Striking it Rich at Monday Trivia!

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Fourteen venues and 173 teams took part in Monday’s edition of Pour House Trivia.


After a question about I-named European nations IrelandIceland, and Italy, we reached Monday’s Three Clues which asked teams to figure out a certain word:

  • True varieties of this fish include the Bluntnose and the Fathead.
  • Informally, this word can refer to any small fish that is used as bait by fishermen.
  • It is the name of the fateful ship from the TV series Gilligan’s Island.

The word minnow was submitted by 10.9% of teams before the final clue, earning bonus points for doing so. Eight teams finished the round with a perfect score.


Three women — Amy WinehouseOlivia Rodrigo, and SZA — performed breakup songs in Monday’s audio clue. A Broadway question proved to be the night’s most difficult wagering chance:

  • Which Tony-nominated musical takes place in the town of Cob County and not surprisingly tells the story of their love for corn?

About 26% of the field (the night’s lowest success rate) knew enough about recent musicals to give the correct answer, Shucked. We ended the round with this question about an Internet meme:

  • A meme picturing two superheroes pointing at each other comes from a 1960s animated series featuring which comic book character?
  • Bonus: Which receptionist is the primary love interest in the first season of this series?

Most teams knew the Spider-Man pointing meme, but only 6.35% tacked on two bonus points for remembering Betty Brant. This round’s only perfect teams were Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s) and Boldly Arrowski’s Day Off (William Jeffrey’s).


For Monday’s halftime, teams had to name music groups from album covers, then match Saturday Night Live recurring characters to their respective performers. This was no small task, as no teams got all 20 points and the average score was down to 13.4 points. At the halftime break, these were the highest scores:


Monday’s second half began with topics such as the Russian city of St. Petersburg and Marc-Andre Fleury‘s new spot as second place all-time in NHL goalie wins. The round came to a close with this literary query:

  • Which 19th century novel is told through a series of letters written by characters such as Jonathan Harker and his fiancé Mina?

About 30% of teams recognized those characters from Dracula. A game-high 15 teams earned perfect scores in this round.


Former president Dwight Eisenhower was named by 17 teams for all six points in Monday’s 6-4-2. The last round of the night started with subjects like Kenneth Branagh’s film turns as Hercule Poirot and the Billabong surfwear company. A 21st-century TV question came next:

  • Appearing for three seasons on Showtime, this title character was a single mother coping with dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder). You can either give me the first name of that title character or name the actress who portrayed her.

Toni Collette portrayed the title character in United States of Tara; 36% of the field earned their wager with at least one of those answers. This round had 12 perfect teams. After four rounds, these teams were in the lead:

  • Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime): 164
  • No Longer Running for President (Ragtime): 163
  • HFC (DRP): 162
  • H.R. Pufnstuf (DRP): 159

FINAL QUESTION (23.12% success rate):

  • Since the early 1970s, the event known as Woodstock for Capitalists has taken place in which U.S. city that is located about 1,000 miles from here?

Formally, that event is the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. The Perfect 21 teams on Monday were HFC (DRP) and Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s). The night concluded with these highest scores:


Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Check Your Pockets  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chandler Bing)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Bet Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon in Pokemon Go)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: HFC  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Wolfe Novels)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Hunks and Hunnies  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Conspiracy Theories)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Alcoholics Unanimous  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Constitution)

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

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Boldly Arrowski’s Day Off  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Homonyms)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: No Longer Running for President  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Australian Open) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Class Clowns  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Films About Teachers)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Lowered Expectations  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cosmology)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: All Livers, No Brains  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Player Alma Maters)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Drunken Teachers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Superheroes)

Black Hog BBQ in Middletown, MD: Plutocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Summer Olympics)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Twerk from Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)