Monday Trivia Has Heart!

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On Monday, 184 teams played Pour House Trivia at 14 locations.


The game began with a question about the ghosts found in the classic arcade game Pac-Man as well as the cherry found in its opening level. We also discussed the 20th anniversary of the Friends finale and European countries Switzerland and Slovenia. There were 32 perfect scores in the first round on Monday.


For the evening’s audio question, we played a trio of songs that have Monopoly terms in their title. We also had questions on methane and author Salman Rushdie before ending the round with this Olympic query:

  • American Lindsey Vonn won three Olympic medals in which sport?
  • Bonus: Who holds a U.S. record for this sport with six career Olympic medals?

Vonn has three skiing medals; however, only 15% of the field remembered the six medals in that sport won by Bode Miller. This round’s perfect quartet of teams were We’re All Infected (Clyde’s), Barbacks (Clyde’s), My Favorite Team (Cushwa), and H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP).


Fictional TV show towns such as Family Guy‘s Quahog and Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls were showcased atop the halftime page, while the bottom section contained four-letter Big 4 sports league team names. The average score was 16.9 points, but 35 teams earned all 20 points. These were the highest scores at the halftime break:


Early in the second half, we asked a question about a famous pen name:

  • Mary Ann Evans wrote the novels Silas Marner and Middlemarch under which male pen name?

About 34% of teams recognized her pseudonym, George Eliot. We followed that up with Monday’s Three Clues, this time about a sporting event:

  • This event was first contested in 1881 at the Newport Casino.
  • Margaret Osborne DuPont holds a record with 25 championships at this event.
  • This year’s edition begins in late August in New York with a purse of over 65 million dollars. 

Just under 37% of the field named the U.S. Open tennis tournament for wagering credit, but seven teams did so before the final clue to earn two bonus points. A perfect score in this round was just out of reach for our teams.


The state of Delaware was Monday’s 6-4-2 subject; 16 teams named it at the six-point clue. The toughest question of the night came at the beginning of the last round:

  • Receiving the most nominations for this year’s Tony Awards, Hell’s Kitchen is a jukebox musical based on which female artist?
  • Bonus: What is her most recent number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist?

A little over a quarter of the field knew that musical is based on Alicia Keys; just four teams remembered her most recent chart-topper, No One. Other topics in this round included whey produced in cheesemaking, various sights in New Orleans, and China’s Three Gorges Dam found on the Yangtze River. In this round, Killer Snails (Quincy’s) and Get Off My Lawn (Quincy’s) had perfect scores. There was a four-way tie for first in the overall standings before the final question:

  • Hemingway’s Fashionable Cats (DRP): 161
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 161
  • My Favorite Team (Cushwa): 161
  • Bitch, Please (Clyde’s): 161
  • Demolition (DRP): 159
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 159
  • 13th Graders (DRP): 159

FINAL QUESTION (47.28% success rate):

  • The superhero Captain Planet was formed by the powers of wind, water, earth, fire, and what fifth concept that someone might need to use to bring about change to Earth’s environment?

As Ma-Ti and his spider monkey showcased, they had the heart to form Captain Planet. That led to the night’s only Perfect 21 game, by Killer Snails (Quincy’s). That squad also tied for first on the final Monday leaderboard:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Barbacks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Comic Books

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: My Favorite Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Travis Kelce or Travis King?)

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Drink N Think  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cold War)

Black Hog BBQ – Ashburn in Ashburn, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Common Rashes)

Black Hog BBQ – Middletown in Middletown, MD: Excuse Me, Sir, Your Fly is Down  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Terry Gilliam Films)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Name  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: STIs)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Hemingway’s Fashionable Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Unfrosted)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sarah J. Maas Books)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shogun (2024 TV series))

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Drake Over the Coals  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Meryl Streep)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Spider-Pig  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Japanese Kit Kat Flavors)

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

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Just the L  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stanley Cup Playoffs)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Dog Park Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Helldivers 2)