The Last Frontier of Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 118 teams across 15 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s opening round featured questions regarding American explorers Lewis and Clark, the baseball slang term golden sombrero, and the components of the continental breakfast.  A pair of early bonus questions kept most of the perfect scores off of the board.  Only 17% of our Thursday teams knew that Merriweather and William were the first names of Lewis and Clark, while a similar portion of the field knew that former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard holds the unofficial MLB career record for the most golden sombreros.  Eight teams knew both of these bonus questions en route to a perfect first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three musical acts that used the voices of singing children in their songs.  We listened to Hard Knock Life by Jay-Z, Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and We Belong by Pat Benatar.  Other second round topics included the language of Creole, the radioactive element Uranium, the works of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Disney film Flubber (along with its source material The Absent-Minded Professor).  Once again, eight teams recorded a perfect second round score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

State highway road signs and television character duos were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page.  Six teams recorded a perfect score, while the overall average reached 15.8 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round was generally easier than expected, as the majority of our teams successfully naviagted through questions concerning the jackal, the animated film Monsters vs. Aliens, the non-Simpsons-related works of Matt Groening, and the remake versions of songs from Tommy James and the Shondells (specifically, I Think We’re Alone Now and Mony Mony).  However, a question combining geography with sports nicknames proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first four rounds:

  • Situated near a college campus in the Appalachian Mountains, a certain 2,077-foot peak has lent its name to the sports teams of which university?

Everyone has undoubtedly heard this word before, but very few people knew its derivation.  Only 14% of the field responded correctly with Penn State University, which named its athletic teams after the nearby Nittany Mountain.  As a result, Thursday’s third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

Hopefully, we didn’t jump the shark in a 6-4-2 question concerning the series Happy Days.  Our final round looked at topics such as The Minuteman statue in Massachusetts, human reproductive cells, Hells Canyon along the Snake River, and the financial company Merrill LynchPower Vacuum (Champion) recorded the only perfect score of Thursday’s final round.  After four rounds of play, these were Thursday’s highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (2.6% success rate):

  • During the early days of the COVID shutdowns, which American city of about 300,000 residents temporarily became the location of the busiest airport in the world?

Most teams were on the right track with their logic in that the correct answer had to be a relatively isolated location, but the government of Hawaii made numerous headlines during 2020 by essentially closing its airports to outside visitors.  Instead, during the Spring of 2020, the busiest airport in the world was Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.  Congratulations to Cat In the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen), T-Glen (Solace Outpost), and Menace to Sobriety (Olde Mother), who were the only teams to correctly answer this extremely difficult final question.  However, none of those teams was able to post a Perfect 21 with correct responses on all 21 wagering questions.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Hoochie Coochie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wedding Crashers)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Dog House  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Marine Corps History)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Egypt)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Appalachian Trail)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Menace to Sobriety  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hanging Things)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Variants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Monkees)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Rookie Score  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2021 Ryder Cup)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chuck Berry – AUDIO)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s One-Hit Wonders)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Kitten Mittens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous People From Anchorage)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Best In Show)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Astrophysics)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: D. C. Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Agatha Christie Films)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD: Risky Quizness  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Characters)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Covid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Religions)