A Trivia Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making!

With less than a week to go until World Series XIX, Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 112 teams across 11 venues.


After opening Monday’s game with a quick trip to IKEA, we moved on to a relatively difficult question in the subject of U.S. geography.  Our teams were asked to identify either one of the two U.S. states that each border eight other states.  Only 17% of the field picked up bonus points with both correct answers of Tennessee and Missouri.  We continued with a question concerning Vegemite, which most people are familiar with thanks to the 1980s band Men at Work.  After closing the round with a Three Clues question regarding the FIFA World Cup, we saw just three teams run the table in the first round with a perfect score: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Brain Freeze (Hershey’s).


Monday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles contain the word “stranger”.  We listened to Tony Bennett sing “Stranger in Paradise”, Supertramp sing “Goodbye Stranger”, and the duo of Sam Smith and Normani perform “Dancing With a Stranger”.  Only 11% of the field earned bonus points by recognizing all three musical acts.  Other second round topics included John Deere tractors, valence electrons, the Sermon on the Mount, and the film collaborations of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.  None of our teams managed to post a perfect second round score.


Celebrities named Jack or Jackson were juxtaposed with spoken song lyrics during Monday’s halftime page.  This page yielded five perfect scores and an overall average of 13.9 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


After opening the second half with questions about the classic film “Boys Town” and the carotid artery, the third round included a pair of wicked bonus questions.  First, we asked our teams to identify three teen TV drama series based on their respective casts.  One of the three shows referenced actors Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, and Aubrey Graham.  Only nine teams knew that Aubrey Graham (a.k.a Drake) appeared as Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”.  Later, we offered bonus points to any team that could name both of the geographic entities that merged to form that modern day country of Tanzania.  While most teams picked up wagering points with one correct answer of Zanzibar, only six teams tacked on bonus points by also turning in the correct answer of Tanganyika.  As a result, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


The final round began smoothly for our teams, as they were largely successful with topics such as U.S. foreign policy, the Sex Pistols, and SeaWorld.  Despite asking a pair of difficult bonus questions in the third stanza, we saved the toughest bonus question for the end of the night:

–> If you change a letter among these words, you’ll go from the one-word name of the ancient Chinese emperor regarded as the Last of the Five Emperors to the part of the body that can suffer from painful “splints”.

Fortunately, we offered wagering points for either correct answer, so most teams earned points with the correct answer of ‘shin’.  Across the board, only three teams earned bonus points with the second correct answer of (Emperor) Shun.  For the third round in a row, none of our Monday teams recorded a perfect score of 36 points.  Here is Monday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.8% success rate):

–> “Almost Paradise”, “Skeleton”, and “Malcolm” are section titles in which 1990 best-selling novel that also served as the inspiration for a film franchise?

About one-in-six teams responded correctly with the Michael Crichton novel “Jurassic Park”.  Congratulations to the Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s), who posted the only Perfect 21 on Monday night after answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  George Washington’s Camel   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Women’s Gymnastics)

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

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: “General Hospital”)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Brain Freeze   (Next week’s first category: HOST CHOICE)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Spiritual Growth Hormone   (Next week’s first category: Popes)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: 1970s Punk Rock)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Treble Makers   (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Almost the Right Stuff   (Next week’s first category: Craft Breweries)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team   (Next week’s first category: Cocktails)

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

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  $Texas   (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia 76ers)