We Went Up the River for Thursday Night Trivia!

Thursday’s games featured 78 teams across 11 venues, with a final question that flipped the standings at several of our games:


Thursday’s first round opened with questions on U.S. Cities and Meteorology, the latter of which saw some of our teams confuse the terms humidity and dew point.  Later, we discussed the upcoming biographical film featuring this Aussie actor:

Hugh Jackman Barnum

We closed the round with a three-part question on Sports Logos, giving our teams verbose descriptions of the logos of the Boston Celtics, Tampa Buccaneers, and Ottawa Senators.  After one round of play, 13 teams were each sporting a perfect score of 36 points.


As usual, Thursday’s second round began with our nightly audio question, with tonight’s edition featuring the voices of female TV characters.  Only about half of our teams earned their wagers here by recognizing any two of these three shows: “Wonder Woman”, “Veronica Mars”, and “Ugly Betty”.  The first clip (“Wonder Woman” was certainly the most difficult, leading to only eight teams earning a two-point bonus to begin the second round.  We continued with a unique look at the songs of The Beatles:

–> When translated into Hawaiian, which #1 hit from The Beatles would have the title of “Aloha, Aloha”?

Once again, only about half of the field scored points here, with many teams disappointed to find out that the Beatles did NOT have a song entitled “Hello, Hello”.  Instead, we were looking for this title:


After closing the round with a question on nutmeg (and its association with Malcolm X), only one team earned a perfect second round score: In Dog Beers, We’ve Only Had One (Olde Mother Brewing).


Thursday’s halftime page featured pictures of TV logos and a matching section in U.S. National Parks.  The average score came in at 16.8 points, with nine teams notching a perfect 20 points.  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:


Thursday’s second half opened with the most difficult wagering AND bonus question of the night:

–> Which British comic strip character is the namesake for a brand of snack food introduced by Goodmark Foods?

2-POINT BONUS: Which cartoonist created this character?

Only 21% of our teams gave us this correct snack food:

Andy Capp Hot Fries

Furthermore, only THREE teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that the Andy Capp was created by British cartoonist Reg Smythe.  The third round also hit on topics such as Pro Wrestling and this iconic mode of transport:


Not surprisingly, it was that first question that proved to be the sticking point for most teams in an otherwise innocuous round, as We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill) turned in the only perfect score of the third stanza.


The final round included our nightly Three Clues question, with Thursday’s edition focusing on a holiday film:

CLUE 1: This film was based on the Jean Shepard book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash”, which Shepard serving as the film’s narrator.

CLUE 2: In 2012, this film was adapted into a stage musical from songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

This was enough information for 19% of our teams to forgo the final clue and earn two bonus points with this correct answer:

A Christmas Story

Even with diverse topics as quilting and Renaissance scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, four teams turned up the heat on their competitors by notching perfect scores in the final round: Bleeding Gold (Champion Billiards), Hans Gruber Preservation Society (​Smoketown Brewing), Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market), and PC Principals (Fish Market).  Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (47.9% success rate):

–> Which U.S. state takes its name from an Algonquian word meaning “Great River”?

Just under half of our teams answered correctly with Mississippi.  Congratulations to Breadsticks (The Grille at Flower Hill), Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards), Thundercats (Bunker Sports Cafe), and We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill), who each earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  It’s the second week in a row on this short list for We Drink and We Know Things!  Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:

** Honorable mention goes out to Cranius Maximus (Bunker Sports Cafe), who scored 169 points (and answered all 21 wagering questions correctly), but was playing “over the limit”.


Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Survivor”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Just Good Enough  (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard” – original)

Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: The New Testament)  

​Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Multiple Scoregasms  (Next week’s first category: “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation”)

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

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Hogan’s Heroes  (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Sack of Marbles  (Next week’s first category: Fighter Planes)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Think Before You Drink  (Next week’s first category: Roman Mythology)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  We Drink and We Know Things  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: John F. Kennedy)

Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL:  Better Red Than Dead  (Next week’s first category: Limp Bizkit)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Brother of Menelaus  (Next week’s first category: 1990s One-Hit Wonders)

Guido’s in Frederick, MD:  Call Me an Uber  (Next week’s first category: Current Taco Bell Menu Items)