We Need Moore Monday Trivia!
With the first full week of Season XX in the books, Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 87 teams across 11 venues. The game of the night took place at DRP in Alexandria, where host Scott had his hands full with 19 teams!
The prevailing theme of Monday’s game was the difficulty of the bonus questions, and we wasted no time in challenging our teams in the opening round. On a question regarding the music from the classic sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, only three teams earned bonus points by knowing that the majestic piece “Also sprach Zarathustra” was composed by Richard Strauss. The next bonus question was not quite as difficult, but only 11% of the field tacked on another two bonus points by knowing that Clement Clarke Moore penned the holiday poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”). Despite closing the round with relatively easier questions concerning U.S. Presidents and the scientific names of animals, Killer Snails (Hershey’s) earned the only perfect score of Monday’s opening round.
Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs with rhyming titles: “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles, “True Blue” by Madonna, “The Thong Song” by Sisqo. We continued with topics such as the National Spelling Bee, hockey arenas, and chemical elements. The first half concluded with a difficult query concerning charter members of the United Nations. We asked our teams to name two of the three original U.N. member states that no longer exist. About half of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while six teams gave us all three correct answers of the U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia. Two teams earned a perfect second round score, both playing at Hershey’s: Killer Snails and Brain Freeze.
Portmanteaus and Emmy-winning drama series were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page. Falling on the more difficult side, this halftime page yielded an average score of 13.9 points, as only two teams earned a perfect score of 20 points: MAJ (DRP) and That’s a Bingo (Il Forno). Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 90
- MAJ (DRP): 84
- Just Call Me Loretta (Dawg House): 83
- That’s a Bingo (Il Forno): 83
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 82 POINTS
We began Monday’s second half with a three-part question in which each answer contained the initials ‘S. S.’, before moving on to topics such as the Line-Item Veto, the most powerful hurricanes of 2017, and the work of author Agatha Christie. We closed the third stanza with a difficult wagering question regarding the Bauhaus art school founded by Walter Gropius. Though only 17% of the field earned wagering points, we followed up with an incredibly difficult bonus question. NONE of our Monday teams knew that the Bauhaus school was founded in the German city of Weimar. Needless to say, we did not see any perfect scores in Monday’s third round.
Monday’s final round opened with a question regarding the infamous figures Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The fourth round also included the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these clues:
CLUE 1: This word appears in the title of a 2000 video game subtitled “Codename 47”.
CLUE 2: A 2007 film starring Timothy Olyphant was based on that video game series.
Only seven teams earned bonus points on this question by forgoing the third clue and turning in the correct answer of ‘Hitman’. We closed the last round with a look at sports geography, with only five teams earning the final two bonus points of the night by successfully naming South Carolina as the second-most populous U.S. state without any home franchises in any of the four major professional sports leagues. The final round did not yield any perfect scores. These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 160
- Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle): 154
- Brain Freeze (Hershey’s): 153
- Befuddled (Greene Turtle): 152
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 150 POINTS
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (26.7% success rate):
–> Who wrote the 2008 memoir “My Word is My Bond” at age 81?
Just over one-fourth of our teams earned points on the final question with the correct answer of Roger Moore. Congratulations to Killer Snails (Hershey’s) and Joyride Featuring Paul Walker (DRP), who each earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly. The final overall leaderboard from Monday night featured these teams:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 166
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 162
- Joyride Featuring Paul Walker (DRP): 158
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 156
- Just Call Me Loretta (Dawg House): 149
- That’s a Bingo (Il Forno): 149
- Spartan’s Will (DRP): 149
- Befuddled (Greene Turtle): 145
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 144
- Trebek’s Rejects (Dawg House): 144
DRP in Alexandria, VA: George Washington’s Camel (Next week’s first category: “Queer Eye” – Netflix)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Befuddled (Next week’s first category: Steely Dan Lyrics)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Great Heathen Army (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table Word Play)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Eddie Money or Ric Ocasek?)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: The Cars)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Ask Jeeves (Next week’s first category: Miss America Pageant)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Fat Thor (Next week’s first category: “The Shawshank Redemption”)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheese Wizzes (Next week’s first category: “Lost”)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: Just Call Me Loretta (Next week’s first category: Famous Marys Other Than Dennis)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: I Say You He Dead (Next week’s first category: Quantum Physics)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: That’s a Bingo (Next week’s first category: French Cuisine)