Thursday Trivia is Ready, Willing, and Gable!
This Thursday’s edition of Pour House Trivia, hosted by 19 locations, brought in a sizable crowd of 184 teams.
Trivia kicked off with a three-parter on words ending in age, followed by a query on 41st birthday girl Natalie Portman where a round-low 14% of teams earned bonus points for naming her birth city of Jerusalem. A nostalgic end to the round brought with it the toughest wagering question of the first half:
- During the late 1980s, which live action Saturday morning series was created by retooling the Disney Channel show Good Morning, Miss Bliss?
After one season of Miss Bliss, the show became the much more famous Saved by the Bell; about 57% of the field earned their wager with that correct answer. At the round’s conclusion, six teams had perfect scores.
After an audio question about fruit-titled songs, teams lined up to hear the second round’s hardest wagering question:
- Also used in the field of geometry, which term describes an electrical circuit in which the same voltage is applied to each component within the circuit?
Roughly 62% of teams knew that to be the parallel circuit. The game’s next question featured the most difficult bonus chance all night; while the vast majority of teams knew George Washington from the unauthorized juvenile lumberjacking he supposedly did to a cherry tree, only 5 percent correctly named Parson Weems as the author of the biography where that anecdote first rose to prominence. One of those teams, Power Vacuum (Champion), ended up scoring the only perfect second round on Thursday.
Thursday’s halftime page dealt with vowel-initialed celebrities and fictional characters’ weapons of choice. Scores here were great; the average team scored 18.2 out of 20, while 79 squads were perfect on the page. At the intermission, these teams were leading the pack:
- That’s So Clavin (Homaide): 90
- Five Heads, One Brain (Brewery Fire): 88
- Pterodactyl (Olde Mother): 88
- Franconia Hair Cemetery (Solace Outpost): 88
- Game Time Decision (Loudoun Kitchen): 88
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 88
- Master Debaters (Solace Brewing): 88
Topics in the third round on Thursday included the Portuguese island chain of the Azores, Hamlet‘s mother Gertrude, and Chris Ford’s historic first three-pointer in NBA history. The round’s toughest wagering question, however, came on the road:
- Often called The Queen of the Long Roads, which thoroughfare connected Rome to the city of Brindisi, making it one of the most strategically important travel routes in the ancient Roman Empire?
That thoroughfare, Via Appia (or the Appian Way), earned wagering points for the 51% of teams who answered correctly. Another tough bonus question ended the round, as just 12 percent of the field were able to name both Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, back-to-back Best Original Song winners at the 1994 and 1995 Oscars. The third round featured the most perfect scores of any on Thursday, with Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown), Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen), Pringles (Bear Brick Oven), and Trishas (Aslin) each picking up 36 points.
Six teams scored the maximum six points on Thursday’s 6-4-2 about bananas. The fourth round started with by far the hardest wagering question all game:
- Which rapper once appeared in a series of commercials depicting him constantly pouring champagne on a Samsung Galaxy S7 smart phone?
Only 22% of the field earned their wager with a correct answer of Lil Wayne, with 12 percent adding two bonus points by giving his last name of Carter. We moved on to other topics such as the recently-concluded HBO series The Flight Attendant, Picasso’s Guernica which depicted a scene from the Spanish Civil War, the astronomical term supernova, and Monopoly phrases from Chance and Community Chest cards. A pair of perfect scores were earned in the fourth round, one each by We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown) and Purr and the Kitty Cats (Solace Outpost). These were the top-scoring teams as we reached the evening’s final question:
- That’s So Clavin (Homaide): 163
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 161
- Franconia Hair Cemetery (Solace Outpost): 158
- Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration (Solace Outpost): 156
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 156
- Aviators Gonna Aviate (Aslin): 156
FINAL QUESTION (25.5% success rate):
- Written by a woman, what was the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and be adapted into a film that won the Best Picture Oscar?
A quarter of Thursday’s teams answered well, as Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind earned those accolades. The only Perfect 21 on Thursday went to Franconia Hair Cemetery (Solace Outpost), which was able to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly. That group also earned top score honors on the night! These teams also reached the final leaderboard:
- Franconia Hair Cemetery (Solace Outpost): 169
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 167
- Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 166
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 165
- Trishas (Aslin): 165
- Five Heads, One Brain (Brewery Fire): 165
- Pringles (Bear Brick Oven): 165
- Spit It Out (Mark’s): 165
- Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen): 165
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 164 POINTS
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Female Grunge Music — audio)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Astrophytum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kate Bush)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Thoroughly Screwed (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century U.S. Supreme Court Cases)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: McSilver (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Ten Football)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Musical Terms)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2 Broke Girls)
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THIS GAME WILL TEMPORARILY MOVE TO O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB IN MARTINSBURG
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Boys)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Street Sharks)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Vocabulary)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Franconia Hair Cemetery (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Early 1990s Network TV Shows)
Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: To Sir With Love)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Pringles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stranger Things)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pew Pew Pew (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Electromagnetic Spectrum)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Ivy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Capitals)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Trishas (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aviation)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Music)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: B-n-B Fun Factory (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Pop Culture)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Spit It Out (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films With Rivers)