A Hail Mary at Monday Trivia!
Ten venues hosted Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia for a total of 112 teams. We also welcomed the newest venue to the PHT family: Whitlow’s in Washington, DC!
We cruised through the opening round of questions on Monday. Teams had no trouble handling topics such as the state slogan of Idaho, the TV term crossover, and the 1970s miniseries Roots, adapted from an Alex Haley work. An astounding 29 perfect team scores were recorded in this round!
Monday’s audio clue played a trio of famous English-language hits in foreign languages: Baby Love, Paint it Black, and Hallelujah. We moved on to cover topics such as the 18th and 21st Amendments to the U.S. Constitution which bookended Prohibition, Robert Duvall’s film debut in To Kill a Mockingbird, former Internet search engine Altavista, and David Pastrnak’s scoring efforts on this season’s Boston Bruins. Another wildly successful round saw 23 perfect team scores earned.
Video game posters and Tony Award winners for Best Musical and Best Play made up the subjects on Monday’s halftime sheet. On average, teams scored 17.7 points; however, there were 26 perfect scores! A quintet of teams reached the 92-point level by the halftime intermission:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 94
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 94
- Talk Nerdy to Me (DRP): 92
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 92
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 92
The second half of play on Monday began with a bit of airport geography:
- In what country that borders Honduras and Costa Rica could you find Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, named for one of the country’s revolutionary leaders?
About 58% of the field was correct to name Nicaragua, but just 18% added bonus points for naming that nation’s current president, Daniel Ortega. Two questions later, we reached the toughest query of the night, Three Clues about a certain word:
- When used as an acronym, this is the main provider of computer software and I.T. solutions for the U.S. Army.
- The title of a Broadway musical composed as a collaboration between Tim Rice and members of ABBA.
- This word is included in the name of a pie in Southern Cuisine that is similar to a pecan pie, but without any nuts.
That word, chess, was named by 38% of our teams, but just over 10% did so before the final clue to secure two bonus points. Questions about the film Edward Scissorhands and the music career of pro athlete Deion Sanders wrapped things up in the third round, where seven teams earned a perfect score.
Before entering the final round, we had a 6-4-2 about the letter I, in which 28 teams had the right answer at the six-point level. Back-to-back toughies were found in this round, beginning with this scientific question:
- First proposed by British scientist J.J. Thomson, the plum pudding model is one of the earliest scientific models of which infinitesimal object?
The plum pudding model was an early model of the atom, which was successfully named by 64% of Monday’s teams. Even harder was this presidential offering:
- On September 8, 2012, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter earned the distinction of being the former President who lived the longest amount of time after leaving office. The man whose record he broke passed away in 1964. Who was this other U.S. President?
Herbert Hoover was named by a round-low 54% 0f the field. The round came to a close with questions about short-lived cult TV show Freaks & Geeks and the Bazooka bubble gum brand. Perfect scores in this round were earned by 12 teams. Before the final question, these were the top-scoring teams:
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 170
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 170
- Van Buren Boys (Ragtime): 164
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 164
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 162 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (49.1% success rate):
- Though he has never played in a Super Bowl that his team won, who is the only current NFL quarterback besides Tom Brady with multiple Super Bowl rings?
Ironically, 49% of teams were able to name current San Francisco 49er Jimmy Garropolo, who was Tom Brady’s backup for two Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots teams. Eight teams stepped up to earn Perfect 21 honors in Monday’s game! Some very interesting scores topped the final Monday standings:
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 182
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 182
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 178
- Van Buren Boys (Ragtime): 176
- We Trivia Good (William Jeffrey’s): 172
- Witiots (Bushwaller’s): 171
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 169
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 169
- Fly Like an Eagle (DRP): 169
- Mean Girls (DRP): 168
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 168
- Killer Snails played a perfect game on Monday night at Quincy’s, the first team to do so at an in-person game in several months!
- While Cobra Kai also put up 182 points, the Winner’s Choice question at DRP had a two-point bonus, which means a perfect score was 184. Technically not a perfect game, but a phenomenal effort nonetheless!
- Another 182-point almost-perfecto at DRP went to Legalized Gambling, which did so with more than the prize-eligible limit of seven players.
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: NFL Stadium Names)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fast & Furious Films)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Edward Scissorhands)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pulp Fiction)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon (Generation IV))
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christopher Cross)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: We Trivia Good (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Deadly Australian Animals)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Van Buren Boys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of Gettysburg)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pro Wrestling Finishing Moves)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Robin Williams)
Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: George Santos Undefeated Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Theme Parks)