Monday Trivia is Elemental!

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Another Monday with Pour House Trivia was played at 11 locations around the region, with 138 total teams taking part in the action!


Questions about the shish kebab and the three-age system of archaeology (comprised of the Stone AgeBronze Age, and Iron Age) were handled well by our teams in the opening round. However, the end of the round brought its toughest wagering question:

  • Which American League MLB team once played its home games in a ballpark nicknamed The Mistake by the Lake?

The now-Cleveland Guardians are that MLB franchise, named correctly by 58% of the field. Bonus points were earned by 27% of teams also able to name Cleveland’s current stadium, Progressive Field. There were nine perfect scores in Monday’s first round.


Songs from 21st-century Disney animated features made up Monday’s audio question; about 57% of teams named two of the films, while 34% earned their bonus for identifying ZootopiaTangled, and Lilo & Stitch. Two questions later, we reached this query with two possible ways to earn a wager:

  • According to the original novel written by Mary Shelley, what was Dr. Frankenstein’s first name? You can either identify that first name or be within five years either way as to when the novel Frankenstein was first published.

At least one correct answer was given by 71% of our teams, but just 8.6% had both Victor as the doc’s first name and a year within five of Frankenstein‘s initial release in 1818. The first half’s most difficult wagering question came next, as we turned to U.S. National Parks:

  • In terms of land area, the four largest U.S. National Parks are all located in which state?

Wrangell-St. Elias, Gates of the Arctic, Denali, and Katmai National Parks are all located in Alaska, which was named by 44% of teams. The only perfect team in this round was Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP).


Monday’s halftime page involved naming famous people with either MartinLuther, or King in their names, then matching important events in African American history to the corresponding year. Fourteen teams achieved a perfect 20-point page, while the average team scored 14.8 points. One perfect team and a logjam in second place made up the top of the halftime standings:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 92
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 88
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 88
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 88
  • Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 88
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 88


Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis‘s lead roles in similar films No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits kicked off Monday’s second half. The toughest question in this round came on the Three Clues question, which gave this trio of hints:

  • This Argentine province accounts for over two-thirds of the country’s entire wine production.
  • This is the last name of both Gloria on Orange is the New Black and Jason on The Good Place.
  • This is the name of a mythical line in baseball around a .200 batting average, below which represents an untenable level of offensive ineptitude.

About 63% of the field had the right answer of Mendoza, but exactly half of Monday’s teams had it before the final clue to earn two extra points. The round ended with monosyllabic European nations FranceGreece, and Spain. A game-high 22 teams earned perfect scores in the third round.


Former U.S. President Gerald Ford was Monday’s 6-4-2 topic, and only two teams were confident enough to correctly answer after one clue to get all six points! We didn’t let up with the difficulty heading into Monday’s final round, where this question stumped almost everyone:

  • Which title character of a 19th-century opera addresses his son in the aria Sois immobile, a phrase translated into English as hold still?

Just 12% of teams successfully named William Tell, while a game-low six teams added points for naming the opera’s composer, Gioachino Rossini. Other topics in this round included Navy quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach, 90s Nickelodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, and the liver, the body’s heaviest internal organ. A fairly tricky round overall led to no perfect scores being earned. These high scores were achieved after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (37% success rate):

  • Based on atomic mass, what is the heaviest element on the periodic table whose chemical symbol is represented by a single letter?

Over a third of the field correctly named that element, uranium, for one final wager. There were a pair of Perfect 21 teams on Monday: That’s So Clavin (Cushwa) and Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s). Final Monday standings shook out like this:

Earning an honorable mention is Talk Nerdy to Me (DRP), which put up a final score of 166 points while playing with more than seven team members.


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Joey Triviani  (FIRST CATEGORY AFTER HIATUS: NFL Stadium Names)

NOTE: Ellie’s Pub will be taking an immediate short hiatus, but PHT will be back with a game on February 20!

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: That’s So Clavin  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Rivers)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The White Lotus)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Ya Adults  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 30 Rock)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sailing)

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: San Antonio Spurs) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Small Council  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 30: Pro Wrestling Finishing Moves)

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

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Solos (Amazon series))