A Grammy-Nominated Monday Trivia!

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Thirteen locations hosted a total of 119 teams on Monday for Pour House Trivia, which included the newest PHT venue: Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA hosted by Beth!


Topics featured in the first round included a three-parter with musical terms, the origins of the word khaki, and the G-Men of the FBI. We saved the hardest wagering question of the round for last, however:

  • Following the Glorious Revolution and before they were the namesakes for a Virginia college, which pair of royal monarchs were proclaimed to be king and queen of England exactly 334 years ago?

William and Mary were named by 78% of the field. This was also the first round’s toughest bonus question, as only 12% knew that duo rose to the crown after James II‘s deposition. Five teams managed perfect scores here.


Monday’s audio clue was a little tough, with 52% of teams earning their wager and a little over 10% securing bonus points — the lowest bonus success rate of the first half — for naming all three city-based TV shows from their theme songs: WKRP in CincinnatiIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Deadwood. We moved on from there to discuss inaugural SNL Weekend Update anchor Chevy Chase, long-tenured NFL head coaches Bill Belichick and Mike Tomlin, and the eye’s aqueous and vitreous humor. The last question of the round was once again its most difficult:

  • Released in consecutive calendar years, which two films directed by David O. Russell joined exclusive company by each earning Academy Award nominations in all four acting categories?

About 47% of teams were able to name at least one of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. A game-high eight perfect team scores were earned in this round.


Google Doodles featuring celebrities such as Johannes Kepler and Jackie Robinson started Monday’s halftime page. After that, teams had to match fictional characters to their respective vehicles (like the Ghostbusters and the Ecto-1). Only three teams recorded a perfect 20 points on this halftime page, which managed an average score of 16.6 points. At the halftime break, we had these teams ahead of the rest:


The second half didn’t start easy, as a Three Clues question proved to have the lowest bonus success rate of the game. Teams had to name a certain word from these three hints:

  • The title of a 2001 Garth Brooks album.
  • This word is found in the title of a TV series starring Kate Jackson.
  • He is the only villain to appear in all three films of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Just 6.7% of the field snagged two extra points by getting the word Scarecrow after the first two clues. The hardest wagering question on Monday came a few questions later:

  • While primarily known as a romance novelist, which prolific female writer is also the author of the Max and Martha children’s book series and the picture book The Happiest Hippo in the World?

Danielle Steel was named successfully by 30% of our teams. The round concluded with a question about Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio‘s lesser-known MLB brothers Vince and Dom. This was the only round of the night in which there were no perfect scores.


The comic strip Dilbert was named by 32 teams from the first of the 6-4-2 clues to receive all six points. We went retro to kick off the final round with a three-parter about Atari 2600 games; 15% of the field knew all three answers (PitfallAsteroids, and Barnstorming) from their description to get bonus points. Questions about the proposed inner planet VulcanBonnie Raitt‘s Grammy win for the song Just Like That, and explorer-turned-bridge namesake Giovanni da Verrazzano followed. For the toughest question in the round, we went back to the 90s:

  • Set against the backdrop of the early 1990s grunge movement in Seattle, which romantic comedy features cameos from the members of Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden?

Singles was named by 31% of our teams. This round’s only perfect team was Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s). After four rounds of play, these teams had the highest scores:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 160
  • Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 160
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 159
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 159
  • That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 159

FINAL QUESTION (35.29% success rate):

  • Only three artists in history have won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year on three different occasions as the main credited artist. Two of those artists are men, but who is the only woman to have achieved this feat?

Doing so in 2010, 2016, and 2021, Taylor Swift is the correct answer. Monday featured just one Perfect 21 squad: Cobra Kai (DRP) had correct answers for each of the 21 wagering questions that were asked. The final overall standings were led by these teams:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: ON HIATUS  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Stadium Names)

Ellie’s Pub returns from hiatus next Monday, Feb. 20!

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Crystals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Capitals)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last of Us (TV series))

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Versailles (TV series))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word First Word)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Martin Van Buren)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Capitals)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Presidential Pets) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Quizard of Oz  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tennis)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Astrophysics)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Fred  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Beer)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Helicopter Parents  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Socrates Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tim & Eric)