Take the Last Train to Thursday Trivia!

Our last full night of trivia before the Summer Fling Championships welcomed 140 teams across 18 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Thursday night included the classic TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island”, geometric equations, and the state of Georgia.  The most difficult question of the round asked our teams to name any two of the three Olympic host counties that no longer exist.  Only 14% of our teams earned two bonus points by giving us all three correct answers: the U.S.S.R., West Germany, and Yugoslavia.  Nine teams began their night with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question featured three “Lil” rappers: Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, and Lil Yachty.  In addition to questions concerning the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the novel “Don Quixote”, the second round also included two extremely difficult bonus questions.  First, only six teams could identify “Shadowbringer” as the most recent expansion pack in the Final Fantasy video game series.  Later, only nine teams knew that Brad Pitt won his Academy Award not for acting, but for serving as a producer for the Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave”.  As a result, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Fairy tales and TV characters highlighted Thursday’s halftime page, which did not pose much of an obstacle for most of our teams.  Nearly one-quarter of the field posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the average score reached a season-high of 18.3 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

After opening Thursday’s second half with a Three Clues question regarding the name Cadillac, we moved on to the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Lusaka and Banjul are the respective capital cities of two countries whose names differ by only a single letter, although one of those countries prefers to use its leading article in its official name.  For your wager, name both of these countries.

Only 17% of our teams gave us both correct answers of Zambia and (The) Gambia.  Other third round topics included celebrities named Bieber (singer Justin and MLB pitcher Shane), the historic Central High School in Little Rock, and the song “Last Train to Clarkesville” by The Monkees.  Seven teams ran the table in Thursday’s third round by posting 36 points.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Thursday night included Lake Champlain, nitrous oxide, and the classic film character Godzilla.  We saved the most difficult bonus question for the end of the game, asking our teams to tell us how many standard (750 mL) bottles of wine are equivalent to the oversized bottle known as a Balthazar.  Only one of our teams (50 Shades of Dorian Gray from Champion Billiards) gave us the correct answer of 16 bottles.  As a result, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (92.6% success rate):

–> Due to the anti-German sentiment that flared during World War I, what food was temporarily rebranded by vendors as “liberty cabbage”?

An overwhelming majority of our teams earned points on this final question by turning in the correct response of sauerkraut.  Congratulations to the six teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is the final overall leaderboard from Thursday night:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  Dazed and Confused   (Next week’s first category: 1960s Beach Music)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50 / 50 – Who is Older?)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  50 Shades of Dorian Gray   (Next week’s first category: Peter Sellers Films)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Cranius Maximus   (Next week’s first category: Pediatric Medicine)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  99th Precinct   (Next week’s first category: The Monkees)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Punslingers   (Next week’s first category: “The Boys”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: Chandler Bing)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Baseball Rules)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “Beerfest”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Big Brain   (Next week’s first category: Disney Music – AUDIO)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Wrecking Ball   (Next week’s first category: Gin)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Rookie Score   (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap   (Next week’s first category: “The I.T. Crowd”)

Backyard Bar and Grille in Warminster, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: 16th Century Literature)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Faking Bad  (Next week’s first category: Art History)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Dad Bods  (Next week’s first category: Dentistry)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Two Plus Two   (Next week’s first category: Soccer)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Glow in the Dark Boner Tag   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Candlebox)