The Power of Monday Trivia!

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Monday’s game of Pour House Trivia was played by 170 teams at 14 locations.


A three-parter early in the game asked teams to identify the first name these three people share:

  • 1)  Prior to serving as the first Governor of Virginia, he declared Give me liberty or give me death!.
  • 2)  The poop emoji is one of several animated characters voiced by this British actor.
  • 3)  He is the lead singer of the rock band Fall Out Boy.

Many teams earned wagering points for knowing those are all men named Patrick, but a round-low 18% also submitted all of their last names: HenryStewart, and Stump. We moved on to questions about the origins of Texas toast and Andrew Lincoln’s role as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. There were 19 perfect scores here, the most of any round.


Musical acts with names consisting of abbreviations made up the audio category on Monday. We followed that with queries on St. Francis of Assisi and the various homes of the current Arizona Cardinals over the past century. The first half concluded with this Broadway question:

  • Separated by a slash, which two words that each contain the letters DOG comprise the title of the play that won the 2023 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play?

That play is Topdog/Underdog; just over 15% of teams named either term, but 8.23% completed the title for bonus points. Ten teams earned perfectos in this round.


At halftime, teams were asked to name the birth island for each famous person, then work on a mystery team in which each answer was also a soccer term. Just five teams earned all 20 points on this page, which carried an average score of 14.8 points. One team stayed perfect through the halftime break:


We came back in the second half with this question about some recent chart-toppers:

  • Released respectively by Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion, what were the first two songs to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2024?

About 41% of the field named either Grande’s yes, and? or Megan’s Hiss, but 12.9% provided both titles to earn two bonus points. Other topics in this round included tofu, the minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, and a three-parter about New England. Just one team got through this round with all 36 points: Team Es (Whitlow’s).


Eleven teams correctly gave the number 60 on the six-point clue in Monday’s 6-4-2. The last round on Monday kicked off with this geography question:

  • Named by Ernest Giles in honor of the then-reigning British monarch, the Great Victoria Desert is the largest desert in what country?
  • Bonus: What is this country’s second-largest desert?

Australia was an easy main answer for teams to get, but just 10.5% added bonus points for also identifying the Great Sandy Desert. From there, we exclaimed frak with a Battlestar Galactica query, heard Three Clues about the word jaguar, and discussed King Arthur. This round’s perfect teams were Supernovas (Clyde’s), My Favorite Team (Cushwa), Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime), and Shrimp on the Barbie (Ragtime). These were the high scores after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (27.06% success rate):

  • Which singer represented the Swiss by winning the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, despite not being born in Switzerland?

A little over a quarter of Monday’s teams earned one final wager for correctly naming Celine Dion. A trio of teams completed Monday’s game with a Perfect 21: HFC (DRP), Ten Thousand Dugongs (Ragtime), and How Did I Get Here? (Quincy’s). We finished with these top scores:


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

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: My Favorite Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ricky Stanicky)

Del Ray Pizzeria in Alexandria, VA: HFC  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Arrested Development (seasons 1-3))

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Xavie Family  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Coffee)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: King Arthur)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gone with the Wind)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Dog Park Mafia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gritty (Flyers mascot))

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

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: Drink-n-Think  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Book of Mormon (musical))

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Switzerland)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Green Dots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Treasure: Book of Secrets)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Just Here for the Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB Stadiums)

Black Hog BBQ in Middletown, MD: Southpaw Fish  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Letterkenny)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Almost All-American  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eurovision Song Contest)