A Presidential Finish to Thursday Night Trivia!

Thursday night packed in some of our most talented trivia teams, as five of our venues featured double-digit team counts.  We had many teams put up some very impressive scores (for four rounds), until a difficult final question knocked most of our teams down a peg or two.  Check out Thursday’s recaps below!:

THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (77 teams across nine venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: PC Principals (Fish Market) with 171

** Fourth time this season with the highest overall score **

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Breadsticks (Quincy’s) with 163

–> Highest First Half Score: The Fan Club (Quincy’s) with 92

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): PC Principals

–>Our anatomically themed halftime page was slightly more difficult than normal, playing to an average of 14.8, with five teams scoring a perfect 20 points.  It also created an opportunity for some very creative answers!

–> Our 6-4-2 was fairly easier, with 18% of our teams able to recognize Stevie Wonder’s birth name.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (12.8% success rate):

–> Throughout U.S. history, four U.S. Presidents were elected to a FIRST term with less than 45% of the popular vote, but would still go on to be elected to a second term.  Name ANY THREE of these Presidents.  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, MD

Wooo!  It’s my birthday!  What a better way to spend it than yukking it up with my Pour House Trivia teams here at Quincy’s in Gaithersburg!  OK…yeah I could’ve thrown a party or something but this was just fine!  Tonight’s game was a two-team race from start to finish, as a pair of our regular teams put up some monster scores out of the gate.

Highlights of the Night:

In “So-Much-For-Being-on-the-DL”: I actually hadn’t planned on making my birthday known to anyone. So when the Fan Club walked in with a huge Birthday balloon that kinda went out the window soooooooo party!

In “Pressure?-Hell-I’m-Gonna-be-Under-Attack”: So…I didn’t think that identifying Queen’s Under Pressure was gonna be the difficult part of the audio clue tonight. However, there seemed to be a LOT of teams who didn’t have the right title…clearly we need a Queen night one night during trivia to get y’alls head back in the game!

In “Toughest-Final-In-A-While”: Tonight’s final question was a doozy that I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if no one got correct. We had lots of teams get one or two presidents correct, but only one team got all three. Correct answers and defensive wagers were key!

In third place tonight, Breadsticks!

In second place tonight, Nasty Neutrons!

In first place tonight, the Fan Club!

Great game tonight guys, and thank you all for the birthday wishes!  Next week we’ll kick things off with a Bruce Springsteen Audio question! Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Bruce Springsteen Trivia

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Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

Coming soon…

Next week’s first category:  Norse Mythology

Norse Gods Pub Trivia MD

 

 

 

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Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA

It was trivia amid torrential rain down here at Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, and I have to say that the second half of tonight’s game was one of the lowest scoring halves I have seen from these fine trivia players.  What can you say? Sometime the stars just align.  Keeping this post brief tonight as I am a little frazzled so here we go.  Our first round was a solid scoring round except for our winner’s choice category regarding U.S. First Ladies by maiden name. Few other questions were missed and a lot of two point bonuses were scored, including this current “Sexiest Man Alive” recipient:

Dwayne Rock Johnson

Second round only saw a few misses, and included an audio clue with a few popular songs converted to 8-bit “video game” format.  We also featured the Tennessee Titans running back CJ2K, a “Nordic” geography question, and a reminder that Hollywood has long been scrutinized for its questionable political influence in some form or another. We also took a look at “Parks & Recreation” cast alum Rashida Jones in her current TBS cop spoof:

Angie Tribeca Rashida Jones

Now to that aforementioned second half.  The teams just couldn’t seem to get a handle on these topics, including a very young Phoenix Suns shooting guard, “Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, and the lack of beachfront access for students of the University of Pennsylvania.  They did well with the clothing brand Anthropologie, but came up short with this cartoon hero with a panache for eating tree bark:

George of the Jungle

The final round saw great scoring opportunities with sunflowers and ABC’s “The View”, and they were also eager to hand in answers for the delightful treat Apple Brown Betty.  Where things got rough was a current film about an Atheist investigative journalist and his return to faith while trying to debunk the resurrection of Christ.  This was followed up by pulling some answers using the the letters in the phrase “April Showers”, which had a number of peeps going “oh yeah…” when I revealed the name of Plymouth retro street rod of the 90’s shown here.

Prowler Car

The final seemed daunting for most of other venues, but it actually went pretty well for most teams, with four of our six teams answering correctly, it also forced a tiebreaker to settle second and third place.  Here are the results:

First Place:  Indians

Second Place:  Your Mom

Third Place:  Cranius Maximus

Next week’s first category: The Three Stooges

~ Ronnie

Three Stooges

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Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, MD

Trivia goes on rain or shine here at Smoketown Brewing in Brunswick, as we all came to find out (especially those on the patio).  What a game we had, with 14 teams joining in on the fun, and with a lot of trading back and forth all the way to the final.  Raider Nation took an early lead, by being the only team to name the owner of Little Caesars (as well as the Red Wings and Tigers), Mike Ilitch.  The second round also gave us an interesting question, as most everyone thought that Denmark DEFINITELY bordered Sweden.  It’s just an ocean!

The halftime puzzle page, even with all the colorful language you put on those sheets, produced some rather high scores, with Beer Makes Smart and Multiple Scoregasms getting the highest score with 19 points each.  But Raider Nation had a commanding lead at the half, trying to overthrow the reigning champs The Scoundrels.

In the third round, another geography question caused some fits, as we learned that New Hampshire borders the Atlantic Ocean.  Huh.  Though not much of it.  It was in the fourth round that The Scoundrels found their momentum, as they were the only team to earn points on the Religious Films question by answering correctly on “The Case for Christ”.  When it came down to the final question, The Scoundrels finally had the lead… which they kept as nobody was able to come up with the correct response on the final!  Congrats to Beer Makes Smart, with their zero wager capturing second place!  Here are your winners tonight:

First Place:  Scoundrels

Second Place:  Beer Makes Smart

Third Place:  I Drink and I Know Things

Next week’s first category:  Grammar

~ Zach

Grammar

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD

Seven teams joined us for Pour House Trivia tonight at Beef’O’Brady’s, while I had the pleasure to substitute for Chief on a robust Thursday night.  Tonight was all about the competition for silver and bronze because one team ran the table strong from pillar to post.  Flight Level Awesome took the initial lead with 34 points after the first round, followed by Pugalicious and Ya Donkey at 32 points each, and Master Haters in fourth place at 31 points.

A pair of questions in Round 2 hurt the field and only left two teams with their bonuses intact.  The current TV comedy “Angie Tribeca” (not “Brooklyn 99”) left all but two teams looking for their points.  The following question dealing with NFL running backs asked about the man nicknamed ‘CJ2K’.  While teams knew it was a certain Johnson, unfortunately several teams put Curtis Johnson instead of Chris Johnson.  Perhaps they were thinking of Curtis Martin as well.  At the halftime break, Flight Level Awesome held a ten-point lead over the two teams tied for second place: Master Haters and Ya Donkey.

College Geography provided some difficulty in Round 3.  The most popular incorrect answer for “the only Ivy League school to be located in a state that does NOT border the Atlantic Ocean” was Stanford!  As much as our teams wanted it to be, Stanford is not a member of the the Ivy League.

Round 4 saw Flight Level Awesome pressing the gas pedal to the floor and finishing up the final round with 157 points, while Ya Donkey had 138 points, and Pugalicious was at 131 points.  Unfortunately, the final proved rough for all involved and we went 0 for 7 at Beef’O’Brady’s  in the subject of presidential elections.  The places were identical to the fourth round with Flight Level Awesome taking the victory, Ya Donkey taking  second, and Pugalcious earning the bronze.  Next week, our first category will be the film “Apocalypse Now“!

~ Scott

Apocalypse Now

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Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD

Tonight at Rockland Farms Winery in Poolesville, the Maybe Babies began the night looking for their fifth consecutive win.  However, teams new and old were out to get their first win and perhaps start a winning streak of their own.  Bentley’s Buddies gained some points on the field by being the only team to answer our second round NFL question correctly.  They knew that “CJ2K” referred to former Tennesee Titans running back Chris Johnson.

One of our new teams The Misfits started out hot as they took the lead coming out of halftime, while another new team, The Chimichangas, were right behind them trailing by four points. Things did not start well for our powerhouse team.  A crucial miss at the close of the first round cost them their five-point bonus chip, and two more misses in the second round meant that they would need to overcome a 15-point deficit in the second half.

But, our defending champs did just that.  After The Misfits missed a nine-point wager in round three, they relinquished the lead to Bentley’s Buddies.  Maybe Bibes continued to rally back, and at the final question they were in second place!  Trailing by nine points, they needed Bentley’s Buddies to miss AND to answer correctly in order to keep that winning streak alive, but no one was able to come up with the correct response on the final question tonight, so here is how we ended up…

Bentley’s Buddies took home their first victory, as Maybe Babies were right behind them in second.  Rounding out the top three was the Misfits.

Until next time…

~ Devan

Next week’s first category:  Mob Movie Quotes

GoodFellas Trivia

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Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL

Six teams competed for trivia glory at Right Around The Corner Thursday night.  It was a chill evening, full of good beer and quality competition.  Round one started off smoothly, with most of our teams claiming all of the possible points.  However, round two was slightly trickier.  Apparently most of our teams don’t watch “Angie Tribeca”, and a question about NFL running back Chris Johnson stumped all of our teams.

The halftime sheet played fairly well, but a question asking teams to name three-letter body parts lead some of our competitors to get a bit creative with slang terms.  We’ll let you fill in the blanks there 😉  The second half stayed pretty competitive.  Did you know that Stanford isn’t an Ivy League school?  That tripped up a lot of our teams, and a few of them forgot that Bashful is one of Snow White’s seven dwarfs. But they almost all soared through round four with relative ease.

Unfortunately, none of our teams correctly answered the final question, as we were looking for Presidents Lincoln, Wilson, Nixon, and Clinton, which meant smart wagering determined the final rankings. Congrats to all who played and we look forward to seeing you next week!

First Place:  Goodwill Thinking

Second Place:  Better Red than Dead

Third Place: Hola Wapa

Next week’s first category:  Beer

~ C.J.

Craft Beers

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Fish Market in Alexandria, VA

A good crowd tonight at the Fish as we saw a number of our regular teams.  We had PC Principals at full strength tonight, looking as strong as ever.  We had a little get-together with the Jeff King Experience and our very own PHT host Chris Ngoon playing tonight as the Dale Chihuly Fan Club!  They looked to see if they could bring down Poe Pourri, a four-person squad tonight (including David Rigsby, who is going to be JEOPARDY! tomorrow night, Friday April 21st…. I’m sure he’ll hate me for the blast here but I think it’s exciting!).

It looked going in as if we had three teams that were the favorites, but with some luck and a good first half, it was Second to Last who led the pack as we entered Round 3!  They led by a single point, but they looked to increase that lead with more stellar play, hopefully replicating their early success.  Well, Round 3 was NOT kind… not kind at all… Second to Last moved from first to right in the middle of the pack after a grueling third round.  It seemed our “cream of the crop”, so to speak, began to rise as we saw PC Principals, Dale Chihuly, and Poe Pourri take over the top three spots.  In fact, Dale Chihuly and PC Principals were tight all game, tied at the half, tied after the third round, AND tied after the fourth round!

It was an even match between these two teams but we still had the final question in play.  A U.S. Presidents Question for the final, seems easy right?  Tonight was no stroll through the park… Requiring three answers on the question (see above for the actual question we asked) proved to be challenging.  Lots of teams getting one name, a few less got two names, but coming up with a total of three correct responses was a challenge for most of the crowd here.  In the end, we had only two correct answers.

You’d think with the way the game had gone, Dale Chihuly and PC Principals would be your two sole gets on the final and would be forced into a tiebreaker.  Well, Dale Chihuly got beat by the final and they fell back, leaving PC Principals all alone for the win!  Congratulations!  Second place went to Poe Pourri, who got the very tough final as well, a hard fought game and a strong finish!  We’re back in a week to see who will come out victorious in what I hope is an amazing rematch of these trivia juggernauts!  Until then 😉

 ~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  Gilmore Girls Guest Stars

Gilmore Girls Trivia

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Guido’s Speakeasy in Frederick, MD

Another fun one is in the books from Guido’s Speakeasy in downtown Frederick!  Thursday nights are definitely one of my favorite nights to host because of the teams that come out and the excitement of almost always having a close game with a crazy ending, and this past Thursday was no disappointment!

One of our best teams, Tuna Noodle Casserole, dug themselves quite a hole early on.  They missed their five-point bonus question in the first round, and found themselves in last place after each round.  The overall leaders couldn’t pull away from each other, and we had a tie for first place heading into the final question.  After the final question, was asked, we had Ace In The Hole dropping back to finish in third place, Unathletico Madrid won the tie breaker to take second place, but the big surprise was the only team that answered the final correctly made the jump from last place to first place for the WIN…. Tuna Noodle Casserole!!  This team prides itself on knowledge of U.S. history, so our final question on former Presidents was right up their alley, as they avenged what could have been a very frustrating night!

So this time for their winner’s choice category for next week, they decided to mess with me and give Matt a break, so their category for next week is Jon Jeffries sings Taylor Swift (dear lord).  So if you like to laugh and play trivia, join us this Thursday night at Guido’s Speakeasy!

~ Jon J

Taylor Swift Trivia