Monday Trivia is a Capital Idea!

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There were fourteen locations hosting Pour House Trivia on Monday for a combined 148 teams.


After questions about Jimi Hendrix and the origins of the Frisbee were tossed out to start the game, we read a Triple 50/50 question. Teams had to determine whether each of these works was written by Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein:

  • 1) Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • 2) What Was I Scared Of?
  • 3) I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!

Only a quarter of the field earned bonus points for getting all three answers in the correct order: SilversteinSeussSeuss. Eleven of those teams aced the round to get a perfect score.


Theme songs from TV series nominated for Emmys this year marked the night’s audio question: Later on, we had a couple of tricky wagering queries, starting with this bit of geography:

  • What is the only country to border both Nicaragua and Panama?

About 47% of teams were correct to name Costa Rica. After that, we moved on to a horror film question:

  • Which 2010s horror film starred Toni Collette as a woman whose family is stalked by a demonic entity after the death of her mother?

Hereditary was identified by 41% of the field, the lowest success rate of any first-half wagering question. This round had eight perfect scores. 


Animals with T names and the real last names of one-named musicians were the topics of the night’s halftime page. The average score was 16.5 points, but nine teams earned all 20 points. These were the high scores at the halftime break:

  • Hanging From Chandeliers (DRP): 93
  • Smart on the Avenue (DRP): 90
  • Demolition (DRP): 89
  • On a Mission (Quincy’s): 89


The second half started with a question about the peacock supposedly created by the mythological figure known to Greeks as Hera and the Romans as Juno. The evening’s Three Clues question came later, and offered hints about a certain actor:

  • He has portrayed real-life figures such as Salvador Dali, T.E. Lawrence, and photographer Dennis Stock.
  • Since 2013, he has been the face for Dior Homme fragrance. 
  • He was a cast member in both the Harry Potter and Twilight film franchises.

Robert Pattinson was named by only four teams early enough to receive bonus points. The very next question ended up being the night’s toughest wagering chance:

  • What country contains both South America’s highest and lowest points?

Exactly 25% of the field named Argentina, which contains both Mount Aconcagua and Laguna del Carbon. This round’s only perfect team was Dynamite (Rockwell).


The sport of table tennis was identified by 79 teams for all six points in the night’s 6-4-2. The last round on Monday was no real trouble for most teams. Topics here included the introduction of the laugh track by 1950s sitcom The Hank McCune Show, the Brazil nut, and a three-parter in which each answer was also the title of a Dave Matthews Band song. A game-high 16 perfect scores were achieved in this round. Heading into the night’s final question, these were the top scores:

FINAL QUESTION (34.46% success rate):

  • Among the U.S. state capitals which are also the most populous city in their respective home state, which one comes last alphabetically?

A little more than a third of Monday’s teams were successful by answering with Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, this didn’t cap a Perfect 21 effort for any team. Monday’s final standings were very close up top:


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

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century U.S. Vice Presidents)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Jawohl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob’s Burgers)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Smart on the Avenue  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Sitcoms)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race (seasons 1-5))

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Porpoise Pod  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Martin Scorsese)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Hungry Guys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: STIs) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Sherlock Homies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shrek)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: One-Hit Wonders (audio))

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Team E’s  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

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

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Four Hundred Quatloos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Agatha Christie Novels)