Thursday Trivia at the Speed of Sound!

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For Thursday’s Pour House Trivia game, 22 locations hosted a total of 231 teams. We also welcomed Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD back into the PHT fold!

FIRST ROUND:

A question about multi-sport film actor Kevin Costner proved to be the toughest bonus chance in Thursday’s first round; just 11.2% of the field correctly named his cross-country running film titled McFarland, USA. Other topics in this round included Royal Crown (RC) Cola and a pair of celebrities with similar names: boxer Oscar de la Hoya and fashion icon Oscar de la Renta. A half-dozen perfect teams played this round.

SECOND ROUND:

A trio of musical acts singing about the beach comprised an apropos audio question. At the midpoint of the round, we stumbled through a football query:

  • In 1964, which Minnesota Viking defensive end picked up a fumble and ran 70 yards the wrong way, resulting in a safety?
  • Bonus: Who were the Vikings playing in this game?

Although he still holds NFL records for games played and consecutive starts by a defensive player, Jim Marshall will always be infamous for that blunder. A game-low 16% of teams named him, while 4.3% knew the Vikings were facing the San Francisco 49ers in that game. We also asked about the anemometer and CW series Gossip Girl to end the round. No teams were able to get through the second round without a blemish.

HALFTIME:

A mystery top half of the puzzle page showcased celebrities with presidential last names such as Don Adams and Amy Grant. For the bottom section, teams had to give a list of answers, each of which included a part of the body. The only team to score all 20 points here was Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen), while the average score was 12.5 points. These were the highest scores at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

A three-parter on fictional alter egos kicked off second-half action on Thursday, followed by a question about the M60 Patton tank. The round’s toughest bonus chance came next:

  • The name of which dark purple fruit can be found in the title of both a 1986 Billy Joel song and the first children’s book written by Dr. Seuss?

Roughly 14% of teams named the mulberry before a crossword clue was given; the Billy Joel song is Big Man of Mulberry Street and the book is And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street. Seven perfect scores were recorded in this round, the most of any on Thursday.

FOURTH ROUND:

The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago was identified by 29 teams for all six points in the night’s 6-4-2. We started the final round by heading out into space:

  • NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is a probe which took off ten years ago with the objective of studying which two bodies within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter? One of these bodies is a giant asteroid, while the other is a dwarf planet.

While 27% of the field named either Ceres or Vesta, only seven teams knew both for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included the crochet craft, Three Clues about Lucille Ball, and Andy Roddick‘s U.S. Open tennis championship. Just as with the second round, this round featured no perfect squads. We headed into one final question with these teams atop the leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (83.55% success rate):

  • After being told their name had been trademarked elsewhere, the Top Hat restaurant changed its name to something that was more in line with their motto, Service with the Speed of Sound. What is the current name of this restaurant?

Top Hat became the chain we now know as Sonic Drive-In. We ended the night with no Perfect 21 teams. However, these teams led the way in the final standings:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football in Florida)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Shipwrecked  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lucille Ball)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: REM (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Bobless  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Over or Under 1?)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Dangerous Business  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Women’s Volleyball)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The I.T. Crowd)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yacht Rock)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Major League)

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

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fruits and Vegetables)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Green Machine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Defenestrations)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Female Solo Musicians of the 1990s (audio))

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Themes (audio))

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: We Are Bob  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hawaiian Cuisine)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Chess Champions)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: No Worries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Second Generation Pokemon)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimmy Buffett)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Moist Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Teaching Under the Influence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: K-Pop)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD: Diamond Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French and Indian War)