Monday Trivia Earns a VMA-Plus!

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Fourteen locales welcomed a total of 134 teams for the Monday edition of Pour House Trivia.


After questions about the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and this year’s memoir about Prince Harry, we gave Three Clues about a certain number:

  • An icosahedron has this many faces.
  • It’s the title shared by two albums released by Harry Connick Jr. and Boyz II Men, but NOT Adele.
  • It’s the highest number posted on a standard dartboard.

Roughly 23% of teams submitted the correct number, 20, before the final clue to receive a pair of bonus points. This round had 12 perfect scores.


Monday’s audio question was a stumble for a lot of teams seeking bonus credit. We played three songs with titles having to do with falling and asked players to identify the musical act; only six teams knew the entire trio of Toad the Wet Sprocket (Fall Down), Colbie Caillat (Fallin’ For You), and Harry Styles (Falling). We followed that up with this trip to the squared circle:

  • Today would have been the 56th birthday of which former WWE Champion from a prominent wrestling family, who would often lie, cheat, and steal to win his matches? 

While a lot of teams guessed Owen Hart, Monday would’ve been the 56th birthday for the late Eddie Guerrero. From there, we covered topics such as the film Home Alone and osteoblasts and osteoclasts that respectively build and break down bones. Santos L Halper (Ragtime) had the only perfect score in the second round.


At halftime, teams earned points by naming TV shows by logos used (such as the Krusty Burger sign for The Simpsons), then matching U.S. National Parks to their state. The average score was 16.7 points, but 23 teams earned all 20 on the page. After that, we had a two-way tie for first and another for third:

  • Smart on the Avenue (DRP): 91
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 91
  • Santos L Halper (Ragtime): 89
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 89
  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 88


We kicked off the second half with this three-parter about celebrity cousins:

  • 1) Sofia Coppola won a screenwriting Oscar about ten years after which of her cousins won an acting Oscar?
  • 2) Lenny Kravitz is the third cousin of which daytime television personality whose career has spanned nearly 50 years?
  • 3) Snoop Dogg is the cousin of which singer who was an original judge on the television show America’s Got Talent?

In order, those answers are Nicolas CageAl Roker, and Brandy. The wagering success rate was 19% while a game-low four teams earned bonus points for all three answers. Some other questions in this round dealt with the game snookerThe Catcher in the Rye protagonist Holden Caulfield, and former FOX drama The O.C.. No perfect scores were earned in this round.


Only six teams were able to name NFL (and video game) legend John Madden from the first clue for all six points in the 6-4-2. A geographical Change a Letter question proved to be the toughest in this round:

  • If you change one letter among these two words, you’ll go from the name of the longest river in Europe to the name of a river that runs through Burkina Faso and Ghana. Name both rivers.

About a fifth of the field provided both answers — Volga and Volta — for wagering credit. Fittingly, the end of the round showcased an alphabetical end:

  • Which chemical element comes last alphabetically? 
  • Bonus: Within three, what is this element’s atomic number?

A lot of teams thought the list ends with zinc, but it’s actually zirconium. About 28% of teams got that one, while 6.7% got within three of the atomic number 40 for bonus points. Once again, Santos L Halper (Ragtime) was the only squad to get through the round perfectly. We reached the night’s final question with these teams atop the standings:

FINAL QUESTION (32.09% success rate):

  • In 1986, which foreign band set the current record for most wins by a group at a single MTV Video Music Awards? This band that never earned another VMA nomination.

Receiving two Moonmen for The Sun Always Shines on TV and six more for Take on Me, a-ha is still the record-setting VMA group. There were no Perfect 21 teams on Monday. However, these were the highest scores for the game:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: No Child Jeff Behind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eddie Guerrero)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Green Day)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: JAWOL  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Def Leppard)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Slainte  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oscar-Winning Directors)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Royal Family)

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

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Smashley  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift Songs)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Benchwarmers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pro Disc Golfers)

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

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Not Two Couples  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Southern Charm (original series))

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

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Socrates Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sonic the Hedgehog (video game))