Hitching a Ride with Thursday Trivia!
Can you say third straight record night for Pour House Trivia? This time around, it wasn’t just a nightly record but an all-time record 247 teams playing across 20 area locations! Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA and Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA aided the record effort with 27 and 25 teams respectively.
A three-parter on movie taglines proved to be the hardest way to earn points in the first round. See if you can name the trio of films from tagline and year of release:
- 1) From 2009: Some Guys Just Can’t Handle Vegas.
- 2) From 1967: This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.
- 3) From 1987: She gets kidnapped. He gets killed. But it all ends up okay.
The Hangover was an easy get to start off but the next two answers, The Graduate and The Princess Bride, were a little tougher to get. Round-low success rates of 59% wagering and 10% bonus came out of that question. Other topics in the round included the Louisiana Purchase from France, Abu Dhabi’s branch of the Louvre museum, and NFL #1 playoff seeds Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. A game-high 13 perfect scores were achieved in this round.
Taylor Swift duets with male vocalists were the order of the day for the audio question, in which 23% of the field got bonus credit for naming all three singers: Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, and Zayn Malik. Questions about the waltz and aerodynamic forces lift and drag followed, but this TV query turned out to be the hardest of the first half:
- For his portrayal of Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a namesake show (Lou Grant), which actor remains the only man to win Primetime Emmy Awards for both comedy and drama for playing the same character?
Ed Asner earned those accolades, and he was correctly named by 55% of the field. The last question in this round, about literary title character Walter Mitty, featured the hardest bonus question all night; only 8.9% of teams knew Mitty’s creator, author James Thurber. This round’s perfect scores went to Witty Title (Solace Outpost), Ghost of Classified Documents Past (Solace Outpost), Fresh Off the U-Haul (Kalypso’s), and Potent Potables (Aslin).
Thursday’s halftime topics were cult films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Galaxy Quest, then first names in famous song titles (like Tom’s Diner and Help Me Rhonda). The average score was 15.1 points, but 20 teams achieved a perfect score. One team found itself slightly ahead of the rest at the halftime intermission:
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 90
- Eldritch Wizardry (Mark’s): 89
- Redrum (Solace Brewing): 89
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 89
- Potent Potables (Aslin): 88
The third round featured subjects such as varieties of grapefruit, 90s films Coneheads and Airheads, and mythological symbols that feature snakes (picture an Ouroboros and a Caduceus). The most difficult wagering question in the round came at the end, with a query about musical families:
She won five Grammy Awards on the strength of her debut album Come Away with Me. He is credited with introducing classical Indian music to the Beatles. Name either member of this father-daughter musical duo.
Roughly 70% of the field named either Norah Jones or her father Ravi Shankar, but about 26% of our teams had both right answers to get bonus points. Ten teams achieved a perfect score in Thursday’s third round.
Portugal was Thursday’s 6-4-2 subject and 17 teams named it after just a single clue for all six points. We started the final round with a question about the NHL’s oldest current franchise, the Montreal Canadiens, and its youngest, the Seattle Kraken. A Three Clues question about a certain celebrity stumped the most teams of any in the round:
- This celebrity wrote the best-selling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).
- The comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin featured the big screen debut for this performer.
- She is the creator (and namesake) of a TV sitcom about a New York City OB/GYN.
About 52% of our teams named Mindy Kaling at any point, but a quarter of the field did so before the final clue to earn two bonus points. We wrapped things up with questions about the toxicology branch of forensic science and the 57-year anniversary of the debut episode of the Adam West/Burt Ward series Batman. There were eight perfect team scores in this round. These were the top teams after four rounds of trivia:
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 163
- Hold Your Pickles (Solace Outpost): 162
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 162
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 160 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (48.2% success rate):
- Following John Tyler and Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson is the third and most recent U.S. President to perform which action while in office?
Tyler, Cleveland, and Wilson are the only U.S. Presidents to get married during their time as Commander-in-Chief! Just one team recorded a Thursday Perfect 21; Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Interchange) was the only squad to give a correct answer for each of the 21 wagering questions. However, these teams reigned supreme in the final points standings:
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 170
- Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown): 170
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 169
- Hold Your Pickles (Solace Outpost): 169
- McLovin (Belly Love): 168
- Witty Title (Solace Outpost): 168
- Ghost of Classified Documents Past (Solace Outpost): 168
- Butt Sparklers (Aslin): 167
- Redrum (Solace Brewing): 166
- Hillbilly Genuises (Belly Love): 166
Make Trivia Great Again (Loudoun Kitchen) scored 167 points but will have to settle for an honorable mention due to playing with more than the maximum seven players.
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Cosmere Universe (Brandon Sanderson works))
Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Suspect Tuna (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sing Street)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Films)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Superman & Lois)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shania Twain Twacks (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Automobiles)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: McLovin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Loanwords)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Redrum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Figure Skating Firsts)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush (audio))
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)
** FOURSCORE WILL IMMEDIATELY BEGIN A NEW START TIME OF 6:15pm **
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Hold Your Pickles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kill Bill)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Pringles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century U.S. Presidents)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Orleans)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Butt Sparklers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Les Miserables (stage version))
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Guinea Pig Care)
Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Royal Abdications)
Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Trappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bruce Springsteen)
Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Swizzle (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apollo Program)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Eldritch Wizardry (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)