Up on the Roof with Monday Trivia!

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There were 15 locations open for Pour House Trivia on the last evening of July, and 178 teams came by to test their knowledge.


The only rough spot in the first round came on a Triple 50/50 in which teams had to figure out whether each of these events happened before or after 2010:

  • 1)  The Washington Mystics win their first WNBA championship.
  • 2)  The Simpsons airs its 500th episode.
  • 3)  The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches 10,000 for the first time.

The Mystics won their first title in 2019, while The Simpsons reached #500 in 2012 and the Dow hit five digits in 1999. About 15% of the field hit all three right answers (afterafterbefore). We moved on to European nations Finland and Poland, the stork in Vlasic pickle ads, and Baltimore-set TV series The Wire. This round had 13 perfect team scores.


Monday’s audio clue played karaoke versions of Nothing Else Matters by MetallicaWonderwall by Oasis, and Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. After that, we gave a literary question:

  • Irish author Jonathan Swift once defined which literary term as a glass wherein beholders discover everybody’s face but their own?

As this term was his passion, Swift’s definition described satire; just over a fifth of our teams got that answer, making that the least successful of the evening. The last question in this round was about John Travolta‘s lead role in the film adaptation of Primary Colors, which had a 13% bonus rate for teams able to name Kathy Bates for her Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination on that film. There were a half-dozen perfect scores in this round.


The halftime page on Monday showcased ten football films, then the same number of Broadway showtunes to match to the correct musical. While 32 teams earned all 20 points here, the average score was 17.4 points. At the halftime break, one team had a perfect score:


We jumped right into the deep end in the second half, with this three parter in which each film title shared a common word:

  • 1)  Reese Witherspoon played a New York City fashion designer who goes back to her home state.
  • 2)  In this early 90s film, Winona Ryder portrayed a teenage girl who could possibly be the daughter of a minor movie star.
  • 3)  Jon Voight and Jane Fonda both won Oscars for this tearjerker directed by Hal Ashby.

Just 6.7% of our teams (a low for the night) knew all three titles: Sweet Home AlabamaWelcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, and Coming Home. Two questions later, we revved our engines for this one:

  • Winning titles in 1984 and 2000, the two men sharing which last name are the first brothers to each win a top-level NASCAR Championship?

Bonus points were earned by 8.4% of the field for naming the Labonte brothers (Bobby and Terry) before an extra crossword clue was given; 24% of the field earned their wager, making this the toughest question in the second half. The only perfect squad in this round was Neo Pets (Ragtime).


The Asian nation of Cambodia was identified at the six-point clue by 23 teams in Monday’s 6-4-2. We had to wait until the very end of the fourth round to find a difficult wagering question:

  • Featuring a former Friends actress, which 21st century sitcom titled most of its episodes after Tom Petty songs?
  • For a two-point bonus: Who plays Laurie Keller in this series?

Roughly 45% of our teams were able to name Cougar Town for wagering points, but 16% also knew Busy Philipps for extra credit. Five perfect scores were recorded in this round. We reached the night’s final question with these top-scoring teams:

  • Neo Pets (Ragtime): 160
  • Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 159
  • Slainte (DRP): 159
  • Han Solo Tonight (Mark’s): 156

FINAL QUESTION (30.9% success rate):

  • When we die, we don’t go to purgatory, we just land up on the roof and lay there. Those words were spoken by the inventor of which product, shortly before his death in 2002?  

That quite-apt quote was given by the inventor of the Frisbee. That answer capped a Perfect 21 evening for both Neo Pets (Ragtime) and Killer Snails (Quincy’s). The night concluded with these overall scoring leaders:


Ellie’s Pub in Winchester, VA: No Probllama  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Danny Kaye Films)

Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA: Jeff Cab for Cutie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORYPearl Jam)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: You Had Me at Chester Arthur  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Journey Albums (audio))

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1979 MLB World Series)

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Slainte  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Post-WW2 Republican Primary Presidential Candidates)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Witiots  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wire)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Jerk and Thrive  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Escape (Journey album))

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Han Solo Tonight  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pee-Wee Herman)

William Jeffrey’s Tavern in Arlington, VA: Real Team of Genius  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)

Ragtime in Arlington, VA: Neo Pets  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hunter x Hunter (TV series)) 

Aslin Beer Co in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Host Choice)

Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Edge of Tomorrow)

Whitlow’s in Washington, DC: Not Too Couples  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lacrosse)

Rai’s Pour House in Sterling, VA: Watermelon Patch  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: BoJack Horseman)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: MC  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heisman Trophy Winners)