A Rocky Finish to Thursday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia was welcomed by 21 venues on Thursday night, with 197 teams getting an early start to their weekends with a game.


In Thursday’s opening round, teams took in questions about The Office on the 17th anniversary of its U.S. premiere, the upcoming Academy Awards, and rum.  The final question brought with it the toughest bonus question of the round, as only 30% of the field was able to recall that the little dog laughed upon seeing the cow jump over the moon in the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.  Overall however, the round was a very successful one for our teams!  Perfect first-round scores were achieved by 33 teams in the field.


The Thursday audio question proved no match for the majority of teams, who were asked to identify Hey Jude by the Beatles, Metallica’s Enter Sandman, and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off by renditions performed by marching bands.  We then moved to topics such as the Caribbean island Trinidad, longtime Atlanta Brave and now-Los Angeles Dodger Freddie Freeman before getting to the most difficult question of the first half:

  • Originally known as BackRub.com, which website was given its current name after taking up too much bandwidth on Stanford?

Just over two-fifths of the field remained wholesome enough to correctly name Google, which took its previous name from the search engine checking backlinks to determine a website’s importance for search results.  The bonus question asked which parent company currently owns Google, and 13.7% of teams earned an extra two points for the right answer, Alphabet. Even after that, 16 teams put up perfect scores in the second round on Thursday.


On the Thursday halftime page, teams first had to identify worldly musical instruments by their pictures, then determine which of a group of ten celebs has had a hosting gig at the Academy Awards.  This proved a bit tricky, with an average score of 13.2 and only five teams scoring a perfect 20 points.  After halftime, these were your top Thursday teams:


Compared to a typical third round, Thursday’s was pretty successful with only one question having a sub-50% correct answer rate.  However, there were a few tricky bonus questions. The first started the round; a little over half the field was able to name Judah Ben-Hur as the film and literary title character in question, but only 20% could also remember that Lew Wallace was the author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.  Two questions later, we had a Three Clues set on Disney World, but only 11.1% of the field was confident enough to name it after just two clues for the bonus.  In between, we asked the hardest question of the second half:

  • Which Sesame Street character became the only non-human to testify before Congress, when he did so regarding the importance of music in education and on children in general?

While Big Bird is usually one to dole out wisdom and advice to those on the show, it was in fact Elmo who took that turn before Congress in 2002.  The only team able to work the third round to a perfect score was Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s).


Sonny and Cher were the duo described in Thursday’s 6-4-2 and once teams got a trio of clues about them, we started the fourth round.  Topics included the Harry Potter character Gilderoy Lockhart, who was played by Kenneth Branagh in the films, as well as the former Olympic sport tug of war and the Bonnaroo music festival.  The only question to give teams trouble in general asked them to identify Mexico as the country Austrian-born Emperor Maximilian I ruled for three years in the 1860s, with 46.7% of teams getting it right. Eight teams earned a perfect score in the fourth round.  After four rounds of play, these teams led the field on Thursday:

FINAL QUESTION (9.1% success rate):

  • About 15 years after being named the Worst Actor of the Century by the Golden Raspberry Awards, who won the Razzie Redeemer Award for a film that also earned him an Oscar nomination?

Maybe it’s the Oscar nomination he got for Rocky in 1977, or maybe it’s the sheer number of bad actors teams could think of over the past few decades, but less than a tenth of the field were able to correctly name Sylvester Stallone as the Razzie Redeemer recipient for his work in Creed.  Two teams earned themselves the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly: congrats to Bamboozled (Quinn’sand Pterodactyl (Casita Romos)!  Here is your final leaderboard for Thursday’s game:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Disneyland or Disney World?)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Lucky Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Anatomy)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Betty Skelton)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bridgerton)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidential Elections)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bridgerton)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Teachers Have Class  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY1990s Country Music (audio))

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s One-Hit Wonders)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Mythology)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pigcakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eurotrip (film))

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mitchells vs. the Machines)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: BBQAnon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rocky)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Flux Capacitors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: That’s What She Said  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Genetic Disorders)

Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Bamboozled  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bravo Network Shows)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Sam We Are  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Sams)

Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT GAME MARCH 31 – FIRST CATEGORY: The Dukes of Hazzard)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: I’m Quite Fond of You  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Grammy Awards)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: War Weapons)