A Perfectly Cromulent Night of Thursday Trivia!

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Even with an unexpected mid-game cancelation, Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 104 teams across ten venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Things got off to a smooth start for our Thursday teams, as opening round questions concerning the month of July, the work of Bette Midler, the Hot Toddy cocktail were answered with ease.  Dozens of teams were headed for a perfect first round score when we closed the opening stanza by asking them to name either one of the two MLB teams that lost consecutive World Series during the 21st century.   About two-thirds of the field earned wagering points on this question, primarily with the more recent correct answer of the Los Angeles Dodgers (who lost to the Houston Astros** in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018).  However, only 13% of our teams tacked on two bonus points by giving us both correct answers of the Dodgers and the Texas Rangers (who lost to the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011).  With those last two points, seven teams successfully completed a perfect first round.

** – perhaps not legitimately

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s second round opened with an audio question featuring the theme song to the television show Monk, followed by questions concerning Fiskars scissors, the unique spelling of the city name Tallahassee, and the use of copper bowls in cooking.  As the most difficult bonus question of the first half, only seven teams knew that copper bears the atomic number of 29.  That bonus question was the key sticking point for the field, as five of those seven teams rolled to a perfect second round score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Thursday’s halftime topics included items that share their names with chemical elements and Mississippi River states.  Six teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 14.9 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round proved to be slightly easier than usual, with all five wagering questions yielding a success rate of more than 50%.  We discussed topics such as the El Camino automobile, U.S. Presidents, the game of chess, and the classic television sitcoms Soap and Benson.  The most difficult bonus question of the round was asked in the form of a three-part question regarding geographic locales whose names contain apostrophes.  About one-fifth of the field converted two bonus points on this query by giving us all three correct answers of Hawai’i, Sana’a (the capital of Yemen), and Idaho resort town of Coeur d’Alene.  Seven teams earned a perfect third round score on Thursday night.

FOURTH ROUND:

Before starting the fourth round, we posed an incredibly difficult question as the first clue in the nightly 6-4-2 question:

  • I am a female celebrity born in 1941.  Early in my career, I modeled for Chanel and worked as a babysitter for the children of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.

Though some teams might have had an inkling to the correct answer, only Hipster Fashion Consultants (Solace Outpost) was bold enough to go in early and earn six points with the correct response of Martha Stewart.  The  increased difficulty level continued into the final stanza, as we began the round with the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

  • Since its founding in 1946, which franchise has retired 22 jersey numbers, the most among all major North American sports teams?

Based on the majority of responses, it seems that most of our teams had this question down to a 50/50 shot.  Since the franchise was founded during the 1940s, the Los Angeles Lakers were the most common answer.  But the Lakers have retired just eleven numbers (two of which were worn by Kobe Bryant).  Only 18% of our teams responded correctly with what was likely their other option: the Boston Celtics.  Furthermore, only five teams added two bonus points by also knowing that the next player to have his number retired by the Celtics will be Kevin Garnett.  Later, we discussed multi-talented country singer Dwight Yoakum, the high school comedy film 10 Things I Hate About You, and the poetry of Walt Whitman.  Thanks to the first question of the round, none of our Thursday teams swept the board to earn a perfect score.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (11.5% success rate):

  • Which fictional locale has been described as the home of award-winning dandelions, the birthplace of the glove compartment, and a place that the Calvin Coolidge once described as “a pea sized town with lima bean sized dreams”?

Only twelve teams earned points on this final question with the correct answer of Springfield (from The Simpsons).  None of our 104 teams recorded a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Green Acres  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mare of Easttown)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nursery Rhymes)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Rum Ham  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sopranos)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Semicircle of Trust  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Eights in Sports)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 AUDIO: John Berry or John Anderson?)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Whiskey Business  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Films)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Sinister Koalas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lord of the Rings Books)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fun with Flags)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Terminator)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Host’s Choice)