Starting Strong at Monday Trivia!

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Pour House Trivia played host to 188 teams at 14 venues on Monday, which included a 21-team event at William Jeffrey’s Tavern and 20 more teams playing at Ragtime.


We began with a question about the Ralph Lauren fashion brand before pivoting to a query about a U.S. National Park:

  • Thanks to an act of Congress, what became the first federally protected National Park in the United States?
  • Bonus: Within ten years either way, in which year was this Park established?

Yellowstone was given by most teams, but just 10.1% of the field got within ten years of the correct bonus year, 1872. There were ten perfect scores in this round.


Monday’s audio question played three songs with the word Tears in the title: Tears in Heaven by Eric ClaptonThe Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande. Other topics in this round included the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, islands belonging to Scotland, and the major upsets suffered by Kentucky and Auburn in the first round of this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. This round had a game-high 21 perfect scores.


Celebrities with gender-ambiguous first names such as Leslie Nielsen and Shawn Johnson were given at the top of the halftime sheet, while the bottom section asked teams to match items to the appropriate U.S. Cabinet department. There were 38 perfect puzzle page scores, while the average score was 17.3 points. Four teams remained perfect at the halftime break:


An Over/Under about sports opened second-half action, followed by this question which may belong in a museum:

  • Joining such items as Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Mister Rogers’s sweater, and The Fonz’s jacket, what item was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by Jerry Seinfeld?

About 43% of teams earned their wager for naming the puffy shirt featured on Seinfeld. We moved on to the night’s toughest bonus chance:

  • Which element derives its symbol from the abbreviation of Greek words respectively meaning water and silver?
  • Bonus: Within three either way, what is this element’s atomic number?

Although most teams did correctly name mercury, only 7.44% of the field were close enough to the number 80 to earn two bonus points. A perfect quartet of teams played the third round: Lone Strangers (Clyde’s), Bitch, Please (Clyde’s), Smartinis (DRP), and How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s).


Just four teams named Pakistan for all six points in the 6-4-2; almost a third of the field submitted an incorrect early guess, however. The last round on Monday began with subjects such as Wicked Game singer Chris Isaak, the Vieux Carre Historic District of New Orleans, and the young adult novel Holes. It took until late in the game to give the night’s toughest wagering question:

  • Instead of pitting the two major parties against each other, the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game features a team of bipartisan Congresswomen playing a team of women with what occupation?

Roughly 16% of teams knew that game features Congresswomen against journalists. This was the only round of the night with no perfect scores. With four rounds in the books, these were the top-scoring teams:

FINAL QUESTION (18.62% success rate):

  • What is the only letter of the alphabet which begins the names of three different African countries that all border each other?

This only happens with a trio of C-countries: Chad, Cameroon, and Central African Republic! Monday’s game did not have any Perfect 21 teams. Two teams ended the night tied atop the final standings:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. State Nicknames)

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

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Pufnstuf  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Orleans Cocktails (except the Hurricane))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Team Blaine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Marathon Winners)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 19th Century U.S. Presidential Elections)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends Guest Stars)

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

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Bestin Reston  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classical Composers)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mr. T)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: The Green Dots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor Winners)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Spider-Pig  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schoolhouse Rock)

Black Hog BBQ in Middletown, MD: Excuse Me, Sir, Your Fly is Down  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Laurel and Hardy)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dune: Part Two)