Pardon Thursday Trivia’s French!

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Aslin Beer Co welcomed 28 teams to its Pour House Trivia game on Thursday evening, while PHT as a whole had 21 locations and a total of 262 teams!


We started with a three-parter in which teams had to figure out whether certain islands are in the Eastern or Western Hemisphere. From there, we went to the backyard to play a little wiffle ball, discussed Gerald Ford and Lyndon Johnson‘s unexpected ascents to the Oval Office, and used some flamingos for croquet, Alice in Wonderland-style. A very successful first round’s worth of answers saw 39 perfect team scores.


Three classic rock song titles with the word Tuesday in them were played as Thursday’s audio clue; about 32% of the field picked up bonus points for naming all three artists (Rolling Stones for Ruby TuesdayLynyrd Skynyrd for Tuesday’s Gone, and Moody Blues for Tuesday Afternoon). The final question of the round took us to the Red Planet:

  • Which NASA rover has been in operation on the surface of Mars since landing on the planet in August of 2012?

Even with a crossword-style clue, only two-fifths of our teams correctly identified the Curiosity rover for wagering points. In between the aforementioned queries, we celebrated Kenan Thompson‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, shifted to Los Angeles a la the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, and got to know Italian poet and Divine Comedy author Dante Alighieri on a last-name basis. This round had 11 teams earn a perfect score.


The first task at halftime was to identify the first main-cast TV series for each pictured celebrity (such as Who’s the Boss for Alyssa Milano and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Alyson Hannigan). The bottom part listed ten different events and asked teams to guess whether each event happened in the first or second half of the 19th century. The only team to bring back a perfect 20-point halftime page was Off in the Park (Solace Outpost), while the average score was down to 13.6 points. One team broke the 90-point mark in the halftime intermission leaderboard:


An art question to start this round ended up being the toughest wagering question of the second half:

  • As the source of countless parodies, this nocturnal 1942 painting portrays three people sitting in a city diner late at night. You may name the painting or its artist for your wager.

About 27% of our teams provided at least one of the acceptable answers, Nighthawks and artist Edward Hopper. Other topics in this round included 2000s rock band Breaking Benjamin, British scientist Alan Turing, Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming, and Three Clues about the beehive. A game-low eight teams had a perfect score in this round.


Thursday’s 6-4-2 about musician Chance the Rapper saw just five teams name him on the six-point clue and 41% of the field get a zero with their guess! The fourth round began with the anniversary of a very infamous sports moment:

  • Exactly 37 years ago, this Argentine soccer player scored the infamous Hand of God goal in the quarterfinals of the 1986 FIFA Men’s World Cup. For your wager, you can either name that player or name the team Argentina was playing in that game.

Diego Maradona and his opponent in that game, England, were both named by 17% of the field for bonus points. Questions about the bing cherry, Hannibal‘s trek through Europe, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth (don’t read this out loud in a theatre!) comprised the middle portion of the round. For the last question, we had a three-parter in which each answer contains the letters LOL:

  • 1)  This title is shared by a 1958 song by the Chordettes and a 2008 song by Lil Wayne.
  • 2)  When converted into the metric system, 246.17 U.S. gallons equals this unit of measurement.
  • 3)  This is the study of flags.

Lollipop, the kiloliter, and vexillology were all named by 14% of Thursday’s teams, the lowest bonus rate of the game. However, nine teams got through the fourth with all 36 points. We reached the final questions with these teams ahead:

FINAL QUESTION (11.83% success rate):

  • Designed in the late 1800s by architects Adolphe Willette and Edouard-Jean Niermans, which structure is mentioned by name in the titles of four different feature films?

Most recently named in a Baz Luhrmann film, that structure is the Moulin Rouge. The only Perfect 21 of the Thursday crew was recorded by Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing). Final standings were topped by these squads:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shakespearean Villains)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannibal (general))

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs of 1999 (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Double Trouble  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Pi  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paris Landmarks)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Scared Money Don’t Make Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: The Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family?)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Philadelphia Flyers)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: White Tiger  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Neil Gaiman)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avengers: Endgame)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NHL Draft)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Wilson Countersink Flanges  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Modern Firearms)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Nom Noms  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Northeastern Ohio)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Pringles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Philly Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: LSU Tigers Football)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Periodic Table Math)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Permanent Record  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Top Gun: Maverick)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Buff McGruff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Flowers

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Never Gonna Quiz You Up  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: North American Birds)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Waiting For Ted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pinball)

Applebee’s in Chambersburg, PA: Always on Time  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Applebee’s)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Monty Trython  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beach Boys)