Let Me Take You Down ‘Cause I’m Going to Thursday Trivia…

We welcomed the newest venue to the PHT family on Thursday night as we hosted the inaugural game of trivia at Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV.  Across the board, 131 teams took in a game of trivia at one of 18 Thursday venues.


Thursday’s game opened with a Three Clues question concerning Dolly Parton, before moving on to the topics of French landmarks, basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich, and the TV roles of actor Buddy Ebsen.  Only 17% of the field correctly answered the most difficult bonus question of the round, by remembering that after appearing on “The Beverly Hillbillies”, Buddy Ebsen portrayed the title character on the TV drama “Barnaby Jones”.   Ten teams began their Thursday game with a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured three music groups with ‘governmental’ names: Parliament (Funkadelic), The Presidents of the United States of America, and X Ambassadors.  Only 11% of the field successfully identified all three groups to pick up the first two bonus points of the second stanza.  We continued with a look at the classic radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds”, the Butterfly Effect (the actual theory, not the film), and bodies of water.  To the surprise of many, the Caspian Sea is hydrologically considered to be a lake, indeed it is the largest saltwater lake on Earth.  The only perfect score of Thursday’s second round was posted by Blood Legion (Flower Hill).


With the Emmy Awards on the horizon, Thursday’s halftime page depicted ten celebrities who are nominated for awards at Sunday’s ceremony.  This was one of the more difficult halftime pages in recent memory, as somehow Sterling K. Brown and Rachel Brosnahan are STILL not household names!  With the average score reaching just 14.1 points, Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’searned the only perfect score of the halftime round.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s):  90
  • Power Vacuum (Champion):  89
  • Raging and Drooling (Mark’s):  87
  • Cream Team (Mark’s):  87


Third round topics from Thursday night included the Battle of Trafalgar, the Boston Red Sox mascot of Wally the Green Monster, the Mobius Strip, and the founding of the United Artists film studio.  That final topic provided the most difficult bonus question of the round, as only 12% of the field knew that silent film actress Mary Pickford was the only woman who co-founded United Artists.  Eight teams swept the third round with a score of 36 points.


Thursday’s final round began with questions regarding books of the Bible named for women and the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever”.  The fourth round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only six teams knew that the phrase “BATTLE BORN” appears on the state flag of Nevada.  We closed the final round with a Triple 50/50 question asking our teams to determine whether or not the title character is a ghost in the contemporary novels “Misery” by Stephen King, “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, and “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving.  Three teams earned a perfect final round score: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s), Weasigators (Cushwa), and Cream Team (Mark’s).  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.4% success rate):

–> This TV show was cancelled after its third season; however, after being canceled, its DVDs became the second-highest selling DVDs ever, and the show was revived three years later.  Name this TV show which is about to enter its 18th season.

About two-fifths of our teams responded correctly with “Family Guy”.  A season-high eight teams earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is the final overall leaderboard from Thursday night:

Congratulations to Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s), who reached the elusive 180-point plateau for the ninth time in team history (a PHT record).


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  Dazed and Confused   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Alternative Rock)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Ambassadors)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Just Good Enough   (Next week’s first category: Peter Frampton)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: NFL Quarterbacks)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: Orson Welles)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: NBA Arenas)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Just Joe   (Next week’s first category: Joe Biden)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Segundo Siempre   (Next week’s first category: Skyscrapers)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “Network” – film)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: “Family Guy”)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Squirrel   (Next week’s first category: Soap Operas)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Inconceivables   (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: Dunder Mifflin)

Backyard Bar and Grille in Warminster, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: NBA Players)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Faking Bad  (Next week’s first category: Trigonometry)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  See You Next Thursday  (Next week’s first category: “The Ranch”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus  (Next week’s first category: “The Butterfly Effect”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (Next week’s first category: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Rumpleforeskin Grinder