Monday Funday with Pour House Trivia!
The PHT blog is back! Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 76 teams across seven venues.
Opening round topics from Monday night included the products of the Boston Beer Company and television characters with numerical nicknames. We celebrated an anniversary of sorts by remembering that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (exactly 107 years ago) sparked the start of World War I. We closed the first round by traveling to the African country of Sierra Leone, whose name essentially means ‘Lion Mountains’ in Portuguese. That final question provided us with the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as only 21% of the field knew that the capital of Sierra Leone is Freetown. Four teams stormed out of the gate by posting a perfect first round score: Wingardium Mimosa (DRP), Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), Burning Dog Poo and the Human Response (Rockwell), and Southpaw Fish (Il Forno).
The second round featured a slightly easier set of questions than our opening stanza. We began with an audio question that asked our teams to identify musical acts singing about running, before moving on to nursery rhymes, alloys, baseball scorekeeping, and the film work of actor Tom Hulce. Eight teams earned a perfect second round score by posting 36 points.
U.S. landmarks and numerical musical groups were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page. About one-third of the field posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached a healthy 17.7 points. These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 92
- Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s): 90
- Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 89
- Going Postal (DRP): 89
- Hoosier Daddy (Highline RxR): 89
- Southpaw Fish (Il Forno): 89
Shortly after opening the second half with a Triple 50/50 question about Football Hall of Famers, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:
- Last week marked the premiere of a Disney Plus show based on a series of young adult novels written by Trenton Lee Stewart. For your wager, you can either identify this show or name its lead actor.
Only 12 teams earned wagering points on this question by identifying The Mysterious Benedict Society or its lead actor, former Arrested Development and Veep comedian Tony Hale. After that speed bump, the third round progressed rather smoothly, as most of the field easily answered queries about Trinity College in Dublin and the human jawbone. Despite the difficult TV question, Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s) posted a perfect third round score.
Before diving into the final round, we asked a rather difficult opening clue during the 6-4-2 question, as only three teams were bold enough to earn six points by knowing that Pennsylvania recently overtook Illinois as the fifth-most populous state in the country. We immediately continued with the most difficult bonus question of the night. After the vast majority of the field earned wagering points on a question about the classic horror film Poltergeist, only four teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that a 2015 remake version featured Sam Rockwell in the lead role. Other final round topics included Lynchburg Lemonade, famous Larrys, the Rough Riders cavalry regiment, and the spoken word song Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen). Thanks to the first bonus question of the round, none of our 76 teams managed to sweep the final stanza with a perfect score. Here is Monday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:
- Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 161
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 161
- Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP): 160
- Hoosier Daddy (Highline RxR): 158
- Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s): 157
FINAL QUESTION (10.5% success rate):
- Which river of about 1,600 miles flows past 29 cities with populations of more than 100,000 people each?
Though most of the field headed towards the most densely population region of the world, only eight teams gave us the correct response of the Ganges River. Congratulations to Wingardium Mimosa (DRP), who posted the only Perfect 21 of the night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:
- Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 173
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 163
- Smarty Pints (Highline RxR): 156
- Hoosier Daddy (Highline RxR): 153
- Treble Makers (Rockwell): 152
- Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s): 150
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 149
- Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP): 148
- Gordon Bombay’s School for Single Moms (Il Forno): 144
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 143
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Wingardium Mimosa (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One Drivers)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Cheeky Bastards (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s One-Hit Wonders)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rudyard Kipling Poems)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Treble Makers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: My Little Pony)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Audrey Hepburn Films)
Highline RxR in Arlington, VA: Smarty Pints (FIRST CATEGORY ON JULY 12: Art History)
** NO TRIVIA AT HIGHLINE ON MONDAY, JULY 5 **
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Gordon Bombay’s School for Single Moms (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mighty Ducks Film Series)