Thursday Trivia is a Contradiction!

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A major slate of 27 locations and 246 teams took part in Thursday evening’s edition of Pour House Trivia.


Topics covered throughout Thursday’s first round included Poland’s two most populous cities (Warsaw and Krakow), Three Clues about the word twins, and the 90-year anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde coming to their end at the hands of Louisiana police. The round had 47 perfect scores.


Just 8.53% of the field received bonus points for naming all three artists covering Billy Joel songs (Garth BrooksDolly Parton, and Ariana Grande) during the game’s audio question. We moved on from there to scout Boston’s Bull and Finch Pub (the inspiration for the TV series Cheers), embraced the itchiness-soothing merits of calamine lotion, and avoided the bends during SCUBA diving. There were a dozen perfect teams in this round.


Car logos and scrambled NFL quarterback names were the topics given during Thursday’s halftime page. A total of 56 perfect scores were recorded here on a page that carried an average score of 17.3 points. A four-way tie for first highlighted the halftime scoreboard:


A couple of bonus chances in this round were tough for our teams, starting with an opera question:

  • Primarily featuring an all-Black cast, this George Gershwin opera focuses on two characters living in the fictitious South Carolina tenement known as Catfish Row. What is the name of this show, which features the songs Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So?
  • Bonus: Who won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for a revival of this show in 2012?

Most teams did recognize Porgy and Bess as the opera, but only 12.6% also knew Audra McDonald for bonus credit. The round concluded with this query about a political figure:

  • As the highest-ranking military officer in the country, Colin Powell once served in which role whose name is abbreviated CJCS?
  • Bonus: Who portrayed Colin Powell in the film Vice? 

Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the tricky part was in the bonus, where 8.94% of the field remembered Tyler Perry‘s role as Powell in Vice. A perfect duo played this round: Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven) and We the Peephole (Loudoun Kitchen).


Disney’s The Little Mermaid was named from the six-point clue by 84% of Thursday’s teams in the 6-4-2. On the other end of the success spectrum came the first question of the fourth round:

  • You might spend time at the Praia do Cassino, the longest beach in the world, if you’re visiting which country?
  • Bonus: Within two miles either way, how many miles long is this beach?

Getting Brazil as the wagering answer wasn’t the hard part, but getting close enough to its length of 158 miles definitely was; in fact, just three teams did so. Other topics in this round included Paul Rudd’s turn as the dimwitted Bobby Newport on Parks and Recreation and the recent four-peat of Manchester City as Premier League champions. This round’s only perfect score was earned by Fundamental A-Holes (Aslin). With four rounds down, these teams were in the overall lead:

  • Fundamental A-Holes (Aslin): 165
  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven): 163
  • Rail Splitters (Michaux): 162
  • Educated Friends (Fourscore): 162

FINAL QUESTION (35.37% success rate):

  • Given its definition, what vocabulary term fittingly comes from the Greek words for sharp and dull?

A little over a third of our teams on Thursday knew the final answer described the term oxymoron. We ended the game with five Perfect 21 teams, each turning in correct answers to every wagering question. These were the top scores for the night:


Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Binge Thinkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aviation)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Cartoon Willy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Human Reproductive Organs)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Grand Brunswick Hotel  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sedimentary Geology)

Stone Silo Brewery in Damascus, MD: My Drinking Team Has a Trivia Problem  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bluey)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob Dylan (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last Boy Scout)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Burnt Endz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Literature)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spielberg Films)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Fundamental A-Holes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The F-Word)

Bark Social in Alexandria, VA: D. J.’s Delinquents  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Brave New World)

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

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Action Films)

Crooked Run Fermentation in Sterling, VA: BTS&M  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon)

Foster’s Grille in Warrenton, VA: Miller AF  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles (audio))

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Pour Choices  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Beers)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fallout 4)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: An Educated Mess  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: High School Math)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fun with Flags)

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

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Hot Diggity Dawgs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bridgerton

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Team Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thumb Wars: the Phantom Cuticle)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grease (film))

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: Desperately Seeking Gluten  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Natural Redheads)

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

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Alien Bounty Hunters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Historical Geography)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: C-17 Globemaster 3  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shohei Ohtani)

X-Golf in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: King of the Hill)

metrobar in Washington, DC: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Twilight Saga)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: MF Pandas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hamilton