Thursday Trivia is a Four-Letter Word!

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Twenty venues hosted Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia for a total of 207 teams, including 22 at Aslin Beer Co and 21 at Solace Outpost.

FIRST ROUND:

While wagering questions weren’t too tough in this round, a couple of bonus chances proved to be tricky. For a three-parter, teams had to name European countries from names of a female world leader; here, only 17% received extra points for Germany (Angela Merkel), United Kingdom (Theresa May), and Denmark (Mette Frederiksen). The round concluded with this page to screen question:

  • Based on a 19th century novel, which 1990s film depicts four sisters growing up in the town of Concord, Massachusetts?
  • Bonus: Which future Oscar winner portrayed Theodore Laurence in this film?

Most teams named Little Women, but actor Christian Bale was identified by 26% of the field. This round’s lone perfect score was recorded by Know Nothings (Brewery Fire).

SECOND ROUND:

Instrumentals of hit songs were played in Thursday’s audio question, which carried one of the lowest bonus rates of the evening. Walk This Way (Aerosmith), Who Am I (What’s My Name) (Snoop Doggy Dogg), and Wonderwall (Oasis) were all named by 7.7% of our teams. The very next question ended up the hardest of the night:

  • Whose face is on the far right when facing Mount Rushmore?

Abraham Lincoln was identified by 18% of the field. Other subjects in this round included the home stadiums of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and cocktails featuring creme de menthe. This round had no perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

The top section of Thursday’s halftime page featured famous people with names that end with X, such as MLB pitcher Max Scherzer and guitar icon Jimi Hendrix. For the bottom part, teams had to decide whether each of a list of facts was about Norway, Sweden, or Finland. Just four perfect scores were recorded here, but the average score was 14.5 points. At the halftime break, these teams were in the lead:

THIRD ROUND:

After a question about 17th-century literary work Don Quixote, we gave this astronomical query:

  • Discovered in 2012, Styx is the one of the five moons that orbit which celestial body?

A little less than two-fifths of our teams were correct to name Pluto. The round moved through other topics such as Three Clues about software company Mozilla, the operatic libretto, and U.S. National Security Advisors surnamed Rice. This was the most successful round when it came to perfect scores, as 13 teams earned all 36 points.

FOURTH ROUND:

The hula hoop was named by 43 teams on the six-point clue in Thursday’s 6-4-2. The game’s last round started with a three-parter in which teams were asked to name the cardinal direction it would take to travel the shortest distance between these pairs of cities:

  • 1)  From Manila to Bangkok
  • 2) From Sydney to Brisbane
  • 3) From Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

About 8.6% got their directions in the right order: westnorth, and east. A film question proved to be the second half’s toughest wagering query:

  • In which film did Marilyn Monroe wear the white subway dress that sold at auction for nearly $6 million?

Almost 30% of teams correctly named The Seven Year Itch. Finally, a question about Rastafarianism saw another 7.7% bonus rate from teams able to name the religious movement’s Marcus Garvey. As with the second round, there were no perfect scores to be found here. However, these teams had the highest scores before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (40.1% success rate):

  • Which three African countries have common English names that are four letters long?

About two-fifths of the field submitted all three correct answers: Chad, Mali, and Togo. Thursday’s game had just one Perfect 21 team: I Don’t Know (Aslin). At the end of the night, these were the top-scoring teams:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Priscilla’s Posse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cracker (British TV))

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Lauks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Seminary Ridge  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Martin Luther)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: My Wife’s Wingman  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Florence, Italy)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Pi  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European Monarchies)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Law & Order ADAs)

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

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: I am McLovin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beatles Songs)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stephen King Film Adaptations)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NHL Mascots)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beastie Boys)

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

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Mashley  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Four of 1980s Thrash Metal)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Only Murders in the Building)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: No Idea  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Denver Broncos)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: League of Legends Champions)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Epic Fail  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Al Yankovic Songs)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: BBQ-Anon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Bands)

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

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Part-Time Models  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Talking Heads)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: R. Kelly’s Children’s Fund  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Offspring of Greek Gods)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD: Arana Discoteca  (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: Ariana Grande)

**NOTE: The game at Lake Linganore will be ON HIATUS until the spring.  See you then!**

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Monty Trython  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Welding)