Monday Trivia Composes Itself!

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It was a dark and stormy Monday, and 112 teams weathered through it to play Pour House Trivia at 12 locations.


Topics broached in the first round on Monday included the 30th anniversary of Harrison Ford film The Fugitive leading the box office, Millvina Dean becoming the final remaining survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, and teams representing the English Premier League. This was easily the most successful round of the evening, with 28 teams earning perfect scores.


The audio question broadcast clips from a trio of TV sitcoms, but only 9.8% of the field earned bonus points for recognizing Happy DaysMurphy Brown, and Arrested Development. The first half’s trickiest wagering chance came a couple of questions later:

  • Which first name is shared by each of the following: an avian Disney character, a character in the Mario video game series, and the title character from a Henry James novella?
  • Bonus: What is the full title of the Henry James book?

Even with it being the social media hint of the day, just 45% of our teams submitted the correct name, Daisy; 7.1% added the bonus title, Daisy Miller. We finished the round with a trip on the Jordan River and the herb digitalis found in Vincent van Gogh‘s The Portrait of Dr Gachet. The only team to earn all 36 points in this round was Santos L Halper (Ragtime).


Teams had to identify the redacted chemical compounds (such as hydrogen peroxide and milk of magnesia) from product images to start the halftime page. After that, they were asked to determine whether each of a list of countries has won a FIFA Women’s World Cup. There were nine perfect 20-point efforts here, while the average score was 16.1 points. These teams led everyone else after halftime scores were submitted:

  • Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 89
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 88
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 88
  • Get Off My Lawn (Quincy’s): 88
  • You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa): 87


Second half trivia action commenced with a three-parter about 48th-birthday girl Charlize Theron, but just 13% of the field received bonus points for naming all three movies in question: That Thing You Do!Monster, and her cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Next up came a fantasy literature query:

  • Penned by Ray Bradbury, which dark fantasy novel takes its five-word title from a line in Macbeth that follows the phrase By the pricking of my thumbs?

Roughly 42% of teams were able to provide the title, Something Wicked This Way Comes. At the end of the round, we took to Urban Dictionary:

  • Defined by Urban Dictionary as visual artifacts produced by those with low self-esteem and no friends, what term was named the 2013 Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionary?
  • Bonus: Who starred as Eliza Dooley in a short-lived TV sitcom bearing this title?

The term selfie was named by 38% of our teams, while 7.1% knew that actress Karen Gillan starred in a show by that name. Cobra Kai (DRP) had this round’s lone perfect score.


There were 29 teams able to name the biological process of sweating for all six points in Monday’s 6-4-2. Only one question in the night’s last round proved to be tough, but it more than made up for the rest:

  • What are the names of the two stone lions that guard the entrance of the New York Public Library?

Only 8% of the field could name either one of Patience and Fortitude, while 4.4% submitted both answers for a well-earned pair of bonus points. Other topics in this round included All in the Family‘s distinction of being the first TV sitcom to feature the sound of a flushing toilet, Sirius the Dog Star, and Three Clues about the Iranian capital of Tehran. Once again, Santos L Halper (Ragtime) had the only perfect score in this round. That team also had the best score after four rounds:

  • Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 163
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 158
  • You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa): 158
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 155
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 155

FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):

  • Starring as a sitcom dad in the 1980s, which actor also had a successful career as a TV theme song composer, writing themes for Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, and The Joker’s Wild?

Not just a successful TV dad, but a quite successful musician in his own right; that would be Alan Thicke of TV’s Growing Pains. As with the even-numbered rounds, Santos L Halper (Ragtime) came out of Monday’s game with its only Perfect 21! The overall leaderboard ended up like this up top:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Danny Kaye Films)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYPearl Jam)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Periodic Table Wordplay)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Isaac Darwins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yacht Rock)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings (books))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: What the Cuss?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Watership Down)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pee-Wee Herman)

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Conference Realignment) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cities on the Danube)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oppenheimer)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: All Livers, No Brains  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Drunken Teachers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Antiquated Sayings)

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