Monday Trivia Takes an Alias!

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Eleven venues and 162 teams came together for Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia.


In the first round, we sampled some hummus, restored the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and celebrated the FIFA Men’s World Cup titles won by South American nations UruguayArgentina, and Brazil. None of these were massive speed bumps, however, and we finished the round with 13 perfect scores.


For the audio question, we played three songs with hockey terms in the title: Broken Wings by Mr. Mister, Can’t Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes, and Check on It by Beyonce. The wagering success rate was just 34%, while 14.1% of the field earned two bonus points for providing all three song titles. Next came the night’s hardest wagering question:

  • Which two letters can be added to the name of the largest moon of Saturn to get the name of the largest moon of Uranus?

About 27% of the field knew those letters are ia, as in Titan and Titania. From there, we moved on to the FOX game show We Are Family, and the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge. The only perfect score in this round was earned by Dynamite (Rockwell).


Brand logos for companies such as Apple and Ericsson comprised the top half of Monday’s halftime sheet, while the bottom section asked teams to match private American universities to their town. On average, teams scored 16.1 points here, but 15 perfect scores were tallied. Two teams rocked a perfect score at the halftime intermission:

  • Demolition (DRP): 92
  • Dynamite (Rockwell): 92
  • Quiz Before the Storm (Ragtime): 91
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 90
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 90
  • Dumb Bunnies (Ragtime): 90


Three Clues about a certain word opened up the second half of trivia:

  • The nickname of 1940s baseball player Lawrence Davis.
  • This word refers to a group of rhinoceroses.
  • The title of the film which earned Best Picture at the 78th Academy Awards.

Roughly 16% of our teams identified the word crash from the first two clues to receive two bonus points. Later on, we looked at some acting roles:

  • Which Oscar-winning actress has portrayed the role of Bettina on Six Feet Under, Ruth Whitefeather Feldman on Disjointed, and as the mother of Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory?

Just under a third of the field knew those are all roles played by Kathy Bates! The round ended with a question on multi-time 1970s NBA champs: the New York Knicks (1970, 1973) and the Boston Celtics (1974, 1976). In this round, Tokyo Sex Whale (Bushwaller’s) and Killer Snails (Quincy’s) had perfect scores.


Thirty teams named Sweden from a single clue to get the full six points in the night’s 6-4-2. We kicked off the fourth round with a three-parter about businesses run by famous actresses, plus the Gadsden Purchase which gave the U.S. parts of what would become Arizona and New Mexico. After that, we read this question about a dramedy film:

  • Which comedy-drama film starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger topped the U.S. box office exactly 40 years ago?
  • Bonus: This film was adapted from a book by which author? 

Monday was the 40th anniversary of Terms of Endearment topping the domestic box office. The film was named by 31% of teams, but a game-low 13.5% added bonus points for naming author Larry McMurtry. The lone perfect team in this round was Slainte (DRP). Before the final question, these were the highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (50% success rate):

  • Which television character was born with the real name of Dick Whitman, though he used an alias stolen from a dead officer during the Korean War?

Exactly half of Monday’s field knew that Dick Whitman is the real name of Mad Men‘s Don Draper. Aptly enough, the only Perfect 21 for Monday’s game went to Harbaugh for Championship (DRP). Monday’s final standings were topped by these teams:

  • Harbaugh for Championship (Mark’s): 173
  • Demolition (DRP): 173
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 170
  • Cobra Kai (DRP): 168
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 168
  • Dynamite (Rockwell): 168
  • Dumb Bunnies (Ragtime): 167
  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 166
  • Smart on the Avenue (DRP): 165
  • Get Off My Lawn (Quincy’s): 165


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Flags)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Die Hard with a Vengeance)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Harbaugh for Championship  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1930s Ping Pong)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Larry McMurtry Books That Aren’t Terms of Endearment)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Hughes Films)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Haggis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Dumb Bunnies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Teachers) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Alien Bounty Hunters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cooperative Board Games)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Get Off My Lawn  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gastronomical Word Play)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: All Livers, No Brains  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Supreme Court Cases)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Literature)

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