Spare Some Loose Change at Monday Trivia!

Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 104 teams across 11 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Our Monday teams had to be on their toes early in the game, as the first bonus question of Monday’s game was also one of its most difficult.  Only 21% of the field knew that Paul Newman portrayed Billy the Kid in the film “The Left-Handed Gun”.  The opening stanza continued with questions concerning camels, the game of darts, and fictional female characters named for months (April Ludgate from “Parks and Recreation”, June Cleaver from “Leave It To Beaver”, and Aunt May Parker from “Spider-Man”).  Three teams began their night with a perfect first round score: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP), Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), and Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Our teams breezed through Monday’s audio question, which featured three singers who are best known by their middle names.  We listed to James Paul McCartney, Troyal Garth Brooks, and Robyn Rihanna Fenty.  After answering questions about Antarctica and the Solar System, our teams encountered the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> The coloring and flavoring syrup grenadine derives its name from the French word “grenade”.  For your wager, what fruit’s name is the English translation of the French word “grenade”?

Maybe we had too many beer drinkers (and not enough cocktail drinkers) in the crowd, because only 24% of our teams gave us the correct response of pomegranate.  We closed the first half with another difficult bonus question, as 17% of our teams could name both Tennessee Titans running backs Chris Johnson and LenDale White as the “Smash and Dash” duo of the late 2000s.  Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

For Monday’s halftime page, our teams were asked to identify major award statuettes from various fields.  While the Oscar, Grammy, and MTV Video Music Award were easily recognizable, the Peabody and the Pulitzer were not.  Numerous teams posted a score of 19 points, but a perfect score eluded the entire field, as the overall average landed at just 14.4 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

After opening Monday’s second half with a three-part question regarding world geography, we posed the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Running on NBC for two seasons, which series starring Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee revolved around a fictional New York City theater community and specifically the creation of a new Broadway musical?

This might explain why the show was cancelled after two seasons.   Despite the fact that this drama premiered just seven years ago, only 22% of our teams could recall the (perhaps ironic) title “Smash”.  Most of our teams bounced back nicely with questions about the film “Midnight Cowboy” and the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine.  We closed the third round with a rather difficult bonus question, as only 12% of the field knew that the Las Vegas variety show “Absinthe” can currently be seen at Caesars Palace.  MAJ (DRP) was the only team to sweep Monday’s third round with a perfect score of 36 points.

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Monday night included the Billy Joel song “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, the scientific measurement of the decibel, and the gold medal performances turned in by Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics.  The latter question provided the most difficult bonus question of the round, as only 13% of the field knew that Thorpe’s performance took place in Stockholm.  Even after closing the round with a relatively easy Three Clues question about the city of Damascus (both in Syria and Maryland), only three teams posted a perfect final round score: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s).  Here is Monday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (26.9% success rate):

–> Among the seven pieces of currently circulating U.S. paper currency and the five current U.S. coins priced less than $1, what is the total amount of money you would have if you only had a single piece of each currency that pictured a man born before 1800?

Just over one-fourth of our teams gave us the correct answer of $133.30: the bills include Franklin ($100), Jackson ($20), Hamilton ($10), Jefferson ($2), and Washington ($1), while the coins include Washington (25 cents) and Jefferson (5 cents).  With six different wagering questions yielding a success rate of under 50%, none of our Monday teams earned the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  This was your final Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ   (Next week’s first category: Dwayne Johnson)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: “The Towering Inferno”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: Ronnie Sings Showtunes)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Weather)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Simple Minds   (Next week’s first category: “Big Little Lies”)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: Battle of Monocacy)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap   (Next week’s first category: Cigars)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Kitten Mittens   (Next week’s first category: North Carolina’s Outer Banks)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  50 Shades of Gray Matter   (Next week’s first category: Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Hugh Laurie and the News   (Next week’s first category: “Hot Fuzz”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Comfort Food)