Monday Trivia Gets Top Honors!

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The week kicked off with Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia, played by 148 teams across 15 venues.


Monday’s opening round was a breeze for most of our teams. We discussed the anniversary of Ronald Reagan‘s tear down this wall speech, gave an advertising tagline for Head & Shoulders shampoo, doled out Three Clues about the Loch Ness Monster, and recalled the Jack Russell Terrier named Eddie on Frasier. In all, there were 41 perfect scores in this round.


After an audio question featuring songs about driving, we got to the first half’s most difficult wagering question:

  • Since Greenland is geographically part of North America, what is the name of the largest European island in terms of area?

We needed the name of the specific island for credit, and 47% of teams responded correctly with Great Britain. Two other questions in this round came packed with tricky bonus chances; a query about the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest saw 19% of teams get extra points for knowing Louise Fletcher won an Oscar for her role in it. At the end of the round, this college football question also stumped a lot of our teams:

  • Which two colleges located in the Mountain Time Zone have each produced a Heisman Trophy winner?

Just under a quarter of the field named both BYU (Ty Detmer in 1990) and Colorado (Rashaan Salaam in 1994) for two bonus points. This round had six perfect teams.


At halftime, teams had to first identify the cities where various landmarks can be found, then name the eight highest-grossing domestic films in history (adjusted for inflation). While twelve teams were able to get all 20 points here, the average score was just 15.7 points. One perfect squad led the field at the halftime break:


A question about 1990s film True Lies featured the lowest bonus rate in the third round; 18% of teams knew Eliza Dushku portrayed the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character. Monday’s two least successful wagering questions were found in this round. First, we displayed a little fashion:

  • Currently owned by Rainbow Shops, which fashion retailer was named after the three sizes it primarily offered?

A game-low 27% of teams correctly identified the 5-7-9 chain. Two questions later, we reached a literary query:

  • A common ailment during the U.S. Civil War, which disease does Beth March contract in the novel Little Women?

Beth died of scarlet fever, named by just under a third of the field. The only perfect teams in this round were George Washington’s Camel (DRP) and AAA (William Jeffrey’s).


The word Chronicles was Monday’s 6-4-2 answer; 12 teams provided the right answer on the six-point clue. While the third round had the two hardest wagering questions, round four featured the two most difficult bonus opportunities. The round began with this boxing question:

  • Which two American boxers won Olympic gold medals in the heavyweight division during the 1960s?

While Cassius Clay did win Olympic gold in 1960, he did so as a light heavyweight; the heavyweight golds were won by Joe Frazier in 1964 and George Foreman four years later. Only two teams gave both of those names for bonus credit. At the end of the round, a question about Scientology had a 10.1% bonus rate for teams able to get within three years of the religion’s founding in 1954. This was the only round in which there were no perfect teams. We reached the final question with these teams in the lead:

FINAL QUESTION (41.22% success rate):

  • In 1997, the U.S. Congress declared that which man born in 1903 was the first honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?

That distinction was given to Bob Hope. Monday featured one Perfect 21 team: Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP). The overall leaderboard was led by these teams at the end of the night:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: No Probllama  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dirty Harry Films)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Pain Killers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYSeinfeld)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Hawkins PD Rookies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grand Slam Tennis)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Clueless  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Coins)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puf’n’stuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Early 1980s Music (audio))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Blaine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Anglo-Saxon Kings)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Bye Bye Dan  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Air Force History)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Billboard Hot 100 #2 Hits of the 1960s)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Semi-Hard Cheeses) 

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

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WarGames)

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

Pinemoor Bar & Grill in Arlington, VA: Pat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Silo (TV series))