Thanksgiving Trivia Recap!

We sandwiched in seven games of Pour House Trivia around the holiday weekend, welcoming a healthy crowd of 74 teams.


Opening round topics from our recent games included the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, baseball MVPs, and President Franklin Roosevelt.  The most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the first round were posted to our Friday teams:

–> A guidebook whose cover says “Don’t Panic” is the source of the title for this story created by Douglas Adams, the first book in his six-part science fiction series.  For your wager, name that title.

2-POINT BONUS: What is the name of the second book in this series?

Only half of our Friday teams earned wagering points with the correct response of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, though none of those teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the second title in that novel series is “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”.  Our other teams also stared down wicked bonus questions in their opening round.  On Wednesday, only two out of 42 teams knew that Sterling K. Brown voices the character of Destin in the new film “Frozen II”.  On Saturday, only one team knew that the Granny Smith apple originated in Australia.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in the first round.


Our teams performed very well during our recent audio questions.  Wednesday’s field was asked to identify singers of “thankful” songs, as we listened to John Denver (“Thank God I’m a Country Boy”), Alanis Morissette (“Thank U”), and Dido (“Thank You”).  Our Friday teams listened to music from the animated films “Aladdin”, “Peter Pan”, and “Toy Story”, while our Saturday teams heard instrumental versions of “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, and “Lights” by Ellie Goulding.  Other second round topics included the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”, the nation of Iran, and the element mercury.  Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza) recorded the only perfect score in the second round.


Halftime topics from the holiday weekend included Broadway playbills, male actors in drag, and words formed from the letters in the phrase “HAPPY THANKSGIVING”.  The overall scoring average reached 15.9 points, as seven teams ran the table with a perfect scores.  Here is your halftime leaderboard:


The concept of local knowledge came into play on Wednesday night with this third round question:

–> Formerly named for sponsors such as Gimbels and Boscov’s, the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade is not held in New York, but rather which other northeastern city, where the route begins along John F. Kennedy Boulevard?

Most of our Wednesday teams struggled with this question, with the exception of those teams playing at our newest Wednesday venue: Bald Birds Brewing.  All 12 teams at this venue in eastern Pennsylvania knew the correct answer was Philadelphia.  In Saturday’s third round, we asked a bonus question that stumped all 25 teams, as none of our Saturday players knew that Black & Decker is headquartered in Connecticut.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.


–> Final round topics from our recent games included the 18-minute song “Alice’s Restaurant”, the romantic comedy film “Love Actually”, NHL team names, and the upcoming pseudo-holiday of Cyber Monday.  Our Saturday teams were asked the most difficult wagering question of the final round:

–> Which African American performer earned both of his career Academy Award nominations for films released in 2004, one of which earned him a win for Best Actor?

Only five teams gave us the correct answer of Jaime Foxx, who earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the action thriller “Collateral”, while also winning the Best Lead Actor Oscar for “Ray”.  Across the board, six teams posted 36 points to earn a perfect final score.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (71.3% success rate):

–> All released before 1981, the albums “Double Fantasy”, “Some Time in New York City”, and “Marriage Album” were recorded by what duo?

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> In classical music, this term refers to a musical composition with its roots in improvisation, often describing compositions of “imaginative invention”.  But most of us know this term better as the title of a 1940 feature film.  What is this word?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

–> Among the original Mercury Seven astronauts, name any two of the three men whose last names were also occupations.

The respective correct answers to these questions were John Lennon and Yoko Ono“Fantasia”, and (any two of) Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, and Gordon Cooper.  Congratulations to Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’ – Wednesdayand Nay-Borz (Bald Birds), as the only teams to record a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final holiday weekend leaderboard:

An honorable mention goes out to Tiny Pete’s (Dragon Hops), who recorded an impressive score of 162 points while playing ‘over the limit’.


Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  Noodle Pigs   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 29 – First category: James Bond Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm   (Next week’s first category: British Invasion – AUDIO)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Sexual Chocolate   (Next week’s first category: Volkswagen Models)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Nay-Borz   (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H”)

Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Really Rottens   (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton” – Act II)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Paul McCartney)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Duran Duran or Power Staation?)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (First category: NASA Planetary Probes)