Monday Trivia Heads East!

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Fourteen venues played host to Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia, at which 156 total teams attended.


The first regular question contained a tough bonus opportunity:

  • Its true origin is unclear, but Abe Lincoln may have been the first to say that you can do this to all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t do it to all of the people all of the time. Which verb was Lincoln discussing?
  • Bonus: Which Bob Marley song features a variant of this quote in its lyrics?

While most teams knew about the word fool, 18% weren’t fooled by the bonus question; those teams knew that quote was paraphrased in the song Get Up, Stand Up. Other topics in this round included the glacier and current Live hosts Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Six teams had a perfect score in this round.


Triple 50/50 audio question asked teams to decide whether each song reached the top of the chart in the United States or the United Kingdom. The wagering rate was 58%, while a game-low 11.5% earned bonus points. After queries on the flat feet medical condition, the origins of the Miss America pageant, and the Goya food company, we looked back at some classic Oscar Best Picture winners:

  • The first two color films to win the Best Picture Oscar were a drama released in 1939 and a musical released in 1951. Name those films.

Gone with the Wind and An American in Paris were both named by 12.8% of teams for bonus credit. This was the only round with no perfect scores.


For Monday’s halftime page, teams identified states by their license plate, then matched chart-topping songs from 1999. The average team scored 16.9, but 33 teams earned all 20 points. These were the high scores at the halftime intermission:


The wagering questions in this round were of no trouble to the majority of our teams, but two bonus chances worked their third-round magic. We started with a film question:

  • Jennifer Hudson won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Dreamgirls, a film inspired by the rise of which Motown group?
  • Bonus: Which other performer from this film earned an Oscar nomination?

Dreamgirls was inspired by the Supremes, but about 26% of teams picked up a pair of bonus points for remembering Eddie Murphy earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the film. Two questions later, we had a three-parter in which each answer was also the name of a comic book superhero:

  • 1)  It’s the official state nickname of Iowa.
  • 2)  This is the common name for the venomous arachnids in the genus Latrodectus.
  • 3)  This term refers to a ship that is no longer functional and is only capable of floating.

Roughly 23% of the field knew all three answers: the Hawkeye State, the black widow, and hulk. A game-high 13 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


Former U.S. President Andrew Jackson was identified by 23 teams at the six-point clue of Monday’s 6-4-2. The toughest wagering question all night came at the midpoint of the fourth round:

  • Deriving its name from a work of literature, which search engine was created under the original name of Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web?
  • Bonus: Which author penned the book from which this name was taken?

Just under two-fifths of the field knew that search engine became Yahoo!. On top of that, 12.1% added bonus points for recognizing that term came from Jonathan Swift‘s Gulliver’s Travels. Other topics in this round included recent Spanish winners of the Masters golf tournament, the Manhattan cocktail, and Three Clues about cotton. Nine teams were perfect in this round. We went into the final question with these teams leading the overall standings:

FINAL QUESTION (17.95% success rate):

  • Found in the Eastern Time Zone, what is the least populous U.S. state capital that is also the most populous city in its state?

That feat goes to the capital of West Virginia, Charleston! There were two Perfect 21 teams on Monday: My Favorite Team (Cushwa) and Killer Snails (Quincy’s). This was the top of the final leaderboard:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bridgmanite)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: My Favorite Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bookie (TV))

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Worst Case Ontario  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shogun (2024))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WHFS DJs)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Killing Me  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Pop Songs)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Ryno  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1950s Rock and Roll)

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

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

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Batman (1960s TV) Villains)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Club Squash 3.0  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2002 Buffalo Bills Roster)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: That’s No Moon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)

Black Hog BBQ in Middletown, MD: Your Fly is Down  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Colton Sings Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Feeling Lucky  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: PGA Tour Majors)