Thursday Trivia is Blasting Off Again!

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Thursday’s Pour House Trivia game was played at 22 venues by 263 total teams, which included a 27-team outing at Solace Outpost.

FIRST ROUND:

We kicked the game off with questions about Revolutionary War naval commander John Paul Jones and the musical Three Tenors before a couple of bonus chances made things tough. A three-parter in which each answer was a prime number had the lowest bonus rate of the round, at 18%. The round ended with this flashback to a 2000s film:

  • In which comedy film of the 2000s would you have heard this quote: Hawaii. All right, that’s good. That’s hard to trace, I guess. Wait, you changed your name to… McLovin?

Most teams knew that quote came from the film Superbad, but a little over 20% of the field knew actor Michael Cera spoke that line. The only perfect scores in this round came from Curly (Olde Mother), Helen Knows (Solace Brewing), and BTC (Interchange).

SECOND ROUND:

A trio of HBO series theme songs comprised Thursday’s audio question. From there, we handled subjects such as Salt Lake City, the informal pachyderm zoological name, and the first real-life Quidditch championship in Britain. Once again, the end of the round brought a difficult bonus opportunity:

  • Try to convince your teammates that you know the name of Jane Austen’s final completed novel, published six months after her death. Name this book that was adapted into a Netflix film starring Dakota Johnson.

The novel’s title, Persuasion, wasn’t tough for our teams. However, a night-low 8.3% also named the novel’s female protagonist, Anne, for bonus credit. Eleven perfect scores were earned in this round.

HALFTIME:

Thursday’s halftime page started with screenshots from films with a mystery theme, which turned out to be Samuel L. Jackson‘s involvement in each. After that, teams had to match TV shows to the last name of their title characters. The only team to score all 20 points on this page was Third Round Meltdown (Smoketown), while the field settled for an average score of 13.6 points. There was a tight competition for the top spot heading into the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

Early in the third round, teams encountered the hardest question of the night:

  • Including the first female cabinet Secretary in U.S. history, a record seven women have served as the Secretary of which U. S. Cabinet department?

About one-eighth of the field earned their wager by naming the Department of Labor. A three-parter in which each answer began with the word Kid came next; here, 9.5% of teams earned bonus points for knowing the Nintendo classic Kid Icarus, Mike Tyson’s former nickname Kid Dynamite, and House Party duo Kid ‘n’ Play. Only one perfect score was recorded in this round, by Off in the Park (Solace Outpost).

FOURTH ROUND:

We stayed on Earth for the 6-4-2 question; 65% of our teams did so as well, submitting the right guess from the six-point clue. We ventured to the end of the round one more time to find a tough set of Three Clues about a certain country:

  • CLUE 1: My capital is alphabetically last among all national capital cities in the world.
  • CLUE 2: Nikola Tesla was born in the city of Smiljan, a city that is now part of my country.
  • CLUE 3: I am bordered to the north by Hungary and Slovenia.

Just under 40% of the field named Croatia for wagering credit, but 18% did so early enough for the two-point bonus. Before that, this round featured topics such as the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, the mukluk boot, and Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. This round featured 10 perfect scores. After four rounds of trivia action, there was still a tie for first:

FINAL QUESTION (18.25% success rate):

  • The first spacecraft to enter Saturn’s orbit is partially named for which Italian astronomer who discovered four of Saturn’s moons?

While Galileo was the first to observe Saturn’s rings (and was a popular guess), Giovanni Cassini discovered four of the planet’s moons. A trio of Perfect 21 teams played Thursday’s game: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Interchange), Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven), and I Don’t Know (Aslin). The final leaderboard was topped by these teams:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kendrick Lamar (audio))

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nikola Tesla)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Bob Knows Yoga  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Roald Dahl Books)

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

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Crabcakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: El Salvador)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Asteroids)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Blues Brothers Film Quotes)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jean-Claude Van Damme Films)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Declaration of Independence)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: First Line  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: FIFA World Cup)

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

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

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: We Are Bob  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Music)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ludvig van Beethoven)

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

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Threat Level Midnight  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disputed International Borders

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: ON HIATUS  (FIRST CATEGORY UPON RETURN: Brazilian Food)

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

Applebee’s in Chambersburg, PA: Threat Level Midnight  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: William the Conqueror)