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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia was played by 171 teams at 13 locations.


Topics in the opening round included the island of Key West, entries in the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise, and a three-parter of S.B. initialed items. The final question, however, ended up with a doozy of a bonus:

  • From which type of tree do acorns originate?
  • Bonus: Which mythological figure sought shelter under this tree, leading to an acorn on your windowsill as a sign of good luck?

The majority of teams earned their wager with the oak tree, but just three teams knew that the bonus referenced a Norse superstition with Thor! One of those teams, Pharmacy Frogs (Il Forno), got through the first round with a perfect score.


We showcased clips from 21st-century TV sitcoms during the audio question. From there, teams discussed King Ferdinand of Spain, Kurt Russell’s voice turn in The Fox and the Hound, and NFL logos that feature swords. A game-high 22 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


Television advertising characters were featured at the top of Monday’s halftime page. After that, teams were asked to name musical groups from the first names of their members. The average score was 15.6 points, but five teams went 20-for-20. At the halftime break, these were the leading scores:

  • Hiding From Creditors (DRP): 92
  • Baby Got Back (DRP): 91
  • 13th Graders (DRP): 91
  • Bespoke Trash Cans (DRP): 90
  • Where’s Eric? (Aslin): 90


At the start of the second half, we looked back at a relatively recent Oscar-nominated role:

  • Who was nominated for Best Actor for portraying Vincent Van Gogh in the 2018 film At Eternity’s Gate?

About 23% of the field correctly identified Willem Dafoe, making it the least-successful wagering query of the game. Two questions later, we served up another tough bonus chance with the night’s Three Clues:

  • She is the first African American woman to be featured on U.S. quarters.
  • She was the first African American woman to conduct a cable car in San Francisco.
  • She recited the poem On the Pulse of Morning at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. 

Maya Angelou was named before the final clue to give 5.26% of teams two bonus points each. We wrapped up the round with questions on Mitsubishi and country duo Dan + Shay. Here for the Food (Clyde’s) earned the third round’s lone perfect score.


For the night’s 6-4-2, 26 teams named Candice Bergen from the six-point clue about her feat as the first woman to host Saturday Night Live. In the fourth round, we gave questions on subjects like Japan and South Korea‘s shared hosting of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the psychological security blanket, and island nations from Gulliver’s Travels. This round had 15 perfect teams. These were the highest-scoring teams after four rounds:

  • Hiding From Creditors (DRP): 165
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 163
  • Baby Got Back (DRP): 162
  • 13th Graders (DRP): 160
  • Bespoke Trash Cans (DRP): 159
  • Bad Hombres (Clyde’s): 159

FINAL QUESTION (9.94% success rate):

  • Premiering in the last 35 years, the lead character of which long-running TV series wore sweatshirts from more than 30 different real-life universities?

The Toolman himself, Tim Taylor, wore those sweatshirts on Home Improvement. Monday’s game resulted in zero Perfect 21 teams. These teams ended the night with the top scores:

  • Hiding From Creditors (DRP): 176
  • 13th Graders (DRP): 172
  • Demolition (DRP): 170
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 169
  • Here for Kenny (Mark’s): 165
  • Kramerica (Mark’s): 162
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 162
  • My Favorite Team (Cushwa): 156
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 155
  • Dynamite (Rockwell): 154
  • Bad Hombres (Clyde’s): 154


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Bad Hombres  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Les Miserables (Stage Version))

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

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Hiding from Creditors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French and Indian War)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Twerk from Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish Republican Army)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Statuary Hall)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Here for Kenny  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Seinfeld)

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

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Drink-n-Think  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fencing)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One Clue/Three Women)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Token Gays  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Spider-Pig  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Metal Bands)

Black Hog BBQ in Middletown, MD: Ben Dover  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Crazy Frog)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Pharmacy Frogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Destiny 2)