Oh Brother, It’s Thursday Trivia!
A trio of highly-attended Pour House Trivia games led this past Thursday’s set, which brought 270 teams to 20 locations. Aslin Beer Co had 27 teams, while Solace Outpost had 24 and Olde Mother Brewing played host to 20 more.
A three-part Over/Under started the game, followed by questions on feta cheese and the Colorado River which carved out the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The final question of the round proved to be Thursday’s toughest bonus chance:
- Which actor who portrayed Pee-Wee Herman passed away this week?
- BONUS: He voiced the character of Lock in which 1990s film?
Most teams earned their wager for correctly naming the late great Paul Reubens, but only 10.7% added two bonus points for knowing Reubens voiced lock in The Nightmare Before Christmas. This round’s perfect teams were Quarter Century (Crooked Run), I am Kenough (Solace Outpost), and Pigcakes (Solace Outpost).
A trio of songs referencing New York City in its lyrics comprised the game’s audio question. A couple of bonus opportunities turned out to be tricky for our teams. This musical statement came at the midpoint of the round:
- In 1943, the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists was originally printed on what musical instrument?
- BONUS: Who both owned that instrument and originated that slogan?
The message was printed on a guitar owned by Woody Guthrie; the latter musician was named by 27% of the field. At the end of the round, we had an NFL question:
- Which two NFL divisions feature all four of its teams in the same time zone?
A round-low 26% of our teams named both the AFC East (New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins) and the AFC North (Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens) as the teams in question. Eighteen teams had a perfect score here, which was the most of any round on Thursday.
Company logos based on real people, such as the ones for KFC and Little Debbie, made up the top half of Thursday’s halftime sheet. The bottom section gave lists of performers from various TV series nominated for Emmys this year. There were 40 perfect scores for this page, which carried an average tally of 14.9 points. At the break, there was a two-way tie for first:
- We the Peephole (Loudoun Kitchen): 90
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 90
- Quarter Century (Crooked Run): 88
- I am Kenough (Solace Outpost): 88
- Slime Puppies (Steinhardt): 88
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 88
The only wagering query that really tested the majority of teams on Thursday came late in the third round:
- Exactly ten years ago, which film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercover agents topped the domestic box office?
Thursday was the tenth anniversary of 2 Guns topping the box office; this question had a 27% success rate. Other topics in the round included Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice‘s song Barbie World from the Barbie soundtrack, and the official implementation of the save statistic by Major League Baseball. This was the only round with no perfect scores.
Madonna was named by 55 teams at the six-point clue in the 6-4-2 before the last round. We visited the animal kingdom for this round’s hardest bonus chance:
- Which two terms are used to describe the larval stage in the life cycle of an amphibian?
About two-fifths of the field got bonus points for knowing both the tadpole and polliwog. In other fourth-round action, we discussed the revival of the animated series King of the Hill, tasted some bourbon distilled from corn, and heard Three Clues about George Orwell’s Animal Farm. We were back up to 13 perfect scores in this round. One team distanced itself a bit from the rest of the field before the final question:
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 165
- Alien Bounty Hunters (Aslin): 160
- Rail Splitters (Fourscore): 158
- Slime Puppies (Steinhardt): 154
- Austikee (Bear Brick Oven): 154
FINAL QUESTION (27.04% success rate):
- These two British actors have the perfect masculine voice, according to a 2008 study. Perhaps it was no coincidence that these two men played villainous brothers in different movies in the same action film franchise. Name both actors.
You’ll have to visit the Die Hard franchise to see Hans and Simon Gruber, portrayed by your final answers, Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons. Unfortunately, no team was able to secure a Perfect 21 in Thursday’s game. Final scores were led by these teams:
- Alien Bounty Hunters (Aslin): 172
- Slime Puppies (Steinhardt): 163
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 163
- Pigcakes (Solace Outpost): 162
- Rail Splitters (Fourscore): 162
- Street Sharks (Fourscore): 161
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 161
- Know Nothings (Bear Brick Oven): 160
- Schadenfreude (Solace Outpost): 160
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Interchange): 160
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cubism)
Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: George Orwell)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Andor Character or The Simpsons Character?)
Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: You Pick (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie’s Jobs)
Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Pi (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Rock Bands)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Second Guess All-Stars (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Hillbillies)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s One-Hit Wonders)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Countries)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Northern Virginia Athletes)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pigcakes (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Florida Man or German Man? (news))
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2019 Washington Nationals)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Terms)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: That’s What She Said (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Marine Corps History)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Alien Bounty Hunters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbie)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Alca Male (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quentin Tarantino)
Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Slime Puppies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Young Actors in Old People Makeup)
Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Vapors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Malt Liquor)
Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Jack Smith (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous U.S. Hurricanes)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Dark Brandon (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Eurodance Pop (audio))