Monday Trivia Shines a Light!

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Fifteen locations and 163 total teams took part in Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia.


A simple first round started strong with a three-part question about events that occurred in the year 1992. From there, we discussed Juneteenth and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as the two most recent U.S. federal holidays to be instituted. Famous film chainsaws and Zodiac signs with human representation (GeminiVirgo, and Aquarius) put a bow on the first set of questions. Thirteen teams got through this round with a perfect score intact.


Three songs, each by singers surnamed Williams, comprised Monday’s audio clue. After that, we traced the origins of animated dog Droopy, recapped the not-so-great minor league baseball career of Michael Jordan, discovered Daniel Handler’s pen name Lemony Snicket, and took a trip to Liechtenstein and its bordering nations, Austria and Switzerland. There were sixteen perfect scores in this round, the most of any round on Monday.


The halftime page on Monday contained the outfits of various animated characters such as Pinocchio and George Jetson. The bottom section asked teams to give answers that are pronounced exactly like a letter of the Greek alphabet (like Psy and the Pokemon Mew). On average, teams scored 16.9 points, but 21 teams were able to pick up the full 20 on the page. Two teams at the same location went into the halftime intermission with perfect scores:


Monday’s second half began with a question about the Rosenbergs who were executed for espionage on this date in 1953. We gave Three Clues about the word Bubbles midway through this round, and 7.9% of the field earned bonus credit for submitting the correct answer before the final clue was given out. This round’s most difficult wagering question came next:

  • Shortly after appearing on the soundtrack for the Twilight sequel New Moon, which indie rock band with a morbid-sounding name topped the Billboard Alternative Chart with the song You Are a Tourist?

Death Cab for Cutie was correctly named by 47% of our teams. Seven perfect scores were recorded here.


Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig was the 6-4-2 topic on Monday, guessed correctly by 16 teams for the full six points. The game’s toughest question started the final round:

  • Known primarily by his first name, which Dutch artist painted himself into the crowd in all three of his Biblical paintings, The Raising of the Cross, Joseph Telling His Dreams, and The Stoning of Saint Stephen?
  • For a two-point bonus: Which other of his religious works, a seascape, was stolen from a museum in Boston in 1990 and has never been recovered?

About 46% of teams were able to identify Rembrandt as the artist, while a game-low 7.3% got the bonus work, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee. Other topics in this round included recent soccer treble-winner Manchester City, the star in the center of the official Juneteenth flag, and a Triple 50/50 about TGIF mainstays Full House and Family Matters. This round featured six perfect team scores. After four rounds, these teams had the highest scores:

  • Jeff Cab for Cutie (Ragtime): 167
  • We the Peephole (Aslin): 165
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 163
  • Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 163
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 163

FINAL QUESTION (36.2% success rate):

  • Which nonprofit organization uses the motto It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness?

More than a third of the field received final wagering points for naming Amnesty International. Five teams ended Monday’s game with a Perfect 21, having submitted correct answers to each of our wagering questions. These were the evening’s top teams:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA:

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Jeff Cab for Cutie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYBrooklyn Nine-Nine)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)

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

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Slainte  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Academy Awards)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace)

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Ten Thousand Dugongs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: War of 1812) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Alien Bounty Hunters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Women’s Soccer League Teams)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons (season 5))

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Not Two Couples  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dog Breeds)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Cuisine)

Pinemoor Bar & Grill in Arlington, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Johnny Mnemonic)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Mirror)