A Thrilling Finish Capped Off World Series XIV!

The scene was set: 92 teams descended upon Hager Hall in Hagerstown, Maryland to determine Pour House Trivia’s Season XIV Champion!  In addition to months of bragging rights, our winning team would take home the top prize of $2,000 in cash for their efforts.  This field represented the second-largest game in PHT history!  Heading into the big day, all eyes were on a slew of prizes ranging from cold cash to Budweiser beer to the coveted Top 5 Mug – not to mention $400 in drawings that went down! It was quite an event and we here at PHT are very thankful for all of you who came out to play our game.

So how did the game unfold? Read on…

ROUND 1:

Our opening round traditionally includes a lighter set of five questions, but with a quartet of two-point bonus questions tossed into the mix, there were several early opportunities for our top teams to separate themselves from the field.  Question two involved teams trying to identify the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year for 2016.  We offered a two-point bonus for any team that could respond correctly before a crossword-style hint was given, and only 16% of our teams earned that bonus.  Even with the hint (seven letters / fourth letter of ‘R’), just over half the field came away with points here, as those teams surely remembered a certain VH-1 reality series.  Yes, the answer we were looking for was ‘surreal’:

Surreal Life Trivia

For question three, we told teams to “Keep on sucking!”, which in this case was a reference to the current advertising slogan of everyone’s favorite hard candy:

Jolly Rancher Trivia

While virtually every team earned points here, we immediately made a complete 180, asking what turned out to be the most difficult question of the game:

–> Named for a tribe of Native Americans, which U.S. state of about 6.8 million residents was admitted to the Union on February 6, 1788?

There were three components to this question, each of which was needed in order to help or teams arrive at the correct answer.  First off, the date of admission should have alerted our teams that we were talking about one of the 13 original colonies.  Secondly, the Native American name would have eliminated 11 of those 13 states (most of the original states were named for English places or monarchs).  That left two choices: Connecticut and Massachusetts, which is where the population hint decided the answer.  All told, only 19% of our teams earned points here.  Only three teams attained a perfect score of 38 points in our opening round: Breadsticks, The A-Team, and Sofa King Smart, but plenty of teams were lurking just two points behind.

 

ROUND 2:

We put a bit of a twist on our World Series audio question, as teams were not asked to identify song titles or musical acts, but rather works of literature from which certain song lyrics were derived.  That proved to be the most difficult question of the round, as just under half of the field scored points.  Among those, only nine teams earned a two-point bonus.  We also hit on a fun current events question, involving the recent Twitter war between White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and a certain ‘futuristic’ treat…

Dippin' Dots Trivia

The three bonus questions in the second round were each quite difficult, averaging about 13% correct in each case, but The A-Team was still cruising along after Round 2, nailing another perfect score!  Needless to say, they were leading the field at 74 points heading into the halftime round.

 

HALFTIME:

Our halftime round involved teams identifying numerous Google Doodles, while also answering ten questions involving Patriots or Falcons.  As expected, out halftime round played slightly more difficult than a typical evening of Pour House Trivia, with the average score coming in at 15.2.  Only TWO TEAMS scored 20 points: Dusty Baker School of Management and Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap.  The string of perfect answers for The A-Team finally came to an end, but a score of 18 points gave them a sizable lead at the close of the halftime round.  That set up our first leaderboard as follows:

1)  The A-Team                     92

T-2)  Breadsticks                  88

T-2)  PC Principals               88

4)  High School Prom          87

5)  Stink Floyd                       85

With a total of 21 teams scoring 80 or more points, it was still anyone’s game as we entered the second half!

 

ROUND 3:

The third round did not offer too many surprises, as all five of our questions fell within the 40% to 70% correct range.  We had a bit of fun with our Triple 50/50, asking teams to identify if certain events occurred before or after 1992.  Our third event: the ‘home surgery’ performed by Lorena Bobbitt on her husband John Wayne Bobbitt.

Let’s just say a few people were feeling a little uncomfortable remembering that tabloid fodder!  Nonetheless, nearly half of our teams were able to snag a two-point bonus.  We finished the round with a music question: asking which one-word song title was used by Olivia Newton-John, The Cars, and Coldplay, while also serving as the name of a band which recorded a #1 hit in 2014.  About 40% of our teams knew we were talking about “Magic” (or the band Magic!), but only 12% of our teams earned a bonus there by remembering the band Pilot, who also scored a hit with a song of that title.  With three rounds in the books, our standings looked very similar to the end of halftime:

1)  The A-Team                      126

2)  High School Prom           121

3)  PC Principals                    120

T-4)  Stink Floyd                    119

T-4)  Dusty Baker School     119

 

ROUND 4:

Round four provided one last push for our teams to get near the leaders, but the opportunities to gain ground were few and far between.  Four of the five questions were answered correctly by at least 70% of the field, and even the bonus questions did not have as much bite as earlier in the game.  The toughest of the bonus questions involved naming the three most populous world cities (other than Delhi, India) whose names end with the letter ‘I’.  About 20% of our teams hit all three answers with Shanghai, Mumbai, and Karachi, but our leaders were just as astute, not giving up any ground.  We closed the fourth round with a question on an African dog breed which is sometimes known as the ‘barkless dog’:

Basenji

We offered multiple choice for this one, but nearly one-third of our teams didn’t need it, scoring a two-point bonus by naming the Basenji before the choices were revealed.

 

FINAL QUESTION:

Round four did not shake up the standings much, as we had the same five teams occupying the top spots.  The lead was slightly smaller, but The A-team had to be feeling pretty comfortable:

1)  The A-Team                  164

T-2)  PC Principals           160

T-2)  High School Prom  160

4)  Stink Floyd                   157

5)  Dusty Baker School    156

Our final question provided one of the most surprising finishes in Pour House Trivia World Series history!  First though, here is the question:

–> The work of 20th Century Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian inspired a design featured prominently within what TV show that ran for 96 episodes in the 1970’s?

Mondrian’s work featured many right angles and square shapes, but it was this particular work from which our answer was derived:

Piet Mondrian Trivia

 

Look familiar?  Yes, television producers used this image when designing the bus driven by The Partridge Family:

Partridge Family Trivia

In a crazy twist, each of our top three teams were not able to come up with the correct response, but 42% of our field did know it, causing a hell of a shift in the standings!  As a result, it was the fourth-place team going into the final that pulled the miraculous victory.  Congratulations to Stink Floyd!  It is the second World Series championship for Stink Floyd, and the team’s first title since Season VII (which was also a come-from-behind victory).

With each of our top three teams falling from the top of the leaderboard, our top ten scores featured a whole slew of teams who each recorded their best finish ever.  Here are your final standings:

1 Stink Floyd 169
2 Dusty Baker School of Management 165
3 Power Vacuum 162
4 Stupid Sexy Flanders 158
5 Capital City Goofballs 156
T-6 The A Team 155
T-6 Just the Tip 155
T-6 And We’re All Out of Bubblegum 155
T-6 Shakeweight 155
T-6 Front of the Class 155
T-11 Breadsticks 154
T-11 Poovey Farms 154
T-13 Milwaukee Beers 149
T-14 PC Principals 148
T-14 Sexual Chocolate 148
T-14 High School Prom 148
T-17 Book Club Babes 147
T-17 What Else Could It Be!? 147
19 Witiots 146
20 God Complex Particles 144
T-21 We Are Groot 142
T-21 MoMo 142
23 Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me 141
T-24 Scoundrels 140
T-24 Sofa King Smart 140
26 Kitten Mittens 138
27 Fan Club 136
T-28 Comfortably Dum 134
T-28 Momentary Lapse of Reason 134
30 Pop Vultures 133
31 Hillary Did Harambe 132
32 Fast Forward Not Available 129
33 Uncle Jack 128
34 Your Mom 127
T-35 Taint Too Proud to Beg 126
T-35 Sad Fat Dragons 126
T-35 Hookers and Blackjack 126
38 Vitrifers 125
T-39 Worst Case Ontario 124
T-39 Give Us Your Beer Money 124
41 Not Your Team 122
T-42 Eugoogilizers 121
T-42 Off Beats 121
T-44 Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap 120
T-44 H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff 120
46 Tokyo Sex Whale 119
T-47 The Bends 117
T-47 Smartie Pants 117
49 Cobras 116
50 Cranius Maximus 114
T-51 Flight Level Awesome 110
T-51 Just Good Enough 110
53 Southpaw Fish 108
T-54 JFKFC 107
T-54 Roaming Gnomes 107
56 Quiz in My Pants 105
57 Balls Out 104
T-58 Menance to Sobriety 103
T-58 Does He Look Like a Biff? 103
T-58 Sumatran Storm 103
T-60 Bees? 102
T-60 Crystal Methodists 102
T-60 The Other Sarah 102
T-60 Soda and the Watchamacallits 102
T-60 We’ve Embraced Our Mediocrity 102
66 Downtown Dinkytown 101
67 Axel’s Doghouse 99
68 Demented and Sad But Social 93
69 His and Her Peas 89
70 Turd Ferguson 88
T-71 Sanchezes 87
T-71 Volcano Insurance 87
73 Simple Minds 84
74 Racks and Sacks 83
75 Dukes Of Knowledge 82
76 Halfway to a Threeway 80
T-77 Singing Inferno 79
T-77 Lowered Expectations 79
79 Last Call 77
T-80 Periodic Table Dancers 75
T-80 FnQ 75
82 Raiders Nation 74
83 Breakfast for Dinner 73
84 Crab Cakes 68
85 Sanford and Son 61
86 Sic Semper Tyrannus 56
87 Multiple Scorgasms 44
88 Survivors 43
89 Wolf Pack 38
90 Regulars 33
91 Long D’s 32
92 Blue Collar 10

Thank you again for a great day everyone! We genuinely appreciate you making the trip to Hagerstown, MD (some of you came all the way from FL – 🙂 ) to throw down some pub trivia with us for a few hours. Good Luck in Season 15 (which starts THIS WEEK EVERYWHERE) and we will see you at the Season 15 World Series in June!

Until then, sing it with me…