O Joy, it’s Monday Trivia!

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Monday’s Pour House Trivia game was played by 164 teams at 14 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

The first regular question on Monday asked about some recent Olympic history:

  • Which two countries have hosted the last two Winter Olympics?

Just 22% of the field named both South Korea (Pyeongchang, 2018) and China (Beijing, 2022) for bonus credit. From there, we celebrated the birthday of American Pie singer Don McLean, went PRO for a three-parter, and read Where the Wild Things Are. A game-high 14 perfect scores were recorded in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

An audio question started the second round as usual, and featured a trio of songs as covered by violinist Lindsey Stirling. Two questions later, we discussed some film sequels:

  • What are the two sequel titles to the romantic comedy Bridget Jones’s Diary?

As the toughest way to earn bonus points in Monday’s game, just 12.8% of our teams named both The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones’s Baby. Other subjects in this round included classic TV’s The Twilight Zone, an insurance actuary, and the Greek Nemesis. Just two perfect scores were earned in this round, by Check Your Pockets (Clyde’s) and Santos L Halper (Ragtime).

HALFTIME:

Monday’s halftime page featured screenshots from ten films. Teams were asked to identify the film for a point, then name the sports team with its logo redacted from the screenshot. Examples included Moneyball and the Oakland Athletics, as well as Happy Gilmore and the Boston Bruins. There were 22 perfect submissions, while the average score was 15.4 points. These were the highest scores at the halftime intermission:

THIRD ROUND:

Liza Minnelli’s marriage to the son of The Wizard of Oz‘s Tin Man kicked off second-half action on Monday; 14% of the field earned bonus points for naming that Oz actor, Jack Haley. We hit the country charts for the night’s hardest wagering query:

  • Which female country singer released the hit songs Things a Man Oughta Know, Watermelon Moonshine, and Heart like a Truck?

Lainey Wilson was identified by 28% of our teams. Finally, a question about Michelangelo taking a mallet to the face from an art rival saw 15% of teams know the artist’s last name was Buonarroti. This round’s perfect teams were Kramerica (Mark’s), Santos L Halper (Ragtime), and On a Mission (Quincy’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

Almost exactly two-thirds of the field took a six-point boost by answering November on the 6-4-2‘s first clue. A geography question was the toughest of the last round:

  • Which two countries share a land border with Moldova?

About 51% of Monday’s teams named either Romania or Ukraine for wagering credit, while the bonus rate for both answers was 28 percent. Other questions in this round dealt with 1870s U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, tennis player and fashion icon Rene Lacoste, and August Mobius, father of the namesake mathematical strip. This round had 12 perfect scores. After four rounds, the leaderboard was topped by these teams:

FINAL QUESTION (59.15% success rate):

  • Counting only the lower 48, what is the westernmost U.S. state whose name and capital begin with the same letter?

This answer won’t need you to go far west, young reader: that state is Oklahoma with its capital being Oklahoma City. Monday’s only Perfect 21 was recorded by Slainte (DRP). At the end of the night, these were the highest scores:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Music)

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

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Anibrainiacs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Family Guy)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: Hankering for Cowbell  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Agatha Christie)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Twerk From Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Entomology)

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

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Creamm Teamm  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Films)

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

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Santos L Halper  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Alien Bounty Hunters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Musical TV Episodes)

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

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Diet Coup  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scottish Politics)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Just Here for the Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Types of Bone Fractures)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pride of the Yankees)