The Luck of the Irish at Monday Trivia!

Could Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia possibly top the excitement of the Super Bowl?  Well, after we suffered through Sunday’s “football game”, that would appear to be an absolute certainty.  All told, Monday’s game welcomed 91 teams across ten venues:


Opening round topics from Monday night included bats (the animal), top-ranked universities, and this card game:


A Triple 50/50 question about the colors of red and blue offered the most difficult bonus points of the round, as only 13% of the field responded with three correct answers.  Eight teams avoided that speed bump to record a perfect first round score.


Karaoke music returned for Monday’s audio question, as teams were asked to identify instrumental versions of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, “Jump” by Van Halen, and “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train.  We continued with questions concerning British history and the nickname “Four Horsemen”, as a reference to both Notre Dame football and professional wrestling.  We closed the first half with a look at this recent Western film currently appearing on Netflix:

Buster Scruggs

Though most teams recognized a description of the Coen Brothers film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”, only 13% of our teams could recall the name of the man pictured above: Tim Blake Nelson.  Instead, most teams opted for the common wrong answer of “That guy from O Brother Where Are Thou?“.  Six teams ran the table with 36 second round points.


Nominees from next week’s Grammy Awards ceremony were depicted on Monday’s halftime page, which yielded nine perfect scores and an overall average of 16.3 points.  Here are your highest scoring first half teams from Monday night:

  • MAJ (DRP):  93
  • Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria):  91
  • Oliver’s Army (DRP):  90


Monday’s third round included questions regarding the classic rock song “Layla”, the voices behind the animated film “Cars”, and these two works of art:

Card Players

The most difficult bonus question of the night concluded the third round, as we asked our teams to name the Horatio Alger work which is considered to be the most notable book in the “rags to riches” literary genre.  Only five teams tacked on these two bonus points with the correct answer of “Ragged Dick”.  As a result, Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s third round.


After discussing some of the lesser-known facts about Microsoft in Monday’s 6-4-2 question, we opened the final round by asking our teams to name either one of the two MLB players who have earned at least 99% of the possible votes for Hall of Fame induction.  Nearly half of our teams earned bonus points with these two correct answers:

Rivera Griffey

Later, we looked at the TV series “The Waltons”, snacked on some cream of mushroom soup, and asked a Three Clues question about silk.  In a rarity, the final round proved to be the easiest round of the night, as a whopping 17 teams swept all three bonus questions to post 36 points.  Here is Monday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (57.4% success rate):

–> Excluding a small fleur-di-lis seen on some versions of the New Orleans Pelicans logo, what is the only NBA team with a plant pictured in its current logo?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with the Boston Celtics, which naturally depicts a shamrock in its logo.  Congratulations to the eight teams that earned the Perfect 21 by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here is your highest scoring teams at the close of Monday’s game:

For the second Monday night in a row, three teams scored at least 170 points at a single venue!  Tonight’s game at Hershey’s marks the fifth occurrence in PHT history.


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ  (Next week’s first category: John Williams – AUDIO)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Periodically Under the Table  (Next week’s first category: Weezer’s Teal Album)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army  (Next week’s first category: Godzilla Films)

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

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Produce)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: 2019 State of the Union Address)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  His and Her Peas  (Next week’s first category: “Office Space”)

Bareburger in Atlanta, GA:  ON HIATUS  (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: U.S. Presidents)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics  (Next week’s first category: Gregor Mendel)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Del Boca Vista  (Next week’s first category: Death Metal)