Thursday Trivia was One For the Record Books!

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For the second Thursday in a row, we welcomed a massive crowd to a venue hosting its first game of Pour House Trivia, as 17 teams piled into Lone Oak Farm Brewing in OlneyWith the boost from that game, Thursday unexpectedly became the biggest night in PHT history!  For the first time in our 12-year history, more than 200 teams took in a game of Pour House Trivia, as we welcomed 203 teams across 22 Thursday venues.


We opened Thursday’s game with a Triple 50/50 question regarding famous brothers, quizzing our teams on the achievements of the Mannings, the Kennedys, and the Wilsons.  We also discussed Looney Tunes cartoons and the U. S. states that border both of the Dakotas.  The most difficult bonus question of the round was asked in the form of the nighty Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: Despite celebrating her 18th birthday just last week, she has two career Primetime Emmy nominations.
  • CLUE 2: She is the youngest person in history to be named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Numerous teams were hoping that we would accept “Eleven from Stranger Things” as the correct answer, but obviously this young woman’s ACTUAL name was the only acceptable response.  With that in mind, most teams held off for the third clue, but 14% of the field picked up the last two bonus points of the first round by remembering the name of British actress Millie Bobby Brown.  Twelve teams opened their game with a perfect first round score.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles begin with the word Just, as we listened to Just the Two of Us by Grover Washington & Bill Withers, Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, and Just Give Me a Reason by Pink & Nate Ruess.  Other second round topics included the impeachment of U. S. President Andrew Johnson, Olympic hockey, and Mazda automobiles, the latter of which provided the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  Only 11% of the field knew that the CX-5 is currently the best-selling Mazda model.  As a result, only seven teams notched a perfect second round score of 36 points.


The top half of Thursday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify television shows whose titles begin with the letter ‘D’, while the bottom half comprised a matching section regarding literary characters who are siblings.  Thanks to the inclusion of the current animated series Duncanville, more than 50 teams scored exactly 19 points, but nine teams recognized this seemingly obscure show to earn a perfect halftime score.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


Thursday’s second half opened with a three-part question in which each answer contained the name of a meal, as we discussed Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kraft Dinner, and Naked Lunch.  We immediately followed with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Considered to be one of Hollywood’s first sex symbols, which actress once said that she likes “two types of men: domestic and foreign”?

Needless to say, the younger generation struggled mightily with this question, with many teams discovering that Betty Boop is not actually a real person.  Only 17% of our teams responded correctly with Mae West.  Other third round topics included the nation of New Zealand, the platypus, and the massive contracts signed by Patrick Mahomes and Mike Trout.  Six teams notched 36 points en route to a perfect third round.


After discussing 7 Up in the 6-4-2 question, we moved on to final round topics such as the electrical property of resistance, the calendar used by the ancient Egyptians, recent #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin.  Thursday’s game closed with the most difficult bonus question of the night:

  • Which macabre young character was portrayed by Lisa Loring on a 1960s sitcom and by Christina Ricci in a pair of 1990s films?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Which actress voiced this character in a recent animated film?

Most of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of Wednesday Addams, but only 15 teams tacked on the final two bonus points of the night by also knowing that Chloë Grace Moretz has voiced Wednesday Addams in the recent animated adaptation in this franchise.  That final question kept the perfect scores off the board in Thursday’s fourth stanza.  These were the highest scoring teams heading into Thursday’s final question:

FINAL QUESTION (20.9% success rate):

  • Both worth fewer than five points, identify the two letters that are NOT found in any of the acceptable two-letter words in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

What a finish!!  Just over one-fifth of the field gave us both correct answers of C and V.  While that percentage is certainly not out of the ordinary, most of the teams that answered this question correctly were outside of the top three after the fourth round.  In fact, 17 of the 22 teams that were in first place immediately prior to the final question did NOT win their games on Thursday night.  Furthermore, the seven teams listed above on the overall fourth round leaderboard ALL answered incorrectly.  Don’t Sleep in the Subway (Mark’s) earned a Perfect 21 as the only Thursday team to answer every wagering question correctly.  At the close of Thursday’s game, these were your highest scoring teams:


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

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: New Beers Resolution  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s TV)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ring of Fire – volcanoes)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Triviasaurus Rex  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Adventure Time)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Horse Tornado  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Engineering)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Goldbergs)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1883 – TV)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Educated Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geometry)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sonic the Hedgehog – games)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Poker Hands)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: When Harry Met Sally)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bridgerton)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Cardboard Cutouts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush – band)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Go Big or Go Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sound of Music)

Casita Romos in Mount Airy, MD: Ten Swiss Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1985 Chicago Bears)

Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Rocketship to Awesomeland  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rhode Island)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Pour Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Parks)

Old Firestation #3 in Fairfax, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Country Music)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Don’t Sleep in the Subway  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Women’s Lingerie)