A Nordic Chill at Monday Trivia!

With Season XXI in full swing, Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 92 teams across 11 venues.


In an unusual occurrence, two of Monday’s first round questions were among the most difficult of the night, starting with this query on the subject of video games:

–> Pitting video game characters against each other in a fighting match, which 1999 Nintendo game features characters from video game franchises such as “Donkey Kong”, “The Legend of Zelda”, and others?

Only about half of our teams responded correctly with “Super Smash Bros.”.  The subsequent question was just as difficult, as we asked our teams a three-part question regarding U.S. cities nicknamed “Queen City”.  Yielding a similar success rate, only 12% of our teams earned bonus points with the three correct answers of Buffalo, Denver, and Cincinnati.  The opening round concluded with easier questions concerning the Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and recent Super Bowl-winning coach Andy Reid, but none of our Monday teams recorded a perfect first round score to begin their game.


Monday’s audio question featured three members of the 2020 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Our teams had no problem identifying Whitney Houston (“Saving All My Love For You”), Depeche Mode (“Personal Jesus”), and Notorious B.I.G. (“Hypnotize”).  Next, we asked a question in the A + B = C format, with most of our teams remembering the layout of a standard PC keyboard.  Other second round topics included the baseball film “Field of Dreams”, the Forbidden City in Beijing, and the capybara.  Eight teams ran the table in the second stanza by posting 36 points.


TV weddings and “Love” songs were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page.  Exactly one-fourth of the field notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 18.7 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Thankful Dead (Mark’s):  91
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  91
  • MAJ (DRP):  90
  • We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Coat (Mark’s):  90


Monday’s third round included questions concerning the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, former U.S. Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, and the Maori tribal dance and war chant known as the haka.  The most difficult bonus question of the night was asked at the close of the third round:

–> Depicting a historical event taking place at Notre-Dame de Paris, the massive 1807 painting “The Coronation of Napoleon” is currently located in which museum?

BONUS: Identify the painter of this work.

Not surprisingly, most teams earned wagering points (even though many were not familiar with the painting) by giving us the correct response of the Louvre.  Only 11% of the field tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that romantic painter Jacques-Louis David created this work.  Thanks to this final bonus question, four teams completed a perfect third round: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s), Is That Trivia or Are You Just Glad to See Me? (Dawg House), and Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s).


The work of author William Goldman highlighted the start of the final round, as we discussed two of his books that were adapted into (very different) feature films: “Marathon Man” and “The Princess Bride”.  The fourth round also looked at Lady Gaga, the 1990s TV sitcom “Blossom”, and cuts of meat.  After closing our final round with a Three Clues question regarding the word ‘sedan’, we saw ten teams earn 36 final round points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  165
  • Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s):  165
  • Thankful Dead (Mark’s):  164
  • Notch Eight (Il Forno):  162

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.9% success rate):

–> Among all Olympic host cities, the name of which Winter Olympics host city would score the fewest points in a game of Scrabble?

Just over one-third of our teams responded correctly with the Norwegian capital of Oslo, whose name would (theoretically) be worth four points in Scrabble.  Congratulations to the three teams that posted a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), and Scooby Two (Mark’s Pub)Here is your final overall leaderboard from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  George Washington’s Camel   (Next week’s first category: Failed 20th Century U. S. Presidential Candidates)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Pokemon Character or Prescription Medication?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: “The Mandalorian”)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: 19th Century U. S. Presidents)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Stitch’s Great Escape   (Next week’s first category: WWE)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Hingle McCringleberry   (Next week’s first category: “The Mandalorian”)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Vladimir Poopin’   (Next week’s first category: D. C. United)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Coat   (Next week’s first category: Songs About Butts)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Is That Trivia or Are You Just Glad to See Me?  (Next week’s first category: Leprechauns)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Nom Noms   (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Presidential Peccadilloes)