Thursday Trivia Has the Facts, and We’re Voting Yes!
Seventeen locations played host to a total of 167 teams on Thursday for some Pour House Trivia, including a 20-team showdown at Aslin Beer Co!
A pretty successful first round of trivia dealt with topics such as last week’s 400th episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the African capital of Tripoli, Libya, and the origin of the Pebbles line of breakfast cereals. The most difficult way to earn points in the round came on a Three Clues question about the owl, as about 37% of teams earned bonus points for guessing the animal after two clues. We hit blackjack in the opening round, with 21 teams achieving perfect scores.
The audio question here was a bunch of nonsense, since three songs with gibberish song titles were played. From there, we sent out a mayday call, then teams needed a little bonus rescue on a question about 600-homer MLB sluggers who haven’t yet been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; only 10 percent of the field named the complete trio of Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa for two extra points. By far, the toughest wagering question of the night came on an A+B=C format:
- What is the sum of the number of years in a full term for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives plus the number of the U.S. Constitutional Amendment that addresses cruel and unusual punishment?
Teams needed to get to 10 to earn their wagers since those numbers were 2 and 8, but a mere 23% were able to do so. We wrapped up the round by celebrating the celebrity couple of Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, with That’s So Clavin (Homaide) posting the only perfect score of Thursday’s second round.
On this night’s halftime sheet, teams had to identify Broadway musicals from their Playbill pictures, then match female world leaders to the nations they led. Our players were on point for this one, with an average score of 18.1 points and 55 teams (almost a third of the total field) earning perfect scores! The halftime leaderboard looked like this:
- That’s So Clavin (Homaide): 92
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 90
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 90
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 88
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion): 88
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 87
- Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown): 87
The third round began with a Triple 50/50 about NBA Finals teams Golden State and Boston, then we hit on the most difficult wagering question of the second half:
- Among the 40 strongest earthquakes in U. S. history, more than 80% were centered in which state?
You had to go all the way to Alaska to find the locations of those quakes, and about 46% of teams were able to earn wagering points with that answer. Other topics in the round included the Cadillac El Dorado and Mr. T hanging up his gold chains after the 2005 destruction of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The latter question was the hardest bonus chance in the second half, as only 16 percent of the field knew Mr. T’s birth first name is Laurence. Power Vacuum (Champion) and Bring Out the Gimp (Smoketown) knew that fact and everything else in the third round, en route to a pair of perfect scores.
A 6-4-2 on the color red brought a full six-point boost to 23 teams on Thursday before we got into the meat of the fourth round. Teams had a little trouble with the bonus question to start the round; Knives Out director Rian Johnson was correctly named by one-quarter of the field for those two extra points. Questions on the adobe building material and a three-parter on terms with R.R. initials preceded the round’s toughest query:
- Which title character created by Jane Austen bears the last name of Woodhouse?
That Austen character (and novel) is Emma, correctly identified by 58% of the field. Fourteen teams reached perfection with 36 points each in the fourth round. We reached the final question with these squads on top:
- That’s So Clavin (Homaide): 168
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 166
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 164
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 164
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 160
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 160
FINAL QUESTION (21.6% success rate):
- Due to the success of a third party candidate, which 20th century U. S. President earned just eight electoral votes in his bid for re-election?
Teddy Roosevelt’s entry into the election field with the Progressive (or Bull Moose) Party caused incumbent prez William Howard Taft to fail miserably in his re-election bid. A Perfect 21 was notched by Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen) and Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run), the only teams able to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly on this night. Those teams, and a few others, climbed the final leaderboard on Thursday:
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 178
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 168
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 167
- Donner Party Platter (Quinn’s): 167
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Champion): 167
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 166
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 165
- Cake or Death (Loudoun Kitchen): 163
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Olde Mother): 163
- Alcoholics Unanimous (Olde Mother): 162
- Point Dexters (Smoketown): 161
Honorable mention goes to Ten Thousand Dugongs (Quinn’s), which put up a proud 168-point effort while playing over the limit with more than the maximum seven players!
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Point Dexters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Invasive Fish Species of the Potomac)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Personal and Confidential (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rodgers and Hammerstein)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Re-Animator — film)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NHL Logos)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wolf of Wall Street)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boxing)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Angst (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: True Crime)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Twizzlers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NATO Phonetic Alphabet)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Snakes)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Lincoln Lugs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Sitcoms)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wire)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Draft Busts)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. State Capitals)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: New Kids on the Block (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Official Disney Princesses)
Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pete Rose)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Texas History)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Bears (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Softball)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Gutter Goblins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Tyrian’s Law (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Zoo Animals)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Frizzle Fry (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s One-Hit Wonders)