Holy See! Thursday Night Trivia!
We were glad to see that the first full day of March Madness did not distract many of our teams, as we featured several games of packed houses for Thursday night trivia. In a familiar tone this week, our game featured four rounds that did not cause much issue with many of our teams, but a difficult final question provided some head scratching moments and some thrilling finishes. Let’s find out who took the top spots on Thursday night:
THURSDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (50 teams across six venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Team Redundancy Team (Fish Market) with 165
–> Highest Score after Round 4: PC Principals (Fish Market) with 159
–> Highest First Half Score: PC Principals with 87
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Because of tonight’s final question, no team scored the ‘Perfect 21’ tonight, though four teams ran the table for the first four rounds.
–> In (pre)celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, our halftime page featuring green cartoon characters played to an average of 14.4, with ony ONE TEAM (PC Principals) able to secure all 20 points.
–> The 6-4-2 question played slightly easier, with about 10% of our teams knowing than an organization called the Jockey Club produces what is known as The Stud Book.
TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (8.0% success rate):
In what was a recurring theme this week, we asked yet another final question which proved to be excessively difficult. (to put it mildly). Congrats to the FOUR teams that answered this question correctly:
–> While virtually every country has a minimum voting age, what is the only independent nation on Earth with a maximum voting age, currently set at 80 years old? (you’ll find the answer in this blog)
There was no trivia on Thursday at Champion Billiards in Frederick. Sam will return next week with an opening category of Pickleball.
It was another fine game of Pour House Trivia on the books here at Bunkers Sports Cafe in Leesburg! Round one was straightforward, with most of the teams able to identify a real asteroid in our solar system used as a futuristic community by mankind. I did ask the team whose pick it was a question they couldn’t answer. If you are listening to satellite radio on Ceres, is it Ceres Satellite Radio or Sirius Ceres Satellite Radio? We also tweeted out some movie plots as well, though I think Liam Neeson’s famous phone monologue wouldn’t have had the same impact if tweeted. “If you let my daughter go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will…” character limit reached. We finished off the first with this talk show host, shown here in one of his most satirical roles as a conservative pundit:
Round two definitely needed “more cowbell” as we celebrated coach Rick Pitino’s accomplishments, and discussed Jeff Bezos taking Amazon to new highs while simultaneously taking The Washington Post to new lows. We also asked about Bighorn sheep, which is always a plus, and finally remembering that just a mere four years ago this Argentinian had a pontifical transformation.
The third round once again proved to be the toughest of the night, with folks missing MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, if it is possible to “miss them” in a non-trivia related sense. Only one team (Your Mom) scored points on that particular question, and managed to pull off both for a two point bonus, so kudos to them. The other big miss was this short-lived TV duo:
How would you like to be stranded on the side of the road on a dark night, only to have a guy name “BJ” pulling over to give you a hand. Oh, and BTW, meet my chimp. Chilling… Things got pretty much back to normal for the final round, the most success being with Lewis & Clark’s expedition, the “purposeful pinkness” of saccharin, Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, and lastly this romantic little blue pill:
The final wiped out the bar, and we all learned a little something about age when it relates to electing a new pope. As far as I know, it is also the only election that is announced initially by pouring smoke out of a chimney. Here are tonight’s results:
First Place: Your Mom
Second Place: Indians
Third Place: Cranius Maximus
I hope you all have a great St. Patty’s Day tomorrow, and keep safe so I can see you next week for our next game, including the first category of Alabama Football.
Every game gets more and more exciting with you guys at Smoketwon Brewing. First off, I’d like to start by apologizing to the “Twilight” fans of Brunswick. I saw that I angered you all… and I’m sorry. What a serious fandom that is. Tonight’s game began with our juggernaut team The Scoundrels clinging to hopes of a ‘perfect season’, as they have began Season XV here at Smoketown with six wins in a row? Would anyone be able to snatch the crown tonight?
We learned a few things in tonight’s game – that Mountain Dew isn’t a lemon-lime soda, that you all have the same taste in poop jokes, and that most importantly I can’t pronounce words for crap! But you guys always make me feel better about it in the end. What made this game so interesting is a newcomer team Southpaw Fish and their rise to the top of the scoreboard. Well, they’re not REALLY a newcomer team, but they were new to this bar. At the end, they were in the lead and everyone was wondering if they would break the Scoundrels’ streak.
The final came….which wiped out the whole bar. It would have been night for some defensive wagering, as any of our top four teams heading into the final would have won the game with a zero wager. Nonetheless, the Scoundrels impressive streak ended, and Southpaw Fish took first!
First Place: Southpaw Fish
Second Place: Singing Inferno
Third Place: Scoundrels
Next week’s first category: The American Revolution
Though the night was still decidedly cold, and the snow has mostly been plowed, yet tonight was a night of High Drama. Firstly, bloody no one knew that Slice was a beverage. As the president might tweet: “Sad”. In round 2, the audio category (a Pour House Trivia tradition!!) posed a problem for anyone not an audiophile. Several teams answered correctly for all three clues, but everyone agreed with me that Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is forever ruined by, of all things, Saturday Night Live. All we hear is cowbell. And more cowbell.
The third question of round three posed a particular problem: either the teams were too old to have noticed, or too young to have heard them. Yet M.C. Hammer and Vanilla Ice will live on forever, if ignominiously. Flight Level Awesome managed to ruin yet another song for me, peculiarly (then obviously) asking me to play The Proclaimers’ “Five Hundred Miles”. Guess what? The chorus is easily replaced with “pterodactyl”. Damn it.
On our final question, some teams complained of “too much Pope” but I think that’s just because they didn’t answer correctly. Catholics might say, “you can never have too much Pope”. Apropos of nothing, the Farsi transliteration of (Bob) Dole (the former Senator and presidential candidate) is the Farsi equivalent of pee-pee. In the early 2000’s, there were lots of Persian newspapers that had headlines along the lines of “Presidential Candidate Pee-Pee promises to cut Medicare”. That’s just funny. I don’t care who you are. Unless you’re me. Mmm. Existential crisis.
Enough! Here are your finishers:
First Place: Master Haters (in an upset!!)
Second Place: Smarty Pants (coming from behind!!)
Third Place: Flight Level Awesome (the team that ruined “500 Miles”.)
Next week’s first category: “Lost”
It’s been a blast. See you next week, and Fair Winds!
There was no game at Rocklands Farm Winery this week. Devan will return next week with an opening category of Presidents on U.S. Currency.
St. Petersburg has been having a surprisingly chilly spring break this week (I know you folks up in DC are laughing at that remark…). Cold weather is always a good reason to pile into a cool arcade, play some Super Mario Brothers, and win some wine (or a ton of quarters to play arcade games till your hearts content)!
Our competition became much more intense as the rounds flew by, and I would have never expected the final outcome. Our mainstay team Over 140 killed it in the first round, with four correct answers and a few two-point bonuses working to their advantage as well. By the end of round two, Better Red Than Dead revealed themselves as serious contenders, answering correctly on EVERY QUESTION OF ROUND 2! They even snagged the high score of 28 on the halftime round to take the lead at 85 points at the break.
Once we reached the final question, Better Red Than Dead had reached 132 points, but they had also watched their lead dwindle to just three points, as Cthulhu & Friends sat in second place with an impressive 129. As always, the final question changes everything. We had just one team come up with the correct answer on tonight’s final question, and that meant our underdog team Sharpening Needles jumped from LAST to FIRST to take down a shocking victory! Great job! The modest wager of four points by Cthulhu & Friends came in handy and they were able to cement their second place glory behind our underdog champions. Enjoy the free drinks guys, you deserve it. Hope to see all of you next week!
Next week’s first category: Super Nintendo Games
March Madness games tonight all over the TVs at the bar, BUT those weren’t even the hottest games going on tonight… we had TRIVIA NIGHT! This thing has gotten HUGE! Even competing with basketball, we were the talk of the town — er, the bar. Either way, it was a great time tonight at the Fish Market as we saw a good number of teams join us for another game of PHT Season XV! Last week’s winners Frankenwheat weren’t exactly excited about their first category tonight: NCAA Gymnastics. Supposedly, the teammate who chose that decided to bail on the game tonight so the guys were stuck trying to figure out the gymnastics Q. No trouble really, they got it, but it was a low bet and perhaps threw off their game.
Frankenwheat kept in it but they weren’t the strongest team tonight. Near halftime, we had Poe Pouree, Team Redundancy Team Team, and PC Principals all looking very sharp, sitting close together near the top. PC Principals had the lead and looked to win despite slipping up last week. They looked as if they were gonna take this down, holding the lead at half and not losing it even for a second during the rest of the game.
Going into the final, it was PC Principals who led. They’d get a win with a correct response on the final HOWEVER that did not happen tonight… We only had one correct response on the final and it wasn’t PC Principals. It wasn’t Poe Pouree, it wasn’t Frankenwheat… Who was it? It was Team Redundancy Team Team, a new team. Was it enough? Well, they fought hard all night, ended up in 2nd place going into the final, down by about 6 points to PC Principals. A 12 bet and a miss from the entire field… well, there it is.
A win to Team Redundancy in their very first trivia outing! Great game! Great finish! Hope to see you back next time, what a great way to start off your trivia careers here at the Fish Market! Back next time with Springsteen to start us off! Until then 😉
Next week’s first category: Bruce Springsteen
Another fun game is in the books from Guido’s Speakeasy in Frederick! It was nice to see some teams back that haven’t been in for a couple weeks back, especially on the eve of St. Patty’s Day! We had a great, competitive game going on, with Unathletico Madrid and Tuna Noodle Casserole fighting tooth-and-nail the entire night. They were tied for first at the end of the first half with 85 points, but T.N.C. dropped a high wager on our Mediterranean geography question, as well as our 6-4-2.
Unatheltico Madrid took a five-point lead into the final question. With second place already locked up, this would have provided T.N.C. a chance to formualte a strategic wager, but they stuck to their guns with the full 12-point bet, and a difficult final question meant their current win streak was brought to an end. Finishing in 3rd was Team Yoko, finishing 2nd was unfortunately T.N.C., and now back in the winners seat with a 1st place victory was Unathletico Madrid!’
They picked Stone Cold Steve Austin for next weeks winners choice, so study up, and we’ll see everyone on Thursday at Guido’s!
~ Jon J