A Slice of Monday Trivia!

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There were 116 teams across eleven venues that showed up Monday evening for a game of Pour House Trivia.


After Three Clues about the goddess Athena and a question about the dorsal fins of aquatic animals, we hit the gridiron for the first half’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Currently a member of the NFC South Division, which NFL team set a record for futility by losing its first 26 games after joining the league as an expansion team in 1976?

About 63% of the field were able to provide the correct answer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The round concluded with its trickiest bonus opportunity; a question about the 2000s film Mr. and Mrs. Smith saw 42% of teams get two extra points for identifying Vince Vaughn as a member of the supporting cast. There were 32 perfect team scores in this round.


Teams had to name musical acts by their songs in reverse for the audio clue on Monday; 55% were able to get all three correct answers (Bob DylanMetallica, and Britney Spears) for bonus credit. Midway through the second round, we had its hardest wagering question:

  • Among the 20 most populous nations in the world, which two have common English names that contain the letter K?

While 73% of our teams had at least one correct answer for wagering points, a game-low 7.7% provided both Pakistan and Turkey to get bonus points. The round wrapped up after questions about Pamela Anderson and the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of the Marshall football team in 1970. In this round, eight teams got all 36 points.


At halftime on Monday, teams had to identify ten Tom Hanks films by its respective screenshot, then match musicians to their most prominent musical instrument. The average score was 17.1 points, while 23 teams managed to get all 20 points on the page. After that, we had these teams atop the leaderboard:

  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 90
  • Roosevelt’s Polio Throw (Bushwaller’s): 89
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 89
  • H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 89


Round three began with the toughest bonus chance of the second half, in which we asked about the four quotes said by Humphrey Bogart‘s Casablanca character, Rick Blaine that made AFI’s list of the top 100 quotes in film history. Just over a fifth of the field named the actor and the character for bonus credit. A three-parter about HBO shows and their characters was the most difficult wagering question in this round, with 63% of teams getting at least two of the shows. After that, we had questions about poet Sylvia Plath and explorer Ponce de Leon. This round had the fewest perfect teams, with Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) and How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s) each getting every possible point.


Monday’s 6-4-2 about The Grateful Dead saw eight teams name the famed rock group from a single clue to get all six points. Another sports question came early in the fourth round and proved to be the hardest question all night:

  • For his role in helping the Houston Astros win the World Series, which player became just the third rookie in history to win the World Series MVP award?

Shortstop Jeremy Pena took home some extra hardware for his World Series achievements, and 38% of teams took some wagering points for getting his name right. Other topics in this round included automaker Volvo, the early U.S. Presidents who spoke Latin, and a Triple 50/50 about Tony Award-winning theatrical works. Six teams recorded perfect scores in the fourth. These six teams provided the highest scores before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (57.8% success rate):

  • In 1950, George Kern invented a chocolate and walnut pie, commonly made with pecans, chocolate chips, and bourbon. That pie is named for what annual event?

This sweet concoction is the Derby Pie, named for the Kentucky Derby. There were five teams which achieved a Perfect 21 on Monday by providing right answers for all 21 wagering questions in the game! A two-way tie topped the final Monday standings:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Capybaras  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (NFL Felons))

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard (original))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Pursue This  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thanksgiving Films)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Satchel of Richards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Impera (Ghost album))

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F U COVID  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dessert)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Case of the Mondays  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thanksgiving)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Planner  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Box Office Flops) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mental Health Disorders)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thanksgiving)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: MC  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Hardy Films)