This is What We Call Thursday Trivia!

In the biggest Thursday night in PHT history, we welcomed 161 teams across 18 venues.  A slew of wicked bonus questions separated the top tier teams from the rest of the pack!


We began Thursday’s game with a look at the Klitschko brothers, the most recent pair of siblings (after the Spinks brothers) to each hold the world heavyweight boxing title.  Our nightly Three Clues question discussed the founding of Colgate University in New York.  The opening round closed with the first of of many difficult bonus questions.  After most of our teams earned wagering points by recognizing the plot of the classic horror film “Rosemary’s Baby”, we offered two bonus points with this question:

–> Shared with a Jane Austen heroine, what is the last name of Mia Farrow’s character in this film?

Our teams needed to dig deep into the Jane Austen archives to come up with the correct response of Woodhouse, the last name of the title character in the novel “Emma”.  Only FOUR teams earned bonus points here, though none of those teams were able to complete a perfect first round.


Thursday’s audio question featured clips from the songs “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner, and “What’s My Name?” by Rihanna.  We continued with a look at the children’s TV series “Clarissa Explains It All” and the location of the Bering Strait.  Once again, the last bonus question of the round was also its most difficult.  After a wagering question concerning U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, only THREE teams successfully named Thomas Marshall as Wilson’s Vice President.  As a result, Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) posted the only perfect score of the second round.


Time Magazine covers and Disney voice actors were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded eight perfect scores and an overall average of 15.6 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


The most difficult wagering question of the night was asked early in Thursday’s second half:

–> This six-letter astronomy term is defined as “the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system.” For your wager, name this term which uses the letter “Y” as its only vowel.

Only 11% of the field earned points with the correct answer of syzygy.  For the second round in a row, the final bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board.  On a question concerning Truman Capote’s nonfiction work “In Cold Blood”, NONE of our teams earned a two-point bonus by giving us Clutter as the surname of the victims.


Final round topics from Thursday included the stage production of “The Music Man”, The Mercury line of automobiles, and Oscar-winning films of the 1990s.  Though the final round featured several difficult bonus, they were not nearly as tough as the previous few rounds, as Castle Greyskull (Quincy’s) posted a perfect final round score of 36 points.  Here is your pre-final leaderboard from Thursday night:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (13.6% success rate):

–> A recurring skit from “Saturday Night Live” called “The Land of Gorch” featured non-human characters frequently referencing drug abuse, sexual activity, and consumption of alcohol.  Who created this short-lived series in order to appeal to a more mature audience?

About one-in-seven teams arrived at the correct answer of Muppet creator Jim Henson.  Congratulations to North Country (Quincy’s), who earned the only Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Zombie Films)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Vitrifiers   (Next week’s first category: “The Babysitters Club” books)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Washington Foreskins   (Next week’s first category: English Premier League Soccer)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Faking Bad   (Next week’s first category: Buffalo Bills)

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

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Pugalicious   (Next week’s first category:  1970s Super Bowls)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Surprise Me   (Next week’s first category: WWE Attitude Era)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Anything But Sports   (Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving   (Next week’s first category: Aldous Snow)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:   Marvin’ On   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team   (Next week’s first category: Hue Jackson)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Snackademic   (Next week’s first category: 1969)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Grow a Spare   (NEXT GAME ON JUNE 6 – First category: NASCAR)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Friends” Quotes)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Carlos Spicy Weiner   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Hip Hop)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Military)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Gruesome Twosome   (Next week’s first category: Rum)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Sunder Dogs   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Disney)