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Answers to wagering questions were easy to come by in the first round, but an Over/Under trio was tricky in the bonus component. Teams had to decide whether each of these three items is over or under 100:
- 1) Measured in square inches, this is the area of a square whose perimeter is 44 inches.
- 2) The number of counties in the state of Texas.
- 3) Measured in seconds, this is the Guinness world record for the fastest time to bowl a 300 game (using multiple lanes).
The square’s area is 121 inches, there are 254 counties in Texas, and the fastest 300 game took just 86.9 seconds; just over a quarter of the field got the correct sequence (over/over/under) for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included the anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption and the former NBC series Heroes. In this round, 21 teams achieved a perfect score.
Thursday’s audio question played three songs with titles which are also U.S. state names: the title track to the musical Oklahoma!, Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and Arrested Development’s Tennessee. We moved on to questions on the supersonic Concorde jet, NBA MVP Joel Embiid, and Enrico Fermi‘s moniker of architect of the atomic bomb. Speaking of bombs, this film question wrapped up the round:
- What was the four-word subtitle of the unsuccessful fourth installment in the Superman franchise starring Christopher Reeve?
This was the least-successful question all night; 30% of teams knew the subtitle, The Quest for Peace, while 6.3% added bonus points for naming Lex Luthor’s nephew Lenny, portrayed in the film by Jon Cryer. No team was able to put together a perfect second round.
The halftime round was comprised of celebrities with directional surnames (such as Jerry West and Oliver North) and U.S. city nicknames. The average score was 17.2 points, but 26 teams aced it for all 20 points! At the halftime intermission, these were the highest-scoring teams:
- Just Good Enough (Steinhardt): 91
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven): 90
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 89
- Porn on the Job (Aslin): 89
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 88
We dove right into the action with a tough bonus question at the start of round three. A query about the Famous Amos food brand saw just 8.1% of the field know the first name of Mr. Amos, Wally. At the other end of the round, we asked about a certain streaming miniseries:
- Currently streaming on Apple TV+, this miniseries follows Hannah Hall’s search for her missing husband, who may have a life she didn’t know about. You can either give me the name of that title or identify who plays Hannah Hall in that series.
Roughly 35% of teams were able to identify the series, The Last Thing He Told Me, or its lead actress, Jennifer Garner. In between those two questions, we asked about the Pixar film Brave, had a three-parter about crowns, and studied the Higgs boson which is also called the God Particle. Two teams reached perfection in the third round: Teachers Have Class (Solace Brewing) and Pain in the Aslin (Aslin).
Only KSS (Champion) earned all six points on Thursday’s 6-4-2 by knowing the state of Wisconsin features the geographic point halfway between the North Pole and Equator, and halfway between the Prime Meridian and the 180-degree line of longitude. We kicked off the last round with this current music query:
- Which two female hip hop artists are featured on the current Hot 100 track entitled Princess Diana?
Barely more than one-third of the field named either Ice Spice or Nicki Minaj, while 14% submitted both names for bonus points. Some other fourth-round subjects were President Truman’s Marshall Plan, the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, and Three Clues about the word Fields. Perfect scores in this round were recorded by 12 teams. Before the final question, a three-way tie topped the leaderboard:
- Teachers Have Class (Solace Brewing): 160
- Cuck A-Doodle Doo (Solace Brewing): 160
- Just Good Enough (Steinhardt): 160
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven): 159
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (33.03% success rate):
- Based on land area, what is the largest country on Earth that has never hosted the Summer Olympics?
You’d have to go down to seventh place on the list of largest countries to find the first to have never hosted a Summer Games: India. No team was able to reach that Perfect 21 on Thursday, however. The game concluded with these teams ahead of the pack:
- Teachers Have Class (Solace Brewing): 172
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven): 171
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 170
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 167
- Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen): 167
- Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing): 165
- Meat Ring (Mark’s): 164
- Pain in the Aslin (Aslin): 163
- Great Heathen Army (Brewery Fire): 163
- Cheese Sticks (Solace Outpost): 163
Honorable mention to Purr and the Kitty Kats (Solace Outpost), which scored 166 points while playing over the limit with more than seven team members.
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Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dentistry)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Smartacus (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Invasion (audio))
Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 33/33/33: Red, White, or Blue?)
Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Grilled Cheese (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Physics)
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Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iron Maiden)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Second Guess All-Stars (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blazing Saddles)
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Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Anne Murray)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Toys)
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Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Latin Legal Terms)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Film Adaptations of Video Games)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Cabin Three (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Women’s Rugby)
Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queen (band))
Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Threat Level Midnight (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Women’s Gymnastics)
Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Quizard of Oz (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Meat Ring (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Zoonotic Diseases)