Assume the Crash Position at Monday Trivia!

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 71 teams across seven venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics from Monday’s opening round included the biographical film Straight Outta Compton, the card game Crazy Eights, and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.  A high-tech bonus question kept most of the perfect scores off of the board.  On a question regarding the SIM card in a cellphone, only six teams earned two bonus points by knowing the acronym SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module.  As a result, Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) and Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell) posted the only perfect scores in Monday’s first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question asked our teams to identify music groups with repetitive names.  We listed to Rio by Duran Duran, Rascal King by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Slide by The Goo Goo Dolls.  We also discussed pass interference in football, the former TV family drama series 7th Heaven, the Smucker’s Company, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  Three teams earned 36 points en route to a perfect second round: Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP), That’s a Bingo (Il Forno), and Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa).

HALFTIME:

Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of statues erected in honor of real life figures, while the bottom half included a ‘hidden theme’ in which every answer was also a Crayola color.  Six teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.1 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • TADA (Highline): 89
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 88
  • Talk Nerdy to Me (DRP): 88
  • Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell): 88
  • H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 87
  • Here For the Beer (Cushwa): 87

THIRD ROUND:

We began Monday’s third round with a question concerning electronic musician Moby, but only four teams earned the first bonus points of the round by knowing Moby’s only song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart was South Side, a duet with Gwen Stefani.  After a look at the fashion brand Aeropostale, we asked the two most difficult wagering questions of the night in succession:

  • Which international competition is contested every two years, pitting a team of the best male professional golfers from the U.S. against a team of golfers from nations located outside of Europe?

The Ryder Cup is certainly the most prestigious of the international team golf competitions, as evidenced by the fact that only 21% of our teams responded correctly with the Presidents Cup.  The second half of this wicked one-two punch was a question concerning U.S. Presidents:

  • In the 1880s, he was elected Mayor of Buffalo, New York.  After one year in office, he was elected Governor of New York state.  After two years in that office, he was elected U.S. President.  Identify this U.S. President.

Perhaps it is the most common misconception regarding U.S. Presidents, but the city of Cleveland is NOT named for Grover Cleveland, primarily because he was form New York.  Regardless, about one-fourth of our teams gave us this correct response.  After concluding the round with a look at the Obie Awards, we did not see any perfect scores in Monday’s third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

After Mary Poppins floated down from the sky in the 6-4-2 question, Monday’s final round featured topics such as phrases bearing the initials ‘D.D.’, the human rib cage, and the directing career of Penny Marshall.  Monday’s final round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only three teams knew that the capital of the Canadian province of Nunavut was Iqaluit.  Once again, this round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here is Monday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 160
  • H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 156
  • Legalized Gambling (DRP): 154
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 153
  • Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell): 152
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 152

FINAL QUESTION (36.6% success rate):

  • As the result of a failed 1908 demonstration at Fort Myer, Virginia, Thomas Selfridge became the first person to die as a result of which cause?

About one-third of the field responded correctly with plane crash.  For the second Monday in a row, Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) notched the only Perfect 21 of the night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 172
  • H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 168
  • Legalized Gambling (DRP): 165
  • Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP): 161
  • Gabagoons (Highline): 157
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 155
  • Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell): 155
  • The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Bushwaller’s): 155
  • Auburn Pillagers (DRP): 153
  • Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s): 151
  • Southpaws (Mark’s): 151

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Superhero Films)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Caine Mutiny – film)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Former Soap Opera Actresses)

Highline RxR in Arlington, VA: Gabagoons  (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPTEMBER 13: Presidential Middle Names)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Pepe Sylvia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Team Nicknames)