Singing Like a Canary (Island) at Thursday Trivia…
After half of our Thursday night venues took a week off for Halloween, we were not only back with a full slate of games, but also another OPENING NIGHT game, as we held our inaugural trivia night at Brewery Fire in Taneytown. A huge crowd of 12 teams joined us for Taneytown’s introduction to Pour House Trivia. Overall, we welcomed 124 teams across 17 venues.
After opening Thursday’s game with a look at the Academy Awards won by Tom Hanks, we played a little rhyme time with a three-part question concerning Hong Kong, the phrase ‘mumbo jumbo’, and the AC/DC song “Hell’s Bells”. After a quick discussion of the far-reaching influence of author J. R. R. Tolkien, we closed the opening stanza with an incredibly difficult bonus question. Nearly every team identified “The Drew Carey Show” as the show which used theme songs such as “Moon Over Parma”, “Five O’ Clock World”, and “Cleveland Rocks”, but only four teams also earned two bonus points by knowing that the latter two theme songs were respectively recorded by The Vogues and The Presidents of the United States of America. As a result, none of our Thursday teams earned a perfect score in the first round.
We listened to some sweet tunes in Thursday’s audio question, as we asked our teams to identify the songs “American Pie” by Don McLean, “Cake By the Ocean” by DNCE, and “Cookie Jar” by Gym Class Heroes. Though most teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, only 13% of the field picked up two bonus points by having all three musical acts on their answer slip. Other second round topics included the nation of Libya, the oldest and youngest NHL teams, and the world’s first Ferris wheel. Though the trio of bonus questions were slightly easier, we saw just one team post a perfect second round score: Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Jockey Bar and Grill).
Thursday’s halftime page featured Funko Pop versions of NFL quarterbacks as well as a matching section about foreign food brands. Falling on the easier side, 16 teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.5 points. These were your highest scoring teams at Thursday’s halftime break:
- Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Jockey Bar and Grill): 88
- We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Lost Rhino): 88
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 86
- Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen): 86
- Mack Attack (Loudoun Kitchen): 86
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 86
- Rum Ham (Olde Mother): 86
- Vitrifiers (Champion): 86
Thursday’s second half began with a three-part question which fetured ‘elemental’ answers such as carbonite, “Tiny Dancer”, and Gold Bond. We continued with a look at the TV series “Supernatural”, SPAM, and the computer brand Alienware.
–> Name either one of the two U.S. Presidents who were born in a state that begins with the letter ‘I’.
Since Ronald Reagan is closely associated with the state of California, most people assume that he was also born there. Unfortunately for those teams, Reagan was actually was born in Illinois. Heading west, you will find the birthplace of Herbert Hoover in the state of Iowa. Only 31% of our teams earned wagering points with one correct answer, while just six teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing both Reagan and Hoover. None of our Thursday teams earned a perfect third round score.
After making a quick visit to the Canary Islands in the 6-4-2 question, we kicked off Thursday’s final round by asking our teams to name either one of the two NBA teams that have scored more than 90 points in a single half since 2017. Only 14% of our teams earned bonus points with both correct answers of the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. Later, we checked out the artwork of Grandma Moses, gave Three Clues for the word ‘rampage’, and listed the most frequent hosts of the Academy Awards ceremony. Two teams ran the table in the Thursday’s final round by earning 36 points: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and Rookie Score (Solace). Here is Thursday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 158
- Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Jockey Bar and Grill): 158
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 155
- Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen): 155
- Tough Kitties (Bad Habits): 155
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):
–> About which dramatic play of 1953 did its playwright say, “I believe the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history”?
Exactly one-fourth of our teams turned in the correct response of “The Crucible”. Congratulations to the seven teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 167
- Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen): 167
- Vitrifiers (Champion): 166
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 166
- Tough Kitties (Bad Habits): 164
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 164
- Just Good Enough (Champion): 163
- Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Jockey Bar and Grill): 161
- Scott’s Tots (Belly Love): 161
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 160 POINTS
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Next week’s first category: Disney Theme Parks)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: North Country (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Bob Denver or John Denver?)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: My Chemical Romance)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed (Next week’s first category: National Football League)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Punslingers (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Siskel or Ebert?)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: Arthur Miller)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Unathletico Madrid (Next week’s first category: Baltimore Ravens)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Scott’s Tots (Next week’s first category: “Derry Girls”)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Next week’s first category: Cover Songs – AUDIO)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: Fake News)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Polys (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Bridesmaids (Next week’s first category: Olympic Gold Medalists)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Next week’s first category: Laurel and Hardy)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Tough Kitties (Next week’s first category: 1990s Video Games)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Mischief Managed (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Dad Bods (Next week’s first category: 1970s TV Cartoons)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Eastbound and Down (Next week’s first category: Animal Husbandry)