Monday Trivia’s Gotta Cut Loose!
A lively group of 113 teams kicked off the last full week of June with a night of Pour House Trivia across nine locations.
Monday’s opening round began with its toughest wagering question, a three-parter where each answer also rhymed with the name of a vegetable; a round-low 28 percent of teams also scored two bonus points for getting all three parts correct. Otherwise, we had questions on The Sound of Music, varieties of sand dunes, and the My Little Pony franchise. Nine teams started strong with a perfect score in the first round.
The audio question this time around featured three acts singing about beer, which gave two-thirds of the field their wagering points. Other topics in the second round included the referee sign for a holding penalty, Nicolas Cage box-office triumphs Con Air and Face/Off, and the infomercial classic Thighmaster. As for the most difficult wagering question of the first half, we found ourselves in Europe:
- Which Baltic state occupies the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland?
Roughly 60% of our teams correctly named Estonia for their wager. A game-high 11 teams put up perfect second-round scores.
A very successful halftime sheet dealt with famous film shoes and scrambled athlete names; 43 percent of the field received all 20 possible points on the page, while the average score was 18.6! The halftime scoring break saw a lot of fantastic efforts so far in the game, led by these teams:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 94
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 92
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 90
- Mean Girls (DRP): 90
- Scranton Stranglers (Mark’s): 89
- That’s a Bingo (Il Forno): 89
We threw teams right into the deep end of the trivia pool to start the second half of play, as the first question was easily the hardest way to earn wagering points:
- Appearing in just her second feature film, which future Oscar winner portrayed young Wendy Darling in the 1990s film Hook?
Just 15% of the field knew young Wendy was portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow, while 11% added a pair of bonus points for naming Shakespeare in Love as Paltrow’s Oscar-winning acting effort. We moved on to absinthe plant wormwood, the eastern Asian Bamboo Curtain, and Olympic boxing weight classes flyweight and bantamweight. The only perfect score in this round was earned by Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP).
Monday’s 6-4-2 about the snail saw five teams name it after a single clue for six points. Just like in the previous round, the fourth kicked off with the hardest wagering query of the round:
- Though it was his 26th studio album, the 2004 release License to Chill was the first appearance atop the Billboard 200 chart for which solo artist?
We might not have had many Parrotheads in the audience, as only 29% of our groups named Jimmy Buffett as that musician. The game’s toughest bonus question was tacked onto that for good measure, since just eight teams knew that album opens with a cover of the song Hey Good Lookin’. Otherwise, the fourth round dealt with E.B. White’s contributions to The Elements of Style, a three-parter on celebrity video games, and the pasta known as vermicelli. This was the only round on Monday where no teams had a perfect score. However, these teams had the highest scores heading into the final question:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 166
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Bushwaller’s): 161
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 160
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 159
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 156
- Pursue This (Bushwaller’s): 156
FINAL QUESTION (41.6% success rate):
- The names Louise, Jack, Marie, and Milo don’t refer to anyone in particular, but they do appear in the lyrics of the title track for which 1980s film soundtrack?
A little more than two-fifths of the field knew their Kenny Loggins, as the soundtrack in question was that of the film Footloose! The lone Perfect 21 on Monday was earned by Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), the only team that answered all 21 wagering questions correctly. At the end of the night, these were the high scores for Monday’s game:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 173
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 172
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 171
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 168
- Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 167
- Mean Girls (DRP): 165
- Pursue This (Bushwaller’s): 160
- Three Idiots Walk Into a Bar (Bushwaller’s): 159
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 158
- Bombaclaats (Cushwa): 154
- FU Covid (Mark’s): 154
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bombaclaats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Red Machine (Cincinnati Reds))
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kevin Bacon Films)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Pursue This (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gay Pride)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jeopardy Rejects (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Top Gun (original) Call Signs)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: FU Covid (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Top Gun (original))
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wimbledon)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Super Mario Bros.)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: McHyder (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disc Golf)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: That’s a Bingo (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warren Zevon)