A Spicy Night of Monday Trivia!

Thanks to a healthy crowd of 19 teams at DRP in Alexandria, we topped the triple digit mark on Monday night, as 106 teams took in a game of Pour House Trivia at one of 11 venues.


Hopes for a perfect first round were quickly dashed for our Monday teams, as the first bonus question of the night was also the most difficult of the first half:

–> Nicknamed “Cereal City”, Battle Creek, Michigan was the location of the founding of two American food companies, both of which remain among the largest employers in the city.  For your wager, name either of these American companies.

Virtually every Monday team earned wagering points by giving us Kellogg, by far the easier of the two correct answers.  But only 11% of the field tacked on two bonus points with the other correct answer of Post.  From there, we moved on to topics such as TV show settings, mathematics, and the novel “The Great Gatsby”.  Thanks to the first bonus question, Scooby Two (Mark’s) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s opening stanza.


For President’s Day, Monday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three music groups with Presidential names.  More than half of the field picked up bonus points by recognizing The Jackson 5 (“Want You Back”), Wilson Phillips (“Hold On”), and Bush (“The Chemicals Between Us”).  Other second round topics included the Belgian city of Ghent and LASIK surgery.  A pair of difficult bonus questions highlighted the second round.  First, only 12% of our teams knew that two different actors (Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro) won Oscars for portraying Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” films.  Later, only 15% of the field knew that 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa was both the second overall selection at the 2019 NFL draft and the most recent winner of the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.  Four teams answered both of these questions correctly en route to a perfect second round: That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle), Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), Lion’s Den (Rockwell), and That’s a Bingo (Il Forno).


In Monday’s halftime page, our teams dealt with Presidential caricatures and fictitious TV shows (such as “Jesus and Pals” from “South Park” or “FYI” from “Murphy Brown”).  In one of the easiest halftime pages of the season, 34% of our teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 18.7 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half opened with questions concerning the religious TV show “The 700 Club” and the philosophical concept of nihilism.  We continued with out nightly Three Clues question, which (as usual) garnered the majority of the potential five-point bonus chips.  With the correct response being the identical Canadian twins Tegan and Sara, dozens of teams missed out on their five-point category bonus.  In addition, only nine teams notched two bonus points by giving us the correct answer after just two clues had been read.  The third round closed with a look at boxer Jack Dempsey and the stage play “Glengarry Glen Ross”.  Two teams ran the table in the third round with a perfect score: Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s) and Notch Eight (Il Forno).


After visiting the state of Wyoming in the 6-4-2 question, we looked at the flags of South America, lactic acid, and the importance of the owl in ancient Greek mythology.  We saved the most difficult bonus question of the night for the close of the final round, as only four teams knew that a native of the British city of Oxford is referred to as an Oxonian. One of those four teams (George Washington’s Camel from DRP) used those two bonus points to complete the only perfect score of Monday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Monday’s final question:

  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  164
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s):  158
  • MAJ (DRP):  158
  • Notch Eight (Il Forno):  158
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  157

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (79.7% success rate):

–> Often used as a spice or prepared as a condiment, which root vegetable derives its name from an antiquated figure of speech meaning ‘strong, large, or coarse’?

Nearly four-fifths of the field responded correctly with horseradish.  Congratulations to Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s), who earned the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctlyHere is your final overall leaderboard to start Week 5 of Season XXI:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  George Washington’s Camel   (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Spider-Man or Superman?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – TV)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites   (Next week’s first category: Name That Impeachment)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Mostly Dead   (Next week’s first category: Historical Leap Day Events)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Ya Done Messed Up A-A-Ron   (Next week’s first category: Taylor Swift)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Chickens with Dickens   (Next week’s first category: “Community”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cheddar Biscuits   (Next week’s first category: “Survivor”)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Les Quizerables  (Next week’s first category: Kyle Wrote This Question)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: British City Name Origins)