Blood and Fire at Thursday Trivia!
We returned from the Christmas break by welcoming 118 teams across 13 Thursday venues.
Opening round topics from Thursday’s game included former NFL coach (and video game namesake) John Madden, the Christmas comedy film “Jingle All the Way”, Niagara Falls, and literary traitors. During the final question of the round, only 11% of our teams picked up two bonus points by knowing that Charles Trask betrays his brother Adam in the John Steinbeck novel “East of Eden”. That was the only sticking point for most of the field, as nine teams opened their game with a perfect score of 36 points.
Thursday’s audio question featured three songs that include lyrics sung in French. We listened to “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads, and “Jennifer Juniper” by Donovan. Later, we discussed the Rosetta Stone, the classification of alien encounters, and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. In the most difficult bonus question of the first half, only six teams knew that Reno was depicted wearing an Easter Bunny costume on the TV series “South Park”. As a result, none of our Thursday teams ran the table by posting a perfect second round score.
We reviewed some of the major news stories of 2019 during Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded nine perfect scores and an overall average of 16.8 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Thrail Killers (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 88
- Half a Brain (Champion): 87
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 87
- Cream Team (Mark’s): 86
- Pookie and Ray Ray (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 86
We began Thursday’s second half with the most difficult bonus question of the night, asked in the form of a potential crossword-style question:
–> Which word derives from a Japanese phrase meaning ‘whimsical pictures’?
Nearly every team decided to forgo a potential bonus by declining to answer before the crossword-style hint was given. Three teams were bold enough to tack on an extra two points by giving us the correct answer of manga. The third round also featured questions concerning Stone Brewing Company in California, the TV sitcom “The Good Place”, and the hobby of quilting. Thanks to the first question of the round, none of our teams recorded a perfect third round score.
Topics from Thursday’s final round included the Canadian province of British Columbia, the sport of ultimate (Frisbee), former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the financial company Wells Fargo, and the Salvation Army. With an easier trio of bonus questions, we saw nine teams sweep the final round with 36 points. These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 163
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 160
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 159
- Cream Team (Mark’s): 158
- Half a Brain (Champion): 157
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (67.7% success rate):
–> “The star is a guide; the blue is sky; the red is the blood of patriots; the white is the Andean snow”. Which nation’s flag is being described here?
More than two-thirds of the field responded correctly with the South American nation of Chile. Two teams earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly: Team Four (St. Arnold’s) and Cream Team (Mark’s). Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 173
- Half a Brain (Champion): 168
- Team Four (St. Arnold’s): 168
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 167
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 167
- Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s): 167
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 166
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 165
- Castle Greyskull (Quincy’s): 164
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 163
An honorable mention goes out to Just Good Enough (Champion), who notched 169 points while playing ‘over the limit’.
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: Dynamite (Next week’s first category: Protestant Reformation)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 – Pennsylvania Craft Beer or Maryland Craft Beer?)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 – Rock Springfield Lyric or Bruce Springsteen Lyric?)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Four-Letter Words)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: Hangover Cures)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Pookie and Ray Ray (Next week’s first category: Plantagenet Dynasty)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Chickens With Dickens (Next week’s first category: A Natalie Portmanteau Question)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Chappie’s Revenge (Next week’s first category: Human Parasitic Diseases)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Chocolate)
The Derby in New Market, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 9 – First category: Elementary Math)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Hell’s Bells (Next week’s first category: “Dawson’s Creek”)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Last Place (Next week’s first category: Chess)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: See You Next Thursday (Next week’s first category: Ron Jeremy Mainstream Film Roles)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” Original Trilogy)
St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD: Team Four (Next week’s first category: Lactation)
Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Anchorman”)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Foreign New Year’s Traditions)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cream Team (Next week’s first category: “Amadeus” – film)