Close Encounters of the Monday Trivia Kind!

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Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia was played by 144 total teams across 11 locations.


An early question about former U.S. President Richard Nixon featured the toughest bonus chance in the first round, where only 34% of teams knew that he was a member of the Quaker faith. At the end of the round, we talked TV revivals:

  • The Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch will star in which NBC revival about a judge working the late shift in New York City?

Night Court is coming back to the small screen, and almost 80% of teams got that right for wagering points. A game-high 17 perfect team scores were recorded in this round.


Monday’s audio question played a trio of nursery rhymes and asked teams to identify each title. After a question about the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, we reached the most difficult wagering query in the first half:

  • What was the surname of the physicist who wrote the 1958 book Elementary Seismology?

While the majority of teams knew the surname Richter, the bonus question was a lot harder; only five teams secured two extra points for getting his first name, Charles. The round ended with a question about the film Arachnophobia in which 11% of teams earned bonus points by knowing Jeff Daniels was its top-billed actor. The only perfect score in this round was earned by Legalized Gambling (DRP).


Tasks at halftime involved naming fictional characters with G names such as Galadriel and Gromit, then figuring out sports team anagrams. The average score was 14.8 points, but nine teams turned in a perfect 20-point page. These were the top scores at the halftime break:


In the third round, teams got Three Clues about the word pump to start; just over a quarter of the field got bonus points for correctly answering early. This question proved to be the toughest of the round:

  • Which supermodel landed her first feature film role in a 1983 comedy, portraying a character known simply as Girl in Red Ferrari?

Christie Brinkley was named by 60% of our teams. This round had 12 perfect team scores.


Twelve teams figured out the 6-4-2 answer, the number 2100, from a single clue to receive the maximum six points. The final round of the night began with Monday’s hardest wagering question:

  • Later developed into a 1963 film featuring Ann-Margret, which Broadway musical was inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley joining the army?

About 47% of teams correctly identified Bye Bye Birdie to earn their wager, while 18% added bonus points for naming the other film starring Elvis and Ann-Margret, Viva Las Vegas. Other topics in this round included the origins of the word dyslexia, country music star Shania Twain, and the 2000s reality series The Simple Life. This round’s only perfect team was Killer Snails (Quincy’s). With just one question remaining, these teams were atop the leaderboard:

FINAL QUESTION (59% success rate):

  • Two years after one infamously adapted the other’s work for a radio broadcast, in 1940 what two men finally met, perhaps to discuss how their last names are homophones of one another?

Those two men were Orson Welles and H.G. Wells, the latter of whom wrote The War of the Worlds which Orson turned into a radio broadcast. Monday’s game featured nine teams that each earned the Perfect 21 for giving correct answers to each of our wagering questions! The final scoreboard featured a tightly-grouped pack of teams on top:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: No Probllama  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barbara Stanwyck Films)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 33/33/33: Cities in Heart of Rock & RollLiving in America, or Both?)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pedro Pascal)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tobias Funke)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animorphs (book series))

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

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: We Trivia Good  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Planners  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paris Landmarks) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Planned Communities)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Solar System)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Twerk From Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The X-Files)