We Went Overboard for Thursday Trivia!

With just one month remaining until the end of Season XVII, Thursday night’s game welcomed 108 teams across 15 venues:


Thursday’s opening round began with a look at the Italian flag and this eccentric aspect of our Solar System:


Back when it had full planetary status, there was a time when Pluto was not the furthest planet from the Sun.  Later, we asked a three-part question on Famous Firsts, which included such diverse answers as Dolly the Sheep and Willie Mays.  We also discussed this accessory used by a certain ride-sharing service:


With few surprises in the first set of questions, the first round yielded 15 perfect scores.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs with ‘GOLD’ in the title.  Just over half of our teams earned points here, with 11% of the field earning bonus points with the three correct answers of “Heart of Gold” (by Neil Young), “Black Gold” (by Soul Asylum), and “Gold on the Ceiling” (by The Black Keys).  Later, we asked our teams to name either one of the two teams which have each faced the New England Patriots in two different Super Bowls.  About one-quarter of the field snagged both correct answers of the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.  We closed the second round with a look at the Hollywood couple who starred in this film together:


Only 11% of our teams earned the final bonus points of the first half by knowing that the only child born to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn is actor Wyatt Russell.  With a pair of difficult bonus questions, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.


Thursday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities (such as Gene Simmons and Marilyn Manson) without their stage makeup, while the bottom half dealt with U.S. geography.  The overall average came in at 15.8 points, with nine teams recording a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your top Thursday scores after the first half:


Thursday’s second half opened with a question on this video game character and his feature film counterpart:


Yes, that is Jean-Claude van Damme in his role as Guile from “Street Fighter”.  Later, we looked at the history of Prussia and found Three Clues for the orange, before coming across this surprisingly difficult question on the subject of brand names:

–> Homewood Suites is a chain of residential-style hotels owned by which American company?

Only 37% of our teams gave us this correct response:


Five teams ran the table with 36 points in the third round.


Thursday’s final round opened with a question on this memorial which provided inspiration for a pair of Clint Eastwood films:

Iwo Jima

Other final round topics included the Charlotte Bobcats and the TV work of director David Fincher.  The round concluded with a three-part question on Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.  The third part of the question asked our teams to name the author of the recent novel “The Underground Railroad”.  With many teams on their way to a perfect final round, only TWO teams came up with the correct answer of Colson Whitehead, which kept the number of perfect final round scores at zero.  Here are Thursday’s highest scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> In French, this type of building is known as a hôtel de ville.  In Commonwealth countries, it is called a civic center.  For your wager, which term do Americans most often use to refer to this type of building?

Exactly half of our teams responded correctly with city hall.  Congratulations to Brother of Menelaus, as the only team to record the Perfect 21 on Thursday with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Lowered Expectations  (Next week’s first category: Particle Physics)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: The Who – AUDIO)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Your Mom  (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place”)

Lake Linganore Association in New Market, MD:  Sloppy Seconds  (Next week’s first category: 1980s NFL)

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap  (Next week’s first category: Pre-1988 R.E.M.)

Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Harsh Reality  (Next week’s first category: Classical Music)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dire Wolves  (Next week’s first category: Etymology)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  1-2-3 Drink  (Next week’s first category: Antebellum U.S. History)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  The Gang Wins the Super Bowl  (Next week’s first category: Special Education)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  The Replacements  (Next week’s first category: John Hughes Films)

Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Mouse Rat  (Next week’s first category: NBA Teams)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Dragon Energy  (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: Jane Austen)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus  (Next week’s first category: World War II)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole  (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings N*SYNC)