Mom & Me & Monday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia’s Monday game was played by 183 teams at a total of 15 venues.


After we discussed our roles as homo sapiens, we reached this government question:

  • Which cabinet department of the U.S. government oversees the activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
  • Bonus: Who is the current head of this department?

Just under two-fifths of the field knew the ATF and DEA are overseen by the Department of Justice, while 24% earned bonus points for naming its current head: Attorney General Merrick Garland. A game-high 17 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


We listened to three songs with titles that all rhymed with each other for Monday’s audio clue: Jaded by Aerosmith, Complicated by Avril Lavigne, and Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional. This ended up being the hardest bonus chance of the first half, as only 13% of teams knew all three song titles. Later in the round, we looked back at a one-off Olympic sport:

  • Which martial art was added specifically for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but not as a permanent Olympic sport?

The Japanese Olympic Committee added karate for the Tokyo Games; just 18% of our teams got that one right. Finally, a question about the respective first man and woman in space saw 15% of the field earn bonus points for naming both Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova. How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s) had a once in a lifetime effort as the only team to get a perfect score in the second round on Monday.


Monday’s halftime page had a hidden theme among the TV shows featured in the top half: each series changed networks during its original run. The bottom section asked teams to identify animals by their names in other languages. While the average score was 17.1 points, no team had a perfect 20-pointer this time. Six teams were close at the top of the halftime standings:

  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 89
  • Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 89
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 89
  • You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa): 89
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 88
  • Bitch, Please (Clyde’s): 88


The third round worked its magic on Monday, as the round contained the two lowest bonus rates of the night. A question about Eminem‘s record feat for most words used in a hit song for the single Rap God asked teams to name how many words are actually in the song (within 100 either way). Here, a game-low 8.2% were close enough to 1,560 for bonus credit. At the end of the round, we entered the squared circle:

  • Doing so in 2001 and 2002 respectively, which two WWE Hall of Famers are the first two men to win the WWE Championship on six occasions?

Back when it was known as the WWF, Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan were the first to six reigns with that title; 8.7% of the field had both names. In between those questions, we had a CLIF bar, heard Three Clues about the name Abner, and reminisced on that time President George H.W. Bush threw up in the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister. No team achieved third-round perfection this time around.


Just four teams correctly named the musician Halsey from the first clue on Monday’s 6-4-2. As for the final round, the only question to give the field a lot of trouble was the first. On this three-part question, teams had to identify what the PT stood for in each of these abbreviations:

  • 1)  In PTSD, a disorder characterized by anxiety after experiencing a terrifying event.
  • 2)  In PT boat, as in the PT-109 which was commanded by future U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
  • 3)  The country in .pt, its top-level internet domain name.

About 18% of teams turned in all three right answers: post-traumaticpatrol torpedo, and Portugal. Other topics in this round included Crick, Watson, and Franklin’s efforts to discover the shape of DNA and the 1990s feature film flop Showgirls. This round had 11 perfect scores. Before the final question, these were the leading teams:

FINAL QUESTION (22.4% success rate):

  • The book Mom & Me & Mom is the final entry in a series of seven autobiographies written by which author who passed away in 2014?

Starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou wrote that series of autobiographies. For the second consecutive week, Santos L Halper (Ragtime) had the only Perfect 21 on Monday! They also ended the night with the highest overall score:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Thoughts and Prayers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: We’re All Infected  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYPeriodic Table)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Theme Songs)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Overthinking  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wallaby Poop)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Beatles (audio))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Blaine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Blaines)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rush (band))

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

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dazed and Confused Soundtrack)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rose Revolution) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Prius Droppers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Channel Original Films)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Invasion (music))

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Not Two Couples  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Cruise Films)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Just Here for the Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)

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