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Across 15 venues, Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 131 teams (our largest post-pandemic crowd), but one of those trivia squads put on a dominating performance for the ages last night!

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Thursday night included birthday boy Bill Clinton, the NFL rulebook, and the history of NERF toys.   A Triple 50/50 question regarding Ice-T and Ice Cube kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board.  Only a dozen teams gave us all three correct answers, with most teams incorrectly assuming that Ice Cube had won a Grammy Award, while Ice-T had not.  Though it has been more than 30 years, the man born as Tracy Marrow has a Grammy statuette to his name.  As a result, Kitten Mittens (Solace Outpost) earned the only perfect score of Thursday’s first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question featured Smashing Pumpkins (Bullet with Butterfly Wings), Talking Heads (Nothing but Flowers), and Breaking Benjamin (So Cold).  From there, we discussed the state of Vermont, the asteroid belt of our Solar System, and the unique rendition of the Elton John song Rocket Man as performed by William Shatner.  The final bonus question of the first half was also its most difficult.  Only five teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that Joel Schumacher directed the ‘Brat Pack’ film St. Elmo’s Fire.  Just as they had accomplished in the opening stanza, Kitten Mittens (Solace Outpost) earned the only perfect score of Thursday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

For the second week in a row, our Thursday teams struggled with a rather difficult halftime page, as they were quizzed on video game characters and beer cities.  Though slightly higher than last week, the average score reached just 13.2 points.  For the second Thursday in a row, Kitten Mittens (Solace Outpost) posted the only perfect halftime score of the night.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s second half began with the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After most of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the Biblical figure Barabbas, only four teams also knew that Barabbas was portrayed by Anthony Quinn as the title character in a 1961 film.  We immediately continued with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Worn in a ‘kissing’ or ‘barrel’ style, which decorative fastening clothing item is sold in varieties such as the dumb-bell, the shank-style, and the silk knot?

Only 18% of the field responded with the correct answer of cuff links.  After a Three Clues question about the beetle (both the insect and the car), we closed with two more difficult questions regarding Johnny Cash and the current HBO drama The White Lotus.  None of our teams earned a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a trip to Qatar in the 6-4-2 question, Thursday’s final round began with another difficult question:

  • In addition to his psychological thrillers, M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote the screenplay for which family comedy film featuring the voice of Michael J. Fox?

Only 23% of the field gave us the correct response of Stuart Little, with about half of those teams adding two bonus points by knowing that Stuart Little was created by author E. B. White.  Later, we discussed Samuel Morse and Beefeater Gin, before closing the round with a three-part question concerning fictional sidekicks.  With just seven teams earning bonus points by remembering the name of the Doctor Who character Rose Tyler, Thursday’s final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here is Thursday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

  • Thanks to an incumbent choosing not to run for re-election and his replacement being assassinated, what is the most recent calendar year in which three different men served as U.S. President?

Exactly one-fourth of our teams responded correctly with 1881.  James Garfield replaced Rutherford Hayes early in 1881, but was assassinated just a few months later.  When V.P. Chester Arthur took over for Garfield, he became Commander in Chief #3.  Completing one of the most dominating regular season performances in PHT history, Kitten Mittens earned the only Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Newsroom – Season 1)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Crabcakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 – Wayne’s World or Wayne’s World 2)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Rum Ham  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yankees – Red Sox Rivalry)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Adult Swim  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia Military Institute)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Sara’s Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office – Season 1)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Not Georges Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Blues Brothers)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Meeple People (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Millard Fillmore)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Kitten Mittens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Brother)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Beef Gristle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Frederick Breweries)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Terrapins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Queer For Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Insects)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Covid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spaceballs)