Getting Started with Monday Trivia!

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This past Monday featured 14 Pour House Trivia venues hosting a total of 158 teams.


A breezy first round featured no truly difficult questions for our teams to handle. In this round, we celebrated 20 years of Outkast’s Hey Ya!, chose the thimble in Monopoly, and once again let everyone know that Marie Antoinette didn’t really say Let them eat cake. At the end of the first five questions, 24 teams still had perfect scores!


Monday’s audio question obscured celebrity names in song lyrics, namely Andy Kaufman in REM’s Man on the MoonJessica Simpson in Pink’s So What, and Lindsay Lohan in Pitbull’s Give Me Everything. The evening’s most difficult wagering question followed:

  • Lower back pain is alternately known by which L-word derived from the Latin word meaning loin?

That condition, lumbago, was named by just under a quarter of the field. Other subjects in this round included the 1990s baseball film Rookie of the Year and the Spanish Steps found in Rome, Italy. This round had 11 perfect teams.


Pop culture vehicles and athlete nicknames were the topics in play for Monday’s halftime page. The average team scored 15.8 points, while there were 31 perfect 20-pointers. At the halftime break, these were the highest scores:


The second half began with a query about a musical two-hit wonder:

  • Featuring the falsetto voice work of Roland Gift, the song She Drives Me Crazy marked the first number-one hit for which British band whose best-selling album was playfully titled The Raw and the Cooked?

The band Fine Young Cannibals was identified by 29% of teams. Two questions later, we reached the night’s hardest way to earn bonus points:

  • Calvin Coolidge became U. S. President after the passing of which immediate predecessor? For your wager, either identify that President or identify the state for which Coolidge served as governor.

Only 12.6% of the field named by Coolidge’s predecessor, Warren G. Harding, or his time as governor of Massachusetts. The round ended with a three-parter about men named Mitch: Senator McConnell, journalist Albom, and comedian Hedberg. This round’s perfect scores were earned by Howard F’ing Cosell (DRP) and Santos L Halper (Ragtime).


Seventeen teams earned the full six points on Monday’s 6-4-2 about actress Hailee Steinfeld. The fourth round kicked off with this Netflix query:

  • A successful car salesman is the protagonist of which current Netflix series set in the San Fernando Valley?
  • Bonus: What is the name of that car dealership?

Just over a third of the field named the show, Cobra Kai, while 17% knew the car dealership was LaRusso Auto Group. Other topics in this round included Utah’s Arches National ParkThree Clues about the Korean War, and Jacques Plante’s goalie mask innovation during his time with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Six teams earned all 36 points in this round. These were the top teams after four rounds:

  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 165
  • Bet Smart (Cushwa): 165
  • Five Hundred Score Manatees (Ragtime): 163
  • Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 162
  • Demolition (DRP): 160

FINAL QUESTION (64.56% success rate):

  • What are the two most populous countries on Earth whose capital cities start with the same first letter as their country name?

Even with two answers needed on this final question, almost two thirds of the field got both Brazil (Brasilia) and Mexico (Mexico City)! We were up to seven Perfect 21 teams this Monday. At the end of the night, these were the highest scores:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Barbacks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baseball Hall of Fame)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Attack on Titan)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jennifer Lawrence Films (audio))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Plutocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Video Games)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Kramerica  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Calculus)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Peanut Butter Jelly Time  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Holiday Rock Songs)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Five Hundred Score Manatees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Phallic Statues) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Widgets  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Game of Thrones (TV show))

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The F Word)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Suck or Be Sucked  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chad (country))

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