Shake It at Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia featured our largest post-pandemic in-person field, as we welcomed 110 teams across 11 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Thursday night included words that include the letters ‘SNAP’, the recent Stanley Cup championships won by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the former television series Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson.  With few surprises in the opening round, 16 teams began their night with 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify musical acts based on spoken song lyrics.  We listened to The Moody Blues in Nights in White Satin, Madonna in Justify My Love, and Weezer in Beverly Hills.  Falling on the more difficult side, about half of our teams earned wagering points on this question, with 20% of the field picking up two bonus points with all three correct answers.  We moved on to a discussion of the sciatic nerve, the Bahamas, the casino game of baccarat, and traveling chef Anthony Bourdain.  Seven teams earned a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Automaker logos and ‘MORE’ or ‘LESS’ phrases were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded four perfect scores and an overall average of 16.7 points.  Here is the overall leaderboard from Thursday’s first half:

THIRD ROUND:

We began Thursday’s second half with a look at the Peninsular War fought on the Iberian Peninsula.  Only 15% of the field picked up the first two bonus points of the second half by knowing that this conflict was depicted in a series of notable painting from Francisco Goya.  Other third round topics included the song Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel, the Wimbledon tennis tournament, the Tour de France, and the former sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.  We closed the third round with another difficult bonus question, as 15% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that Michael Jai White portrayed the comic book character of Spawn during the 1990s.  As a result, Run Ham (Olde Mother) posted the only perfect score of the third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

Our teams encountered a rather difficult clue to begin the 6-4-2 question:

  • The most recognizable portion of the musical score for which 1973 film was taken from the first album released by Virgin Records?

Only four teams knew that the album in question was Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield (a fact given in the four-point clue), a portion of which was ‘borrowed’ for the classic horror film The Exorcist.  From there, Thursday’s fourth round delved into topics such as Gilda Radner, Spirit Airlines, and the buckeye tree.  The final round also included what proved to be the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

  • On the animated series King of the Hill, Hank’s neighbor Dale Gribble physically resembles this author, while the unintelligible banter of Hank’s neighbor Boomhauer resembles this author’s speech pattern.  For your wager, identify this author.
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Shortly before passing away,  this author wrote a book that featured the name of which actor in its title?

About one-fourth of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of Hunter S. Thompson, but Kitten Mittens (Solace Outpost) was the only team to correctly identify Jack Nicholson as the bonus answer.  Not surprisingly, Thursday’s final round did not yield any perfect scores.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (7.3% success rate):

  • Though it contains a minor vocal inclusion, which 2013 song is classified by Billboard as the only instrumental song to top the Hot 100 chart in the 21st century?

Only eight teams responded correctly with Harlem Shake by Baauer.  Thanks to the tremendous difficulty of this final question, none of our teams recorded a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering all 21 wagering questions 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: Berkshire Hathaway)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: In Dead Last  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Romanian Food)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Wayne Films)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Run Ham  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Madonna)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: German Words)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: What Would Steve Rogers Do?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Invincible – Amazon series)

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

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Moderate Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European Rivers)

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

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Angry Beaver Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Summer Olympics)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WWE Wrestling Prior to 2002)