Thursday Trivia Was Picture Perfect!
Twenty area venues brought in a total of 217 teams on Thursday, led by Pour House Trivia’s game at Aslin Beer Co which featured 27 teams!
The opening round was bookended by some tricky bonus questions, starting with this wagering query:
- In addition to more notable enemies, which 1960s TV superhero also battled the likes of Egghead, King Tut, and The Bookworm?
A round-low 82% of teams successfully named Batman, but only 17% knew that Egghead was played by Vincent Price. Three Clues about Mexico City and a 17th-century Roman Catholic ruling that beavers counted as fish during Lent came next. The last question of the round about the Mall of America has the lowest bonus success rate of the first half, as 10% of the field named Bloomington, Minnesota as the mall’s suburban location. Perfect scores in this round were attained by Crabcakes (Champion), Five Heads, One Brain (Brewery Fire), and We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Kalypso’s).
Thursday’s audio clue brought three songs with BB initials — Ram Jam’s Black Betty, Duncan Sheik’s Barely Breathing, and Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet — and almost two-fifths of the field knew all three for bonus points! Midway through this round, we reached its most difficult wagering chance:
- After trading away its former starting quarterback earlier this year, which AFC team currently holds the longest odds to win Super Bowl 57?
The Houston Texans were named by 44% of our teams, while a round-low 17% added bonus points for knowing they play their home games at NRG Stadium. The round concluded with questions about the adrenal glands found near our kidneys and Ralph Lauren‘s Man and the Horse exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1985. Seven teams had perfect scores in this round, the most of any in the game.
Topics for Thursday’s halftime page included celebrities with last names that begin with DA and matching musical groups to their female lead singers. Teams averaged 17.7 points, with 84 of them earning a perfect 20 points! This was the top of the scoreboard heading to the halftime break:
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 90
- Pub Dawgs (Smoketown): 91
- Unemployed Hand Models (Bear Brick Oven): 90
- Three Brains, One Answer (Belly Love): 92
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
The hardest bonus question on Thursday came with the open of the third round; a question about sci-fi author Isaac Asimov gave two extra points to the 8.2% of teams that knew the 1999 film Bicentennial Man was adapted from one of his works. Later in the round, this question became the toughest of the game:
- Before becoming a fixture on CNN, Anderson Cooper hosted which competitive reality show?
Cooper hosted The Mole, which was correctly answered by about 19% of the field. No teams earned a perfect score in the third round.
A 6-4-2 about the state of Tennessee saw seven teams name it from the very first clue to earn all six points before the fourth round properly began. Here, topics included women’s liberation leader Gloria Steinem and middle-aged men comedy film Wild Hogs. For the question with the lowest correct-answer rate, we traveled to the animal kingdom:
- Commonly referred to as a wildebeest, two varieties of which African ungulate with a very short name include the brindled and the white-tailed?
Roughly 35% of the field knew the gnu for wagering points. Finally, about 15% of our teams earned bonus points on a Tour de France question by getting within five years of its inaugural year of 1903. Our perfect fourth-round teams were Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen), Pho Q (Belly Love), Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love), and F U COVID (Mark’s). A closely-packed group of teams showed up on the leaderboard before the final question of the game:
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 159
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 158
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 158
- Comfortably Dumb (Loudoun Kitchen): 157
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 157
- Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown): 157
FINAL QUESTION (48.4% success rate):
- An anonymous entry on Time Magazine’s list of the Most Influential People of the 20th Century was a man who was photographed in June of 1989 in which city?
Almost half of our teams recognized that came from the famous Tank Man photo in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. A couple of Perfect 21 efforts were earned in this game, as Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen) and YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run) answered all 21 wagering questions correctly. Your final Thursday leaderboard shook out like this:
- Transparent Eyeballs (Crooked Run): 171
- Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen): 170
- Comfortably Dumb (Loudoun Kitchen): 169
- Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love): 167
- Three Brains, One Answer (Belly Love): 165
- Unemployed Hand Models (Bear Brick Oven): 164
- Gametime Decision (Loudoun Kitchen): 164
- Here for the Beer (Interchange): 164
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 164
- Andrew’s Only Fans (Olde Mother): 162
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Submarine Films)
Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Fish Babysitters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mythical Beasts)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Olivia Newton-John (not Grease))
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grease (film))
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Andrew’s Only Fans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: First-Generation Pokemon)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A Court of Mist and Fury)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Medabrian (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geography (audio))
- This game is temporarily being played at O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Martinsburg.
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon Brands)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Squirrel Hunters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Squirrels)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Washington Redskins)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Out After Eight (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parenting)
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Here for the Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beastie Boys (audio))
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Unemployed Hand Models (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tamps Bay Buccaneers)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Redneck Yacht Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hydrodynamics)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Afghanistan)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Plead the Fifth (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bodies of Water)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Hip Hop)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: Tyrian’s Law (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s One-Hit Wonder Finish the Lyric)
Ten Eyck Brewing in Queenstown, MD: No Objections (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Disco Music)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F U COVID (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Revenge of the Nerds)