Thursday Trivia Sets the Scene!

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Pour House Trivia’s 22 Thursday locations welcomed 249 teams to its game that evening.

FIRST ROUND:

In the first round, things weren’t terribly tough for our teams. They played a little Uno, discussed Martin Luther King Jr’s boycott of the Montgomery bus system in December 1955, and honored women’s college basketball coaching legends Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma. There were 28 perfect scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

We moved on to Thursday’s audio question, in which the mystery theme was titles with BB initials: Ballroom Blitz by the Sweet, Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik, and Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. From there, it was off to topics such as the foul odor of sulfur, the replacement profanities of The Good Place, and the ponies of the Shetland Islands. This round had 15 perfectos.

HALFTIME:

Teams identified pastas and filled in answers with FF initials at Thursday’s halftime round. Only five teams earned all 20 points, but the average team scored 16.7 points. These squads led the way at halftime’s intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round featured the hardest bonus chance, which came on the night’s Three Clues:

  • This is the title of a 2007 album released by singer Björk.
  • This is also the name of the primary river system of Ghana.
  • This is also the five-letter last name of Italian physicist Alessandro, the namesake for the unit measuring electric potential.

Just nine teams identified the word Volta from the first two clues, earning bonus points for doing so. The night’s least successful wagering question followed:

  • Originally known as the Badge of Military Merit, this military award was designated in 1782 and is oldest military award still given to U.S. military members. What is it known as today?

The Purple Heart was named by 38% of the field. The round ended with a question about the line Meet me in Montauk from the 2000s film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, nobody remembered to pick up a perfect score in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The only teams to name the watermelon on the six-point clue of the 6-4-2 were Purr and the Kitty Kats (Solace Outpost) and Walc (Belly Love); in fact, 58% of the field took a zero on this part of the game! The night’s last round featured topics such as European nations Sweden and Greece, the dohyo featured in sumo wrestling, and current Senate independents Bernie SandersAngus King, and Kyrsten Sinema. For the last question of the round, teams had to name the authors who created the literary works behind these TV series:

  • 1) Game of Thrones,  2) The Handmaid’s Tale,  3) Bridgerton

Only 11.6% of our teams knew all three authors: George R.R. MartinMargaret Atwood, and Julia Quinn. Green Machine (Solace Outpost), Bad Rhino (Kalypso’s), and Gracies (Aslin) were the only teams to earn all 36 points in this round. We reached the night’s final question with these teams leading the standings:

FINAL QUESTION (70.68% success rate):

  • Which 1990s film opens with eight men sitting around a diner eating breakfast while discussing the meaning of the Madonna song Like a Virgin?

The Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs opened with that scene. Thursday’s game featured a pair of Perfect 21 teams: Green Machine (Solace Outpost) and Dave Martinez School of Management (BBOP). Thursday’s top scores are listed below:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Coniferous Trees)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: I am McLovin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H (TV series))

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Green Bay Packers)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Renaissance (Beyonce album) (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s a Wonderful Life)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: NO THURSDAY GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python)

**NOTE: Mookie’s will be back to its Thursday game this week, December 21!**

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Team Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Happy Gilmore)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spare (Prince Harry memoir))

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s a Wonderful Life)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Green Machine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Condiments)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fallout ’76)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Samuel L. Jackson Films)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Three Otters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Miami Dolphins)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: BAMs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bayer 04 Leverkusen FC)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Spider-Pig  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Penn State Women’s Volleyball)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Jibbitz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Children’s Literature)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Bloodbath and Beyond  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Norman History)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Khaki Scouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s a Wonderful Life)

Metrobar in Washington, DC: Wet Dream Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Rock Songs)

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: Sparta  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fleetwood Mac Songs)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: MF Pandas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)