Take a Deep Breath for Monday Night Trivia!

Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 73 teams across eight venues.  Don’t forget to check out the end of this blog post for important updates regarding next Monday’s games!


Monday’s opening round began rather smoothly, but a pair of wicked bonus questions kept the perfect scores off the board.  First off, only 19% of our teams could identify either one of Franklin Roosevelt’s two Vice Presidents not named Truman: John Nance Garner or Henry Wallace.  We closed the round with a three-part question regarding Michael Jackson videos, asking our teams to name the notable film directors who created some of Michael’s best work:

1)  Though the video for “Bad” did not feature Robert De Niro, it was directed by this film legend.

2)  In addition to two John Belushi films, he also directed “Thriller”.

3)  At just 24 years old, this African-American directed “Remember the Time”.

While naming Martin Scorsese was a breeze, our teams struggled to come up with either or John Landis and John Singleton.  With just 13% of the field earning bonus points here, the surprisingly difficult first round did not yield any perfect scores.


Monday’s audio question dealt with current events, as our teams were asked to identify the voices of Meghan Markle, Emmanuel Macron, and Carrie Underwood.  After a trip to Carlsbad Caverns and a personality evaluation using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, we closed with a question regarding this profession in pop culture:


With a reference to a certain Adam Sandler song, most of our teams arrived at the correct answer of lunchlady, but only eight teams across the board could name the multi-platinum album which featured the song “Lunchlady Land”:


Only one team ran the table in the second round, as Kitten Mittens posted 36 points en route to an impressive first half score.


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of animals whose names begin with ‘P’.  The overall average score reached 16.4 points, with three teams notching a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the halftime break:


Monday’s third round began with a Three Clues question about this former sitcom:


We continued with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Because this city was conquered on a Tuesday in 1453, Greeks now have a superstition about Tuesday being the unluckiest day of the week.

Only 27% of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Constantinople.  Sorry folks, just because that city is now located in Turkey doesn’t mean it was ALWAYS located in Turkey.  That’s how history works.  Once again, we closed the round with its most difficult bonus question, as only nine teams knew that Lemuel was the first name of the title character in the novel “Gulliver’s Travels”.  With that tough finish, we did not see any perfect scores in the third stanza.


Monday’s final round began with a question on this celebrity couple:

Monroe Miller

While most of our teams knew that Marilyn Monroe married Arthur Miller, only THREE teams picked up bonus points by knowing that Marilyn was born with the last name of Mortensen.  While it’s true that she was known as Norma Jean Baker early in her career, that was actually her married name, as she was first betrothed just three weeks after her 16th birthday.  Later, we looked at this common wager on the craps table:


After closing with topics such as Harry Potter and Bruce Springsteen, none of our teams were able to record 36 points in the final round.  Here are Monday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (32.7% success rate):

–> According the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, close to half of school-aged children were absent at least one day from school because they had symptoms of this ailment, the most common chronic illness in children.

Just under one-third of our teams responded correctly with the correct answer of asthma.  Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), who was the only team to score the Perfect 21 on Monday night by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ  (Next week’s first category: “Deadpool 2”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Losing Teams)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Pop Rocks  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on June 4: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on June 4: “Clue” – film)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on June 4: Periodic Table Word Play)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Memorial Day)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice  (Next week’s first category: Game Show Incorrect Buzzer Sounds – AUDIO)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME on June 11 – First category: Francis Ford Coppola)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Need More Trash Culture  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on June 4: 19th Century Composers)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Next week’s first category: Kings)