A Record-Setting Thursday Night!

Thursday night saw another HUGE opening night, as host Kyle welcomed 13 teams to our first game at the Dawg House in Waynesboro!  Meanwhile, the arrival of a new team at Fish Market in Alexandria led to a record-breaking scoreboard.  All told, Thursday’s game featured 118 teams across 14 venues:


There were no surprises with Thursday’s first round, as our teams had an easy time navigating through topics such as restaurant chains, Brazilian geography, and U.S. Presidents.  We closed the opening stanza with our nightly Three Clues question, which focused on a particular language:

CLUE 1: The Spanish words for ‘chess’, ‘vegetable oil’, and ‘sugar’ all derive from this language.

CLUE 2: Its dialects include Maghrebi, Sudanese, and Levantine.

These two clues were enough for about one-third of our teams to earn bonus points with the early correct answer of Arabic.  The first round yielded an impressive 23 perfect scores.


Thursday’s audio question gave most of our teams their first speed bump of the night, as we played three songs whose titles each contain the word “LOVE”.  The field had no problem recognizing “Love Hurts”  by Nazareth and “What is Love” by Haddaway, bu the recent Demi Lovato hit “Tell Me You Love Me” was far more difficult, leading to just 11% of our teams earning bonus points with three correct answers.  Later, we asked our teams to name the ACC squad which is currently the top-ranked college basketball team in the country.  Sorry, Duke and UNC fans, it’s this team currently topping the polls:

UVA Basketball

Once again, this query included another difficult bonus question, as only 19% of the field knew that Tony Bennett (no, not that one) is the current head basketball coach at the University of Virginia.  We closed the first half with a look at this TV show which airs its 100th episode later tonight:

Agents of SHIELD

A trio of difficult bonus questions meant that two teams swept the second round with a perfect score: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).


Thursday’s halftime page featured visual representations of cocktails (e.g. a picture of Vladimir Putin = White Russian), while the bottom half asked our teams to name the nine cities which are home the country’s busiest airports.  Our average score landed at 16.2 points, which is certainly within the normal range, but with these list questions, it can be very difficult to earn a perfect score.  Such was the case tonight, as we saw a slew of 18s and 19s, but no perfect scores.  The appearance of Seattle-Tacoma and Devner took most of our teams by surprise.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:


Thursday’s third round featured a question which resulted in one of the most unique outcomes we have ever seen at Pour House Trivia.  First off, here’s the question:

–> Freddie Prinze Sr. and Jack Albertson starred as the two title characters on which NBC sitcom of the 1970s?

Overall, about half of our teams responded with this correct answer:

Chico and the Man

At two of our venues, this question yielded ZERO correct answers, while at two other venues, this question yielded ZERO incorrect answers!  The wonders of customer demographics…  We closed the round with a look at Peruvian Prime Ministers and Harry Potter actors.  The third round yielded nine perfect scores.


The final round included questions on Augusta National Golf Club, the final symphony composed by Beethoven, and this sweet treat:

Confetti Cake

After closing the round with a question on Berkshire Hathaway (and its CEO Warren Buffett), we saw a whopping 15 teams sweep the final round on Thursday night, including six teams at Quincy’s in Gaithersburg.  These were your top Thursday scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (57.4% success rate):

–> The current logo of which professional sports franchise includes a trio of four-cusped hypocycloids?

Just over half of our teams arrived at the two correct answers of the Pittsburgh Steelers:


So that’s what those things are called!!  Congratulations to the four teams that earned the Perfect 21 with correct answers on all wagering questions: Fan Club (Quincy’s), Super Best Friends (Fish Market), Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market), and PC Principals (Fish Market).  We did mention that this was a record-setting night of trivia, so here are the feats we witnessed last night:

–> Super Best Friends sets a record for the highest score (177) by a team making its PHT debut.

–> For the first time in history, three teams from the same venue (Fish Market) scored at least 175 points.

–> Tickle My Pickle sets a PHT record for the highest score (174) by a team that did NOT win a prize.

We’re not sure what’s in the beer at Fish Market, but this venue easily boasts the most difficult competition.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: New York Yankees History)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  This is How We Go Down  (Next week’s first category: “The Golden Girls”)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom  (Next week’s first category: March Madness)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap  (Next week’s first category: “Weird Al” Yankovic – AUDIO)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants  (Next week’s first category: “The Office” – U.S. version)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dire Wolves  (Next week’s first category: College Mascots)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  No Brainers  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Music – AUDIO)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham  (Next week’s first category: English Premier League Teams)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Girth Brooks  (Next week’s first category: Types of Beer)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Tom Dooleys  (Next week’s first category: Unusual Disasters)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Louis Pasteur  (Next week’s first category: Medications)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  YOLO Swaggins  (Next week’s first category: Kyle Sings “We Didn’t Start the Fire”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Super Best Friends  (Next week’s first category: Jewish Holidays)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole  (Next week’s first category: “Grapefruit” by Yoko Ono)