Good Grief! Thursday Trivia!

Even with the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NFL Draft providing a distraction, Thursday night’s game welcomed 111 teams across 15 venues:


Thursday’s opening round discussed the recent performance by Beyonce at the Coachella Festival, three uses for the word ‘scratch’, and these two sitcoms featuring Tony Danza:

Tony Danza

With few surprises in the first set of questions, the first round yielded 13 perfect scores.


Thursday’s audio question once again featured the Vitamin String Quartet, playing “classical” cover versions of Oscar-winning songs.  Nearly half of the field picked up bonus points by recognizing “Take My Breath Away, “My Heart Will Go On”, and “Skyfall”.  In addition to queries regarding Palm Sunday and Taiwan, The most difficult wagering question of the night was asked near the close of the second round:

–> What common female nickname is also a term for a female donkey?

Only 23% of our teams earned points here with the correct response of jenny.  As a result, only nine teams managed to escape with a perfect second round score of 36 points.


Thursday’s halftime page saw our teams identifying pictures from Broadway musicals, and listing the U.S. states on the Canadian border.  The overall average reached 17.1 points, with 13% of the field notching a perfect score.  These were your top Thursday scores after the first half:


Hopes of a perfect third round score were quickly dashed for most teams after an opening question on country music.  Only five teams earned bonus points by identifying the album for which the Dixie Chicks won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year:

Dixie Chicks

Later, we looked at the chemistry of combustion and the alma maters of Barack and Michelle Obama.  Only one team ran the table with a perfect third round score: Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).


Thursday’s final round opened with a question on this TV series which gained a cult following during the 1990s:


Next, we enjoyed a glass of Riesling and visited the Cliffs of Dover, before closing with the most difficult wagering question of the second half.  We asked our teams to identify any two of these three centenarian celebrities:

  • This actress had almost 70 roles under her belt when she finally earned her first Oscar nomination for playing Rose in “Titanic”.
  • Before his death in 2003, he retired as the only member of Congress in history to reach the age of 100 while in office.
  • This Russian immigrant received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Eisenhower for writing “God Bless America”.

The three answers we were looking for were Gloria Stuart, Strom Thurmond, and Irving Berlin.  Only 31% of our teams came away with any points here, with just nine teams taking home bonus points with three correct answers.  That was the sticking point for the field, as six of those nine teams used those bonus points to close out a perfect final round.  Here are Thursday’s highest scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (9.9% success rate):

–> Known by his stage name “Trombone Shorty”, musician Troy Andrews recorded the “voices” of multiple characters in a 2015 animated feature film which was part of which media franchise?

It had been several weeks since our final question success rate had dipped below 10%, so it seemed like the perfect time for a wicked final question.  Only 11 teams were able to parse through the clues and remember that the adults in the “Peanuts” productions were voiced using trombones.  Thanks to this question, we did not see any teams record the Perfect 21 on Thursday with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Couple at the Bar  (Next week’s first category: Genetics)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Vitrifiers  (Next week’s first category: American Girl Dolls)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed  (Next week’s first category: Disco)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Faking Bad  (Next week’s first category: Geometry)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Scoobies  (Next week’s first category: “Bizaardvark”)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Gryffindorks  (Next week’s first category: Wimbledon)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Veggie Burrito  (Next week’s first category: Punk Rock)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  1-2-3 Drink  (Next week’s first category: Beekeeping)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Imaginary Brads  (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  BLT  (Next week’s first category: NFL Division Rivalries)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Mouse Rat  (Next week’s first category: Taylor Swift)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Danzig  (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Friends of Dick Johnson  (Next week’s first category: College Basketball)