Blergh! It’s Monday Trivia!
The return from the holiday weekend brought in 88 teams across 11 Pour House Trivia venues.
The first question of Monday’s game asked about the ancient Egyptian King Tut, but for the first bonus question, most of our teams struggled to remember the exact spelling of the boy king’s full name. Actually, there are two acceptable spellings: Tutankhamen or Tutankhamun. Other opening round topics included tonic water, Three Clues for the word ‘mantle’, and the recent film release “Doctor Sleep”, which serves as a sequel to the classic horror film “The Shining”. Seven teams began their night with a perfect first round score.
Monday’s audio question was asked in the style of a Triple 50/50, as our teams determined whether each of three songs was being sung by Madonna or Lady Gaga. Later, we discussed the board game Scene It?, Papal history, and the various adaptations of the Michael Crichton novel “Westworld”. The final query of the second round gave us the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the first half, as only 24% of the field knew that the New Orleans Saints recorded nine sacks (four by Cameron Jordan) en route to a 26 – 18 victory on Thanksgiving Day last week. Two teams notched a perfect second round score: We Rarely Finish First (DRP) and Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s).
Monday’s halftime page depicted celebrities with common adjectives as surnames (e.g. Howard Stern, Amy Smart, Jonathan Quick), while the bottom half featured a matching section concerning foreign cities. Six teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 14.9 points. These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 91
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s): 90
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 89
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 89
- Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s): 89
We kicked off Monday’s second half with a three-part question in which each answer contained the name of a Thanksgiving Day food. We continued with a look at nerve cells, the Rolling Stones album “Sticky Fingers” (and its cover designer Andy Warhol), the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and MLB mascots. In a bit of an anomaly, the third round yielded the most perfect scores, as nine teams earned 36 points in Monday’s third stanza.
After a trip through Ohio in the 6-4-2 question, the final round featured a question regarding the fictional pachyderm Babar, who (to the surprise of many players) married his cousin Celeste. After a look at American beers and classic film actor W. C. Fields, we closed the fourth round with the most difficult bonus question of the night. We asked our teams to name any two of the three Canadian provinces designated as the Maritime Provinces. Despite the fact that it encompasses a large island, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador was NOT one of the answers. Instead, the maritime provinces are New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Only seven teams earned bonus points with all three correct answers. Those missed bonus points were the only sticking point for the field, as all seven of those teams completed a perfect final round. Here is Monday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 166
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 166
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s): 163
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s): 163
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 161 POINTS
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (38.8% success rate):
–> Airing for seven seasons starting in 2006, which TV series initially used the tag line “Work can be such a production”?
Nearly two-fifths of the field gave us the correct answer of “30 Rock”. Congratulations to Irregardlessly Unrelevant (Rockwell) who recorded the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly. These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s): 175
- Irregardlessly Unrelevant (Rockwell): 170
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 169
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 169
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 166
- Les Quizerables (Dawg House): 164
- That’s So Clasvin (Greene Turtle): 164
- Morgan Station (Morgan Inn): 160
- D. C. Swampers (Hershey’s): 158
- Morgan Inn (Morgan Inn): 157
- Cheese Wizzes (Mark’s): 157
DRP in Alexandria, VA: George Washington’s Camel (Next week’s first category: “Futurama”)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” Holiday Special)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Morgan Station (Next week’s first category: Duke Ellington)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – TV special)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: Egyptian Mythology)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Ya Done Messed Up A-A-Ron (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Irregardlessly Unrelevant (Next week’s first category: “Knocked Up”)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Darts (Next week’s first category: World War II)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: Les Quizerables (Next week’s first category: Korean War Battles)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: I Say You He Dead (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings” Films)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Notch Eight (Next week’s first category: Dangerous Toys)