It’s a Monday Trivia Jubilee!
On Monday, nine locations throughout the area brought in a total of 107 teams ready to take on some Pour House Trivia.
A very successful opening round’s worth of wagering questions included a couple of tricky bonus opportunities. We started with a question on slang terms for home run where 47% of teams tacked on two extra points for knowing this season’s MLB leader in that stat is currently Aaron Judge. The hardest bonus question came on a query about the leprechaun, which saw just under one quarter of the field earn bonus points for correctly naming Leprechaun horror film star Warwick Davis. In total, 13 teams achieved perfect scores in the first round on Monday.
A trio of TV theme songs represented Monday’s audio question, which proved to be the toughest way to get bonus points in the entire first half; only 14% of our teams knew the themes to I Love Lucy, Knight Rider, and The Voice. As for the first half’s hardest wagering question, that fell to the forensics division:
- Which specific aspect of forensic science is divided into types such as exemplar, latent, plastic, and patent?
Almost half of the field earned wagering points with a correct answer of fingerprints. Other round-two topics included Paul McCartney’s chart-topping 80s duets with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, Tunisia’s water border with the Mediterranean Sea, and Disney’s versions of The Shaggy Dog. Your perfect teams in this round were Living the Dream (Cushwa), Tokyo Sex Whale (Bushwaller’s), and Treble Makers (Rockwell).
A little more than a quarter of Monday’s field got a perfect 20 points on the halftime sheet, which tasked players with naming ten NBA Finals MVPs and matching fictional towns to their corresponding U.S. state. The average score was a solid 17.9 points. These were the highest-scoring teams as of the halftime intermission:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Bushwaller’s): 90
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 90
- MC (Il Forno): 89
- Living the Dream (Cushwa): 89
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
Second-half trivia action kicked off with a three-parter on words with drop contained within, then the bottom really dropped out on our teams with the most difficult wagering question of the night:
- Eugene O’ Neill won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for which 1956 work, whose title references the fact that the entire story takes place across 24 hours?
That play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, was only named by 15 percent of the field. We recovered well by discussing the origin of rap group Salt-n-Pepa and the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, but a final third-round offering on Kelsey Grammer’s Emmy-winning turn as Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons also proved to be a tough get for our teams. On top of that, guessing Bob’s brother Cecil was the hardest bonus question of the night, with a 10 percent success rate. Due to that, no teams were able to score a perfect 36 points in the round.
A 6-4-2 on literary title character Othello granted 17 teams the six-point max for naming him after only one of three clues. A man legally named Santa Claus running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Alaska was the first subject of round four, followed by the steeplechase held during the Summer Olympics. We stayed relatively local for the hardest wagering query of the round:
- Ordered by General Robert E. Lee, Pickett’s Charge was a disastrous assault during which Civil War battle?
Gettysburg was answered by roughly 71% of Monday’s teams. We wrapped things up with a question on Werther’s Original candies and a three-parter on 41st-birthday boy Chris Evans. Well-deserved congrats go out to Van Buren Boys (Ragtime), the only team able to put together a perfect fourth round! Before the final question came in, these were the top-scoring teams:
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 161
- Living the Dream (Cushwa): 160
- Ryno (William Jeffrey’s): 160
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 159
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (57% success rate):
- Upon his ascension to the crown in June of 1948, King George VI abolished the title of Emperor of which geographic area?
With George VI’s reign came the end of the timeline of Emperors of India. The night’s only Perfect 21 was earned by Team Holt (Bushwaller’s), which was able to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly. These were Monday’s top teams, led by a four-way tie across three venues:
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 170
- The Dorothy Zbornak Experience (Rockwell): 170
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 170
- Roosevelt’s Throw Pillow (Bushwaller’s): 170
- Ryno (William Jeffrey’s): 168
- Twerk From Home (Bushwaller’s): 168
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Bushwaller’s): 168
- MC (Il Forno): 167
- Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 167
- Auburn Pillagers (DRP): 167
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Living the Dream (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cobra Kai)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Also a Programming Language)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Holt (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Wave Music (audio))
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: The Dorothy Zbornak Experience (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Caribbean Islands)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: June 12 Birthdays)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bart Simpson)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Smartacus (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pride and Prejudice)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: MC (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Gentlemen (film))