It’s Your Friendly Neighborhood Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 263 teams into its 23 locations. A few highly-attended games were played, with Solace Outpost (23 teams), Olde Mother (22), and Aslin Beer Co (21) leading the way in that regard.

FIRST ROUND:

We got right into some planetary science to begin the game:

  • The four largest planets of our solar system all have atmospheres primarily composed of which two elements?

Those gas giants have atmospheres mostly made of hydrogen and helium; 17% of the field received bonus credit for giving both correct answers. The round moved on to Ottawa, a three-parter about TV show casts, and Francis Scott Key’s inspiration to write The Star-Spangled Banner during the War of 1812. This round ended up being the only one with any perfect teams on Thursday; here, 16 teams earned every possible point.

SECOND ROUND:

The second round began with the two most difficult first-half queries. Thursday’s audio question played three songs with the same first title word: Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites), Keep Ya Head Up (2Pac), and Keep Me in Mind (Zac Brown Band). Just under two-fifths of the field earned their wager, while 14.4% knew all three titles for bonus points. Following that, we looked back at an infamous pro wrestling moment:

  • Who lost a controversial match to Shawn Michaels at the WWF Survivor Series exactly 26 years ago?

The so-called Montreal Screwjob saw Canadian hero Bret Hart lose that title to Michaels; 31% of our teams got that right. Other topics in this round included Meryl Streep’s role in The Post and the phrase All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy from Stephen King’s The Shining. No perfect scores were achieved in this round.

HALFTIME:

The top part of Thursday’s halftime asked teams to identify the sport for each pictured Winter Olympian. For the bottom section, they were asked to match bordering nations. The average score was 15.7 points, but 17 teams aced the page. These were the top-scoring teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

The second half kicked off with a three-parter on NFL touchdown leaders:

  • 1)  Who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns three times during the 1990s?
  • 2)  In 1983, which 34-year-old Washington running back became the oldest player in history to lead the league in touchdowns scored?
  • 3)  Prior to signing with a new team, who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season?

In order, those answers were Emmitt SmithJohn Riggins, and Lion-turned-Saint Jamaal Williams; 8.7% of the field turned a successful two-point conversion with all three answers. For the end of the round, we looked back at a historic American:

  • Among the three men who wrote the Federalist Papers, which one went on to become President of the United States?
  • Bonus: Exactly how many articles were included in the Federalist Papers?

About 34% of teams knew James Madison was that man, but a game-low 6.8% added bonus points for being on the nose with all 85 articles. Once again, this round failed to produce any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

There were 57 correct six-point guesses on Thursday’s 6-4-2 about the painter occupation stemming from a initial clue about Leroy Neiman. The last round of the evening began with a question about the former TV drama Roswell, in which 11% of teams secured bonus points for knowing Katherine Heigl portrayed Isabel on the show. It took until the last question in the last round to get to Thursday’s toughest wagering question, Three Clues about a celebrity:

  • CLUE 1: In 1967, she made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof.
  • CLUE 2: For her performance in Hello Dolly!, she won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • CLUE 3: She is an Oscar shy of attaining the EGOT, but she did earn nominations for the films The Rose and For the Boys.

The divine Bette Midler was named by 28% of teams, but 7.6% only needed two clues to do so. The perfect score drought continued for a third straight round. We reached the final question with these teams ahead of the pack:

FINAL QUESTION (22.05% success rate):

  • The first pandemic era film to gross over one billion dollars at the box office featured which title character?

It took until No Way Home for Spider-Man to achieve that feat! Perhaps unsurprisingly given the relative lack of perfect scores, there were no teams able to reach a Perfect 21 on Thursday. These were the top scores:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Speakerboxxx or The Love Below?)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Einsteins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tennessee Ernie Ford)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ned Flanders)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: In Last Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Colvin’s Glen  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Madison University)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Meryl Streep at the Oscars)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Manatees in Panties  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iron Maiden (audio))

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: I am McLovin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Teachers Have Class  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mean Girls)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Honeybees)

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

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Alien Bounty Hunters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Halloween (original film))

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Norse Mythology)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WNBA)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Emotional Damage  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Metal Bands)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Periodic Table Math)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Threat Level Midnight  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Olympic Events)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: 

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Waiting for Ted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mountain Ranges)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Biggest Dickens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rwanda)