Like a Shining Desk Lamp, It’s Your Monday Night Trivia Recap!

Welcome to the new Pour House Trivia Blog!  Those of you that are regular visitors to this page will notice a new format to the nightly recaps.  We’ve combined facts and stats from all of our venues into one post.  We’re hoping that this new streamlined style will make it easier for everyone to find out what’s going on at other venues within the PHT family.

Monday began the second week of the Summer Fling Season, as all seven of our Monday night venues were back in action for a great game of trivia.  Four of our seven venues featured fields of at least ten teams, but which teams could separate themselves from the rest of the pack and claim victory?  Read on…


Tonight’s first round included a three-part question on words beginning with a silent “G” (how gnarly!), followed by a question on the classic 1956 film “The Ten Commandments”.  Despite being heralded as one of the greatest films ever, can you believe it only won ONE Academy Award?  Apparently, this scene was the clincher:

Ten Commandments Heston

The toughest question of the round was a bonus question which asked our teams to name the first female to swim across the English Channel.  In 1926, it was an American Olympic gold medalist named Gertrude Ederle who accomplished that notable feat.  While only seven teams scored that elusive two-point bonus, other teams decided to show off their sense of humor.  At DRP, host Chris noted that one team turned in a guess of Margaret Thatcher, while down the road at Basic Burger, host Katie told us that the joke answer of Queen Elizabeth was actually more common than the correct response!

With 67 teams in action on Monday night, six teams finished the first round with a perfect score: That’s a Niner (Greene Turtle), The Fan Club (Hershey’s), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Morgan Station (Morgan Inn), Kitten Mittens (Basic Burger), and Cavs in Five (Il Forno).


Our three-part audio question included a clip from “The Simpsons” featuring this character:

Simpsons Bergstrom

While about 60% of the field could recognize the voice of Dustin Hoffman in the clip, only eight teams earned a two-point bonus by remembering the character’s name, Mr. Bergstrom (though at least one team was hoping that their guess of Rain Man would be accepted… it was not).  Later in the round, we discussed the twins that George and Amal Clooney recently welcomed into the world.  We then asked our teams to identify the sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, while the offensive team can score without ever touching the ball.  This question must have led to a few facepalms at Il Forno, as host Bill noticed that even though the Washington Nationals game was being broadcast on every television in the bar, some teams were unable to come up with the correct response of baseball.

We made a 180-degree turn for the final question of the round, moving from these lighthearted subjects to a question on African Economics (seriously).  The question asked teams to name the African government which revalued its dollar by removing twelve zeroes from the old notes in 2009.  Though we offered a potential crossword-style hint, many teams chose to forego that hint for a two-point bonus.  Despite many good guesses, only 15% of our teams earned a bonus with the correct response of Zimbabwe, a country which issued a 100 TRILLION DOLLAR NOTE in 2008.

Earning bonus points in this round proved to be difficult, as only H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP) correctly answered all three bonus questions to earn a perfect score of 36 points in the round.


The picture section of tonight’s halftime page featured items with “DOWN” in their names (e.g. “Black Hawk Down” and “Downward Facing Dog”).  Collectively, our teams scored very well, even naming this “Saturday Night Live” character whose appearance often led the performers to crack up during sketches:

Debbie Downer SNL

The bottom half of the halftime page focused on matching politicians to their scandalous behaviors.  Our teams must be well versed on Current Events, as the majority of the field notched 100% on this section.  Overall, the average score on our halftime page was 16.7, with about 22% of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.  Here are the top five overall scores after the halftime page:


We began the second half with our nightly Three Clues question, this time dealing with a chemical element.   Science is always a bit of a sticking point for many teams, but that was not the case here.  Given hints such as rutile, the Kroll process (no, not Nick Kroll), and atomic number 22, about 15% of our teams scored a two-point bonus.  Overall, about 70% of our teams earned points by waiting for the third clue to turn in the correct answer of Titanium.  Other topics in the third round included the animated TV series “Captain Planet”, as well as the cocktail named for this heroic figure:

Rob Roy

Yes, we are aware that this is a picture of Liam Neeson, but he is in costume as cocktail namesake Rob Roy.  As usual, the third round provided our most difficult questions.  On the third question, our teams had to name either one of the French island territories in the Caribbean Sea.  Given the hint that both names contained ten letters, about 70% of our teams named Martinique, but only five teams earned a two-point bonus by also remembering Guadeloupe.  We closed the round with a question about the (eventual) Disney character John Carter.  This proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 30% of our teams knew that the original source material written by Edgar Rice Burroghs included the words “of Mars”.

For the third round, perfect scores of 36 points were recorded by Killer Snails (Hershey’s) and Cavs in Five (Il Forno).


Our six-point question asked for the modern-day nation in which the religions of Zoroastrianism and Baha’i were founded.  About 31% of our teams scored six points with the correct response of Iran.


The final round of the night was our most diverse, as we began the round with a question on the Harlem Globetrotters.  About one-third of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that, oddly enough, the team was founded in Chicago.  We also touched on mathematics, familiar phrases, and the lesser-known works of this philosopher:

Karl Marx

While “The Communist Manifesto” is undoubtedly his most notable work, about half of our teams earned points by knowing that Karl Marx also wrote “Das Kapital”.  But is that really more important than knowing what an incredible beard this guy wore?  On this multiple choice question, a team at Il Forno employed a unique strategy by turning in an illegible answer, which is tough to do when it’s only one letter.  Fortunately, host Bill was able to see through that ploy.  We concluded the final round by asking which singer’s stage name is comprised by combining two personal pronouns: the first-person plural objective and the third-person singular feminine objective.  Our grammar nerds knew that those pronouns are us and her, giving us R&B superstar Usher.  No bonus points were given for whispering the answer repeatedly to the host, but we did give a bonus to those teams who knew his last name is Raymond.  At Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, host Ian noticed one team who was certainly on the right track, but could only muster the incorrect response of Meshe.  For the fourth round, two teams notched perfect scores of 36 points: Kitten Mittens (Basic Burger) and Cavs in Five (Il Forno).

Here are the top five overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (21.8% success rate):

–> Since this company’s founding in 1918, its logo has seen numerous revisions.  Its current version was created in 1992, when Jenny Joseph was wrapped in a sheet and asked to hold a small desk lamp.  What is this company?

If you can’t think of it off the top of your head, this image will provide a big hint:

Columbia Pictures

About one-fifth of our teams were able to get this image into their head before turning in the correct response of Columbia Pictures.  Congratulations to H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Cavs in Five (Il Forno), who answered correctly on all 21 wagering questions!  Here are the top ten scores overall:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (Next week’s first category: the novel “Dune”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s a Niner  (Next week’s first category: Chad Sings “The Little Mermaid”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Men and Pausers  (Next week’s first category: “Downton Abbey”)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: “Sharknado”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Litigators  (Next week’s first category: Soccer Rivalries)

Basic Burger in Arlington, VA:  Password is Taco  (Next week’s first category: Tennis)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cavs in Five  (Next week’s first category: Finance)