A Towering Night of Thursday Trivia!

Thursday night’s game was full of surprises as we welcomed 119 teams across 14 venues:

ROUND 1:

Normally, the opening round of any Pour House Trivia game is the easiest, but such was not the case on Thursday night, as less than half of our teams answered correctly on each of two different first round questions:

–> In Miami Beach, State Road A1A is actually named Collins Avenue, though which chart-topping 1991 hip hop song refers to it as “Beachfront Avenue”?

–> What do the letters ‘MI’ stand for in the name of the British government agency MI6?

The correct answers were “Ice Ice Baby” and Military Intelligence.  Furthermore, only eight teams across the board earned bonus points by knowing the song “Ice Ice Baby” originally appeared on the Vanilla Ice album “To the Extreme”.  With an unexpectedly difficult start for our teams, we saw just one perfect score in the first round: Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).

ROUND 2:

Thursday’s audio question featured film clips from the late Alan Rickman.  While the field had no trouble recognizing scenes from “Die Hard” and “Galaxy Quest”, many forgot that Rickman portrayed a cynical angel in the Kevin Smith film “Dogma”:

Alan Rickman

After questions on noble metals and U.S. cities, we gave our teams this query which proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> As a reference to the Olympics, which title was given to the four-episode spinoff of “The Bachelor” which aired this past February?

Only 19% of our teams gave us this correct response:BachelorIn a slight improvement from the opening stanza, we saw two perfect scores in the second round: Slapsgiving (Cushwa Brewing) and PC Principals (Fish Market).

HALFTIME:

Brands of chewing gum and foreign film directors were the themes on Thursday’s halftime page.  With an overall average of 16.3 points, we saw six teams notch a perfect 20 points.  These were your top Thursday scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Thursday’s second half opened with the post-“Jeopardy!” endeavors of this trivia champion:

Ken Jennings

Later, we covered topics such as the Warren Commission, the film “Gone With the Wind”, and this forgotten Microsoft product:

Zune

Four teams earned perfect scores in the third round: 1-2-3 Drink (Cushwa Brewing), YOLO Swaggins (Dawg House), The A-Team (Dawg House), and PC Principals (Fish Market).

ROUND 4:

Thursday’s final round opened with the most difficult bonus question of the night:

–> Name either one of the two NBA teams that each won two league titles during the decade of the 1970s.

For those teams that don’t have a basketball expert, the default answers of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics would have been effective here, as the Celtics won titles in 1974 and 1976.  But only seven teams earned bonus points with the second correct answer of the New York Knicks, who won titles in 1970 and 1973 thanks to Willis Reed:Willis ReedAfter questions on the ballets of Peter Tchaikovsky and the occupations of Chandler Bing, we closed the final round with a Triple 50/50 question on felines.  With only 13% of our teams answering all three parts correctly, we did not see any perfect scores in the fourth stanza.  Here are Thursday’s highest scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (8.7% success rate):

–> Within the last five years, which country has constructed five skyscrapers that all currently rank among the ten tallest buildings on Earth?

Sometimes, we ask a question knowing full well that there will be a very common wrong answer, and we suspected that to be the case here.  Though the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is more than 600 feet taller than any other skyscraper on Earth, the United Arab Emirates does not have a second building among the top 20.  Instead, half of the top ten (and 13 of the top 22) on this list are located in China.  It was indeed a toughie, as only nine teams earned points on this final question.  Not surprisingly, we did not have any teams record the Perfect 21 on Thursday with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:

In what could be a Pour House Trivia first for a full weeknight of games, Slapsgiving topped the overall leaderboard despite losing points on the final question.

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Syracuse Orange Basketball)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  No Fruit No Karaoke  (Next week’s first category: Tour de France)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: “Doctor Who”)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Singing Inferno  (Next week’s first category: “The Flintstones”)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Gryffindorks  (Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Veggie Burrito  (Next week’s first category: Global Pandemics)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving  (Next week’s first category: “Brooklyn Nine Nine”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Enemy Anemones  (Next week’s first category: Science Fiction Films)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Gold Team  (Next week’s first category: H. L. Mencken)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Herbs and Spices)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Triumvirate  (Next week’s first category: Host Sings a Nursery Rhyme)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  YOLO Saggins  (Next week’s first category: Halo)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: Battles of the American Revolution)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Friends of Dick Johnson  (Next week’s first category: Chicago Cubs)