Enjoying the Weather (and the Music) at Thursday Trivia…

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 112 teams across 15 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

We opened Thursday’s game with a Three Clues question regarding coins, followed by questions about Rockefeller Center and the official state slogan of Kentucky: “Unbridled Spirit”.  While we were on the subject of horses, we closed the first round with a question regarding this classic TV series:

Lone Ranger

The final two bonus questions of the first round each landed at about a 10% success rate, which meant that only four teams posted perfect opening round scores: Fan Club (Quincy’s), Tantric Yogurt (Quincy’s), Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love), and We Just Blue Ourselves (Fish Market).

SECOND ROUND:

Music groups with hyphenated names highlighted Thursday’s audio question, as our teams were asked to recognize the work of The Go-Go’s (“Our Lips Are Sealed”), Blink-182 (“I Miss You”), and Wu-Tang Clan (“Gravel Pit”).  We stopped for a quick bite at UNO Pizzeria before visiting the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, D.C. and the Chinese city of Shanghai.  The final question of the first half dealt with the nicknames which are used for these players on a football field:

Linebackers

Six teams ran the table in the second round by earning 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Poetry is certainly a rare topic for a halftime page, but we delved into the work of notable American poets on Thursday night, leading to an overall average score of 14.8 points, with six teams notching a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round opened with a three-part question featuring chemical symbol word play, as we asked our teams to form five-letter words by using the symbols of chemical elements.  For example, the symbols for sodium, sulfur, and aluminum form the word ‘nasal’ (Na / S / Al).  We continued with a look at Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge, the herb cilantro, and this current TV series:

Sneaky Pete

The final bonus question of the third round prevented most of our teams from securing a perfect score.  After the majority of the field earned wagering points on a question about the Southern Cross constellation, only seven teams knew that Brazil is the only country outside of Oceania to feature the constellation on its national flag.  As a result, only two teams recorded 36 third round points: Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) and PC Principals (Fish Market).

FOURTH ROUND:

Just as our teams were recovering from that wicked bonus question, another difficult geography question knocked them back down to the canvas:

–> The ancient towns of Syracuse and Ephesus were located in which two modern-day nations?

With both answers being required for credit, only eight teams knew both correct responses of Italy (Syracuse) and Turkey (Ephesus).  Furthermore, only two teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that these cities are featured prominently in the Shakespearean play “The Comedy of Errors”.  We lightened the mood with a look at this memorable conic strip from the mind of Gary Larson:

Thagomizer Far Side

After closing the game with realtively easier questions concerning disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) recorded the only perfect score of the final round.  Here is Thursday’s pre-final leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (35.2% success rate):

–> In the late 2000s, what TV network released two compilation albums of smooth jazz as a response to viewers who had written in to ask where they could purchase the music played during one of the network’s famous segments?

Just over one-third of our teams responded correctly with The Weather Channel, which sold albums featuring music played during its ‘Local on the 8s’ segment.  None of our teams recorded the Perfect 21 on Thursday, as each team missed at least one wagering question.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Tantric Yogurt  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones” – Season 4)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Just Good Enough  (Next week’s first category: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – 1966 TV special)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Iowa or Idaho?)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  99th Precinct  Next week’s first category: Literary Terms)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers  (Next week’s first category: NBA Arenas)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Ask Before You Reach Around Me  (Next week’s first category: “Super Troopers”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…  (Next week’s first category: Christmas Carols)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  1-2-3 Drink  (Next week’s first category: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”)

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

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Dangerous Business  (Next week’s first category: Black and White Photography)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  The Bends  (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard” – original)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Over 140  (Next week’s first category: “Elf”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: David Lynch Films)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  Charlie’s Angels  (Next week’s first category: Washington Redskins Quarterbacks)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Porno Jukebox  (Next week’s first category: Marijuana)