Landlocking it Down with Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s dose of Pour House Trivia was administered to 249 teams across 20 area locations. A few of our highly-attended games were a 28-teamer at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA and twin 24-teamers at Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD and Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA.


A fairly easy opening round handled such topics as the 64-year anniversary of Barbie‘s introduction to the doll world, the La Quinta hotel chain, and famous Kennedy middle names of (John) Fitzgerald and (Robert) Francis. Even a three-part music question that referenced the number 21 couldn’t keep 37 teams from finishing the round with a perfect score.


This week’s audio question offered theme songs to three TV shows with alliterative two-word titles (Sesame StreetGilmore Girls, and Mad Men) followed by a query about the Edmonton Oilers‘ Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the top two NHL point scorers this season. However, the next two questions weren’t easy goals. A U.S. history question came first:

  • Among the eight cities which are considered to be former national capitals of the United States, which two are current state capitals?

The wagering success rate for this was 42% with either correct answer, but 9.2% knew both Annapolis and Trenton for extra points, which was the lowest bonus rate of the first half. After that, we handled some common chemistry:

  • The chemical compound sodium azide is a toxic salt comprised of sodium and nitrogen (NaN3).  Because it possesses the ability to react extremely quickly in chemical reactions to form a gas, it is commonly used in what life-saving device?

Sodium azide is commonly used in both automobile airbags and aircraft evacuation slides, either of which were acceptable here; 38% of teams earned wagering points on the question. This round’s perfect squads were We the Peepholes (Loudoun Kitchen), Better Lucky Than Smart (Belly Love), and I Don’t Know (Aslin).


Musicians whose first names each begin with A (such as Adele and Annie Lennox) comprised the top half of Thursday’s halftime page, with the bottom part made up of seven-letter answers that begin with the letter C. The average score was 14.3 points, but eight teams did earn all 20 points for their effort! One of those teams went into the halftime intermission with a perfect score:


Round three featured the two trickiest bonus chances of the night, and things started with this question about medications:

  • A group of medications called DMARDs slow the progression of which long-term autoimmune disorder that affects 25 million people?

Only 5.6% of the field knew that to be rheumatoid arthritis before any multiple-choice offerings were given, but just under a third of our teams earned their wager with that answer at some point. The hardest question on Thursday came two questions later, and asked teams to name the individual who fronted each of these backing bands:

  • 1)  The Heartbreakers
  • 2) Ace in the Hole
  • 3) The Scene

Roughly 21% of teams got wagering points for having at least two of the three correct answers. However, only six teams had all three: Tom PettyGeorge Strait, and Selena Gomez. Finally, this question about a literary film adaptation also proved to stump the majority of players:

  • What Bernard Malamud novel was adapted into a 1984 baseball film starring Robert Redford?

A little less than one-fourth of the field correctly named The Natural. A very tough third round brought back no perfect team scores.


The state of New Mexico was Thursday’s 6-4-2 topic and was named by 53 teams at the six-point clue. At the start of the fourth round, teams were given a question about a certain Presidential advisor:

  • President George W. Bush gave which advisor a variety of nicknames such as Boy Genius and The Architecteven though his official title was Senior Advisor to the President?

About 37% of teams named Karl Rove for credit, but a less-flattering nickname was much harder to figure out: 6% of teams knew that Bush also referred to Rove as Turd Blossom, a nickname also referenced in the film Guardians of the Galaxy. A few questions later, teams encountered the round’s hardest wagering query:

  • What is the common theme of the following items: a 1976 made-for-TV film starring John Travolta, a 1986 Paul Simon song, a 1992 episode of Seinfeld, and a 2001 feature film starring Jake Gyllenhaal?

Bubble Boy was given by 36% of the field. Other topics in this round included the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, NBA record-setting tall boys Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan, and Three Clues about Dairy Queen. No Brainers (Interchange) and QE3 (Bear Brick Oven) were this round’s perfect teams. With all four rounds complete, these teams topped the leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (6.43% success rate):

  • With more than 100 million people, what is the most populous landlocked country on Earth?

A very tough final question meant that just better than 1-in-20 teams received points for giving the correct answer of Ethiopia. No Perfect 21 teams were recorded on Thursday, with no group able to provide right answers for each of the 21 wagering questions. The night’s final standings were headed up by these teams:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Third Round Meltdown  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pies of America)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Save the Clock Tower  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush (band))

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

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invasion)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Curly  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Letterkenny)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Girl)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Semicircle of Trust  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Musicians)

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

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last of Us)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pig Cakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons 5E Rules as Written)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Shirts and Skins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Historic Redheads)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Video Games)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nursery Rhymes)

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

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhinos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beach Boys)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last of Us)

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

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Par Social  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Olympic Gymnastics)

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