Oh What a (First) Night at Thursday Trivia!

Anytime a new venue holds its first trivia night, anything more than five teams is considered to be a successful evening.  That was certainly not the case at our newest Thursday game: Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg.  Veteran host Ian welcomed a rocking crowd of 17 teams last night, the biggest opening night in PHT history.  Most of these teams were enjoying Pour House Trivia for the first time, so we hope to see them back every week.  Not only did Fourscore boast the most crowded game of the night, but thanks to that healthy crowd, PHT set a record by welcoming a total of 184 teams across 20 venues.


We opened Monday’s game with questions concerning the Chinese Zodiac and the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, after which we asked a surprisingly difficult first round question:

–> A ten-time Oscar nominee starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams, what 2013 film is a fictionalized retelling of the ABSCAM sting operation of the 1970s, in which the FBI, the Department of Justice, and a con-man worked together to sting crooked politicians?

Despite the accolades earned by this film, a majority of our players apparently never saw “American Hustle”, as just under half of our teams responded correctly.  After closing the first round with a three-part question regarding Hawaiian loanwords, we saw ten teams earn a perfect first round score.


We “dumbed down” Monday’s audio question by playing the songs “American Idiot” by Green Day, “Stupid Girl” by Garbage, and “Young, Dumb, and Broke” by Khalid.  Other second round topics included avian anatomy, chemical elements, and MLB star Mike Trout.  The final question of the first half proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Created by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, what television series completed its tenth season in 2019, running for each year of the 2010s decade?

Gordon Ramsay has created numerous shows for the Fox network, but for most teams, the answer here was a virtual coin flip between “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef”.  However, many more teams decided to go with “Hell’s Kitchen”, which has aired nearly 20 seasons since its premiere in 2005.  Only 15% of the field gave us the correct answer of “MasterChef”, with eight of those teams tacking on two bonus points by also knowing that the most recent winner of “MasterChef” was named Dorian.  As a result, a perfect second round score eluded the entire field on Thursday night.


Sidekicks and song lyrics were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page.  Eleven teams notched a perfect score while the overall average reached 16.3 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:


Topics from Thursday’s third round included the TV series “Big Little Lies”, the positions of the numbers on a dartboard, and the nation of Tonga.  We also asked a three-part question regarding independence referendums in Quebec, Scotland, and Catalonia.   We closed the third stanza with a look at the work of Edgar Allan Poe, tripping up many teams by revealing that he was actually born in Boston, not Baltimore.  While none of the three bonus questions was particularly diabolical, all three yielded success rates of less than 25%.  Seven teams recorded correct answers on all three bonus questions en route to a perfect third round.


After opening the final round with questions concerning NFL running backs and the Lincoln Memorial, we moved on to the two most difficult bonus questions of the night.  First, after a majority of our teams recognized a description of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, we asked them to give us the onomatopoeic title of what many consider to be his most notable work, depicting a fighter plane firing a rocket at a second plane.  Only three teams (two of whom were playing at St. Arnold’s) responded correctly with “Whaam!”.  Later, we asked out nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: This film was released in 2005 with the tagline “Love is a force of nature”.

CLUE 2: This movie won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, adapting a short story by author Annie Proulx.

Though not quite as difficult as the previous query, this question saw just 8% of our teams turn in the early correct answer of “Brokeback Mountain”.  By answering both of these bonus questions correctly, Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s) posted the only perfect score of the final round.  Here is Thursday’s overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.9% success rate):

–> What was once defined by Buckminster Fuller as “a self-balancing, 28-jointed adaptor-based biped, an electro-chemical reduction plant, and a universally distributed telephone service needing no service for 70 years if well managed”?

About two-fifths of the field responded correctly with a human being.  Three teams took home the Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly: Punslingers (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s), Wall Drug (Solace), and Cream Team (Mark’s).  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (Next week’s first categoryWalt Disney World)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Lowered Expectations   (Next week’s first category: “Schitt’s Creek”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Royale with Cheese   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: Sergio Leone Films)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Split Personality   (Next week’s first category: One Direction)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Chickens With Dickens   (Next week’s first category: “Hot Ones” – web series)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Sexual Chocolate   (Next week’s first category: 19th Century U. S. Vice Presidents)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (Next week’s first category: “Doctor Who”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Loco Moco   (Next week’s first category: Foreign Currency)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Know Nothings   (Next week’s first category: Elementary Literature)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: “The Big Bang Theory”)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: Travis Sings Pink Floyd)

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

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Not Drunk Enough   (Next week’s first category: “Babylon 5”)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Full Bullpen  (Next week’s first category: “Can’t Hardly Wait”)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Crooked Runyuns   (Next week’s first category: YMCA)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Bird Brains   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War Generals)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Drinking While Thinking   (Next week’s first category: Hygiene)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (Next week’s first category: “The Hunt for Red October”)