The North Star (State) Was Shining at Thursday Trivia!

Thanks to our two newest Thursday locations each bringing in ten teams, we welcomed a huge crowd of 133 teams across 17 Thursday venues.


With the Washington Capitals playing in the background, we opened Thursday’s game with a hockey question, asking our teams to name either one of the two teams that have won exactly one Stanley Cup in the last ten seasons.  Of course, one of the answers was the Capitals themselves, but only 11% of the field earned two bonus points with the other correct response of the Boston Bruins.  We continued with a look at raspberries, martinis, and this former TV show:

Only two teams ran the table in the first round by posting 36 points: Low Cal Calzone (Olde Mother) and Harsh Reality (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s).


Thursday’s audio question featured three musical acts who share the same initials, as we listened to “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter, and “Hush” by Deep Purple.  Next, we discussed the Sino-Japanese War, the U.S. nickel, and this Oscar-winning performance:

With an easier trio of bonus questions, ten teams earned a perfect second round score.


Disney songs were the focus of Thursday’s halftime page.  This must have been a wheelhouse category for most teams, as the overall average score reached a relatively high 17.9 points, as 21% of the field notched a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


Thursday’s second half began with a three-part question regarding films with “Baby” in the title, followed by a look at board games and the terminology used in this Olympic sport:

The most difficult bonus question of the night was asked at the close of the third round in the category of foreign literature.  We offered the field an extra two points by naming any two of the three respective authors of “Remembrance of Things Past”, “Things Fall Apart”, and “The God of Small Things”.  Only seven teams picked up these two points by naming any two of Marcel Proust, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy.  As a result, two teams swept the third round: Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown) and Villa People (Smoketown).


After a quick trip to Belgium in the 6-4-2 question, Thursday’s final round featured questions about Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony, the office of U.S. Speaker of the House, and this Broadway musical:

Seven teams closed their night with a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after the conclusion of the fourth round:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.7% success rate):

–> Originally known as “Pig’s Eye” from the nickname of a local tavern owner, which U.S. state capital was renamed in the early 19th century by Lucien Galtier, the first Catholic pastor of the region?

About one-in-six teams responded correctly with Saint Paul, Minnesota.  At three different Thursday venues, the winning team was aided by having a native Minnesotan on the roster.  Congratulations to 99th Precinct (Smoketown) and Bueller…, Bueller… (Belly Love), who answered every wagering question correctly to earn the Perfect 21.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country   (Next week’s first category: Contra Dance)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Zambookie   (Next week’s first category: Urban Legends)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Washington Foreskins   (Next week’s first category: “Schitt’s Creek”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  99th Precinct   (Next week’s first category: Rush – band)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality   (Next week’s first category: Easter Candy)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Low Cal Calzone   (Next week’s first category: HTML Elements)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller…, Bueller…   (Next week’s first category: Cards Against Humanity)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: “The Umbrella Academy”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Big Brain   (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team   (Next week’s first category: “Cheaper By the Dozen” – 1950 film)

The Derby Restaurant in New Market, MD:  Crazy Cat People   (Next week’s first category: Alabama – band)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (Next week’s first category: Human Bones)

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

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Five Easy Pieces   (Next week’s first category: Nintendo Entertainment System)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (Next week’s first category: Australia)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  F. U. Darts   (Next week’s first category: Disney Princesses)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings The Flaming Lips)