Thursday Trivia Garners Much Praise!

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The final weeknight of 2023 was a record-setting one for Pour House Trivia, as a staggering 326 teams attended our 24 locations! Many venues had at least 15 teams, but four topped the 20-team mark: Lone Oak Farm Brewing (21 teams), Solace Outpost (24), Olde Mother Brewing (27), and Aslin Beer Co with a massive 31-team game!

FIRST ROUND:

A three-parter featuring March answers kicked things off, followed by this question about word origins:

  • Coined in British India, which type of fabric comes from a Hindu word meaning soil-like, dust-covered, or earth-colored?

Roughly 47% of teams successfully named the word khaki, making this the toughest wagering query of the first half. The last question of the round looked back at the Detroit Lions‘ dubious feat of becoming the first 0-16 team in NFL history; here, 10.1% of the field remembered former Madden cover athlete Daunte Culpepper started four games at quarterback for those 2008 Lions. A game-high 16 perfect scores were earned here.

SECOND ROUND:

For the audio question, 11.6% of teams earned bonus points for naming each popular song being covered by Postmodern Jukebox: Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani, Can’t Feel My Face by the Weeknd, and Flowers by Miley Cyrus. Two questions later, we hit a bit of American literature:

  • Which novel opens with protagonist Tom Joad being paroled from an Oklahoma prison?
  • Bonus: Who released a song in the 1990s about this protagonist? 

Most teams were able to name The Grapes of Wrath for wagering points, but only 15% also identified Bruce Springsteen as the bonus musician. We were down to nine perfect team scores in this round.

HALFTIME:

At halftime, teams were asked to name various Jacks and Jackies, then submit answers that feature the letters BALL within the name. This was tough overall, with an average tally of 14.4 out of 20, but 32 teams did record a perfect score. A few teams hit the 90-point mark by the halftime break:

  • Moist Gang (Mile 20): 91
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Aslin): 90
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Interchange): 90
  • All I Lost for Boxing Day Was My Two Front Teeth (Mark’s): 90
  • Titanic (BBOP): 89

THIRD ROUND:

For the second week in a row, Thursday’s hardest bonus question opened the second half. A query about Frank Sinatra‘s final studio album, Duets II, saw just ten teams identify Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde as Sinatra’s duet partner on the song Luck Be a Lady. Later in the round, we had a three-parter asking teams to name the alter ego of these comic book villains:

  • 1)  A Batman villain: Edward Nigma
  • 2) A Spiderman villain: Maxwell Dillon
  • 3) A Wonder Woman villain: Barbara Ann Minerva

About 41% of the field received their wager for naming at least two of, respectively, The RiddlerElectro, and The Cheetah. Perfect scores were out of reach of the entirety of our record attendance in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The animated series King of the Hill had 40 correct six-point guesses in Thursday’s 6-4-2. The evening’s last round began with its most difficult wagering question:

  • Set against the backdrop of the early 1990s grunge movement in Seattle, which romantic comedy features cameos from the members of Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden?
  • Bonus: Who wrote, produced, and directed this film? 

Singles was identified by 26% of the field, while 8.89% also named its director, Cameron Crowe. Other topics in this round included the boulder Sisyphus is doomed to forever push up that hill, contact lens manufacturer Bausch and Lomb, and a three-parter on events in 2023. This round had eight perfect scores. After four rounds, these were the top scores:

FINAL QUESTION (26.38% success rate):

  • Later adapted into a feature film that included its original star, what is the only TV show to win an Emmy Award for Best Western series?

Just over a quarter of Thursday’s teams earned one final wager for identifying the TV series Maverick, which was adapted into a film starring James Garner and Mel Gibson. Unfortunately, no teams were able to put together a Perfect 21 effort on Thursday. With that, the game concluded with these high scores:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: One Wheel Short of a Unicycle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queen (audio))

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: For All Mankind (season 4))

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Einsteins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: King of the Hill)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 11: Teddy Roosevelt)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Second Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Sarah Palin or Tina Fey?)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Too Many Jeffs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clint Eastwood Acting Roles)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: High Snack Collective  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: News of 2024)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Team Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Philadelphia Eagles)

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

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Interstate Highways)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 11: College Football Playoffs)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Yellow Pidgeons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nepo Babies)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Disney+ series))

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Emotional Damage  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dallas Mavericks)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: This is Spinal Tap)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Cabin Three  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2019 Baltimore Ravens)

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

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Moist Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mondegreens)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Humans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dystopian Young Adult Novels of the 2010s)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Oh, Wait  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dune (1984 film))

Metrobar in Washington, DC: America’s Sweethearts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kylie Minogue)

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: Pod People  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 12-Letter Scientific Words)