An Amphibious Assault on Thursday Trivia!

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Another Pour House Trivia attendance record was set on Thursday night!  Just two weeks after topping 200 teams in one night for the first time in our 12-year history, we smashed that record last night.  Thanks to a ridiculous crowd of 26 teams at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, we welcomed a total of 229 teams across 23 Thursday venues.



Opening round topics from Thursday night included brand and organization logos depicting animals, the Gilmore Girls revival titled A Year in the Life, and the Wii Sports video game.  With most of the field cruising towards are a perfect first round score, we largely dashed those hopes by closing the first stanza with a highly difficult bonus question.  The Barbie Doll celebrated her 63rd birthday earlier this week, but only 11% of our Thursday teams picked up two bonus points by knowing that Barbie’s last name is Roberts.  As a result, only three teams began their game with a perfect first round score: Power Vacuum (Champion), Koda’s Krew (Aslin), and America, Drink Yeah! (Aslin).


Our nightly audio question asked our teams to identify three musicians celebrating birthdays on Thursday.  We listened to Carrie Underwood with Before He Cheats, Robin Thicke with Blurred Lines, and Bad Bunny with the song MIA.  We continued with second round questions concerning the Disney film Sleeping Beauty, Hall of Fame hockey goaltender Martin Brodeur, and human capillaries.  The first half concluded with this query on the topic of U. S. state wordplay:

  • Identify either one of the two U. S. states whose names begin with the letter ‘N’ but do not include either North nor New.

By identifying both correct answers of Nevada and Nebraska, a dozen teams posted a perfect second round score.


Comic book characters and words containing ‘A-S-K’ were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded a healthy overall average of 18.2 points.  About one-fifth of our teams notched a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime intermission:


Thursday’s second half included what was easily one of the most difficult rounds in recent memory.  The first query in the third stanza was our nightly Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, this island nation came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494.
  • CLUE 2: It is currently the fourth most populous island nation in the Caribbean.

Very few teams ventured a guess at this point, opting to wait for the third and final clue.  After eliminating Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic as the three most populous Caribbean island nations (by far), only FIVE teams earned bonus points by successfully submitting the early answer of Jamaica.  The vast majority of the field eventually earned wagering points thanks to the inclusion of sprinter Usian Bolt in the last clue.  After a quick snack on a Kaiser roll, we asked this Broadway question:

  • Originally known as the Alvin Theatre, which venue was re-named to coincide with the Broadway opening of the comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first work in a trilogy known by which collective name?

Only 21% of the field earned wagering points with the Neil Simon Theater, while just THREE teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that Brighton Beach Memoirs (along with Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound) comprise the Eugene Trilogy.  With our teams still recovering from that knockdown, we followed up with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • According to Forbes, Liliane Bettencourt was the richest woman in the world when she passed away in 2017 with a fortune of $44 billion.  For which cosmetics company was Bettencourt was the principal shareholder?

Only 14% of Thursday’s teams responded correctly with L’Oreal.  Even after concluding the third round with a much easier question regarding NFL quarterbacks, a perfect third round score eluded the entire Thursday field.


After what can only be described as a third round gauntlet, the final round eased up on our Thursday teams, as they were largely successful on questions regarding the film Look Who’s Talking, the comedic music group The Lonely Island, the political career of billionaire Ross Perot, and scientific terms starting with the letter ‘I’.  Ten teams ran the table in Thursday’s final round by posting 36 points.  After four rounds of play, these teams sat atop Thursday’s leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (15.7% success rate):

  • An urban legend once stated that children contracted salmonella by imitating the actions of a character from which film featuring the voice of Oprah Winfrey?

Nearly one-sixth of the field responded correctly with the animated Disney film The Princess and the Frog.  Thanks to the third round, none of our Thursday teams earned a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:



Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess and the Frog)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Nads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Whisky)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MARCH 24: Ukraine)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: That One Table  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yankee Candle Scents)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Corn in the U. S. A.  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Judy Blume)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Expanse)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of the Alamo)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grease – film)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last Kingdom)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Drink Some More  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Alphabet)

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

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Angry Beaver Balls  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MARCH 24: Lord of the Rings Films)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MARCH 24: Inventing Anna)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: All About That Bass  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pen15)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: That’s What She Said  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MARCH 24: Alaskan History)

Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Underdogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lord of the Rings Films)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Bamboozled  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MARCH 24: Bachelor Nation)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Tanya Hardings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Infectious Diseases)

Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT GAME MARCH 31 – FIRST CATEGORY: The Dukes of Hazzard)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Einsteins  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MARCH 24: Cape Cod)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Power of Two  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: David Bowie Film Roles)