A Monopoly on Tuesday Trivia!

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Twenty locations helped Pour House Trivia achieve another attendance record for a Tuesday game! Boosted by a 21-team outing at Solace Outpost – Navy Yard, PHT had 223 total teams across its 20 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

The toughest wagering question on Tuesday came at the end of the opening round:

  • Which 20th century novel opens with the line It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen?

Roughly 41% of teams correctly identified the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Before that, teams had questions about HBO’s Sex and the City, the most populous city in a trio of U.S. states, and the ad slogan for Five Gum. Nine teams had perfect scores in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

The game’s audio question played three songs with the word high in the title: Rocky Mountain High by John DenverHigh Hopes by Panic! at the Disco, and High Horse by Kacey Musgraves. Two questions later, a film question proved to confound most of our teams:

  • Last year, who became the first person to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar in six different decades?

With a nomination for West Side StorySteven Spielberg achieved that feat; the director was named by 49% of the field, while just over 10% added bonus points for identifying Close Encounters of the Third Kind as Spielberg’s first Best Director nomination. Other topics here included the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and MLB slugger Aaron Judge. Only one team recorded a perfect score in this round: We’re Not Serious (Solace Outpost Navy).

HALFTIME:

At halftime on Tuesday, teams had to name films from scenes involving milk, then match number-one hits to the appropriate musical act. Six teams got all 20 points for their effort, while the average team score was 15.7 points. A pile-up at third place was found in the overall standings at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

The second half began with Diane Keaton‘s fashion sense in Annie Hall, a warning about radon, and Three Clues about the Senegalese capital of Dakar. We hit the ice for the second half’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Which individual hockey statistic is essentially derived by calculating a team’s even-strength goal differential while that player is on the ice?

The plus/minus stat was correctly named by 46% of our teams. The round concluded with a question about the Pirouette cookie made by Pepperidge Farm; this had the least-successful bonus chance all night, as only 4% of the field knew that Pepperidge Farm is a subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company. Two of those teams — Our Defending Champions (Cuginis) and Billy Crystal Balls (Lost Dog) — were perfect in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Tuesday’s 6-4-2 about Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street saw seven teams name the character for all six points. In the final round, teams started with this question:

  • On the television series Rick and Morty, the character Beth is a veterinarian who specializes in the care of which animal species?

Beth cares for horses on that show; 54% of teams got that right, but only 14% knew Beth is voiced by Sarah Chalke for bonus credit. Two questions later, a question about the Medici family’s papal history carried a bonus success rate of 10% for teams who knew two of that family’s popes took the Leo name. Other topics here included the Jitterbug cell phone brand, former TV host Bob Barker‘s memoir, and a Triple 50/50 about Bob Dylan and Bob Seger. This round’s only perfect team was Trivial Pursuit of Happiness (Audacious FC). After four rounds, these were the top teams:

FINAL QUESTION (30.94% success rate):

  • Among the ten U.S. states whose names appear on a standard Monopoly game board, which ones are alphabetically first and last?

Teams had to provide both answers for final credit for this one, in which the correct answers are Connecticut and Virginia. Congrats to the night’s Perfect 21 teams: William Shaqspeare (Smoketown), Leaf on the Wind (Antietam), and Third Round Tailspin (Rhodeside)! Tuesday’s final standings were led by these squads:

Honorable mention to Redacted (Gentleman Jim’s), which scored 167 points while playing over the limit with more than seven team members.

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Crusty Broads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Michael J. Fox)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Redrum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Theme Songs)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Trivial Pursuit of Happiness  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Settlers of Catan)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons (game))

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Tuesday Titans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Succession)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spider-Man Villains)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Romantic Comedy Films)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: William Shaqspeare  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Phenomena (1985 film))

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Vandelay Industries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NHL Teams)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: MJ  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Law & Order: SVU)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Appalachian Cryptids)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Soup Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Call of Duty: World of War — Zombies)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: True Wit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Route 66)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Joey Triviani  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Michigan)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: A-Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WWII Aircraft)

The Garden in Alexandria, VA: Underdogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One)

Bukom Restaurant & Lounge in Washington, DC: Drinks on You  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 21st Century Poets)

Greene Turtle in Brandywine, MD: DST  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Atlanta, GA)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Third Round Tailspin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Vikings)