It’s a Jungle (Book) Out There at Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday night featured the largest opening night game in Pour House Trivia history!  Our first game at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria drew an incredible 21 TEAMS!  We also hosted an opening night game at The Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax.  Not surprisingly, last night’s game drew the highest overall attendance since 2019, as we welcomed 187 teams across 21 venues.


Opening round topics from Thursday night included the tie-breaking vote in 1801 that led to Thomas Jefferson becoming our third U. S. President (and Aaron Burr becoming his Vice President), the new CBS sitcom Ghosts, and the Houston Texans football team.  That final query included the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as only 12% of our Thursday teams knew that Houston’s home stadium was no longer referred to as Reliant Stadium, but is currently named NRG Stadium.  As a result, only seven teams began their night with a perfect first round score of 36 points.


Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three musical acts whose songs have been used as entrance music for the pro wrestler The Undertaker.  We listened to Limp Bizkit (Rollin’), Kid Rock (American Bad Ass), and Johnny Cash (Ain’t No Grave).  Other second round topics included the film work of Pierce Brosnan, the exercise company Peloton, and the Café du Monde in New Orleans (and its signature beignets).  Thanks to a much easier trio of bonus questions, a whopping 27 teams posted a perfect second round score.


The top half of Thursday’s halftime page depicted celebrities currently nominated for Academy Awards, while the bottom half featured answers that included the terms Earth, Wind, or Fire.  Despite a relatively high scoring average of 16.9 points, the inclusion of actress Ariana DeBose from West Side Story kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board.  Dozens of teams earned exactly 19 points, but only four teams posted the elusive 20-point halftime score.  These were your highest scoring teams at Thursday’s halftime break:


We began Thursday’s third round with a Triple 50/5o question in which our teams were asked to peg the dates of three events from the last 70 years.  We also discussed the Canadian children’s singer Raffi, the chemical element chromium, and the city of Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City).  The third stanza concluded with its most difficult wagering and bonus questions:

  • Which 21st century film won the Best Picture Oscar despite being filmed in black and white and containing virtually no dialogue?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Which actor also won an Oscar for his work on this film?

The most popular wrong answer was Schindler’s List, which indeed won the Best Picture Oscar and was (mostly) filmed in black and white, but contained many lines of dialogue and was released during the 1990s.  Only 17% of the field picked up wagering points with the correct answer of The Artist, with about half of those teams tacking on two bonus points by remembering that its lead actor was Frenchman Juan Dujardin.  As a result, only three teams notched a perfect third round score: Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run), Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s), and What About Dave? (Mark’s Pub).


We bookended Thursday’s final round with a pair of difficult bonus questions.  To begin the round, about half of the field earned wagering points by knowing that the nonfiction book Team of Rivals delved into the presidency of Abraham Lincoln (and served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film Lincoln), but only 9% of our teams added two bonus points by also knowing that the book was written by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.  From there, we discussed topics such as the Caribbean island of Barbados, the various uses of the name Vega, and the recent Australian Open tennis tournament, the latter of which included another difficult bonus question.  Only 11% of our teams knew that Ashleigh Barty won the women’s singles title in Melbourne earlier this year.  Two teams dodged those bullets to post a perfect final round score: Bazinga (Champion) and Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s).  These were the highest scoring teams heading into Thursday’s final question:

FINAL QUESTION (22.1% success rate):

  • Many of the ranks and nicknames used within the Cub Scouts are derived from the work of which author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature more than 100 years ago?

Nearly one-fourth of the field submitted the correct response of Rudyard Kipling, who featured animals in many of his works.  Three teams earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen), Colonel Korn (Olde Mother), and Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s).  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Walter’s Minions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Killing Eve)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Personal Confidential  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Daytona 500)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teen Wolf – TV)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Colonel Korn  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bravo Network Shows)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Masks? We’re Not Even Wearing Pants!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Sitcoms)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Curling)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: After Life – TV)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Children’s Literature)

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

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Quiz Khalifa  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Billy Madison)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: No Brainers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: I Love Lucy)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 90 Day Fiancé)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Pringles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Anatomy)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Ham Carved Knightly  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Young and the Restless)

Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Four Guys and Mr. Skynyrd  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Game of Thrones)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Breweries)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: In Omnia Paratus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sex Lives of College Girls)

Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax, VA: World War 3: Ukraine Jubilee  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Napoleonic History)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. COVID  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Human Body)