Finding a Silver Lining at Monday Trivia!

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The biggest Monday in Pour House Trivia history happened this week! Eleven local venues welcomed a total of 114 teams for another great night of trivia.


The pawn and knight chess pieces were the opening subject for Monday’s game, but the next question put a lot of teams in checkmate:

  • Mammals classified as pinnipeds have limbs that are specifically designed for which activity?

Pinnipeds are animals like seals and sea lions, which use special limbs for swimming; 56% of teams got that right, which was the lowest success rate of the first half. However, a game-high 24 teams had a round one perfect score.


The audio clue in this game provided teams with opening narration for three television shows, and 77% of the field earned wagering points for naming at least two of The Twilight ZoneQuantum Leap, and Iron Chef. We proceeded to questions about the Bay of Bengal, the Deepwater Horizon explosion at the BP-owned drilling station, and Anubis, the protector of the dead in the ancient Egyptian culture. The last question of this round proved to be its hardest:

  • Respectively representing Las Vegas and Connecticut, which two teams in this season’s WNBA Finals both play home games at casino properties?

The Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun were those two teams; 62% of our teams named at least one of those teams, but this was the lowest bonus success rate of the first half since only 37% had both right answers. There were 19 perfect team scores in this round.


Halftime tasks on Monday included naming various animated characters, then matching pairs of songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the same calendar year. This halftime sheet was a bit tough overall with an average score of 13.9 points and only five perfect 20-point entries. We did reach the halftime intermission with a flawless team, though:


The second half may have started with an easy three-parter featuring answers with N.P. initials, but a trip to South America for the next question tripped some teams up:

  • In addition to being the smallest independent nation in South America, what is the only South American country to have designated Dutch as an official language?

Suriname was successfully named by 54% of the field. Other topics in the third round included Yul Brynner royal roles in The Ten Commandments and The King and I, the Pink Lady cocktail, and Walt Whitman‘s poem O Captain! My Captain!, written in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln‘s assassination. Eight teams recorded perfect scores in this round.


There were four teams that stopped, collaborated, and listened well enough to name Vanilla Ice from a single clue and get all six points in the 6-4-2. In the fourth round, we had a battle with pneumonia, but shrugged it off in time for this question:

  • Whose most recent television credit is the lead role in the Netflix miniseries The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window?

Just over two-thirds of the field had the right answer, Kristen Bell. The final question in this round gave Three Clues about the NFL’s Tennessee Titans but even with all those clues, a game-low 38% of teams named the team at any point for wagering credit. On top of that, just 15% earned bonus points for turning in a right answer before the third clue was read. Perfectos in this round were earned by Couldn’t Care Less (DRP), Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell), and TBD (William Jeffrey’s). We reached the finale with these teams on top:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 166
  • Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 164
  • Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 163
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 163
  • Satchel of Richards (Rockwell): 163

FINAL QUESTION (17.5% success rate):

  • Despite never winning an Academy Award, which performer born in 1975 is the most recent person to earn acting Oscar nominations in three consecutive years?

The final question proved to be a lot tougher this week! Doing so for Silver Linings PlaybookAmerican Hustle, and American SniperBradley Cooper was the correct answer. The night’s Perfect 21 honors went to Cobra Kai (DRP) and Satchel of Richards (Rockwell), each able to provide right answers for all of our wagering questions. These were the high scores at the end of Monday’s games:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Capybaras  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series))

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Better Call Saul (season 6))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Pursue This  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Electric Vehicles)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Satchel of Richards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1996 Baltimore Ravens)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Presidential Pets)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: TBD  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Atlanta Braves)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB World Series) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Northern Virginia Crime Scenes)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Baxter’s Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles)

Aslin Beer Co in Washington, DC: King Charles IV  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reality TV)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)