A Trivia Game 200 Million Years in the Making…

Our full Monday schedule returned for the start of 2019 with 107 teams playing Pour House Trivia across ten venues:


Monday’s game began with a trio of rather difficult bonus questions. First, we took a look at this 1980s superhero film:

Only 17% of the field earned bonus points by knowing that Sam Jones portrayed the title role in the film “Flash Gordon”. We continued with our nightly Three Clues question, as 14% of our teams earned bonus points by turning in the early correct answer of Warren Buffett. After closing the opening stanza with questions concerning Germany’s Bundestag and the Gospel According to Matthew, we saw one team earn a perfect first round score: Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s).


Monday’s audio question featured three songs for “everybody”, as we listened to “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears, and “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees. We continued with a look at the Windy City landmark:


While we began the round with pop music, we took a ‘180’ to close the round, asking our teams to name the classical composer who created “Music for the Royal Fireworks”. Only 29% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct response of George Handel. Furthermore, only six teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the piece was composed to celebrate the signing of the treaty that ended the War of Austrian Succession. As a result, four teams earned a perfect second round score: I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), High School Prom (Cheesetique), and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).


Ugly holiday sweaters and scientific achievements were the featured subjects on Monday’s halftime page. In one of the easiest halftime rounds of the season, just over half of our teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached an impressive 19.1 points. These were your highest scoring first half teams from Monday night:


Topics from Monday’s third round included words that contain consecutive ‘U’s, the novel “Sense and Sensibility”, and the economics term “bubble” (as in the “Dot Com Bubble”). We closed the third round with the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the night:

–> Which musician was credited as a lead or featured artist on four songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 2018?

While Cardi B was certainly a plausible guess, only 22% of our teams earned wagering points with this correct answer:


On the follow-up question, only five teams earned bonus points by knowing that Drake was credited as a featured artist on the recent single “Sicko Mode” from Travis Scott. For the second time tonight, Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s) recorded the only perfect score.


We began Monday’s final round with questions concerning the championship seasons of the Miami Heat, the 19th century play “Cyrano de Bergerac”, and these cartoon characters:

South Park Mr. Hat

We closed the final stanza with a three-part question featuring advertising slogans. The third slogan was by far the most difficult to identify, as only a handful of teams knew that “Greatness Awaits” has been used as the tagline for the Sony PlayStation. As a result, the final round did not yield any perfect scores. Here is your Monday leaderboard heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (26.7% success rate):

–> Which geological period of about 250 to 200 million years ago was named by a German geologist who noted that it formed distinct rock layers of red beds, marine limestone, and black shale?

Just over one-fourth of our teams earned points with the correct answer of Triassic (whose name was derived from the three types of rocks). Congratulations to We Always Come, But Never in First (DRP) and Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), who each recorded the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering question. Here are your highest soring teams at the close of Monday’s game:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Worst Cas Ontario  (Next week’s first category: Former Soviet Republics)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Periodically Under the Table  (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: “Vikings” – TV series)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Alan Rickman)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Dr. Seuss)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Nicknames of “Harry Potter” Characters)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: Spanish 101)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  His and Her Peas  (Next week’s first category: “Frasier”)

Bareburger in Atlanta, GA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: U.S. Presidents)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Blumpkin Spice Latte  (Next week’s first category: Ducks)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Hibernators  (Next week’s first category: Gold Rushes)