Leaping Into Thursday Trivia!

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Twenty-seven venues played host to a Leap Day edition of Pour House Trivia, including our newest location: X-Golf in Frederick, MD. In all, 312 teams attended a game, which included a 27-teamer at Aslin Beer Co and a couple of 20-team games at Solace Brewing and Solace Outpost.


A three-parter about Leap Day events was the toughest way to earn bonus points in this first round:

  • 1) Exactly 20 years ago, which third installment of the Lord of the Rings films won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture? 
  • 2) Known for the duets I’m Real with Jennifer Lopez and Mesmerize with Ashanti, which rapper was born exactly 48 years ago?
  • 3) While playing for the Hartford Whalers, who became the first hockey player to score 800 goals in a pro career?

Just over 20% of the field knew all three answers: The Return of the KingJa Rule, and Gordie Howe. We wrapped things up with questions on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and actress Shannen Doherty. There were 14 perfect scores in this round, the most of any of Thursday.


The night’s audio question proved to have the lowest bonus rate of any question in the game. Teams were asked to name a trio of musical acts singing about Mexico: James Taylor (Mexico), ZZ Top (Goin’ Down to Mexico), and Toby Keith (Stays in Mexico). While 41% of teams knew at least two for wagering credit, just 6.41% provided all three for bonus points. Other topics in this round included MLB stars who attended USC, the spoof film genre, and Isaac Newton‘s third law of motion. The only perfect teams in this round were Not Georges Enough (Brewery Fire) and Monty Fatuus Flying Circus (Mark’s).


For halftime, teams had to name famous people with RG initials such as Ryan Gosling and MMA pioneer Royce Gracie, then match book titles to its missing number. Only eight teams got all 20 points, while the average tally was 16.4 points. We reached the halftime break with these teams in the lead:


It did not take long into the second half to find the night’s hardest wagering question, these time of the Three Clues / One University kind:

  • All-around Olympic gymnastics champion Suni Lee attended school here.
  • It was the first university in the South to be declared a land-grant college.
  • Its football team plays home games in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn University was the subject of Thursday’s Three Clues; 35% of the field earned their wager, but 11.8% turned the answer in early enough for two bonus points. We moved on to other subjects such as the pterodactylChile‘s site of the most powerful earthquake in recorded history, and frequent Tom Hanks collaborators Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard. This round had nine perfect scores.


We caught 22 correct six-point guesses of Cavaliers in Thursday’s 6-4-2. Barely finishing ahead of the audio question in regards to bonus rate was this opening query in Round 4:

  • What word fills in the blank in the following proverb: to err is human; to forgive, BLANK?
  • Bonus: Who coined this proverb in his poem titled An Essay on Criticism?

Many teams knew the word divine filled in that blank, but only 6.73% recognized that as an Alexander Pope quote. From there, we drank some Alamo Beer from King of the Hill, sung along to the Owl City song Fireflies, and answered a Lonely three-parter. In this round, perfect scores were recorded by Team Pizza (Olde Mother), Great Heathen Army (Brewery Fire), and Bad Rhino (Kalypso’s). Before the final question, these were the top-scoring squads:

FINAL QUESTION (63.46% success rate):

  • According to the standard rules, what is the fewest number of questions one must answer correctly to win a game of Trivial Pursuit?

To win the game, you have to collect six pie pieces, then go to the middle of the board and answer one final question; if you’re lucky with your rolls, you can do that in seven questions. Speaking of lucky, there were seven Perfect 21 teams on Thursday! These were the best scores in Thursday’s game:

Earning an honorable mention was Moist Gang (Mile 20), which put up 169 points while playing over the limit of seven players.


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Shipwrecked  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beverly Hills 90210)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tiffany Thiessen)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Grilled Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sports Films)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Mental Dental  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidential History)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Caribbean Flags)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Team Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spielberg-Hanks Films)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Cuck-a-Doodle-Doo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Phish)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Sports Films)

Crooked Run Fermentation in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Country Music Other Than Tim McGraw (audio))

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Utz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Los Angeles Angels)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Former Prospectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon)

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

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Division I Team Nicknames)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taco Bell Menu Items)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Tedward Thurbet  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jonas Brothers)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Khaki Scouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Robert Oppenheimer)

metrobar in Washington, DC: Beans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chernobyl (TV))

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Texas History)

Foster’s Grille in Warrenton, VA: White Hawk  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek (original series))

X-Golf in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumber  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Miniature Golf)

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