I Can See a New Horizon at Monday Trivia!

Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 83 teams across ten venues.  Don’t forget to check the end of this blog post for the latest updates on our holiday schedule!

FIRST ROUND:

Monday’s game broke out of the starting gate with one of the most difficult bonus questions of the night.  After most of our teams earned wagering points by knowing that the world’s busiest airport serves Atlanta, only seven teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the world’s second busiest airport is located in Beijing.  Later, we looked at Three Clues for the word ‘hammer’, took in a little Vitamin D, and discussed this television character:

Murder She Wrote

Thanks to the first bonus question of the round, only three teams notched a perfect score of 36 points in the opening stanza: Wingardium Mimosa (DRP), Weasels (Uno Pizzeria), and Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include the name of a European capital city: “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon, “Vienna” by Billy Joel, and “Budapest” by George Ezra.  We continued with a look at the career of Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, the work of the Bronte sisters, and this musical:

West Side Story Trivia

In what proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the night, only five teams knew that Jerome Robbins won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for his work on “West Side Story”.  As a result, only three teams earned a perfect second round score: I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), and We’re Not Gouda At This (Cheesetique).

HALFTIME:

Brand logos and Christmas films highlighted Monday’s halftime page, which was certainly one of the easiest in recent memory.  Just over half of our teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 18.6 points.  These were your highest scoring teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

After opening the second half with a three-part question concerning Leagues (i.e. Women Voters, Legends, and Extraordinary Gentlemen), we stumped most of the field with this question in the category of baseball history:

–> Which MLB franchise won five of the first fifteen modern World Series, including the inaugural Fall Classic in 1903?

Even for our die-hard baseball fans, remembering which team won the first World Series was quite a daunting task, but the correct answer also happened to be the LAST team to win the World Series:

Boston Red Sox

Only 27% of our teams earned wagering points on this question, with just nine of those teams earning bonus points by also remembering that the team was originally named the Boston Americans.  After a visit to Interlaken, Switzerland and a look at the work of Ernest Hemingway, we saw three teams run the table in the third round: Alternative Best (DRP), Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s),  and Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

Monday’s most difficult wagering question kicked off our final round, as we asked for the shared last name of these three people:

–> He served as Attorney General under George H.W. Bush and was recently selected to serve that position again.

–> She served as a judge on “Last Comic Standing” for the show’s final two seasons in 2014 and 2015.

–> This outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings has been selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls.

Only 19% of our teams knew that all three of these people share the surname of Barr.  Furthermore, only eight teams earned bonus points by knowing all three first names: William, Roseanne, and Anthony.  After that question caused a few headaches, we appropriately followed up with a question regarding acetylsalicylic acid (or aspirin).  We closed the final round by asking about cello virtuosos and the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Thanks to the first question, Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s) recorded Monday’s only perfect score in the final round.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Mondays final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (56.4% success rate):

–> Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1985, a song subtitled “Man in Motion” by English singer John Parr served as the title song for which film?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with the brat pack hit “St. Elmo’s Fire”.  Congratulations to the six teams that recorded the Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here is Monday’s final leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

ALL VENUES ARE OFF NEXT MONDAY (DEC. 24)

GREENE TURTLE AND CHEESETIQUE WILL HOST GAMES ON DEC. 31

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Unsavories  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: Love Scenes in Film)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 31 – First category: “Rudy”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: “Pokemon Go”)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: Millard Fillmore)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Weasels  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: College Football Playoff)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  We’re Not Gouda At This  (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 31 – First category: Drag Queens)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: Brigadier Sir Nils Olav)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Big Test Icicles  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Bareburger in Atlanta, GA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: U.S. Presidents)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: Roger Zelazny)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Del Boca Vista  (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 7 – First category: “The Wire”)