Monday Trivia Really Crossed the Line!

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 56 teams across six venues.

FIRST ROUND:

It is certainly a rarity when the most difficult wagering question of the night is asked during the first round, but such was the case on Monday night, with this throwback to Saturday morning cartoons:

  • A prospective law requiring school buses to stop at railroad crossings was the subject of which three-minute animated segment of the 1970s?

Only 27% of our teams successfully recalled the Schoolhouse Rock! segment I’m Just a Bill.  Other opening round topics included the cities of Buffalo and Nashville, the recent return of ABBA, and the book Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom.  Despite the surprising result earlier in the round, eight teams began their night by securing a perfect first round score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured the work of actress Emma Stone, as we listened to clips from Easy A; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and The Help.  We also quizzed our teams on topics such as military decorations, French vanilla, the speeches of Winston Churchill, and the board game Pictionary, the latter of which included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  Only five teams knew that the Pictionary card marked with the letter ‘D’ stands for ‘Difficult’.  As a result, Pursue This (Rockwell) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

Topics from Monday’s halftime page included phrases and titles that include the word ‘FRIEND’, and chemical element etymology.  Five teams teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 14.7 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Pursue This (Rockwell): 91
  • Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell): 88
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 88
  • Auburn Pillagers (DRP): 88
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 87

THIRD ROUND:

We opened Monday’s second half with questions regarding proverbs, the animated television series The Wild Thornberrys, the Manhattan Project, and the Chinese regions of Hong Kong and Macau.  While the five wagering questions were slightly easier than expected, the three bonus questions yielded an overall success rate of less than 18%, keeping all of the perfect scores off the board during Monday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Monday’s final round looked at Olympic events, the religious order known as the Jesuits, the classic rock band Aerosmith, and caribou (or reindeer).  This numerical question combining two different topics was the most difficult wagering question of the final round:

  • Though baseball fans associate this number with Joe DiMaggio, how many men signed the Declaration of Independence?

Joltin’ Joe wore the jersey number five for the Yankees, but that was obviously not the correct answer.  Those who could remember his most notable feat earned points here, as the length of Joe’s record hitting streak (56 games) was also the number of men who signed the Declaration of IndependenceComfortably Dumb (Rockwell) was the only team to run the table in Monday’s final round by posting 36 points.  After four rounds of play, these were your highest scoring Monday teams:

  • Twerk From Home (Bushwaller’s): 160
  • Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell): 158
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 158
  • Pursue This (Rockwell): 157
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 156

FINAL QUESTION (43.1% success rate):

  • In the 18th century, which two Englishmen were hired for a surveying project designed to settle a border dispute between British colonies in North America?

Nearly half of our teams responded correctly on this final question by remembering (Charles) Mason and (Jeremiah) Dixon.  Congratulations to Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell), who earned the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Monday’s final leaderboard included these teams:

  • Comfortably Dumb (Rockwell): 170
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 170
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 168
  • H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 167
  • Twerk From Home (Bushwaller’s): 166
  • The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Bushwaller’s): 165
  • That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 161
  • Probably Last Place (DRP): 160
  • F. U. Covid (Mark’s): 159
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 159

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grunge Music)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rocky film series)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Twerk From Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: History of Burlesque)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Covid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bedknobs and Broomsticks)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Pepe Sylvia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Princess Bride)