Seduced by the Dark Side of Monday Trivia…

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 53 teams across six venues.


Opening round topics from Monday night included the holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, the Captain Underpants media franchise, and the anniversary of Charles Darwin setting sail for South America on the HMS Beagle.  In the most difficult bonus question of the round, about one-third of the field knew that Frank Capra directed the film It’s a Wonderful Life, leading to just eight teams opening their game with a perfect score of 36 points.


In Monday’s second round, we listened to the theme song from the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, before moving on to discussions of the biological protein keratin, songs titled California Girls (or California Gurls), the perverse Roman Emperor Caligula, and the Suez Canal.  We closed the first half with its most difficult bonus question.  Giving teams a ten-year window either way, we asked the field to identify the year in which the Suez Canal opened.  The vast majority of our teams guessed dates falling far too late, as only seven teams landed within ten years of the correct answer of 1869.  As a result, The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Bushwaller’s) posted the only perfect score in Monday’s second round


Monday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify books and authors based on depictions of first pages.  The average score reached 15.4 points, with four teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:


Monday’s second half began with questions regarding the music group The Stray Cats, the Hispanic holiday Dio de Los Muertos, U. S. cities, and comedienne Amy Schumer.  The third round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Daniel Kaluuya won an Academy Award for his performance in which film focusing on the life of Black Panther Fred Hampton?

Despite being one of the most critically acclaimed films of the past year, the title Judas and the Black Messiah escaped most of the field on Monday night, as less than one-fourth of the field responded correctly.  Two of those teams managed to complete a perfect third round: Shatner Pants (Cushwa) and Il Fornicators (Il Forno).


Final round topics from Monday night included the connection between The Odyssey by Homer and Ulysses by James Joyce, the fad item Tamagotchi, and famous people named Ezra (specifically, Cornell and Pound).  We mixed sports and television in the final question of the round:  

  • Which made-for-TV children’s movie was broadcast on NBC starting at 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 17, 1968, much to the dismay of many football viewers?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Which two teams were playing in that game before it was interrupted by this film?

About 40% of the field picked up wagering points with the correct answer of Heidi, while about half of those tacked on bonus points by remembering that the Raiders and Jets were playing in that infamous game.  None of our Monday teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect fourth round.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (54.7% success rate):

  • Which fictional character spoke his dying words in a 1983 film by saying, “Tell your sister, you were right”?

For the second week in a row, the success rate on Monday’s final question fell just shy of 55%, thanks to the correct response of Darth Vader.  None of our Monday teams posted a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here are your highest scoring teams at he close of Monday’s game:

An honorable mention goes out to Major Wagers (Bushwaller’s), who posted an impressive 167 points while playing ‘over the limit’.


Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Shatner Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Periodic Table)


Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heathers – film)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Here For Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Woodworking Joints)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: WKRP in Cincinnati)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Breadloaf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Cities)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity DUIs)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: How’s Mark?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Film Soundtracks)