Get Off My Plane… and Go Play Monday Night Trivia!
It’s Week 4 of Season XV for Pour House Trivia, and we managed to squeeze in a few Presidential questions on this President’s Day. There are several teams within the PHT realm that deem themselves to be ‘Presidential experts’, so those folks must have been pleased with the extra helping of trivia about our Commanders-in-Chief. Would that equate to higher overall scores? Let’s find out!:
MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (45 teams across seven venues):
–> Highest Overall Score: Stink Floyd (Uno Pizzeria) with 178
–> Highest Score after Round 4: Stink Floyd with 166
–> Highest First Half Score: Stink Floyd, High School Prom (Basic Burger), Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle) with 90
–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Congrats to Stink Floyd, whose knowledge of Asian-American female architects and authors named Roth led to the only “Perfect 21” on Monday night.
–> Our Presidential-themed halftime page played to an average of 16.6, with about 10% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.
–> The 6-4-2 question was slightly easier, with 28% of our teams scoring six points by knowing the only country which borders both the Caspian Sea and China is Kazakhstan… VERY NICE! (Sorry…)
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (46.8% success rate):
–> This has taken on a few names over the years. It was known as the “Sacred Cow” for Franklin Roosevelt. For Harry Truman, it was known as “Independence”, while Eisenhower called it the “Columbine”. Since Kennedy’s time as President, it has been known by which other name? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)
DRP in Alexandria, VA
This week I had the pleasure of substituting Chris and hosting a jam packed venue at DRP. What an amazing field of expert trivia teams! The first half did not faze many of our players, as our top seven teams were within five points of each other as we concluded the first half.
The second half did spread the field a bit, but even after three rounds of play, we had our top teams separated by just three points. Going into the final question, TBD and Uncle Jack were tied with a hefty score of 154 each, but only TBD was able to turn in the correct response of Air Force One, leading to their first victory of the season. The B-58s jumped two spots on the final to take second, as did Worst Cast Ontario to round out the top three. Chris returns next week! Have a great night!
Next week’s first category: X-Men
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD
Tonight’s game had a special President’s Day themed twist to it. We had a section of the halftime page about matching Presidents to their quotes, a three clues/one President question, and even a Presidential final! The game was a rather close and exciting one, with things changing big time on that final question. We started things out with a question about Current NFL Head Coaches, which actually burned a few teams that didn’t know Belichick used to coach for the Browns back in the day.
The final question tonight caused quite a stir, as the team in the lead missed it and led to a surprising victory for one team. Third place went to That’s A Niner, while second went to The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou. The win tonight with some crafty wagering and a correct answer on the final, congrats goes to Quality Guesswork! Nice job!
Until next time,
Next week’s first category: Original 151 Pokemon
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD
Happy Presidents Day to you all and thanks again for coming out to Morgan Inn for our Monday edition of Pour House Trivia! Our first round went fairly well for the teams without much for hiccups as we moved through categories ranging from The Bible to TV cop shows. However, round two proved to be a bit more difficult as our teams struggled to remember the name of this Oscar winning actor:
Our Three Clues question also threw off a few teams who guessed in correctly on the son of one of our Founding Fathers. The half time puzzle took a “comic” approach to some classic films as well as some famous Presidential quotes, and kept the scores fairly close heading to the second half. The third round proved a bit easier, as these folks mastered ad mascots, pop music, and this 1980’s game show:
Our final round saw teams crush on the cocktail and dog breed questions, but they all got crushed on the common last name of a couple of (supposedly) well-known authors. We finished the final round with sports nicknames, as teams tried to “win one”, though not necessarily for this guy:
Thanks again for playing, here are the final results:
First Place: Morgan Station
Second Place: Men & Pausers
Third Place: Long D’s
Next week’s first category: John Lennon
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD
We had a good fight for the top spot at Hershey’s Restaurant on Monday! Two teams were tied for first place from the start until we reached the fourth round, so when we made it to the final question, both teams had a chance, depending on how they wagered and who got it right…
Finishing in third was Dangerous Curves. Playing a competitive game but finishing in second place was Shart Attack, and pulling away at the end and never letting go of their lead for teh 1st place victory was Smauglettes!!
We’ll see you next week for some fun at Hershey’s Restaurant!
~ Jon J
Next week’s first category: Meryl Streep
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD
Happy President’s Day everyone! We had ourselves a rollicking game of President’s Day Pour House Trivia here at Uno Pizzeria in Frederick tonight!
Highlights of the Night:
In “What’ve-You-Got”: The Audio question tonight was a tricky one, that even when we gave that the titles all began with the word What, teams were still having issues with it. Specifically the Beiber part though, which I am OK with people not knowing very well.
In “Come-On-Now-I-Started-It-For-You!”: I always like to joke with my teams on harder questions that it’s a good thing spelling doesn’t count on some of these because the spellings I get for certain answers are always amusing. But when I start the answer for you, give you the first three letters, and the answer you turn in doesn’t have those letters correct, I almost wanna mark it wrong at that point. Come on!
In “Did-We-Miss-The-Theme?”: The Sporty Nicknames question was one of those where if the theme part of it snuck past you, it was gonna be a difficult one. That said, who has ever heard of Wilt Chamberlain being called Big Dipper…
In second place tonight, Tequila Mockingbird!
In first place tonight, Stink Floyd!
Good game tonight guys! Next week we’ll kick things off with Indiana Jones! Study up, and we’ll see you next time!
Basic Burger in Arlington, VA
Seven teams (including two new teams) joined us at Basic Burger for our third go round at this new venue. While the opening round started as expected, our second round got a bit tougher with our the Academy Awards category. Just over half the teams could remember Christoph Waltz as the only acting award winner in a Tarantino film. Question five threw off a few of our teams when they guessed Nixon as the U.S. President portrayed by Anthony Hopkins – which he did in 1995 – however, the question asked who he portrayed in 1997 (as well as the man married to Louisa Johnson), which was John Quincy Adams.
Round three’s toughest question was about architect Maya Lin – it seems only the locals could name her as the designer of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery (since they knew she was the famous designer of a “certain” landmark in DC – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial). Round four showed who the readers were in our group – only one team listed the name shared by authors of “Divergent” and “Portnoy’s Complaint” AND their first names. At the close of round four, our top three teams were only separated by only three points. It just goes to show you how important the final wager is. Half our teams answered the final question correctly, recognizing Air Force One’s various previous names, but not the previously mentioned first and second place teams. What were the third and fifth place teams moved into first and second with the correct final answer. Here are your winners tonight:
First Place: Kitten Mittens
Second Place: BS Team
Third Place: PC Principals
Next week’s first category: Virginia Wineries
See you next week!
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD
At Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, we had a big crowd tonight as President’s Day probably sent most people to us instead of work. Teachers have a work day tomorrow too so this gave some players the opportunity to be out a bit later than they usually would. This means we saw Dire Wolves come into Il Forno to compete, something that happens only once in a while because of their schedules. Even though Dire Wolves plays well when they show, they were not the favorite as The Jeff King Experience has been red hot lately, winning three in a row to start Season XV and looking to make it a few more tonight and in the coming weeks.
It was off to a rocky start for a lot of teams. Dire Wolves missed their five-point bonus on the Geography question whereas Jeff King slipped up on a pair of movie questions, missing wager values and several potential two-point bonuses. Points left on the table by the crowd favorites left room for Chicken McThuggets and Kylo Ren and Stimpy to sit comfortably ahead for the time being.
Round 3 didn’t phase many, so it was up to Round 4 to separate these teams. Jeff King named Kazakhstan afte rthe first clue on the 6-4-2, inching one point into the lead against Dire Wolves, while Chicken McThuggets still led the entire field with five questions to go. A tough Round 4 left Chicken McThuggets behind, as it was Dire Wolves and Jeff King who held the 2nd and 1st spot going into the final question. A tough final, about 40% get rate, made for an exciting finish tonight.
Third place went to State Champs who trailed most of the game, but stayed relevant and hit the final question for a spot in the $$$! Well done! Second place went to Dukes of Knowledge, same story here: stayed relevant, hit a final that most teams missed! An exciting finish for them. Your winners tonight, and for a while now: The Jeff King Experience. Felt more like the Jeff King Inexperience with the way they played tonight BUT it still amounted in a victory. Back next week to see if they keep it up!
Next week’s first category: Vegetables