All Up in Your Area with Thursday Trivia!

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This past Thursday, 223 teams played Pour House Trivia at one of our 17 venues. Leading the charge were Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA (21 teams), Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD (24 teams), and a 30-team game at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA!


The game began with a three-parter about famous ad slogans, followed by this presidential question:

  • Exactly 68 years ago today, which sitting U.S. President delivered the first televised presidential press conference?

Just over two-thirds of the field named Dwight Eisenhower for credit. A question about Brett Favre‘s appearance in 90s film sitcom There’s Something About Mary provided the toughest bonus chance of the round, as just 12% of teams knew that in the film, Mary didn’t like Favre because she’s a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. A game-high eight teams earned perfect scores in this round.


Thursday night’s audio clue ended up as the hardest bonus opportunity of the game. For Dolly Parton’s 77th birthday, we played a trio of vocalists covering a Dolly song; only 6.2% of the field identified Johnny CashLil Nas X, and Whitney Houston to earn those two extra points. Two questions later, we put a little game show action in our trivia night:

  • In the current CBS adaptation of which game show, four teams of two fill out their game cards by deciphering five-letter words? You can name either the game show or its current host.

About 41% of our teams had either the show, Lingo, or its new host, RuPaul, for wagering points. We ended the round with questions about the literary Bronte sisters and a crossword-style clue about the scientific term valence. Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven) had the round’s only perfect score.


Film titles containing foreign locales comprised the top half of Thursday’s halftime round, while teams were asked to name the ten smallest U.S. states for the bottom section. Thirteen perfect team scores were achieved here for a page that carried an average score of 16.6 points. At the break, we had a two-way tie for first place in the standings:


Thursday’s third round was bookended by two questions that tied for the lowest success rate of the round at 39% apiece. First up, we took a trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

  • As the fourth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which 2011 film used the tagline Courage is Immortal?

While almost two-fifths of the field knew that film was Thor, just 13% added bonus points for also naming its director, Kenneth Branagh. The last question in this round took us back to the punk scene of the 1970s:

  • Better known by their stage names, English musicians John Lydon and John Ritchie became famous as two parts of which rock band that was formed in 1975?

Lydon and Ritchie, better known as bonus answers Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, were famous for their time in the Sex Pistols. This round’s perfect teams were A New Hope (Olde Mother), Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven), Know Nothing Party (Bear Brick Oven), and Slime Puppies (Steinhardt).


6-4-2 about the planet Venus saw only four teams receive the full six-point bonus. The last round of the night started with a question about former TV spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in which 13% of teams earned bonus points for knowing Guy Ritchie directed the show’s 2015 film adaptation. Three Clues about literary work Pride and Prejudice brought about the hardest question of the game; even after a third clue, only 34% of the field had the right answer at any point. Only two teams had perfect scores in the fourth round: Greendale Seven (Solace Outpost), and Slime Puppies (Steinhardt). A slightly different duo comprised the tie atop the standings after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (50.2% success rate):

  • After gaining its independence in 1956, what became the largest country in Africa based on area, only to lose that distinction in 2011?

Slightly more than half of Thursday’s teams knew that country was Sudan, which lost its superlative when South Sudan formally split off as an independent nation in 2011. Once again, Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Interchangewas the only team to record the night’s Perfect 21. The night ended with yet another slightly changed tie for first in overall points:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quotes from The Princess Bride)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Waffle House)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Suspect Tuna  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Dead or Alive?)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Scared Money Don’t Make Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilligan’s Island)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush (band))

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: A New Hope  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animatronics)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: McLovin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The White Lotus)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indiana Jones)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Al Parodies)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pig Cakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Purple)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The First Wives Club)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Capitals)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Kentucky Fried Panda  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Dead Sea Squirrels  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Crossword Puzzles)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alabama (band))

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Slime Puppies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: George Santos)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Goonies)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apollo Program)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Sexual Rubik’s Cube  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Waters Films)