Almost Perfect at Monday Trivia!

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We reached the triple digits on Monday, as 101 teams played Pour House Trivia across nine venues.


In the first round on Monday, teams started with a three-parter about fictional characters named April before reaching the toughest wagering and bonus questions of the round:

  • Who was responsible for painting a set of Irises that sold for nearly 54 million dollars in 1987?

No matter how you may pronounce his last name, that painter was Vincent Van Gogh. Just over three-fifths of the field nailed that correct answer, while 38.6% earned the two-point bonus for knowing his namesake museum is found in Amsterdam. The round ended with questions on the playground game leapfrog and Britain’s Got Talent overnight sensation Susan Boyle. Eleven teams were able to go perfect in the first round.


Comedy films was the theme of Monday’s audio clue, with SpaceballsMrs. Doubtfire, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall representing the 80s, 90s, and 00s respectively. This was the toughest bonus get of the first half, as 22.7% of teams named all three of those movies. The most difficult wagering question of the first half Monday involved pro football; 57% of the field knew Doug Flutie from his stints in the USFL and CFL, plus his infamous dropkick extra point (the first since 1941!) that capped off his pro career. The round wrapped up with topics like the barometer and the three most populous non-C cities in Ohio: ToledoAkron, and Dayton. A cool six teams earned perfect scores in the second round.


The top half of Monday’s halftime sheet involved people with the initials B.S., while the bottom half tasked our teams with matching Greek gods to their Roman counterparts. On average, teams handled this well with a 16.7 score and fifteen perfect 20s. At the halftime intermission, here were your leading teams:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 92
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 90
  • Big Tips Only (Rockwell): 90
  • Legalized Gambling (DRP): 90
  • Buy Me A Beer (Ragtime): 89
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 89


The third round (perhaps unsurprisingly) featured far and away the hardest wagering question of the night:

  • Hugh Downs, Ed McMahon, and Alex Trebek each hosted which game show featuring contestants solving rebus puzzles?

As weird as it may seem to imagine Trebek hosting anything that isn’t Jeopardy!, that game show was in fact (Classic) Concentration, named correctly by just 18.8% of Monday’s teams. Next up was the Three Clues question of the night, which saw less than a fifth of the field figure out the Stacy’s Mom band Fountains of Wayne after just two clues for the bonus. After questions on The Wicked Witch of the East and large moons Ganymede and Titan, the round ended with That’s So Clavin (Cushwa) and Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) both going perfect.


A 6-4-2 on the Apostle Peter preceded the fourth round, where teams answered questions about The Color Purple, Muppet drummer Animal, and groups with the word Justice in their names. The biggest roadblock of the round dealt with an artistically-shared last name:

  • Which six-letter last name is shared by an award-winning film director and the French impressionist that painted A Girl with a Watering Can and Girl with a Hoop? 

That father-and-son duo, Jean and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was answered correctly by roughly two-fifths of the field. Five teams achieved perfectos in Monday’s fourth round. Your Monday leaders going into the final question are as follows, led by a team seeking perfection:

FINAL QUESTION (40.6% success rate):

  • Prior to his death at age 85, which former U. S. President spent eight years as the only living person to have signed the U. S. Constitution?

Monday’s final question was a little tricky; approximately two-fifths of the field successfully answered former President James Madison. With that, the dream was over: no Perfect 21s for the night, as Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) missed the final and the streak of no perfect games at Pour House remains at three years and countingAs for your final Monday leaderboard:


Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apple Products of the 2010s)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Legalized Gambling  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wire)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Holt  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Big Tips Only  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens Rivalry)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F.U. Covid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Flightless Birds)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Bread Loaf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great British Bake-Off)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Thunderbirds  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Apollo Moon Missions)

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aliens)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Steven Schwartz Musicals)