Thursday Trivia Plants Its Flag!

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On Thursday, 21 locations welcomed a total of 226 teams for Pour House Trivia. The most-attended venue was Aslin Beer Co, which hosted 25 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

An early bonus opportunity was a hard pick for most teams:

  • Which retired quarterback has the most career NFL regular season wins? 
  • Bonus: Name both of the other retired quarterbacks who are tied for second place on this list.

Tom Brady and his 251 wins are far ahead of the men tied for runner-up, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning; 21% of teams named both of the latter QBs for bonus credit. We moved on from there to slang terms for prison, a three-part U.S. geography question, and rapper 50 Cent. There were 22 perfect scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

For Thursday’s audio question, teams had to identify famous people from their respective clips: Stephen HawkingQueen Elizabeth II, and Lyndon Johnson. After queries about the Test Man character from Verizon ads, the film Killers of the Flower Moon, and the Christian Advent season, we reached the night’s toughest bonus opportunity:

  • Who appeared on The Tonight Show as a comedian in the late 1950s, and made her first of many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on February 17, 1965? After filling in as a guest host, she became the first woman to headline a late-night talk show.
  • Bonus: What is her actual last name?

While most teams named Joan Rivers for wagering points, just 4.4% knew her actual surname was Molinsky. Two of those teams, Cuck a Doodle Doo (Solace Brewing) and Stouts and Doubts (Aslin), were this round’s perfect squads.

HALFTIME:

The top half of Thursday’s halftime sheet asked teams to identify celebrities who passed away in 2023 such as Jimmy Buffett and Sinead O’Connor. For the bottom section, they had to identify the ten MLB teams with the most World Series titles, from the 27 of the New York Yankees down to four apiece for the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves. There were 33 perfect scores, while the average team tallied 14.4 points. After this part of the game, these were the top scores:

  • Jews and Brews (Mustang Sally): 90
  • Donner Party People (Solace Outpost): 90
  • Dave Martinez School of Management (BBOP): 90
  • Samurai Trivia Players (BBOP): 89
  • SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

It was bizarro night at trivia, as the third round was the only one with no tricky questions for the majority of the field. They tackled topics such as the element sulfurThree Clues about Richard Nixon, the whippet dog breed, and King Gustav V’s comment to Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. A game-high 41 perfect scores were recorded in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

There were 34 teams able to trace the origins of the word robot for six points on the 6-4-2. The final round opened with this musical query:

  • The recent song Flowers appears on the eighth studio album from which singer?
  • Bonus: What is the title of that album?

Miley Cyrus was identified by most teams, but just 9.7% knew her album is titled Endless Summer Vacation. Other subjects in this round included Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s breakout role on 90s TV sitcom Third Rock from the Sun, the St. Lawrence River’s path through Ontario and Quebec, and the 234th anniversary of John Jay‘s swearing-in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This round’s lone perfecto was earned by Diamond Dogs (Kalypso’s). These were the highest scores after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (13.72% success rate):

  • Which Caribbean nation named for a Catholic saint is the only country on Earth with a Bible depicted on its national flag?

While many teams went for a nation with St. in its name, that country is actually the Dominican Republic, named for St. Dominic. There were a half-dozen teams which recorded a Thursday Perfect 21. Final standings were led by these teams:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Candy)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Einsteins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jim Thorpe)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Brown)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: It’s Up to You  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Burnt Ends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Sports Cars)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Imagination Land (South Park))

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wayne’s World (film))

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

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s James Bond Villains)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Invasive Species)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Oppenheimer Weiner  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dune (1984))

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Hughes Films)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eminem)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Suck It Trebek  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marine Biology According to SpongeBob)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parts of Speech)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Stouts and Doubts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Witchcraft)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kentucky Wildcats Basketball)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles (The White Album))

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: F1  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Big Bang Theory

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Jews and Brews  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: David Lee Roth)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Khaki Scouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Flags)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Mighty Month  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s One-Hit Wonders)