The Cake Was NOT a Lie at Thursday Trivia!
For the second night this week, we opened a new Pour House Trivia venue, as a huge crowd of 13 teams took in the inaugural game at The Derby Restaurant in New Market. All told, we welcomed 122 teams across 14 venues:
A trio of difficult bonus questions highlighted the first round of Thursday’s game. After opening the round by scarfing down 72 hot dogs in ten minutes, we discussed the college career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and asked a question about these cartoon characters:
Only seven teams earned two bonus points on this question by knowing that Craig Bartlett created the Nickelodeon series “Hey Arnold!”. We closed the opening stanza with a three-part question concerning the home states of three of the most populous counties in the country: Cook County, Harris County, and Mariposa County. Nine teams picked up two bonus points here with three correct answers of Illinois, Texas, and Arizona. Thanks to this difficult set of bonus questions, none of our Thursday teams recorded a perfect first round score.
We took to the skies for Thursday’s audio question, as we heard clips from Jefferson Airplane (“Somebody to Love”), U2 (“Mysterious Ways”), and Jet (“Are You Gonna Be My Girl”). After a look at the recent accolades bestowed upon the late Rosa Parks, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1987 film “Cry Freedom”, which two-time Oscar-winning actor is set to receive the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award?
The drama film “Cry Freedom” told the tragic story of South African civil rights activist Stephen Biko, providing the first lead film role for this future Oscar winner:
Only 19% of our teams gave us the correct response of Denzel Washington. We closed the half with another difficult bonus question, as only six teams knew that the Ministry of Love was responsible for mantaining law and order in the dystopian George Orwell novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,”. Two teams ran the table in the second round with a perfect score of 36 points: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and 1-2-3 Drink (Cushwa Brewing).
The Oscars theme (sort of) continued onto the halftime page, as we asked our teams identify ten celebrities who shared a common characteristic. The hidden theme was that each person had been portrayed by a performer who would go to win an Oscar for that role. While a number of teams earned 19 points on this halftime page, no team managed to reel in all 20 points, though the overall average remained relatively high at 16.8 points. Here is your Thursday leaderboard at the break:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 89
- Rum Ham (Olde Mother): 87
- Not Your Team (Dawg House): 86
- FNP (Quincy’s): 86
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 85
Thursday’s third round included this wicked question in the category of the Emmy Awards:
–> Excluding variety shows (such as “Saturday Night Live”), name either the most Emmy-nominated comedy series of all-time or the most Emmy-nominated drama series of all-time.
With many critically acclaimed shows to choose from, it was no surprise that only 11% of our teams earned points with either one of the two correct answers: “Cheers” and “Game of Thrones”. The final question of the third round discussed the work of Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte, who created this treacherous image:
Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) recorded the only perfect score of the third round.
The questions in Thursday’s final round pulled back on the reins ever so slightly, as we discussed the classic rock bands which included Eric Clapton, recent NFL scandals, and the Magna Carta. We closed the fourth round with another snack break, with this one featuring the New Orleans delicacy of the Po’ Boy:
The final round saw six teams earn a perfect score of 36 points. As we readied for the final question, these were your highest scoring Thursday teams:
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 157
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 152
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 150
- North Country (Quincy’s): 148
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 146
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (76.1% success rate):
–> With its first use dating back to the late 18th century, the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” is most commonly attributed to which historic figure?
Just over three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with Marie Antoinette. None of our teams recorded the Perfect 21 on Thursday night, as each team missed at least one wagering question. Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 161
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 159
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 158
- Emotionally Mature Gambino (Olde Mother): 157
- North Country (Quincy’s): 154
- Gryffindorks (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 154
- Pugalicious (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 154
- Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love): 154
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 153 POINTS
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: Famous Tied Sports Games)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: Steely Dan – AUDIO)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (Next week’s first category: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Uranus Fly Trap (Next week’s first category: Agatha Christie)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Gryffindorks (Next week’s first category: “13 Reasons Why”)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Emotionally Mature Gambino (Next week’s first category: “Gravity Falls”)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Bueller…, Bueller… (Next week’s first category: 2018 Teen Slang)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: “Naruto”)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: Gothic Literature)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: Not Your Team (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Game of Thrones” Characters: Dead or Alive?)
The Derby Restaurant in New Market, MD: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Next week’s first category: Dentistry)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Better Red Than Dead (Next week’s first category: “The Golden Girls”)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Brother of Menelaus (Next week’s first category: “Commando”)
Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA: Let it Snow (Next week’s first category: Baseball)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Limp Bizkit)