Tennis, Anyone? Apparently, the Answer is No…

The last Thursday of July featured 107 teams across 12 Pour House Trivia venues, including a whopping 20 teams at Quincy’s in Gaithersburg and 17 teams at Fish Market in Alexandria!


Thursday night’s game began with most teams displaying their knowledge of Bible books and colors of the spectrum, but we quickly hit a road bump on the fourth question of the round:

–> After joining the Union in 1889, which U.S. state became the first to adopt a state flag bearing the likeness of a former U.S. President?

When in doubt… go with the state that is actually named for a U.S. President:


Only about half of our teams earned points here, with about half of those teams also earning bonus points by remembering the state’s (unofficial) nickname: the Evergreen State.  We concluded the first round in the category of Celebrity Couples, asking for the two rock stars who are also ex-husbands of actress Heather Locklear.  Our children of the 1980s earned points here by remembering these two hard rockers:

For those of you too young to remember, that’s Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.  Across the board, seven teams swept the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.


Our nightly audio question featured theme songs for network TV sports coverage, which did not pose much trouble for our field.  After questions on root beer and sulfur (those two were different questions, we didn’t ask about some weird cocktail), we asked about the celebrity who was portrayed by Meryl Streep on film and by Dan Aykroyd on TV.  The answer was chef Julia Child, though its’s hard to say whose portrayal was more memorable:

Julia Child Dan Aykroyd
After closing the round with a Three Clues question on Australia, seven teams scored bonus points on all three questions, notching  perfect score of 36 points.


Our foreign foods theme to tonight’s halftime page did not present too much of a challenge for our teams, except for those who could not tell the difference between a strudel and a stromboli.  The average score came in at 16.7 points, with 14% of our teams earning a perfect 20 points.  Here are Thursday’s top overall scores after the first half:


After some very high scores in the first half, our teams would be tested right out of the gate with a question on tennis champions:

–> Female tennis players from this European country have won a total of five U.S. Open singles titles.  All five of those titles were won between 2003 and 2010.

Only about 22% of our teams were able to come up with correct response of Belgium, as all five of those titles were won by either Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin.  We continued by referencing this classic Monty Python sketch:



We closed the round asking about this Chevy model (and the Transformers character):


Thanks to the difficult start to the round, no teams recorded a perfect score of 36 points.


Only 10% of our teams earned six points on tonight’s 6-4-2 question by knowing this answer:

–> On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a Committee of this many men to draft the Declaration of Independence.

Most of our teams waited until the four-point clue to turn in their response, which asked for the number that corresponds to the most destructive tornadoes as classified by the Fujita scale.  The answer to both of these clues was five.


The final round proved to be substantially easier that the third round, with nearly every team answering correctly on four out of the five questions.  But it was the third question of the round saw many teams display some overconfidence:

–> After 11 seasons on the Fox network, which animated series began airing original episodes on TBS in the fall of 2014?

Unfortunately, there is more than animated series that began life on the Fox network.  While “Family Guy” is still airing its first-run episodes on Fox, it’s actually this cartoon that made the switch to TBS several years ago:

American Dad

Unfortunately, we saw about half of our teams go in on “Family Guy” with their maximum available wager.  Three teams swept the final round with a perfect score: Nasty Neutrons (Quincy’s), Indecisive (Quincy’s), and Kids at Camp (Fish Market).  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (64.7% success rate):

–>  Five U.S. state capitals have names that BEGIN with which set of two letters?

About two-thirds of our teams were able to speed through the list of U.S. state capitals to come up with the correct response of S-A (Salem, Sacramento, Santa Fe, Saint Paul, Salt Lake City).  Congratulations to End of an Era (Fish Market), Dusty Baker School of Management (Quincy’s), and Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Jerry’s), who each scored the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Three Fingers Worth   (Next week’s first category: Chess Champions)


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dusty Baker School of Management  (Next week’s first category: Foreign Foods)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: My Chemical Romance)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cranius Maximus  (Next week’s first category: Third Battle of Winchester – 1864)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Hans Gruber Preservation Society  (Next week’s first category: Beer)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Thrill Killers  (Next week’s first category: Drummers)

Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: International Islands)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  They’re Real and They’re Spectacular  (Next week’s first category: Comic Book Villains)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving  (Next week’s first category: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Drinks Are On the House  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Fantasy Films)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  End of an Era  (Next week’s first category: Bird Potpourri)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Bash Brothers  (Next week’s first category: 2000s Pop Punk – AUDIO)