A Winter Wonderland of Thursday Trivia!

The story of the night was certainly the surprise November snowstorm that rolled through Maryland on Thursday, wreaking havoc with our nightly schedule.  In spite of the miserable weather, we found 32 teams who braved the storm (as well as six other teams at our Florida venue) for Thursday’s game:

FIRST ROUND:

Appropriately (but completely coincidentally), we included a question in Thursday’s first round about this weather-related action film:

Twister Film

We also looked at Cap’n Crunch and the bones of the human forearm before closing the round with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  For wagering points, we asked our teams to identify the name that can refer to an Australian state, the capital city of British Columbia, or the largest lake in Africa, with nearly every team responding correctly with ‘Victoria’.  Only two teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Victoria is the name of the capital city on the islands of the Seychelles.  As a result, the first round did not yield any perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s second round opened with music from the films “Mamma Mia”, “Grease”, and “Hairspray”.  We continued with a discussion of the recent spelling correction implemented upon this New York City landmark:

Verrezano Bridge

After a look at the hits of Imagine Dragons, we once again closed with a rather difficult bonus question.  While most teams knew that Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss spent the first seven years of NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, only four teams also knew that he came out of retirement in 2012 to play his final season in the league with the San Francisco 49ers.  Once again, we did not see any perfect scores in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Films of the 1990s were the featured topic on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded four perfect scores and an overall average of 15.6 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard on this snowy Thursday night:

THIRD ROUND:

The first question of the third round featured nearly two-thirds of our teams wagering nine points, but only about HALF of those teams actually turned in the correct answer.  That diabolical question:

–> This U.S. city opened the country’s first Jewish hospital in 1850 and the first professional fire department in 1853.  In addition, this city’s Red Stockings became the world’s first professional baseball team in 1869.

Numerous teams coughed up nine points here by answering ‘Boston’, which is certainly a plausible guess, but the correct response was actually Cincinnati (whose baseball team shortened its name to ‘Reds’ in 1890).  However, we stumped every team on the two-point bonus question, asking for Cincinnati’s 19th century nickname which was derived from its position as the country’s lead hog-packing center.  None of our teams responded correctly with “Porkopolis”.  Our teams bounced back nicely on questions concerning the Copacabana nightclub and these movie dogs:

Movie Dogs

Thanks to the first bonus question of the round, none of our teams ran the table in the third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

We began Thursday’s final round with this piece of inadvertent comedy gold:

While virtually every team remembered this catchphrase (located at 28 seconds in the clip), none of our Thursday teams earned bonus points by also remembering that the elderly woman who spoke the line was given the name ‘Mrs. Fletcher’.  We continued the final round with a look at Mount Everest, Rosa Parks, and Reebok sneakers.  While several teams topped out at 34 points in the fourth round, the first bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board.  Here is Thursday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (62.5% success rate):

–> Although the title subject’s identity has long been a matter of speculation, the writer of which song revealed more than 40 years after its release that the subject of the second verse, and only the second verse, was actor Warren Beatty?

The correct response to Thursday’s final question was “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon.  Thursday’s game certainly offered up a slew of wicked bonus questions, but even with the smaller field, five teams managed to record a Perfect 21 by answering all wagering questions correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:

ALL THURSDAY VENUES ARE OFF FOR THANKSGIVING AND WILL RETURN NOV. 29

 

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: Pro Football Hall of Famers)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: “Shaun of the Dead”)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: “The Blues Brothers”)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: Zach Sings 1980s Hits)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Titanic Deck Chairs  (First category on Nov. 29: ACC Mascots)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: “Naruto”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: Disney Princesses)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: “Blazing Saddles”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Periodic Table Dancers  (First category on Nov. 29: U.S. National Parks)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: “The Princess Bride”)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  NO GAME  (First category on Nov. 29: World War I Homefront)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Hell’s Angels  (First category on Nov. 29: 1970s Music – AUDIO)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  We’re Waiting On One More Team  (First category on Nov. 29: Famous Eleanors)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  We Are Not Going to Be Suck This Year  (First category on Nov. 29: Byzantine Empire)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Mighty Casey at the Bat  (First category on Nov. 29: Jon Plays Korn on Mandolin)