Some Mediterranean Flavor at Thursday Trivia!

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 110 teams across 15 venues.  Don’t forget that with the exception of Solace Brewing, all Thursday venues will be off next week.

FIRST ROUND:

There were few surprises in Thursday’s opening round, as the field breezed through topics such as the “Junior Mint” episode of “Seinfeld”, U.S. counties, the Enron financial scandal, and the ghosts of the Harry Potter universe.  Most of our venues featured at least one team who ran the table in the first round, as about one-fifth of the entire field notched a perfect first round score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question featured the songs “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” by Lenny Kravitz, and “The Way You Move” by Outkast.  The most difficult wagering question of the first half was asked during the middle of the second round:

–> Under federal law, if the President or the Vice-President resigns from office, they must tender their resignation letter to the person holding which government post?

Though we were given a wide array of answers, the most popular wrong answer was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Only 17% of the field answered correctly with the Secretary of State.  After that setback, the field rebounded nicely with questions regarding NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri and the Prairie Provinces of Canada.  Seven teams recorded a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Items bearing the initials “R. R.’ were depicted on Thursday’s halftime page, while the bottom half featured a 50/50 round, asking our teams whether or not each of nine items was ever included as a token in the standard American version of the board game Monopoly.  Though the average score reached a relatively normal 16.4 points, none of our teams notched a perfect score, with four teams topping out at 19 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s second half began with a one-two punch that floored nearly all of our teams.  The first question asked our teams to name either one of the two Belgian women who have won a Grand Slam tennis singles title.  Only 14% of our teams earned wagering points with either Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin.  Since these two champions are often mentioned in the same breath, most of the teams that earned their wager also tacked on two bonus points with both correct answers.  Next, an equally diabolical question concerning mathematical symbols:

–> Found near the end of the alphabet, which Greek letter is used to denote the golden ratio?

Though this was slightly easier question, only 17% of the field picked up points with the correct answer of phi.  The rest of the round progressed quite smoothly, as a majority of our teams earned points on questions concerning authors with three-letter last names, the Italian weapons company Beretta, and the current Amazon Video series “Good Omens”.  Six teams avoided the early speed bumps and scored 36 third round points.

FOURTH ROUND:

After visiting Poland in the 6-4-2 question, the final round began with a rather difficult bonus question.  After most of our teams recognized the work of 1990 R&B group En Vogue, only 13% of the field tacked on two bonus points by knowing that the group was credited as a featured artist on the hit song “Whatta Man” from Salt-N-Pepa.  Thursday’s fourth round also included a pair of questions on notable Renaissance men, as we discussed the work of Isaac Newton and Sandro Botticelli.  We closed with our nightly Three Clues question, which began with the following:

CLUE 1: This word is found in the nickname of the Central Criminal Court building in London.

CLUE 2: It is the surname of a title comic strip character created by Mort Walker.

After a slew of wicked questions, more than one-third of the field picked up two bonus points by going in early with the correct answer of Bailey.  Four teams swept the final round: F. U. Darts (Mark’s Pub), Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love Brewing), Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill), and Oily Beau Hunks (Jockey).  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (67.4% success rate):

–> A 45-pound statuette became one of the most expensive pieces of movie memorabilia when it sold at auction for $4.1 million in 2013.  For your wager, in what film of the 1940s was this statuette used?

Just over two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with “The Maltese Falcon”.  Three teams earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday night after answering every wagering question  correctly: Dave Martinez School of Management (Flower Hill), Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love):  162, and Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Jockey)Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

** SOLACE BREWING IS THE ONLY PHT VENUE HOSTING A GAME NEXT THURSDAY.  ALL OTHER THURSDAY VENUES ARE OFF FOR JULY 4TH. **

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country   (First category on July 11: Imagine Dragons – AUDIO)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Vitrifiers   (First category on July 11: Cedar Point)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (First category on July 11: 1996 New York Yankees)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (First category on July 11: Humphrey Bogart Films)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Trivia Newton John   (First category on July 11: Dictators)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (First category on July 11: “Community”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…   (First category on July 11: “Parks and Recreation”)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (First category on July 11: Triple 50 / 50 – “Wedding Crashers” Quote or “Old School” Quote?)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (First category on July 11: Swiss Tennis Players)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Wrecking Ball   (First category on July 11: Debates)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Hokie Dogs   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 AUDIO – 1970s Rock Music)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Shakeweight   (First category on July 11: Thermodynamics)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Waiting on One More Team   (First category on July 11: Maine)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cream Team   (First category on July 11: “Star Wars” Spacecrafts)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole   (First category on July 11: Jon Sings Led Zeppelin)