Who Passed with Flying Colors at Thursday Trivia?

Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 167 teams across 20 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Thursday night included the Agatha Christie novel (and film adaptation of) “Murder on the Orient Express”, two-word phrases bearing the initials M.G., the NFL career of running back Emmitt Smith, and the TV series “Gilmore Girls” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, both of which were created by Amy Sherman-Palladino.  A dozen teams began their night by posting a perfect first round score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

We hopped into the Billboard Hot 100 time machine during Thursday’s audio question, asking our teams to identify three tunes that topped the chart during the second week of May in various years.  Nearly half of the field picked up two bonus points by recognizing the songs “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, “Father Figure” by George Michael, and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” by Roberta Flack.  From there, we discussed the scientific concept of refraction, the work of actor (and director) Sidney Poitier, and the easily confused sweet treats macaroon and macaron.  We saved the most difficult wagering question of the first half for the end of the second round:

–> From the Tibetan Plateau, which river runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam?

Only 23% of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of the Mekong River.  Nine teams notched a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Reality TV shows and U. S. history were the featured topics on Thursday’s halftime page.  Slightly more difficult than usual, this page yielded an average score of 14.6 points.  Only five teams recorded a perfect score, but three of those teams were playing at the same venue: Solace Brewing in Sterling.  Here is your Thursday leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

To begin Thursday’s second half, we asked a Three Clues question about Manhattan (both in New York and Kansas), before moving on to the topics of Sherlock Holmes, the nation of Liechtenstein, and the band ABBA.  The third round ended with its most difficult bonus question.  After the vast majority of our teams knew that the Greninja is the name of a Pokemon character, only 11% of the field added two bonus points by also knowing that Greninja is found in two varieties: Dark and Water.  As a result, five teams ran the table in Thursday’s third round: Your Mom (Loudoun Kitchen), Tuna Noodle Casserole (Olde Mother), Nor Drunk Enough (Brewery Fire),  If You’re Not Last, You’re First (St. Arnold’s), and Educated Friends (Fourscore).

FOURTH ROUND:

After a quick visit to Antarctica in the 6-4-2 question, we kicked off the final round with this difficult query regarding the film industry:

–> Name any two of the three films released since 1990 that have been both the highest grossing film of the year, and have won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Thanks to one softball answer in the group (“Titanic”), our teams were largely successful arriving at least two correct answers, but earning bonus points proved to be quite difficult.  Only 8% of the field gave us both of the other correct answers of “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King” and “Forrest Gump”.  Other final round topics included Budweiser beer, notable events from 1981, chemical element symbols, and the TV shows spun off from “Grey’s Anatomy”.  The final round did not yield any perfect scores.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Thursday’s final question:

THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (79.3% success rate):

–> According to U.S. News & World Report, three of the ten best universities in the world are located in cities bearing which shared name?

Nearly four-fifths of the field gave us the correct answer of Cambridge.  In addition to a namesake college in England, both Harvard and M.I.T. are located in the Massachusetts version of Cambridge.  Congratulations to Jacka’s Alpacas (Crooked Run) and Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa), who each earned a Perfect 21 on Thursday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  At the close of Thursday’s game, these teams sat atop the overall leaderboard:

An honorable mention goes out to My Corona (Fish Market), who posted 170 points while playing ‘over the limit’.

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD:  North Country   (Next week’s first category: Foreign Museums)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Trivia Newton John   (Next week’s first category: “King of the Hill”)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA:  Cranius Maximus   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War)

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD:  Uranus Fly Trap   (Next week’s first category: Single Malt Scotch)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Jeopardy Rejects   (Next week’s first category: “Top Gun”)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD:  Just Joe   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings John Denver)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Three Brains, One Answer   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Virus or Bacteria?)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD:  Gong Gong and the Butt Demons   (Next week’s first category: “King Fury”)

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD:  Blood Legion   (Next week’s first category: Quentin Tarantino Films)

The Derby in New Market, MD:     (Next week’s first category: )

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Rookie Score   (Next week’s first category: “Shark Tank” Success Stories)

Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: “Pokemon”)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV:  Jones Springs Hooligans   (Next week’s first category: “Blue Bloods”)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD:  Not Drunk Enough   (Next week’s first category: “Outlander”)

St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD:  I’ll Have Another   (Next week’s first category: Men’s Soccer of the 2010s)

Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA:  Jacka’s Alpacas   (Next week’s first category: “90 Day Fiance”)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA:  Whiskeypedia   (Next week’s first category: 19th Century U. S. History)

Topgolf in Germantown, MD:  Gummi Bears are Toothless   (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – First category on March 26: “Encyclopedia Brown”)

Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA:  Sad Caps   (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – First category on March 26: Coronavirus)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Charlie’s Angels   (Next week’s first category: Sweaters)