Closing the Books on Season XX at Thursday Trivia!

In our last full night of trivia for Season XX, we welcomed 160 teams across 20 venues.


Opening round topics from Thursday’s game included NHL teams, Netflix, and the versatility of oversized pumpkins.  We closed the first round with a difficult three-part question that asked our teams to identify films based on the translations of their foreign language titles:

  1. From 1986: “Love in the Skies” (Israel)
  2. From 1977: “Neurotic Groom, Nervous Bride” (Brazil)
  3. From 1979: “The Eighth Passenger” (France)

Only 11% of our teams earned bonus points by giving us all three correct answers: “Top Gun”, “Annie Hall”, and “Alien”.  That was the only sticking point for most of the field, as ten teams began their night with a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs whose lyrics mention the names of automotive brands.  Billy Joel sang about a Cadillac (“ack-ack-ack-ack-ack”) in “Movin’ Out”, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s told us that his Chrysler is a big as a whale in “Love Shack”, and Pink got this party started by looking flashy in her Mercedes-Benz.  Later, we cruised around the largest islands in the Caribbean Sea, looked at the past and future political career of Jeff Sessions, and studied the moons of Mars.  Just as we saw in the opening round, ten teams recorded a perfect second round score of 36 points.


The most recent batch of Golden Globe Award winners graced Thursday’s halftime page, while the bottom half dealt with geography by the numbers.  Despite winning awards earlier this month, British comedienne Phoebe Waller-Bridge and “Rocketman” star Taron Egerton are not quite household names, as none of our Thursday teams posted a perfect halftime score.  Numerous teams topped out at 19 points, placing the overall average score at a respectable 15.8 points.  Here is the Thursday leaderboard at the halftime break:


Our second half began with the nightly Three Clues question, which doled dozens of bonus points after numerous teams remembered that Bill Belichick resigned as head coach of the New York Jets after one whole day on the job.  We continued with a look at the Swiss Army knife, teenage singing sensation Billie Eilish, the classic romance film “Splendor in the Grass”, and the work of Beatrix Potter.  A pair of difficult bonus questions kept virtually all of the perfect scores off the board.  First, only nine teams correctly identified the title of the only studio album released by Billie Eilish (“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”).  Later, ten teams earned the final bonus points of the round by knowing that Benjamin Bunny was the title character in the literary sequel to “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  As a result, Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown) posted the only perfect score of Thursday’s third round.


After a look at the film roles of Roger Moore in the 6-4-2 question, we touched on final round topics such as Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, the eucalyptus tree, Miranda rights, and the recent controversy stirred by The Hallmark Channel pulling certain commercials.  Nine teams ran the table in the final round by posting 36 points.  Here is Thursday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (10.0% success rate):

–> Which three U.S. states are home to at least two cities with populations each exceeding 600,000 people?

While virtually every team gave us the two (much easier) correct answers of California and Texas, only a handful of teams also gave us the third correct state of Tennessee, as both Memphis and Nashville are home to more than 600,000 people each.  With the difficult final question, none of our teams recorded a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (Next week’s first categoryPro Football Hall of Fame)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Famous Cars in Films)

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

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

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

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Jeopardy Rejects   (Next week’s first category: “Peaky Blinders”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Witiots   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Vice Presidential Elections)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Impeachment of Donald Trump)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (Next week’s first category: “Zoolander”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: TV Game Show Hosts)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Weekend Runaways   (Next week’s first category: Medical Mysteries)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Rain Man   (Next week’s first category: Rock and Roll)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: “The Honeymooners” – TV)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  No Brainers   (Next week’s first category: Children’s Literature)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Georges on York   (Next week’s first category: “Firefly”)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Double Secret Probation   (Next week’s first category: “Animal House”)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Whore House Trivia   (Next week’s first category: Automobiles)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Lake Lizards   (Next week’s first category: Medical TV Dramas)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Kelsey Grammer’s Tattoo   (Next week’s first category: “Frasier”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (Next week’s first category: “The League”)