Give it to Me Straight… How Was Thursday Trivia?

Thursday’s games of Pour House Trivia welcomed 144 teams across 19 venues.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE END OF THIS BLOG POST FOR YOUR VENUE’S STATUS FOR NEXT WEEK!

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s game began with questions concerning art museums, the color-coded penalty cards used in soccer, and notable quotations from American history.  A question regarding the element of gold provided us with the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as only 14% of the field knew (within five either way) that the atomic number of gold is 79.  Eight teams opened their game by posting a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question featured three songs named for items you would find in a toolbox.  A majority of our teams easily earned wagering points by recognizing “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel and “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters, but “Levels” by Avicii was certainly much more difficult, leading to just 13% of our teams earning two bonus points.  Other second round topics included the formula for determining the volume of a sphere, the recent Disney+ film “Noelle”, the “Tonight Show” characters portrayed by Johnny Carson, and the Middle Eastern nation of Yemen.  Two teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect second round score: Dwight’s Beet Farm (Jockey) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).

HALFTIME:

Film and TV portrayals of Santa Claus was the theme of Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded ten perfect scores and an overall average score of 17.2 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after one half of play:

THIRD ROUND:

After a relatively smooth first half, the third round featured a gauntlet of wicked questions that saw most of the field struggling to earn points.  We began the third round with a three-part question regarding members of the U.S. House of Representatives that vacated their seats during 2019.  Only 22% of the field earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while just ONE team (Brother of Menelaus from Fish Market) gave us all three correct answers of Elijah Cummings, Katie Hill, and Tom Marino.  We continued with a look at T-cells, the film version of “M*A*S*H”, and the Euro.  We bookended the third stanza with another difficult wagering question:

–> Developed by GearBox Software in 2009, which first person shooter game follows a group of “vault hunters” who travel to an alien planet in search of advanced alien technology?

Only 19% of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of “Borderlands”.  None of our teams earned a perfect third round score on Thursday night.  Furthermore, with the overall success rate for wagering questions hovering around 40%, only six teams answered all five questions correctly.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a quick trip to Memphis in the 6-4-2 question, we gave the field a reprieve to begin the final round, as more than two-thirds of our teams earned bonus points on a question regarding NFL stadiums.  Later, we discussed the holiday-themed work of author L. Frank Baum, the ancient civilization of Assyria, and the song “Hot in Herre” by rapper Nelly.  The final round also included the nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This musical was based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown”, a short story written by Damon Runyon.

CLUE 2: On “The Simpsons”, Homer meets actor Mark Hamill while seeing him perform in this musical.

Only nine teams earned bonus points by boldly turning in the early correct answer of “Guys and Dolls” (which actually did NOT include the line “Luke, be a Jedi tonight”).  As a result, only two teams ran the table by posting 36 points in the final round: Tough Kitties (Bad Habits Bar & Grill) and Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s).  Heading into the final question, these were your highest scoring Thursday teams:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (70.2% success rate):

–> Now used in the context of delivering bad news, which word once referred to how one would alter a pill in order to make it easier to swallow?

More than two-thirds of the field responded correctly with sugarcoat.  Three teams earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly: Slapsgiving (Cushwa), Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s), and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

In addition to these official high scores, three teams topped 160 points while playing ‘over the limit’: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen), and Mack Attack (Loudoun Kitchen).

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating   (Next week’s first category: Boy Bands)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Montana)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: “It’s a Wonderful Life”)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Indians   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 2 – First category: Four-Letter Words)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  We Drink and We Know Things   (Next week’s first category: “White Christmas” – film)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Thrail Killers   (Next week’s first category: Queen – band)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Park Avenue   (Next week’s first category: Ancient Assyria)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Sarah Sings the Beatles)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “Scrooge” – 1970 film)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 2 – First category: Chocolate)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Polys   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 9 – First category: Elementary Math)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Radical Quizlam   (Next week’s first category: 1990s TV)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: “Better Call Saul”)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  Tough Kitties   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Winners)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Five Heads, One Brain   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 2 – First category: “Star Wars” Original Trilogy)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Full Bullpen   (Next week’s first category: “Kindergarten Cop”)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Peter Northstars   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 2 – First category: “Anchorman”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 2 – First category: Foreign New Year’s Traditions)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  F. U. Darts   (Next week’s first category: Washington D. C. Sports)