Thursday Trivia is On the Air!

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A massive crowd of 195 teams took part in Thursday’s edition of Pour House Trivia, with 20 venues playing host to the game!


Triple 50/50 on units of measurement properly started off the game, followed by questions on athletic spokesmen for the Wrangler jean brand, birthday girl Florence Nightingale, and original Toy Story children Andy and Sid. The Nightingale question was paired with the toughest bonus chance of the round, as just 35% of the Thursday field was able to get two extra points by noting the nurse became famous during the Crimean War. All told, a quality first round saw 21 teams get perfect scores.


The audio question this time was easy to secure wagering points on, but not so easy to bonus; we played karaoke versions of The Who‘s My GenerationHoliday by Green Day, and Set Fire to the Rain by Adele. While more than three-quarters of the field were able to name at least two of those musical acts, only 18% knew all three for bonus points. Other second-round topics included the definition of the medical term biopsy, MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan‘s no-hitter record, and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. However, we had to wait until the end of the first half to hear its hardest wagering question:

  • All primarily set outside the U.S., what are the three most recent winners of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series?

To earn wagering points, teams only had to name two of that trio: Ted LassoSchitt’s Creek, and Fleabag. Almost exactly half the field did that, but only 12% named all three for bonus points. Bazinga (Champion) was the only team able to go perfect in the round.


A bit of a tricky halftime sheet had players identify famous from famous photographs, then name the ten most-populous U.S. cities with multi-word names. Only one team from our enormous group — Ten Thousand Dugongs (Quinn’s) — was able to get all 20 points, as the field averaged just 13.8 points on the page. Top scores going into intermission looked like this:


Just as the final first-half question proved to be the hardest before halftime, the opener of the second half ended up the toughest wagering question of the evening:

  • November 20, 1805 marks the first performance of an opera in which a woman named Lenore disguises herself as a man in order to rescue her husband from prison. Oddly, this work was the only opera created by its composer. For your wager, name either the opera or the composer.

Just 30% of teams answered correctly with either the opera, Fidelio, or its composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. On top of that, a game-low 9% got both answers for the two-point bonus. We soldiered on with questions on TV’s Dr. Phil, South American countries in the board game Risk, the Polly-O cheese brand, and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Perfect third-round efforts were given by Teachers Have Class (Solace Brewing), A New Hope (Olde Mother), Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration (Solace Outpost), and Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven).  


A 6-4-2 on the heart earned the big six-point prize to 33 teams that each identified the organ from just one clue. The first question of round four was a three-parter on film bosses; after that, we encountered the most difficult wagering question of the round:

  • Both George Clinton and Elbridge Gerry passed away in office while serving as Vice President to which Commander-in-Chief born in Virginia?

Those ill-fated Veeps each served under President James Madison, named correctly by 39% of the field. Other fourth-round topics included the Destiny’s Child song Bootylicious, Dutch astronomer Gerard Kuiper, and Stanley Cup finalists-but-never-winners, the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. Just like in the second round, Bazinga (Champion) stood alone in the perfect-score pack in the fourth. With just the final question left, the top of the leaderboard included these teams:

FINAL QUESTION (57.9% success rate):

  • Which U.S. city of about 140,000 residents is home to a radio station whose call letters spell out the name of the city?

You’d have to go south to find radio station WACO, the country music pride of Waco, Texas. Unfortunately, no teams earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. However, we did have these teams at the top of the trivia leaderboard at the end of the night:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Orson Welles Films)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: New Beers Resolution  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aerosmith Albums)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Bazinga  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Radioactive Isotopes)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clue — film)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: A New Hope  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 18-Letter Spelling Bee)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Mack Attack  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia Wine)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Teachers Have Class  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rocket Engines)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYCrimean War)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Mascots)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Sexy Abe Lincoln  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Missing Women)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYAlfred Hitchcock)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beetlejuice)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Beef Gristle  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Original Star Wars Trilogy)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Philly Cheesesteak  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pennsylvania History)

Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Ivy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Houston Texans)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: The ‘Me’ in Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: ‘S’ Words)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Impervious Puppies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Royal Lineage)

Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Tyrian’s Law  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Original Sports Team Nicknames)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: K-Pop)