Go West, Thursday Trivia!
The opening round on Thursday was a quality one among our teams, as they aced questions on Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Three Clues on the word scout, and the many edible varieties of mushrooms. The toughest wagering question of the round (and hardest bonus question of the first half) came last:
- About four years after its initial release and with almost no actors reprising their original roles, which science fiction film was adapted into a six-hour radio serial that first aired on National Public Radio in 1981?
NPR actually broadcast three different serial adaptations of the film series over the years, but the first Star Wars radio serial aired in 1981. About 55% percent of teams earned their wager for naming that correctly, while just over a quarter of the field got two bonus points by naming either Mark Hamill or Anthony Daniels as the only two Star Wars film actors who returned for this adaptation. Nineteen teams got off to a perfect start in the first round.
We went to work on the audio question this week and played three songs that each featured an occupation in its title, then moved through the second round with topics like the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham and the former reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter, featuring Duane Chapman in the title role. The most difficult question of the entire game came in the second round, with only 40% of teams able to name the popcorn-toffee-and-peanuts snack food Fiddle Faddle. However, three teams were able to power through and go perfect in the second: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion), Three Brains, One Answer (Belly Love), and We’re Not Gouda At This (Solace Outpost).
Halftime topics on Thursday this week included a top half full of celebrities who are the offspring of other famous people, with a bottom part made up of phrases with the letters “MOR” found somewhere within. Teams averaged 17.1 points on this page, while six teams earned the full 20 points! This was the overall leaderboard at the halftime break:
- We’re Not Gouda At This (Solace Outpost): 92
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion): 91
- Here for the Beer (Homaide): 89
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
We started the third round with the toughest wagering question, which regarded the 19th-century novel Ivanhoe; just under half of the field were able to name either author Sir Walter Scott or Locksley (the name by which Robin Hood was known in the novel), while 19.2% of teams got their bonus points for answering both correctly. Other third-round subjects included probiotics, the Doublemint twins Cybil and Tricia Barnstable, and Taylor Swift‘s debut single Tim McGraw. Perfect scores in the third were attained by six teams on Thursday.
A 6-4-2 question on Leonardo da Vinci led us into the fourth round, which began with questions on the Wes Anderson film Rushmore as well as Fijian golfer (and 2000 Masters champion) Vijay Singh. The second half’s hardest wagering question was piggybacked by the toughest bonus question of the night:
- Occupying the easternmost point on the Arabian Peninsula, which nation is the namesake for the Gulf which separates it from Iran?
While 49% of teams were able to successfully name Oman as the nation in question, only 17% tacked on two bonus points by naming its capital city, Muscat. The A-Team (Aslin) was the only team that went perfect in the fourth round on Thursday. With four rounds in the books, here were your Thursday leaders:
- We’re Not Gouda At This (Solace Outpost): 164
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion): 163
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 162
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 161
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 160 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (37% success rate):
- Among the U.S. states named for Native American tribes, which state is located the farthest west?
While many states have names influenced by Native Americans, only a few are directly named for tribes. Of those, Utah is the farthest west geographically. Two teams earned the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion) and We’re Not Gouda At This (Solace Outpost). Here’s the final leaderboard from Thursday’s game:
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion): 175
- Alcoholics Unanimous (Olde Mother): 172
- Just Good Enough (O’s Nest): 172
- Final Frontier (Solace Brewing): 172
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 171
- We’re Not Gouda At This (Solace Outpost): 169
- Off in the Park (Solace Outpost): 168
- Vance Refrigeration (Solace Outpost): 167
- A New Hope (Olde Mother): 166
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 166
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Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Nads (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Easter Basket)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Inventing Anna)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: )
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Goodfellas)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Mack Attack (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Oklahomans)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Final Frontier (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cheese)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Meat Loaf (audio))
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Vehicles)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dystopian Literature)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to the Future)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: We’re Not Gouda at This (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV Sitcoms)
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Our Flag Means Death)
Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alanis Morissette)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Flux Capacitors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spring Break)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Redneck Yacht Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dabbling Ducks)
Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Orange is the New Black)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tennis History)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Softball Savants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Let’s Get Sauced!)
Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax, VA: Barbacks (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Briue Springsteen)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Passover)
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