Some Colorful Thursday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia welcomed 239 teams to its 19 venues this past Thursday evening.

FIRST ROUND:

Teams took a grin-and-bear-it approach to the final question of the opening round:

  • Respectively joining the Union in 1850 and 1821, which two U.S. states have flags depicting a bear (or bears)?

Only 7.5% of teams named both California and Missouri for bonus points. Before that, we covered a trio of ad slogans, the Cardinals of the Catholic Church, and horse racing events at Saratoga Springs, New York. Thursday’s first round had only one perfect score: What About Dave? (Mark’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Once again, it took until the end of the round to ask a tough question. Before that, though, we had the evening’s audio question which featured three songs with epic saxophone solos: Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty, Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel, and George Michael’s Careless Whisper. For the aforementioned difficult question, we went to the Oscar well:

  • Among the films which have won the Oscar for Best Picture, which late 20th century film is the only one whose title begins with the letter U?
  • Bonus: Which performer from this film won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor?

Just under two-fifths of the field named Unforgiven, while 13% added bonus points for knowing Gene Hackman won that Academy Award. A game-high 11 perfect scores were recorded in this round.

HALFTIME:

We cooled down with names such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Chilly Willy at the top section of Thursday’s halftime page, while the bottom part asked teams to match board games to their unique components, such as the Pop-o-Matic in Trouble. The average score was 18.4 points, while 71 teams (just under 30%) achieved a perfecto. We headed into the intermission with one team just ahead of a four-way runner-up tie:

THIRD ROUND:

The night’s lowest success rate on a wagering question came during this economics query:

  • Which western U.S. National Park lends its name to a financial graph which shows how venture capital falls quickly over time as a company uses up available cash to meet its start-up expenses?

A fifth of our teams were correct to name Death Valley as that financial term. Later on, we went back into U.S. presidential election history:

  • Also the grandson of a U.S. Vice President, which Democrat lost two Presidential elections to Dwight Eisenhower during the 1950s?
  • Bonus: His grandfather served as V.P. under which U.S. President?

Most teams identified Adlai Stevenson as that two-time election runner-up, but only 6.6% tacked on bonus credit for naming Grover Cleveland. No teams achieved third round perfection.

FOURTH ROUND:

Before the fourth round, 59 teams earned all six points on the 6-4-2 about bullfighting. The final round kicked off with Thursday’s toughest bonus opportunity:

  • Which two TV shows have won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series a record five times each?

Just over 5% of the field submitted both correct answers: Frasier and Modern Family. We went to a galaxy far, far away for the next question:

  • Focusing on only the nine main films in the series, what is the only Star Wars film for which Harrison Ford received top billing?

The only film in the series in which Ford’s name was first in the credits was The Force Awakens, named by 32% of our teams. Later on, Three Clues about the word margarita saw 10.8% give that answer early enough for a two-point bonus. As with the previous round, a perfect score eluded the field here. Before one final question, these teams had the top scores:

FINAL QUESTION (22.59% success rate):

  • Before settling on a more colorful name, which rock band began its career as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem?

That name was slightly shorted to what we knew the band as now: Red Hot Chili Peppers. As for a Perfect 21 for this game, we weren’t able to give it away to any teams. At the end of the night, these were the highest scores:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

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

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Lauks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dave Matthews Band (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: You Pick  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: 

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Second Guess All-Stars  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: TBD  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Commanders)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: German Cars)

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

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Marco  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Legend of Zelda)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Smarter Than Sum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pop Divas)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Washington Senators)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Partial Credit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Calculus)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Porn on the Job  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tropic Thunder)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Burnt Ends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Portraits)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Second Place Finishers

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Waiting for Ted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)