Monday Trivia is Looking Auld Lang Fine!

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2024 started with a bang for Pour House Trivia! Seven teams opened their doors on the first day of the year and 71 teams showed up to claim early superiority.

FIRST ROUND:

We let ’em off easy to start the year, with a first round of questions that most teams cruised through. We noted the anniversary of Julius Caesar being deified by the Roman Senate, noshed on some chain restaurant grub, and looked back on the only two 16-over-1 upsets in March Madness men’s history: Virginia losing to UMBC in 2018 and Fairleigh Dickinson‘s defeat of Purdue in 2023. A game-high nine perfect scores were recorded in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

We played some girl-y songs for Monday’s audio question: My Girl by the Temptations, Girl Crush by Little Big Town, and Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani. We then climbed Japan’s Mount Fuji in Japan and marked back-to-back Friday the 13ths in Feburary and March of non-leap years. The toughest bonus chance in the first half came on its last question:

  • Which ABC sitcom that aired its finale in 2020 starred Randall Park as the Taiwanese owner of a cowboy-themed steakhouse in Orlando?
  • Bonus: What is the last name of the family at the center of this sitcom?

Most teams knew that sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat, but only 16% of the field knew its main family, the Huangs. In this round, Bet Smart (Cushwa), Shipwrecked (Bushwaller’s), and Fuzzy Face (Quincy’s) had perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

A tasty top half of Monday’s halftime page asked teams to identify ten desserts, such as the strudel and trifle, then match discontinued cars to their former manufacturer. Eleven teams earned all 20 points, but the average score was 16.3 points. One team hit the 90-point mark by the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

The night’s third round began with topics such as the 20th acting Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep, Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2018 election as president of South Africa, and the discoveries of Dr. Walter Reed. At the end of the round, we reached the night’s toughest bonus opportunity:

  • Identical to that of a literary title character, what was the name of Ross and Rachel’s baby on Friends?
  • Bonus: Identify the first names of both of Monica and Chandler’s adopted twins.

Many teams were able to remember Ross and Rachel’s baby Emma, but only 7.04% knew both names of the Bing babies: Jack and Erica. A perfect score was not there for you in the third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

In Monday’s 6-4-2, six teams earned all six points for naming the Atlanta Falcons as the first NFL team to beat the Green Bay Packers in a playoff game on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. It took until the fourth round to find a difficult wagering question for the majority of the field:

  • Although Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake by area, what Asian body of water with nearly 24,000 cubic kilometers of water is the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume?

Lake Baikal was named by just under a third of our teams. The round kept on with questions about 350-win pitchers Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens and Three Clues about the state of Illinois. A quartet of perfect teams played through this round: No Child Jeff Behind (Clyde’s), Warriors (Clyde’s), Bet Smart (Cushwa), and H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP). These teams were ahead of the rest after four rounds:

  • Demolition (DRP): 159
  • Creamm Teamm (Mark’s): 159
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 158
  • Bet Smart (Cushwa): 158
  • HFC (DRP): 156

FINAL QUESTION (19.72% success rate):

  • Less than one year after passing away, who was depicted in a biographical feature film and won five posthumous Grammy Awards?

Being depicted by Jamie Foxx and winning five Grammys for Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles achieved those feats after his death. The first team to achieve a Perfect 21 in 2024 was H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP)! That team was also the first overall point leader of the new year:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: No Child Jeff Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Greg Maddux)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard 2)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dave Matthews Band (audio))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SpongeBob Squarepants)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Franklin Roosevelt)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cream Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Turtles)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jackson, Wyoming) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Also a Taylor Swift Song)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sun Records)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Football Playoff)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Drunken Teachers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Literature)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dolly Parton)