Heading to the Magnolia State at Thursday Trivia!
Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 120 teams across 16 venues.
We began Thursday’s game with a look at the Slim Jim (both the meaty snack and the device used for breaking into a car), television character occupations, and the Great Sphinx at Giza. With more than half our teams on their way to a perfect first round score, we closed the first round with this somewhat difficult film question:
- Respectively earning accolades for the films Still Alice and Vice, identify either one of he two red-headed actresses to have earned a combined eleven Oscar nominations in the last 20 years.
Less than one-fourth of the field picked up the final two bonus points of the round by giving us both correct answers of Julianne Moore and Amy Adams. Ten teams swept the opening stanza with a perfect score of 36 points.
Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify songs as played by marching bands. The vast majority of the field gave us all three correct answers of Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees, Take On Me by a-ha, and Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. Other second round topics included the metric prefix giga, the end of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, and the recent spaceflight of William Shatner. A tennis (and celebrity couples) question gave us the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the first half:
- After his victory at the 2003 U.S. Open, who remains the most recent American tennis player to win a Grand Slam men’s singles title?
- 2-POINT BONUS: This athlete is married to which former supermodel?
While American women have cleaned up at Grand Slam tennis events in this century, it has been nearly two decades since Andy Roddick claimed the last Grand Slam singles title for an American male. Less than half of our teams earned wagering points here, with about half of those tacking on two bonus points by knowing that Roddick is married to former supermodel Brooklyn Decker (even appearing alongside her in a brief cameo role during the Adam Sandler film Just Go with It). Twelve teams dodged that speed bump to post a perfect second round score.
Foreign city pictograms and movie music were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page. Eleven teams recorded a perfect score, while the overall average reached 17.1 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s): 92
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 91
- Cat In the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 90
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 90
- Joe’s Last Dance (Solace Outpost): 90
- Shed Team (Olde Mother): 90
After opening Thursday’s third round with a three-part question concerning literary characters, we asked this amusing query:
- The makers of Preparation H once approached June Carter Cash to request the use of which song for advertising purposes?
Obviously in very poor taste, the makers of Preparation H once requested the use of the song Ring of Fire for its commercials. From there, we immediately moved on to a question combining college basketball with literature, in turn giving the Thursday field its most difficult bonus question:
- Also the title of a 1932 novel, which phrase describes the collective rivalries of North Carolina college basketball by referencing one of the state’s major agricultural products?
- 2-POINT BONUS: Who wrote that namesake novel?
About two-thirds of the field gave us the correct wagering answer of Tobacco Road, but only five teams also knew that Erskine Caldwell penned the namesake novel. After concluding the third stanza with a look at the Gulf of Guinea and the early film career of Chuck Norris, we saw just two teams post a perfect score of 36 points: Bazinga (Champion) and Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s).
In Thursday’s 6-4-2 question, most of our teams learned that the Madonna song Like a Virgin coincidentally sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Christmas Day in 1984. We moved to final round topics such as the mythological Greek hero Perseus, the decorative art of macramé, the former television drama Parenthood, the early aviation career of Charles Lindbergh, and the New Orleans Saints. Three teams closed their game with a perfect final round score: Bazinga (Champion), Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run), and Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s), the latter of which became the first team to record four perfect rounds in one game since our return to in-person trivia. These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:
- Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s): 168
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 160
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 159
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 158
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 157 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
- Among the four U.S. state capitals named for Presidents, which is the only one that is also the most populous city in its home state?
Exactly half of our Thursday teams picked up points on this final question with the correct response of Jackson, Mississippi. Congratulations to Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s) and Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run), who each posted a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by correctly answering all 21 wagering questions. Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 172
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 170
- Xanatos Gambit (Mark’s): 169
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 169
- Terror Train (Mark’s): 168
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 164
- Areola 51 (Crooked Run): 163
- F. U. Covid (Mark’s): 163
- Crabcakes (Champion): 163
- Tyler and Friends (Olde Mother): 163
An honorable mention goes out to Bazinga (Champion), who posted an impressive final score of 171, but was playing ‘over the limit’ on Thursday night.
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Billy Goats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. S. R.)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Sweet Pickles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: (actual) Cats)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Borat – original film)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect 2 Soundtrack)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tyler and Friends (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON OCTOBER 28: Drumline – film)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One Tree Hill)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Final Frontier (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Minna’s Minions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grunge Music)
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Angry Beaver Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vampires)
Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hocus Pocus)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: D. C. Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Law & Order ADAs)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Xanatos Gambit (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century English Literature)