Flying High at Thursday Trivia!
A little rain couldn’t keep 193 teams away from a Thursday with Pour House Trivia across 22 venues, including a 26-team game at Aslin Beer Company!
The early part of the game also spent time in the early part of the alphabet, with a Three Clues question on the letter C to kick things off. The toughest wagering and bonus question of the round came next:
- What are the only two films based on Saturday Night Live sketches that have spawned sequels?
At least one of those films, Wayne’s World and The Blues Brothers, was answered by 61.1% of the field, while a little over a quarter of teams got two bonus points by naming both. After questions on the giant panda and Charms Blow Pops, the round ended with 11 teams going perfect in the first.
We had a bit of a music lesson for Thursday’s audio question, as we played the original versions of three songs that became much more famous with covers in later years: Tainted Love (first by Gloria Jones, covered by Soft Cell), Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond, then UB40), and Torn (by Ednaswap before Natalie Imbruglia made it big with the cover). The hardest wagering question of the first half came next, as just under one-third of teams knew that the initials INRI are most often seen on a crucifix, as that abbreviation stands for the Latin for Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. After that came the toughest bonus question of the game; most teams could name Ted Williams from his nicknames Teddy Ballgame and The Splendid Splinter, but just 20.2% got the bonus for knowing Williams wore #9, which was retired by the Boston Red Sox in his honor. Even with those two toughies, this round saw the most teams go perfect; 16 teams earned the full 36 points.
Another Thursday halftime page in the books, this time tasking teams with identifying ten famous awards by their photographs, followed by a bottom half naming phrases with F.F. initials. No teams were able to get the full 20 points and in fact, the average score was 13.3. These were your top Thursday teams going into the intermission:
- Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s): 89
- Lucky Guessers (Pour Dog House): 89
- Pterodactyl (Casita Romos): 88
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 87 POINTS
Topics in Thursday’s third round included the African countries Somalia and Senegal, the 90s hip-hop group Onyx, and fictional TV butlers. The most difficult wagering question dealt with Ritz crackers, with 54.9% of teams knowing that is a key ingredient in mock apple pie. Following that was the final question of the round, where 27.4% of the field earned bonus points for knowing that both Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon have been the only Quakers to become U.S. President. With the third round completed, eight teams were able to secure a perfect effort.
Before the fourth round started, a 6-4-2 question about Thailand saw just under 14% of teams earn the full six points for correctly guessing the Asian nation after just one clue. Questions on the NBA Three-Point Shootout and the French term avant-garde led off the fourth, before we hit the toughest question of the second half:
- Which villain of the Incredible Hulk is also known as Emil Blonsky, and was portrayed by Tim Roth in the 2008 film adaptation?
About 46% of teams could identify Abomination as that Hulk villain, while 21.7% snagged two bonus points by also knowing that character also appeared in the Marvel film Shang-Chi. Perfect fourth round scores were earned by seven teams on Thursday. Here is your Thursday leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Lucky Guessers (Pour Dog House): 162
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Quinn’s): 161
- BTR and the Girlies (Solace Outpost): 160
- Bamboozled (Quinn’s): 160
- Bob Vance (Solace Outpost): 159
FINAL QUESTION (43.5% success rate):
- In 1927, who became the first person to be named Time Magazine Person of the Year, after the magazine was criticized for leaving him off the cover earlier that year?
Apparently Time didn’t feel a solo trans-Atlantic flight was enough to put Charles Lindbergh on the cover earlier in the year, so they remedied that gaffe by making him their first Person of the Year. A Perfect 21 was achieved by a quartet of Thursday teams by answering every wagering question correctly: Power Vacuum (Champion), Educated Friends (Fourscore), YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run), and Bamboozled (Quinn’s). Here are your top teams from Thursday:
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Quinn’s): 173
- BTR and the Girlies (Solace Outpost): 172
- Bamboozled (Quinn’s): 172
- Bob Vance (Solace Outpost): 171
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 168
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 168
- Placeholders (Smoketown): 168
- High School Prom (Quinn’s): 168
- Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s): 167
- Triviasaurus Rex (Olde Mother): 166
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Placeholders (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Waits Songs)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Lucky Guessers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ozark)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Just Us (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ornithology)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kitchen Cutlery)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Basketball Championship Games)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Teachers Have Class (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pythagoras)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Greek Alphabet)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music Videos)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reel Big Fish Songs)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Batman (2022 film))
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: BTR and the Girlies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mamma Mia (film))
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Peacemaker (TV show))
Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foo Fighters)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Pringles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Saturday Morning Cartoons)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: H-Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Canadian History)
Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lew Alcindor at UCLA)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Bamboozled (NEXT GAME APRIL 14 – FIRST CATEGORY: Tennis History)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: The A-Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Military History)
Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax, VA: Owned By Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shared Song Titles)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Vapors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Newsroom (TV show))
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Failed Expectations)