Thursday Night’s Alright For Trivia!
Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 119 teams across 16 venues.
In Thursday’s opening round, the field performed quite well with the five wagering questions, but in an odd twist, the first two bonus questions of the game were tied as the most difficult of the night. First, we asked our teams to name the actress who starred alongside John Wayne in the film “The Shootist” (Lauren Bacall), before asking them to identify the physicist who testified before Congress just after the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster (Richard Feynman). In each case, only ten teams gave us the correct answer. We closed the first round with our nightly Three Clues question, which dealt with Renaissance painter Rembrandt. Only two teams recorded a perfect first round score: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and Brain Freeze (Quincy’s).
Thursday’s audio question featured three singers who had been knighted, as we listened to Van Morrison, Julie Andrews, and Rod Stewart. We also discussed the baked French dish quiche, Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, British actor Hugh Laurie, and the largest caves in the United States. With an easier trio of bonus questions, we saw eight teams run the table with a perfect score of 36 points.
Celebrities with three-letter last names were featured on Thursday’s halftime age, in addition to a matching section which quizzed our teams about animated film settings. Five teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 15.7 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 92
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 89
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 89
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 89
- Punslingers (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 87
We kicked off Thursday’s second half by looking at the interesting coincidence that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day (February 12, 1809). We sang along to the number-one hit “Rude” by Magic! and discussed U.S. state flags. The final question of the third stanza gave us the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> Which current TV show tells the story of 1960s New York City mob boss Bumpy Johnson and his challenges with the Italian mafia?
Considered to be a prequel to the feature film “American Gangster”, this show stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker in the same role once portrayed by Denzel Washington. Perhaps this series is a bit too new for our crowd, as only 13% of the field came away with wagering points by giving us “Godfather of Harlem”. Three teams swept the third round on Thursday night: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), Rum Ham (Olde Mother), and Big Brain (Flower Hill).
Final round topics from Thursday night included foreign alphabets, the novel “Black Beauty”, the Indian city of Darjeeling (and its namesake variety of tea), the film “Black Panther”, and Madison Square Garden. Four teams closed their game with a perfect final round: Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen), F. U. Darts (Mark’s), Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s), and Chewy (Mark’s). These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 165
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s): 161
- Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s): 159
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 159
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 159
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.4% success rate):
–> This past June, what 1994 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame achieved his 20th Top-10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his greatest hits release “Diamonds”?
About two-fifths of our teams responded correctly with Elton John. Two teams answered every wagering question correctly to earn the Perfect 21 on Thursday night: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and Sexual Chocolate (Belly Love). Continuing its impressive streak, DMSOM has held the highest overall score at halftime, after the fourth round, and after the final question in each of the last five weeks. Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 172
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s): 172
- Charlie’s Angels (Mark’s): 171
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 171
- Sexual Chocolate (Belly Love): 167
- L’il Paninis (Belly Love): 166
- Cranius Maximus (Loudoun Kitchen): 162
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 161
- Cheeky Bastards (Cushwa): 160
- Bazinga (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s): 160
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: Dazed and Confused (Next week’s first category: 1990s Disney Trivia)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: “Fresh Off the Boat”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: Richard Feynman)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cranius Maximus (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pop Music)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: 99th Precinct (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Bazinga (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Scrantonicity (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Sexual Chocolate (Next week’s first category: CrossFit Games)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Cheeky Bastards (Next week’s first category: English Premier League Soccer)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: Elton John – AUDIO)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Scranton Stranglers (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Rookie Score (Next week’s first category: Horse Racing)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Next week’s first category: “Letterkenny”)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: See You Next Thursday (Next week’s first category: Zulu Wars)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Fade to Black (Next week’s first category: 1990s NBA)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Darts (Next week’s first category: Michael Scott)