Staying Civil at Thursday Trivia!
Eighteen venues brought in a total of 201 teams on Thursday evening for Pour House Trivia, which included two highly-attended games: 26 teams played at Aslin Beer Co, while another 21 attended the game at Crooked Run!
Thursday’s opening round featured topics like the just-released Bob’s Burgers Movie, a three-parter on antonym pairs, and large North American game bird wild turkey. The only question that gave the majority of our teams some grief in this round was the final bonus question. It was Bastille Day, so a bonus question asked which year featured the event that led to that French national holiday; 30% of the field knew it was 1792. Perfect scores were recorded by nine teams.
The most difficult bonus chance in the first half came in the audio question, which asked teams to name the brand name featured in each of three songs. Only 45% of our teams got at least two of those three — My Adidas by Run-DMC, Vasoline by Stone Temple Pilots, and Gucci Gang by Lil Pump — while 13% were able to identify all three for bonus points. Questions on a famous Muhammad Ali quote and the respective Dutch capital and seat of government, Amsterdam and The Hague, followed before we got to the first half’s hardest wagering query:
- Early in his career, Robin Williams gained notoriety for the TV title character of Mork from Ork. However, he was a virtual unknown when he first portrayed the character on which sitcom?
Williams first played Mork on Happy Days, which was successfully answered by just over two-fifths of the field. Seven teams earned perfect scores in the second round.
This game’s halftime page dealt with company logos and celebrities who made film cameos as themselves. While eleven teams were able to get all 20 correct answers, the average team scored 14.4 points. We went into the halftime intermission with these teams at the top of the standings:
- Deep Fried Chuckles (Crooked Run): 92
- Pho Q (Belly Love): 89
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 88
- T-Bone’s World of Clowning (Crooked Run): 88
- What About Dave? (Mark’s): 87
The back half of the third round tripped up a lot of our teams on Thursday. We went back to the 2000s horror film scene for the round’s hardest wagering (and bonus) question:
- Starring Rider Strong from Boy Meets World fame, which 2002 film told the story of a group of college students who all fall victim to a flesh-eating virus while on a spring break trip in the woods?
A lot of teams guessed this as Cabin in the Woods, but it was the similarly-titled Cabin Fever which was the film in question; a game-low 28% of teams got it right, while 10% added bonus points for naming its director, Eli Roth. A question about British furniture maker and style author Thomas Chippendale followed, with about one-third of teams naming him for wagering points. Finally, a final question about the three U.S. Presidents who have died on July 4th earned bonus points for 14% of the field who were able to name all three: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. It probably isn’t a shock to read that no teams got a perfect score here.
Our customary 6-4-2 question preceded round four, and 28 teams earned all six points by naming Field and Stream magazine after the first clue. This round was just as tricky as the third, starting off with a question about Venus and Uranus, the only planets that experience retrograde rotation; 12% of the field named both for bonus points. A mythological wagering question bears repeating:
- In Greek mythology, this nymph fell in love with Narcissus, but because of a curse placed upon her by the goddess Hera, she was unable to vocally express her love, eventually forcing her to watch Narcissus fall in love with himself. What is the name of that nymph?
About 35% of our teams heard enough to give the correct answer of Echo. A Three Clues question on the gimlet was even less successful, with a 29% get rate overall. The last question of the round proved to be the hardest bonus chance all game. We asked about the 18-episode section of The Dukes of Hazzard where replacement “cousins” stepped in for the usual main characters, and only eight percent of the field got two extra points for naming one of those stand-ins, either Coy or Vance. Once again, no perfect scores were reached in this round. A small monopoly by one venue was shown at the top of the leaderboard before the final question:
- AWS (Crooked Run): 160
- T-Bone’s World of Clowning (Crooked Run): 153
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 151
- Deep Fried Chuckles (Crooked Run): 150
- What About Dave? (Mark’s): 149
FINAL QUESTION (23.9% success rate):
- Among the 384 principal battles of the U.S. Civil War, these two states that share a border witnessed the most battles at 123 and 38 respectively. For your wager, please identify both of these states.
Almost a quarter of the field named both Virginia and Tennessee to secure final points. There were no Perfect 21s on Thursday, since no team answered all 21 wagering questions correctly. Your final leaderboard looked like this:
- T-Bone’s World of Clowning (Crooked Run): 164
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 163
- Team One (Aslin): 160
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 160
- El Duderinos (Fourscore): 158
- Smartacus (Crooked Run): 158
- Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s): 157
- Silly Siblings (Kalypso’s): 157
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 157
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 156 POINTS
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink And We Know Things (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Orbital Mechanics)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Modern Anime)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Turnpike Troubadours)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso (season 2))
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Duke Men’s Basketball)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The British Open)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Angst (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Knitting)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tulip Mania)
- This game is temporarily being played at O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Martinsburg.
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Not Georges Enough (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Aircraft Carriers)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: El Duderinos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sandman (comic book))
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: T-Bone’s World of Clowning (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: We Finish Last So You Don’t Have To (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rabbits)
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: NO GAME (RESTARTS NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)
- This game will return on July 21 at the same physical location, but under the new venue name of Interchange Tiki Bar. All standings points from Homaide will be transferred here.
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Us (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Films)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pew Pew Pew (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Crusade of Varna)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Redheads)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One Direction Songs)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Silly Siblings (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Film Soundtracks)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Tyrian’s Law (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Video Games)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spanish-American War)