The Luck of the (Not Quite) Irish at Thursday Trivia!

Thursday night featured one of powerhouse teams putting on a trivia clinic!  Overall, we welcomed 136 teams across 17 venues.


Thursday’s game opened with one of the most difficult bonus questions of the night.  After most teams recognized the route of the Erie Canal, only 12% of the field tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that 19th century New York governor DeWitt Clinton was largely responsible for its construction.  After taking a look at fast food and Tiger Woods, we closed the first round with this surprisingly difficult question:

–> Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan respectively lent their names to a kicking character and a punching character found within which video game series that debuted in Japan in 1996?

Only 15% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Pokemon, with most of those also adding two bonus points by knowing that these characters were named Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan:

Thanks to this final question, Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) posted the only perfect first round scores.


We kept it in the family for Thursday’s audio question, as we played a trio of father-daughter duets: “Somethin’ Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra, “Unforgettable” by Kat King and Natalie Cole, and “Valley Girl” by Frank and Moon Unit Zappa.  Later, we looked at the paintings of El Greco and the countries which border the nation of Georgia.  The most difficult bonus question of the round was asked about this classic horror film:

Only 16% of our teams could name William Friedkin as the director of The Exorcist”.  That was the only stumbling block for most of the field, as nine teams finished off a perfect second round.


Geographic film titles and MLB expansion teams were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded nine perfect scores and an overall average of 15.7 points.  Here is your Thursday leaderboard at the halftime break:


A majority of our teams picked up two bonus points right out of the second half gate, as the nightly Three Clues question asked about the Broadway musical “Hair”.  Later, we asked our teams to name the three most recent songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart featuring a one-word title beginning with the letter ‘S’: “Shallow” (by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper), “Sunflower” (by Post Malone), and “Sucker” (by the Jonas Brothers).  Other third round topics included capillaries and these ingredients which are used to create the French mixture mirepoix:

Six teams ran the table in the third round by recording 36 points.


After a quick visit to the Baltic Sea in the 6-4-2 question, the final round featured questions regarding the Rosetta Stone, “Sleeping Beauty”, and this hybrid dog breed:

After closing with an Over / Under sports question, we saw five teams sweep the final round: Fan Club (Quincy’s), Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), Slapsgiving (Cushwa), Shea (Cushwa), and Veg Heads (Solace).  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (64.9% success rate):

–> In May 2011, which notable figure visited the Irish village of Moneygall in search of his ancestors, joking that the apostrophe in his surname had been lost over the years?

Nearly two-thirds of the field picked up points on Thursday’s final question with the correct answer of Barack Obama.  After most of the field was wiped out by the Pokemon question, Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) answered every wagering question to record the only Perfect 21.  In addition, these trivia sluggers scored 180 points for the third time this year.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Ford or Chevy?)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Vitrifiers   (Next week’s first category: John Williams – AUDIO)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Indians   (Next week’s first category: Kentucky Derby)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: American Folklore)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: Comic Book Films)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Low Cal Calzone   (Next week’s first category: “The Room”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…   (Next week’s first category: Billy Joel – AUDIO)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (Next week’s first category: “The Big Lebowski”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: “I Dream of Jeannie”)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team   (Next week’s first category: 1970s TV Cartoons)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Crazy Cat People   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Jimmy Buffett or Kenny Chesney?)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: Jane Austen Novels)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (Next week’s first category: “Sixteen Candles”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Better Red Than Dead   (Next week’s first category: Of Monsters and Men)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (Next week’s first category: “The Fifth Element”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  HTB Crew   (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Seattle Music)