We Have Liftoff at Monday Trivia!

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 68 teams across seven venues.  Unfortunately, the teams at DRP in Alexandria were forced to deal with a halftime thunderstorm, ultimately leading to the cancellation of that game.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Monday’s game with a three-part question featuring films whose titles contain types of insects: Bee Movie, The Fly, and The Mosquito Coast.  We also discussed the elements that comprise the gas giants of our Solar System, the life of Benjamin Franklin, and the classic rock band Steppenwolf, the latter of which provided our teams with the most difficult bonus question of the first round.  Only 17% of the field knew that the band Steppenwolf was named for a novel penned by German author Herman Hesse.  That was the only sticking point for most squads, as seven teams opened their game with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question comprised a three-part question stemming from the theme song to the period television drama Downton Abbey.  We also looked at Sure deodorant, Spider-Man, and professional bull riding.  Once again, the second round closed with its most difficult bonus question:

  • Three of the 20 most populous U.S. cities have names whose first letter matches the first letter in their respective home states.  Apart from New York, identify either one of those other two cities.

Though most teams earned wagering points with either correct answer of Philadelphia or Indianapolis, only 19% of the field tacked on two bonus points by giving us both cities.  Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s second stanza.

HALFTIME:

For Monday’s halftime page, the field was asked to identify people and characters bearing the initials ‘K. P.’, while the bottom half featured numerical answers from one to ten.  A dozen teams earned 20 points on this halftime page, as the overall average reached 17.2 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We wasted no time with challenging our teams in Monday’s second half, as the third round began with its most difficult wagering question:

  • After voicing opposition to the annulment of the first marriage King Henry VIII, which theologian (and current Catholic saint) was tried for treason and executed?

Only 30% of the field responded correctly with Sir Thomas More, with about half of those teams picking up two bonus points by also knowing that More penned the book Utopia.  From there, the wagering questions eased up on the field, as we discussed Olympic table tennis, rapper Tupac Shakur, scientist Michael Faraday, and Maserati sports cars.  The final bonus question of the round was its most difficult, as only four teams knew that the Levante is currently the only Maserati SUV model sold in the Unites Stated.  Monday’s third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After celebrating the anniversary of New York statehood in the 6-4-2 question, Monday’s final round included a pair of wicked bonus questions.  Nearly every team knew that the the country song Need You Now was recorded by the band currently known by the abbreviated name Lady A, but when we asked the field to name any one of the three members of the group, only two teams managed to accomplish that feat (for future reference, they are Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Norwood).  Later, about half of the field earned wagering points by knowing that after creating a string of high school films, John Hughes began a collaboration with comedian John Candy.  Unfortunately, none of those teams could remember that the last film in this collaboration was Only the Lonely.  Other final round topics included Macbeth, the current streaming television show Trying, and foreign rivers.  Needless to say, none of our Monday teams ran the table in the fourth stanza.  Here is Monday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (7.4% success rate):

  • Most often translated as ‘traveling companion’, which foreign word entered the American lexicon during the 1950s?

Perhaps this question could have used another hint, as only five teams responded correctly with Sputnik.  Congratulations to Cunnylumpkins (Rockwell), who recorded the only Perfect 21 on Monday by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA: NO OFFICIAL GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Peaky Blinders)

** PLEASE NOTE: All teams will receive exactly ten standings points. **

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: WWF or WCW?)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ohio University (Bobcats))

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Cunnylumpkins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hash House Harriers)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Network Sitcom Theme Songs – AUDIO)

Highline RxR in Arlington, VA: Win or Booze  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: That’s a Bingo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s TV)