I Do Declare, It’s Thursday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia had 22 venues and a total of 265 teams for its game on Thursday evening, which included a 31-teamer at Aslin Beer Co.

FIRST ROUND:

The opening set of questions was handled well by our squads. We discussed the title characters of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, and Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies. Thirty-eight teams struck Texas tea with perfect scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

Round two began with the evening’s audio question, which featured a trio of songs performed by bands with female vocalists: Jefferson Airplane, the Cranberries, and Paramore. After a question about Little Debbie snack foods, we reached the most difficult bonus chance in the first half:

  • Which Western Conference team won its first NBA championship earlier this week?
  • For a two-point bonus, what is the current name of its home arena?

The majority of teams knew the Denver Nuggets are now the reigning NBA champs, but only a quarter of the field gave its home arena, now known as the suitably-named Ball Arena. This round had 21 perfect teams.

HALFTIME:

Teams were asked to name an alphabetically-sorted list of countries by their flags at the top half of the halftime page, then match track and field events to their world record marks. Just five perfect 20-point pages were earned here, with an average score of 12.3 points. The highest-scoring teams at the halftime intermission were as follows:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round featured two wagering queries with a sub-50% get rate. We began with a three-part question in which teams had to figure out which painters were the main subjects of these films:

  • 1) From 1956: Lust For Life
  • 2) From 1965: The Agony and the Ecstasy
  • 3) From 2003: Girl With a Pearl Earring

In order, those artists were Vincent Van GoghMichelangelo, and Jan Vermeer; 41.8% of teams named at least two for wagering points, but 12% knew all three to get two bonus points. Later on, a World War II question proved to be the toughest of the round:

  • Which ancient deity’s name was used for the name of the amphibious attack at D-Day on Normandy beach during the invasion known as Operation Overlord?

Operation Neptune was successfully named by 41.5% of the field. A game-low nine teams had a perfect score in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Ross Perot was the subject of the evening’s 6-4-2; just under half of our teams submitted his name on the initial clue for six points! The last round on Thursday started with a question about the Southland Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris which is the series behind HBO’s True Blood. This question featured a game-low 10.9% bonus rate, for also naming the Aurora Teagarden series which has been adapted into films for the Hallmark Channel. Later in the round, we asked the night’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Eric Clapton once called this Mississippian the most important blues singer that ever lived.  An urban legend exists that he sold his soul to the Devil for blues immortality, before becoming one of the first members of the so-called 27 Club.

That blues legend, Robert Johnson, was identified by 31% of our teams. Other topics in this round included a kitchen’s sous chefThree Clues about the word ping, and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers, the only non-Original Six teams to win five Stanley Cups. In this round, ten teams earned a perfect score. After four rounds, these were the leaders:

FINAL QUESTION (52.45% success rate):

  • Who was serving as U. S. President when Congress made its first official declaration of war?

To officially begin the War of 1812, James Madison was President when Congress declared war. Thursday’s Perfect 21 feat was achieved by nine teams! These were the top scores of the day:

Pringles (Bear Brick Oven) will have to settle for an Honorable Mention with a 173-point effort, doing so with more than the regulation seven players.

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Looney Tunes)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Booze and Body Parts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Booze)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Star Trek: TNG or Degrassi: TNG?)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Hugh Jackson and the Trombones  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Lemon or Lime?)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Pi  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pie)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Scared Money Don’t Make Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mesquite, Nevada)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Game Time Decision  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Succession)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Eleven Days Too Late  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JUNE 29: 1990s Philadelphia Flyers)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: I Am McLovin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bravo Reality Shows)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buckaroo Banzai)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College World Series)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Green Machine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: True Crime)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: BTC  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vietnam War Aircraft)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Flux Capacitors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Florida)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: That’s What She Said  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2005 Washington Nationals Roster)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Diamond Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Film Soundtracks)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Penguins)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: 

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Bro, I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Television)

Applebee’s in Chambersburg, PA: All Alone  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Agricultural Machinery)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Artificial Intelligence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Bus Drivers)