Monday Night Trivia: There Will Be Bowling

It was supposed to be a “light night” of Pour House Trivia, with only three of our regular Monday venues hosting games.  But all three venues hosted packed houses, as we welcomed 49 teams on Monday, including a record crowd at Il Forno in Frederick, where host Bill had his hands full with 23 teams of his own!


As usual, the opening round warmed up our teams for the night to come, as most of the field performed admirably in a wide range of topics, though we saw some separation thanks to the bonus questions.  We began with a question about Columbus Day, with about one-third of our teams earning a two-point bonus by knowing the exact day of Columbus’ arrival in the New World (October 12, 1492).  We included a three-part question on “D” animals, with some teams struggling to recall the name of this manatee relative (and Pokemon character namesake):


Once again, about one-third of our teams earned bonus points here, but I think all of us simply enjoy saying the word dugong.  The first round concluded with questions on soap operas and a reference to the “new look” for this character sold by Mattel:

Yes, you can now buy a Ken doll with a man-bun…  In the first round, four teams responded correctly on all three bonus questions, earning a perfect score for the opening set: Wingardium Mimosa (DRP), Quality Guesswork (Greene Turtle), Cavs in Five (Il Forno), and The Patriots Should Have Lost (Il Forno).


Our audio clue featured clips from three songs with the word “Knock” in the title.  Teams fared well with this topic, with nearly every team earning their wager and about half picking up the two-point bonus by naming all three songs: “Knock on Wood” (Eddie Floyd), “It’s the Hard Knock Life” (cast of “Annie”),  “Mama Said Knock You Out” (LL Cool J).  After an A + B = C question about sports, we offered up a little 50 States Wordplay:

–> Name either one of the two U.S. states whose one-word names are contained within the names of other states. 

The correct answers included Kansas (within Arkansas) and Virginia (within West Virginia).  Host Chris at DRP (in Virginia) noted that the teams who missed Virginia there felt a little extra shame.  After a question about the Fates of Greek mythology, we closed the round with the most difficult question of the first half:

–> Despite largely negative reviews, the fifth installment in this sci-fi film series has already raked in $400 million dollars worldwide after its release late last month.

Apparently, lots of people are still shelling out actual cash to go see these films:


Only 42% of our teams answered correctly, and about half of those teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that (inexplicably) Anthony Hopkins joined the cast for this latest film.  As a result, only Slapsgiving (Greene Turtle) and Cavs in Five (Il Forno) ran the table in the second round with 36 points.


Monday’s halftime page was one of the more difficult pages in recent memory.  The top half displayed pictures of Broadway musicals, but instead asking for titles, we asked for the authors who wrote the source material.  Some teams were surprised to find out that the musical “Cats” was based on work by T.S. Eliot, while some had forgotten that P. L. Travers had created “Mary Poppins”, even though Travers had been portrayed by Emma Thompson on the big screen only a few years ago.  The bottom half asked for the ten most valuable MLB franchises.  Overall, our teams performed better on this section, but coming up with all ten proved to be a challenge.  Across the board, the average score came in at only 14.2 points.  There were no perfect scores, but the Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle) and the Bill Patschak Fan Club (Il Forno) tied for the top score of 19 points.  Here are Monday’s top five overall scores after the first half:


The second half began with a question on this biographical film which gave Gary Oldman one of his earliest lead roles:

Sid and Nancy Gary Oldman

While most teams knew the title “Sid and Nancy”, the bonus was far more difficult, as we asked for the last names of either one of these celebrities (and NO, we did not take “Vicious” as a correct answer).  Only 16% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing either John Simon Ritchie or Nancy Spungeon.  The round continued with our Three Clues question, tonight dealing with a chemical element.  About one-third of our teams earned bonus points here with magnesium.  The fourth question of the round was by far the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Though it began several years prior, the conflict known as Tecumseh’s War is often considered to be a part of which larger war, since its namesake Native American chief received support from the British Empire?

The French and Indian Wars was certainly a good guess (and a popular one at that), but the Shawnee chief Tecumseh was born a little bit later than most teams thought.  He fought against William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe as well as against other American troops during the War of 1812.  Only 22% of our teams earned points here.  We closed the round by asking for the three countries which currently do NOT use the Metric system:

Metric System

While every team came up with the United States, naming either one of the other two countries proved to be daunting, as only about half of our teams answered correctly with either Liberia or Myanmar (Burma).  The five teams that knew both countries earned a well-deserved two-point bonus.  As a result of these last two questions, only Cavs in Five (Il Forno) scored a prefect 36 points.  That’s three perfect rounds in a row!


The six-point clue on tonight’s 6-4-2 question featured a unique blend of sports and film:

–> A piece of equipment from which sport was used by Daniel Plainview to kill Eli Sunday in the film “There Will Be Blood”?

About one-quarter of our teams remembered this (slightly bizarre) scene:

There Will Be Blood


The final round opened with a question on the novel series “The Baby-Sitters Club”, with only 20% of our teams earning bonus points by knowing that the books take place in Connecticut.  After a question regarding Justin Bieber’s appearance on the recent #1 hit “Despacito”, we appropriately followed up with this geography question:

–> This national capital city was previously named Bytown, after the engineer who supervised the building of the Rideau Canal.  This city shares its present name with a major tributary of the St. Lawrence River.

Most of our teams were able to figure out that we were talking about Canada, but only about 60% of teams earned points by giving us the correct answer of Ottawa, which once again confirmed the fact that very few people care about Canadian geography.  Our Triple 50/50 question to close the round covered the topic of brand names, in the form of Candy or Cigarettes?  More than half of our teams earned bonus points here by correctly answering on all three brands.  But one noticeable exception was Cavs in Five, who missed out on a remarkable fourth consecutive perfect round by missing bonus points on Double Happiness, which is actually a brand of Chinese cigarettes.

The only team to earn a perfect score of 36 points in the final round was Melania Trump’s Inner Monologue from DRP.  Here are Monday’s top five overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (42.0% success rate):

–> In the year 2000, what man born in 1989 became the first and the only person ever to bring fire into the Bodleian Library at Oxford University in England, a strictly forbidden act?

After his character carries a lit lantern to see the books, it was none other than Daniel Radcliffe who was the celebrity that fit this description.  Congratulations to Cavs in Five and the B-58s as the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 tonight, by answering correctly on all 21 wagering questions.  Here are your top ten final scores from Monday night:

  • Cavs in Five (Il Forno):  165
  • Bill Patschak Fan Club (Il Forno):  164
  • Shakeweight (Il Forno):  163
  • B-58s (DRP):  160
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP):  159
  • Melania Trump’s Inner Monologue (DRP):  158
  • Donner Party (Il Forno):  153
  • Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle):  153
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP):  152
  • H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP):  151


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  B-58s  (Next week’s first category: Canada)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: TV series “American Crime”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME TONIGHT  (Next week’s first category: Commercial Truck Manufacturers)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cavs in Five  (Next week’s first category: MLB Home Run Derby)

Don’t forget about our NEW MONDAY VENUE opening next week: Cheesetique in Ballston!