Light ‘Em Up at Monday Trivia!

Monday night featured the revival of Pour House Trivia at Spider Kelly’s in Arlington.  Our last game at this venue was way back in January of 2017, so we are extremely excited to be hosting trivia every Monday night.  Several of the teams playing last night were also regulars during our initial run.  Overall, we welcomed 109 teams across 12 venues.


We opened Monday’s game with a rather difficult bonus question.  After most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Keanu Reeves starred alongside Sandra Bullock in the action film “Speed”, only 17% of the field snagged the first two bonus points of the game by also knowing that Jason Patric starred with Bullock in the sequel “Speed 2: Cruise Control”.  After recounting three notable events from 1957, we asked this difficult question on the topic of video games:

–> Two games bearing the subtitles of “Sword” and “Shield” are the latest main series releases in which video game series, part of the largest media franchise in the world?

Less than half of our teams responded correctly with Pokemon.  After closing the first round with a look at the nation of Bangladesh, Killer Snails (Hershey’sposted the only perfect score of the opening stanza.


Monday’s audio question featured three songs with Biblical lyrics, as we listened to “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, “40” by U2, and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds.  Other second round topics included the pets owned by the titular family on “The Brady Bunch”, the similarly named athletes of Tyson Fury and Jim Furyk, and the former leaders of the Philippines.  Eight teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect second round.


Monday marked the 116th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.  In Monday’s halftime page, we asked our teams to identify ten of his characters, while the bottom half matched NBA legends to the records they hold.  We saw a slew of teams notch 19 points, but the name Bartholomew Cubbins escaped most of the field.  As a result, only two teams earned a perfect score of 20 points: That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle) and That’s a Bingo (Il Forno).  Here is Monday’s leaderboard at the halftime break:


Monday’s second half began with a Triple 50/50 question regarding card games, before moving on to topics such as the new HBO miniseries “The Outsider” and 20th century German history.  In the most difficult bonus question of the night, we asked our teams to name either the original flavor or Twizzlers candy or the company which currently owns and markets the brand, offering a two-point bonus for both correct answers.  Only 11% of the field scored those two points with the correct answers of licorice and Hershey.  After closing the round with a look at the stage musical “The Sound of Music”, we saw just one team earn a perfect third round score: Magnificent Seven (Rockwell).


Final round topics from Monday night included the music of Peter Gabriel, the Ides of March, Canadian geography, and the Beethoven piece “Fur Elise”.  We saved the nightly Three Clues question for the end of the game, offering our teams two bonus points for giving us the correct answer after these first two clues had been read:

CLUE 1: Ailurophobia is the fear of this animal.

CLUE 2: A group of this animal is called a clowder.

These two clues were enough for 24% of the field to give us the correct early answer of cat.  Three teams used those two points to complete a perfect final round: Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Brain Freeze (Hershey’s), and Notch Eight (Il Forno).  Heading into the final question, these were your highest scoring Monday teams:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (32.1% success rate):

–> Jean Nicot, a 16th century scholar and French ambassador to Portugal, returned to France with what type of plant as a medicine for Catherine de Medici?

Nearly one-third of the field responded correctly with tobacco, as Jean Nicot is the namesake for the chemical compound nicotine  Congratulations to the two teams that recorded a Perfect 21 on Monday by answering every wagering question correctly: Stink Floyd (Bushwaller’s) and Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s).  Your final overall leaderboard from Monday night included these teams:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Oliver’s Army   (Next week’s first category: “Cars” – Pixar film)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Hans Gruber or Han Solo?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: “The Lost Boys”)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Brain Freeze   (Next week’s first category: “Live P. D.”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Back and Forth   (Next week’s first category: Connecticut Huskies Women’s Basketball)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: Cyberpunk)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Fat Thor   (Next week’s first category: “The Incredibles”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Persons of Leisure   (Next week’s first category: 1980s New Wave Music)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Is That Trivia or Are You Just Happy to See Me?  (Next week’s first category: “Napoleon Dynamite” Quotes)

Spider Kelly’s in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: “McMillions”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: Kate Burkholder Novel Series)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Brat Pack Films)