A Series of Unfortunate Trivia Questions…

Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 88 teams across ten venues:

FIRST ROUND:

In a bit of an anomaly, the most difficult wagering question of the first half was asked right out of the gate, as numerous teams struggled to identify Rodgers and Hammerstein as the composers of the song “My Favorite Things”.  The opening round also looked at historic fires and this classic video game:

Seven teams began their night with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured a clip from this memorable late night interview (which later proved to be a piece of performance art):

Other second round topics included the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and the historic scoring streak recently put together by James Harden of the Houston Rockets.  Eight teams ran the table by earning 36 points in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Canned food brands and Nobel Prize winners highlighted Monday;s halftime page, which yielded ten perfect scores and an overall average of 17.1 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:

  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  91
  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  90
  • Alternate Best (DRP):  89
  • Wingradium Mimosa (DRP):  89
  • Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique):  89
  • Merch Island (Rockwell):  89

THIRD ROUND:

Thanks to questions about recent documentaries and NFL quarterbacks, most of our Monday teams were cruising through the third round.  That momentum came to a screeching halt after this science question:

–> Perhaps best known for a namesake gas law, what Anglo-Irish scientist is thought to be the first person to describe ‘absolute zero’ in his 1665 work “New Experiments and Observations touching Cold”?

More than 80% of our teams immediately connected the term absolute zero with Lord Kelvin.  While Kelvin was the first to determine the exact value of absolute zero, the concept had been discovered centuries prior, as Kelvin wasn’t born until 1824.  Across the board, only seven teams gave us the correct answer of Robert Boyle.  The third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question dealt with the king of the jungle, we began Monday’s final round with a question concerning these two rappers:

In a surprise to no one, this was the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only four teams knew that the former Peace Corps volunteer on the left is Lil Peep.  Moving along, we snacked on Honey Nut Cheerios, visited the Sydney Opera House, and offered Three Clues for the phrase “40 days”.  One team managed to sweep the fourth round: Leprechauns (Greene Turtle).  Here is Monday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.1% success rate)

–> “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” and “Shouldn’t You Be in School?” are two books in the “All the Wrong Questions” series of children’s books from the author who writes under which pen name?

Just over half of our teams gave us the correct answer of Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler).  After a difficult third round, none of our teams earned the Perfect 21 tonight.  Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:

  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  167
  • Glow in the Dark Boner Tag (Il Forno):  167
  • H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP):  163
  • Notch Eight (Il Forno):  162
  • Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s):  160
  • Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria):  159
  • En Fuego (Cheesetique):  157
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP):  157
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  156
  • FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 155 POINTS

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Billboard Hits – AUDIO)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Volkswagen Subsidiaries)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: Alfred the Great)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Wilson Pickett – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army   (Next week’s first category: Alfred Hitchcock Films)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  En Fuego   (Next week’s first category: “Downton Abbey”)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: H. H. Holmes)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Merch Island   (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Glow in the Dark Boner Tag   (Next week’s first category: Things That Glow in the Dark)