I Love Monday Trivia… So Help Me God!

After Sunday’s night somewhat interesting football game, we were glad to see that most of our regular teams were not experiencing a super hangover, as most of our venues were jammed for Monday night trivia.  In addition to the regular slate of games, we also welcomed our newest venue partner: Basic Burger in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington.  That spot featured one of the busiest games of the night!  Let’s run down the top scores for Monday night:

MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (49 teams across seven venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Kitten Mittens (Basic Burger) with 172

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Kitten Mittens with 163

–> Highest First Half Score: Walking Talking Stephen Hawking (Basic Burger) with 92

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Apparently, there were just enough diversity in tonight’s set, as no team managed to score a Perfect 21 tonight.

–> The halftime page played to an average of 17.9, with about 20% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question proved to be much more difficult, as Cosmic Debris from Il Forno was the ONLY team to snag six points, as they knew that 20% of all mammals worldwide are classified as bats.

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.7% success rate):

–> While most U.S. Presidential inaugurations have taken place within Washington D.C., there are also four U.S. states which have been the site of inaugurations.  Name any three of these states.

(you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


DRP in Alexandria, VA

I’m so glad I was able to fill in for Chris (who should be back in the saddle next week) at DRP Monday night!  Thanks to all the trivia fans for their warm welcome.  Before starting my career as a Pour House host, I actually played at DRP semi-regularly for several months… it felt crazy to be at the host’s table!  This week’s trivia set was a real doozy, with some really tough questions right out of the gate.  A few teams broke out of the pack by recognizing the species name of the ostrich, and by recalling the title of a little-loved Julian Assange biopic.  After the halftime sheet, team TBD held a decent lead over the field, with the B-58’s and Mudbloods not far behind.

In the third round, the question about which apostle and Gospel writer was a former tax collector proved to be the hardest of the night – many, many teams seemingly picked at random from the four evangelists.  Remember, St. Matthew is the patron saint of accountants and financial wisdom; maybe he could help you out when tax season rolls around!  The 6-4-2 and fourth round were pretty smooth sailing, although your host caught some flak for referring to climate change as a “controversial” topic.

By the Final question, the Mudbloods had seized first place, and Wingardium Mimosa had surged up into second from the middle of the pack.  The B-58s, Del Ray Dummies and Del Ray Divas rounded out the top five, with TBD unfortunately having faded in the stretch.  All eleven remaining teams wagered the full 12 points, and about half of them earned their points!  Your top three:

First Place:  Mudbloods

Second Place:  Wingardium Mimosa

Third Place:  TBD

Next week’s first category: Martin Luther

Martin Luther Trivia


Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD

This week we started things off with a question about “The Office”, which asked about the landmark where Jim and Pam got married.  Most teams who got this one right and bet confidently, knowing it was Niagara Falls.  The audio question of the night was about songs whose titles are the full names of celebrities.  Of course we got ‘Clint Eastwood’ by Gorillaz and ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer, but ‘Tim McGraw’ by Taylor Swift was a bit tougher.  The halftime page asked teams to identify different movies based on pictures of aliens, as well as matching explorers to the areas they founded.

The final question of the night was about the U.S. Presidency, asking for any three of the four states where an inauguration took place.  Nobody got this right, and things shifted in a big way as a result.  Third place went to That’s A Niner, and second went to The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou.  The win tonight was because of a crafty zero wager, congrats to Quality Guesswork!  Nice job!  Next week we start with a question about the TV show ‘Psych’, so I’ll see you all then!

~ Chad

Next week’s first category:  “Psych”

Psych TV Trivia


Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD

Happy Monday to everyone and thanks again for coming back out to Morgan Inn in Woodbine for some Pour House Trivia!  Our first category featured the iconic Huey helicopter.  Later in the first round we remembered that you don’t have to have a good idea to earn the Nobel Peace Prize, you just need to have enough people that thought it was a good idea at the time.  We concluded the round with a bonus question regarding Elvis’ last scripted film role:

Mary Tyler Moore Trivia

We “coded” some Da Vinci in round two, and then followed it up with a flightless avian, and finished with some Canadian baseball.  Round three featured one question that proved to be “elementary”, we also talked about some George Strait, and finished off with the longest running spin-off of Law & Order.

Sherlock Holmes Trivia

Our final round featured our own home state of Maryland, the consequences of too much “drinky” while playing trivia, and a tasty pastry shown below:

Here are the final results from Week 2 of Season XV:

First Place:  Men & Pausers

Second Place:  Menace to Sobriety

Third Place:  Ponyboy

Next week’s first category:  Bugs Bunny

~ Ronnie

Bugs Bunny Trivia


Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD

Week 2 of Season XV is in the books from Hershey’s Restaurant.  Our Monday night game had a less dramatic finish than week one, but we still had some fun anyway!  Finishing 3rd was a new team I hope we’ll see again named Just For Fun!  2nd place was taken by Melissa McCartney Fan Club, and finishing with the 1st place victory was Smauglettes!  They picked “Westminster Dog Show” for next weeks winners choice, so study up and come join us for some good food and a GREAT time next Monday at Hershey’s!!

~ Jon J





Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

We had a quick and dirty game of Pour House Trivia tonight at Uno Pizzeria in Frederick!

I think we can dispense with a lot of the pleasantries on this one; to put it mildly, it was a bit one-sided.  But at least we learned that “The Chief Rabbit” and “A Honeycomb and a Mouse” would make interesting Bunnicula Chapter titles, that when you’re not familiar with songs named for celebrities, the guess answers are varied and wild, and that there’s never a bad time for a “Silence of the Lambs” liver, fava beans and chianti joke!

When all was said and done, the standings were thus:

In second place tonight, Tequila Mockingbird!

In first place tonight, Stink Floyd!

Good game guys; next week we’ll kick the game off with Failed Senate Confirmation Hearings!  Should be interesting; study up and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian


Basic Burger in Arlington, VA

New season, new venue!  Basic Burger was a great host for our first game of Pour Hose Trivia tonight, welcoming us with open arms, and delicious burgers!!  Plus, NINE TEAMS teams joined us for the inaugural game, and it was a blast!

Teams started off pretty strong in Round 1, with mostly just bonuses tripping them up.  While EVERY team knew that four hippos make up the Hungry Hungry Hippos game, not a one knew that ‘only’ 20 marbles came with the original set.  Perhaps some were like me, adding marbles from other games to get more play time!  Another tough bonus ended round one, as only two teams knew Elvis Presley appeared with Mary Tyler Moore in his last scripted film.

In the second round, the last two questions stumped quite a few of our teams.  Given the scientific name Camelus, only three teams could identify the correct bird, an ostrich (doesn’t it look like a camel?).  About half of our field named Toronto as the 1976 American League expansion team, but only two could name their home stadium.

Being from Texas, I always tend to think everyone will know the country song questions, and while many named “All My exes Live in Texas” correctly, many thought Willie Nelson was the original performer!  George Strait, people!  Good ol’ George!  Walking Talking Stephen Hawking was holding a strong lead throughout the first three rounds, but as we all know, it takes consistency to take home the big prize.  Missing the National Parks question conerning the climate change tweets let Kitten Mittens take the lead after Round 4.

Our final question was a nail biter!  The top three teams were the only ones to answer the final question correctly (with answers of New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Texas), meaning proper wager strategizing was important.  The final winners were:

First Place:  Kitten Mittens (winners of $50 cash at the grand opening of trivia at Basic Burger)

Second Place:  Walking Talking Stephen Hawking

Third Place:  High School Prom

Next week’s first category:  Famous Milkshakes

Will they bring all the boys to the yard?  Let’s find out, next week, at Basic Burger!


~ Kate

Milkshake Trivia


Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

Week 2 of Pour House Trivia Season XV began tonight at il Forno in Frederick.  We had a big crowd tonight, mostly our regular teams.  Cosmic Debris made an appearance, a group of players we haven’t seen in a year or so, and a team name we haven’t seen since maybe Season 5 of PHT!  Surely a blast from the past.  The trio of Cosmic Debris certainly looked good tonight, having a strong first half but not getting the lead as our House Champs from Season XIV, under a new name, the Jeff King Experience looked just as good as they always have!

Going into the 3rd round, The Jeff King Experience continued their winning ways, nearly acing it.  Cosmic Debris was close behind, hoping JK would make a mistake soon.  Well, the opportunity DID present itself, in the form of a 6-4-2 question.  Cosmic Debris went early, getting a 6 point bonus, but Jeff King missed it on 6 as Cosmic moved into striking distance.  It was a one-point game now going into the final round.

This was an impressive game to watch, Jeff King Experience, a long time il Forno juggernaut, duking it out against Cosmic Debris who haven’t been here in ages.  Round 4 needed to give Cosmic Debris some help.  Unfortunately for them, The JKXP had a perfect 4th, and went into the final up by 2 points, as Cosmic Debris dropped their 1 wager.

Our top 3 teams going into the final were Jeff King, Cosmic Debris, and Balls of Fire, who return for Season XV play after taking a short hiatus since the New Year started.  The final played tough tonight, about half of the teams getting it.  Among the gets were all three of our top teams, so no difference in the standings. Jeff King takes down yet another win with Cosmic in 2nd and Balls of Fire in 3rd!  A great game tonight, let’s see if JKXP keeps up the streak next week! Until then 😉

Next week’s first category: Transportation

Ticket to Ride Trivia