Hi, My Name is Monday Trivia!

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Monday evening’s game of Pour House Trivia was played at 14 locations by a total of 148 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

We took a trip to Wyoming and Washington to kick things off on Monday, followed by a three-parter with department stores in pop culture and a celebration of Arthur Ashe‘s Grand Slam tennis titles. At the end of the round, we played a game:

  • Containing 64 black-and-white discs, which board game originally made by the Pressman Corporation takes its name from a Shakespearean title character?
  • Bonus: In foreign countries, this game is better known by which seven-letter name?

Identifying the game known as Othello was easy for wagering points, but getting its foreign name of Reversi was only accomplished by a fifth of the field. A game-high 12 perfect scores were earned in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

Instrumentals released by typically non-instrumental acts were played for Monday’s audio question. The wagering success rate was a first-half low of 53%, while just 10.8% got all three musical acts: the Allman Brothers Band (Jessica), Van Halen (Eruption), and Lindsay Stirling (Crystallize). Two questions later, we looked back at an early 21st-century reality show:

  • First airing 20 years ago, which show focused on a father and son duo with the last name of Teutul and the custom motorcycles they created?
  • Bonus: What channel did this show originally air on?

American Chopper was on the air two decades ago and named in 2023 by 56% of teams, while 15% knew it aired on Discovery. We put together a mosaic and discussed World War I battles as the round concluded. This was the only round in which there were no perfect teams.

HALFTIME:

Musical acts portrayed themselves on The Simpsons such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Elton John were shown at the top half of the halftime page. The bottom section asked teams to name titles fitting a The BLANK & the BLANK theme, like The Fox & the Hound and The Sound & the Fury. Only seven teams got all 20 points, while the average squad scored 14.6 points. These were the high scores at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Monday’s Three Clues were given at the midpoint of the third round:

  • During the 1840s and 1850s, this man served as both Governor of New York and U.S. Senator from New York.
  • His signature appears on a notable government document which took effect on January 1, 1863.
  • While serving as U.S. Secretary of State, he agreed to a proposal by a Russian minister to purchase Alaska for 7.2 million dollars.

Only 7.4% of teams were able to name William Seward before the final clue for bonus credit. Later on, we had the night’s most difficult wagering query:

  • Which film of the 2010s is the most recent Best Picture Oscar winner to be primarily set in Baltimore?

About 19% of the field knew that film to be The Shape of Water. All three perfect teams in the third round came from Del Ray Pizzeria: Horny For Capybaras, Cobra Kai, and Slainte.

FOURTH ROUND:

The scorpion was named by 47 teams at the six-point level on Monday’s 6-4-2. The fourth round of the evening featured this three-parter on imaginary map lines:

  • 1) The Tropic of Cancer passes through a Strait named for which U. S. state?
  • 2) The Prime Meridian passes through the Royal Observatory in which borough of London?
  • 3) The Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone passed through a parallel line with which numerical name?

Roughly 34% of the field earned at least wagering points with two correct answers, but only five teams went all the way to Bonusland for naming, in order, FloridaGreenwich, and the 17th parallel. Other topics in this round included the game show The Weakest LinkTracy Chapman‘s recent CMA Award for Fast Car, and the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. Dynamite (Rockwell) had the lone perfect score in this round. After four rounds, these teams were on top:

  • Horny For Capybaras (DRP): 162
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 161
  • Bestin Reston (Aslin): 155
  • Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 154
  • Slainte (DRP): 154

FINAL QUESTION (18.92% success rate):

  • Decades after his introduction, which television character originally voiced by Frank Oz revealed that his first name is Sid?

It was revealed in 2017, 51 years after he debuted on Sesame Street, that Cookie Monster‘s real first name is Sid. Monday’s Perfect 21 teams were Horny For Capybaras (DRP), Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell), and Peanut Butter Jelly Time (William Jeffrey’s). Those teams and more comprised the final Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eddie Van Halen)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: West Virginia Cryptids)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Overthinking  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Geography)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Horny for Capybaras  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Washington Post)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Plutocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob Dole)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Kramerica  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Heavy Metal)

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Words with Umlauts) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Bestin Reston  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Cup Skiing)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Joe Walsh (audio))

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: TSL Bitch  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sex and the City)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso (season 1))

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Almost All-American  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animated Disney Films)