Make a Wish at Monday Trivia!

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For the second week in a row, we set a Monday record, as 120 teams took in a game of Pour House Trivia across 13 Monday venues.  One of those venues was The Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD, which hosted its first game of Pour House Trivia since the start of the pandemic.


Monday’s game opened with a three-part question in which each answer was also a type of bird.  We looked at the meteorological concept of humidity and the futility of the Detroit Lions.  The first round closed with its most difficult wagering and bonus questions:

  • Paul Giamatti and Sandra Oh appeared in which film of the 2000s whose release led to a 15% sales increase for pinot noir wine?
    • 2-POINT BONUS: Which actress earned an Oscar nomination for this film?

About two-thirds of the field scored wagering points with the correct answer of Sideways, with about one-fourth of those teams tacking on two bonus points by also knowing that Virginia Madsen (sister of fellow actor Michael Madsen) earned an Oscar no for portraying the love interest of Giamatti’s character.  That was the only stumbling block for most teams in the first round, as 11 teams stormed out of the opening game with 36 points.


We took a trip to the west coast in Monday’s audio question, asking our teams to identify songs whose titles begin with the word California.  The vast majority of the field had no problem recognizing California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas, and California Love by Tupac Shakur, but California King Bed by Rihanna was certainly the most difficult, evidenced by the fact that only 9% of our teams earned bonus points with three correct answers.  Later, more bonus points eluded most of the field on this geography question:

  • Identify either one the two former European colonies currently classified as Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China.

Most of the field picked up wagering points by submitting one of the two correct answers: Hong Kong.  Dozens of teams were expecting to add two bonus points with a second guess of Taiwan, but instead the other correct response was Macau (formerly a colony of Portugal).  Exactly one-fifth of Monday’s field earned bonus points with both correct answers.  We immediately continued with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

  • As a reference to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, the NBA Network aired a series of specials in 2015 honoring which retired player?

Many teams were trying to remember any NBA player nicknamed Shark, but this series of specials was titled as a play on words, and it was called Shaq Week.  Less than half of Monday’s field submitted Shaquille O’Neal as the correct answer.  Only three teams ran the table in the second round: Legalized Gambling (DRP), How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s), Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s).


Notable photographers and words containing ‘ZZ’ were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page.  The average score reached 15.8 points, with 16 teams notching a perfect 20 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Legalized Gambling (DRP): 92
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 90
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 89
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 89
  • That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 88
  • Slightly Agitated (Cushwa): 88


Topics from Monday’s third round included the controversial new film Don’t Worry, Darling, the legal term pro bono, and the U. S. armed forces.  A watery geography question proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the third stanza:

  • The cities of Muscat, Karachi, and Mumbai are located along the shore of which Sea forming the northern portion of the Indian Ocean?

Only 18% of the field correctly identified the Arabian Sea, as those cities are respectively located in the countries of Oman, Pakistan, and India.  The most difficult bonus question was asked in the form of a three-part question in which each correct answer began with the word ‘ALL’:

  • Before its 2011 cancellation, which scripted television show aired more than 10,000 original episodes on ABC?
  • What is the only song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart more than 25 years after its original release?
  • The book The Final Days is the sequel to which work written by a pair of Washington Post reporters?

The three answers here were All My Children, All I Want For Christmas is You (by Mariah Carey), and the Watergate expose All the President’s Men.  Dozens of teams mixed up their book titles and submitted All the King’s Men as their third answer.  Granted, the book written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein was titled in reference to the novel from Robert Penn Warren, but they are indeed two distinct books.  With just 13% of field submitting all three correct answers, seven teams swept the third stanza by earning 36 points.


For Monday’s 6-4-2 question, ten teams earned the full allotment of points by knowing that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is the only athlete in history to be drafted in the first round of both the NFL and MLB Drafts.  From there, we began the final round by discussing the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which included a rather difficult bonus question.  Only 14% of Monday’s field knew that this book was written by Elizabeth Gilbert.  From there, we looked at the scientific process of refraction and Harris-Teeter grocery stores.  The final round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Shortly after the release of her fifth studio album in 2019, who simultaneously occupied the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

Only 12% of the field responded correctly with Ariana Grande, though most of those teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the aforementioned studio album was Thank U, Next.  Monday’s final round closed with the nightly Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: In a standard 78-card deck of tarot cards, the Minor Arcana consists of this many cards.
  • CLUE 2: It is the number of men who signed the U. S. Declaration of Independence.
  • CLUE 3: It is the number of games in Joe DiMaggio’s MLB record hitting streak.

About half of our teams submitted the correct answer of 56.  A perfect score in the final round eluded the entire Monday field this week.  These were your highest scoring teams after four rounds of play:

  • That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 162
  • Legalized Gambling (DRP): 162
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 162
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 159
  • Why Are You Up? (DRP): 159

FINAL QUESTION (37.2% success rate):

  • Which classic television sitcom featured a title character who was born in Baghdad in the year 64 B. C.?

About one-third of the field responded correctly with I Dream of Jeannie.  Congratulations to That’s So Clavin (Cushwa), who earned the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Let’s check out Monday’s final overall leaderboard:


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

The Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: The Answer is No  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ballet)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 College Football Upsets)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Pittsburgh or Philadelphia?)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Generation Four Pokemon)

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

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cricket (sport)) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Mahjong)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)

Aslin Beer Co in Washington, DC: She Will Be Loved  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilmore Girls)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Southpaw Fish  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sting (singer))