Monday Trivia Graduates!

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On Labor Day, 143 teams played across 12 Pour House Trivia venues.


After celebrating the 21st anniversary of Kelly Clarkson‘s inaugural American Idol victory, a question about former president Lyndon Johnson saw just 21% of the field receive bonus points for knowing LBJ defeated Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election. For the round’s last question, we took to the small screen:

  • Named for its lead actor, which ABC sitcom partially took place at the fictitious Winfred-Louder department store in Cleveland?
  • Bonus: Which piece of recreational equipment did the lead character keep in his backyard?

About 45% of the field correctly named The Drew Carey Show for wagering points, while Drew’s backyard pool table was a bonus answer with a 18% success rate. This round’s perfect teams were Brain Trust (DRP), Alcoholics Unanimous (Rockwell), Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime), and Smartinis (Ragtime).


Three songs with titles about stealing comprised Monday’s audio question: Steve Miller Band’s Take the Money and RunBeen Caught Stealing by Jane’s Addiction, and LEN’s Steal My Sunshine. At the end of the round, a lot of teams ended up checkmated:

  • In 1985, which Russian chess player defeated one of his countrymen to become the youngest undisputed World Chess Champion at age 22?
  • Bonus: Which previous World Chess Champion did this man defeat in 1985?

As the first half’s toughest question, Garry Kasparov was named by 35% of teams while 10.4% added bonus points for knowing Kasparov defeated Anatoly Karpov. Three teams from DRP were perfect in this round: H.R. Pufnstuf, 13th Graders, and Slainte.


At Monday’s halftime, teams had to name TV shows such as Futurama and King of the Hill from coffee mugs, then match bands to their original names. While the average score was 16.8 points, a perfect effort was recorded by 18 teams. These were the top six teams after halftime:


We paid a religious indulgence to start the second half on Monday, then underwent an allergy scratch test and received Three Clues about the island nation of Sri Lanka. For the latter question, 9.7% of the field named the country early enough for two bonus points. The round’s most difficult wagering query came next:

  • Mainly found living in the country of Borneo, what is the world’s heaviest tree-dwelling animal?

The orangutan was identified by 35% of our teams. Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa), H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP), 13th Graders (DRP), and Cream Team (Mark’s) were perfect in this round.


For the game’s 6-4-2, 22 teams had the number 95 submitted for all six points. Monday’s two least-successful wagering questions kicked off the fourth round. First up, this tasty question:

  • A certain fruit and liqueur go into the recipe for which flambéed dessert generally credited to Auguste Escoffier, who is said to have prepared the dish for Queen Victoria in 1897?

Roughly 34% of the field correctly named cherries Jubilee. We followed that up with this query about literary vocabulary:

  • Which word was described in the following manner by British novelist Emily Bronte: A significant provincial adjective descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather?

A game-low 33% of our teams knew that word to be wuthering, as in Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Not to be outdone, we then asked the night’s toughest bonus question: we discussed the 1990s animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast and just 8.3% of teams knew Space Ghost’s bandleader, Zorak. My Two Dans (DRP) withstood the final round gauntlet en route to its only perfect score. We cruised into the final question with these teams in the lead:

  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 163
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 158
  • 13th Graders (DRP): 157
  • My Two Dans (DRP): 157

FINAL QUESTION (53.85% success rate):

  • What Ivy League school is named after an English earl?

Over half of the field chose wisely with Dartmouth. Monday’s game concluded with a half-dozen Perfect 21 teams. We ended the night with these top-scoring squads:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Firefly)

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

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Diane Warren Oscar-Nominated Songs (audio))

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek (original series))

DRP in Alexandria, VA: My Two Dans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidential Elections)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Genesis (Peter Gabriel era))

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blue Bloods)

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

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: No Question  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2000s Romantic Comedy Films)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: JFK Assassination (deep cuts))

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Green Dots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: University of Notre Dame)

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

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Freemasons)