Here’s the Story of a Lovely… Game of Thursday Night Trivia!
For the third night this week, we welcomed some new trivia players to Pour House Trivia, as we kicked off our tenure at Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg. This is a great spot for trivia right in the heart of old town Leesburg. Overall, Thursday’s game featured 107 teams across 13 venues:
Thursday’s first round included questions on common chemistry, the TV series “America’s Most Wanted”, and three uses for the word Cavalier. Our most difficult bonus question of the opening round was asked on the subject of Urban Legends. Despite what you may have been told growing up, Michelangelo did NOT lie on his back while painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. After most of the field earned wagering points, the bonus question asked for the title of the 1965 biographical film which helped perpetuate this myth. Only 17% of our teams gave us this correct answer:
Thursday’s audio question featured three artists whose stage names each consist of a pair of four-letter words, so we heard tunes from Joan Jett, Meat Loaf, and Lady Gaga. Next, we asked about the computer company which was started by its namesake founder while he was a freshman at the University of Texas. Dude, you’re getting points if you knew the answer was Dell:
A second round question on current films featured the most difficult bonus question of the first half. While a majority of the field knew that the “The Death Cure” is the subtitle of the latest film in “The Maze Runner” franchise, only 11% of our teams knew the name of this lead actor from the series:
Apparently, moviegoers have yet to be overcome by the awesome star power of Dylan O’ Brien. After a quick nip of a Black Russian and a trip to Puerto Rico, we saw just three teams earn 36 points in the second round: Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports Cafe), Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), and Think Before You Drink (Olde Mother Brewing)
We celebrated the 63rd birthday of Kevin Costner on Thursday night’s halftime page, leading to an average score of 16.1 points. Eight of our teams led the way with a perfect score. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 91
- Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports Cafe): 90
- Thoroughly Screwed (Bunker Sports Cafe): 90
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 89
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
Thursday’s second half began with a three-part question on the guinea pig, which included a reference to this voice role:
Next up was a question on Card Games, which proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> Combining the rules of poker, hearts, and rummy, which card game has a name which is a homophone of a north African capital city?
Only 17% of the field earned points with this correct answer:
We continued by asking our teams to name the two actors who had recently won awards for their respective portrayals of Winston Churchill: John Lithgow won an Emmy for “The Crown” while Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe for “Darkest Hour”. We closed with a look at the “Rubber Capital of the World” (and its largest university):
The third round featured just one perfect score: Science Police from Champion Billiards.
The final stanza began with a question that stole a lot of nine-point wagers from our teams:
–> Among the five men who have recorded 60 or more home runs in a single season, who is the only player to have accomplished the feat three times, doing so in 1998, 1999, and 2001?
While Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mark McGwire were certainly good guesses, we were looking for this Dominican-born star:
Later, we looked at the award-winning special effects used in the film “Alien”, before moving on to the most difficult bonus question of the night. After most teams knew that the “Year of the Four Emperors” referenced the ancient Roman Empire, only eight teams could name one of those four emperors: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, or Vespasian. Next up, we asked about this charitable effort:
Is this GIF supposed to hypnotize you into donating? After closing the round with a question on three musical acts who did NOT get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, we did not see any of our teams sweep the final round. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 159
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 159
- Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports Cafe): 157
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 157
- Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 157
- Better Side of the River (Smoketown Brewing): 157
FINAL QUESTION (54.2% success rate):
–> Before hitting the airwaves in 1969, which show was initially developed under the working title of “Mine and Yours”?
Just over half of our teams answered this final question correctly:
Congratulations to The Fan Club (Quincy’s) and Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 157, as the only teams to record the Perfect 21 on Thursday with correct answers on all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 170
- Better Side of the River (Smoketown Brewing): 169
- Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 169
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 165
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 160
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 158
- Birds of War (Olde Mother Brewing): 157
- Syn Storm (Champion Billiards): 157
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa Brewing ): 157
- Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards): 156
Honorable mention goes out to Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports Cafe) and Science Police (Champion Billiards), who posted repsective scores of 169 and 166 points, but were both playing “over the limit” tonight.
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: The Fan Club (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Landlocked Countries)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: U.S.S Constitution)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Indians (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Next week’s first category: “Schoolhouse Rock”)
PLEASE NOTE THAT NEXT WEEK’S GAME WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY!!
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Harsh Reality (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Dire Wolves (Next week’s first category: Kittens)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: WVU Atheltics)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Birds of War (Next week’s first category: Starship Enterprise)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (Next week’s first category: “Babylon 5”)
Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Don’t Ya Wanna? (Next week’s first category: Combined Driving)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Better Red Than Dead (Next week’s first category: “Office Space”)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: PC Principals (Next week’s first category: Colonial America)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Clit Eatswood (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)