Heroes in a Half Shell at Thursday Trivia!

Half of our Thursday venues welcomed double-digit fields last night, leading to another massive game featuring 182 teams across 20 venues.


Opening round topics from Thursday night included North American geography, three uses for the word ‘teapot’, the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” film, and TV game show hosts.  While teams were largely successful with the wagering questions, we bookended the round with difficult bonus questions.  First, only 11% of the field knew that Nunavut was the largest of the Canadian territories, while only 9% of our teams knew that Meredith Vieira and Betty White are the only two women to have won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host.  Two teams earned bonus points on both of these questions en route to a perfect first round: Power Vacuum (Champion) and Two Crowded (Mark’s).


Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include the names of a space found on a Monopoly board.  We listened to “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters, “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA, and “Days Go By” by Dirty Vegas.  About one in six teams picked up the first bonus points of the second round with by identifying all three songs.  We continued with a look at LASIK surgery, the career achievements of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the work of painter Frida Kahlo.  With a slightly easier trio of bonus questions, we saw three teams earn 36 second round points: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s), Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen), and Cream Team (Mark’s).


Glassware was the featured topic on the top of half of Thursday’s halftime page, while the bottom half included ten answers bearing the initials ‘D.R.’.  Falling on the easier side, this page yielded and average score of 17.9 points, as 14% of the field notched a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


A three-part question kicked off Thursday’s second half, as we asked our teams to identify the definitions of three words whose spellings begin with a letter of the Greek alphabet (e.g. rhombus, muesli, and pieta).  After a discussion of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, we asked a film question which stumped most of the field:

–> Joseph Wiseman played the title character in what 1962 film, the first in a long-running series?

While a majority of our teams figured out that the year 1962 referenced the James Bond film series, only 22% of the field converted that information into wagering points with the correct response of “Dr. No”.  In addition, only seven teams added two bonus points by also knowing that this character’s first name was Julius.  The third round gauntlet continued with two questions concerning the 1920s, as the field struggled to come up with correct answers such as the Algonquin Round Table and Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel.  Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) recorded the only perfect score in Thursday’s third stanza.


After visiting Iowa in the 6-4-2 question, we began Thursday’s final round with the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

–> Celebrating the birth of the first of the ten Gurus, the holy day of Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated by which religion?

BONUS: In which month of the Gregorian calendar will this festival be held in 2020?

While most teams associate the term ‘guru’ with Hinduism, the correct answer in this case was the Asian religion of Sikhism, which was founded by Guru Nanak.  Only 13% of our teams earned wagering points here, with just five teams tacking on two points with the correct bonus answer of November.  From there, the final progressed more smoothly, thanks to topics such as Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the dwarf planet Pluto, Fender guitars, and TV title characters.  Thanks to the first bonus question, Thursday’s final round did not yield any perfect scores.  After four rounds of play, these were your highest scoring teams:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.2% success rate):

–> When this children’s media franchise first debuted in the United kingdom, the third word of its title was deemed to be too violent for a children’s program, so it was replaced with the word “Hero”.  For your wager, name this media franchise whose first animated series debuted in 1987.

Nearly half of the field responded correctly with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.  By surviving the difficult third round, Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and Cream Team (Mark’s) posted a Perfect 21 on Thursday night.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (Next week’s first categoryScience Fiction Films)

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

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: Henry VIII of England)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Washington Foreskins   (Next week’s first category: “Shaun of the Dead”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Beggar Canyon Womprats   (Next week’s first category: Jukeboxes)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Witoits   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Nursery Rhymes)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Cocktail Science)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (Next week’s first category: “Arsenic and Old Lace”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Loco Moco   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Presidential Election Losers)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Know Nothings   (Next week’s first category: Maryland)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Team Name Rejected   (Next week’s first category: “The Legend of Korra”)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: The Turtles – band)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  Jones Springs Hooligans   (Next week’s first category: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Giovydick   (Next week’s first category: “The Martian Chronicles”)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Terps   (Next week’s first category: Alfred Hitchcock Films)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Ashwin’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: New Jersey)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Menace to Sobriety   (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Dad Bods   (Next week’s first category: New England Boarding Schools)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (Next week’s first category: James Bond)