Trivia with a Side of Ranch…

Another Monday night is in the books!  I’m not sure what it is, but Monday seems to have so many of the best teams playing at the same time.  Before we get to the nightly recap, we’d like to recognize one of the best performances we have seen in this season, and we’re not talking about one team.  At Spider Kelly’s in Arlington, we had FOUR TEAMS top 170 points last night!  That venue is jammed with high caliber teams, and all four of those teams might have a chance to take down the top price at World Series XIV next month.  On to the nightly recap!

MONDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (63 teams across eight venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Kitten Mittens (Spider Kelly’s) and Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s) with 177

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Kitten Mittens (Spider Kelly’s) and Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s) with 165

–> Highest First Half Score: Kitten Mittens (Spider Kelly’s) and Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s) with 91

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP), Del Ray Dummies (DRP), What Else Could It Be!? (Greene Turtle), Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), Kitten Mittens (Spider Kelly’s), Jimmy’s in Vegas (Spider Kelly’s), High School Prom (Spider Kelly’s), PC Principals (Spider Kelly’s), Stink Floyd (Il Forno)

–> The halftime page played to an average score of 17.8, with four teams (Del Ray Rummies, Worst Case Ontario, What Else Could It Be!?, Cher’s Zombie Army) scoring a perfect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question was rather easy for many teams, as nearly half of the field knew that Russia recently granted citizenship to Steven Seagal.

–> Congratulations to Mike Maccarone of Stink Floyd, who won as a solo player for the second week in a row!

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (79.2% success rate):

–> In the early 1950s, Steven Hanson developed the modern version of ranch dressing.  He introduced his creation to the general public while he and his wife operated a California dude ranch known by which name? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


Buckeye + Bear in Washington, DC

Turn and face the strange, ch-ch-changes…

Another intimate night of trivia at Buckeye + Bear brings with it news of a trivia shift.  It’s true, quiz-loving kittens, we will be hitting the pause button to regroup and relaunch in 2017 (hey, it’s the first time I’ve typed that)!  It is likely trivia will be rebooting for Tuesday Happy Hour, but don’t quote me on that.  Follow PHT on Twitter and like us on Facebook and you’ll know when I know.

Back to the recap, tonight’s teams were fantastic.  Returning team Mid-Sex Song Request battled it out with Mike Is Good For Now and Steve’s Fine.  Round One finished with all teams within spitting distance of one another, but by the end of halftime Steve’s Fine had pulled ahead.  Who knew the pressure of alphabetizing dwarves in 90 seconds could be so stress-inducing?  Once the final question was being asked, the gap had widened beyond my ability to build suspense and force-of-one Steve’s Fine came out on top.  Most importantly, everyone had a good time and nobody got hurt.

End of 2016 PSA: don’t get drunk at your office holiday party–it’s almost as shameful as cheating at bar trivia. Happy new year, and I’ll see you soon.

First Place:  Steve’s Fine

Second Place:  Mike Is Good For Now

Third Place: Mid-Sex Song Request

First category for 2017:  U.S. Governors

Until we quiz again,

~ Jenn

US Governors Trivia


DRP in Alexandria, VA

It’s Monday again, meaning it’s another night of trivia at DRP!

At first, I thought one of our regular teams had split up because of too many players, but it turns out there were three teams tonight that decided to pay tribute to our host venue when all the team names began with “Del Ray”, with two teams having the exact same initials.

Tonight, we had a few questions to start that were all about the 1980s.  Our very first question of the night was about 80s music, followed by a question on a 1985 film, and another 1980s cinema question in Round 4.  All of our thirtysomethings did well with these questions, which had some of the others scratching their heads.

There was a constant race for first as two teams tied each other from the halftime break up to the very end.  The final question was quite easy as only two teams missed it and everyone else submitted their answers within 90 seconds.  This meant the tie remained for first place and our two teams had to identify the worldwide box office gross for Disney’s “Pocahontas”.  One team was clearly closer to the correct answer of $346.1 million, which led to the following standings:

First Place: HR Puff and Stuff

Second Place:  B-58s

Third Place:  Del Ray Dummies


First category for Dec. 19:  “Lord of the Rings” novel trilogy

~ Chris

LOTR Trivia


Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD

Tonight we kicked things off with a question about The Simpsons, so hopefully you guys watched some (or all!) of the FXX marathon!  The question asked for the character who was forced to take over as French teacher due to budget cuts despite openly hating the French, addressing the class with “Bonjour, you cheese eating surrender monkeys!”  Turns out only one team knew that the answer was Groundskeeper Willie (unfortunately my accent isn’t great).

After a close game all night, What Else Could It Be?!?! snuck into the lead after round four, but the game was not a runaway.  The final question asked about condiments, and just about everyone did quite well on it.  This led to our final standings:

First Place:  What Else Could It Be?!?!

Second Place:  That’s A Niner

Third Place:  Cobras

Next week’s first category:  “Christmas Vacation”  Study up!  Love that movie!


Until next time,

~ Chad

Christmas Vacation Trivia


Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD

It was a nice night once again to play a little Pour House Trivia here at Morgan Inn in Woodbine.  We had some fresh faces tonight and these guys were raring to play!  First round was a competitive one as we dealt with an iconic vehicle and a little college bowl action.  We did some colorful songs and some comfy furniture for round 2, followed by a puzzle that featured one very “stiff” answer.  We knocked out the 3rd round in record time, and we found out the real name of a rather popular OTC antihistamine in the final round. Here are the results:

First Place:  River Benders

Second Place:  Ramrod

Third Place:  Men & Pausers

Next week’s first category:  Classic Country Music

~ Ronnie

Country Music Trivia


Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD

We had a fun group of teams come in to Hershey’s Restaurant for our Monday night game!  However, one of those teams was certainly on their “A” game and by the final question was enjoying a 16 point lead in 1st!  Finishing in 3rd we had Shart Attack, 2nd place went to Smella Nella, and with a second win in a row, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Club was our winner!! They decided to embarrass me with Jon Sings One Hit Wonders of the 70’s for next weeks winners choice, so study up, and come have some fun with us on Mondays at Hershey’s Restaurant!!

~ Jon J



Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

Our busiest night yet at Uno’s saw several veterans team making their way here to test the waters, and a successful test at that, as tonight’s game of Pour House Trivia was a hot one!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Close-But-No-Cigar”: Several teams were able to correctly identify Alessandro Volta as the inventor of the battery tonight, and a good job to them indeed! Unfortunately, Voltaire is a completely different person, and I can’t give credit for that. A nice try though!

In “Story-Time”: Well, more like we need story time. After the puzzle page it’s pretty clear we all need to bone up on our Doctor Seuss some! Our library of quotes clearly needs to grow!

In third place tonight, the Know Nothings!

In second place tonight, Much More Deeper!

In first place tonight, Cher’s Zombie Army!

Great game everyone!  Next week I’m gonna dust off the singing chops, as we begin the game with Ian Sings TV Theme Songs!  I shall have to find a good one to perform for you guys xD take care, and see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

TV Theme Songs Trivia


Spider Kelly’s in Arlington, VA

Eight was enough at Spider Kelly’s with three new teams joining us at the venue tonight.  Looks like our teams have been studying, as they sure weren’t stumped by many questions this evening.  Round 1 went by with virtually zero questions missed, just a couple bonuses weren’t earned.  Our round 2 audio clue baffled a few folks not familiar with songs whose names are colors (the answer sounded like a bad bruise – black, yellow, and blue).  Teams had a little fun reminiscing about jellies and 1980s movies, and while everyone was familiar with Mythbusters, only one team knew the name of their new Netflix show “The White Rabbit Project”.  Two teams took an early lead, Kitten Mittens and Jimmy’s in Vegas, and kept that lead all the way to the end.  Our teams didn’t have much trouble with the final question – I guess everyone’s favorite ranch dressing is Hidden Valley!  So that lead to a tiebreaker for our top teams.  Kitten Mittens was closest to guessing the worldwide box office take for Disney’s Pocahontas, so they went home with the top prize tonight.  Winners were:

First Place:  Kitten Mittens

Second Place:  Jimmy’s in Vegas

Third Place:  PC Principals

Next week’s first category:  U.S. Presidential alma maters


~ Kate

Gerald Ford Michigan Trivia


Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD

Another great trivia night at il Forno Pizzeria as we see a crowd full of veteran teams locking it in against each other to try to take down the trivia juggernauts!  Right now, the clear favorite to win is Stink Floyd.  Playing as a solo man, this guy just knows it all.  Last week he took down the win by himself and he looked to do the same this week.  He was off to a good start to make that happen, getting the highest score on the halftime page (19) and leading the field by two points at the break.  It was close up near the top, but Stink was alone and looked to poised to crush the 2nd half the way he did the first.

Round 3 wasn’t terribly hurtful towards most of the teams — a lot getting through unscathed. Round 4 saw the bulk of the juicy questions as multiple questions in that round had less than 50% get rates!  One of such questions dealt with the political term “plurality”.  Don’t feel bad guys, I didn’t know it either. You’d think it was something we’d heard with the recent election but, alas!

Going into the final, Stink Floyd led by a small margin and would win with a correct response.  A fairly easy final led to not much suspense in the finish BUT we did see another spectacular game from Stink Floyd! Great win!  Here are your final standings:

First Place:  Stink Floyd

Second Place:  The A Team

Third Place: Chicken McThuggets!

That’s our game, back next week! Keep coming out and getting those WS Points to qualify for our finals tournament in January!!!

Next week’s first category: Deserts