Monday Trivia, Just Around the Corner!

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We once again had 13 locations ready to go for Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia! Including a 20-team game at Ragtime in Arlington, VA, 152 teams showcased their trivia knowledge.


While the wagering questions in Monday’s opening round were no trouble for our players, this round featured the two most difficult bonus chances in the game. First off, we discussed a certain magazine superlative:

  • Mel Gibson was the first person to earn which honor bestowed by People Magazine each November?

Gibson was the first Sexiest Man Alive according to People, but only 8.5% of the field knew that the reigning titleholder is Chris Evans. The end of the round brought the night’s Three Clues query, this time asking teams to name a specific detective with these hints:

  • This fictional detective served kitchen patrol during the Korean War.
  • A fabricated trivia question about this detective was the source of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
  • This detective often spoke the line just one more thing…

A game-low 7.8% of teams were correct with Columbo before the third clue was given. This was the rare first round in which no teams were perfect.


Not to be outdone, this round showcased the two toughest wagering questions on Monday. After an audio question that featured a trio of unique cover songs, we had this TV query:

  • Partially named for a Manhattan neighborhood, which spoof comedy series from TBS featured a title police officer portrayed by Rashida Jones?

Angie Tribeca was named by 28% of the field. Two questions later, we asked about a certain team-hopping NBA player:

  • After being chosen by the Golden State Warriors as the first overall pick at the 1995 NBA Draft, which former University of Maryland star went on to tie an NBA record by playing for 12 different franchises during his career?

About 27% of teams were successful by naming Joe Smith, the subject of Monday’s hardest wagering question. There were six perfect teams in this round, the most of any round this night.


The night after the Academy Awards saw a halftime page featuring famous Oscars (such as the Grouch and de la Hoya) and famous lakes matched to the U.S. state where they can be found. There were 36 perfect scores on this page (almost a quarter of the field), but the average score was 15.5 points. At the halftime intermission, these were the top-scoring teams:

  • Revivalist Hurricanes (Ragtime): 90
  • Jeff Cab for Cutie (Clyde’s): 89
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 88
  • Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 87
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 87


The first question in Monday’s second half was about cartoon character George of the Jungle; roughly 21% of teams tacked on bonus points for knowing actress Leslie Mann was one of the leads in the 1997 live-action film adaptation of the animated series. We hit upon another sports question after that, which again was a tricky one for our teams:

  • Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1974, which former Tennessee State defensive lineman is the most recent first overall pick to be drafted from a school that today is not part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (or Division I-A)?

A little more than a third of our teams knew that man was Ed (Too Tall) Jones. Other subjects in this round included the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green. Perfect scores in this round were earned by Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa), Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell), Highly Favored (Ragtime), and Austikee (Ragtime).


More than half the field took a zero on the 6-4-2, which offered three clues about the tennis Grand Slam French Open tournament; 15 teams were able to figure it out from the first clue for all six points, though. A three-part question about roller skates opened the fourth round; about two-fifths of the field knew at least two of the three right answers for wagering credit, while 17% came through with all three answers for bonus points. After discussing the sunflowerLady Gaga‘s Oscar-nominated song from Top Gun: Maverick, and the apple brown betty dessert, we reached this last question:

  • Which two women have co-hosted The View for at least 17 seasons?

Only about 17% of the field earned bonus points for naming both Barbara Walters and Joy Behar. This round’s perfect teams were George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Wednesday (Bushwaller’s), and Your Mom (Quincy’s). A three-way tie highlighted the top of the leaderboard after four rounds:

  • Jeff Cab for Cutie (Clyde’s): 160
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 160
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 160
  • Revivalist Hurricanes (Ragtime): 159
  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 158

FINAL QUESTION (41.45% success rate):

  • Though his most notable work references a different cathedral, who was the first writer buried at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey?

His most famous work references Canterbury Cathedral, but Geoffrey Chaucer is buried in Westminster Abbey. Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), H.R. Puf ‘n’ Stuff (DRP), and Jerk and Thrive (Rockwell) each put together a Perfect 21 effort on Monday. At the end of the night, these were the highest-scoring teams:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: Ameribrits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: English Premier League)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Jeff Cab For Cutie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arnold Schwarzenegger Action Films)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Outer Banks (TV series))

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)

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

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sad Musicals)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Losers Going Shopping  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muppets)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Revivalist Hurricanes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: IPA Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Alternative Rock)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Capitals)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Deep Fried Chuckles  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Goonies)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last of Us)