Play Us Off, Thursday Trivia!

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We topped the two-hundo mark again, as 203 teams — including 26 at Alexandria’s Aslin Beer Co — played Pour House Trivia at any of our 18 locations on Thursday!


Thursday’s first half was, all things considered, a fairly successful run across the board with our sizable number of teams. However, the end of the first round featured what was easily the night’s hardest bonus question. First off, we discussed Isaac Singer’s improvement to the sewing machine, the colonial capital of Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Triple 50/50 regarding Snoopy and Scooby-Doo. At the end, a question about a female pride of lions was one where only five teams earned two extra points for knowing a male group of lions is actually called a coalition. None of those teams reached a perfect score in the first round, though.


There were no pitfalls reached in the second round with regard to correct answer success rates. The audio question showcased a trio of film scores, with teams asked to name the movie franchise for each. Otherwise, we had topics such as clergy clothing, Jeff Daniels‘s role on The Newsroom, the mai tai tiki cocktail, and musically-named pro sports teams the Utah Jazz and St. Louis Blues. In this round, 43 teams — more than a fifth of the field — achieved perfect scores.


At halftime, teams had to first match fictional characters to their on-screen boss, then figure out musical instruments by their corresponding nickname. Again, teams found this to be smooth sailing; 55% of them earned a perfect 20 points, and the overall average score was a very solid 18.9 points. While no team was perfect at halftime in this game, several teams were mighty close:


A three-parter on famous Chamberlains started round three, followed by a query about the origins of the Corvette sports car. The most difficult wagering question in this round came next:

  • One male and one female, which two rappers appear on the current song I Like You (A Happier Song)?

That Post Malone song features Doja Cat; 36% of our teams correctly named at least one of those two, while 18% managed both right answers for bonus points. The end of this round brought with it the hardest second-half bonus question. We asked about abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and only 12% knew that Stowe created the fictional character Simon Legree as the main antagonist for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers (Solace Outpost) and Jonesing for More Destruction (Aslin) provided this round’s only perfect scores.


In all, 49 teams earned the full six-point prize by naming the film Alien after one clue in Thursday’s 6-4-2. The fourth round opened with its toughest bonus chance; a question about the video game series Prince of Persia saw just over a fourth of the field know the subtitle of its film, The Sands of Time. For the hardest wagering question of the night, look no further than this trip to South America:

  • In terms of land area, what is the smallest independent nation in South America, as well as the only nation on the continent which uses Dutch as an official language?

A third of our teams guessed Suriname for wagering points. Later on, we hit on another relatively tough query:

  • The five members of the pop band One Direction met after they auditioned as solo candidates for which British reality competition show, where they decided to join up and form a group?

Harry, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Niall all failed their solo auditions on The X-Factor before the fellas were put together in what became a massively-successful boy band; about 42% of our teams were able to get their wager with that right answer. Seven teams in total had perfect scores in this round. We headed to the final question with these teams tentatively atop the standings:

FINAL QUESTION (38.9% success rate):

  • Until Anthony Hopkins had to miss in 2021 due to COVID restrictions, who was the last person to have won an acting Oscar in the 21st century and not give an acceptance speech for the award?

Obviously unable to do so due to having passed away before the ceremony, that answer was Heath Ledger, who posthumously won Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Dark Knight. There were four Perfect 21 teams on Thursday;   Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers (Solace Outpost), Soup Boys (Aslin), Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen), and Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen) had correct answers for each of our 21 wagering questions. The final leaderboard was Loudoun proud:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Scorsese or Coppola?)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Flobs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek)

  • Please note next week will be our FINAL game at Pour Dog House. Thanks for all your support!

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mark Twain)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th-Century Presidential Campaigns)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Low Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Park)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Third or Nothing  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Horror Films)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mario Kart)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Moores  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY1970s Rock Music)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: The Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family?)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: STDs)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stephen King Film Adaptations)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY1980s TV Shows)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Five Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD:Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century One Hit Wonders)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Bears  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Brandy Valentino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Sheridan TV Shows)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Joe’s Hoes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rapidan Camp)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: 

Ten Eyck Brewing in Queenstown, MD: No Objections  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilligan’s Island)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Dogs, Pigs, and Sheep  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Farm Animals)