Lighting the Torch at Monday Trivia!

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia was played across 13 area venues for a total of 125 teams.


We kicked things off with topics such as Curious George and Nick Cannon, but the last question of the opening round proved to be the toughest:

  • Which U.S. east coast state is home to the cities of Bridgeport, Greenwich, and Norwalk?

Toughest is a relative term, since 88% of the field knew those cities are in Connecticut. However, this did carry the most difficult bonus chance in the first half, with just 20% of teams knowing those cities are all in Fairfield County. In all, five teams recorded perfect first-round scores.


Instrumental tracks for three popular songs comprised Monday’s audio portion of the game, followed by the first half’s hardest wagering question:

  • Which three male first names were once used as a placeholder for unspecified people, usually following the word every? In reference to the phrase, three characters from the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun were given these names.

Teams needed to have all three of those names to get their wagering points, and just over three-quarters of them knew Tom, Dick, and Harry. We moved on to subjects such as scientist Nikola Tesla, DC’s Folger Theatre, and 2016 World Series teams, the Chicago Cubs and the now-Cleveland Guardians. A game-high seven perfect scores were tallied here.


Tasks in Monday’s halftime round were naming TV game shows by their game boards, then naming the eight NFL teams with the most all-time regular season wins. This proved to be a tough one, as the average team score was just 13.1 points and only one perfect page, earned by That’s So Clavin (Cushwa). The top of the halftime leaderboard looked like this:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 89
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 87
  • Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Il Forno): 86
  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 85
  • Donner Party Line (Ragtime): 84
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 84


A three-parter on fictional film products started the second half of play, followed by the Last Supper celebrating Passover and this award-winning question:

  • The most recent American male to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature is not a traditional author, but rather which member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Bob Dylan was correctly named by 72% of our teams, the lowest success rate of the third round. The end of the round contained a question about polio where a round-low 19% of the field earned bonus points for giving its other name, infantile paralysisPeriodic Table Dancers (Il Forno) and Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Il Forno) racked up the perfect scores in round three.


About a quarter of Monday’s teams got all six points on the 6-4-2 regarding the word when. The fourth round itself began with Monday’s most difficult wagering query:

  • Due to its unique and distinctive ecology, which island nation of about 25 million residents has been dubbed the eighth continent?

About 53% of the field had Madagascar as the correct answer, while 17% gained bonus points for naming Mozambique as its nearest mainland nation. Other topics in this round included TV show This is Us, novel Anne of Green Gables, and Three Clues about the number 38. Perfect scores in round four were earned by six teams. We reached the night’s final question with these teams on top:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 165
  • Quick Pink and the Vine Gang (Il Forno): 162
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 160
  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 157
  • That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 156

FINAL QUESTION (36.4% success rate):

  • Prior to Emperor Naruhito opening the Summer Olympics last year, which city hosted the most recent Summer Olympics to be officially opened by a male monarch?

King Juan Carlos I did the honors in 1992, opening the Barcelona Olympics that year. Three teams earned Perfect 21 honors on Monday, as Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), Mark Isn’t Real (William Jeffrey’s), and How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s) getting all 21 wagering questions right. These teams and more are seen in Monday’s final leaderboard:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Capybaras  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Capybaras)

The Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: Pygmy Goats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Living the Dream  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Expanse (book series))

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 Philadelphia Phillies)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Twerk From Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Ramones)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Sofa King  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Appalachian Trail)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Salads)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Mark Isn’t Real  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Birdwatching)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Donner Party Line  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cy Young Award Winners) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Monday Knight  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Old Testament)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kevin Kline Films)

Aslin Beer Co in Washington, DC: Thrifty Boys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mario Kart Double Dash!!)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Quick Pink and the Vine Gang  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sports)