Imagine All the… Thursday Night Trivia!
Thursday night featured 12 games of pub trivia and 81 teams, as well as some of the most difficult bonus questions we’ve ever asked! Let’s see who was able to conquer those queries:
The first round is not normally the spot in which our teams will encounter an art question, but such was the case on Thursday night. Nonetheless, most teams did well on a question concerning these two works:
Though the first round did not include any difficult wagering questions, the presence of two tough bonus questions kept the perfect scores off the board. On the Shared Surnames question, virtually every team recognized descriptions of drummer Tommy Lee and film director Ang Lee, but only seven teams earned a two-point bonus by also knowing the first name of the actress who portrayed Laura Palmer on “Twin Peaks”: Sheryl Lee! However, that wasn’t even the most difficult bonus question of the round. We concluded the opening round by giving teams a two-point bonus if they knew the current subtitle of the board game Risk. While the game was originally known as “The Game of Global Domination”, it now features this phrase on its box:
I know… it’s hard to read, but Risk is now “The Game of Strategic Conquest”. Apparently, the idea of Global Domination is no longer politically correct. Congratulations to Clever Team Name from Quincy’s, for being the ONLY team to pick up two bonus points here. Needless to say, no team finished the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.
Thursday’s audio question dealt with three songs whose titles are simply female first names. Though this question played slightly tougher than our standard audio clue, about 30% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing all three songs: “Layla” (Derek and the Dominoes), “Elvira” (Oak Ridge Boys), and “Valerie” (Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse). We continued with our Last Word / First Word concoction, leading to this mash-up as our correct answer:
After questions on the ever-changing NFL rulebook and periodontics, we concluded the second round with a question on Worcestershire Sauce, offering bonus points to teams who knew the names of the two English chemists who created this condiment. What’s more fascinating that knowing that the correct answer was Lee and Perrins? The fact that this sauce is available in two-liter jugs:
Start chugging! Round was two was by far the easiest round of the night, as eight teams managed a perfect score of 36 points.
The picture section of tonight’s halftime page dealt with films involving courtroom scenes, while the bottom half had our teams matching world leaders to their respective countries. The halftime page yielded a relatively low average of 13.9 points, with only three teams scoring a perfect 20 points: Occam’s Disposable Razor (Champion Billiards), Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), and Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports). Here are Thursday’s top overall scores after the first half:
- Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Cushwa Brewing): 88
- Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards): 87
- Cranius Maximus (Bunker Sports): 87
- Washington Foreskins (Bunker Sports): 86
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 86
The second half began smoothly, as most teams were able to figure out what trichotillomania is thanks to the clues provided. Despite the common cliche, it is the (very real) psychological condition which causes people to pull their own hair out. The third round always includes a few road blocks, and tonight’s game was no different. Our third question of the round dealt with U.S. Presidents:
–> This U.S. President attended both Spalding’s Commercial College and the Kansas City School of Law, but since he dropped out of both schools, he is the only U.S. President since 1900 to have never earned a college degree.
While this was a daunting question for many teams, those who were well versed in Presidential hometowns had a leg up on the field. The town of Independence, Missouri is located just outside of Kansas City, and is also the hometown of Harry S Truman. Even though only 28% of our teams earned their wager on this question, the real work was in the bonus question, as only six teams knew the name of Truman’s Vice President: Alben Barkley. Don’t forget about those V.P.s! The next question dealt with the athlete who lives in relative obscurity despite being (by most standards) the best player in Major League Baseball. Sorry Nats fans, it’s NOT Bryce Harper:
As one of the few teams well versed in U.S. Vice Presidents, Brother of Menelaus from Fish Market was the only team to sweep the third round with a score of 36 points.
We went into the Disney vault for our 6-4-2 question, offering six points to any team that knew which Dwarf was tasked with the job of investigating the mysterious intruder in the bedroom. Some deep Disney knowledge was needed here, as 18% of our teams earned six points with this fellow:
I’m sure those teams earning six points had a very similar reaction…
The final round began with a question concerning the TV network that was launched in 1985 as a sister network to MTV. Most teams earned points here with VH-1, but a very difficult bonus question asked which show was recently revived by this network after 13 years on the CW and UPN Networks? Only 12% of our teams earned bonus points here with this fashionable competition show:
Our next question provided one of the funniest moments of the night, as we asked teams to complete the title of the Dylan Thomas work: “A Child’s Christmas in…”. While about half of our teams came up with the correct answer of Wales, host Ian at Quincy’s took in two answers that gave the spelling as Whales, noting that “A Child’s Christmas In Whales sounds like horribly dark Pinocchio fan fiction to me!”. Moving along, our Three Clues question dealt with trombones, specifically their placement in Donkey Kong 64, “The Music Man”, and in the hands of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. We concluded the round with a tip down this scenic highway:
Congratulations to Your Mom from Quincy’s, who correctly answered all three bonus questions, leading to the only perfect score of 36 points in the final round. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 160
- Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Cushwa Brewing): 158
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 156
- We Have No Idea Fan Club (Quincy’s): 155
- Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards): 154
- Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 154
FINAL QUESTION (27.7% success rate):
–> The cover photo for the 1981 album entitled “Season of Glass” featured a pair of bloodstained glasses and a glass of water. For your wager, who released this album?
While popular wrong answers centered on classic heavy metal bands (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest), about one-quarter of our teams were able to figure out that the date of 1981 meant that this album was released shortly after the death of John Lennon, whose glasses were depicted on the cover:
After a dominating performance, Brother of Menelaus from Fish Market was the only team to score the Perfect 21 tonight, answering correctly on all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards): 166
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 165
- Clever Team Name (Quincy’s): 162
- Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Cushwa Brewing): 161
- Thundercats (Bunker Sports): 161
- Cranius Maximus (Bunker Sports): 161
- Occum’s Disposable Razor (Champion Billiards): 158
- Hookers and Blackjack (Champion Billiards): 156
- Better Red Than Dead (Right Around the Corner): 152
- Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 154
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown Brewing): 154
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Clever Team Name (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Orioles or Nationals?)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: The Beatles’ White Album)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Cranius Maximus (Next week’s first category: Handguns)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (Next week’s first category: English Premier League Soccer)
We Drink and We Know Things wins on the tiebreaker after guessing Harry Truman’s birth year (1884) ON THE NOSE!
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Renike Tour (Next week’s first category: The Beatles’ White Album)
Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD: Oneders
** This was the final game of Pour House Trivia at Rocklands Farm Winery. Thanks to all of our regular teams for your loyal support!
Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD: Sanford and Son (Next week’s first category: Current Golf Club Manufacturers)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Moana (Next week’s first category: Pittsburgh Celebrities)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Next week’s first category: “Twin Peaks”)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Better Red Than Dead (Next week’s first category: Reese Witherspoon)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Brother of Menelaus (Next week’s first category: Russian Composers)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Tuna Noodle Casserole (Next week’s first category: Escape Room meets Scott McVicker’s Slam Poetry)