Getting Spicy at Thursday Trivia!
Twenty Pour House Trivia locations played host to 181 squads on Thursday evening, which included another big game with 25 teams at Aslin Beer Co.
Topics discussed in Thursday’s opening round included a Triple 50/50 about millions and billions, the signet ring, Shirley Bassey’s trifecta of James Bond film theme songs, and the Eastern European food known as borscht. This round was a breeze overall, as evidenced by the 29 perfect scores recorded in it.
Three-letter band names were the order of the evening for this game’s audio clue: we played Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes, Steal My Sunshine by Len, and Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet. About 70% of the field knew at least two of those bands, while all three were named by 29% for bonus points. We went on to questions about popular upstate New York tourist spot Niagara Falls, Sacagawea‘s posthumous title as Honorary Sergeant of the U.S. Army, and a trio of athletes from Argentina. The most difficult wagering question of the first half ended it:
- Which 1978 Stephen King novel centers on a weaponized strain of influenza that kills nearly all of mankind? In 1994, this book was adapted into one of the most expensive TV miniseries of all time, and an updated miniseries was released in 2020 on Paramount Plus.
The Stand was correctly answered by 64% of our teams, while 1994 miniseries actress and former teen star Molly Ringwald was the right bonus answer for 16%, the lowest mark of the first half. Perfect scores in this round were earned by seven teams.
Thursday’s halftime topics were company logos and lyrics to rain-titled songs. While this sheet wasn’t a total washout, the average team had 12.1 points and there were no perfect scores. At the halftime intermission, these were the top-ranked teams:
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 90
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 90
- Green Machine (Solace Outpost): 89
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 88
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 87
- Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing): 87
Round three started with things like the Guggenheim line of museums, the Wimbledon Lawn Club’s beginnings as a croquet venue, and the head-rotating skills of the owl. However, the next question wasn’t as much of a hoot to many of our teams:
- The largest commercial Lego set ever released by Lego contains 9,090 pieces, and challenges the builder to use advanced Lego-building techniques. If you are talented enough to construct it, you would end up with a 53-inch replica of what 20th-century historical object?
Almost half the field had the correct answer of the Titanic. After that, a three-part question about director Tim Burton saw 15% of Thursday’s teams earn bonus points for knowing all three answers about the birthday boy’s filmography. Only one perfect score was recorded in this round, and that was by Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown).
Five teams earned all six points in Thursday’s 6-4-2 with a very early guess of the barber occupation. The fourth round started off with the two hardest wagering questions in the game. First off, this question carried a bonus wallop:
- What solo artist topped the Billboard 200 album chart in the 2000s with Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Hard Candy?
Madonna was the correct answer, provided by 43% of our teams; however, only two teams knew that her best-selling album is 1986’s True Blue. Next up was this wagering question:
- Describing the spread of cancer from one organ to another, the medical term metastasis was also used as the title of the Spanish-language remake of which American show?
Metástasis is the title of the 2014 Spanish-language telenovela remake of Breaking Bad, which lasted for three months and 62 episodes; a game-low 35% of teams had that right answer. Other topics in this round included Ann Hodges, the first person recorded to be injured by a falling meteorite, the U.S. Mid-Atlantic’s New River, and a three-parter on abbreviations. This round failed to produce any perfect team scores. Before the final question, these were the clubhouse leaders:
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 160
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 159
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 159
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 156
- Better Lucky Than Smart (Loudoun Kitchen): 156
FINAL QUESTION (50.8% success rate):
- Which seven-letter word is the name of a botanical often used in sauce recipes, a model of SUV made by a German car manufacturer, and the name of the capital city of a French territory?
Just over half of our teams got that final answer, cayenne. Unfortunately, no teams secured the Perfect 21 on Thursday, with none able to provide correct answers for each of our 21 wagering questions. Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 172
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 166
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 166
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 166
- Street Sharks (Fourscore): 165
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 163
- Green Machine (Solace Outpost): 162
- Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown): 161
- Walter’s Minions (Smoketown): 160
- Sexy Abe Lincoln (Fourscore): 159
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Perennial or Annual?)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: New Beers Resolution
- This was our FINAL game at Pour Dog House. Thanks again for all your support, and we hope to see you at another Pour House Trivia venue soon!
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Abbott Elementary)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Comic Book Characters)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: In Second Place (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harrisburg, PA)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Variants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffalo Bills History)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pontiac Car Models)
- This game is temporarily being played at O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Martinsburg.
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Countries)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs From 1997)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia Wildlife)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Green Machine (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mar-A-Lago)
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: No Brainers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 18th Century Russian Literature)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Team Nicknames)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Military Academy)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Mannion’s Men (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Channel Original Films)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tony Hawk Video Game Series)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Diamond Dogs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reston History)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: BNB Fun Factory (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes)
Ten Eyck Brewing in Queenstown, MD: Mintberry Crunch (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blade Film Series)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Punching the Clown (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clowns)