Breathe Out for Monday Trivia!

Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 73 teams across 11 venues.  Don’t forget to check the end of this blog entry for next week’s holiday schedule!


As usual, the first round progressed smoothly, with most of the field picking up points on topics such as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and Rice-A-Roni.  A college football question kept most of our teams from securing perfect scores:

–> Name any two of the three current Big Ten schools which rank in the top five for the most victories in college football history.

Indeed, the Big Ten has a storied history, but most of our teams could deduce that the conference’s biggest rivalry involved these two correct answers:

Michigan Ohio State

Coming up with the third correct answer was a bit tricky, as it was one of the newer members of the conference: Nebraska.  With just nine teams earning bonus points here, the first round yielded three perfect scores: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Unsavories (Cheesetique).


Monday’s audio question featured alliterative musicians such as Chubby Checker (“The Twist”), Christopher Cross (“Arthur’s Theme”), and Lisa Loeb (“Stay”).  We continued with a look at former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, the world’s largest islands, and this “entertaining” action film:

Russell Crowe Gladiator

Seven teams ran the table during Monday’s second round, with four of those squads playing at Bushwaller’s.  Tough crowd!


Notable sets of siblings were featured on both halves of Monday’s halftime page, which yielded nine perfect scores and an overall average of 17.3 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


We began Monday’s second half by crossing the mighty Mississippi River before asking about the forgotten artistic medium of xylography.  Next up, we stumped most of our teams with this Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This is the title track to David Bowie’s third studio album.

CLUE 2: This song has been covered by more than two dozen artists, including Lulu, Simple Minds, and John Mellencamp.

CLUE 3: The highest-charting cover version of this song was recorded for an album entitled “MTV Unplugged in New York”.

Eight teams picked up bonus points with an early correct answer, but even after the third clue were revealed, only 24% of our teams recognized that the referenced album was released by Nirvana, leading to this correct answer:



Though most of our teams recovered nicely with topics such as the Doppler Effect and Tom Cruise films, only two teams earned perfect third round scores: Morgan Station (Morgan Inn) and Dirty Mike and the Boys (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle).


After discussing African countries in the 6-4-2 question, Monday’s final round included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> In 1936, what American-born socialite became the first female to be named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”?

Though she was a prominent figure at the time, U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wouldn’t best be described as a socialite, but Wallis Simpson certainly fits that billing:

Wallis Simpson

Juts 21% of the field earned wagering points here, but many of those teams were able to tack on two bonus points by knowing that Simpson’s official title was the Duchess of Windsor.  After closing with questions concerning “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and celebrities named Baker, seven teams notched 36 final round points.  Here is Monday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (48.7% success rate):

–> Which two planets of our Solar System have atmospheres made up almost entirely of carbon dioxide?

Just under half of the field picked up points on the final question with the correct answers of Mars and Venus.  Congratulations to Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), and Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s), who each earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  These were your highest scoring teams at the conclusion of Monday’s game:

An honorable mention goes out to Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown), who notched 163 points while playing ‘over the limit’.


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Texas Longhorns Football Scandals)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Leprechauns  (Next week’s first category: Jimmy Buffett)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on September 10: Jan and Dean)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on September 10: “WKRP In Cincinnati”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Tequila Mockingbird  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on September 10: “Good Morning Vietnam”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Baseball Nicknames)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vaccum  (Next week’s first category: Irish Whiskey)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: Ducks in Film)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: “Rocko’s Modern Life”)

Front Royal Brewing Company in Front Royal, VA:  Neon Lights  (Next week’s first category: Animals)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Dirty Mike and the Boys  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on September 10: Famous Alans)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Estivators  (Next week’s first category: Brothers Grimm)