Quote Monday Trivia on This!
The workweek kicked off with a Monday night brought to you by Pour House Trivia, played by 144 teams at 12 venues. Aslin Beer Co led the way with a 22-team event. We expanded our Monday offerings to Sterling, VA, with the aptly-named Rai’s Pour House running its first PHT game!
Our teams cruised through the opening round offerings on Monday evening. We discussed the rum featured in the Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, Usain Bolt‘s world records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Rugrats cousins Angelica and Tommy Pickles. In all, 35 teams recorded perfect scores in the round.
The most difficult wagering opportunity in Monday’s first half came on the audio clue, where we played closing scenes from three different films. Only two-fifths of the field named two of the three movie titles, while 15% knew all three: The Silence of the Lambs, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Watchmen. From there, we had questions about the EpiPen hormone epinephrine, least-populous New England state capitals Augusta and Montpelier, and various beauty social media influencers. The round wrapped up with this music question:
- Which two members made up the hip hop duo responsible for the song Thrift Shop, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 exactly 10 years ago today?
About 22% of the field earned bonus points for naming both Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This round featured seven perfect teams.
At halftime, teams had to identify sitcoms named for their stars (such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and That’s So Raven), then match Nobel Prize-winning authors to their country of birth. A tricker puzzle page ended up with a 14.4-point average score and nine perfect 20-point teams. Even so, one team posted a perfect score at the halftime break:
- Seven Deadly Sins (DRP): 92
- Team Blaine (Bushwaller’s): 92
- Just Guessing (DRP): 90
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 90
- BDSMRT (Bushwaller’s): 90
A rarity for a Pour House Trivia game, the third round was pretty easy overall! We started with a question about the U.S. presidential pairs who were relatives but not father and son: cousins Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, and grandfather and grandson William and Benjamin Harrison. After that, we compared fictional companies:
- Which fictional company is the American equivalent of the fictional British company
If you’re a fan of The Office, you’d have easily known Wernham Hogg is the U.K. company on that show, while it’s U.S. equivalent is Dunder Mifflin. Other topics included the high temperatures on Venus and wine gods Bacchus and Dionysus. An astounding 48 teams earned perfect scores in the third round!
Only nine teams earned the full six points by naming the squirrel after just one clue in the 6-4-2. The final round of the night started with the toughest way to earn bonus points:
- With a nomination (and win) for Fences, who is the only African American actress to have received four career acting Oscar nominations?
- BONUS: Her most recent nomination was from which film?
Recent EGOT winner Viola Davis was the main answer, but only 8.2% of teams knew her most recent Oscar nomination was for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. We soldiered on to the least successful wagering question:
- Which retired quarterback and current CBS sportscaster was the first to appear in the I’m Going to Disney World! commercials after winning MVP honors at Super Bowl XXI?
Phil Simms was named by a game-low 39% of the field. Questions about rock band Linkin Park and the Mensa organization preceded the night’s Three Clues, this time about the word Winger. On that, just 11% of our teams named it before the final clue to get bonus points. This was the only round on Monday in which no perfect team scores were recorded. That all led us to the final question, with these teams in the lead beforehand:
- Seven Deadly Sins (DRP): 163
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 162
- 13th Graders (DRP): 160
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 159
FINAL QUESTION (26.39% success rate):
- If he has a conscience, he will suffer for his mistake is a quote which alludes to a murder committed in which novel first published in the 19th Century?
We almost got to a 25% success rate with the novel Crime and Punishment. Two teams earned the Perfect 21 achievement by giving right answers to each of the night’s 21 wagering questions: Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) and Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s). At the end of the night, these were the top-scoring teams:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 174
- 13th Graders (DRP): 172
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 171
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 171
- Witiots (Bushwaller’s): 171
- Wagering Pi (Cushwa): 170
- Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 169
- I Don’t Know (William Jeffrey’s): 168
- Twerk From Home (Il Forno): 168
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Bushwaller’s): 168
Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: ON HIATUS (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: NFL Stadium Names)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Wagering Pi (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Super Bowl (49ers or Cowboys?))
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word First Word)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elvis Presley)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mathematicians)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Platter (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Beths)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: McHyder (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Red Dead Redemption 2)
Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Shaw Hoes (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SpongeBob SquarePants)
Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: We Need a Snow Day and a Raise (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Capitals)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hamilton)