Dial T for Thursday Trivia…

The first full night of trivia in 2020 welcomed 144 teams across 19 venues.


We wasted no time in challenging our Thursday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was also its most difficult.  After most of the field earned wagering pints on a question concerning the stage musical “The King and I”, only four teams tacked on two bonus points by remembering that Louis is the name of Anna’s son in this production.  After that stumper, the remainder of the opening round was a breeze for the field, as they rolled through topics such as the Seven Deadly Sins, Presidential birthplaces, and the Harlem Globetrotters.  Three of the four teams that earned the first bonus points of the night recorded a perfect opening round score: Singing Inferno (Smoketown), Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s), and Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s).


Thrusday’s audio question asked our teams to identify the theme songs from the TV series “Beverly Hillbillies”, “Miami Vice”, and “Dukes of Hazzard”.  Dozens of teams scored bonus points with all three correct answers, but we were much more stingy with doling out points during these next two questions:

–> Established in 1831, which military service bears the motto “Honneur et Fidelite”, meaning “Honor and Fidelity”, and includes a pledge stating that each member is a “brother in arms, whatever his nationality, his race, or his religion might be”?

–> What alliteratively named British singer comes next in this chronological sequence: Madonna, Chris Cornell, Jack White and Alicia Keys (as a duo), Adele,…?

In each case, less than 30% of our teams earned wagering points with the respective answers of the French Foreign Legion and Sam Smith.  The chronology in the latter question referred to the singers who performed the lead songs from 21st century James Bond films.  Furthermore, only ten teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the corresponding Sam Smith tune was “Writing’s On the Wall”.  After closing the round with a look at the historic geography within the Czech Republic, we saw three teams earn 36 points in the second round: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s), North Country (Quincy’s), and Jacka’s Alpacas (Crooked Run).


Thursday’s halftime page looked back at 2019 by depicting films released in the last 12 months.  The bottom half of the page asked our teams to match 2019 video game releases to their respective franchise.  Eleven teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.4 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


We began Thursday’s second half by asking a three-part question concerning TV episodes which followed Super Bowl telecasts.  After discussing foreign musical phrases, we asked this question on the topic of Hall of Fame pitchers:

–> Respectively debuting with the Cleveland Spiders in 1890, the New York Mets in 1966, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966, name any two of the three pitchers that started more than 750 MLB games.

A majority of our teams earned wagering points thanks to the two easier answers of Cy Young and Nolan Ryan.  Coming up with the name of the Dodgers pitcher was much more difficult, as only eight teams picked up two bonus points by knowing Don Sutton was the third answer.  We continued with a look at the film career of Omar Sharif and the classic comic strip “L’il” Abner, the latter of which provided another difficult bonus question, as only 11% of the field successfully named Yokum as the surname of L’il Abner.  Thanks to these two difficult bonus questions, Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) notched the only perfect score of Thursday’s third round.


After visiting Utah’s national parks in the 6-4-2 question, we opened the final round with the music of the Eagles and a quick game of Three Card Monte.  Next, we asked our nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: The game of Snooker was invented in this country.

CLUE 2: It is the seventh largest country by area, falling between Australia and Argentina.

With relatively few teams venturing a guess at this point, only 9% of the field snagged two bonus points with the early correct answer of India.  After closing the final round with questions regarding poet Dylan Thomas and the American company Boeing, we saw just one team earn a perfect final round score: Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s).  Here is Thursday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.0% success rate):

–> Among what Englishman’s 38 film appearances has he been seen walking down a street throwing litter, winding a clock in a songwriter’s apartment, standing on a street in a cowboy hat, and walking two dogs out of a pet shop?

Exactly three-quarters of the field recognized some of the many cameo appearances of Alfred Hitchcock.  With the final question falling on the easier side, seven teams earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:

Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) adds to its PHT record by recording at least 180 points for the tenth time in team history.


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (Next week’s first category“High School Musical”)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: “Good Omens”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: “Supernatural” – Season 15)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  99th Precinct   (Next week’s first category: British Slang)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: “Living with Yourself”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Chickens With Dickens   (Next week’s first category: Hot Nuts)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Stephen Sondheim Musicals)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: 1990s “General Hospital”)

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

The Derby in New Market, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Elementary Math)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: “Spaceballs”)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: Travis Sings The Eagles)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  See You Next Thursday   (Next week’s first category: Kurt Russell / John Carpenter Collaborations)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Five Heads, One Brain   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Bart Simpson Quote or Eric Cartman Quote?)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Full Bullpen  (Next week’s first category: English Composers)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  POM   (Next week’s first category: Robert Frost)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Dad Bods   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Hair Bands)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (Next week’s first category: Appalachian Trail)