A Darling Time at Monday Trivia!
Eleven area locations started their week off strong with a Monday night full of Pour House Trivia, as 120 teams joined in on the fun.
We started off with questions about the human knee and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before going the wrong way with the round’s toughest wagering query:
- Starring John Candy and Steve Martin as characters named Neal and Del, which 1980s film has become a holiday watching tradition for many a family?
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was correctly answered by 77% of the field. This question also carried the first half’s hardest bonus chance, with 29% of teams knowing the film’s director, John Hughes. There were 13 perfect team scores in the opening round on Monday.
Overall, Monday’s audio clue was the most difficult of the second round. We played three clips from TV sitcoms and asked teams to name each show; three-fourths of our teams could name at least two for wagering credit. However, only 38% earned bonus points for getting all three right answers — The Beverly Hillbillies, Will & Grace, and 2 Broke Girls. We continued on with topics like the makeup and Pilgrim uses of the word compact, woodwind instrument piccolo, and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The last question in the round tied with the audio clue for lowest wagering success rate:
- Playing for the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals respectively, which two players recently won the American League and National League MVP Awards for the 2022 MLB season?
Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt were those respective award winners; 75% of teams had at least one of those names and 43% knew both for two bonus points. A game-high 16 teams had perfect scores here.
British-ized NFL team logos and Thanksgiving trivia were the highlights of Monday’s halftime sheet. There were 14 perfect 20-point efforts on the page, which had an average score of 16.1 points. We had a few 90+ team scores at the halftime break:
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 94
- Home Alone (Mark’s): 92
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 91
- Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 91
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 91
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 91
The third round of Monday’s game proved to be quite the tricky one overall. We began with the toughest wagering question of the night:
- Which 20th century novel features chapter titles such as Painted Faces and Long Hair, The Shell and the Glasses, and Castle Rock?
While the latter title may make you think of Stephen King, that novel is actually Lord of the Flies by William Golding; 35% of teams had the book title and 19% added Golding’s name for extra points. The very next question hit the current television airwaves:
- Shot in Oklahoma, which current FX series depicts four Indigenous teenagers who dream of traveling to California to honor their late friend?
About 48% of the field had that show, Reservation Dogs. Two of this round’s last three questions provided the hardest bonus opportunities in Monday’s game. A three-parter on Native American Thanksgiving foods saw a game-low 10% of teams get all three answers right, while a question about Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant gave bonus points to 15% of the field who knew folk singer Pete Seeger was in the film adaptation of the song. Only three teams had perfect scores in the third round: Periodically Under the Table (Cushwa), Wednesday (Bushwaller’s), and Killer Snails (Quincy’s).
A 6-4-2 about the geometric sphere had 47 teams secure all six points by having the right answer after the first of three clues. In the fourth round, we talked about Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup, the Kohler plumbing fixture brand, and the film appearances of action character Jack Ryan. We got a little social for this round’s toughest wagering question:
- Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, thousands of users have joined this new social media platform that is similar, except instead of a tweet, you send a toot. Identify this social media network, named after an extinct animal.
Roughly 58% of the field named Mastodon for points. This round had six perfect team scores. We reached the night’s final question with a tightly-packed group atop the leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 166
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 165
- Periodically Under the Table (Cushwa): 164
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 164
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 163
- We Trivia Good (William Jeffrey’s): 163
FINAL QUESTION (34.2% success rate):
- What is the name of the 1904 British play that contains the line to die, will be an awfully big adventure?
Just over a third of our teams provided the correct answer, Peter Pan. Monday’s Perfect 21 teams were Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa) and H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP), the only squads to have correct answers for all 21 wagering questions. These were the top teams on the final Monday scoreboard:
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 176
- We Trivia Good (William Jeffrey’s): 175
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 173
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 172
- Wonder Boys (DRP): 170
- Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 169
- Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 168
- Wednesday (Bushwaller’s): 167
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 165
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 164 POINTS
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: TBD (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV Sitcoms)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jean-Claude Van Johnson)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Rock (audio))
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Wednesday (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mexican Food)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boy Scouts of America)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Films)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: We Trivia Good (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Qatar)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geographic Euphemisms)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Geralt of Trivia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Capitals)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: I Heart Kiwis (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A League of Their Own)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maryland House of Delegates)