The Truth Doesn’t Always Hurt at Thursday Trivia!
For the second consecutive night, we welcomed a new venue to the Pour House Trivia family. Thursday’s game featured the introduction of trivia at St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar in Bethesda. Overall, we welcomed 129 teams across 18 venues.
We wasted no time in challenging our Thursday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult. After the vast majority of our teams earned wagering points by knowing that Sam-I-Am is a character in the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham”, only six teams earned bonus points by also knowing that Oscar winner Michael Douglas provides the voice of the character Guy-Am-I on the current Netflix adaptation. We continued with a look at FIFA Men’s World Cup champions, the mythical city of El Dorado, and the non-mythical city of Atlanta. Thanks to the first bonus question, only two teams began their night with a perfect first round score: Fan Club (Quincy’s) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).
Thursday’s audio question doled out tons of bonus points, as our teams easily identified the fraternal music groups of The Everly Brothers (“Wake Up Little Susie”, Hanson (“MMMBop”), and The Jonas Brothers (“Sucker”). Later, we took a quick trip to New Orleans to enjoy a muffaletta sandwich, reminisced about the different versions of the film “A Star is Born”, and discussed the association between painter Paul Gauguin and the Pacific island of Tahiti. The final question of the first half included the most difficult bonus question of the night:
–> In the scientific mnemonic “Dear King Philip Came Over For Good Soup”, what word is represented by ‘Good’?
BONUS: What six-letter word is the most accepted plural of this ‘G-word’?
Though most teams earned wagering points with ‘genus’, only six teams knew that the correct pluralization of genus is ‘genera’. As a result, two teams earned a perfect second round score: Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).
Movie music was the featured topic on Thursday’s halftime page, which featured two extra answers for maximum score of 22 points! Six teams took full advantage of this anomaly by posting a perfect score of 22 points, while the overall average reached 15.9 points. These were your highest scoring Thursday teams during the first half:
- Slapsgiving (Cushwa): 92
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 90
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 88
- Unathletico Madrid (Olde Mother Brewing): 88
- Rum Ham (Olde Mother Brewing): 88
Third round topics from Thursday’s game included Basketball Hall of Famers, Loch Lomond in Scotland, and the current feature film based on the life of Harriet Tubman, the latter of which included a rather difficult bonus question. Only 9% of the field could identify Cynthia Ervio or Leslie Odom, Jr. as one of the two Tony-winning performers who appear in this film. After closing the third stanza by noting the connection between “The Honeymooners” and “The Flintstones”, we saw two familiar teams running the table to achieve a perfect third round score: Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).
We opened Thursday’s final round with a three-part question regarding the colonization of African and South American countries, before moving on to topics such as the video game “Castle Wolfenstein” and the recent chart-topping hit “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo. Next, we opened up the Old Testament for a surprisingly difficult question:
–> A 4,851-year-old Great Basin bristle cone pine tree located in eastern California is appropriately named for what Biblical figure?
Common incorrect answers included Noah and Moses, but we were instead looking for the oldest person mentioned in the Bible. Only 26% of our teams gave us the correct answer of Methuselah. We closed the game with a look at the Tennessee Williams play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Three teams swept the final round by posting 36 points: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa), Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s), and Who Runs the World? (Mark’s). After four rounds of play, your Thursday leaderboard included these teams:
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 166
- Full Bullpen (St. Arnold’s): 166
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 164
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 163
- Scott’s Tots (Belly Love): 162
- Rum Ham (Olde Mother Brewing): 162
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.7% success rate):
–> What term for a summerhouse or other decorative building derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘butterfly’ or ‘tent’?
Just under one-third of our teams responded correctly with pavilion. Congratulations to the two teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly: Power Vacuum (Champion) and Rum Ham (Olde Mother Brewing). Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Rum Ham (Olde Mother Brewing): 174
- Unathletico Madrid (Olde Mother Brewing): 172
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 170
- Can’t Win Anyway (Champion): 168
- Scott’s Tots (Belly Love): 166
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 166
- Who Runs the World? (Mark’s): 166
- Breadsticks (Brewery Fire): 165
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 164
- North Country (Quincy’s): 164
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 164
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Next week’s first category: Ohio)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: #1 Hits of the 21st Century)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Can’t Win Anyway (Next week’s first category: “Letterkenny Problems”)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom (Next week’s first category: “Batman” – 1960s TV show)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (Next week’s first category: Muscle Cars)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John (Next week’s first category: “The Simpsons”)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Rum Ham (Next week’s first category: “Downton Abbey”)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Scott’s Tots (Next week’s first category: Magical Harry Potter Creatures)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: “The Righteous Gemstones”)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: The Onion)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Mr. and Mrs. Johnson (Next week’s first category: Baseball)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Team Name Rejected (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones” – Season 4)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Next to Nothing (Next week’s first category: Canadian History)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: See You Next Thursday (Next week’s first category: Battle of Antietam)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Breadsticks (Next week’s first category: Maryland Terps Men’s Basketball)
St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD: Full Bullpen (Next week’s first category: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – 1990 film)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Brother of Menelaus (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Darts (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)