Ring the Bell! It’s Time for Thursday Trivia!

As we close in on Playoff Saturday, we welcomed 141 teams across 16 Thursday PHT venues.


Thursday’s first round was a breeze for our stellar teams.  We began the game with a look at the feline cartoon characters of Garfield and Heathcliff, before discussing different abbreviations using the letter ‘K’, U.S. Presidential birthplaces, and what is perhaps the world’s most famous sculpture: “David” by Michelangelo.  Most of our teams even knew that “David” is currently housed in a Florence museum.  A whopping 21% of the field rattled off a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include the words “to be”: “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Hip To Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News, and “To Be With You” by Mr. Big.  The follow-up question proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> In May of 2009, The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam effectively ended the 25-year civil war in which Asian island nation?

The word ‘Tamil’ provided the key to the correct answer on this question, as Tamil refers to a large ethnic group (and spoken language) found in Sri Lanka.  Only 26% of our teams earned points with this correct answer.  After continuing with questions concerning U.S. Olympic host cities and the flag of Norway, we asked our teams to name any two of the three romantic comedy films featuring the on-screen duo of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.  While most teams earned wagering points with two correct answers, only 11% of the field gave us all three films: “The Wedding Singer”, “50 First Dates”, and “Blended”.  Six teams earned a perfect second round score.


Thursday’s halftime page certainly featured a summer theme, as we looked at baseball stadiums and film scenes shot in swimming pools.  Seven teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 15.9 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


With dozens of teams posting more than 80 points at halftime, confidence was riding high as we began Thursday’s second half.  For many teams, the first question of the second half ended those feelings, as this query asked in the Three Clues format led to some disastrous results:

CLUE 1: Born on August 8, 1998, this Canadian singer gained a following in 2013 by posting song covers on Vine.

CLUE 2: In 2018, this singer became the first artist to achieve four #1 singles on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart before the age of 20.

A young Canadian singer with a string of recent hits?  The answer MUST be Justin Bieber!  Unfortunately, nearly 30% of our teams coughed up a nine-point wager by going in early with the INCORRECT answer of Justin Bieber.  Time flies when you’re a pop superstar, as Biebs is now 24 years old, and scored his first Top-40 hit way back in 2009!  The correct response here was actually Shawn Mendes.  Most of our teams recovered nicely, as we looked at the “Seinfeld” character of “The Soup Nazi”, the historic achievements of Sam Houston, and the baseball book “Ball Four”.  Eight teams ran the table in the third round by scoring 36 points.


Thursday’s final round featured questions concerning the film “Dreamgirls”, the two celebrities named Armand Hammer, and the inventive work of 19th century Frenchman Louis Daguerre.  We closed with a Triple 50/50 which asked our teams to determine if a trio of Shakespearean plays were classified as comedy or tragedy.  Seven teams closed their game with a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.4% success rate):

–> In an experiment conducted in 1879, which scientist showed that gastric juices can be produced without food being put into the stomach?

Many of our teams were salivating over this trivia nugget, as about two-thirds of the field responded correctly with Ivan Pavlov.  Six teams took home the honor of the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:

An honorable mention goes out to Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), who posted the high score of the night at 175 points, but played ‘over the limit’ in order to decimate their fellow teams.


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: May 2019 Celebrity Deaths)

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

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: “What We Do in the Shadows” – TV)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  We Drink and We Know Things   (Next week’s first category: Hot Wheels)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Deck Chairs on the Titanic   (Next week’s first category: “Tombstone” – film)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Territories)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dangerous Business   (Next week’s first category: John Steinbeck)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

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

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  50 Shades of Grey Matter   (Next week’s first category: Project Gemini)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Crazy Cat People   (Next week’s first category: Freddie Mercury)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: NASCAR)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  BLT   (Next week’s first category: Broadway Plays)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Faking Bad


Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Leon Deadbone   (Next week’s first category: What’s That Smell?)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Charlie’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: Chernobyl)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Glow in the Dark Boner Tag   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings TV Sitcom Theme Songs)