Monday Trivia is Cool Beans!

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Pour House Trivia welcomed 2023 with open arms on Monday, as 112 teams across 11 locations showed up to play.


While Monday’s opening round was pretty easy with the wagering questions, the bonus chances weren’t so simple. For example, take this question that showed up midway through the round:

  • Name the highest rank/award one can attain in either the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts (in the United States).

Getting at least one right for wagering points was no trouble, but just 29% of teams were able to name both Eagle Scout and the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award to receive two extra points. The round ended with a question about the origins of Weezer‘s band name, but only 30% of the field could identify the group’s highest-charting song, Beverly Hills, for bonus credit. There were only two perfect teams in this round: That’s So Clavin (Cushwa) and Dog Park Mafia (William Jeffrey’s).


The audio question showcased clips from three different TV sitcoms: M*A*S*HSaved by the Bell, and Rick and Morty. After questions about the 2024 Olympics being held in France and the scientific concept of inertia, we reached the toughest question in the first half:

  • Celebrated during the first week of January, which Christian feast day commemorates the visit of the Magi to Jesus?

That day is known as either Epiphany or Three Kings Day, and 62% of our teams got that right. The last wagering query of the first half ended up being the hardest bonus try of the night:

  • Which two non-fiction books from Michelle Obama have been written after her time as First Lady of the United States?

While 64% of teams named either Becoming or The Light We Carry for their wager, just 14% had both correct answers for the bonus. This round’s perfect squads were Talk Nerdy to Me (DRP), Sofa Kings (Bushwaller’s), and Dog Park Mafia (William Jeffrey’s).


Sketch comedy TV shows and Super Bowl accomplishments were served up on Monday’s halftime sheet. The average score was 16.2 points, while 14 teams got all 20 points on the page. At the halftime intermission, these teams were in the lead:


A three-parter about wheat and a question about the film Pleasantville preceded the night’s most difficult wagering question:

  • In addition to creating the book Gallery of Illustrious Americans, which American photographer is often referred to as the father of photojournalism, due to his vivid depictions of the U.S. Civil War?

Even with a multiple-choice component, only 48% of the field named Mathew Brady; just over a quarter of our teams earned extra points for answering before the four potential options were given. The forgotten Rice Krispies mascot Pow and the Led Zeppelin song Black Dog were asked about to conclude this round. A game-high eight teams had perfect scores here.


Singer Fergie was the night’s 6-4-2 topic, and four teams were able to identify her after a single clue for all six points. Questions about Helen Keller and the mourning dove preceded the fourth round’s toughest wagering chance:

  • Until his retirement in 2015, which Southeastern Conference coach was the only former Heisman Trophy winner serving as the head coach of a Division I-A (or FBS) team?

That coach, Steve Spurrier, was answered correctly by 54% of the field. The round wrapped up with Three Clues about former TV series The Sopranos; 16% of teams gave the right answer before the final clue to receive two extra points. In this round, perfect scores were earned by That’s So Clavin (Cushwa), Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), and Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime). Before the final question of the night, these were the top-scoring squads:

FINAL QUESTION (33.9% success rate):

  • Which Looney Tunes character was introduced in a 1935 short alongside a cat named Beans?

Just over a third of the field provided the right answer, Porky Pig. Five teams in all recorded a Perfect 21 in Monday’s game for giving correct answers for each of our wagering questions! When all was said and done, these were Monday’s top teams:


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

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: NFL Player or Key & Peele Football Player?)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spider-Man)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Pursue This  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avengers Film Series)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oceania Geography)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cream Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sketch Comedy TV Shows)

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century Military History) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Smartacus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia Sol History)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gilligan’s Island)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: BRB  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sports)