Thursday Trivia’s Got to Be Somebody’s Baby!
Pour House Trivia was played at 19 venues this past Thursday and brought in a total of 173 teams.
This game started with an Over/Under three-parter, followed by a birthday celebration for singer Pink and the family tree of King Arthur. The hardest wagering question here, however, came at the end of the round:
- All located north of the Equator, which three African countries have four-letter common English names?
Those countries are Chad, Mali, and Togo; about 71% of the field named at least two of those countries, while bonus points were earned by a quarter of our teams able to get all three correct answers. A game-high nine teams had perfect scores.
We went back to school with this audio question, which featured three songs discussing education: Don’t Stand So Close to Me by the Police, Kanye West’s School Spirit, and Fifteen by Taylor Swift. Our teams got schooled on this one, though, with only two-fifths of the field getting wagering points — the lowest success rate of the first half — and a game-low 8.6% naming all three titles for extra credit. Otherwise, this was a pretty successful round. Teams aced topics like TV shows Star Trek and The Oprah Winfrey Show which began on the same day 20 years apart, the Murphy bed, and the different Olympic cycling disciplines. Purr and the Kitty Cats (Solace Outpost) and I Don’t Know (Aslin) provided this round’s perfectos.
We had 18 perfect scores on Thursday’s halftime sheet, which asked teams to identify beer brands by their logos and U.S. states by their neighbors. The average score for this was 16.3 points. At halftime, the top of the leaderboard was represented by these teams:
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 90
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 89
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 89
- B and B Fun Factory (Two Story): 89
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
A question about the Windsor knot was given at the start of round three, followed by the screwpump invented by Archimedes and a three-parter on people surnamed Rose. We spun out for the next one, which earned toughest-question honors for this round:
- Which tire company is named for the second-most populous city in Japan?
That company and city, Yokohama, was correctly named by approximately two-thirds of our teams. There were eight perfect team scores here.
A 6-4-2 about long-running soap opera General Hospital ended up with a fifth of the field getting six points with the correct guess from the first of our three clues. In the final round, we started with Lawrence Taylor‘s feat as the most recent defensive player to win the Associated Press NFL MVP award, then discussed the typhoid that afflicted multiple members of Gone With the Wind‘s O’Hara family. A couple of difficult questions showed up in the back half of this round, starting with Three Clues about former U.S. President Harry Truman; 45% of the field got wagering points with that answer, but 19% got extra points for doing so before the final clue was read. The last question of the round proved to be the most difficult of the night:
- Until the height of the Himalayas was confirmed during the 19th century, which mountain range was thought to be the tallest on Earth?
Many teams thought that was the Alps, but it was actually the Andes Mountains of South America. About 22% of our teams earned wagering points on that, while 10% knew its tallest peak, Mount Aconcagua, for bonus credit. As with the second round, we had a pair of perfect scores, this time earned by Power Vacuum (Champion) and Hillbilly Geniuses (Belly Love). These teams had the scoring advantage before one final question settled it all:
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 165
- Fits Like a Glove (Mark’s): 157
- F U COVID (Mark’s): 157
- AB Magic E (Crooked Run): 157
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 156
FINAL QUESTION (34.1% success rate):
- Which 1980s teen comedy featured three cast members who would later win a combined four Academy Awards for Best Lead Actor?
With two of those statuettes earned by Sean Penn and one each for Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage, that film is Fast Times at Ridgemont High! Fits Like a Glove (Mark’s) knew that answer as well as every other correct wagering response on Thursday to earn the night’s only Perfect 21. They also recorded the highest score of any team in this game:
- Fits Like a Glove (Mark’s): 169
- F U COVID (Mark’s): 168
- B and B Fun Factory (Two Story): 167
- We Drink and We Know Things (Smoketown): 166
- Purr and the Kitty Cats (Solace Outpost): 165
- Josh Allen’s Nuts (Mark’s): 165
- I Don’t Know (Aslin): 165
- Samurai Trivia Players (Bear Brick Oven): 165
- Rocket Scientist Engineers (Aslin): 164
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 163 POINTS
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: We Drink and We Know Things (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Seven Summits)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gothic Architecture)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Super Bowl XXV)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Cream and Chowder (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush (audio))
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Open Tennis)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Angst (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous 1980s Women)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Artsy (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Doctor Who)
- This game is temporarily being played at O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Martinsburg.
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Netflix Shows)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Sexy Abe Lincoln (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sound of Music)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: AB Magic E (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Children’s TV Shows About Math)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Purr and the Kitty Cats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Atlanta Braves)
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Let’s Get Quizzical (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Golden Girls Cameos)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Samurai Trivia Players (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greek Mythology)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Bazinga (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Motorcycle Road Racing)
Quinn’s in Arlington, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Karens)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Departed)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tennessee Titans)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: B and B Fun Factory (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bodies of Water)
Ten Eyck Brewing in Queenstown, MD: No Objections (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)
Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD: Dropouts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Mathematicians)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fits Like a Glove (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrek the Musical)