Monday Trivia Leaves a Good Impression!

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There were 152 teams out to prove their trivia might on Monday evening, as 13 venues hosted a game of Pour House Trivia.


In the first round, teams easily handled their quintet of questions. Topics included the country of origin for a trio of dog breeds, the various celebrities who have portrayed Colonel Sanders in television commercials, and the glass pyramid in front of Paris’s Louvre. In all, sixteen teams ended the first round with a perfect score.


We started this round as always with the audio clue, which played a trio of songs as covered by American Idol winners: Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) by Phillip Phillips, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Kelly Clarkson, and I’ll Stand By You by Carrie Underwood. From there, we covered former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Julie Kavner’s Emmy wins for Rhoda and The Simpsons, and the banana which is the revenue king of Walmart. The final question of the first half proved to be the hardest way to earn bonus points:

  • Though he was 27 years old upon making his MLB debut, who is the most recent major leaguer to win a Rookie of the Year Award and a Most Valuable Player Award in the same season?

Doing so in 2001, Ichiro Suzuki was an impact player from his first Major League season; 12.5% of teams named him before multiple choices were revealed to earn bonus points. Five teams were able to go perfect through this round.


Monday’s halftime page contained zoomed-in album covers for artists such as No Doubt and Fleetwood Mac, followed by a set of answers that all shared the initials HP. The average score was down to 14.7 points, while just three teams went 20-for-20 on this one. At halftime, these were the leading scores:


Topics in the third round included the tagline to the film The Social Network, the nations of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, and The Great Gatsby‘s primary locations of West and East Egg. At the end of the round, we had a Triple 50/50 in which teams had to determine whether each of these three trophies is handed out by the NBA or the NHL:

  • 1) Larry O’Brien Trophy

  • 2) Conn Smythe Trophy

  • 3) Maurice Podoloff Trophy

The O’Brien Trophy is awarded to the NBA champion each season, the Smythe is given to the NHL playoff MVP, and the Podoloff Trophy goes to the NBA team with the best regular-season record. Only 13.8% of teams knew all three of those for extra points! Perfect scores in this round were recorded by seven squads.


During our 6-4-2 question, You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa) was the only squad to pick up the full six points by identifying Ernest as the first name of the first Nobel Prize winner from New Zealand (Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics). In Monday’s final round, we started with a question about Ali Wong Netflix series Beef and the origin of the song Rebel Yell. After that, we asked this question about a certain actress:

  • After appearing in a series of eight blockbuster films, which British actress was appointed as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador at age 24?

While most teams knew that actress is Emma Watson, only 11% of the field could name her most recent feature film, Little Women. Finally, a Three Clues question proved to be the trickiest bonus chance of the game:

  • This company is named for a mythological figure who disobeyed the gods.
  • This company launched its IPO in 2011 with a single-letter stock symbol.
  • This company was developed from a concept known as the Music Genome Project.

Just 8.5% correctly identified Pandora before the third clue for two bonus points. This round’s perfect teams were Priscilla’s Posse (Cushwa), Porpoise Pods (William Jeffrey’s), and How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s). After four rounds, these were the highest-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (42.11% success rate):

  • In which film does one of the lead characters perform more than a dozen celebrity impressions, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, Robert De Niro, Arsenio Hall, Rodney Dangerfield, and Jack Nicholson?

Robin Williams proved once again to be a champion of impressions, as he performed a bunch of them as the Genie in Aladdin. Unlike last Monday, we had some Perfect 21 teams; in fact, six were able to answer all wagering questions correctly. Monday’s matches concluded with these teams on top:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: No Probllama  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rio Bravo)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: We’re All Infected  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon Go)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Priscilla’s Posse  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Little Women)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Cobra Kai  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Damon/Affleck Films)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Tacocat  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Electric Geography)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Films)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: We Trivia Good  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spice Girls)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Texas Landmarks) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s MTV)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Picard)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Space Jam  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Economists)

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

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Socrates Nuts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Polish History)