Monday Trivia Ain’t Got Nothing on You!

alt text

Once again, fourteen venues kicked off the workweek with 138 Pour House Trivia squads ready to go!


Two tough bonus chances showed up in the first round on Monday. First, this film soundtrack query:

  • Which second film in the Hunger Games franchise topped the U.S. box office exactly 10 years ago? 
  • Bonus: Which band released the song Atlas, the lead single for the soundtrack to this film?

Most teams knew Catching Fire was the main answer, but only 11.5% knew Coldplay supplied that lead soundtrack single. The end of the round took us to the northern border:

  • Which two Canadian provinces share a land border with Minnesota?

Just 19% of the field named both Manitoba and Ontario for bonus credit. At the end of the first round, no team had a perfect score.


A rarity occurred Monday, since the audio question had the lowest bonus success rate. We celebrated Jay-Z’s 54th(!!) birthday with 8-bit-style covers of Hard Knock LifeEmpire State of Mind, and DOA; about two-fifths of the field earned their wager, but only three teams knew all three titles for bonus points. After questions on the failed Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the flightly NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks, and a deep-oil tempura dish, we reached the end of the round. At this question, we discussed the on-screen career of actor Jimmy Smits; here, 6.52% of the field remembered his most recent series, East New York. After all this, we still had no perfect score in either of the first two rounds.


We flew overhead ten world landmarks such as the U.N. Headquarters and Niagara Falls to start Monday’s halftime page, then moved on to match dictators to the nations they used to run. The average score was 18.4 points, while 49 teams earned all 20 points. A trio of teams topped the halftime standings:

  • Huge Friggin’ Coconuts (DRP): 88
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 88
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 88
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 86
  • Smart on the Avenue (DRP): 85


A rare third round on Monday saw no tough wagering questions. Subjects here included Robert Louis Stevenson‘s pirate song about fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, the current spat between Hall & Oates, and elements hydrogen and helium. This round had a night-high 13 perfect scores.


As successful as the third round was, it didn’t carry into the 6-4-2. Here, only six teams named the film When Harry Met Sally early enough for all six points. The last round on Monday started with its toughest wagering query:

  • Which three kings of England were on the throne in 1936?

This year of three kings had George VEdward VIII, and George VI each reign; 38% of teams earned their wager on that question. The round concluded with a question about recent Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones but ironically enough, only ten teams knew his Atlanta Braves uniform number was 10. This round’s perfect teams were Huge Friggin’ Coconuts (DRP), Alcoholics Unanimous (Rockwell), All Livers, No Brains (William Jeffrey’s). One venue held sway after four rounds:

  • Huge Friggin’ Coconuts (DRP): 166
  • Smart on the Avenue (DRP): 160
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 159
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 157
  • Alcoholics Unanimous (Rockwell): 157

FINAL QUESTION (34.78% success rate):

  • Since being introduced using stop-motion animation in a 1930s film, which movie character has been seen in a dozen feature films?

We’ve finally reached twelve feature films with this night’s final beast, King Kong.  We finally had some Monday Perfect 21 teams: Huge Friggin’ Coconuts (DRP) and Five Hundred Score Manatees (Ragtime). The venue stronghold didn’t let up in the final standings:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Barbacks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift Songs)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Uncle Frank or Grandpa Joe?)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1939 Films)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Huge Friggin’ Coconuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oscar-Winning Songs (audio))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Italian Artist or Pasta?)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: When Harry Met Sally)

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

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Dog Park Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Five Hundred Score Manatees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Take That) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Boston’s Buddies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: K-Pop)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: On a Mission  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Vice Presidents)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: All Livers, No Brains  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wicked)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: That’s No Moon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Broadway)