A Whitewashing at Thursday Night Trivia!

Thursday night’s game featured 96 teams playing at 13 venues, including another packed house at Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, as host Ian once again had has hands full with 19 teams!  On to the recaps:


Thursday’s game opened with a Three Clues question, with tonight’s edition dealing with a certain food:

CLUE 1: In 1958, Danish designer Arne Jacobson created a chair named for this food.

CLUE 2: The French word for this food is spelled “O-U-E-F”.

Obviously, this question would have been much easier had we included a photograph of Mr. Jacobson’s creation:

Egg Chair

Nonetheless, 28% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by answering correctly with egg after just two clues had been read.  Later, our teams did their best to “make it work” by naming this TV personality:

Tim Gunn

We closed the opening stanza with a look at Sports Headlines, as most of our teams knew that Trinidad and Tobago recently eliminated the United States from qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Exactly one-third of our teams tacked on a two-point bonus by knowing that head coach Bruce Arena almost immediately resigned his position following the loss.  The first round did not pose any problems for the field, as 22 teams began the game with a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured parody songs from the legendary “Weird Al” Yankovic.  More than half of our teams earned bonus points here, by recognizing the works of Nelly (a parody of “Hot in Herre”), Coolio (a parody of “Gangsta’s Paradise”), and Chamillionaire (a parody of “Ridin’”).  The middle portion of the round provided our teams with the most difficult questions of the first half.  First up, we asked our teams to name the three ‘E-words’ which refer to lengthy periods of time on the official Geologic Time Scale.  While about half of teams earned their wagers with the correct responses of era, eon, and epoch, we also offered a two-point bonus to any team that could place those three time periods in order of the length of time each covers.  This is where most of our teams stumbled, as only 11% gave us the correct order of eon –> era –> epoch.  Next, we moved on to what was our most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> The La Quebrada Cliff Divers are a group of professional high divers based in which Mexican resort city located along the Pacific coast?

You’ll see some amazing feats from these high divers in the city of Acapulco:


With only 27% of our teams scoring points on this question, we saw just two perfect scores in the second round: Oxymorons (Champion Billiards) and Quiz in My Pants (Cushwa Brewing).


Thursday’s halftime page quizzed our teams with pictures of kitchen utensils, while the bottom half featured a matching section on the alma maters of NBA players.  Our teams performed very well, but the image of a butter curler kept many from snagging a perfect score:

Butter Curler

Our average score of 17.2 included more than two dozen scores of 19 points, but only five teams managed to run the table on the halftime round.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:


Thursday’s second half began with a question on Books of the Bible.  To the one team at Jerry’s Sports Bar, we would like to apologize for not accepting your answer of the Book of Gargamel.  Next, most of our teams knew that Type O Negative is most often referred to as the “universal donor” (even if it might not technically be true).  But it was our third question that proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night.  Specifically, we were looking for three historical figures commonly known as “The Great”:

1)  He ruled ancient Egypt for 66 years in the 13th century B.C.

2)  During the 4th century A.D., he became the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity.

3)  While ruling the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century A.D., he ordered the construction of the Hagia Sophia.

Only 21% of our teams earned their wagers here with at least two of these three correct answers: Ramses, Constantine, and Justinian.  A few teams brought their history buffs along for Thursday night’s game, as nine teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing all three historic figures.  Next up was our a question in our Last Word / First Word format, as we were looking for this Detroit Lions wide receiver who voiced the title character in the Disney animated film “Hercules”:

Golden Tate Donovan

This was certainly more difficult than our typical LWFW question, as exactly one-third of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Golden Tate Donovan.  After closing the round with European Geography, only ONE TEAM had notched a perfect score of 36 points in the third round.  Making a rare Thursday appearance was defending PHT World Series Champion Dusty Baker’s School of Management, who nabbed all three bonus questions while making their “guest appearance” at Quincy’s.


We headed to the bar for our six-point question on Thursday:

–> Which American brand name created in 1902 is the namesake for the Margarita variant which includes a splash of Grand Marnier?

Let’s just say there were a few people that thought this six-point clue was far too easy.  We won’t make any judgement on your level of alcoholic knowledge, but you did earn your teams six points with this correct answer:



Thursday’s final round included a bit on a “Oops!” moment, as we asked this question in the subject of Rock Frontmen:

–> Which Canadian rock band is fronted by the man who spent just over two years married to Avril Lavigne?

Well, it turns out that Ms. Lavigne was formerly married to TWO different frontmen of Canadian rock bands, so we accepted either Nickleback (fronted by her second ex-husband Chad Kroeger) and Sum 41 (fronted by her first ex-husband Deryck Whibley).  We continued the final round with a question on the fictional character Alex Cross, who was created by author James Patterson.  We offered points to teams that could name either the first book in the Alex Cross series, or the actor who portrayed Cross in that book’s feature film adaptation.  Even though Cross was recently portrayed on the big screen by Tyler Perry, his first appearance included a performance by this gentleman:

Alex Cross

Earning a bonus on this question was quite difficult, as the films were produced in a different order than the books, so the second film in the series was actually adapted from the first book: “Along Came a Spider”.  Staying true to their reputation, Dusty Baker’s School of Management swept the fourth round as well, but they were not alone this time: Cranius Maximus (Bunker Sports Cafe) and Dire Wolves (Belly Love Brewing) also recorded perfect scores of 36 points in the final round.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> The common household chemical compound sodium hypochlorite is more commonly known by what name?

Exactly half of our teams answered correctly with bleach.  Unfortunately, we did not see any teams earn the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:

** Although they can’t be listed on the ‘official’ leaderboard, we would like to offer an Honorable Mention to PC Principals (Fish Market) who racked up an impressive 169 points while playing “over the limit”.


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Breadsticks  (Next week’s first category: Celebrities Named Jordan)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Occam’s Disposable Razor  (Next week’s first category: “Transformers” franchise)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cranius Maximus  (Next week’s first category: “Harry Bosch” Novels)  

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Hans Gruber Preservation Society   (Next week’s first category: “The Shining”)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Staph Infection  (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton”)

Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD:  Charging Our Fireballs  (Next week’s first category: “Gone in 60 Seconds”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dire Wolves  (Next week’s first category: Queen – band)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Quiz In My Pants  (Next week’s first category: Modern Middle East)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Three Fingers Worth  (Next week’s first category: “The Philadelphia Story”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  We Drink and We Know Things  (Next week’s first category: Geraden Sings Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW!  **

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Better Red Than Dead  (Next week’s first category: “Grandma’s Boy”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus  (Next week’s first category: British Music Invasion)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole  (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings “Weird Al” Yankovic)