Tighten Your Kuiper Belt for Thursday Trivia!

Thursday night featured the inaugural game at the newest Pour House Trivia venue: Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling.  Meanwhile, our regular Thursday teams were hyped for a return to action after taking a week off for Thanksgiving.  Overall, we welcomed 132 teams across 19 venues.


Thursday’s opening round featured our nightly Three Clues question, which saw 29% of the field earn two bonus points by knowing that the mathematical symbol known as a lemniscate is the symbol for the concept of infinity.  Other first round topics included Dr. Jonas Salk and his connection to the March of Dimes, the recent entries into the U.S. Presidential race, and current NBA scoring leaders.  With few surprises in the opening stanza, 16 teams recorded a perfect first round score.


During Thursday’s second round, our teams did some whistling while they worked, as they were asked to identify songs which included the lead singer whistling.  We listened to “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, “Patience” by Guns ‘n’ Roses, and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.  Next, we ordered up a McDonald’s Happy Meal, checked out the new film “Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig, and sang Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.  With dozens of teams cruising towards a perfect second round score, the final question of the first half dashed many of those hopes:

–> Excluding Antarctica or Australia, which continent includes the fewest U.N. member nations?

The guesses were (literally) all over the map, as only 28% of our teams earned wagering points by knowing that South America is home to just 13 independent nations.  Ten of those teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the least populous country in South America is Suriname.  That was the sticking point for most of the field, as seven of those ten teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect second round score.


Puppets from TV shows and U.S. state mottoes were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded six perfect scores and an overall average of 16.7 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:


When the categories were announced for the second half, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Animated Holiday Films would pull a majority of the potential five-point bonus chips.  Many teams were soon regretting that decision, after we asked about the largely forgotten film “Free Birds” featuring the voices of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.  Our teams recovered nicely on topics such as the board game Secret Hitler, the MLB World Series, and the business endeavors of singer Madonna.  We bookended the third stanza with difficult questions, as we concluded the round with a look at contemporary literature:

–> “Alibi”, “Gumshoe”, “Quarry”, and “Yesterday” are found in the titles of a series of 25 books written by what author?

Only 19% of our teams earned wagering points by recognizing the titles of the Alphabet series of novels penned by Sue Grafton.  As a follow-up bonus question, we asked the field to identify the lead character in this series, with just eight teams giving us the correct answer of Kinsey Millhone.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in Thursday’s third round.


After snacking on some leftover cranberries in the 6-4-2 question, the final round looked at subjects such as “J.” people (J. Edgar Hoover, J. P. Morgan, and J. Paul Getty), the Danube River, and television host Jeff Probst, the latter of which included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  Only six teams remembered that prior to his work on “Survivor”, Probst hosted the VH-1 game show “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!”.  As a result, the only two perfect scores in Thursday’s final round were posted at Quincy’s, by Fan Club and Dave Martinez School of Management.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (76.2% success rate):

–> When the element with atomic number of 94 was discovered in 1940, it was given a name that followed a sequence established by the two elements preceding it on the Periodic Table.  If this element had been discovered today, it would have likely been given a different name, since that sequence is no longer valid.  What is this radioactive element?

Just over three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with Plutonium, which follows Uranium and Neptunium on the Periodic Table.  With the final question falling on the easier side, we saw seven teams earn a Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly, including two teams at Bad Habits who earned this distinction for the first time: Tough Kitties and See You Next ThursdayHere is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:


Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  Brown Chicken Brown Cow   (Next week’s first category: Jon Favreau)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl XXXV)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: Astrophysics)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom   (Next week’s first category: “Elf”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  This is How We Go Down   (Next week’s first category: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Rum Ham   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Losers)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Scott’s Tots   (Next week’s first category: Sarah Sings Broadway Showtunes)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

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

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Me, Myself, and I   (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Rookie Score   (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: Boston Red Sox)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  Tough Kitties   (Next week’s first category: My Little Pony)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Not Drunk Enough   (Next week’s first category: College Hockey)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Full Bullpen   (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  High School Prom   (Next week’s first category: Law)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus   (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  F. U. Darts   (Next week’s first category: “The Muppet Show”)