Monday Trivia Was Smokin’!

Week 6 of Pour House Trivia’s Season XVIII kicked off with 83 teams taking in a game at one of 11 Monday venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Monday’s opening round discussed the value of pi, the early exploits of Hercules, and the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa (which occurred just five days apart in 1997).  An Over/Under question resulted in both the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the first round.  With the magic number set at 38, we posed these queries to our players:

1)  In years, the age of current French President Emmanuel Macron.

2)  The number of U.S. states with more than five million residents each.

3)  The current NFL record for most points scored by one team in one quarter.

About two-thirds of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while just 13% of our teams tacked on the two bonus points by knowing all three correct responses: respectively OVER (40), UNDER (23), and OVER (41).  As a result, only five teams notched 36 first round points.

SECOND ROUND:

The film work of Steve Carell highlighted Monday’s audio question.  Bonus points were flying as our teams easily recognized the comedy films “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Bruce Almighty”, and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”.  That euphoric mood changed quickly as most of our teams struggled to remember the name of this fad item of the 1990s:

As the most difficult wagering question of the first half, only 31% of our teams earned points by remembering the Koosh Ball.  Later, we looked at the collaboration between Jay-Z and Linkin Park (“Collision Course”), the sister cities of Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain, and the recipe for Beef Wellington.  With a slightly easier trio of bonus questions, nine teams earned a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Titular film duos and foreign islands were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page.  With an average score of 17.2 points, this page yielded perfect scores to 28% of our teams.  Here is your halftime leaderboard from Monday night:

  • High School Prom (Cheesetique):  92
  • Oliver’s Army (DRP):  91
  • We Always Come, But Never in First (DRP):  91
  • Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s):  91
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  90
  • Who the F is Alice? (Flanagan’s):  90

THIRD ROUND:

Monday’s second half began with questions concerning Graves’ Disease and the film “Born on the Fourth of July”.  Next up, our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: In 1618, Adam von Sternberg and Matthew Lobcowitz survived a 70-foot fall after being thrown from a window in this city.

CLUE 2: It is the location of St. Vitus Cathedral and the tomb of Christmas carol namesake St. Wenceslas.

With most of the field playing conservatively here, only six teams recognized the details behind the Defenestrations of Prague (or knew that “Good King Wenceslas” was a Bohemian), picking up two bonus points in the process.  We closed the third stanza with a look at this Hall of Fame shortstop:

Cal Ripken

Thanks to the Three Clues question, H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP) recorded the only perfect score of Monday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After the 6-4-2 question dealt with author Washington Irving, we delved into the topics of Siberia and “Lisztomania”.  No, not the song from the alternative band Phoenix, but the actual hysteria caused by the listening to the music of 19th Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.  Apparently, this condition is often compared to the frenzy of teenage girls during the early days of The Beatles.  Seriously…   The 19th century was an odd period.  The fourth round also included a look at this recent TV cameo:

Murphy Brown Hillary Clinton

Three teams ended the fourth round on a high note, as High School Prom (Cheesetique), Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s), and Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s) each posted a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading int o the final question:

  • High School Prom (Cheesetique):  165
  • We Always Come, But Never in First (DRP):  163
  • Oliver’s Army (DRP):  162
  • Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s):  161
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  161

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (6.0% success rate):

–> About 90 percent of the world’s licorice is not used for candy, but rather as an ingredient in what non-edible consumer product?

Maybe this is a testament to the overall health of our players, but only five teams responded correctly with the answer of cigarettes.  Needless to say, the Perfect 21s were a rarity on Monday, but MAJ (DRP) and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) managed to pull off the feat.  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ  (Next week’s first category: Boston Red Sox)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Periodically Under the Table  (Next week’s first category: “The Man in the High Castle” – Season 1)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table Word Play)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Last Word / First Word – 1970s Song Titles)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: “The Craft”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Defenestrations in Films)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice?  (Next week’s first category: Famous People Named Tom)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: Launchpad McQuack)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Fookin’ Koontz  (Next week’s first category: Honeybees)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Ralf Fines  (Next week’s first category: Space X)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Piggy Doodles  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Simpsons” or “South Park”)