It Was the Best of Times at Monday Trivia!
A total of 97 teams across nine venues kickstarted their week with a Monday night playing Pour House Trivia.
Monday’s opening round got a little mythological with a question dealing with creature-feature answers Dungeons & Dragons, Interview with the Vampire, and Danny Elfman. The easiest question of the evening came at the end of the round as 92.7% of teams were able to name either of voice actor H. Jon Benjamin’s animated title roles as Bob Belcher on Bob’s Burgers and Sterling Archer. The toughest question of the round took a trip to Studio 54:
- With hit songs such as “MacArthur Park,” “Last Dance,” and “Bad Girls,” which singer that passed away in 2012 was known as the ‘Queen of Disco’?
Just over two-thirds of the field correctly identified the late Donna Summer as the aforementioned Queen of Disco, while 27.8% of teams picked up the bonus two points by naming Hot Stuff as the missing solo number-one single in her discography. Ten teams were game enough in the first round on Monday to post a perfect 36 points.
We were in a celebratory mood for Monday’s audio question, it was actor Matthew Broderick’s Sweet 60! Three of Broderick’s films (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Lion King, and Election) were played in his honor. Other second round topics on Monday included rhyming state capitals Austin and Boston, pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Benjamin Spock, and the commonly-misspelled element fluorine. The end of the second round brought the most difficult question of the first half and the toughest bonus question of the entire night; a little less than half the field correctly named either North Carolina State or Louisville as the pair of ACC schools that got a #1 seed in this year’s NCAA D-1 Women’s Basketball Tournament, and only five teams secured the bonus by naming both. No teams on Monday were perfect in the second round.
There was a mystery theme on the top half of Monday’s halftime page, with teams asked to identify pictures of things that are also names of Spider-Man villains, while the bottom half matched alcohols to their main ingredient. The average score for the Monday halftime sheet was 14.8, while five teams were able to score a perfect 20. At the halftime intermission, these were your leading teams:
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 90
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 90
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 89
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 89
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 89
The third round questions on Monday had to do with superheroes The Thing and Green Arrow, a Three Clues set about the Spanish Inquisition (that surely nobody expected), and the inspiration behind the title character’s name in the Legend of Zelda video game series. Our teams were prepared for this round, notching a 70.1% overall correct-answer rate, but the most difficult question of the round dealt with science fiction films:
- Which 2001 science fiction film is currently the only professional film produced, directed, and written by Steven Spielberg?
To date, the only film Spielberg was a triple threat with is A.I. Artificial Intelligence, which 53.6% of the field named correctly. Five teams faced the third round and came away victorious with a perfect score.
The 6-4-2 before the fourth round was a doozy; 55% of teams zeroed out on the clues about the grapefruit, and many teams incorrectly guessing pineapple after a clue about the fruit’s name containing the name of a different fruit. We started the fourth round with a relatively easy question that carried the toughest bonus question of the second half: more than three-quarters of our teams were right to name Merida from Brave as the only official Disney princess with brothers, but only eight teams recalled either Hamish, Hubert, or Harris as the names of any of those siblings. Other fourth round topics were the African nation of Namibia, the MLB league-hopping Houston Astros, and Iron Chef America. Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) was the only squad able to post a perfect 36 in the round. After four rounds of play, Monday’s overall leaderboard included these teams:
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 164
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 161
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 161
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 160
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 159
FINAL QUESTION (62.9% success rate):
- Though its opening line is much more well-known, what 19th Century novel’s final line is, “It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known”?
That novel was indeed A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, which over three-fifths of the field correctly named. There was aPerfect 21 party Monday night at DRP; six teams from the game there answered every wagering question correctly, which resulted in a takeover on the Monday night leaderboard. These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 174
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 173
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 173
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 171
- Chicken Fingers (Bushwaller’s): 169
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 168
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 167
- Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP): 165
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 164
- Moose Killers (Mark’s): 163
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saved by the Bell (original))
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 21st-Century Oscar-Winning Directors)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Chicken Fingers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alcohol)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Native Maryland Trees)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Law & Order: SVU)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Breadloaf (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bread)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L. Halper (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: People Named David)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Friendship is Magic (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weezer)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Danny Elfman (audio))