The Chronicles of Monday Trivia!
Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 96 teams across 11 venues.
Monday’s game did not feature the easy start that most teams expect with the opening round of play, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult. After most teams earned points by remembering that the New Deal was introduced by Franklin Roosevelt, only seven teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that at the time the New Deal was introduced, John Nance Garner was serving as U. S. Vice President. Other first round topics included the TV series “Monk” and the Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum”. Thanks to the first bonus question, the only perfect score of the opening stanza was posted by Kitten Mittens (Mark’s).
Monday’s audio question did not pose much of a challenge to our stellar teams, as the majority of the field earned bonus points by recognizing the similarly titled songs “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco, and “Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keys. We continued with a look at Kobe steak, American astronaut Alan Shepard, and the work of British actress Emilia Clarke. Three teams posted a perfect second round score: MAJ (DRP), Standing Room Only (DRP), and Kitten Mittens (Mark’s).
Our Monday teams were given a challenging halftime page this week, as they were asked to match celebrities to the children’s TV series on which they appeared. Some of the more difficult names to pin down were Alanis Morissette (“You Can’t Do That on Television”) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Kids Incorporated”). Several teams posted 19 points, but a perfect halftime score eluded the field on Monday night, as the overall average only reached 13.7 points. These were your highest scoring teams at the halftime break:
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s): 89
- Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle): 86
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 85
- MAJ (DRP): 85
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 84
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 84
Hopes of a perfect third round were quickly dashed thanks to the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:
CLUE 1: The Cessna T-37B USAF Training Aircraft is nicknamed for this cartoon character.
CLUE 2: This cartoon character’s characteristics are based on Red Skelton’s “Mean Widdle Kids” routine.
Though virtually every team earned wagering points by waiting for the third and final clue, attempts at the two-point bonus were quite rare, as just five teams deciphered these first two clues to give us the correct answer of Tweety Bird. If you can believe it, this was not even the most difficult bonus question of Monday’s third round. On a question concerning historic events that took place on Christmas Day, we posed this wicked bonus question to the field:
–> Identify either the Pope that crowned Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in 800 or the artist who painted “Washington Crossing the Delaware” in 1851.
Only four teams gave us either correct answer of Pope Leo III or Emmanuel Leutze. Not surprisingly, we did not see any perfect scores in Monday’s third round.
After the 6-4-2 question looked at the use of the word ‘crave’ (or ‘Krave’) in food brands, we moved on to final round topics such as the lengthy 1993 film “Gettysburg”, the Korean Peninsula, organic chemistry, and the enduring Renaissance sketch that is now known as “Vitruvian Man”. After a slew of difficult bonus questions, we let up a bit on the Monday field in the fourth round, as seven teams closed their game with a perfect final round score of 36 points. These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s): 159
- Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle): 158
- MAJ (DRP): 158
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 157
- Stink Floyd (Bushwaller’s): 155
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (83.3% success rate):
–> Wheaton College in Illinois houses which item of furniture that belonged to the family of C.S. Lewis?
Exactly five-sixths of the field gave us the correct answer of his wardrobe. Congratulations to the three teams earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Oliver’s Army (DRP), Standing Room Only (DRP), and Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle). Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:
- MAJ (DRP): 170
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 169
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s): 165
- F. U. Darts (Mark’s): 164
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 163
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 163
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 162
- Quiztery, Inc. (Mark’s): 161
- Deep Whistleblower (Mark’s): 161
- Cheese Wizzes (Mark’s): 161
DRP in Alexandria, VA: MAJ (Next week’s first category: Cyber Monday)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Current Volvo Vehicles)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Great Heathen Army (Next week’s first category: The Monkees)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: “Airplane!”)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Cure For the Common Cold Cuts (Next week’s first category: Sandwiches)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: The Death Star)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Lion’s Den (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: “His Dark Materials” – TV)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: I’m With Stupid (Next week’s first category: Christmas Films)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Potent Potables (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” Prequel Films)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: MC (Next week’s first category: Baltimore Ravens)