Monday Trivia is Atomic!

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The first weekday of July had 15 Pour House Trivia venues host a total of 183 teams, which set a new Monday record!


The final question of the first round ended up being the most difficult of the first half:

  • You will be able to name the subtitle to the film Star Trek V if you can simply recite the opening narration from the original “Star Trek television series.  For your wager, what is the three-word subtitle to Star Trek V?
  • For a 2-point bonus: Who directed this film?

Barely over half the field submitted the correct subtitle: The Final Frontier. To go with that, just 13% were able to add bonus points for knowing William Shatner directed the film. Before that, we discussed the origins of the literary-turned-film title One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a three-part rhyming answer set, and the now-defunct Democratic-Republican political party. Six teams put up a perfect score in this round.


Monday’s game had a killer audio question, as teams heard a trio of songs with murderous lyrics: Johnny Cash‘s Folsom Prison BluesHey Joe by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Maroon 5‘s Wake Up Call. A couple of questions later, we looked at some Super Bowl history:

  • A Super Bowl-record 75-yard touchdown run by Willie Parker helped which AFC wild card team defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 40?
  • For a 2-point bonus: Despite that run, which other player earned the MVP award in Super Bowl 40?

About 55% of teams correctly named the Pittsburgh Steelers, while 14% knew Hines Ward was the Super Bowl 40 MVP. Other topics in this round included the Hofburg Palace in Austria and Ryan Seacrest, the next host of Wheel of Fortune. A game-high seven teams were perfect here.


The halftime page provided teams with screenshots from a mystery theme‘s worth of films; it turns out that each featured a performer from a movie in the Lord of the Rings franchise. The bottom half asked teams to match medical specialists to their corresponding area of the body. On average, the score was 15.7 points, but 13 teams managed to get all 20 on their page. A quintet of teams in the 90s led the field at the halftime break:

  • YOLO (Rockwell): 92
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 91
  • You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa): 90
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 90
  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Rai’s): 90


The third round did third round things on Monday; the three most difficult wagering questions were all showcased here. We started with a three-parter on authors who spent time in prison; 26% of teams earned their wager while 6% got all three parts right for bonus credit. Two questions later, we unleashed this bit of culture:

  • Which three of the six most performed operas worldwide were created by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini?

Those popular Puccinis are La BohemeTosca, and Madame Butterfly; the 22% wagering rate and 3.2% bonus rate were both lows on Monday. Finally, an art question made an appearance:

  • While he is best known for depictions of a certain Paris establishment, which diminutive painter also created the 1887 work Portrait of Vincent van Gogh, which currently hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam?

Just over a quarter of the field correctly identified Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It may not be a surprise to read that no teams in the third round were perfect.


For the 6-4-2 on Monday, eight teams knew enough about the various awards won by Barbra Streisand to name her on the six-point clue. The fourth round’s most difficult wagering question mentioned an award as well:

  • Between 1959 and 1962, the AIA Gold Medal was awarded to Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Eero Saarinen.  For your wager, the AIA Gold Medal is bestowed for excellence in which field?

That medal goes to those who showcase excellence in architecture, an answer given by 26% of teams. Before that, we had questions about the Japanese city (and tire manufacture namesake) Yokohama, Bill Murray’s cameo in Little Shop of Horrors, and Three Clues about the word York. The latter question had a bonus rate of 22%. However, six teams did navigate the tough waters of round four on their way to a perfect score. We had a slight reorganizing of the top halftime teams for the leaderboard heading into the final question:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 165
  • YOLO (Rockwell): 164
  • You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa): 157
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 156
  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Rai’s): 156

FINAL QUESTION (12.57% success rate):

  • Playing a vital role in the dawn of the Atomic Age, which U.S. state currently has the most nuclear reactors in the country?

As it was the first U.S. state to have a nuclear reactor, Illinois fittingly still has the most, with 11. Due to some tough goes on Monday, there was once again no Perfect 21 team in the game. These teams ended the night with the top scores:


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

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Dashing Duo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYNCIS)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Cheeky Bastards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Synth Pop (audio))

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hannah Sings Lynyrd Skynyrd)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ken Kesey)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: YOLO  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Glee)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s TV Sitcoms)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Porpoise Pod  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wings (TV series))

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Scrantonicity  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Lord of the Rings) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: New York Brewers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animated Disney Renaissance Films)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Get Off My Lawn  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: The Who or the Guess Who?)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: All Livers, No Brains  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Alma Maters)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Super Bowl)

Pinemoor Bar & Grill in Arlington, VA: Two Bozos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents from Cincinnati)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Project Hail Mary)