Monday Trivia For the Triple Word Score!

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The last few days of August brought with them a Monday edition of Pour House Trivia for 121 teams at 11 locations, including William Jeffrey’s Tavern and its 20-team game!


The game kicked off with a Triple 50/50 which asked teams if a trio of things were names of Pokemon or body parts. After that, we headed north of the border for the round’s hardest wagering question:

  • Named for a European monarch, what is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia?

Two-thirds of Monday’s teams correctly named Victoria. This round also contained the most difficult bonus chance of the whole game: a question about Michael Jackson had a bonus question about the name of his final studio album, and only five teams knew 2001’s Invincible for those two extra points. Legalized Gambling (DRP) and H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP) earned the only perfect scores in this round.


Three unorthodox covers of famous TV theme songs comprised Monday’s audio clue, with 45% of the field naming all three shows for bonus points. The two toughest wagering questions of the first half came in this round, starting with this sports quip:

  • In the late 1970s, MLB third baseman Graig Nettles admitted that playing for which championship team fulfilled his two childhood dreams: playing pro baseball and joining the circus?

Nettles dropped that quote about his time on the New York Yankees, and that correct answer was given by 61% of Monday’s teams. After queries on William Shakespeare and Ray-Ban sunglasses, the round concluded with this question:

  • Appearing on the Royal coat of arms for the United Kingdom, which creature has also been designated as the national animal of Scotland, despite the fact that it is completely fictional?

Even with a possible crossword-style extra clue, the unicorn had just a 45% correct-answer rate; 30% of our teams knew it before the bonus hint for a pair of extra points. A game-high nine teams had perfect scores here.


At halftime on Monday, teams had to first match football referee poses to the corresponding penalty, then name ten things with A.P. initials such as apple pie and the Associated Press. Seventeen teams got all 20 points on this page, which had an average score of 16.1 points. With that, we reached intermission and these teams had the high scores:

  • H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 92
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 90
  • Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 89
  • I Don’t Know (DRP): 89
  • The Legend of Taylor Heinicke (Aslin): 88
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 88


To say the second half of Monday’s game started off rough might be an understatement; the first two questions in the third round ended up the toughest of the entire night. We started with the origins of a certain band’s name:

  • Founded in 1980, which Liverpool band took its name from a title on a poster that referred to Frank Sinatra’s move from Las Vegas to Los Angeles?

Summed up in four words, Frankie Goes to Hollywood; 17% of the field got that answer, while 14% also knew the band’s highest-charting single, Relax, for bonus points. Next up was a dam hard question:

  • Completed in 1942, which Washington state dam on the Columbia River contains about 12 million cubic yards of concrete?

The Grand Coulee Dam was that structure, named by 34% of our teams. Other round topics included a three-parter on literary works with commas in the title, the bug known as a katydid, and actor John Travolta. Perfect scores in this round were recorded by Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s), Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), and Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s).


6-4-2 about the letter g was aced by 16 teams en route to a full six-point bonus. The final round began with a round of rhythmic gymnastics, the political run of Mayor McCheese, and Randy Newman’s theme song contribution to the TV show Monk. For the round’s hardest wagering question, we got artsy:

  • Beneath this man’s 1901 masterpiece The Blue Room, infrared imaging revealed another painting of a bearded man in 2008. Name that artist.

Two-fifths of the field named Pablo Picasso for their wager. A final Three Clues question about the word fire brought bonus points to 28% of teams, each able to guess that word before the third clue. In this round, seven perfect scores were recorded. These were the top-scoring teams before the final question:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 164
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 163
  • Brain Freeze (Quincy’s): 159
  • Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 158
  • H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 158

FINAL QUESTION (51.2% success rate):

  • What is the most populous U.S. city whose full name is a legal play in the board game Scrabble?

Just over half of our teams rose from the ashes to give the correct answer of Phoenix, Arizona. One of those teams, Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), snagged the only Perfect 21 of Monday’s contest for getting the correct answer on all 21 wagering questions. They needed every one of those answers, too, as they edged the field to take the top score on Monday:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 176
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 175
  • Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 168
  • That’s So Clavin (Cushwa): 166
  • H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff (DRP): 166
  • Twerk From Home (Rockwell): 165
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 165
  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 165
  • Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell): 164
  • Average Joes and Classy Hoes (Cushwa): 162



Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Ameribrits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Songs)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon Go)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 12: Banksy)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One-Off Seinfeld Characters)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chester A. Arthur)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 12: Tolkien Works)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Bread Loaf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Twilight Saga)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 12: Harry Potter)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 12: National Archives)

Shooters Sports Bar in Springfield, VA: Lindsay Lu  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 12: Mafia Films)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON SEPT. 12: Paper Girls)