Bobby Jones.  Fan Club (Quincy’s) survived the gauntlet by being the only team to post a perfect third round score.


After visiting Seattle in the 6-4-2 question, we opened Thursday’s final round with the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: This bird titles an opera by Igor Stravinsky, based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

CLUE 2: John Keats wrote an “Ode to” this bird in 1819.

Not surprisingly, opera and poetry are not found on the list of wheelhouse categories for most of our teams.  Only 14% of the field was successful with an early response by knowing that these two facts point to the nightingale.  Other final round topics included the board game “Clue”, the pH scale, and “Beavis and Butt-head”.  Seven teams closed their game by sweeping the final round.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.5% success rate):

–> Who served as both Secretary of War and Secretary of State under James Madison, becoming the only person to hold two U.S. cabinet positions at the same time?

Nearly two-fifths of the field gave us the correct answer of James Monroe.  Congratulations to the four teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Fan Club (Quincy’s), Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), Educated Friends (Fourscore), and Love Sack (Mark’s).  Your final Thursday leaderboard included these teams:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Female Photographers)

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

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Indians   (Next week’s first category: XFL – current season)

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

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: The Eagles Song Lyrics)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Carnivortex   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Heavy Metal)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Better Lucky Than Smart   (Next week’s first category: Proving Right Triangles Congruent)

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

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Newcomers   (Next week’s first category: Calculus)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Whatever   (Next week’s first category: U. S. First Ladies)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: Current Solace Beers)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: “You” – Netflix show)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  No Brainers   (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Five Heads, One Brain   (Next week’s first category: Norse Mythology)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Double Secret Probation   (Next week’s first category: Bluegrass Music)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Ashwin’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: Marvel Comics)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Educated Friends   (Next week’s first category: Reel Big Fish)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Grumpies   (Next week’s first category: One Hit Wonders)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Love Sack   (Next week’s first category: Classic Breakfast Cereals)