Thursday Trivia Has Home Field Advantage!

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Thursday night was a busy one for Pour House Trivia; 22 venues brought in a total of 231 teams, including 24 teams at Solace Outpost and 20 more at Aslin Beer Co. We also introduced another new PHT location: Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA hosted by Heidi!


A couple of tough bonus chances popped up in Thursday’s first round. The initial question after the Winner’s Choice dealt with a certain baseball great’s last big swing:

  • Exactly 88 years ago, which Baseball Hall of Famer hit his 714th and final homerun of his career? 
  • For two bonus points: He was playing for a team representing which city when he hit this home run?

The majority of teams correctly named Babe Ruth, but only 24% of the field knew he was playing for a Boston team (namely the then-Boston Braves). The end of the round featured the tagline of the Julia Roberts film Erin Brockovich; here, a round-low 22% of teams also named its director, Steven Soderbergh, for bonus credit. Five teams in this round had a perfect score.


Three bonus chances on Thursday tied for least successful, each with a 19% get rate. The first of those came in the audio question, which played three songs with alliterative titles: Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, Led Zeppelin’s Dancing Days, and M.I.A.’s Paper Planes. We followed that up with Thursday’s toughest wagering query:

  • Introduced by the New York Times in 1977, which celebrity magazine includes the weekly feature Who Wore it Best?

Roughly 21% of teams knew that feature is part of US Weekly. Other topics in this round included Babylonian mythological goddess Ishtar and Saturday Night Live‘s youngest and oldest hosts, seven-year-old Drew Barrymore and 88-year-old Betty White, respectively. This was the only round of the night in which there were no perfect teams.


Teams had to identify Disney voice actors from photos of their characters for the first part of the halftime page. After that, they had to figure out missing items from various sequencing lists. Only three teams had a perfect score on this page, which carried an average tally of 15.2 points. The leading team at the halftime break had a three-point cushion ahead of second place:


Another one of those 19% bonus questions showed up at the start of the third round:

  • In addition to memorable roles as a mutant and a telepathic waitress, which actress won an Oscar for her big screen debut in the film The Piano?
  • For two more points: She once portrayed the wife of which real-life athlete on screen?

Most teams were able to name actress Anna Paquin, who also portrayed the wife of former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner in the film American Underdog. We tracked the origins of the name Chupacabra and got through a three-parter about things that come third, then reached this championship question:

  • Led by coach Becky Hammon, which team won the 2022 WNBA championship?

The Las Vegas Aces were correctly identified by 24% of teams, which was the lowest success rate for any second-half wagering question. This round’s perfect squads were We the Peephole (Loudoun Kitchen), I Don’t Know (Solace Outpost), and Vapors (Mile 20).


The color maroon was named by 71 teams from a related Who Framed Roger Rabbit? clue to earn all six points in the 6-4-2. We waited until the end of the fourth round to ask its toughest question:

  • Invented by brothers Barney and Ally Hartman in the 1940s, which soft drink’s original purpose was to be used as a mixer with whiskey?

Just under a third of the field knew the origins of Mountain Dew for wagering points, but this was the final 19% bonus chance; those teams didn’t need an extra multiple-choice component to name the soft drink early. Some other questions in this round dealt with the Starz series American Gods adapted from the work of author Neil Gaiman, as well as the monarch butterfly’s rapidly-declining population. A game-high six teams had a perfect score in this round. These were the highest-scoring teams after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (72.29% success rate):

  • Apart from New York and California, what is the only U.S. state which is home to at least two teams in each of the four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA)?

Florida is home to three NFL teams and a pair of MLB, NHL, and NBA teams each. Thursday’s pair of Perfect 21 squads were Lauks (Lone Oak) and Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love). These were the top scores at the end of Thursday’s games:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: What We Do in the Shadows (TV series))

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Lauks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scenario (song))

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Lucky Number Seven  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Language)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Suspect Tuna  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Pikachu or Chupacabra?)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Burnt Ends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aviation)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Dog Chain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Xerox)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso (season 3))

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Second Guess All-Stars  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mean Girls)

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

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

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quotes from The Wire)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Wilson Countersink Flanges  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Keanu Reeves Films)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Leftovers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Zealand)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pro Wrestling Royal Families)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: La La Land)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: That’s What She Said  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1930s Table Tennis)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Cabin Three  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shipwrecked  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

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

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: We Can’t Hear You  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Musical Theater)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Waiting For Ted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bodies of Water)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Nugis Fatuus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Firsts)