Monday Trivia’s Anniversary Gift!
The final week of 2022 kicked off on Monday with Pour House Trivia! A total of 94 teams played across 10 locations.
A three-parter about people surnamed Murphy ended up being the most difficult bonus chance in the first round on Monday; 19% of teams added two points by getting all three first names (actor Eddie, The Simpsons saxophonist Bleeding Gums, and actor/veteran Audie). Questions about the cold desert of Antarctica and Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale preceded the last question of the round:
- Passing away 16 years ago today, who served as U. S. Vice President and U. S. President despite NOT being elected to either office?
As the toughest wagering question of the round, Gerald Ford was named by about three quarters of the field. Thirteen teams earned perfect scores in the first round on Monday.
A trio of Amy Adams films (Julie & Julia, Talladega Nights, and Catch Me If You Can) were featured in Monday’s audio question. However, a pair of questions later in the round turned out to be tricky. We talked about the animal kingdom for the first of the two:
- Named for a group of Pacific islands, what is the only breed of penguin that makes its natural habitat in a location north of the Equator?
The Galapagos penguin was named by 52% of teams. MLB stolen base kings Rickey Henderson and Lou Brock came up next, then we reached the most difficult wagering query of the night:
- Fans of R.E.M. might know that which composer served 12 years as the music director of the New York Philharmonic? He also created the music for the Broadway musical West Side Story.
Roughly 44% of our teams correctly named Leonard Bernstein. Finally, a question about Meg Whitman’s time as CEO of Hewlett Packard featured the hardest bonus opportunity in the first half, in which only 11% of teams knew Whitman recently served as CEO of failed streaming platform Quibi. The only perfect scores in this round were both recorded at Il Forno, by Dragon and Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar.
Monday’s halftime topics included photos of singers in their younger days and shared east/west borders of world nations. The average score was 15.9 points out of 20, but 13 teams went the distance to earn a perfect score. We entered the halftime break with these teams on top:
- Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar (Il Forno): 91
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 89
- Heavy Metal Parking Lot (DRP): 89
- B Squad (William Jeffrey’s): 88
- Brain Freeze (Quincy’s): 88
- Griswolds (Bushwaller’s): 88
Topics in the third round included the Francis Church quote Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, 2007 film Juno, and the Pony Express. For the round’s toughest wagering question, however, we went to the Billboard charts:
- Kill Bill and Nobody Gets Me are current Top 10 hits for which female R&B artist with a three-letter stage name?
SZA has those hits, and she was named by exactly half of the field. Once again, we had just two perfect teams in this round: Slightly Agitated (Bushwaller’s) and Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar (Il Forno).
Monday’s 6-4-2, about the Roman god Mars, was aced by five teams who named the god after just one clue. The final round of the night brought with it the two most difficult bonus questions in Monday’s game. An opening question about Dickens novel Great Expectations saw only four teams give the real name of character Pip: Philip Pirrip. Two questions later, we asked about comedienne Chelsea Handler‘s short-lived NBC series Are You There, Chelsea?, with six teams pulling out the bonus credit for knowing Handler was played by Laura Prepon on that show. An NBA question was the toughest actual wagering question here, though:
- In what became known as The Flu Game, Michael Jordan scored 37 points while suffering from food poisoning, leading the Bulls to a Game 5 victory in the 1997 NBA Finals against which team?
Jordan and the Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz in that game, and 58% of teams had that correct answer. The round concluded with Three Clues about the state of Florida. However, a perfect fourth-round score eluded the field on this night. We reached the final question with these top-scoring teams:
- Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar (Il Forno): 163
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 161
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 156
- Lone Strangers (William Jeffrey’s): 156
- Brain Freeze (Quincy’s): 155
FINAL QUESTION (7.4% success rate):
- On November 19, 1950, the Chicago Historical Society celebrated a notable anniversary by displaying all five of the original manuscript copies of what document?
Seven teams figured out that date was 87 years — or, more aptly, four score and seven years — since the Gettysburg Address was given by President Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately, no team was able to earn the Perfect 21 feat on Monday. The night’s overall leaderboard featured these squads:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 160
- Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar (Il Forno): 159
- Southpaws (Mark’s): 156
- I Love Baby Hippos (DRP): 156
- Living the Dream (Cushwa): 153
- High Maintenance (Aslin): 151
- Pimps Don’t Cry (Aslin): 146
- Lone Strangers (William Jeffrey’s): 145
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 144
- Brain Freeze (Quincy’s): 143
- Almost All-American (Il Forno): 143
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: No Problema (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ghosts of Winchester)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Living the Dream (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Game Shows)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Wednesday (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obscure Harry Potter Trivia)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Trash Bag Donuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Twister (film))
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Geography)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Lone Strangers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Radio Frequencies)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2026 FIFA World Cup)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: High Maintenance (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift Deep Cuts)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Freemasonry)