Peace, Love, and Monday Night Trivia!

With Spring quickly approaching, the competition at our Monday night venues is also heating up!  Four out of the top ten teams at last season’s World Series are Monday regulars, and that fact was reflected in many high scores.  But two tough questions kept many of our teams in check, and kept our games close until the exciting conclusion.  We also have two teams still clinging to the hope of running the table on an unprecedented ‘perfect season’.  Take a look at last night’s recaps:

MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (61 teams across seven venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Walking Talking Stephen Hawking (Basic Burger) and The Jeff King Experience (Il Forno) with 168

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Walking Talking Stephen Hawking with 159

–> Highest First Half Score: Del Ray Dummies (DRP) and Kitten Mittens (Basic Burger) with 90

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Many teams came close, but no team managed to land the ‘Perfect 21’ tonight.

–> Our “Name The Decade” / Movie Music halftime page played to a slightly easier average of 18.1, with about 30% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question was even easier, with just over half of our teams knowing that IHOP has recently redesigned their logo to incorporate a smiling face using the ‘O’ and the ‘P’.

–> The most difficult question of the night was not our final, but rather a third round question on historic Americans.  Only 18% of our teams arrived at the correct response to this query:

  • At the age of 20, which notable American began living by a specific set of 13 virtues, including humility, temperance, sincerity, and tranquility?  Find the answer here: www.thirteenvirtues.com

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (34.8% success rate):

–> Created by using the semaphore signals for the letters “N” and “D” (which stand for nuclear disarmament), the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has come to be known by what other name? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


 

DRP in Alexandria, VA

Tonight, we hosted a whopping 18 teams at DRP for Monday night Pour House Trivia!  For some teams, they had to take the phrase “stand and deliver” quite literally as some teams were standing and playing trivia as well consuming their food and drink.  Now that’s dedication!  And speaking of dedication, two of our most loyal players, Fred and Donna, of The B-58s celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary tonight with us.  So congratulations to them and here’s to wishing them 35 more years!

It was pure coincidence that our first question was about automobiles, which was followed by a bonus question on Pixar’s “Cars” franchise.  Then, later on we had “Johnny B. Good” playing while teams were answering a question on music from film soundtracks, including “Back to the Future”.  But, most teams managed to avoid these traps and did well.  Some of our teams also did well with our pop culture-geography questions.  Having two questions on songs with geographical titles followed by films with geographical titles really tickled some teams’ fancies.  But, it was a close game all throughout with many ties in the leaderboard all through the night.

Eventually, a question on the origin of the peace symbol led to a tiebreaker for third place.  I asked for how many total episodes of “Futurama” have there been.  TBD came up with the precise number of 140 (wow!), which secured them third-place.  That meant our medal table looked like this:

First Place:  Del Ray Dummies

Second Place:  Eat Ham

Third Place:  TBD

Next week’s first category:  the oh-so-coincidental: “Futurama”

Until next time,

~ Chris

Futurama Trivia


 

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD

Coming soon…

Next week’s first category: British Mystery TV

British Mystery TV


 

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD

It is truly great to see things taking off here at Morgan Inn as we had SEVEN teams tonight, which ties the house record, thanks again to you all for your support!  These folks were mighty efficient with round one, dealing with categories such as Pixar film series, foreign beer brewers, a headline making NBA sports record, and this “dynamic duo”… who needs Robin!

Batman Trivia

The second round was a bit tougher on everyone, with the subjects of adversity being “The Simpsons” creator’s other animated series, and our second conflict of independence from the British Empire.  After a breeze of a halftime, the third round featured some top notch baseball rookies, the history of the now defunct Radio Shack, and this 80’s primetime soap that produced quite a lot of hype in its day:

Dallas TV Show Trivia

In the final round we honored the Knowles sisters, talked a bout a new spin on horror now playing in theaters, and a lovely couple of the 1980’s that had their Valentine moment displayed for all who had the quarters to witness it:

Pac Man Trivia

Great game everyone!  Here are the results:

First Place:  Westward Ho!

Second Place:  Morgan Statio

Third Place:  Ponyboy

Next week’s first category:  Heavy Metal music

~ Ronnie

Heavy Metal Trivia


 

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD

It was nice to see a certain team FINALLY get their due at Hershey’s Restaurant on Monday!  They’ve been one of our regular teams since we’ve started here, and even though they have cracked the top 3 many times, it was great to see them finally get a “W”!  Finishing 3rd was Nobody Home, 2nd place went to Team Kodiak, and getting a well deserved 1st place was Dangerous Curves!  They picked “N.H.R.A. Drag Racing” for next week’s opening catgeory, so study up and join us this Monday at Hershey’s Restaurant for some FUN!

~ Jon J

Drag Racing Trivia


 

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

As things slowly start to warm up around here, tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia was already a hot one here at Uno Pizzeria in Frederick!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Awkward-Conversations”: That awkward moment when a father and his middle/high school aged kids are playing trivia, and the question “What does Dimebag mean?” comes up.  Not sure if it was answered or not, but still, have fun with that one dad!

In “Well-That-Just-Sounds-Creepy”: I’m not sure who was in charge of the decision, nor who agreed that it sounded like a good idea, but Forkies really shouldn’t be the name of a fandom.  Never mind that it’s the fandom for a Soap Opera.  That makes it worse somehow.

In “Tough-Way-to-End-the-Night”: Tonight’s game ended with more of a whimper than a bang. the last question of Round 4 had a lot of forced higher wagers, and no one was able to get more than one film correct.  This set us up for a wild final, that saw defensive wagering abound, only for no one to get the final right either!  How would this play out?

In third place tonight, Tequila Mockingbird!

In second place tonight, Stink Floyd!

In first place tonight, Viral Facts!

Great game tonight guys!  Next week we’ll kick things off with an 1980’s Hair Metal Bands question!  Study up and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Hair Bands Trivia


 

Basic Burger in Arlington, VA

Eight is my favorite number, and it just so happens that eight teams joined us tonight at our awesome venue – Basic Burger!  “Magic: the Gathering” started off our first round, and although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, more teams were able to answer the question than not.  Five teams correctly named horsemanship as the synonym to equestrianism.  Surprisingly the hardest question in the first round was about beer!  Only two teams correctly named Germany as the home of Weihenstephan beer, dating back all the way to 1040.  The second round progressed rather swimmingly for most of our teams, as the hardest question of the round was a bonus question on naming the company that introduced us to Almond Joy and Mounds.  Those who correctly named Peter Paul earned two extra points, which provided a bit of separation as we headed into the half.  Halftime saw half the teams roll up a perfect score by identifying decades by picture and songs that matched famous movies.

The third round included a question that only one team could answer – while many teams WANTED to name a famous Mormon leader, it was Ben Franklin who at the age of 20 began living by a specific set of 13 virtues.  The 6-4-2 question was a no-brainer for most of our teams who quickly identified IHOP as the restaurant with a smile in its logo.  The final round featured two more very tough questions for our teams.  While I remember reading “Silas Marner” in high school, I could not tell you the author for any amount of money in the world, and most of our teams felt the same.  George Eliot was the pseudonym used by Mary Ann Evans to pen the novel, and not one team could name HER as the actual author.  And even though our Bible question was multiple choice, only three teams correctly named Matthias as the apostle to replace Judas after given the multiple choice options.  Walking Talking Stephen Hawking, High School Prom, and Kitten Mittens were all in a head to head struggle going into the final.  Only teams teams correctly answered the final question – the semaphore symbols for ‘N’ and ‘D’ combined to make what is now known as the peace symbol!  Your winners tonight:

First Place: Walking Talking Stephen Hawking

Second Place:  High School Prom

Third Place:  PC Principals

Next week’s first category:  Music from the year Katy Perry was born (a.k.a. 1984)

Cheers!

~ Kate

1984 Music Trivia

 

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

This season, il Forno has had a bit of a strange occurence.  Usually a good venue for competition and unexpected endings, but for PHT Season XV, the Forno has been DOMINATED by The Jeff King Experience.  This is the former “The A-Team” who led the entire field at the World Series in January but blew their shot at the title by missing the final.  This season they certainly look to instill fear and try again to win the title, and they’d start by completely crushing the house competition.

The Jeff King Experience looked to extend it’s win streak (It’s probably up around 10 in a row now or something, yeah?)…  Tonight was a close one; it looked like they may lose the streak.  We had The Belchers and Balls of Fire make some serious noise in the first half of play, leading the field in a tie for 86 points.  Jeff King had 85 going into the second, not an insurmountable amount for them to conquer, but it was something.

The reason The JKX is so competitive week in and week out is their proficiency in the second half. When the questions get a bit more difficult, your all-star teams seem unphased and they begin to breakaway from the competition. Jeff King surely seemed to do this, picking up some solo points on questions that proved tough for the crowd, including a get on George Eliot (probably the hardest question of the night) PLUS a 2 point bonus for her real name, a 2 point bonus that no other team picked up, at least at il Forno. Not sure how that played at the other bars but it was definitely the hardest question tonight.

Going into the final, Jeff King Experience led by a single point and just needed a correct response on the final to win the game. Only 2 teams picking up the correct response on a tough final, but one was Jeff King, who answered nearly instantly when I read the question, and they’d pick up another win and continue the streak! 2nd to Balls of Fire who also picked up the final, and the 3rd place TIEBREAKER went to Dukes of Knowledge, who more closely predicted the number of episodes in Futurama. That’s a wrap, see you in a week!

Next week’s first category:  X-Games

X Games Trivia