Don’t Rock the Jukebox, It’s Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia was attended by 252 teams at a total of 21 locations. The top-attended spots were Aslin Beer Co (26 teams), Solace Outpost (24), and Mustang Sally Brewing (20).


In the first round, teams took a trip on I-70 out to Kansas City and enjoyed some pizza from Cici’s before plugging in to this question:

  • As the namesake for a video game series, which hyphenated term is defined as the amount of time it takes a radioactive substance to decay to 50% of its original quantity?
  • Bonus: Which bespectacled character is the protagonist of that video game series?

Most teams identified the term half-life, with just over a fifth of the field adding bonus points for naming Dr. Gordon Freeman as the protagonist of the Half-Life series (even if it may never get that third entry…). A game-high 14 teams earned perfect scores in this round.


Covers of Tom Petty songs were played for Thursday’s audio question, and 14% of our teams were able to name all three artists (Johnny CashJohn Mayer, and Elle King) for bonus credit. The most difficult wagering chance in the game took place right after:

  • Subtitled The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family, a 1939 book by Dr. Seuss introduces the idea that which 11th century noblewoman had six scandalous sisters?

Lady Godiva was named by 23% of the field. Other subjects included the film No Hard Feelings starring Jennifer Lawrence, the Bellini cocktail, and Sonny Bono‘s political history. This round’s perfect teams were Titanic String Quartet (Bear Brick Oven) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven).


At halftime, teams had to name films with celebrity cameos (such as Aretha Franklin in The Blues Brothers), then move on to identify authors with two-initial names like H.G. Wells and E.B. White. On average, teams scored 14.1 points here with 13 perfect pages submitted. We headed into the halftime break with these leading squads:


Thursday’s second half started with subjects such as physicist (and possible cat owner) Erwin Schrodinger, Poland’s coastline on the Baltic Sea, and P.T. Barnum‘s mention on the first boxes of Nabisco’s animal crackers. At the end of the round, we played a little We Share a First Name:

  • 1)  The singer of the hit song Light Switch.
  • 2)  The jazz saxophonist whose well known compositions include Yardbird Suite and Bird Gets the Worm.
  • 3)  The drummer for the Rolling Stones until his death in 2021.

Wagers were earned for submitting the first name all these people share, which most were able to do with the name Charlie. However, only 12% recorded bonus points for getting all three last names: PuthParker, and Watts. This round had six perfect team scores.


Actress Kim Basinger was the topic in Thursday’s 6-4-2, and 41 teams earned the six-point boost with a guess after the first clue. The second half’s hardest wagering question came late in this round:

  • Penned by Archibald MacLeish, the 1958 theatrical drama J.B. presents a modern retelling of the story of which Old Testament figure?

Just under a third of our teams correctly named Job as the figure in question. Earlier, a query about Norma Desmond‘s famous Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up line from Sunset Boulevard had a 16% bonus rate for teams able to name the aforementioned character. In all, there were seven perfect teams in this round. With only the final question remaining, these teams were on top:

FINAL QUESTION (19.44% success rate):

  • Running from 2001 to 2015, what musical has the distinction of not only being the longest-running jukebox musical of all time, but also the longest running Broadway show to have NEVER won a Tony Award? (Stage plays and revues excluded.)

Almost a fifth of the field didn’t need an SOS to name the musical Mamma Mia! Thursday’s Perfect 21 teams were Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven). Thursday’s leaderboard was led by these teams:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Bring Out the Gimp  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift (album))

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hound Dog (song))

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 21st Century Super Bowl Halftime Shows)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Three of Us and Maybe Scott  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hedy Lamarr)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: TBD  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hound Dogs)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Game Time Decision  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Slap Bracelet Brigade  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Third or Nothing  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Firefly)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dire Straits)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Music from Guardians of the Galaxy)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Books)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pigcakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Film Quotes)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Aged to Perfection  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Late 1970s British Punk Rock)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baz Luhrmann Films)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Children’s Literature)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2004 Video Games)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Cabin Three  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Jibbitz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Part-Time Models  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Dirty Shirlies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Non-Disney Fairy Tale Adaptations)