Monday Trivia was a Labor of Love!
A reduced Labor Day schedule brought 52 teams to six area venues for a Monday evening of Pour House Trivia.
We began with a Labor Day three-parter, followed by a question on New England states Massachusetts and Maine as well as the Pledge of Allegiance. The end of the round featured its hardest wagering question:
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrayed an orphaned child in the remake version of which Disney sports film?
JGL was in the film Angels in the Outfield, correctly named by 55% of teams. Five also received bonus points for naming that movie’s two future Oscar-winning actors Adrian Brody and Matthew McConaughey. Each of those five teams also recorded perfect first-round scores.
Monday’s audio question involved three songs with the title Heartbreaker; while 84% of teams knew at least two of the three solo artists, a round-low 32% named the trio of Pat Benatar, Mariah Carey, and Justin Bieber for bonus points. Later on, we reached the most difficult question of the night:
- If it were more scientifically accurate, which line of salad dressings should be called furcula?
Furcula is the scientific name for the Wishbone, which two-fifths of the field knew for wagering credit. A game-high six teams had perfect scores in the second round.
Players had to spend halftime naming famous films by silhouetted screencaps, then match Greek deities to their Roman counterparts. Five teams earned all 20 points on this page, which carried an average score of 15.3 points. At the halftime break, this was the top of the leaderboard:
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 89
- Maya’s Gang (Ragtime): 87
- Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 87
- Satchel of Richards (Rockwell): 87
- Blaine (Bushwaller’s): 86
After a question about Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax began the third round, teams encountered the hardest wagering question in Monday’s second half:
- Passing away in 2017, former U.S. Navy pilot Gene Cernan is the 12th and most recent person to have accomplished which feat?
Cernan was, as of now, the last person to walk on the moon. That answer had a 42% success rate. Other topics in this round included the Taylor Swift single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together from the album Red, the Los Angeles Dodgers uniform patch to commemorate broadcaster Vin Scully, and a three-parter about actor Michael Keaton. The only perfect scores here went to Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa) and Blaine (Bushwaller’s).
Almost 60% of the field earned all six points on Monday’s 6-4-2 about composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The fourth round kicked off with the night’s hardest bonus chance; a question about who played the respective title role in the 1980s and current version of TV’s The Equalizer saw only three teams name both Edward Woodward and Queen Latifah. This round’s most difficult wagering question, however, was some trivia about trivia games:
- According to the standard rules, what is the minimum number of questions one must answer correctly in order to win a game of Trivial Pursuit?
With some lucky rolls, you can win by landing on each of the six pie-piece spaces, then returning to the center and answering one final question on turn number seven. Exactly half of our teams got that one right. Round four’s only perfect team was Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell), which challenged for the top overall spot in the standings before the final question:
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 164
- Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 163
- Blaine (Bushwaller’s): 158
- Danielle Had an Idea (Ragtime): 157
- All the Beavers and a Merkin (Rockwell): 157
FINAL QUESTION (9.6% success rate):
- More than a century after becoming the first English-language author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, who remains the youngest recipient in the history of the category?
On a tough final question, only five teams had the right answer of Rudyard Kipling, who was just 41 years old in 1907 when he earned that honor. Partly due to that, there were no Perfect 21 teams on Monday. The final scoreboard ended up like this:
- Danielle Had an Idea (Ragtime): 165
- Ryno (William Jeffrey’s): 164
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 161
- Mr. Boogedy (Cushwa): 160
- Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 156
- Average Joes and Classy Hoes (Cushwa): 151
- All the Beavers and a Merkin (Rockwell): 148
- Blaine (Bushwaller’s): 146
- TBD (William Jeffrey’s): 144
- Yopp (Ragtime): 143
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Capybaras (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World of Warcraft)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Banksy)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Blaine (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Blaines)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Theme Parks)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tolkien Works)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Danielle Had an Idea (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Archives)
Shooters Sports Bar in Springfield, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mafia Films)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paper Girls)