X(XXVIII) Marks the Spot at Thursday Trivia!
Thursday evening provided the latest game of Pour House Trivia, with a total of 197 teams at one of 18 venues, including a 20-team showdown at Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA.
We said thank you in several languages, discovered the origin of the stork on Vlasic pickle jars, and gave Three Clues about the late NFL icon John Madden. The latter question carried the lowest bonus answer rate of the first half, as just 8.1% of teams named him before the third clue was read. Eleven teams recorded perfect scores in the first round.
A trio of songs with the word bottle in the title made up Thursday’s audio question, which saw 23% of teams name all three artists for bonus points: Jim Croce (Time in a Bottle), Christina Aguilera (Genie in a Bottle), and Sara Bareilles (Bottle It Up). We continued with questions about the carat unit of measurement, cult film The Boondock Saints, and the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. However, the end of the round contained the toughest wagering question in the first half:
- After cohosting the Oscars earlier this year, which comedienne will revive her namesake sketch comedy series for Paramount Plus?
Roughly 60% of our teams had Amy Schumer as the correct answer, while just over a quarter of the field got bonus points for knowing she recently played herself on the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building. Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown), Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen), and B and B Fun Factory (Two Story Chimney) had this round’s perfect team scores.
At halftime on Thursday, teams had to name U.S. cities from various images, then match lists of cultivars to the corresponding food. There were 33 perfect scores on this page, which carried an average score of 17.1 points. At halftime, these were the high scores:
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 92
- Ask Me Know Questions (Smoketown): 91
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Steinhardt): 90
- Blueberry Stud Muffins (Aslin): 90
- B and B Fun Factory (Two Story Chimney): 89
Topics in the third round included Leather and Lace singers Stevie Nicks and Don Henley, terra cotta earthenware, and Jonathan Goldsmith’s turn as The Most Interesting Man in the World for Dos Equis beer. This time, the round’s final question ended up being by far the most difficult all night:
- Three of the past seven winners of the Best Picture Oscar bear a one-word title consisting of nine letters. What were those films?
Those films were Moonlight, Spotlight, and Nomadland; only 22% of the field earned wagering points for naming at least two, while a game-low 7.6% got all three answers. A total of nine perfect scores were recorded in the third round.
Thursday’s 6-4-2 took us to Nepal, where 9.1% of teams stopped early to pick up all six points. The toughest wagering question in the fourth round came on the ice:
- Among NHL franchises based in the United States, which team has won the most Stanley Cup titles with 11?
The Detroit Red Wings and their 11 Cups were correctly answered by 47% of our teams, while 14% knew they play at Little Caesars Arena. We also discussed Jeremy Piven’s Emmy wins for Entourage and the July 4 deaths of U.S. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. This round showcased six perfect scores. We prepared for one final question with these teams ahead of the pack:
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 166
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Steinhardt): 162
- Dean Team (Aslin): 161
- Rail Splitters (Fourscore): 160
- Swinging Richards (Aslin): 158
FINAL QUESTION (51.8% success rate):
- When listing all numbers less than 100 using proper Roman numeral notation, which number’s notation would be alphabetically LAST?
Closest to the end of the alphabet among those Roman numerals would be XXXVIII, or 38 in Arabic numbering. Thursday’s game ended with no teams earning the Perfect 21 for answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. These teams provided the best scores on Thursday:
- Dean Team (Aslin): 171
- Great Heathen Army (Brewery Fire): 169
- B and B Fun Factory (Two Story Chimney): 169
- Pigcakes (Solace Outpost): 168
- Swinging Richards (Aslin): 168
- Three Scientists and a Teacher (Solace Outpost): 168
- The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Steinhardt): 167
- Washington Foreskins (Loudoun Kitchen): 167
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 166 POINTS
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Painful Burning Sensation (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald?)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Crabcakes (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Secret of Mana or Secret of Evermore?)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Angela Lansbury)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tackling Fuel (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dewey Decimal System)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Mad Facts: Query Road (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pride and Prejudice)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stephen King Novels)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Street Sharks (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: Ashwyn’s Angels (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series))
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Three Scientists and a Teacher (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dark Souls)
Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: No Brainers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Frasier)
Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Pringles (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Musical Instruments)
Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Kentucky Fried Panda (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Al Yankovic)
Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: Dean Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Algebraic Equation Solutions)
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Music)
Two Story Chimney Ciderworks in Gaithersburg, MD: B and B Fun Factory (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mario Bros. (original game))
Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pre-Norman Invasion Anglo-Saxons)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Look Back in Anger (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Uranus)