Monday Trivia Bundles Up!
On Monday, 143 teams showed up at one of Pour House Trivia’s eleven locations to prove their trivia might, led by Ragtime in Arlington, VA which brought in 23 teams.
Another Monday, another group of teams cruising through the opening round’s set of questions! We discussed the 25th anniversary of the release of the James Cameron film Titanic, the Christian Advent season, and Three Clues about Cupid. The only speed bump our teams encountered came at the end of the round on this question:
- Mountain ranges such as the Apennines, the Carpathians, and the Pyrenees are all found on which continent?
Figuring out those ranges are in Europe was no issue, but knowing which country the Apennines are located in was no small feat; just 27% earned bonus points for answering Italy. With that, 23 teams turned in perfect first-round scores.
The most difficult wagering try in the first half came on Monday’s audio question in which teams had to identify vocalists singing Christmas songs. About 56% were able to get at least two of the trio for wagering points, but only 23% named Freddie Mercury, Adam Levine, and Gwen Stefani for those two extra points. From there, we figured out non-dairy ways to get your calcium, tracked Aaron Judge‘s return to the New York Yankees, and defined the carpetbagger trend after the U.S. Civil War. The round closed with this question:
- Since they were not considered to be important characters during the show’s first season, which two castaways were originally left out of the lyrics to the Gilligan’s Island theme song, and were simply referred to as the rest?
Around 59% of our teams earned their wager for naming either the Professor or Mary Ann. This round featured nine perfect teams.
Holiday films such as It’s a Wonderful Life and some nifty gifties from The Twelve Days of Christmas comprised Monday’s halftime sheet, in which 38 teams had perfect scores and the average team put up 17.1 points. These teams lit up the scoreboard before the halftime intermission:
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 92
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 91
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 90
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 90
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 90
We began the third round with a three-parter where each answer was a European capital city; on this one, about 56% were successful with their wagers while a round-low 13% knew all three answers for bonus credit. The toughest question of the round came later on:
- The Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls was based on Hemingway’s experiences working as a journalist in what war that had concluded the previous year?
Just over half the field were right to answer the Spanish Civil War; 21% got their bonus for getting within three years of the novel’s debut year of 1940. A Last Word/First Word music question mashed together two early-90s titles to create Nothing Compares 2 U Can’t Touch This after that, and we ended this round with a trip to the Battleship board to sink your carrier in five hits. Two teams had perfect scores in this round, both from Ragtime: Donner Party Planners and Washington Redskins.
Only four teams achieved a six-pointer in Monday’s 6-4-2 about the song Joy to the World. The last round of the night began with a partial list of America’s Got Talent winners, followed by the question which turned out to be the most difficult in this game:
- Also starring Mary Tyler Moore, the 1969 drama film Change of Habit marked the 31st and final acting role for which box office superstar who also recorded most of the songs on the film’s soundtrack?
That was the final film role for Elvis Presley, which 23% of teams got right. By far the hardest bonus chance came next on a question about the poinsettia, in which only four teams knew that the plant’s colorful leaves are known as bracts. The round wrapped up with questions about the championship (and playoff) drought of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and a three-parter where each answer contained the letters PUG. Another round with just two perfect scores saw Legalized Gambling (DRP) and Killer Snails (Quincy’s) achieve the feat. With only one question left to be asked, these teams were ahead:
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 166
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 164
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 161
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 157
- Donner Party Planners (Ragtime): 157
FINAL QUESTION (54.5% success rate):
- In the late 19th century, three men bearing the respective surnames of named Day, Voorhees, and Bradley founded a brand whose flagship product is which type of clothing?
Those men were the D, V, and B in the company BVD, which specializes in underwear. Monday’s Perfect 21 teams were That’s So Clavin (Cushwa) and Donner Party Planners (Ragtime), each recording correct answers for all 21 wagering questions. Final scores were topped off by these teams:
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 170
- Donner Party Planners (Ragtime): 169
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 169
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 168
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 168
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 168
- Washington Redskins (Ragtime): 168
- We Trivia Good (William Jeffrey’s): 168
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 167
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 166 POINTS
Monday’s honorable mention goes out to Legalized Gambling (DRP), which played over the maximum limit of seven players for prize winnings, but racked up 173 points in the process.
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Ameribrits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: FIFA World Cup)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Best Original Song Oscar Winners)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Pursue This (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Queen (audio))
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Satchel of Richards (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reboot (TV series))
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: We Trivia Good (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boxing Day)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Planners (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2026 FIFA World Cup)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Old and Slow (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Walking Dead)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wednesday (TV series))