The Glory Days of Monday Night Trivia!

Week 13 of Season XIX began with 86 teams playing Pour House Trivia at one of ten venues.


We began Monday’s game with a three-part question regarding wine producing regions, before moving on to the topics of Canadian sports and the Spanish language version of this TV drama:

We closed the first round with a wicked bonus question concerning the poem “The Convergence of the Twain”.  Though nearly every team earned wagering points by knowing that this work was written about the sinking of the Titanic, none of our 86 teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the poem was penned by British novelist Thomas Hardy.  As a result, Monday’s opening round did not yield any perfect scores.


Alliterative song titles highlighted Monday’s audio question, as we listeneed to “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart, “Barely Breathing” by Duncan Sheik, and “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco.  Later, we discussed the human epidermis, Russian czar Peter the Great, and this film:

This question included another incredibly difficult bonus question, as only two teams successfully named Barry Levinson as the director of “Good Morning, Vietnam”.  Not surprisingly, one of those teams was perennial powerhouse Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s), who was the only team to sweep the second round with a perfect score.


Religious symbols and TV characters were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page.  Slightly more difficult than usual, this page yielded an average score of just 14.3 points, with several teams posting the high score of 19 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half kicked off with a look at the Thomas Hobbes work “Leviathan”, the rise and fall of the biotech company Theranos, and the jersey numbers which have been retired by this NBA franchise:

After seeing very few perfect scores in the first half, four teams ran the table in Monday’s third round by posting 36 points: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Unsavories (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s).


We began Monday’s final round with a discussion of the birth names of this hip hop duo:

We continued with questions concerning the Agatha Christie novel “Murder on the Orient Express” and the video game series “Mega Man”.  Team MSC (DRP) posted the only perfect score from Monday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (13.3% success rate)

–> Which 1984 album included a record-tying seven singles that cracked the Billboard Top 10, despite NONE of those songs reaching number one?

Popular wrong answers included “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, though both of those albums actually featured fewer top ten hits (and at least one song that reached #1).  Most of our Monday venues saw just one or two teams give us the correct answer of “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen.  Thanks to this difficult final question, only four teams answered every wagering question correctly to earn a Perfect 21: Unsavories (DRP), Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s), Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s), and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Unsavories   (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Umbrella Academy”)


Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: Monopoly – original version)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Thornton Wilder)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  This is How We Go Down   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – WWE or WCW?)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Fondue or Do Not   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: Bruce Springsteen)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Irregardlessly Unrelevant   (Next week’s first category: NFL Potpourri)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Dammit Jessie   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on April 29: Anime)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Chum Conspiracy   (Next week’s first category: “Final Fantasy 7”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Glow in the Dark Boner Tag   (Next week’s first category: Famous Boners)