Take Pride in Monday Trivia!
Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 97 teams across nine venues.
It is certainly a rarity when the first bonus question of the game is also its most difficult, but such was the case on Monday night. After most of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the 25th anniversary of the Spice Girls song Wannabe topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart, only ten teams earned bonus points by also knowing that Say You’ll Be There is the group’s second-highest charting single. The rest of the opening round progressed more smoothly, as we covered topics such as words that end in ‘END’, the breakfast dish eggs over easy, and Verizon. As a result of the first bonus question, Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime) and Beertenders (Cushwa) posted the only perfect scores of Monday’s first round.
Monday’s audio question was one of the more difficult in recent memory. We played three Oscar-winning songs, but only asked our teams identify the films from which the song originated. We listened to If I Didn’t Have You from Monsters, Inc., Take My Breath Away from Top Gun, and Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. About two-fifths of the field came away with wagering points by successfully identifying at least two of these three films, while about half of those teams tacked on two bonus points with all three correct answers. Other second round topics included the Amstel River in the city of Amsterdam, the chemical compound dopamine, and former NBA star Kevin Garnett. Three teams notched 36 points en route to a perfect second round: Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), Team Holt (Bushwaller’s), and Love Island is Blind (Ragtime).
Yellow cartoon characters was the featured topic on Monday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 15.4 points. The inclusion of the early 1960s Hanna-Barbera character Top Cat nearly prevented the entire field from securing a perfect score, but That’s So Clavin (Cushwa) was undaunted and posted a full 20 points. These were your highest scoring teams at Monday’s halftime break:
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 88
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 88
- Love Island is Blind (Ragtime): 88
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 88
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 86
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 86
Topics from Monday’s third round included 20th century events, the competitive reality show America’s Got Talent, and the country duet It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere from Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson. Not surprisingly, a literature question was the most difficult of the third round:
- The Eloi and the Morlocks, two races of humanoids living 800,000 years in the future, were introduced in which 19th century science fiction novel?
Only 27% of our teams responded correctly with the science fiction novel The Time Machine from H. G. Wells. Despite that speed bump, ten Monday teams posted a perfect third round score.
After discussing the work of Matthew McConaughey in the 6-4-2 question, we touched on final round topics such as the most successful MLB teams of the past five years, Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, the disease rabies (once known as hydrophobia), and people bearing the surname of Coolidge. That final topic included the most difficult bonus question of the round, as only eleven teams knew the first names of actress Jennifer Coolidge (the actress from Best in Show and 2 Broke Girls) and Butch Coolidge, the crooked boxer portrayed by Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction. As a result, F. U. Covid (Mark’s) notched the only perfect score in Monday’s fourth stanza. After four rounds of play, Monday’s overall leaderboard included these teams:
- Cobra Kai (DRP): 163
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 162
- Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 157
- Satchel of Richards (Rockwell): 157
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 156
- F. U. Covid (Mark’s): 156
FINAL QUESTION (15.9% success rate):
- Despite being located more than 4,400 miles from Hawaii, which NFL team features Honolulu Blue as one of its official colors?
Most of our teams overestimated the distance from Hawaii to the contiguous United States, as the Los Angeles Chargers was the most popular incorrect answer. You would need to travel much farther inland to reach 4,400 miles from Hawaii. About one-sixth of the field knew this fact and submitted the correct answer of the Detroit Lions. Congratulations to Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), who notched the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly. These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 168
- Love Island is Blind (Ragtime): 163
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 163
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 163
- ALL CAPS (DRP): 163
- Pursue This (Bushwaller’s): 162
- That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 160
- Satchel of Richards (Rockwell): 157
- Hot Chick is Not Buffalo (DRP): 157
- Better Late Than Never (William Jeffrey’s): 155
- Pepe Sylvia (Il Forno): 155
An honorable mention goes out to That’s a Bingo (Il Forno), who posted an impressive 164 points while playing ‘over the limit’.
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Pittsburgh Pirates)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Revolution)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Holt (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Detroit Lions)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Satchel of Richards (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Batman – 2022 film)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Moose Killers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boogie Nights)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Better Late Than Never (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Love Island is Blind (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Flags)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Turnt Opal (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Boy Bands)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Pepe Sylvia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pop Culture Foods)