We Went Down Under for Thursday Night Trivia!

Thursday night was all about comebacks, as a difficult final question led to numerous teams jumping up the standings board to claim unexpected victories!  At one of our most competitive venues, all three of the top teams missed the last question, giving one team its first victory in three months!  Overall, we welcomed 94 teams to ten different trivia venues on Thursday night.  Check out all the details:


Our Thursday night crew had no issue with most of the first round questions, as we formulated words from the phrase POUR HOUSE TRIVIA, and asked about this “dangerously cheesy” advertising character:

Chester Cheetah

We concluded the round by asking about Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who ran for U.S. President in 2016.  FUN FACT!  She likely holds the record for the shortest tenure as a U.S. Vice Presidential candidate, as she was added to the Ted Cruz ticket about 48 hours before he dropped out of the race.  The first round witnessed very few surprises, with 23% of our teams posting a perfect score.


Thursday’s audio question featured the play-by-play skills of three notable sportscasters.  Most teams had no trouble earning bonus points by recognizing the voices of Harry Caray, Marv Albert, and John Madden, who are also famous enough to be the subjects of these impersonators:


We continued by asking which music group scored hits with the repetitively titled “No, No, No” and “Bills, Bills, Bills”.  While most teams quickly arrived at the correct response of Destiny’s Child, only nine teams earned two bonus points by remembering their last #1 hit: “Bootylicious”.  We concluded the round with our Three Clues question, which offered up these two clues for a two-point bonus:

CLUE 1: This casino is located at 3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard.

CLUE 2: This word is found within the title of a 1984 comedy film starring Matt Dillon.

Once again, bonus points were hard to come by on this question, as six teams earned a two-point bonus by remembering this early role for Matt Dillon:

Dillon Flamingo

No team was able to land bonus points on both of these questions, so the second round did not yield any perfect scores.


Album covers and fictional companies comprised Thursday’s halftime page.  The average score was 16.9 points, with 17% of our teams earning a perfect 20 points.  Here are Thursday’s top overall scores after the first half:


Thursday’s second half began with a question regarding this convenient Japanese creation:


Topics in the third round included “The Nutcracker” and the Darien Gap, and we concluded the round in the topic of chemistry:

–> Often spelled with an extra vowel in some countries, which element is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust?

While most teams were able to come up with the correct response of aluminum (or aluminium if you’re across the pond), the bonus question was obviously much more difficult, as only 15% of our teams knew its atomic number of 13.  With the exception of the final bonus question, the third round was not very daunting, as eight teams turned in a perfect score of 36 points.


The six-point clue on Thursday’s six-point question came straight from your Colonial America history textbook:

–> Before becoming king of England in 1685, James II held the title of Duke under two different names, one that he gave to this U.S. state and the other to its capital city.  What is that state?

Only five teams earned six points by knowing that James II was the Duke of York and the Duke of Albany before becoming King of England.


The final round kicked off with a little literature, as we asked for the pen name of Polish author Józef Korzeniowski, author of the novels “Lord Jim” and “Heart of Darkness”.  While most teams correctly answered Joseph Conrad, the subsequent bonus question was the toughest of the night, as only four teams correctly identified Charles Marlow as the narrator of “Heart of Darkness”.  We continued with our most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Name either one of these two Best Picture Oscar winners of the 1950s which were musical films set in France.  

Only 31% of our teams earned their wager here, as we were looking for these two films:


Thanks to the difficult bonus question to begin the round, no team recorded a perfect score in the final round.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (21.9% success rate):

–> Which UNESCO World Heritage Site is divided into 70 different bioregions?

Australia Great Barrier Reef

Congratulations to Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing) and PC Principals (Fish Market), who each scored the Perfect 21 tonight, answering correctly on all wagering questions.   Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Nasty Neutrons  (Next week’s first category: New Mexico)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Stephen Hawking)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed  (Next week’s first category: Pre-1990 Iron Maiden)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Hans Gruber Preservation Society  (Next week’s first category: Movie Villains)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Griffindorks  (Next week’s first category: Robbie Williams)

Jerry’s Sports Bar in Hagerstown, MD:  Sanford and Son  (Next week’s first category: Bob Seger – AUDIO)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Irregulars  (Next week’s first category: Superheroes)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Slapsgiving  (Next week’s first category: “Shaun of the Dead”)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Light Treason  (Next week’s first category: Literary Adaptations)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  PC Principals  (Next week’s first category: Dust Motes)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Nirvana)