A Presidential Night of Monday Trivia!

Across ten venues, exactly 100 teams took in a holiday game of Pour House Trivia on this President’s Day:


Monday’s game began quite smoothly, with most teams picking up maximum points on topics such as Mount Vesuvius, the sunflower, and the origin of this automotive brand logo:


Dozens of teams were on their way to a perfect first round score when this question deflated those hopes:

–> With both winning in the last decade, name either one of the two people that have won acting Oscars for films directed by Steven Spielberg.

About half of our teams earned wagering points by remembering that Daniel Day-Lewis picked up his most recent Oscar for the film “Lincoln”.  Not surprisingly, only four teams tacked on two bonus points with the obscure bonus answer of Mark Rylance, who won an Oscar for his work in “Bridge of Spies”.  Three of the four teams earning those two points completed a perfect opening round: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).


Monday’s audio question featured songs whose lyrics contain the names of celebrities.  Next, we combined sports and math in a question about Grand Slam tennis tournaments, before looking at this infraclass of animals:


The first half closed with a question regarding an early episode of “The Simpsons”, during which “Dancin’ Homer” briefly takes over for the Capitol City Goofball.  Four teams earned a perfect second round score: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle), Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).


Historical TV shows and famous American golf courses were the two topics featured on Monday’s halftime page.  Falling a bit on the easier side, this page yielded perfect scores to 22% of our teams, while the overall average reached 17.3 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard from Tuesday night:


Monday’s second half began with a three-part question regarding baseball curses, followed by a look at the short story “Le Petit Chaperon Rouge” (better known as “Little Red Riding Hood”), and these Nobel Prize winners:

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We closed the third round with the most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 18% of our teams knew that architect Frank Gehry has designed such buildings as the Louis Vitton Foundation in Paris, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.  Six teams ran the table in the third round by posting a perfect score of 36 points.


A pair of extremely difficult bonus questions highlighted the final round on Monday night.  The round opened with a question regarding actress Glenn Close, but only five teams knew that she earned her first Oscar nomination for the film “The World According to Garp”.  Later, on a question concerning Asian geography, only eight teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island by area.  Our teams recovered nicely on a question about this classic TV sitcom:


Two teams managed to pick up bonus points on each of the first two bonus questions, which led to a perfect final round score: Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s) and Peele and Eat (DRP).  Here are your overall leaders heading into Monday’s final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (37.2% success rate):

–> Among the nine U.S. Presidents who are sporting a mustache (without a full beard) in their official presidential images, who is the only Democrat?

Just over one-third of our teams answered correctly with Grover Cleveland.  Congratulations to the five teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), Unsavories (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s), and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Worst Case Ontario  (Next week’s first category: Minor League Baseball Affiliates)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Pizza Chains)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: Los Angeles Lakers)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  This How We Go Down  (Next week’s first category: Mushroom Foraging)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: “Below Deck”)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Ask Jeeves  (Next week’s first category: “The Venture Bros.”)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  His and Her Peas  (Next week’s first category: “The Orville”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Chum Conspiracy  (Next week’s first category: The Wyeths)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Route 30)