Thursday Trivia Was on Trial!

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Led by a 25-team game at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA, Pour House Trivia played host to 206 total teams across 20 area locations.


Thursday’s game was a breeze in the first round, as teams deftly navigated topics such as fondue, a three-parter where each answer included the letters O-L-D, and the 90s NBC sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun. The latter question provided the hardest bonus chance in the first round, however, as only 13% of teams knew that the recurring role of The Big Giant Head on that series was portrayed by William Shatner. A game-high 14 teams recorded perfect scores in this round.


As usual, we started round two with the audio question, which turned out to be the most difficult wagering opportunity in the first half. We played clips from three different holiday films (The Polar ExpressThe Muppet Christmas Carol, and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) and 35% of teams earned points for naming at least two of that trio. However, only 9.7% got bonus points for providing all three correct answers. The very next question was also tough to a majority of our teams:

  • In 1987, which drug commonly known by a three-letter abbreviation became the first drug approved by the FDA for use in combating HIV/AIDS?

Roughly 44% of the field were correct with answers of AZT (or ZDV). We followed that up with a wagering question about musician Drake in which only 9.2% of teams added points for naming his latest album, Her Loss, the lowest bonus success rate of the first half. The round concluded by discussing the World War II Battle of the Bulge and the SEC’s addition of Missouri and Texas A&M to its college ranks. This was the only round on Thursday in which no team earned a perfect score.


At halftime on Thursday, teams were asked to identify musicians by their Christmas album covers and then figure out a set of two-word answers with the initials M.C. While 16 perfect scores were recorded on the sheet, the average score was 15.8 points out of 20. At our intermission, these were the highest scores:


The third round on Thursday kicked off with Three Clues about the word jackal, and a round-low 12% of teams had the right answer after just two clues to earn bonus credit. After questions about the film Hidden Figures and the U.K. islands of Jersey and Guernsey, we reached the most difficult wagering query in the round:

  • Airing on CBS in 1991, the holiday special A Wish for Wings That Work was based on a children’s book spinoff of the comic strip Bloom County. Who was the main character of this TV special?

Opus the Penguin was the main character of that special, and he was correctly named by just over a third of the field. Five perfect team scores occurred in this round.


After a 6-4-2 about the surname Jones in which 93 teams secured a six-point boost, we started the fourth round with the night’s two hardest wagering questions. First, we hit the road for this NASCAR question:

  • Which driver bookended the run of five straight NASCAR titles won by Jimmie Johnson, taking home titles in 2005 and 2011?

While 16% of teams correctly named Tony Stewart, a night-low 8.6% tacked on two bonus points for knowing his car number, 20. Not to be outdone, the next question went to Broadway for the toughest wagering chance all night:

  • Featuring such songs as Poison in My Pocket, which show with a seven-word title won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2014? It focuses on one man portraying the role of almost everyone in the D’Ysquith family and his quest to inherit the earldom of Highhurst.

That show, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, was named by only 7.2% of our teams. Other topics in this round included Protestant archangels Gabriel and Michael, the medical patient zero, and a three-parter on the novel Little Women. Even with the aforementioned tricky questions, Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration (Solace Outpost) put up a perfect score in this round! These teams were in the lead prior to the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (66% success rate):

  • In 1945, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson took a formal leave of absence to serve a ten-month term as chief prosecutor in which European city?

Just about two thirds of the field figured out that Jackson presided over the Nuremberg Trials in the namesake German city. Thursday’s game had no Perfect 21 teams, however. Our top three overall teams on Thursday came from the same venue, followed by these others:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hootie and the Blowfish #1 Hits)

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Hugh Jackson’s Suspect Tuna  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mighty Ducks (film series))

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Jeopardy Rejects  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Corn in the USA  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Holiday Songs)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Scott’s Tots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reindeer)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Teachers Have Class  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (novel))

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Not Georges Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Carols (audio))

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Don’t Cry For Me, Mbappe  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: History of Argentina)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Holiday Special)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Mama’s Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB MVPs)

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

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Know Nothings  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Go-Go Music)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: That’s What She Said  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Host Choice)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Yippee Ki-Aye  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animated Rabbits)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Tequila Mockingbird  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Notre Dame Football)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Winnipeg Jets)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Not Mike Zech  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Amandas)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Never Gonna Quiz You Up  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Cartoons)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What Happened to Jason?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fictional Film Bands)