Monday Trivia for a Song!

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Pour House Trivia started the workweek strong with 160 teams playing across 15 venues.


Things kicked off with a three-parter about various abbreviations before moving on to the next three-letter Roman numeral year 2050 (or MML) and the 25th anniversary of Saving Private Ryan‘s release in theaters. The last question of the round took us to the world of video games:

  • What is the fruity name of the Princess who first appeared in the video game Super Mario Bros.?
  • For a two-point bonus: At the time of that game’s release, this character was known by which other name?

Most teams knew that character is currently named Peach, but only 38% provided her original name, Princess Toadstool. However, 28 teams finished this round with a perfect tally.


In the second round, Monday’s audio question played theme songs from a trio of high school TV series: Saved by the BellDegrassi: the Next Generation, and Pretty Little Liars. At the end of this round, teams encountered the game’s toughest question:

  • In the early 16th century, which Spanish explorer crossed the isthmus of what is now Panama, becoming the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean?

Even with a crossword clue eventually given out, wagers were earned by just 35% of the field; 11% knew of explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa before that clue to earn two bonus points. Other topics in this round included Ohio cities ToledoAkron, and Dayton, as well as Bryant-Denny Stadium, the home field for the Alabama Crimson Tide college football team. This round’s only perfect score was earned by Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP).


Teams started halftime by naming various music groups such as BTS and Fleetwood Mac. After that, they had to match fictional locales to their respective works. Eleven teams went 20-for-20 on this, while the average squad put up 16.3 points. One team stood tall above a six-way tie for second place at the halftime break:


We recited some lyrics to the theme song to The Electric Company to give a jolt to the second half, followed by a visit to the Venus de Milo in the Louvre. The most difficult question in the second half came a little later:

  • What four-word title is shared by two 1990s songs respectively recorded by British acts Fatboy Slim and Jesus Jones?

Both of those musical acts put out hit songs titled Right Here, Right Now, a title given by 38% of our teams. Nine teams recorded a perfect score in this round.


A half-dozen teams secured all six points in Monday’s 6-4-2 about the novel Moby-Dick. Teams cruised through the last round of the night, which provided topics such as Barbenheimer directors Greta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan, the 101st Airborne Division’s Screaming Eagles, and Three Clues about MLB strikeout king Nolan Ryan. This round had 12 perfect scores. After four rounds of play, these teams were on top:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 166
  • And Also With You (DRP): 161
  • Brain Trust (DRP): 160
  • Team Blaine (Bushwaller’s): 159
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 159

FINAL QUESTION (19.38% success rate):

  • Which film franchise has earned four Oscar nominations for Best Original Song, with its third entry earning the only win?

It may not have won with You’ve Got a Friend in Me or When She Loved Me, but Randy Newman’s We Belong Together finally gave the Toy Story franchise a Best Original Song Academy Award! No Perfect 21 was recorded in Monday’s game. However, these were the high scores on the night:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: BLT  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: History of Winchester, VA)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Bad Hombres  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYAlfred Hitchcock Films)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychology 101)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: It Takes a Village  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Legal)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Purdue University)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Periodic Table Dancers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 2))

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cream Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Czars)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Flags)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: True Guru  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Sci-Fi TV Shows)

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

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Pi  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Formula One Racing)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Twerk From Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Keel)