One Trivia Night to Rule Them All!

Thursday night’s game featured the return of Pour House Trivia to The Links of Challedon in Mount Airy!  Just over two years had passed since our last game there, and we were thrilled to welcome some new (and old) teams back to this venue.  Overall, Thursday’s game welcomed 116 teams across 16 venues:


Thursday’s game began with our teams struggling to earn some hard-fought bonus points.  First, we asked our teams to identify any two of the three current U.S. Senators who are of Cuban descent.  Most teams easily named Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but only 14% of the field picked up bonus points by remembering New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez.  Next, on a three-part question about people named Bacon, only nine teams earned bonus points by recognizing the details of the colonial rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon.  We closed the first round with a look at the different versions of this film character:

The only perfect score from Thursday’s opening round was turned in by 99th Precinct (Smoketown).


Thursday’s audio question featured unique cover songs, one of which was the strangest version of “Eleanor Rigby” that most of us had ever heard.  We also looked at the TV game show “Cash Cab” and the Shakespearean drama “The Merchant of Venice”, that latter of which gave us the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  Only seven teams knew that The Bard created the name ‘Jessica’ (Shylock’s daughter) specifically for this play.  We followed up with a question concerning this former NBA superstar:

The first half ended with its most difficult wagering question, as only 23% of the field knew that the former African colony of Gold Coast is now the current independent nation of Ghana.  Only two teams notched a perfect score of 36 second round points: Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill).


With Thursday marking the close of Black History Month, the halftime page asked our teams identify some notable African-Americans from U.S. history.  Our teams breezed through the picture section, but stumbled a bit when asked to name the time zones in which ten prominent U.S. cities are found.  The overall average score reached 15.2 points, with just six teams coming away with a perfect score.  Here are your leading teams at Thursday’s halftime break:


Our second half kicked off with a Three Clues question concerning this Las Vegas casino:

In what proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the night, only six teams earned bonus points by turning in the correct answer of the Bellagio after just two clues had been read.  Other third round topics included the paso doble dance, the TV series “Killing Eve”, and the career achievements of quarterback Kurt Warner.  Another difficult bonus question closed the third stanza, as only eight teams could name the University of Northern Iowa as Warner’s alma mater.  As a result, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


After the 6-4-2 question dealt with the late musician Prince, the final round touched on topics such as the Shah of Iran and this cinematic vehicle:

Only 11% of our teams picked up bonus points by knowing that the Winnebago spaceship flown by Lone Star in the film “Spaceballs” included a bumper sticker that read “I Love Uranus”.  We closed the final round with a look at the two authors who penned books with “Invisible Man” in the title.  Once asain, only 11% of our teams earned bonus points by naming both H. G. Wells and Ralph Ellison.  None of our teams managed to record a perfect final round score.  Here is your overall leaderboard heading into Thursday’s final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> What is the most recent film to be its year’s highest-grossing movie and also win the Academy Award for Best Picture?

Exactly one-quarter of our teams responded correctly with “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”.  Congratulations to the three teams who earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday night by correctly answering all wagering questions: Fan Club (Quincy’s), Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown), and Slapsgiving (Cushwa).  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Thursday’s game:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Bazinga   (Next week’s first category: “That Thing You Do!”)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Washington Foreskins   (Next week’s first category: “Mega Man 2”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: Prince – AUDIO)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Blank Space   (Next week’s first category: Sculptors)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: Monotremes)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Car Ramrod   (Next week’s first category: Roman Empire)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Keri Russell)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team   (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia Landmarks)

The Derby Restaurant in New Market, MD:  Hump and Dump   (Next week’s first category: Olympic Gold Medalists in Wrestling)

The Links of Challedon in Mount Airy, MD:  Tequila Mockingbird   (Next week’s first category: “SpongeBob Square Pants”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Scuba Steve   (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Transplants  (Next week’s first category: Drunk Countries)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  Charlie’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: Mesopotamia)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Unathletico Madrid   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Frank Sinatra)