Iran So Far Away at Monday Trivia…

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 64 teams across eight venues.


In Monday’s opening round, we discussed the film collaborations of Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey,  anatomical names and phrases, as well as the incident on Valentine’s Day in 1990 during which Michael Jordan‘s jersey was stolen from the visitors locker room in Orlando.  We closed the first stanza with its most difficult wagering and bonus questions:

  • Debuting on NBC in 2005, which sitcom featured the following monologue during its opening credits: Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting around the corner: karma?

Just over half of Monday’s field earned wagering points with the correct response of My Name is Earl, with about half of those teams tacking on the final two bonus points of the round by knowing that Jason Lee portrayed the title character.  Seven Monday teams began their night with a perfect first round score.


Monday was Valentine’s Day, so we asked our teams to identify three musical acts singing tunes whose titles contain the word Love.  We listened to Foreigner (I Want to Know What Love Is), The Partridge Family (I Think I Love You), and Selena Gomez (Same Old Love).  About one-fifth of Monday’s field earned two bonus points by identifying all three musical acts.  From there, we moved on to topics such as the Ford Motor Company, the political concept of amnesty, the classifications for the purity of silver, and the three European nations whose names begin with the letter ‘I’ (Ireland, Italy, Iceland).  Four teams notched a perfect second round score of 36 points: Living the Dream (Cushwa), Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), Burning Dog Poo and the Human Response (Rockwell), and Quizzards (Il Forno).


Keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, Monday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify romantic films and words containing the letters ‘L-O-V-E’ in order.  Falling on the more difficult side, the average score reached just 12.6 points, though four teams managed to post a perfect halftime score of 20 points.  Here is Monday’s overall leaderboard at the halftime break:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 92
  • Living the Dream (Cushwa): 89
  • H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 88
  • Quizzards (Il Forno): 87
  • Southpaw Fish (Il Forno): 87


Monday’s second half began with a surprisingly difficult Triple 50/50 question under the topic of Eat It or Wear It?  Our teams were asked to determine whether each of these items were types of food or articles of clothing: organza (silk fabric), cappello romano (religious hat), and jambonette (French pork dish).  The inclusion of the term romano threw off most of the field, but that word doesn’t always refer to a type of cheese, it simply denotes anything from the city of Rome.  About one-third of the field earned wagering points here, with numerous teams missing their nine-point wager and/or their potential five-point category bonus.  Furthermore, only one team (Almost All-American at Il Forno) earned a two-point bonus with all three correct answers.  Other third round topics included the Presidency of John Tyler, the atmosphere of Mars, comedienne Sarah Silverman, and the most notable bouts in the career of Muhammad Ali.  Thanks to the first question, a perfect score eluded the entire field in Monday’s third round.


Another U. S. President was the focus of Monday’s 6-4-2 question, with exactly one-fourth of the field earning six points by knowing that Harry Truman is the first person mentioned in the lyrics of the Billy Joel song We Didn’t Start the Fire.  After opening the final round with a question regarding Queen Anne, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Using a play on words as its title, which CBS drama series starred Amber Tamblyn as a high school student who possessed the ability to talk to God?

Less than one-third of our teams responded correctly with Joan of Arcadia.  The fourth stanza continued with topics such as the song Mrs. Robinson, the Minnesota city of Duluth, and the animated film Happy Feet, the latter of which provided our teams with another wicked bonus question:

  • Which performer who voiced the character of Trev passed away shortly before this film’s release?

Crikey!  Cringe Millennials (Cushwa) was the only Monday team to pick up the final two bonus points of the night with the correct response of Steve Irwin.  Once again, none of our Monday teams posted a perfect fourth round score.  Heading into the final question, these were your highest scoring teams:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 166
  • Auburn Pillagers (DRP): 155
  • H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 151
  • Shatner Pants (Rockwell): 151
  • Talk Nerdy To Me (DRP): 147

FINAL QUESTION (18.8% success rate):

  • Among the five nations currently surrounding the Caspian Sea, which one is NOT a former member of the Soviet Union?

The four former Soviet republics located along the shore of the Caspian Sea are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and 
Turkmenistan, but the southern shore of the Caspian borders the correct answer of Iran.  In a highly impressive stretch, last night marked the third consecutive Monday in which Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) earned the ONLY Perfect 21 of the night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here are your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:


Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Living the Dream  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings from Encanto)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kevin Smith Films)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Holt  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous People Named Chad)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Dorothy Zbornak Experience  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Presidents)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Country Music)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Real Team of Genius  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Presidents)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Table 69  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Encanto)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Socardeez Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor)