Thursday Trivia is Trademarked!

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With 24 teams at Aslin Beer Co and 21 more at Solace Outpost, Pour House Trivia welcomed 264 teams at 20 locations on Thursday.

FIRST ROUND:

We opened action with a three-parter where each answer was a two-letter word, followed by a quick ginger snap snack break. From there, we opened up our books for this query:

  • What astrophysicist is the author of the book A Brief History of Time?
  • For a two-point bonus: That book carries what seven-word subtitle?

Most teams knew Stephen Hawking wrote that book, but a night-low 4.9% of the field tacked on that subtitle: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. Five of those teams ended this round with a perfect score.

SECOND ROUND:

This round was overall the most successful on Thursday. Things started with an audio question with a timely trio of hot song titles, namely Light My Fire by the Doors, Walkin’ on the Sun by Smash Mouth, and Hot in Herre by Nelly. Other topics covered in this round included Ozzie, the twin brother of former MLB Bash Brother Jose Canseco, alphabetically-first Disney Princess Ariel, and the marriage of Luke and Laura on General Hospital. A game-high 32 perfect scores were recorded in this round.

HALFTIME:

A 10-pack of celebrities with C.S. initials represented the top half of the evening’s halftime page. On the bottom half, teams were asked to match mountains to the appropriate U.S. state. On average, teams earned 14.7 out of 20 points; however, 40 teams had a perfect page. This Thursday’s halftime break saw a quartet in first:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s toughest wagering chance came a couple of questions into the third round:

  • After being promoted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which memoir written by James Frey was revealed to be highly fraudulent?

Oprah and many others were initially fooled by Frey’s memoir, A Million Little Pieces; this question stumped a majority of our teams as well, with a get rate of only 27%. We directly followed that with this flag-waver:

  • Which three saints are the namesakes for the heraldic crosses on the Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom?

Here, only 6.4% of the field correctly identified all three saints: AndrewGeorge, and Patrick. This round also covered topics such as 90s hit video game franchise NBA Jam and mythological heroes who killed monsters. Only one perfect score was earned in this round, with Dry Land (Mile 20) taking the honors.

FOURTH ROUND:

A full 97 teams — 36% of the field — were able to name the Guinness Book of World Records for all six points on Thursday’s 6-4-2. The only wagering question to give a lot of our teams problems took us back to a top-selling classic album:

  • Released in February of 1977, what is the one-word title of the album that spent several years as the best-selling album of all-time, before being overtaken by Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

This eventually came with a crossword clue, but the wagering success rate overall was 39% for the Fleetwood Mac classic, Rumours. In other fourth-round shenanigans, we looked back at the Saturday Night Live career for Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her pre-Seinfeld days, father-and-son Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby and Brett Hull, and gave Three Clues about Ethiopia. There were 21 perfect scores in this round. As we reached the final question, we had a tie for first:

FINAL QUESTION (12.88% success rate):

  • After releasing music under the alias Kin Kane, who created a misspelled stage name to avoid a potential lawsuit with a Canadian band?

Avoiding a potential conflict with a pop rock band with a correctly-spelled name, that artist is now known as The Weeknd. The only team to earn Thursday’s Perfect 21 was Dry Land (Mile 20), as they answered each wagering question correctly that evening. They also leveraged a correct answer on a tough final question to become Thursday’s top team:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Barbie or Oppenheimer Supporting Cast?)

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

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Princess Anna of Arendelle)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Save the Clock Tower  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Human Body)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Grilled Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pastries)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Good Place)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mathematics)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ferrari)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Mythology)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Candy Bars)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Alternative Rock One-Hit Wonders)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Triviots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Muscle Cars)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Physicists in Oppenheimer)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Diamond Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World of Warcraft)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Quibbles and Chips  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychological Phenomenons)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Dry Land  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bloom County Characters

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Part-Time Models  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Patrick Mahomes)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jumbo Shrimp)