Thursday Trivia Shows Courage!

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Thanks to 22 teams at Aslin Beer Co and 18 more for the second week at Mustang Sally Brewing, Pour House Trivia set another attendance record on Thursday! In all, 23 venues welcomed 256 teams.


Thursday’s first round contained questions on the British Parliament’s House of Commons and House of Lords as well as the mimosa cocktail. Things wrapped up with a query about comedic actor Pauly Shore, who got his start on MTV and ended up in movies such as Son in Law. Shore’s question carried the lowest bonus success rate of the first half, as only 4.2% of teams knew Carla Gugino was the lead actress in the aforementioned film. A game-high seven teams earned a perfect score in this round.


A trio of musical acts singing about brothers comprised Thursday’s audio question in the second round. For the first half’s most difficult wagering query, we went to the small screen:

  • As a spoof of MGM, a meowing kitten was used as the mascot for the television production company named for which comedienne?

That company, MTM, was named for Mary Tyler Moore; that answer had a 24% success rate. After questions about U.S. National Parks with Glacier names and the antihistamine Zyrtec, we finished up with a trip to the soccer pitch:

  • In 2007, British soccer star David Beckham left his European team in order to sign with an MLS team. What were those teams?

Only 13% of the field got bonus points for naming his European team, Real Madrid, and his MLS team, LA Galaxy. No teams were perfect in the second round.


At halftime, teams had to identify sinister film characters such as Darth Vader from Star Wars and Annie Wilkes from Misery. After that, they were asked to match musical acts to the correct group of album titles. On average, teams scored 18.5 points on this page, but 67 teams did ace the page with a perfect 20-pointer. One team slightly led a group of runners-up at this point:


Topics in this round included Three Clues about the word boomerang, Thor’s chariot pulled by goats, and Winter Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno. However, the round’s toughest question came at the end:

  • Which two Best Picture Oscar winners of the 1950s were musical films set in France?

Those films were An American in Paris and Gigi. Just 30% of teams named either for wagering points, while 11% knew both films for bonus credit. Six teams put together a perfect third-round effort.


Painter Vincent van Gogh was identified by 17 teams after the first 6-4-2 clue for all six points. Our teams had to wait until the beginning of the last round to get the night’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Around which planet will you find 24 moons named for Shakespearean characters?

The planet Uranus has 24 of its moons named for Shakespearean characters; just over 10% of teams got that question right, while only six teams tacked on two bonus points for naming its largest moon in that group, Titania. We moved on to subjects such as the origins of Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life, the former drachma currency of Greece, and 90s Nickelodeon series All That and its spinoff feature film, Good Burger. This round’s perfect teams were We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown) and I Don’t Know (Aslin). We reached the final question with these top-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (7.03% success rate):

  • Known as The First Lady of Courage, who passed away in Connecticut exactly 55 years ago today?

Thursday was the 55th anniversary of the death of Helen Keller. Unfortunately, Thursday’s game produced no Perfect 21 teams. The final overall standings were led by these teams:


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

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Melissa’s Not Here  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chemical Elements)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Surrealist Poets)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: One Day More  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: 8-Track or 6-Pack?)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Jesse’s Warriors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Turd Ferguson  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pickleball)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: And Then There Were None (novel))

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Disorderlies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: IQ Tests)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: D-Day)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1988)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Sports Cars)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: D-Day)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Wine Wine Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scandoval (Vanderpump Rules))

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2010s NFL MVPs)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Flux Capacitors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chevy Chase Films)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Pandas Need Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Golden Girls)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Bams  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Liverpool FC)

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

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Shipwrecked  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Scooby Dudes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wuthering Heights)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Quizard of Oz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Teaching Under the Influence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Nugis Fatuus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mascots)