The Thursday Trivia Circle of Life!

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Aslin Beer Co led all 23 Thursday venues with a 26-team game on Thursday, as Pour House Trivia played host to a total of 274 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

While the first round’s wagering questions were no big deal, a pair of bonus chances were early speed bumps. We started with a quote from the Bill & Ted film series, but only 11.6% of the field knew its most recent entry was 2020’s Bill & Ted Face the Music. Later in the round, we gave a three-parter to celebrate National Trivia Day:

  • 1)  Commonly abbreviated YDKJ, which video game series features fictitious trivia host Cookie Masterson?
  • 2)  Players place bets on potential correct answers in which game featuring numerical trivia questions?
  • 3)  Named as a play on words, which product introduced by Screenlife Games originally used DVDs with video clips from pop culture?

About 13.5% of teams earned bonus points for naming, in order, You Don’t Know JackWits & Wagers, and Scene It. The quartet of perfect first-round teams were Rail Splitters (Michaux), We the Peephole (Loudoun Kitchen), Billy Crystal Meth (Solace Outpost), and Dave Martinez School of Management (BBOP).

SECOND ROUND:

Roughly 16% of the field aced the audio question, which played A Word in Common style. Three songs with the word Uptown were played: Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, and Kelly Clarkson’s cover of It’s Quiet Uptown from Hamilton. We looked back at some college football history later in the round:

  • Starting in 1975, which Big Ten football team won just three times during a 75-game stretch, including a 34-game losing streak?

The bad-luck Wildcats of Northwestern labored through the late 1970s, and just under 30% of our teams submitted that answer. We ended the round with a question about new FOX game show The Floor, hosted by Rob Lowe. A game-high 14 perfect teams played this round.

HALFTIME:

Google Doodles comprised the first part of Thursday’s halftime round. On the bottom section, teams had to figure whether each listed literary work was first published in the 19th or 20th century. The average score was 17.8 points, but 47 teams went the full 20-for-20. One perfect team led the way at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

Surya Bonaly’s illegal Olympic figure skating backflip and Three Clues about towns named Lexington were featured at the beginning of the third round, followed by a 1-2 punch that knocked most teams silly:

  • Commonly abbreviated TFU, which cult was the subject of two recent docuseries respectively airing on Netflix and Prime Video?

Twin Flames Universe was named by 18% of the field. Even less successful was this Grammy question:

  • Two years after winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, who is the only male solo artist currently nominated in the same category?
  • Bonus: What is the title of his most recent album?

Only 5.83% of teams knew of Jon Batiste, the 5-time Grammy winner who won two years ago for the album We Are; only three teams knew his most recent album is titled World Music Radio! None of those teams, however, put together a perfect third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Money man Warren Buffett was the subject of Thursday’s 6-4-2, and 92 teams received all six points for naming him from the first clue. We started the fourth round with questions on the quark particle and George Washington‘s birthday before getting to this fictional character query:

  • Introduced in the novel Dracula, this fictional Dutch doctor and vampire hunter has been portrayed by Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, and even Mel Brooks. What is this doctor’s last name?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: What is his first name?

Most teams knew we were describing Van Helsing, but only 9.12% of teams got his first name of Abraham. Six teams were perfect in this round. We reached the night’s final question with these leading scores:

FINAL QUESTION (12.41% success rate):

  • Which six-letter word is ultimately derived from a Greek term meaning circle of little animals?

Many teams thought that word was circus, but about one-eighth of the field provided the correct word, zodiac! Thursday’s game resulted in no Perfect 21 teams. These were the highest scores for the evening:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Bring Out the Gimp  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sarah Sings from the Album Fearless)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: I Am McLovin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Countries)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Jive Tolkien  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mr. Bean)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Teddy Roosevelt)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Henri Michaux)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Grilled Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marine Mammals)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fun with Flags)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Second Guess All-Stars  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Silence of the Lambs)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python Films)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oceania)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football Playoffs)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NBA)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Aged to Perfection  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Screwball Comedies of the 1930s and 1940s)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Will and Grace)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Age of Empires II)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Game of Thrones)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quantum Physics)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Stressed  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queensryche)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Bloodbath and Beyond  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Video Game Dogs)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Smarty Pints  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)

Metrobar in Washington, DC: Quizzed in My Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock Band Drama)

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: That One Table  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obstetrics)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Last One Pays  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity Birth Years)