Adapting to Monday Trivia!

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On Monday evening, 151 teams played Pour House Trivia across 14 venues, including a theme game at Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA.


The first round’s set of questions was no big deal for our teams to figure out. They handled subjects such as the many nations of AfricaAsia, and Europe, the Irish Spring brand of soap, and Orson Welles creating alarm with his radio dramatization of War of the Worlds. A game-high 23 teams earned perfect scores in this round.


Song titles featuring Halloween-esque words were the topic of Monday’s audio question: It’s Tricky by Run-DMC, Treat Me Right by Pat Benatar, and Candy Shop by 50 Cent. Another round’s worth of questions were conquered by the field, including queries on the jacks playground game, the trio of hyenas in Disney’s The Lion King, and TV host Tom Bergeron. This round had 12 perfect teams.


Teams were asked to name films and TV series as referenced by kids in Halloween costumes, then move on to match candy brands to their slogans. The average score was 18.7 points, while 70 teams put up a perfect 20-point page. There were quite a few teams in the 90s at the halftime break:


It wasn’t until the end of this round that we finally unleashed a tough wagering question on the field. This time, we hit the wrestling ring:

  • Today is the 50th birthday of wrestler Adam Copeland, who spent 25 years in WWE working under what four-letter stage name? 
  • Bonus: He defeated which other superstar for his first WWE Championship in 2006?

Before Copeland debuted in AEW last month, he spent a quarter-century in WWE as Edge. During that time, he won the WWE Championship for the first time by defeating John Cena. A game-low 20% of teams earned their wager on that question, while 8.6% received bonus points. Before that, subjects in this round included U.S. tourist attractions, a Halloween episode of HBO’s Euphoria, and the alloy pewter which contains tin and antimony. The lone perfect score in this round was recorded by Dynamite (Rockwell).


Monday’s 6-4-2 gave a set of clues about the Ivy League; 24 teams submitted that answer on the six-point clue. After questions about the filmography of director Frank Capra and the Bible’s Mary Magdalene, we reached this ancient history query:

  • Doing so around 540 B.C., which philosopher is credited as being the first Ancient Greek to make a map of the known world?
  • Choices: A) Pythagoras, B) Anaximander, C) Hippocrates, D) Socrates

While 31% of the field correctly named Anaximander, the only team to do so without needing the multiple-choice component was A&E (Rai’s)! A perfect score was nowhere to be found in the fourth round. However, the top of the leaderboard featured these teams before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (82.12% success rate):

  • Which author has had more than 30 works adapted into films, the most among living writers?

The night before Halloween brought with it a final question about the many film adaptations of Stephen King‘s works. This final answer earned a Perfect 21 achievement for Dynamite (Rockwell) and Killer Snails (Quincy’s). At the end of Monday’s games, these were the highest scores:

As for the theme game at Del Ray Pizzeria, it ended in a three-way tie:

  • Hankering for Cowbell: 167
  • Smart on the Avenue: 167
  • Demolition: 167


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: No Child Jeff Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ivy League Athletes)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Obscure World Capitals)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: JAWOHL  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grand Ole Opry Originals)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: THEME GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Danny Elfman Film Scores)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Tuna Noodle Casserole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quantum Physics)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Frank Capra)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Nugis Fatuus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Candy)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Drink Up, Witches  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Texas Hold’Em)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Over the Garden Wall) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Catdog  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dallas Mavericks)

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

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: All Livers, No Brains  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ragtime (musical))

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Spider-Pig  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Adaptations of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Works)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s a Wonderful Life)