Thursday Trivia is Feeling Froggy!
We were up to 238 teams on Thursday for Pour House Trivia and its 20 locations. The two most-populated games were at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA (26 teams) and Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA (25 teams).
A Three Clues section on Thursday dealt with three homophonic words; as long as teams had any of the three spellings, they received credit. This was the trio of hints offered:
- The last name of the veteran actress who played Lillian Kaushtupper on the TV series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- The name of a fictitious naval vessel created by author Herman Wouk.
- Along with his brother, he is first mentioned in Chapter 4 of the Book of Genesis.
In order, those answers were Carol Kane, the Caine which suffered a famous mutiny, and Biblical figure Cain. Just 11.7% received bonus credit with a correct answer before the third clue, which was the lowest bonus rate of the first half. Other topics in this round included novelty songs by Adam Sandler, the anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100-point NBA game, and Muppet scientific partners Beaker and Bunsen Honeydew. Five teams reached a perfect score in the first round.
A trio of songs with alliterative titles comprised Thursday’s audio clue: Maggie May by Rod Stewart, Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik, and Kesha’s Tik Tok. After a question about the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, we reached another tricky bonus chance on this query:
- Which former Baywatch star recently released an autobiography detailing her rise to fame and marriage to drummer Tommy Lee?
Naming Pamela Anderson was no issue with our teams, but knowing who she played on Baywatch wasn’t as easy; just 21% knew Anderson portrayed C.J. Parker. This geometry question gave our teams the most grief in the first half:
- Which geometric term refers to a triangle in which no two sides have equal lengths?
Exactly half of the field was correct to answer with scalene. Perfect scores in this round were earned by 16 teams, the most of any round on Thursday.
A mystery top half of the halftime page asked teams to identify movies with hyphenated titles such as Semi-Pro and Catch-22. After that, players had to match famous sporting events to their nicknames, such as the Kentucky Derby’s Run for the Roses. This round was a brutal one for most teams: the average score was 12.3 out of 20, and only three teams aced it for all 20 points. The top seven teams at the halftime break were very close together in points:
- Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing): 90
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 90
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 89
- Quarter Century (Crooked Run): 89
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Interchange): 89
- Porn on the Job (Aslin): 89
- Par Social (Comus): 89
We double-dipped at the start of the second half with the night’s hardest bonus question, followed by its most difficult wagering opportunity. First up, this question about the country’s presidential residence:
- The White House did not receive its current moniker until 1901, when which man officially established its current name shortly after moving in?
That president was Theodore Roosevelt, but only four teams knew his Vice President, Charles Fairbanks, for two extra points. After that, we took a trip to Asia:
- Dili is the capital of which small Asian nation whose independence was restored by Indonesia in 2002?
Either the English or French name of the country was acceptable, but just over a quarter of the field provided East Timor or Timor-Leste for credit. In other subjects, teams discussed snowy things, author Ernest Hemingway, and rock band 3 Doors Down. This was the only round of the night with no perfect teams.
Almost a fifth of our teams notched all six points on the night’s 6-4-2, with 46 squads naming Davy Crockett from a single clue. This toughie came early on in the final round:
- Which chain specializing in breakfast foods was founded by a Massachusetts caterer who originally called his establishment Open Kettle?
That name was the first for what became Dunkin’ Donuts, a chain named by 31% of teams. Other topics in the round included former NFL All-Pro Ed Reed‘s two interceptions returned more than 105 y yards for a touchdown, Eugene Levy‘s docuseries The Reluctant Traveler on Apple TV+, and the mythological changeling. Perfect scores in this round were recorded by Second Guess All-Stars (Olde Mother) and Know Nothings (Mark’s). Teams at the top of the standings didn’t get that much further apart after four rounds:
- Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing): 158
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 157
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 157
- Par Social (Comus): 156
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 155
- A-Team (Aslin): 155
FINAL QUESTION (55.46% success rate):
- Some species of African frogs will spontaneously undergo gender transition in same-sex environments. This real-life fact serves as a key plot point in which 1990s film?
That fact is the basis for why the supposed all-female dinosaurs were able to eventually mate in Jurassic Park! For the first time in a few weeks, we had Perfect 21 teams: Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen) and I Don’t Know (Aslin) each provided right answers for all 21 wagering questions. It was a night to be proud of at Aslin Beer Co, with the top three teams and six of the best 11 hailing from that location:
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 169
- A-Team (Aslin): 167
- Potent Potables (Aslin): 165
- Quarter Century (Crooked Run): 163
- Educated Friends (Fourscore): 163
- Wilson Countersink Flanges (Crooked Run): 162
- Porn on the Job (Aslin): 162
- Five Heads, One Brain (Brewery Fire): 162
- Jack and Friends (Steinhardt): 161
- Santos and Sons (Aslin): 161
- Not DFL (Aslin): 161
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: This is Spinal Tap)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Pie (song))
Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Suspect Tuna (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: St. Patrick or St. Valentine?)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Dead Last (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mendelian Genetics)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Quibbles and Chips (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Good Place)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Poetry)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Freemasons)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Men’s College Basketball)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pig Cakes (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ice Planet Barbarians)
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fallout (video game series))
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ten-Letter Words)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Philly Cheese (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Age of Empires II)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Deep Fried Chuckles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python’s Flying Circus)
Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Jack and Friends (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)
Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Stressed (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: First Generation Pokemon)
Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Par Social (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Know Nothings (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stage Makeup)