The first Monday in November saw the opening of the first Pour House Trivia venue inside Washington, D.C., as host Jenn kicked off our tenure at Bar Deco on 6th Street NW, across the street from Capital One Arena. All told, we welcomed 82 teams at nine different venues:
Monday’s game began with a three-part question on advertising slogans, as well as a look at the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. We concluded the opening stanza with its most difficult bonus question:
–> Respectively joining the Union in 1850 and 1821, these are the only two U.S. states whose flags depict a bear (or bears). Name either one of these two states.
One of these two answers was rather easy for our teams:
Nearly all of our teams knew that the (extinct) California grizzly bear is on the state flag of its namesake. Only six teams would earn a two-point bonus by also giving us this second correct answer:
Even looking at the actual flag, most people would still not know that this is the state flag of Missouri. With that difficult finish, only three teams swept the first round with a perfect score: Quality Guesswork (Greene Turtle), Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), and Who R Those Guys (Uno Pizzeria).
Monday’s audio question featured saxophone solos from “Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty), “Just the Way You Are” (Billy Joel), and “Careless Whisper” (Wham / George Michael). Next, we looked at the recent return of this HBO comedy series:
Monday’s second round also included the nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, this is the largest island of Venezuela.
CLUE 2: This word completes the title of a novel penned by Mikhail Bulgakov: “The Master and BLANK”.
Very few teams even ventured a guess at this point, with the majority of the field forgoing the potential bonus for this third clue:
CLUE 3: The name of a cocktail consisting of tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.
With the correct response of margarita, most of the field gladly took points by waiting for the third clue. But seven teams were bold enough to pick up an extra two points with an early correct answer. We closed the round with the most difficult wagering question of the first half, as only 32% of our teams earned points by knowing that this is the only film to win a Best Picture Oscar with a title starting with the letter ‘U’:
Monday’s second round yielded just one perfect score: Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn).
Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of “cold” items, as well as a section matching board games to their unique gimmicks. Our average score was a bit higher than usual at 17.9 points, with exactly one-quarter of our teams notching a perfect score of 20 points. Here are Monday’s top scores at the halftime break:
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 92
- Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn): 88
- One Crow Short of a Murder (Il Forno): 88
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 87
- Southpaw Fish (Il Forno): 87
Monday’s second half began with a three-part question on “Star Trek” characters, which immediately preceded the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> Which western U.S. National Park lends its name to a financial graph which shows how venture capital falls quickly over time, as a company uses up available cash to meet its start-up expenses?
It makes sense once you hear it, but only 22% of our teams earned points with this correct answer:
Next, we asked about the two Heisman Trophy winners drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 and 2016 NFL Drafts, with about half of our field earning bonus points with the two correct answers of former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and former Alabama running back Derrick Henry:
We closed the third round with its most difficult bonus question. After about half of our teams earned their wager by knowing that Adlai Stevenson lost both the 1952 and 1956 U.S. Presidential elections to Dwight Eisenhower, only nine teams earned bonus points by knowing that Stevenson’s grandfather served as U.S. Vice President under Grover Cleveland. As a result, we saw just two perfect scores in the third stanza: Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).
We headed to Europe for our six-point clue on Monday:
–> Which activity features participants who wear costumes called suits of lights, as well as opening ceremonies which were the inspiration for the dance known as the paso doble?
Exactly one-quarter of our teams earned the full six points with this correct response:
The final round included a question on this classic film, the first “talkie” produced by Charlie Chaplin:
While the majority of the field answered correctly, a few of our teams were so close to the correct answer, but could not come up with the exact title of “The Great Dictator”. For those of you that simply wrote “The Dictator”, you were confusing it with this more recent film:
Fittingly, we closed the round with our most difficult bonus question of the night:
–> The Lucayan Archipelago is located just north of eastern Cuba and Hispaniola. This chain is comprised of one independent nation and one British territory. Name either one of these political entities.
Once again, one answer was quite easy, while the other was next to impossible. Five teams gained two points on the field by knowing both of these answers:
There were just three perfect scores in the final round: Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Latrilla and the Pussy Willows (Bushwaller’s). Here are Monday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn): 164
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 163
- Morgan Station: (Morgan Inn): 160
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 159
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 158
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (8.5% success rate):
–> Only two TV shows have won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series a record five times each. Name both of these shows.
With so many potential answers to choose from (“All in the Family”, “Cheers”, “Seinfeld”, Veep”), only seven teams came up with the correct responses of “Frasier” and “Modern Family”. As a result, there were no teams which earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 165
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 159
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 158
- Morgan Station: (Morgan Inn): 156
- Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn): 155
- Befuddled (Greene Turtle): 152
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 151
- Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s): 149
- High School Prom (DRP): 148
- Tequila Mockingbird (Uno Pizzeria): 146
DRP in Alexandria, VA: B-58s (Next week’s first category: “Casablanca”)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Befuddled (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Morgan Station (Next week’s first category: “The Andy Griffith Show”)
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails ** EIGHT WINS IN A ROW!! ** (Next week’s first category: Disaster Films)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Cher’s Zombie Army (Next week’s first category: African Capital Word Play)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: Cheesy Movies)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Ask Jeeves (Next week’s first category: Make-up)
Bar Deco in Washington, DC: Green Machine (Next week’s first category: Special Investigations)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Gorillas With Machine Guns (Next week’s first category: French Cuisine)