A-Wop-Bop-a-Loo-Mop, A-Wop-Bam-Boom, Monday Trivia!
Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 87 teams across 11 venues.
We opened Monday’s game with a rather difficult bonus question, as only 12% of our teams knew that the longest title among Dr. Seuss books was “And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street” (which also happens to be his first published children’s book). The first round also included a three-part question regarding celebrities with colors in their names: Alton Brown, Jeff Goldblum, and Shel Silverstein. After closing the first round with a discussion of Redbox vending machines and U.S. Congresswomen, we saw five teams begin their night by posting a perfect first round score of 36 points.
Monday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three music groups comprised of sisters. Recognizing the Pointer Sisters (“I’m So Excited”) and Wilson Phillips (“Hold On”) was a breeze for most teams, but identifying the 1990s alternative rock band The Breeders (“Cannonball”) was a much more daunting task, as only 14% of the field tacked on two bonus points. We continued with questions concerning the Watergate complex and the recent WNBA finals, the latter of which included an incredibly difficult bonus question. Only ONE team (Killer Snails from Hershey’s) knew that Emma Meesseman of the Washington Mystics was named the MVP of the 2019 WNBA Finals. After closing the second stanza with a look at African capitals and actors who have portrayed Spider-Man on film, Killer Snails was able to complete a perfect second round.
Monday’s halftime page featured fictional restaurants and bars from TV shows, as well as a matching section about real-life restaurant advertising slogans. The overall average score reached a relatively high 17.3 points, but many of our teams did not realize that the drive-in from “Happy Days” was actually named Arnold’s (not Al’s, even though the character eventually bought the restaurant). Two teams avoided that speed bump to earn a perfect score of 20 points: Trivia Newton John (Bushwaller’s) and That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle). Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 88
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 88
- Trivia Newton John (Bushwaller’s): 86
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS
We kicked off Monday’s second half with our nightly Three Clues question, offering two bonus points to any team that could identify the country referenced in these two clues:
CLUE 1: Lebanon gained its independence from this country.
CLUE 2: This country sees the most international tourists per year.
Our world history buffs were up to the task here, as only nine teams earned a two-point bonus with the correct answer of France. At the same time, more than a dozen teams lost out on a wager of at least seven points with the incorrect answer of the United Kingdom. The difficulties continued for some teams on a follow-up question regarding classic film director John Huston. Other third round topics included the ‘stately’ music of John Denver, Egyptian mythology, and names that begin with the letters “LUM”. Two teams posted a perfect third round score: Trivia Newton John (Bushwaller’s) and Quiztery, Inc. (Mark’s).
Monday’s final round opened with a question on the topic of sports medicine:
–> As measured by emergency room visits in the United States, which of the following sports is responsible for the most head injuries: soccer, football, baseball, hockey, or basketball?
Though it may have seemed like a no-brainer (pun intended), football is responsible for the most head injuries among these sports. Only 18% of the field earned wagering points on this question. For the subsequent bonus question, our teams were even more surprised to learn that among those five sports, it is actually ice hockey that sees the fewest head injuries in this country. Since this statistic is based on absolute figures (as opposed to a percentage of those playing), ice hockey is last on this list simply because there are far fewer people playing ice hockey in the U.S. compared to those other sports. For the second time in Monday’s game, we saw exactly one team correctly answer a bonus question: Irregardlessly Unrelevant (Rockwell). We continued the final round with a look at the pesky insects aphids, the upcoming return of the Ford Bronco, and the African city of Timbuktu. None of our teams ran the table with 36 final round points. These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 156
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 154
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 154
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 154
- Thankful Dead (Mark’s): 154
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (70.8% success rate):
–> In 2007, a panel of recording artists voted this song as #1 on Mojo magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Records That Changed The World”, hailing the recording as “the sound of the birth of rock and roll”. Identify this song whose title was supposedly inspired by a new flavor of ice cream.
Just over two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard. None of our teams earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly. Your final Monday leaderboard included these teams:
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 166
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 166
- Vicki From H. R. (Bushwaller’s): 162
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 161
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 160
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 160
- That’s a Bingo (Il Forno): 159
- Befuddled (Greene Turtle): 157
- Hue Jackson and the Trombones (Dawg House): 156
- Spartan’s Will (DRP): 156
- Morgan Station (Morgan Inn): 156
DRP in Alexandria, VA: George Washington’s Camel (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton”)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Befuddled (Next week’s first category: “Frasier”)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Great Heathen Army (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT GAME NOV. 11 – First category: 1950s Rock and Roll – AUDIO)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: “The Current War”)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Vicki From H. R. (Next week’s first category: Musical Theater)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Fat Thor (Next week’s first category: “The Fall Guy”)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Thankful Dead (Next week’s first category: Animated TV Shows of the 2000s)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: Hue Jackson and the Trombones (Next week’s first category: Chick Flicks)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: I Say You He Dead (Next week’s first category: “Storm of the Century”)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Notch Eight (Next week’s first category: Song Title Inspirations)