Monday Trivia is a Box Office Hit!
Fourteen venues hosted a game of Pour House Trivia on Monday for a total of 132 teams, which included Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA and its 18-team outing.
Another Monday game with a very successful first round saw teams ace questions on topics such as the FIFA video game series including a National Women’s Soccer League update, Three Clues about the word prime, Mary Mallon’s quarantine due to typhoid, and deep U.S. bodies of water Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe. At the end of the round, 21 teams still had perfect scores.
In honor of Mariah Carey’s 53rd birthday, Monday’s audio question played a trio of songs with titles that are also Carey song titles. About 15% of teams earned bonus points for naming all three titles: Butterfly by Crazy Town, Hero by Enrique Iglesias, and Someday by Nickelback. The toughest wagering question in the first half came next:
- Commonly associated with dessert, which six-letter French term describes the act of intentionally burning a food in order to caramelize the sugar on its surface?
While many teams answered with the term flambé, that is a different process involving alcohol; 59% of the field provided the correct answer of brûlée. From there, we had questions about the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan 90s film trifecta of Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, the various adventures of literature’s Robinson Crusoe, and the former HBO series Silicon Valley. A half-dozen perfect team scores were recorded in this round.
For director Quentin Tarantino’s 60th birthday, the top half of Monday’s puzzle page showcased ten Tarantino films. The bottom section asked teams to match world nations to a corresponding neighboring country. Teams averaged a 16.5 out of 20 on this one, with 27 squads able to score all 20 points. There was a two-way perfect tie at the top of the halftime standings:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 92
- 13th Graders (DRP): 92
- Dr. No (Clyde’s): 90
- Cream Team (Mark’s): 90
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 89 POINTS
After a three-parter in which each answer contained the word Suddenly, teams were treated to the third round’s most difficult wagering chance:
- The only Confederate soldier convicted of war crimes was Henry Wirz, who was executed for commanding which infamous Civil War prison in Georgia?
Roughly 47% of teams knew Wirz commanded Andersonville Prison. We followed that up with Monday’s trickiest bonus opportunity; on a question about O’Reilly Auto Parts, just five teams knew the company is headquartered in Missouri. The only team to put together a perfect third round was Dr. No (Clyde’s).
We gave a trio of clues about the Orange Crush soft drink brand for the 6-4-2, in which 11 teams named it from the first clue for all six points. It took until the very end of Monday’s last round to get to the hardest wagering question of the game, a three-parter about Constitutions:
- 1) Isaac Hull was the captain of the USS Constitution during which war?
- 2) Our Constitution consists of a Preamble, 27 Amendments, and how many articles?
- 3) The Journal-Constitution is the daily newspaper in which major U.S. city?
Only 45% of teams had at least two of the three right answers, which were the War of 1812, seven Articles, and Atlanta; 9.8% of the field gave all three for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included famous rock drummers John Bonham and Keith Moon, the Bear in the Big Blue House, and the perpetually happy nation of Finland. This round’s perfect teams were H.R. Puf ‘n’ Stuf (DRP) and Killer Snails (Quincy’s). We again had two teams in a tie atop the leaderboard before the final question:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 163
- H.R. Puf ‘n’ Stuf (DRP): 163
- Dr. No (Clyde’s): 161
- 13th Graders (DRP): 160
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 157 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (54.55% success rate):
- By taking the singular form of the team’s name, which MLB team name is also the one-word title of a 21st century film that earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination?
Taking the singular of MLB’s Tampa Bay team will get you the film title Ray. Unfortunately, no team was able to put together a Perfect 21 effort in Monday’s game. Final scores were led by these teams:
- H.R. Puf ‘n’ Stuf (DRP): 175
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 175
- How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 169
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 167
- Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 164
- Slainte (DRP): 164
- A-Team (DRP): 164
- Twerk From Home (Il Forno): 163
- Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 163
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 163
- Witiots (Bushwaller’s): 163
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Say It Again (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cat Litter)
Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Dr. No (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heavy Metal Bands)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hoosiers)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puf ‘n’ Stuf (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yalta)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Satchel of Richards (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Submarines)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Current Formula One Drivers)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avatar: The Last Airbender (film))
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cougar Town)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: IPA Lot (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends Guest Stars)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Chess Championships)
Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Space Jam (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Star Trek)
Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Bee Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Folk Heroes)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrinking)