An Incredulous Monday Night of Trivia!
The first three rounds tonight proved to be no match for our teams, as we had a large portion of our field with just one or two wrong answers heading into Round 4. The game finished with a one-two punch that featured about half of our teams missing both Eugene O’ Neill and the microbiology question (see below). Only our best and brightest remained unscathed, and “Believe it Or Not”, a few hung on with a correct response on the final to claim victory. Let’s take a look at some statistics from last night:
MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (45 teams across four venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Title One Forever (DRP) with 171
–> Highest Score after Round 4: Title One Forever (DRP) with 159
–> Highest First Half Score: Stink Floyd (Il Forno) with 91
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Dire Wolves (Il Forno)
–> Only two teams scored a perfect 20 on the halftime page: Title One Forever (DRP) and Chicken McThuggets (Il Forno)
–> The 6-4-2 proved to much easier, with about 30% of our teams knowing that “Sandman” is found in both the title of a 1954 hit song, and as a character in the Nintendo game “Punch-Out!!”
–> Our toughest question of the night came just BEFORE the final, as we closed out Round 4 with a particularly vexing Microbiology question (and even included a crossword hint!). Only 18% of our teams knew this one!
– 10 Letters / 1st Letter is ‘P’: The name of which single-celled protozoan stems from the Greek word meaning ‘oblong’ or ‘oval’, likely due to its shape?
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (62.8% success rate):
–> Introduced as a comic strip in 1919, this media franchise has been adapted into an array of formats, including radio, television, and books. In addition, it currently operates more than 40 museums known as ‘Odditoriums’. What is this media franchise? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)
DRP in Alexandria, VA
After a long and candy-filled Halloween last Monday, our teams were welcomed back at DRP for another exciting night of trivia!
This week, teams were avoiding traps in our question set. A question about the capital of Australia had many teams choosing the correct answer of Canberra. Nobody fell for the trap of Sydney, but some others picked Melbourne instead. Another question about “sand saves” had most teams associate that phrase with golf, as in sand traps. However, a few teams took a dive when they tried to save themselves with beach volleyball instead.
Round 4 proved to be quite academic in content, which led to some of the scores stagnating a bit. But those who knew their protozoans and where the Bonneville Salt Flats are were able to advance their score.
For the final, those with a good ear could hear me trying to differentiate back vowel sounds, which was critical in associating “Odditoriums” with “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. Second and third place teams tied again, so we had to go to the tiebreaker of the worldwide box office revenue of the 2004 film “Hellboy”. This led to the final standings as follows:
First Place: Title One Forever
Second Place: Del Ray Dummies
Third Place: B-58s
Next week’s first category: Calculus. Hopefully, you can “derive” a good answer for this question as it may prove “integral” to winning next week.
Until next time,
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD
With Daylight Saving Time ending, the nights are getting just a little bit longer, and things are starting to get cold, just as season 14 starts to heat up! Tonight’s game featured some interesting shifts in scores, including a tiebreaker at the very end! Winning that tiebreaker by being just a little bit closer on the total box office revenue for ‘Hellboy’, third place went to Cobras (sorry Shirts and Skins!). Second place tonight went to That’s A Niner, and tonight’s winners are What Else Could It Be?!?!. Next week we start with a question about the movie ‘Dave’, which is a real movie, I promise! I’ll see you all then!
Until next time,
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD
Morgan Inn had the night off, but Ronnie will return next week’s with the first category of “Seinfeld”
Spider Kelly’s in Arlington, VA
If you thought last Monday was scary (Halloween) just try the night before the big election (GASP!) Election Day Tuesday could turn out resembling Wrestlemania XII – our first category of the night. And while “going both ways” would make an interesting title on a football roster, the answer we were looking for was actually Ironman. With some of our regulars being part of a wine meet up, it’s no surprise every team knew our odd jobs question – that a vintner sells wine!
No team aced the half time puzzle – it seems some of those actors sure have changed over the years – go Mrs. Brady! Lookin good! Only “The Other Sarah” was able to answer the bonus Broadway question in the last round, and only High School Prom answered our round 4 microbiology question correctly, pulling them ahead of Kitten Mittens after Round 4. The final question proved to be a bit easy for our teams, even putting Kitten Mittens and Helen Keller Birdwatching Society in a tie for second. “Hellboy” did not break the $100 million mark in worldwide revenue, so Helen Keller won the tiebreaker, taking 2nd. Tonight’s winners were:
First Place: High School Prom
Second Place: Helen Keller Birdwatching Society
Third Place: Kitten Mittens
Next week’s first category: Frank Sinatra
Cheers and see ya next week!
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD
What a RAGER at the Forno tonight! We saw 15 teams duking it out for the win, all of which were veterans. When we have a field of veteran teams, it really is anyone’s game PLUS I don’t have to explain the rules ?
Fun was had by all BUT I think it was the MOST fun for Stink Floyd. Stink usually plays solo BUT a special occasion with Election Day tomorrow so we saw a lot of people coming out that usually can’t make it, including 3 more members for Stink Floyd. Stink Floyd is usually a threat just as a solo team; with the addition of 3 more players, they were definitely the favorite!
Stink Floyd led at halftime, the only team to be above the 90 point mark. Round 3 hit pretty hard for most of the teams but Stink added to their lead, holding onto a 6 point advantage over the second place team.
Going into the final, Stink led by a SINGLE POINT as the 4th round played a bit tough. Direwolves closed the gap significantly and Wrecking Ball had 3rd by another single point. A tight one with one question to go! About half of the teams picked up points on the final, though of those teams, Stink, Direwolves, and Wrecking Ball all converted the final question into points. No wager changes, no surprises, Stink Floyd takes down this one! 2nd to Direwolves, 3rd to Wrecking Ball! Great game, GO VOTE, have a good day off if your job let you take the day for voting! We’re back in 1 week! Thanks!
Next week’s first category: Bridges
Buckeye + Bear
Tonight was the softest of soft openings for Buckeye + Bear. How soft was it? So soft, I hosted the entire game laying on a pile of marshmallows and cotton balls. Note: they look the same, don’t taste the same.
I was properly hazed with conflicting wording about a billiard ball color and number, but the whip-smart teams gently pointed this out to me, and I smoothed things over. No hosts were damaged during the quizzing of this trivia.
There were a couple of returning teams, and they were excited by night’s end to learn the new format. A team of latecomers, Guad Squad, fit right in, presenting me with a lovely drawing of a sow with the word “capitalism” scrawled on its belly in lieu of a correct answer. Hey, if you are going to write down a wrong answer, may as well draw a picture, write a haiku, or request a song.
The final turned out to be a stumper, because almost everyone believed that bell peppers are an ingredient in V-8. I said “almost”–Drinks on Jenn (um, not?) came out on top with that one, but they could not catch the leaders!
1st: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres
2nd: Drinks on Jenn
3rd: Tequila Mockingbird
See you back on the 21st for our official PHT start!