If You Only Knew the Power of Monday Trivia…

With a ridiculous Monday Night Football game in the background, Pour House Trivia welcomed 84 teams across ten venues:


There was virtually no warm-up period for our Monday teams this week, as each of the first two bonus questions were among the most difficult of the entire game.  First, on a question concerning the animated Disney film “Aladdin”, we offered two bonus points to any team that could identify the actor who voiced the title character.  Only five teams across the board responded correctly with Scott Weinger.  Next up, another difficult bonus was featured on this Three Clues question regarding one of the 50 states:

CLUE 1: After Texas, this state has the most counties of any U.S. state.

CLUE 2: Based on land area, this is the largest state located east of the Mississippi River.

Among teams attempting to earn a two-point bonus, Florida was a popular wrong answer.  Once again, only five teams earned bonus points by forgoing the the final clue and turning in the correct answer of Georgia:


Though we concluded the first stanza with relatively easier wagering questions on the term ‘jerk’ and the U.S. $50 bill, only one team recorded 36 points to begin Monday’s game: Killer Snails (Hershey’s).


Monday’s audio question featured the voice work of Macy Gray, Pink, and Colbie Caillat, each of whom sang tunes whose titles contained the word “Try”.  We continued with a look back at the career of this tennis champion:


This two-point bonus asked our teams to tell us (within one either way) how many professional Grand Slam singles titles Pete Sampras won throughout his career.  Only 19% of the field was close enough to the correct answer of 14 titles.  Other second round topics included specialized names for turkeys and the Venus flytrap, which most our teams did not know is only native to the Carolinas.  As a result, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.


Brand logos and film quotes were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page.  Playing slightly more difficult than usual, this page yielded an average score of 15.2 points.  While several teams notched 19 points, we did not see any perfect halftime pages on Monday night.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s):  84
  • Oliver’s Army (DRP):  83
  • Unsavories (DRP):  83
  • Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s):  83


Monday’s second half began with a question concerning this contemporary novel series:

Alex Cross James Patterson

The third round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night, which was asked in the form of a three-part geography question:

–> Identify the fifth most populous country.

–> Identify the fifth largest U.S. state in terms of land area.

–> Identify the fifth most populous continent.

Just as we saw in the first half, the ranking of the U.S. states based on land area is certainly a difficult topic, as only a handful of teams gave us the correct response of New Mexico.  The other two answers on this three-part question included Brazil and South America.  Only 12% of the field earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while three teams earned bonus points by hitting all three.  We did not see any perfect scores in the third round.


Final round topics included TV characters and the White House Plumbers (from the Watergate scandal).  We also included a question about this charitable effort:

USA For Africa

Only 15% of our teams remembered that the hit song “We Are the World” was recorded under the collective name of USA For Africa.  Shifting gears from pop music to classical music, we closed the final round with a question regarding the “Bridal March” by Richard Wagner (say it with a ‘V’ sound!).  While most of our teams knew that this song has taken on the informal title of “Here Comes the Bride”, only seven teams earned the final two bonus points of the night by also knowing it was introduced in the Wagner opera “Lohengrin”.  As a result, Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) posted the only perfect score of the final round.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

  • Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique):  154
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP):  153
  • Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s):  151
  • Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s):  151

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.8% success rate):

–> Located next to a raccoon, which film character was carved into the dark side of the Washington National Cathedral, following a design competition for children in 1986?

Just under half of our teams were able to pick up on the subtle hint included in the wording of this question, responding correctly with Darth Vader:

Darth Vader

None of our teams earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Worst Case Ontario  (Next week’s first category: St. Louis Cardinals)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Spirit Growth Hormones  (Next week’s first category: National Cathedral)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Pop Rocks  (Next week’s first category: Celebrities Named Scott)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites  (Next week’s first category: Claymation Films)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: Stan Lee)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: “Peanuts” TV Specials)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: Motorhead)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  His and Her Peas  (Next week’s first category: Early 2000s Punk)

Bareburger in Atlanta, GA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Wine Names)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Blumpkin Spice Latte  (Next week’s first category: “Goldeneye” – N64 video game)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Piggy Doodles  (Next week’s first category: “The Thin Man”)