Monday Trivia Gives Peace a Chance!
Pour House Trivia started the week strong for 108 teams across ten area locations on Monday.
Monday’s opening round began with the toughest bonus opportunity; a question about the various brands of the Coca-Cola Company saw a little less than one-fifth of our teams also know its stock symbol, KO, for two extra points. After questions on the Franchise Four of a trio of MLB teams and the anniversary of the original Woodstock festival, we reached the round’s most difficult wagering question:
- Which 1999 romantic comedy film co-starring Julia Roberts takes its name from the affluent area of London in which the film is set?
Roughly 81% of the field got their points for naming Notting Hill. Even though this round had a generally great correct-answer rate, only three teams earned perfect scores: Team Holt (Bushwaller’s), Real Team of Genius (William Jeffrey’s), and We’ve Moved On (Ragtime).
Our audio clue provided three songs with musical acts singing about dogs in some fashion, and almost a quarter of the field named George Thorogood, Baha Men, and Carrie Underwood for bonus points. We moved on to discuss the colossal squid, the Vatican City, and Betty Crocker’s line of miniature boxed mixes for the Easy-Bake Oven. The end of the round, however, provided the night’s toughest way to earn a wager:
- Airing its episodes on the Game Show Network, which show, originally titled Best Ever Trivia Show, features three contestants going up against three trivia experts, including Ken Jennings?
That show, Master Minds, was correctly named by only nine teams in all; six of them added bonus points for knowing its host, Brooke Burns. Of that group, I Don’t Know (DRP) and Ryno (William Jeffrey’s) used those correct answers to cap off a perfect second round.
The halftime page on Monday dealt with various S-shaped logos, followed by a section where teams had to match musical acts to their song with the word Girl in the title. On average, teams scored 17.2 points and a total of 22 squads earned all 20 points on the sheet. We headed into the halftime break with these teams in the lead:
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 90
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 89
- Roosevelt’s Polio Throw (Bushwaller’s): 89
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 87
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 87
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 87
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 87
In what was easily the night’s most difficult round, there were a couple of questions that stood out as tricky asks. We rocked out early in the round:
- Which rock band, named for its lead singer, has hits that include The Diary of Jane, So Cold, and I Will Not Bow?
About 36% of our teams got Breaking Benjamin right. A three-parter on the original 1992 Olympic Dream Team and the meaning of UHF (Ultra High Frequency) preceded the round’s final question:
- Which sweet-tasting liqueur originally produced by the Tuoni and Canepa families of Livorno, Italy is golden brown in color? Its ingredients include brandy and essence of orange, but vanilla is its dominant flavor.
This question came with a multiple-choice component if teams didn’t want to answer early but even with that, just one-fourth of the field came up with the right after of Tuaca. Four teams were able to get that answer before the choices were revealed to get bonus points. A perfect score eluded each of our teams here in the third.
For Monday’s 6-4-2 about the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan, 19 teams got all six points for naming it from only the first given clue. The fourth round started with its most difficult bonus chance, where 14% of the field knew that former two-time U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld first served in that role under President Gerald Ford. Next, we had a question in the video game realm:
- Which series of Star Wars video games includes entries such as Renegade Squadron and Elite Squadron?
Battlefront was correctly named by 26% of our teams. Other topics in this round included the early theme song switch for the TV series Family Matters and the nervous system’s sympathetic and parasympathetic subdivisions. This round’s lone perfect score was reached by Bombaclaats (Cushwa). However, these were the leading scorers at the pre-final question break:
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 158
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 158
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 156
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 155
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 153
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 152
- Ryno (William Jeffrey’s): 152
FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):
- Which U.S. state capital city’s founder, William H. Willson, suggested adopting an Anglicized version of a Biblical word meaning peace to name the city?
The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, was Anglicized into the Oregon capital city name of Salem, which was named by exactly one-third of Monday’s field! The Perfect 21 did not provide any teams peace on Monday, however, as no groups were able to get all 21 wagering questions correct in the game. At the end of the night, these were the highest scores:
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 170
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 167
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 164
- Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 161
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 161
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 160
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 160
- Brain Freeze (Quincy’s): 159
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 155
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 154
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Redneck Yacht Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British TV Soap Operas)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Full House)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Legalized Gambling (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Cocktails)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Holt (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Liquors)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Calculus)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s High School Films)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s #1 Billboard Hits)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: George Washington’s Camel (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Botany)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cats (animal))
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Book of Job)