An Anatomy Lesson at Thursday Trivia!

Before we get to Thursday’s recap, you can download the updated standings here:

Frederick Division   Maryland Division   NoVa Division   Loudoun Division

As we approach the last week of the Summer Fling Season, Thursday’s game welcomed 118 teams across 16 venues, including the start of another five-week session at the Lake Linganore Event Tent in New Market.


Thursday’s opening round topics included Puerto Rico, TV talk shows, and this global concert event:

Live Aid

About one-third of our teams knew that the 1985 Live Aid concert was held in both London and Philadelphia, while providing famine relief for the people of Ethiopia.  Twelve teams began their night with as perfect first round score.


We quizzed our teams on singers with alliterative stage names in Thursday’s audio question, before moving on to topics such as Velveeta and the 2018 Boston Red Sox.  A pair of difficult bonus questions kept many teams from securing a perfect score.  First up, a question about alloys asked for the either one of the two primary components of brass.  Nearly every team earned wagering points with one correct answer of copper, but only 14% of the field picked up two bonus points with the second correct answer of zinc.  The final question of the first half dealt with the highest-grossing films in the career of Robert De Niro.  Only nine teams earned bonus points here by remembering this animated film:

Shark Tale

Only one team answered both of these bonus questions correctly en route to sweeping the second round: 1-2-3 Drink (Cushwa Brewing).


Liquor brands and film quotes highlighted Thursday’s halftime page.   With an average score of 18.2 points, we saw 19% of the field notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here this Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


We began the second half with world geography, as 14% of our teams earned bonus points by naming both Greece and Bulgaria as the countries which border the European portion of Turkey.  After a Three Clues question concerning Freddie Mercury, we got one hell of a response on this food question:

–> According to an urban legend involving the Roman goddess Venus, the shape of tortellini pasta was inspired by which body part?

Before we get into the details, let’s familiarize ourselves with the actual shape of tortellini pasta:


Based on the circular shape of tortellini, the correct answer was the navel (or belly button), which is evident in this pasta’s alternate Italian name of ombelico.  Let’s just say that the most common answer here was a certain OTHER body part found somewhat below the navel.  Seriously, people… we run a family-friendly game here!  Fortunately, 26% of our teams had their minds out of the gutter and gave us the correct response.  After closing with a U.S. history question, only PC Principals (Fish Market) recorded a perfect third round score.


Our final round began with a look at this sketch comedy series:

Mr. Show

Later, we discussed the off-field troubles of star receiver Josh Gordon and the philosophical concept of hedonism.  Nine teams earned perfect scores in the final round, with five of those teams playing at Quincy’s in Gaithersburg.  Tough crowd!  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (16.7% success rate):

–> While it is widely accepted that this woman passed away at age 24, some oral traditions contend that she actually deserted her husband Toussaint Charbonneau and lived until the age of 95.  Who is this woman?

About one-in-six teams responded correctly with Sacagawea.  With a rather difficult question to finish off the game, only PC Principals answered all 21 wagering questions correctly to record the Perfect 21.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country  (Next week’s first category: Mars)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: Burt Reynolds)


Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Washington Foreskins  (Next week’s first category: Bob Woodward)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Sloppy Seconds  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Hair Bands)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap  (Next week’s first category: Captain John Smith)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Charlie Work  (Next week’s first category: “King of the Hill”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Lone Wolves  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Supreme Court)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Sack of Marbles  (Next week’s first category: World War I)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Geography)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  The Land Before Time Sucked  (Next week’s first category: European Countries)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: “Uncharted”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Better Red Than Dead  (Next week’s first category: Tom Hanks)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: 17th Century America)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  Green Machine  (Next week’s first category: “Smokey and the Bandit”)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Our Cup Size is Stanley  (Next week’s first category: Taco Bell Menu)