Our Teams Needed a Scapegoat on Thursday Night!

Thursday meant one final night of trivia before Saturday afternoon’s Summer Fling Finals.  We welcomed 88 teams across 13 venues to close out the week.  Let’s see which teams topped the overall leaderboard:


Thursday’s first round progressed rather smoothly, but a pair of bonus questions prevented most of the field from notching a perfect start.  The first of these two toughies was asked during a question involving this Pennsylvania town which is famous for one of its rodents:

Groundhog Day

Virtually every team knew which town we were asking for, but we also offered a two-point bonus to any team that could spell its name correctly.  This was a much more difficult task, as only eight teams earned two bonus points with this spelling:


The opening stanza concluded with our nightly Three Clues question, with Thursday’s version asking about a certain film.  Only a handful of our teams offered an early guess after hearing these two clues:

CLUE 1: A scene featuring Harrison Ford was cut from this film in post-production.

CLUE 2: Henry Thomas earned a Golden Globe nomination for his lead role in this film.

Most of the teams who were confident enough to go in early were indeed correct with this cinematic classic:


Punxsutawney took its toll on the field as Power Vacuum from Champion Billiards notched the only perfect score of the first round.


Thursday’s audio question featured cover versions of TV theme songs: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Parks and Recreation”, and “M*A*S*H”.  The final song was the most difficult for our teams to pinpoint, since it was a version recorded by this frightful frontman:

Marilyn Manson

Thanks, Brian!  The second round also included questions on Norway’s dominance at the Winter Olympics, Florence Nightingale’s traveling companions, and this unique sea creature:


The bonus questions in the second stanza proved to be a bit on the easier side, as seven teams swept the second round with 36 points.


Thursday’s halftime round featured pictures of couch gags from “The Simpsons”:

Across the board, 14 teams recorded a perfect score, with an overall average of 17.4 points.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:


The second half opened with a little Modern Rock, specifically this Las Vegas band whose new album drops today:


We continued with a question on 20th Century Literature:

–> Young children whose real names are Jeremy and Jean provide the narration and are two major characters for which 1960 novel?

About half of our teams earned their wagers by arriving at this correct answer:

To Kill a Mockingbird

The kicker was the bonus question, which asked for the fictional Alabama town in which the novel is set.  Only nine teams snagged those two points with the correct answer of Maycomb.  Finally, we turned back the clock to ask about this classic Hollywood star (and her five marriages):

Toto Dog Wizard of Oz

No, not the dog…  Actress Judy Garland was apparently no stranger to the altar.  Once again, we stumped many of our teams with a difficult bonus question, asking for either one of two films for which Garland earned an Oscar nomination.   Despite her breakthrough performance in “The Wizard of Oz”, her only Oscar nominations were earned more than 15 years later, for the films “A Star is Born” and “Judgment at Nuremberg”.  Thanks to two difficult bonus questions, Brother of Menelaus from Fish Market notched the only perfect score of the first round.


The six-point clue on our 6-4-2 question was rather straightforward:

–> Which foreign country is named for the second-tallest mountain in Africa?

Our geography buffs found a chance to shine on this question, with exactly one-quarter of our teams answering correctly with Kenya.


Our final round opened with a question on the most recent U.S. citizens to win the Nobel Peace Prize, with the answers being these two former politicians:

Obama Gore

After questions on the game Boggle and current NFL coaches, we closed the round with a three-part question that asked for the countries of origin for these three foods:

Yes, that’s poutine, gnocchi, and sherry, which respectively come from Canada, Italy, and Spain.  In a bit of a break from the norm, eight teams swept the final round with a perfect score.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (34.1% success rate):

–> Which word originated in the Book of Leviticus, referring to an animal that was cast out into the desert on the Jewish Day of Atonement, in order to symbolize the removal of sins?

Just over one-third of our teams gave us the correct answer of scapegoat.  Congratulations to Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Champion Billiards), Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards), Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market), and Unathletico Madrid (Guido’s), who each recorded the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Hoboken Squat Cobblers  (Next week’s first category: Wine)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country  (Next week’s first category: Toronto)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: Sam Sings Metallica)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: “Kill Bill”)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Sloppy Seconds  (Next week’s first category: “Grease”)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Hans Gruber Preservation Society  (Next week’s first category: “Casablanca”)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality  (Next week’s first category: Yoga Poses)

Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD:  Bag of Marbles  (Next week’s first category: World War I)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dire Wolves  (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Here For the Beer  (Next week’s first category: Mack Trucks)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Brizzy’s World  (Next week’s first category: First 150 Pokemon)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  We Drink and We Know Things  (Next week’s first category: The Beatles – AUDIO)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War Battles)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Unatheltico Madrid  (Next week’s first category: Frederick’s “Dragon Lady”)