Monday Trivia Rocks the House!

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The final week of June started with Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia, hosted by 15 locations for a total of 167 teams.


The most difficult way to earn bonus points in the first round on Monday came early:

  • One with a national sounding name and the other a type of retriever, which two dog breeds currently make up the top two spots on the American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular American dog breeds?

Just over a quarter of the field named both the French bulldog and Labrador retriever for extra points. We also discussed the Ozark Trail system in Missouri and the cancelled Operation Downfall which would’ve been the Allied invasion of Japan in late 1945. This round had 17 perfect scores.


Monday’s audio clue was the toughest bonus chance of the first half. About an eighth of our teams were able to name all three musical acts singing about snakes: Paula Abdul (Cold Hearted), Papa Roach (Snakes), and Nicki Minaj (Anaconda). As for the least-successful wagering question before halftime, it came on a film query:

  • The final scene of which 1950s film that received an Oscar Nomination for Best Picture reveals that Henry Fonda’s character is named Davis?

Almost exactly one-third of Monday’s teams recognized that film was 12 Angry Men. Other topics in this round included the logo of American Airlines, the two recent NBA trades which featured Chris Paul, and Catch-22‘s (Major) Major Major Major. This round’s perfect teams were You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa), Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP), and Legalized Gambling (DRP).


At halftime, teams were asked to name famous duos unexpectedly hanging out in photos (such as Drew Barrymore and Billy Idol), then identify which days of the week are featured in a list of answers. On average, the score was 17.4 points; 33 teams picked up all 20 points on their page. We reached the halftime intermission with these highest scores:


A couple of questions early in the second half proved to be tricky for most of Monday’s teams. We started with a query about a certain scientist:

  • In fluid dynamics, the increase in the speed of a liquid occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure. This principle was first described by what Swiss mathematician and physicist, whom the principle is named for?

This eventually came with a crossword-style clue, but 15% of teams didn’t need it, answering with the correct last name of Bernoulli. We followed that up with a question about Hawaiian mythology:

  • According to Hawaiian mythology, which goddess of fire, lightning, and volcanoes resides in the caldera of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawai’i? (Whether she is good at soccer remains to be seen.)

About 41% of teams either knew their mythology or recognized the context clue well enough to name Pele. From there, we also flashed back to the start of the blue M&Ms which debuted in 1995 and the Scrabble point value of Santa’s Blitzen. Six teams earned a perfect score in this round.


Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates was the subject of Monday’s 6-4-2; only five teams named her on the six-point clue about her role as Charlie’s ghost on Two and a Half Men. We saved the most difficult questions for the last round of the evening. Early in the round, we asked this sports question:

  • What is the avian name of the softball pitcher who appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on The Celebrity Apprentice?

Just 23% of the field correctly named Jennie Finch, making it the hardest wagering answer to get on Monday. The last question of the round gave Three Clues about a music group:

  • This group set five Guinness World Records in 2008, including Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, Largest Game of Dodgeball, and Most People in a Custard Pie Fight.
  • Earlier this year, this band scored their eighth Alternative Airplay No. 1 with their song Records.
  • This group also set a Guinness record for Most People Riding on a Skateboard, which occurred while filming the music video for their song Troublemaker from the Red Album.

Of our teams, 6.5% didn’t need the final clue to name Weezer early enough for bonus credit. The only team to achieve fourth-round perfection was Revivalist Hurricanes (Ragtime). These were the high scores after four rounds:

  • You Had Me at Chester Arthur (Cushwa): 164
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 161
  • Demolition (DRP): 159
  • How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s): 158
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 155

FINAL QUESTION (16.77% success rate):

  • Of the six states who have only one representative in the current U.S. House of Representatives, which one has the highest population, at just over one million residents?

The state we were looking for as a final answer was Delaware. Unfortunately, Monday’s game had no Perfect 21 teams. However, these teams ended the evening ahead of the rest:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA:

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Fearsome Foursome  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYFriends)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Clue (film))

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Clueless  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Food)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wes Anderson Films)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cream Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shonda Rhimes)

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

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: No Question  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bojack Horseman)

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

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Next Stop is AA  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alcoholic Spirits)

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

Pinemoor Bar & Grill in Arlington, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Sabbath)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Street Sharks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muppets)