Thursday Trivia Feels Alive!

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A 22-team game at Solace Outpost, a 21-squad outing at Olde Mother, and a 20-team smackdown at Aslin Beer Co boosted Pour House Trivia’s Thursday edition. In all, 269 teams attended at any of PHT’s 23 venues!

FIRST ROUND:

It took until the end of the first round for a bonus chance to prove tough on Thursday:

  • In both the original 1980s version and its 2011 revival, which animated TV series featured the lead character of Lion-O, a warrior feline who wielded the mystical Sword of Omens?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Originally voiced by Earl Hammond, which evil sorcerer was the primary villain on this series?

The Thundercats series was named by most teams. However, the evil Mumm-Ra was identified by only 15% of the field. Before that, the opening round took us to the Netherlands, gave a trio of MAN-ly answers, and lent an ear. Nine teams had a perfect score here, the most of any round in the game.

SECOND ROUND:

We got good with Thursday’s audio question, as three songs were played with titles containing that word: Honey I’m Good by Andy Grammer, Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel, and Ice Cube’s It was a Good Day. The other two bonus opportunities in the round proved to be difficult, though. A question about Shaq’s college hoops days at LSU saw only 10.4% of teams know his college jersey number, 33. At the end of the round, we zoomed in a little bit:

  • On a VHS camcorder, the zoom controls were often marked with the letters T and W. Which words were respectively abbreviated by those letters?

Bonus points were earned by 14.4% of teams, each able to name the words telephoto and wide-angle. In this round, Fran and Friends (Loudoun Kitchen), Mad Facts: Query Road (Loudoun Kitchen), and First Timers (Solace Outpost) recorded perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Standup comedians and company stock ticker symbols were the items of the evening on the halftime page. The average team scored 16.6 points, but 72 teams stepped up to earn the full 20 points! We entered the halftime intermission with these top-scoring teams:

THIRD ROUND:

The third round was bookended by some tricky bonus opportunities. The first question was about the children’s character Madeline; here, 11.5% of teams earned two extra points for knowing Frances McDormand portrayed Miss Clavel in a 1990s film adaptation of the book. Teams rallied to reach the end of the round:

  • Which two men have completed the Singles Career Golden Slam, winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic Gold medal during his career?  One man accomplished this in the 1990’s, the other in the 21st century. 

Almost exactly one third of the field named either Andre Agassi or Rafael Nadal, but 9.6% identified both; these were the lowest success rates on Thursday. We also discussed the various definitions of Kaiser and London’s Piccadilly Circus in this round. There were six perfect scores here.

FOURTH ROUND:

Forty-seven teams knew Vermont has the only McDonald’s-less U.S. state capital, earning the max six points in Thursday’s 6-4-2. The last round of the night began with James Garner’s title roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files before we went to a more modern on-screen work:

  • Which romantic comedy of the 2010s starred Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named R, who begins to show signs of humanity after meeting a human named Julie?

Warm Bodies starred Hoult and was named by 34% of teams. The round’s last query dealt with three people surnamed Black; 13% of the field provided the first names of actor Jack, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Hugo, and Friday singer Rebecca for extra points. This round had eight perfect scores. After four rounds, these were the highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (70.26% success rate):

  • It seems appropriate that which magazine’s first issue in 1936 featured a photograph of a doctor slapping a newborn baby’s behind?

That photo was featured inside the pages of the debut issue of Life magazine. With that, five teams clinched their Perfect 21 in Thursday’s game! One team came very close to perfection, leading the overall field at the end of the night:

NOTE: All Thursday venues are OFF on Thanksgiving Day EXCEPT Mark’s Pub. The rest of Thursday’s locations will return November 30!

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: One Wheel Short of a Unicycle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV Cartoons)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Einsteins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Garner)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: El Duderinos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: That ’70s Show)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: A+B=C Squared  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Burnt Endz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cooking TV Shows)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Soylent Blue  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Fall of the House of Usher (TV series))

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Third Round Meltdown  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Men’s Soccer Team)

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

**NOTE: The game at Belly Love has a new start time of 6:00pm, starting immediately!**

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Univ. of Maryland or Univ. of Virginia?)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Crown (season 5))

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: ACC Men’s Basketball)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Donner Party People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heisman Trophy Winners)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Midwest Emo (audio))

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Know Nothings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Wolf on Campus)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: No Idea  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Comic Book Films)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Big Lebowski)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Trivia Newton John  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cybersecurity)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mark Twain Prize)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Jibbitz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chess)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Triviaddicts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One Piece)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Yay Beer!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Country Music History)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Military Academy)