Taking Dead Aim at Thursday Trivia!
Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 118 teams across 16 venues.
Thursday’s opening round contained a pair of surprisingly difficult wagering questions. We began our game by asking teams to give us the alternate name for the human teeth also known as premolars. Only 31% of the field responded correctly with bicuspids. The next question was only slightly easier, as about half of our teams scored wagering points on a three-part question regarding people whose names are followed by the designation “the Third” (e.g. Napoleon III, George III, Robert Griffin III). We eased up on the field with later questions concerning tequila and the recent trial of actress Felicity Huffman. Seven teams earned a perfect first round score on Thursday night.
Thursday’s audio question featured the most difficult bonus question of the first half. We played three songs whose titles share a common word: “I’m Still Standing”, “Standing Still”, and the excessively verbose “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand”. After being offered a two-point bonus for naming all three musical acts, most of the field easily recognized Elton John and Jewel. Remembering the one-hit wonder Primitive Radio Gods was much more difficult, as only nine teams picked up two bonus points. We followed with the most difficult wagering question of the first half, asked in the form of an A + B = C question:
A = Under standard conditions, the number of on-field players per team during play in a World Cup soccer match.
B = The highest number in the ‘B’ column in the game of Bingo.
Only 27% of our teams knew both of these numbers, earning points with the correct answer of 26 (11 + 15). We closed the first half with easier questions on the topics of Marlon Brando films and the World War II vessel U.S.S. Missouri, but none of our Thursday teams recorded a perfect second round score.
The visual portion of Thursday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify British royals as portrayed in feature films, while the bottom half comprised a 50/50 round on World Series champions. Nine teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 16.5 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 90
- Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 89
- Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen): 88
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 88
- Just Good Enough (Champion): 87
- Franconia Hair Cemetery (Fish Market): 87
Third round topics from Thursday’s game included the adjective mafic (describing an alloy comprised of magnesium and iron), former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and the current Billboard hits “Hot Girl Summer” and “Hot Girl Bummer”. In what was the most difficult bonus question of the night, only seven teams gave us both of the respective musical acts to record those songs: Megan Thee Stallion and Blackbear. After closing the round with a look at the Disney film “Pete’s Dragon” and a trio of notable female authors, we saw two teams sweep the third round with 36 points: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s) and 99th Precinct (Smoketown).
We enjoyed a quick bite of Louisiana gumbo to begin Thursday’s final stanza, before moving on to questions concerning Alexander Hamilton, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the Lernaean Hydra from Greek mythology, and the classic TV drama “The Waltons”. Four teams ran the table in the final round: Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen), Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown), Jeopardy Rejects (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s), and Bazinga (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s). These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 164
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 161
- Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 158
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 157
- Just Good Enough (Champion): 156
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (78.7% success rate):
–> Which company offers a bi-weekly customer newsletter called “A Bullseye View”?
More than three-quarters of the field answered correctly with Target. In spite of a relatively easy final question, Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) earned the only Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly. In one of the most impressive streaks we have ever seen, DMSOM has held the highest overall score at halftime, after the fourth round, and after the final question in each of the last four weeks. Here is Thursday’s all too familiar leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 174
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 173
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 165
- Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 164
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 163
- Flat Stanleys (Flower Hill): 162
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 162
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 161
- Franconia Hair Cemetery (Fish Market): 159
- THREE TEAMS TIED WITH 157 POINTS
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: Dazed and Confused (Next week’s first category: College Mascots)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: Magical Harry Potter Creatures)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: “Columbo”)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom (Next week’s first category: 2019 Washington Nationals)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: Monsters of Maryland)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Pugalicious (Next week’s first category: U. S. Presidential Assassinations)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Unathletico Madrid (Next week’s first category: Soccer)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Sexual Chocolate (Next week’s first category: Medieval English Monarchs)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: Football Films)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Flat Stanleys (Next week’s first category: 1970s Music – AUDIO)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Whiskeypedia (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War Battles)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Semicircle of Trust (Next week’s first category: Major League Baseball)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Next week’s first category: Pink Floyd)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Creeper (Next week’s first category: U. S. Railroads)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Franconia Hair Cemetery (Next week’s first category: Inventions)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cream Team (Next week’s first category: Charlie Kelly)