Everything is Albright at Thursday Trivia!

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A huge night for Pour House Trivia brought in 209 teams across nineteen locations, including the game at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA which packed the house with 25 teams!


The trend of the night was tricky bonus questions, which started in an otherwise pretty successful opening round. A question about band Duran Duran kicked things off before the most difficult wagering question in the first:

  • Which type of screw was actually invented by an engineer named John Thompson, who sold his design to a businessman who eventually became the item’s namesake?

The Philips screw was correctly named by 83% of the field. The following question on the Pleistocene Epoch more commonly known as the Ice Age had the first half’s hardest bonus question, as only 11% of teams knew that the Pleistocene was followed by our current epoch, Holocene. A Three Clues question about Italian city Florence wrapped things up, with only two teams recording perfect scores: Power Vacuum (Champion) and YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run).


Thursday’s audio clue played songs from three different movie musicals, and here we had the toughest bonus chance of the second round; just under one-quarter of our teams identified songs from West Side StoryOliver!, and Chicago for two extra points. Next up, the first half’s hardest wagering query handed out a bit of nonsense:

  • Derived from African languages, which two-word rhyming phrase describes meaningless or confusing language, often as a criticism of government bureaucracy?

About 54 percent of the field answered mumbo jumbo to get their wagering points. We continued on with questions about TV’s Better Call Saul, Ben & Jerry’s British comedy tribute flavor Vermonty Python, and recent EGOT-achiever Jennifer Hudson. Eleven teams secured perfect scores here, the most of any round in the game.


It was Halloween in June, as Thursday’s halftime sheet dealt with scary movies in the top half and the respective states of current U.S. Senators on the bottom. We outdid ourselves on this one: 42% of the field earned perfect 20s on a page that carried an average score of 18.7! Going into the halftime break, these teams had the top scores:


The second half of play began with the hardest bonus question of the night, a three-parter on birthday boy Mike Tyson that saw only 8% of teams get all three answers right. After questions on Japan‘s attack on Oregon’s Fort Stevens during World War II and Stephen King novels Carrie and Christine, we had the round’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Which two-word term is the American equivalent of the British acronym COBO, which stands for Care of Box Office?

That term, will call, was successfully answered by 61% of our teams. We took a ride on Cap’n Crunch‘s S.S. Guppy to end this round. Donner Party Planner (Quinn’s) and Shipwrecked (Two Story Chimney) earned a pair of perfect scores in the third.


The only team to hit the 6-4-2 on the word beard for the maximum six points was Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run), which knew it on just one clue about the fear of beards known as pogonophobia. The fourth round served as the hardest one overall and featured the two hardest wagering chances of the game. We opened things up with this question about a pop star:

  • A pair of three-letter words comprises the stage name of which singer whose most recent hit Top 40 hit is the song Kings & Queens?

About 30% of the field named Ava Max for points, while a round-low 12% added two bonus points for also naming her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, Sweet But Psycho. Questions on the artistic term relief and A-a European nations AlbaniaAndorra, and Austria followed, before we walloped our teams with this one:

  • Used in various desserts and liqueurs, the fruit of the carob tree is alternatively named for which type of insect?

Far and away the most difficult question of the night, only eight percent of teams knew that the fruit is named for the locust. We rebounded well with a three-parter on winning streaks, but our streak of rounds with at least one perfect score ended here. These teams led the standings before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (48.3% success rate):

  • Which title is shared by a memoir written by Madeleine Albright and a former CBS drama series?

Both of those works were named Madam Secretary, known by almost half of Thursday’s teams. One team navigated the trivia field en route to a Perfect 21: For the Record (Crooked Run) answered all 21 wagering questions correctly in the game. Final standings worked out like this:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apple Varieties)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: New Beers Resolution  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Game of Thrones)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Midnight Oil)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nursery Rhymes)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Joey Triviani  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Charlotte’s Web)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Dr. Angst  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chemistry)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Artsy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY1980s Cartoons)


Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ballistics)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Triple XL  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yacht Rock – AUDIO)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sterling Park History)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Purr and the Kitty Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYHigh School Musical 2)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: No Brainers  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JULY 14: 1980s Music)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word/First Word)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pew Pew Pew  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Operation Desert Storm)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Colleges & Universities)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Potent Potables  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geography)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Hughes Films)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Best Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Farm Animal Offspring Names)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Barmaids  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yuengling)