Breaking Free at Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 120 teams across 16 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics from Thursday’s opening round include Australian state capitals, the origins of Macy’s department store in New York, and “Golden Boy“, the nickname of retired champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya.  Though none of the bonus questions was particularly daunting, they each yielded a success rate of less than 40%, meaning that just three Thursday teams began their game with a perfect first round score of 36 points: WTF (Loudoun Kitchen), Final Frontier (Solace Brewing), and Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify songs with ‘haunting’ titles.  We listened to Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon, Dragula by Rob Zombie, and The Monster Eminem and Rihanna.  Other second round topics included oblique muscles, Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage, and the Scottish dish haggis.  A country music question kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board during the second stanza:

  • Which male country artist recorded the songs Beautiful Crazy, Forever After All, and When it Rains it Pours?

As the most difficult wagering question of the night, less than two-fifths of the field recognized the highest charting songs of singer Luke Combs.  In a unique occurrence, there were three former PHT World Series champions in Thursday’s field, and for each of these three teams, this was the only wagering question they answered incorrectly.  Meanwhile, Final Frontier (Solace Brewing) completed a perfect first half by being the only team to sweep the second round.

HALFTIME:

The top half of Thursday’s halftime page aske our teams to identify brands of chocolate candy (without their wrappers), while the bottom half derived its answers from the letters in the word ‘HALLOWEEN’.  Twelve teams recorded a perfect score, while the overall average reached 16.5 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Topics from Thursday’s third round included films with exclamation points in their titles, the Rick Springfield song Jessie’s Girl, the Japanese tradition of Kabuki theatre, and chemical element wordplay.  This query combining sports and geography was the most difficult wagering question of the second half:

  • What is the only city of more than one million residents for which an MLB team is its only team among the four major North American professional sports leagues?

About half of our teams knew that the recent relocation of the NFL’s Chargers meant that San Diego is the only city fitting this description.  Eight teams posted a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

In Thursday’s final round, we discussed NCIS actress Linda Hunt, the board game Balderdash, the romantic novel Jane Eyre, Jewish weddings, and the various uses of the name of Birmingham.  This round included Thursday’s two most difficult bonus questions, both yielding success rates under 15%:

  • Linda Hunt won an Oscar for which 1980s film starring Mel Gibson?
  • This book (Jane Eyre) was originally published under which pen name?

The respective correct answers to these queries were The Year of Living Dangerously and Currer Bell (the pen name of author Charlotte Bronte).  Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s) notched the only perfect score of Thursday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (48.4% success rate):

  • Which made-for-TV film was accompanied by a soundtrack that was the best-selling American album of 2006?

For those of who grew up during the decade of the 2000s, this question was seemingly a cinch.  Nearly half of our Thursday teams picked up points on this final question with the correct response of High School Musical.  The Perfect 21 eluded the entire field on Thursday night, as no team correctly answered all 21 wagering questions.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Billy Goats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Massholes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fast Food)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Snallygaster)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cake or Death  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Drumline – film)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spanish American War)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Final Frontier  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney on Broadway)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2021 MLB Playoffs)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Not Georges Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Protestant Reformation)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Early 1990s Music)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Linux Commands)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Free Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrek)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Angry Beaver Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: V For Vendetta)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kix – band)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Descendants – Disney Channel film)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Xanatos Gambit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Composers)