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Eighteen locations brought in a total of 212 teams on Thursday for a game of Pour House Trivia. A whopping 33 teams showed up to play at Aslin Beer Co, while Solace Outpost had 22 squads at its outing.

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s opening round started with Three Clues about the egg. Other questions dealt with Project Runway cohost Tim Gunn and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Spain. A solid first round effort overall ended with 29 perfect scores.

SECOND ROUND:

The audio question on Thursday played songs by a trio of bands with numerical names: the Four Tops (I Can’t Help Myself), B-52s (Rock Lobster), and Blink-182 (I Miss You). We had all the time in the world for this question a little later:

  • Within the official Geologic Time Scale, which three defined units of time have names beginning with the letter E?

Teams earned bonus points for not only submitting all three names, but having them in order from longest to shortest; 15% of the field did so with eonera, and epoch. For the first half’s trickiest wagering question, we dove right in:

  • The La Quebrada Cliff Divers are a group of professional high divers based in which Mexican resort city located along the Pacific coast?

Just under a third of our teams correctly named Acapulco as the locale. Eight teams recorded perfect scores in this round.

HALFTIME:

Teams had to name populous U.S. cities from their locations on state maps, then move on to match sidekicks to their appropriate partners. There were 40 teams able to get all 20 points here, while the average score was 17.5 points. A two-way tie for first highlighted the halftime intermission standings:

THIRD ROUND:

A Biblical question kicked off the night’s second half:

  • Immediately following the Book of Ruth, which Old Testament book is the first Bible book to be divided into two distinct sections?

Just under 35% of the field earned points here for naming Samuel. A bit later, we had a three-parter on historic figures referred to as the Great:

  • 1)  He ruled ancient Egypt for 66 years in the 13th century B.C.
  • 2)  During the 4th century A.D., he became the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity.
  • 3)  While ruling the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century A.D., he ordered the construction of the Hagia Sophia.

About 13% of teams received bonus credit for naming the entire trio: RamsesConstantine, and Justinian. The round wrapped up with teams having to name IrelandIceland, and Portugal, the only three European nations found entirely within the Western Hemisphere. This round’s perfect teams were Rail Splitters (Fourscore), Sinister Koalas (Crooked Run), Purr and the Kitty Kats (Solace Outpost), and Porn on the Job (Aslin).

FOURTH ROUND:

Clovers (Michaux) was the only team to earn the full six points for naming the NBA’s Golden State Warriors from the first 6-4-2 clue. The most difficult wagering question on Thursday came early in the fourth round:

  • Author James Patterson introduced the character of Alex Cross in which 1993 novel, later adapted into a feature film starring Morgan Freeman?

While Kiss the Girls was the first film in the series, Patterson’s first book with Alex Cross was Along Came a Spider, named by 30% of the field. At the end of the round, a question about the recently-canceled series Young Rock had the night’s lowest bonus rate; just 10.8% of teams knew WWE wrestler Becky Lynch portrayed real-life singer Cyndi Lauper on the show. This round had five perfect scores. Going into the final, these were the highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (38.68% success rate):

  • The common household chemical compound sodium hypochlorite is more commonly known by what name?

Almost two-fifths of our teams knew the common name, bleach. However, no teams secured a Perfect 21 with that answer. Final standings looked like this:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: One Wheel Short of a Unicycle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Life of Brian or The Holy Grail?)

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

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Popular Male Baby Names)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Clovers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Carolina Colleges)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Pi  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 7: Seinfeld)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2023 MLB Season)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shark Fin Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Multivariable Calculus)

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

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Cuck-a-Doodle Doo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Virginia or Maryland?)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Music from Guardians of the Galaxy)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Donnie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Mashley  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Active Roller Coasters of the Eastern U.S.)

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

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

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Junior Prom  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Operas)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Deep Fried Chuckles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect)

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

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Six at a Four-Top  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Roadside Attractions

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Waiting for Ted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Grunge Music)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Bob?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apollo 13 Mission)