We’re Fluent in Monday Trivia!
Eight area venues capped off the unofficial start to summer with 67 total teams playing Pour House Trivia.
Monday’s game kicked off with the most difficult wagering question of the first round, a three-parter about Memorial Day which saw just over three-quarters of the field get two of the three answers right for wagering points. From there, we moved on to questions about the Altoids breath mint brand, the CIA headquarters known as Langley, and the recently-released Bob’s Burgers film. On that latter question, 23 percent of teams earned bonus points for knowing H. Jon Benjamin is the voice behind title character Bob Belcher. Seven teams recorded perfect scores in the first round.
As a whole, the second round ended up being the most difficult of the night when it comes to earning wagering points. We started with an audio question about spoken-word portions of popular songs, then took a trip to the Ozarks and followed that up with some games at juicy baseball stadiums Minute Maid Park and Tropicana Field. The end of the round featured the hardest wagering question of the first half of play:
- Which two 1980s films directed by Francis Ford Coppola were based on the work of novelist S. E. Hinton?
Barely half the field knew one of those films — The Outsiders and Rumble Fish — to get their wager, while a game-low 14% added two bonus points for naming both. Perfection in the second round was reached by Legalized Gambling (DRP) and Team Holt (Bushwaller’s).
Monday’s halftime tasks were identifying pop culture franchises depicted in parodies of Grant Wood’s American Gothic, then matching groups of characters to the corresponding Shakespeare work. Eleven teams went a perfect 20-for-20 on a sheet that had an average score of 15.1 points. The first-half scoreboard was topped by these teams:
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 90
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 90
- Run-By Fruiting (Il Forno): 89
- Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 89
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
Round three began with the toughest wagering question all game, which tasked teams with identifying three famous people with the last name Gibson. About 46% of teams correctly identified that last name, while a quarter of the field got bonus points for knowing all three first names (Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob, 80s pop star Debbie, and tennis pioneer Althea) as well. Other topics in the round included the mahi mahi fish, western Texas city El Paso, and John Travolta’s Adele Dazeem botch of singer Idina Menzel‘s name. A half-dozen squads didn’t botch anything in the third round en route to perfect scores.
Monday’s 6-4-2 on the 90s film Fargo was a solid hit, as 39 teams earned a max score of six points on the question. The fourth round was opened by the Maryland-based pop punk band Good Charlotte before other questions about Ivan the Terrible and the British TV show Fleabag. Taking hardest-question honors by a hair was this hardwood query:
- After the 2021 NBA Finals, which team became the first franchise in history to appear in three NBA Finals series without ever winning a title?
The Phoenix Suns have conference championship banners for 1976, 1993, and 2021, but no NBA championships to show for it; roughly 52% of the field answered correctly here. This ended up as the only round of the night with no perfect scores. Before we read the final question, these were the top-scoring teams:
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 166
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 163
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 163
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 163
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 162
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 162
FINAL QUESTION (25.4% success rate):
- Which language holds official national status in 11 independent Asian countries, more than any other language?
Once again, Monday’s final question saw about one-fourth of our teams submit correct responses; this time, you needed to know Arabic is the official language of 11 different nations in Asia. A pair of teams snagged the Perfect 21 on Monday; Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa) and Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) were able to correctly answer every wagering question in the game. The final leaderboard was headed by these teams:
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 175
- H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 175
- I Don’t Know (DRP): 175
- Death to Bill 96 (Mark’s): 165
- Team Holt (Bushwaller’s): 165
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 164
- Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 162
- Bombaclaats (Cushwa): 157
- Ryno (William Jeffrey’s): 156
- Rocky Top (Ragtime): 154
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)
DRP in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Chess Champions)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Holt (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obi-Wan Kenobi — TV series)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: My Name is Earl)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Death to Bill 96 (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON JUNE 13: American Muscle Cars)
William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Rocky Top (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pride and Prejudice)
Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Bible)
Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Broadway)