Thursday Night Trivia Made Us Hungry for Waffles!

Thursday night featured 11 games of pub trivia and 79 teams, as well as a number of come-from-behind victories thanks to an interesting final question!  Let’s take a look at the Thursday rundown:


Our trivia night began with a trio of “D-R” words, which included this beverage used to make a Rusty Nail:


The round closed with a pair of difficult bonus questions, asking for the current female CEO of Facebook (Sheryl Sandberg) and the city in which the Korean War Armistice was signed (Panmunjom).  The six teams that scored bonus points on the latter might have Billy Joel to thank…  Two teams swept through the first round with a perfect score: Syn Storm (Champion Billiards) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).


Thursday’s audio question featured three classic songs whose titles included the names of the respective recording artists.  While most teams earned points with “Bad Company” and “Killer Queen”, only 17% of our teams earned bonus points by also recognizing the song “Bo Diddley”, as recorded by Bo himself.  Subsequent topics included the recent America’s Cup yachting race, Tokyo’s Ginza subway line, and Cheech and Chong, who were apparently the first choice to appear in this film:


By answering correctly on all three bonus questions, four teams earned a perfect score of 36 points in the second round: Clever Team Name (Quincy’s), Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards), Pugalicious (Beef O’ Brady’s), and Hans Gruber Preservation Society (​Smoketown).


Thursday’s halftime page dealt with unseen characters on TV shows.  The average score was 18.1 points, with 28% of our teams earning a perfect 20 points.  Here are Thursday’s top overall scores after the first half:

  • Clever Team Name (Quincy’s):  92
  • Hans Gruber Preservation Society (​Smoketown):  90
  • We Drink and We Know Things (​Smoketown):  89


The third round began with a question on a word that most people might think is just a slang term for booze, but it turns out grog was actually an 18th century drink made of rum and water introduced by a British Naval officer.  We continued with questions on Atari and the Broadway hit “Hamilton”, the latter of which included an extremely difficult bonus question.  Only four teams knew that the Tony-winning musical was first performed at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  We closed the round with this question on Super Bowl champions:

–>  Among the six NFL teams with at least FOUR Super Bowl titles, three teams have each lost only once in the Super Bowl.

Of course, a popular wroing answer was the new England Patriots, but the Pats have lost FOUR Super Bowls!  The current answers included the San Francisco 49ers (5 – 1), the Green Bay Packers (4 – 1), and the New York Giants (4 – 1).  Only 34% of our teams earned their wager by naming any two of these three teams, while six teams across the board earned a two-point bonus by naming all three.  At Champion Billiards in Frederick,  Syn Storm was the only team to sweep the round, scoring its second perfect round of the night.


The six-point clue on Thursday’s six-point question was a doozy:

–> Which fictional character’s first appearances in media were in a series of late 1980s VHS videos featuring Sandy Duncan?

Congratulations to Hans Gruber Preservation Society at Smoketown Brewing, as the ONLY team to earn six points by knowing it was this guy (who is coming back for a new series later this year!):



The fourth round gave us out most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Although the word proboscis usually refers to the elongated nose of mammals such as an elephant or a tapir, you’ll also find the word proboscis in the common name for a species of which mammal endemic to the Southeast Asian island of Borneo?

Though baboon was a popular incorrect response, only 23% of our teams knew the correct answer of the proboscis monkey:


Our next question discussed pop star Katy Perry, with just five teams earning bonus points by knowing that “Witness” is the title of her most recent album.  Power Vacuum at Champion Billiards notched the only perfect score of 36 points in the final round.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (38.6% success rate):

–> n 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency created an informal scale to measure the level of damage caused by natural disasters.  This scale was inspired by (and named for) which restaurant chain, thanks to its reputation for remaining open during extreme weather?

Waffle House FEMA

Congratulations to Your Mom from Bunker Sports Cafe, as they were the only team to land the Perfect 21 tonight, answering correctly on all wagering questions.   Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country  (Next week’s first category: Ancient Military Battles)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum – NO GAME NEXT WEEK!!  (First category on July 20: Stephen Hawking)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom  (Next week’s first category: “The Naked Gun”)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Hans Gruber Preservation Society  (Next week’s first category: Shakespearean Profanity)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Pugalicious  (Next week’s first category: Flying Dog Beer)


Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD:  Sanford and Son  (Next week’s first category: Richard Cheese Songs)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Obscure References  (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Trivia Renaissance  (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: “Twin Peaks” – current season)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole  (Next week’s first category: Equestrian Science)