Thursday Trivia Beats the Streak!

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Thursday’s edition of Pour House Trivia was played by 234 total squads at 20 area locations.

FIRST ROUND:

The game began with questions on the Fantastic Four superhero team and Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton’s before we hit upon the night’s Three Clues offering about a certain name:

  • The name of the crocodile that Steve Irwin famously fed while holding his infant son in the other hand.
  • The last name of the Canadian female singer whose signature song is Snowbird. 
  • The last name of the Hall of Fame first baseman that began his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1977.

Roughly 12% of the field only needed the first two clues to earn bonus points for Murray, while 48% earned wagering points at any point in that set, which described Anne and Murray respectively in the final two hints. Nine perfect team scores were earned in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

The second round featured solid success rates on the wagering questions, but a couple of tough bonus chances. On the audio question, teams heard a trio of foreign language covers of famous English-language songs; 23% of teams recognized all three (Cheap Trick’s I Want You to Want MeRock the Casbah by the Clash, and Justin Bieber’s Sorry). Two questions later, we asked about the African nation of Zimbabwe and 17% of the field also knew its capital, Harare. This round featured a half-dozen perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

The top part of Thursday’s halftime page showcased screencaps of films from 2003 with a bonus point going to any team to name that year. For the bottom section, teams had to match Nobel laureates to their corresponding works. A bit of a tricky portion of the game ended up with an average score of 14.7 points, but 24 teams were able to score all 20. A pair of teams reached the 90-point mark by the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

In this round, teams encountered questions on the 1980s Tom Hanks TV series Bosom Buddies and the Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy shoofly pie. A three-parter on dogs was rough on our teams, however; nobody earned bonus points for getting all three correct answers. The game’s most difficult wagering query came next, on an A+B=C about board games:

  • A = In dollars, the amount of money a player earns by passing GO in Monopoly. 
  • B = The highest number found on the doubling cube used in a game of backgammon.

Only 23% of the field added those two numbers together (200 + 64) to get 264. Obviously with that 0-fer in the round, there were no perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

Thursday’s 6-4-2 about the Wonder bread brand saw 41 teams name it on the initial six-point clue. The last round of the night took us through some baseball history:

  • Which current MLB division includes four teams that were founded during the 19th century?

The National League Central division plays host to those teams; the oldest is the Chicago Cubs, but the others are the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Just under 40% of teams earned their wager for naming the division, while 23% added bonus points for naming the Cubs as the oldest of the group. Other topics in this round included former Spanish general Francisco Franco, the Olympic non-capital host cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sydney, and Queen Latifah‘s lead role in the film Beauty Shop. This round had the most perfect scores, with 12 teams each earning every possible point. After four rounds, these teams had the highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (25.64% success rate):

  • Beginning in 2003, which series won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in seven consecutive years?

A lucky seven-year streak of wins was earned by The Amazing Race. Thursday’s game ended with two Perfect 21 units: We the Peephole (Loudoun Kitchen) and Curly (Olde Mother). These were the top-scoring teams at the end of the night:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Pub Dawgs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Anatomy)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: All In Always  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stardew Valley)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: TH  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Flintstones)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Suspect Tuna  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON MAY 25: Triple 33/33/33: Red, White, or Blue?)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: LGM  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Poker Terms)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Scared Money Don’t Make Money  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor (TV))

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tim Horton’s Signature Drinks)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Curly  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Federal Reserve)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Silmarillion)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Sinister Koalas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbecue)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Nom Noms  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ramen)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2023 NBA Playoffs)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Flux Capacitors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Montgomery County Swim League Teams)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1920s Tennis)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Something About Butts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs About Butts)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Taylor Swift (Evermore or Folklore?))

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffalo Bills)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Clueless Wonders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bohemian Rhapsody (film))

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Sheep  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Farm Animals)