Tick… Tick… Tick… Time’s Up for Thursday Trivia!

With eight of our venues bringing in at least ten teams each, we welcomed a total of 131 teams across 16 games of Thursday night trivia:

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s first round featured some relatively easy wagering questions, including a query on this Coney Island staple:

Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dogs

Though most of our teams answered all five wagering questions correctly, each of the three bonus questions yielded success rates under 30%.  First up, a question about Betty White rewarded those teams who knew that she had appeared on more than 100 episodes of “Hot in Cleveland” (and not “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).  Second, teams picked up bonus points by knowing that the highest-selling album from the Foo Fighters was entitled “The Colour and the Shape”.  Finally, we asked our teams to name either one of the two most populous Ohio cities whose names do not begin with ‘C’, with the two answers being Toledo and Akron.  Only two teams ran the table in this opening round: The Bends (Dawg House) and Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market).

SECOND ROUND:

We listened to three “Wonderful” songs in Thursday’s audio question, before moving on to topics such as world history and the Periodic Table.  We closed the third round with a question concerning Disney films, which was by the far most popular choice for the potential five-point bonus.  But most of our teams were soon wishing they had chosen something else:

–> Name any two of the three fully animated feature films released by Walt Disney Studios during the decade of the 1960s.

Only 17% of our teams earned wagering points with any two of these correct answers:

Disney 1960s

With only four teams scoring bonus points with three correct answers, we once again saw just two teams earn a perfect score: Tantric Yogurt (Quincy’s) and DM Backups (Olde Mother).

HALFTIME:

Avocado sculptures were the featured subject on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded 11 perfect scores and an overall average of 17.2 points.  Here are Thursday’s highest scoring teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Thursday’s third round topics included the Ray Bradbury novel “Fahrenheit 451”, the multiple definitions of the term meniscus, and this ‘geographic’ country duo:

Florida Georgia Line

After several difficult bonus questions, the trio of third round bonus questions proved to be much easier, as nine teams sweep the third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

Thursday’s final round featured a game-changing question in the category of Change a Letter.  Though this was not the most difficult wagering question of the night, it certainly turned the tables at numerous venues:

–> If you change one letter among these two abbreviations, you’ll go from the stage name of rapper Darryl McDaniels to the common name of the border region located between North and South Korea.

Every team was able to come up with DMZ as the second answer, but most teams did not realize that there were two plausible guesses for the first part of the answer, as there are two famous rappers with the respective stage names of DMX and DMC (as in Run-DMC).  Based on the name Darryl McDaniels, we were looking for the latter.  About half of our teams answered correctly, but virtually every team that missed this question coughed up a high wager.  After a look at astronauts and the new TV series “FBI”, we closed with a Three Clues question which asked about the capital city of Podgorica and this national flag:

Montenegro

Only 11% of our teams picked up the final two bonus points of the night with the early correct answer of Montenegro.  Three teams swept the final round with 36 points: Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market), and PC Principals (Fish Market).  Here are Thursday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.8% success rate):

–> Created by a Scottish author in the early 20th century, which literary character was partially intended to be a satire of an earlier character created by Herman Melville?

Just over one-quarter of our teams answered correctly with Captain Hook, who was created by J.M. Barrie as a parody of Captain Ahab.  Congratulations to Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market) and 1-2-3 Drink (Cushwa Brewing), who each recorded the Perfect 21 tonight by failing to miss a wagering question.  Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Tantric Yogurt  (Next week’s first category: “GoodFellas”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on October 11: U.S. Declaration of Independence)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cranius Maximus  (Next week’s first category: “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Grooters  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Supreme Court)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap  (Next week’s first category: Ray Bradbury)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Titanic Deck Chairs  (Next week’s first category: Duke Basketball)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Jade Lee Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Real World / Road Rules Challenge”)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Bueller… Bueller…  (Next week’s first category: Office Supplies)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  1-2-3 Drink  (Next week’s first category: “Weird Al” Yankovic)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion  (Next week’s first category: Muscle Cars)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Mouserat  (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  The Bends  (Next week’s first category: 2018 Ryder Cup)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Five Easy Pieces  (Next week’s first category: George Romero Films)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Wingardium Triviosa  (Next week’s first category: The Space Race)

Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA:  We Are Not Going to Be Suck This Year  (Next week’s first category: Meat)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Our Cup Size is Stanley  (Next week’s first category: Scottish Literature)