Catching Fire at Thursday Trivia!

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 173 teams across 20 venues.


Teams that were hoping for an easy question to begin Thursday’s game were in for quite a surprise, as the first wagering question of the night was also the most difficult of the first half:

–> Which two-digit number is the basis of the hexadecimal counting system, widely used in computing?

Only 38% of of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of 16, while about half of those teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that 26 is the decimal (or base ten) value of the hexadecimal number 1A.  Other first round topics included the shared nickname “Iceman”, the TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, and the pistachio.  A difficult bonus question concluded the opening round, as only 14% of the field knew that Iran produces the most pistachios worldwide.  Six teams began their night with a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles share the word “Queen”, as we listened to “Mississippi Queen” by Mountain, “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean, and “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap.  After a look at natural California landmarks, we asked the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  Only 11% of our teams knew that Miami Heat stars Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr. respectively won the Skills Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend earlier this month.  After closing the second stanza with a discussion of malaria and Marco Polo, we saw just three teams run the table with 36 points: Trivia Newton John (Champion), Dad Bods (Fish Market), and Randy (Fish Market).


Yellow characters and foreign athletes were the points of discussion on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded perfect scores to 21% of the field and av an average score of 17.5 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


We began Thursday’s second half with a three-part question concerning the parts of the human anatomy classified by certain English language prefixes, before moving on to topics such as the state flag of Kansas, the comic strip “Peanuts”, and the sports franchises owned by the late Paul Allen.  The third round also included a rather difficult bonus question, as only six teams notched two bonus points by not only recognizing a description of the 1936 photograph “Migrant Mother”, but also successfully identifying its creator, Dorothea Lange.  Two of those six teams completed a perfect third round: Power Vacuum (Champion) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill).


After opening the final round with a look at Alfred Hitchcock, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> In the 1824 U.S. Presidential election, what Speaker of the House gave his support to John Quincy Adams before being selected to be U.S. Secretary of State, in what would become known as the “corrupt bargain”?

Only 12% of the field responded correctly with Henry Clay.  With most of the field recovering from that history lesson, we then asked the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only three teams knew that the capital of Zambia is Lusaka.  As a result, none of our teams swept the final round by posting 36 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.8% success rate):

–> Set to release in May, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is an upcoming prequel linked to which novel series?

Nearly half of our teams responded correctly with “The Hunger Games”.  Congratulations to That’s So Clavin (Cushwa) and Terps (St. Arnold’s), who each earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Before, During, and After)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  School Night Drinkers   (Next week’s first category: “South Park”)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed   (Next week’s first category: “The Replacements” – film)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: Cheese)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: The Eagles Song Lyrics)


Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Tomorrow Never Knows   (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Better Lucky Than Smart   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Did This Queen Song Appear On “Night At the Opera”?)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Pauly Shore Films)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Deck Chairs on the Titanic   (Next week’s first category: “Tombstone” – film)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Huge Tracts of Land   (Next week’s first category: Map Projections)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: “Russian Doll”)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  What Would Steve Rogers Do?   (Next week’s first category: Pokemon)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Five Heads, One Brain   (Next week’s first category: “Avenue Q”)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Terps   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Ashwin’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: Cyber Security)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Educated Friends   (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Dad Bods   (Next week’s first category: Muscle Cars)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Stop Me Before I Tweet Again   (Next week’s first category: Potpourri)