Monday Trivia was a Hot One!

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Fourteen venues hosted a total of 157 teams on Monday for some Pour House Trivia to start the workweek.


Stephen Colbert’s descriptors for the state of Oregon kicked off Monday’s game, followed by Three Clues about the word black and then a well-deserved mani/pedi. The final question of the round featured a tricky bonus question, however:

  • Topping the U.S. box office 20 years ago this week, Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson squared off in which film about a businessman and his therapist with very unconventional methods? For a two-point bonus, which Oscar-winning actress portrayed the role of Linda in this film?

Most teams were able to name Anger Management as the film in question, but only about 20% of the field correctly identified Marisa Tomei as the actress for bonus points. Eighteen teams earned perfect scores in this round.


Fake TV commercials found in a trio of real television series comprised Monday’s audio question, which began the second round as usual. After questions on the Sleep Number bed and the song One Week by Barenaked Ladies, we reached the first half’s most difficult wagering opportunity:

  • Among the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB: which organization was the first to hold an amateur player draft, as University of Chicago athlete Jay Berwanger was selected with the first overall pick in 1936?

Berwanger was the first pick of the 1936 NFL draft, a question 28% of teams got correct. Finally, a query about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce had a 12% bonus success rate for teams who knew the main character of that novel has the last name of Dedalus. In this round, only two teams notched a perfect score: Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar (Bushwaller’s) and Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s).


Musical acts on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine were featured on the top half of Monday’s halftime sheet, while the bottom section asked teams to match historical figures to their respective nickname. This was no small feat, as the average score was 14.7 points out of 20. However, 12 teams were able to ace this part of the game. Going into the halftime intermission, these were the highest-scoring teams:

  • Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 91
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 90
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 90
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 88


It took until the end of this round to get to its toughest wagering question, but it was a doozy:

  • What are the first three food items mentioned in the VeggieTales theme song?

Those items are tomatoessquash, and potatoes; roughly 23% of teams could name at least two of that trio for wagering points, while 15% knew all three for bonus credit. Before that, teams handled a three-parter on whiskey as a film plot point, the Dolomite Mountains of Italy, and the 404 Not Found error message on the Internet. We were up to nine perfect squads in this round.


Fifteen teams earned all six points on Monday’s 6-4-2 about the sport of cycling. Not to be outdone by the end of the third round, the night’s final round began with its hardest question:

  • Featuring the lead single Love from the Other Side, the recently released album So Much (for) Stardust is the 8th studio album from which rock band? For two bonus points, who is the lead vocalist of that band?

Just 21% of the field knew Fall Out Boy released that album, but a little over 10% secured bonus points for correctly naming Patrick Stump as the band’s lead singer. We followed that up with a baseball question that also wasn’t easy for everyone:

  • With 191, Hall of Famer Hack Wilson holds the current MLB single season record in which statistic?

Wilson had 191 runs batted in (or RBIs) for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1930 season, a mark that has not been topped since. Other topics in this round included William the Conqueror and Harold II’s roles in the Battle of Hastings, and Andy Warhol‘s contribution to a modern art book. This round unfortunately had no perfect team scores. Our top team after halftime extended its lead in the second half:

  • Bass Slappers (Il Forno): 164
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 159
  • Revivalist Hurricanes (Ragtime): 159
  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 158
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 158

FINAL QUESTION (77.07% success rate):

  • Which two-word phrase is the title of a current TV drama, the full name of a professional sports team, and can also describe a notable tragedy which took place in 1871?

Over three quarters of the field correctly named the Chicago Fire as the phrase in question. However, a Perfect 21 eluded the field in Monday’s game. At the end of the night, three teams shared the winner’s podium:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: No Probllama  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Board Games)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Jeff Cab for Cutie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WWF WrestleMania 9)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Community)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Worst Case Ontario  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Deans)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Seven Idiots Walk Into a Bar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S.-backed Coups)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Backstreet’s Back  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grey’s Anatomy (TV series))

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

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Porpoise Pods  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Women’s Colleges)

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1950s American Cars)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Thick as a Brick  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beatles Songs)

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

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

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