Grab Your Copper Mug For Cocktails and Monday Trivia!

The third week of the 2017 Summer Fling season kicked off with 51 teams playing at seven different venues.  Read on to hear about tonight’s highlights (as well as a few lowlights).  DON’T FORGET to check the end of tonight’s blog to see if your venue will be ON or OFF next Monday, July 3rd!


Our opening round began with a Triple 50/50 question with answers of either RED or BLUE: topics included the center line on an NHL rink, the background color on Weezer’s first studio album cover, and the Emperor’s royal guards in “Star Wars”.  Answers please…

NHL Hockey Rink Weezer Star Wars Trivia

Moving on to cocktails…  Not only did most of our teams know which liquor was common to the cocktails White Russian, Bloody Mary, and Sex on the Beach (vodka), more than half also knew which drink was formed by mixing said liquor with ginger beer and lime juice.  Yes, it’s a Moscow Mule, which should always be served in a copper mug:

Moscow Mule Vodka Cocktail

We concluded the round by asking about international versions of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Pixar film “Brave”, which was originally set to be called “The Bear and the Bow”.  The bonus question here asked for the lead character’s first name.  One team playing at DRP would have been stumped had it not been for a seven-year-old teammate who pulled the correct answer of Merida for a well-earned two-point bonus.

In the first round, about 20% of our teams responded correctly on all three bonus questions, earning a perfect score for the opening set.


Our audio clue featured clips from three songs in which groups of children sang background vocals.  Teams fared well with this topic, with most earning their wager and 22% picking up the two-point bonus by naming all three groups: Alice Cooper (“School’s Out”),  Cake (“Sheep Go to Heaven”), and P.O.D. (“Youth of the Nation”).  After questions on on U.S. history and MLB geography, we asked about this new competitive reality TV show:

As host Kate at Basic Burger noted, Password is Taco fit tonight’s award of “maybe we should be embarrassed how quickly we answered that question”, as they JUMPED to turn in the answer before she could even finish reading the question.  We closed with the toughest bonus question of the first half, which tested our teams after the first two clues of our Three Clues question were read:

CLUE 1: On the Wentworth scale used to classify sediment grain sizes, this grade falls between granules and cobbles.

CLUE 2: The stage name of late 1980s R&B singer Perri Reid.

Only 16% of our teams “Got the Benefit” by remembering this songstress:


With two difficult bonus questions, only Wingardium Mimosa (DRP) reeled in a perfect score of 36 points in the second round.


Bill Murray films and European capitals were the subjects of our halftime page tonight.  There was certainly one picture on this list that was by far the most difficult:

Ethan Hawke Hamlet

Seeing Ethan Hawke wearing a winter hat in a video store does not normally conjure up thoughts of Shakespeare, but sure enough, this is a frame from the updated version of “Hamlet”, a 2000 film with Bill Murray in the role of Polonius.  Needless to say, that picture eliminated the chance for a perfect score for most of our teams.  Overall, the halftime page played to an average of 15.1, with NO TEAMS able to score that elusive 20 points.  Six teams managed to notch 19 points, with most only missing the aforementioned picture.  Here are Monday’s top five overall scores after the first half:


The second half began with an NBA question, asking for the team for which Nate Archibald, Oscar Robertson, Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber, and Jerry Lucas were recently named to be the Best Possible Starting Lineup.  While about two-thirds of our teams earned their wager with the Sacramento Kings, the bonus question was a true stumper, as NO TEAM knew the name of the Kings’ current home arena: the brand-new Golden 1 Center.  Another difficult bonus question was featured in the category of From Page to Stage, asking for the author of the novel which became the source of this Broadway hit:

Phantom of the Opera

Despite more than half of our teams guessing Victor Hugo, we only awarded bonus points to TWO TEAMS (Cavs in Five from Il Forno Pizzeria and Kitten Mittens from Basic Burger) who knew that the novel “Phantom of the Opera” was penned by Gaston Leroux.  The third round also featured questions on the versatile Joan Cusack, the long career of Olivia Newton-John, and the definition of this internet slang term:



Children’s literature was the subject of our 6-4-2 question, with 31% of our teams earning six points by knowing that a rabbit is the animal that is put to bed in this classic tale:

Goodnight Moon Children's Books

Apparently, there is a one hell of a trivia player in the making at DRP, as host Chris noted that the same young player who scored points by knowing Merida also snagged six points on this question.


The final round opened with the discussion of a recent celebrity gaffe: a certain actress was caught talking smack about Steven Spielberg.  After deriding the Oscar winner for not directing any films with female leads, she quickly had to backtrack when she realized that Spielberg directed Whoopi Goldberg in “The Color Purple”.  Teams also earned a two-point bonus by remembering exactly which actress was forced to stick her foot in her mouth:

Banks Scrubs

The final round also gave us the most difficult wagering question of the night, in the category of Pardon My French:

–> Though this phrase first appeared in the Bible, its modern definition is attributed to French poet Alfred de Vigny, who used the French phrase “tour d’ivore” to describe a condition of seclusion or separation from the world.  What is the English translation of this phrase?

Only 27% of our teams correctly translated tour d’ivoire to ivory tower.  We continued the round by asking about iodine (specifically, how it is added to salt to prevent goiter), and this former South American dictator:

Pinochet Chile

About one-quarter of our teams did not need multiple choice to remember that Chile was the country led by Augusto Pinochet, earning a two-point bonus in the process.  In the final round, two teams earned a perfect score of 36 points: H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP) and PC Principals (Basic Burger).  Here are Monday’s top five overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (25.6% success rate):

–> The four most populous U.S. states all border open water (i.e. a gulf or an ocean).  The next two states on the list are considered to be landlocked.  Name BOTH of these states.

With about 11 million residents each, about one-quarter of our teams were able to come up with the correct answers of Illinois and Pennsylvania.  Congratulations to Password is Taco (Basic Burger), as the only team to answer correctly on all 21 wagering questions!  Here are the top ten scores overall:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Blade Runner”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station – NO GAME NEXT WEEK  (First category on July 10: The Beatles)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails – NO GAME NEXT WEEK  (First category on July 10: TV series “American Crime”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird – NO GAME NEXT WEEK  (First category on July 10: Commercial Truck Manufacturers)

Basic Burger in Arlington, VA: Password is Taco

** This was the final game of Pour House Trivia at Basic Burger.  Thanks to all of our regular teams for your loyal support!

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cavs in Five  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Cartoon Series “X-Men”)