We kicked off Season XVIII of Pour House Trivia with 78 teams playing across 11 venues:
Monday’s opening round topics included ‘clipped’ words (such as deli, flu, and memo), NFL geography, and this comedy film:
While most teams were able to recognize the tagline from the film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, only ten teams across the board earned two bonus points by also knowing that the film was shot on location at Turtle Bay resort in Oahu. As a result, only eight teams earned perfect first round scores.
With football season upon us, Monday’s audio clue featured three pop songs as performed by marching bands. Our teams had an easy time recognizing “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, “All the Small Things” by Blink-182, and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. The field also cruised through questions regarding former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, the TV sitcom “Wings”, and Trevi Fountain in Rome:
Once again, a single bonus question kept many of the potential perfect scores off the board, as only eight teams could identify Antigone as the daughter of the tragic king Oedipus. That was the sticking point in the round, as each of those eight teams secured perfect scores in the second stanza.
Though Monday’s halftime topics included fad items and film settings, you could say that the actual topic was softball! This was one of the easiest halftime rounds in recent memory, as 64% of the field earned perfect scores, with the overall average topping out at 19.3 points. Don’t worry, we’ll make it up to you next week! Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Del Boca Vista (Il Forno): 90
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown): 90
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 90
- MC (Il Forno): 89
- Our Cup Size is Stanley (Il Forno): 89
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 89
The halftime page may have lulled our teams into a false sense of security, as the third round proved to be rather difficult. Only one of the five questions resulted in a success rate of over 50%, with just five teams earning wagering points on all five questions. The most difficult question of the round was the opening query, a stumper about a Shakespearean comedy:
–> Written to provide entertainment on the Christian holiday of Epiphany, which Shakespearean comedy opens with Duke Orsino proclaiming: “If music be the food of love, play on”?
Only 22% of the field answered correctly with “Twelfth Night”, with just eight of those teams tacking on two bonus points by also knowing the play’s alternate title: “What You Will”. Later, we looked at the British band The Smiths, the elements which comprise the chemical compound formaldehyde, and this video game sequel:
Despite most teams earning points on the Over / Under question which closed the round, Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria) posted the only perfect third round score.
After the 6-4-2 question dealt with the intricacies of earwax, we delved into the baseball history books to begin the final round. We asked our teams to name either one of the two American League teams that each won at least three World Series titles during the decade of the 1910s. Most teams earned wagering points with one correct answer of the Boston Red Sox, but only 13% of the field also earned two bonus points with the second answer of the Philadelphia (now Oakland) Athletics. After a Three Clues question concerning the name Rebecca, we closed with a surprisingly difficult question regarding TV personalities:
–> For your wager, which current TV personality was named the youngest Chief Scout in British history at the age of 35?
2-POINT BONUS: What is the title of the current NBC show featuring this celebrity?
Despite what many of our teams guessed, I don’t think Simon Cowell has endured five minutes of camping in his entire life. Instead, we were looking for this rugged outdoorsman:
As the most difficult wagering question of the final round, only 27% of our teams knew that we were talking about Bear Grylls, who also hosts the current NBC series “Running Wild”. The only perfect score of the final round was turned in by Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique). Here is Monday’s overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 165
- Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s): 161
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 160
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 159
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s): 159
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (10.3% success rate):
–> During the 1940s, the four highest-grossing films at the domestic box office were ALL released by which studio?
Among all of our venues, only eight teams arrived at the correct answer of Disney, who struck cinematic gold with “Bambi”, “Fantasia”, “Pinocchio”, and “Song of the South”. As a result of this difficult final question, none of our teams recorded the Perfect 21 with correct answers on all wagering questions. In a rare instance, a team that lost points on the final question still managed to top Monday’s overall leaderboard:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 163
- Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s): 161
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 161
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s): 158
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 157
- I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn): 157
- Arlington Underground (Cheesetique): 150
- MAJ (DRP): 149
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 148
- Unsavories (DRP): 148
DRP in Alexandria, VA: MAJ (Next week’s first category: Las Vegas Casinos)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Next week’s first category: NFL Drafts of the 2000s)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: I Don’t Know Who (Next week’s first category: Queen – band)
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: “Spaceballs”)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Cher’s Zombie Army (Next week’s first category: 2018 Emmys)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: 2018 Emmys)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: NASCAR)
Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD: Mud Duck Hunt Club (Next week’s first category: Anaheim Ducks)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Prestige Worldwide (Next week’s first category: Molecular Biology)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Blumpkin Spice Latte (Next week’s first category: French Composers)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Five Dollar Jager (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)