Thursday Trivia Tops the Tree!

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For Pour House Trivia’s Thursday evening game, 23 locations hosted a total of 284 teams. That included a 26-team event at Aslin Beer Co and 23 more teams attending at Solace Outpost.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics discussed in the opening round included France’s Bastille Day, a Triple 50/50 about quotes by Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, and a Christmas special from Ted Lasso. This was the easiest round overall with no particularly difficult questions and as such, 31 teams carried a perfect score into the second round.

SECOND ROUND:

Thursday’s audio question played holiday songs by Billie EilishBruce Springsteen, and Ludacris. Two questions later, we asked about some successful college sports franchises:

  • Among the four schools competing in the upcoming FBS College Football Playoff, which school also has a Top-25 men’s basketball team?
  • Bonus: Identify either the current football or men’s basketball head coach for this school.

A game-low 20% of teams correctly named Texas, while 10.5% of the field named either the Longhorn football coach, Steve Sarkisian, or its basketball coach, Rodney Terry. We followed with an A+B=C question which asked teams to give the total number of nights celebrated in Hanukkah and Kwanzaa; just under 30% of teams gave the correct sum of 15 (eight for Hanukkah and seven for Kwanzaa). The only perfect team in this round was Dave Martinez School of Management (BBOP).

HALFTIME:

Halftime topics were characters from Christmas films and answers found in the letters of the phrase CHRISTMAS TIME. Only three perfect scores were earned, while the average team recorded 13.8 points. At the halftime break, these were the top-scoring teams:

THIRD ROUND:

The night’s least successful bonus opportunity came on the second half’s first question:

  • Featuring characters such as Puck, Demetrius, and Nick Bottom, which romantic comedy penned by Shakespeare depicts the marriage of Theseus to Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons?
  • Bonus: In a 1999 film adaptation, which future Oscar winner portrayed Demetrius?

While most teams identified A Midsummer Night’s Dream, only 3.87% earned bonus points for remembering Christian Bale‘s role as Demetrius in that film adaptation. Other topics in this round included the pianoThree Clues about Barcelona, Spain, and the campy Mentos ads of the 1990s. Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing) knew everything there was to know in this round, recording its only perfect score.

FOURTH ROUND:

Thursday’s 6-4-2 about the name Nemo had 53 teams earn all six points. The last round of the night began with a question about Aaron Judge, the most recent New York Yankee to be named American League Rookie of the Year and MVP in his career; here, 14.4% of the field also knew late catcher Thurman Munson was the first Yankee to accomplish that feat. Later in the round, we looked back at some literary title characters:

  • What are the first names of the three title characters in the Russian work The Brothers Karamazov?

Those brothers are AlexeiDmitri, and Ivan; 34% of teams earned their wager, while 12.3% received bonus points. We ended the round with another Triple 50/50 in which teams had to figure whether each title listed is a real Hallmark Christmas film or a made-up title. This round’s perfect teams were Lauks (Lone Oak), Dave Martinez School of Management (BBOP), and Brewsual Suspects (Rai’s). With all four rounds in the books, these teams were in the lead:

FINAL QUESTION (71.48% success rate):

  • An urban legend states that which U.S. President banned Christmas trees from the White House due to his stance on environmentalism? He changed his mind after his seven-year-old son Archie snuck in a tree.

That urban legend is about former POTUS Teddy Roosevelt. Three Perfect 21 teams played Thursday’s game: Lauks (Lone Oak), Ambitious But Rubbish (Aslin), and Dave Martinez School of Management (BBOP). These were the highest-scoring Thursday teams:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John C. Calhoun)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Trigonomentry)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Lauks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muppets (non-musical audio))

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Stink, Stank, Stunk, and Matt  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elf)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Too Many Jeffs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Army of Darkness)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Team Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baldur’s Gate 3)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Cuck-a-Doodle-Doo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Miami Dolphins)

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

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Champagne)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Purr and the Kitty Kats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon Squishmellows)

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

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Renaissance Art)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: No Idea  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1985-86 Boston Celtics)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Ambitious But Rubbish  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Golden Age of Musical Theatre)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Van Roberts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Replacements (band))

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriends)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quantum Physics)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: BTS&M  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spencer Perceval)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Khaki Scouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League Team Nicknames)

Metrobar in Washington, DC: Metrodogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Academy Awards)

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: Bet Nothing  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Punic Wars)