You’re a Mean One, Thursday Trivia!

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Thursday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 88 teams across 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Thursday’s game opened with a three-part question in which each answer was also the name of one of Santa’s reindeer.  From there, we moved on to a discussion of fruitcakes and NFL sacks.  Representing the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the opening round, we asked our teams to identify the European capital cities whose name begin with ‘R’.  Most of our teams earned wagering points with two correct answers, with one-fourth of the field tacking on two bonus points by giving us all three correct answers of Rome (Italy), Reykjavik (Iceland), and Riga (Latvia).  Seven Thursday teams began their game with a perfect first round score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Finishing off a recurring theme for this week, Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three musical acts singing Christmas tunes.  We listened to Oh Come All Ye Faithful by Twisted Sister, a cover version of All I Want for Christmas is You by Michael Buble, and Jingle Bells by Gwen Stefani.  Other second round topics included the Mai Tai cocktail, liquid oxygen, the voice actors from the animated film The Incredibles, and U. S. Vice President Dan Quayle, who somehow ignited a feud with fictional character Murphy Brown.  With a more difficult set of bonus questions, only three teams notched a perfect score in Thursday’s second round: F. U. Jobu (Champion), Scotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing), and Dirty Stangs (Solace Outpost).

HALFTIME:

Thursday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify the logos of American retailers and complete a matching section regarding Christmas films.  In one of the easier halftime pages in recent memory, nearly half of the field recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 18.9 points.  Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Our Thursday teams breezed through the first few questions in their third round.  Topics such as animal varieties, World War I, the reality television show Cops, and Hannibal Lecter did not present any roadblocks, but a pair of difficult bonus questions kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board.  First, only 15% of the field knew that the Cops theme song Bad Boys was recorded by the reggae group Inner Circle.  Closing the third stanza, only ten teams knew that NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain played college basketball at the University of KansasScotty Doesn’t Know (Solace Brewing), and Trivestivus (Brewery Fire) posted the only perfect scores in Thursday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After discussing Jack Frost in the 6-4-2 question, we began Thursday’s final round with a discussion the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World an the chemical compound Kevlar.  Next, our teams dealt with what proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first four rounds:

  • Which 95-year-old EGOT winner recently published the autobiography All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business?

Less than one-third of the field responded correctly with Mel Brooks, with about half of those teams adding two bonus points by also knowing that Brooks was married to Anne Bancroft for more than 40 years.  Despite closing the final round with a relatively easier three-part question regarding Jewish rock stars, Dynamite (Bear Brick Oven) posted the only perfect final round.  These were your highest scoring Thursday teams heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (17.0% success rate):

  • Based on domestic box office revenue, what is the highest-grossing film in history whose title contains the word ‘Christmas’?

About one-sixth of the field responded correctly with (the live action version) of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Thanks primarily to the final question, none of our Thursday teams earned a Perfect 21.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Walter’s Minions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South Park)

Pour Dog House in Millersville, MD: Wu-Tang  (NO GAME NEXT WEEKFIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 6: 2000s Hip Hop – AUDIO)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Crabcakes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush Album Cover Art)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cat in the Chat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard 2)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Corn in the U. S. A.  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: William McKinley)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Scotty Doesn’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Carols)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H – film)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimmy Buffett Songs)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Risky Quizness  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beer)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Dirty Stangs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2010s Films)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD:   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Styles)

Flying Ace Farm in Lovettsville, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Zoology)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: Here For Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Return of the Jedi)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: What About Dave?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Warfare)