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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 115 teams across 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Thursday’s game with a celebration of Amy Poehler’s 50th birthday, followed by a three-part question regarding people named Slater and discussion of the British dish bangers and mash.  The most difficult question of the round was this query concerning last week’s results from the opening week of the NFL season:

  • In one game of the 2021 NFL season, which division saw all four of its teams lose their opening game?

Just over half of the field responded correctly with the NFC North, as the Packers, Bears, Lions, and Vikings all suffered defeats on Sunday.  Seven teams broke from the starting gate with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question featured three Madonna songs as covered by the Vitamin String Quartet.  The field easily recognized the ‘classical’ versions of Material Girl, Papa Don’t Preach, Like a Prayer, as nearly two-thirds of our teams picked up bonus points with three correct answers.  Other second round topics included the new film remake He’s All That, Czar Nicholas II of the Romanov dynasty, and the psychedelic drug LSD.  With dozens of teams cruising towards a perfect score, this question regarding U.S. cities ended most of those hopes:

  • Respectively located in New Mexico and Texas, identify either one of the two most populous U.S. cities that contain the letter ‘Q’ in their name.

Virtually every Thursday team earned wagering points with the far easier answer of Albuquerque, but only ten teams tacked on two bonus points by also submitting the other correct answer of Mesquite.  Four teams notched a perfect second round score: Bazinga (Champion), Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen), And in Dead Last (Olde Mother), and Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love).

HALFTIME:

Animated fish and words containing consecutive ‘E’s were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page.  Though the overall average reached a healthy 15.7 points, the inclusion of the obscure video game character of James Pond meant that YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run) posted the only perfect score.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Thursday night included the television soap operas, the franking privilege, and the various uses of the word nimrod.  The third round concluded with the most difficult wagering question of the first four rounds:

  • The Borg-Warner Trophy is awarded annually to the winner of which 110-year-old American sporting event held each Memorial Day weekend?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Who won this trophy in 2021?

Just over one-third of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of the Indianapolis 500, while only a dozen teams added two points by submitting Hélio Castroneves as their bonus answer.  As a result, Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love) earned the only perfect score of Thursday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question involved a quick trip down both of the American rivers named the Colorado River, we explored final round topics such as Sean Connery, the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Brigham Young University, and the scientific compound of keratin.  The final round concluded with the most difficult bonus question of the night, asked in the Three Clues format:

CLUE 1: The name of the dog owned by a friend Pablo Picasso that was featured in dozens of Picasso’s paintings.

CLUE 2: The title of the only #1 hit song on the Billboard Alternative Chart for the band The Presidents of the United States of America.

A number of teams must have considered the The Presidents of the United States of America, as Peaches was a rather common wrong answer.  When the third clue referenced crabmeat, the field knew that we were instead talking about the word lump.  Yeah, we’re not sure who would name their dog Lump either, but ten teams earned bonus points by giving us the correct response without hearing the final clue.  We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown) and Inferno of Blood (Mark’s) earned a perfect 36 points in Thursday’s final round.  Heading into the final question, Thursday’s leaderboard included these teams:

FINAL QUESTION (13.9% success rate):

  • Starting with its debut release in 1966, which prolific quartet set a record by having four albums top the Billboard 200 chart within a span of twelve months?

Releasing four hit albums in less than a year sounds like an incredibly difficult task, but not if you don’t write the songs (or for the most part, play any instruments).  About one in seven teams turned in the correct response of The Monkees.  Thanks to this final question, none of our Thursday teams earned a Perfect 21 on by answering every wagering question correctly.  After a truly dominating performance, Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love) became the first team in several months to attain the highest overall score after answering the final question incorrectly.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Hoochie Coochie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Icelandic Phallogical Museum)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Amateur Hour  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Military Intelligence)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Norm MacDonald)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Corn in the U.S.A.  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Steel Magnolias)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Three Brains, One Answer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Football Team)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Five-Star Generals)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Coyote Ugly)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Venture Bros.)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Off In the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One Racing)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Caddyshack)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: D. C. Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Caribbean Geography)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Rock Music)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Inferno of Blood  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Types of Wood)