Thursday Trivia Wasn’t So Shallow!

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Thursday night’s supply of Pour House Trivia went out to 212 teams in all, each playing at one of 18 locations. Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA led the pack with a 22-team effort.


The most difficult bonus opportunity in the first half came early in this round, on a question about Eric Carle’s classic kid’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar; just over a fifth of the field got within five years of that book’s 1969 release year. As for the first half’s toughest wagering question, we went to the holiday film aisle:

  • The Ultimate Battle Between Naughty and Nice was a tagline for which animated holiday film featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Kevin Nealon?

About 63% of teams got that title, Eight Crazy Nights, correct for their wagering points. We finished the round with a three-parter on celebrities who passed away on December 8 and a question about Nissan‘s luxury auto brand, Infiniti. There were seven perfect scores in this round.


A three-part audio question about TV shows with narration kicked off the second round, and almost half the field got bonus points for naming all three series: Sex and the CityEverybody Hates Chris, and The Wonder Years. We hit the gridiron for some award-winning trivia two questions later:

  • Which two current NFL quarterbacks won a Heisman Trophy at the University of Oklahoma?

A round-low 69% of teams named either of those athletes, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, while 39% had both players for two more points. We took some rum raisin sweets to Yemen across the round’s final two questions. This round showcased the most perfect scores, as 19 teams aced the quintet of questions.


Teams were asked to identify musical acts by classic album covers, then match U.S. presidents to government roles they had before becoming Commander-in-Chief. Almost a third of our teams had a perfect effort here; 58 teams went 20-for-20 each and the average score was 17.2 points. Two perfect squads paced the rest of the field at the halftime break:

  • YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 92
  • Painful Burning Sensation (Smoketown): 92


Thursday’s second half started with a three-parter about masked figures:

  • 1) After he is disfigured in a car accident, Tom Cruise’s character dons a prosthetic mask in which film directed by Cameron Crowe?
  • 2) The masked character of Sister Night appeared on which recent HBO miniseries that educated many Americans about the Tulsa Race Massacre?
  • 3) Former WWE wrestler turned Tennessee mayor Glenn Jacobs portrayed which masked character for over 20 years?

In order, those answers are Vanilla SkyWatchmen, and Kane; just under two-fifths of the field got their wager for at least two right answers, but 14% went one step further to secure bonus points with all three answers. Questions about Hadrian’s Wall and the white elephant logo of the MLB’s Oakland Athletics preceded Thursday’s toughest wagering chance:

  • What three-word answer would you have if the first property after GO on a standard Monopoly game board was named for a Broadway musical that parodies Sesame Street through the use of numerous puppets?

While it seems most people knew the second part of this Last Word/First Word question, a lot of teams chose the wrong side of the 50/50 coin on the first section with guesses in the Baltic Sea; that linked answer is Mediterranean Avenue Q, correctly answered by 17% of teams. The round wrapped up by asking teams about the three men who have been official hosts of CBS’s Late Late Show since the retirement of initial host Tom Snyder. A round-low 9.9% of teams knew all three hosts: Craig KilbornCraig Ferguson, and James “don’t call me Craig” Corden. With some tough questions in the third round, there were no perfect scores.


We asked about the Hebrew letter (and body part namesake) shin for the night’s 6-4-2 question, in which 24 teams named it after the first clue for all six points. The beginning of round four brought with it a crushing bonus opportunity:

  • These two cities each have more than 800,000 residents. Outside of Texas, they are the two most populous U.S. cities that were once part of the Confederacy. Name either of these cities.

With many incorrect guesses such as Atlanta and Nashville costing players many nine-point wagers, only 20% of our teams earned wagering points on this one. However, just two teams (1.1%!) bonused up with both cities, Charlotte and Jacksonville. Other topics in this round included the hydrogen gas in the Hindenburg airship, Three Clues about the word quick, and German sportswear brands Adidas and Puma founded by rival brothers. As with the previous round, there were no perfect scores in the fourth. With one final question to go, these were the top-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (39.2% success rate):

  • Nominated in 1962 and 2022, West Side Story is one of just eight titles to receive two Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Accomplishing the feat as a 1937 version and then again as a 2018 version, what is the most recent title before West Side Story to be nominated for Best Picture in two different years?

Originally with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, then most recently with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born has reached that two-nomination Best Picture feat. That answer lifted The Wright Stuff (Bear Brick Oven) to Thursday’s only Perfect 21 as the lone team to get all 21 wagering questions (w)right! Final standings were topped by these teams:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Midnight Mass (Netflix miniseries))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Suspect Tuna  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Middle School Math)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chrono Trigger)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Love, Actually)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Wisdom is Our Dump Stat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Potato Chips)

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

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Teachers Have Class  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s WWF)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Risky Quizness  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Home Alone (original))

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Quarter Century  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s The Simpsons Episodes)

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

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

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: The Wright Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychology)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tabletop Role-Playing Games)

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Deep Fried Chuckles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great British Bake-Off)

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fleetwood Mac)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: Maple Wisconsin Ice  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WWE)

Comus Inn in Dickerson, MD: Vapors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War Battlefields)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F U COVID  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thursday Night Football)