A Double Dose of Opening Nights!

Monday night featured TWO opening nights: Berkeley Springs Bowl and Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle.  In each case, we also welcomed a new host to the Pour House Trivia family, as Brian and Madison took the reins at these two venues.  All told, we welcomed exactly 100 teams at 11 venues:


While the opening round tends to have the easiest wagering questions, the bonus questions sometimes land at the opposite end of the spectrum, and such was the case tonight, as all three of our first round bonus questions were fairly difficult.  On a question about Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, only one-third of our teams earned bonus points by naming California’s current Governor Jerry Brown:

Jerry Brown

Later, after most of our teams recognized the basic plot of the folktale of William Tell, only 19% of the field knew that this tale originated in Switzerland.  But the most difficult bonus of the round came on our nightly Three Clues question, which dealt with a number:

CLUE 1: According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this is the minimum length (in minutes) of a feature film.

CLUE 2: The traditional gift for this wedding anniversary is the ruby.

With many teams sitting on the their one-point wager, we saw about half the field go in early in attempt to earn that last bonus, but only FOUR teams were successful.  Believe it or not, the Academy requires a feature film to have a minimum length of just 40 minutes.  As a result, we saw just one perfect score in the opening round: Outdoor Alcoholics at Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle.


Monday’s audio question doled out plenty of of bonus points, as we featured the songs “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel), “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, and “Miss Jackson”  by OutKast.  After a baseball question revealed that the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are the only MLB teams who still play home games on artificial turf, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Although it was once claimed that the name was generated by the product itself, what item’s name was probably derived from a combination of the French and German words for “yes”?

Only 42% of our teams answered correctly with the ouija board.  We closed the round with a question on this upcoming TV revival:


The second round eased up on the field, as 14 teams ran the table with a perfect score of 36 points.


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities in early screen roles.  With an overall average score of 17.2 points, we saw one dozen teams notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half featured questions on the National Archives, Kia Motors, and the death of Batman’s sidekick Robin.  We closed the round with a look at this Hollywood legend:

Rock Hudson

While most of our teams knew that Rock Hudson often starred alongside Doris Day, just nine teams earned the most difficult bonus question of the round by also knowing that Mr. Hudson had earned his only Oscar nomination for the James Dean film “Giant”.  Only two teams earned perfect third round scores: Uncle Jack (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle) and Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown).


Monday’s final round opened with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> What type of knitted woolen jacket is named after James Brudenell, the British cavalry officer who led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War?

Only 22% of our teams earned their wagers with the cardigan sweater.  Half of those teams earned bonus points on this question by also knowing that this namesake garment gained fame during the Battle of Balaclava.  We started gearing up for March Madness by asking our teams to name this ACC school which recently saw its 2013 national championship revoked amid a recruiting scandal:

Officially, this photograph no longer exists…  With only 11% of our teams earning bonus points by naming the coach that led the Louisville Cardinals to two national titles in the 1980s (Denny Crum), the final round did not yielded any perfect scores on Monday night.  Here are your top scores heading into Monday’s final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (16.0% success rate):

–> Originally used for the teaching of Hindu philosophy, the ancient game Moksha Patam is considered to be a forerunner of which modern game whose board consists of 100 squares?

For the second week in a row, our final question was answered correctly by about one-sixth of our teams, who gave us the correct answer of Chutes and Ladders.  Two teams scored the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


Berkeley Springs Bowl in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Cubists  (Next week’s first category: Marvel Characters)

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Worst Case Ontario  (Next week’s first category: Crimean War)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  ** NINE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: 1988 Notre Dame Football)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: Brill Building)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  ** FIVE WINS A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Yogi Berra)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Goobers  (Next week’s first category: “Highlander”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Free Association  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Pop Songs)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice?  (Next week’s first category: “Futurama”)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: “Howard the Duck”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics  (Next week’s first category: Shakespeare)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Del Boca Vista  (Next week’s first category: March Madness)