How Does That Billy Joel Song Start?

We closed November with a great night of trivia, as our Thursday crew was back in action after the Thanksgiving holiday break.  Overall, we welcomed 82 teams across ten venues:


‘Tis the season to begin Thursday’s game with a question on this charitable organization:

Toys for Tots

We also discussed the upcoming film “I, Tonya”, which looks at the real-life story of the biggest Olympic scandal of the 1990s.  Finally, we closed the opening round by asking our teams to name either one of the two states that border both Wyoming and Iowa.  About one-quarter of our teams earned bonus points with these two answers:


After one round of play, eleven teams began their night with a perfect first round.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs with repetitive titles.  Only nine teams were able to snag a two-point bonus by knowing all three songs: “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (Genesis), “Say, Say, Say” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson), and “Gone, Gone, Gone” (Phillip Phillips).  We continued with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Which historic figure was born as the great nephew of Julius Caesar, but later became his adopted son and Roman Emperor?

While Mark Antony was a popular (though incorrect) guess, only 42% of our teams came away with points on this question with the correct response of Augustus.  The final question of the first half asked for the name of this title character portrayed by Sally Field on a 1960s sitcom:


Most of our teams earned their wagers with the correct response of “Gidget”, but only eight teams earned bonus points by knowing that the role was originally portrayed (in a feature film) by Sandra Dee.  With a trio of tough bonus questions, only two teams recorded perfect second round scores: Harsh Reality (Beef O’ Brady’s) and We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill).


Thursday’s halftime page featured children’s versions of NFL team logos, leading to an average score of 17.2 points, with 15 teams recording perfect scores.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:


Thursday’s second half opened in the category of Three Clues / One Number:

CLUE 1: The value (in dollars) of the former piece of U.S. currency which depicted James Madison.

CLUE 2: The world record for running this distance (in meters) is 12 minutes, 37 seconds.

It was likely the second clue that helped our teams more, considering that denominations of U.S. currency over $100 haven’t been printed for nearly 50 years.  Some teams were able to figure out that a world-class runner could cover about three miles (or five kilometers) in 12 minutes.  We saw 22% of our teams earn bonus points with the correct answer of 5,000.  Later in the round, we discussed the controversy surrounding this comedic actor, who will NOT be returning to the comedy show for which he won two Emmy Awards:

Tambor Transparent

Some behind-the-scenes malfeasance led to the firing of actor Jeffrey Tambor from the TV series “Transparent”.  We closed the third round with its most difficult bonus question:

–> With an average of four people per square mile, what Asian country that borders Russia is the least densely populated country in the world?

2-POINT BONUS: Which southern African country is the world’s second least densely populated country?

Our teams performed well with the wagering portion of the question (Mongolia), but only 14% of our teams tacked on two bonus points with the correct answer of Namibia.  Once again, the third round saw just two perfect scores on Thursday: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s) and We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill).


We headed to the movies for our six-point clue on Thursday:

–> Which actor’s most recent appearance in a scripted live-action feature film was as General Ed Fenech in the film “Inglourious Basterds”?

It was a very small role, but 19% of our teams remembered that it was Mike Myers put on his best British accent (and some facial prosthetics) to portray that character:

Mike Myers


Thursday’s final round opened with a question on U.S. History, asking for the current Asian capital city whose namesake bay was the site of a key Naval battle during the Spanish-American War.  Most of our teams answered correctly with Manila, but only 12% of the field earned bonus points by also knowing that Admiral George Dewey led the American forces in that battle.  We continued with a question on Art (and Current Events), asking for the Renaissance master who painted this portrait of Jesus Christ that recently sold at auction for $450 million:

With only a few possible answers to choose from, most of our teams earned their wagers with the correct answer of Leonardo da Vinci.  Only seven teams scored the bonus by also knowing the title of this work: “Salvator Mundi” (which is translated into Latin as “Savior of the World”).  Thanks to two rather difficult bonus questions, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (42.6% success rate):

–> Born in 1885 with the name of Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, this woman passed away in 1982 at age 97, giving her the longest life span among all First Ladies of the United States.  Who was this woman’s husband?

Just under half of our teams earned points by remembering that “Bess” was once commonly used as a nickname for Elizabeth, leading to this correct answer:


Congratulations to Smarty Pants and Harsh Reality (both from Beef O’ Brady’s), as the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:

** Honorable mention goes out to PC Principals (Fish Market), who racked up a very impressive score of 171 points (and answered all 21 wagering questions correctly), but was playing “over the limit”.


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  **THREE WINS THIS WEEK! **  (Next week’s first category: Lionel Trains)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Disney’s Haunted Mansion)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom  **FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Steve McQueen)  

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Hans Gruber Preservation Society  (Next week’s first category: Pearl Harbor)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality  (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: World War I)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Hotties  (Next week’s first category: Dinosaurs)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  It Takes a Village  (Next week’s first category: 1960s TV Shows)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  God of Hammers  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars: Episode IV”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  We Drink and We Know Things  (Next week’s first category: “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Danzig  (Next week’s first category: Modern Slang)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Great White Sharks  (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Faith Plus One  (Next week’s first category: “Donnie Darko”)