We Were Tickled Pink at Thursday Trivia!

With Thanksgiving just one week away, we saw several larger than average crowds at our Thursday venues, as 142 teams took in a game of trivia at one of 18 PHT locations.  Don’t forget that all of our Thursday venues are off next week for the holiday, returning to action on December 5.


Opening round topics from Thursday night included the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy”, titles that begin with the letters “B-I-O”, and the Delaware River.  Dozens of teams were perfect through four questions, but a rather difficult bonus question was lurking at the close of the round.  After most of the field earned wagering points on a question concerning President George H. W. Bush, only 11% of our teams knew that “Bush 41” was born in Massachusetts.  That was the only sticking point for most of the field, as eight teams used those two bonus points to complete a perfect first round.


Thursday’s audio question featured three songs from different decades that share the title “Gloria”.  While virtually every team earned wagering points by identifying that common title, only five teams tacked on two bonus points by also naming all three musical acts: Them (or Van Morrison), Laura Branigan, and The Lumineers.  Other second round topics included former French leader Charles de Gaulle, running backs at the NFL Draft, and the highest grossing films of 2018.  Thanks to the audio question, the only perfect second score of Thursday game was posted by Just Good Enough (Champion).


It was off to the bookstore during Thursday’s halftime page, as our teams were asked to identify the numerical titles of books based on their cover designs.  Meanwhile, the bottom half quizzed the field on TV theme song lyrics.  This halftime page yielded ten perfect scores and an overall average of 14.7 points.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams at the halftime break:

  • Just Good Enough (Champion):  90
  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s):  88
  • Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Jockey):  88
  • Thoroughly Screwed (Loudoun Kitchen):  88


Thursday’s second half began with an incredibly difficult bonus question on the subject of the Stanley Cup playoffs, as only four teams knew that Justin Williams was the most recent member of the Los Angeles Kings to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP.  Other second round topics included U. S. National Parks, classical composers, and the Biblical origin of the term scapegoat.  We bookended the third stanza with another difficult bonus question, as only 12% of our teams could name both Lawrence Olivier and Roberto Benigni as the only two men to direct themselves to an Oscar win for Best Actor.  None of our Thursday teams recorded a perfect third round score.


The wicked bonus questions continued into Thursday’s final round, as only seven teams knew that Tartans was the official athletic nickname of Carnegie Mellon University.  Later, we went On the Run with Beyonce and Jay-Z before ‘circling’ back for the nightly Three Clues question.  A question regarding literary quotes revealed that many teams were under the assumption that the “Moby-Dick” characters of Captain Ahab and Ishmael were the same person.  After closing the fourth stanza with a look at the Emmy nominations earned by comedic actress Jane Krakowski, we saw three teams notch a perfect final round score: Tavern on the Green (Belly Love), Two Birds, One Stone (Fish Market), and Yukon Cornelius (Mark’s).  Here is your Thursday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s):  162
  • Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown):  160
  • Cheeky Bastards (Cushwa):  157
  • Just Good Enough (Champion):  157

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.9% success rate):

–> What animated character debuted in a 1963 movie, but only appeared in the opening and closing credits, despite the fact that his or her name was the title of the movie?

Just under three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with The Pink Panther.  Congratulations to the two teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Thursday by answering every wagering question correctly: Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s) and OCB (Quincy’s).  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

An honorable mention goes out to Lowered Expectations, who posted a score of 167 points while playing ‘over the limit’



Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating   (First category on Dec. 5: Texas History)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (First category on Dec. 5: Disneyland Paris)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough   (First category on Dec. 5: Triple 50/50 – “El Dorado” or “Rio Bravo”)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Thoroughly Screwed   (First category on Dec. 5: “The Flash”)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (First category on Dec. 5: “A Christmas Carol”)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Trivia Newton John   (First category on Dec. 5: “Futurama”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Just Joe   (First category on Dec. 5: Guinea Pigs)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Sexual Chocolate   (First category on Dec. 5: Tricolor National Flags)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Cheeky Bastards   (First category on Dec. 5: “Revenge of the Nerds”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (First category on Dec. 5: Pauly Shore Films)

The Derby in New Market, MD:  Polys   (First category on Dec. 5: Classic Rock)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Semicircle of Trust   (First category on Dec. 5: Fruit)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts   (First category on Dec. 5: John Candy Films)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  See You Next Thursday   (First category on Dec. 5: Norse Mythology)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Southpaw Fish   (First category on Dec. 5: U. S. Navy)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  Full Bullpen   (First category on Dec. 5: “Die Hard”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Fee Fun   (First category on Dec. 5: Soviet History)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  F. U. Darts   (First category on Dec. 5: Thanksgiving)