A Brownout at Monday Trivia!

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A lucky thirteen area locations welcomed a total of 134 teams for Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia.


A rare opening round with tricky bonus opportunities started Monday’s game. A question about actor Sylvester Stallone asked teams to also name his Prime Video superhero film that was recently released; just over a fifth of the field knew that film, Samaritan. After that, we had the first half’s most difficult question, a three-parter where each answer was feline-themed. A little more than half of our teams earned wagering points, but just nine teams were able to get all three answers (the Jaguar car brand, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Tiger Electronics) for bonus points. We did rebound after that with questions about Thailand culture and NHL Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. Only two teams recorded perfect scores in the first round: Shadynasty (Bushwaller’s) and Dynamite (Rockwell).


Three songs, each with the word Dance in the title, were showcased in Monday’s audio clue. Next up, we utilized a famous quotation for the second round’s toughest question:

  • U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton reportedly said now he belongs to the ages when publicly announcing the death of which American?

About 59% of teams were correct to name Abraham Lincoln. A query about the whirlpool swept away a lot of teams in the bonus chance, where just 13% successfully knew the Dutch synonym maelstrom. The round ended with Trevor Noah‘s announcement that he is leaving The Daily Show and the name Georgia shared by a U.S. state and a foreign nation. Perfect scores here were earned by Auburn Pillagers (DRP), Killer Snails (Quincy’s), Bailey’s Buddies (Quincy’s), and That’s So Clavin (Cushwa).


At halftime, teams were asked to identify female singers mid-performance, then match English film titles to their foreign titles translated back into English. A good time was had all around here, with an average score of 17.2 points and 24 perfect scores. A tightly-packed group was seen at the top of the halftime standings:


In the third round, teams dealt with topics such as Gothic architecture and the Seattle Mariners breaking their 21-year MLB playoff drought. However, we had an absolute monster of a question after that:

  • Boasting a lack of artificial ingredients and corn syrup, PepsiCo owns a line of sodas whose flavors include Black Cherry Tarragon and Agave Vanilla Cream. Which eight-letter adjective is the name of this brand?

Only two — count ’em, two — teams got points on that one, Stubborn Soda. Neither of those teams got all 36 points in this round, so there were no perfect scores.


Nine teams were able to snag all six points on Monday’s 6-4-2 about 80s hit group Duran Duran. We kicked off the final round with its hardest wagering question:

  • What is the one-word title of the former Fox sitcom in which the lead actor portrayed multiple characters such as Sheneneh Jenkins, Dragonfly Jones, and Ol’ Otis?

Martin was correctly named by 51% of the field, with a round-low 20% getting bonus points for knowing the show’s lead actress was Tisha Campbell. Other topics in this round included the argyle sock pattern, the film This Is Spinal Tap (whose IMDB rating goes all the way to 11), and Three Clues about Yemen. A game-high nine teams had perfect scores here. With just one question to go, these teams led the field:

FINAL QUESTION (53% success rate):

  • What is the only city that has never hosted the Super Bowl and whose current NFL home team has never played in the Super Bowl?

Only one current NFL city has had nothing to do with the Big Game, Cleveland. With some stubborn questions on Monday, there were no Perfect 21 teams to be seen. However, one venue monopolized the highest of the highs in the final standings:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Capybaras  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)

The Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings Duran Duran)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: UPN Shows)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Shadynasty  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s TV Sitcoms)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Satchel of Richards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Rings of Power: Epsiode 1)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: FU COVID  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Soup)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Mark Isn’t Real  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Malawi)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Line  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Head Coaches Fired by Dan Snyder) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Small Council  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cheers)

Aslin Beer Co in Washington, DC: Eject  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nintendo Gamecube Games)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Abbott Elementary)