Extra! Extra! 'Devil's Triangle' is a Drinking Game, Confirm Kavanaugh's Classmates

By Michael W. Chapman | October 5, 2018 | 2:53pm EDT
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
(D-R.I.) (YouTube)

Although the New York Times and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) desperately tried to prove that SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh's note about a "Devil's Triangle" in his high school yearbook referred to a sexual threesome -- two men and one woman -- several of Kavanaugh's former high school classmates have come forward and explained that the mysterious "Triangle" is a drinking game, as testified to by Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

Thus, one of the more elusive and potentially darker aspects of the Kavanaugh high school yearbook mystery has been solved, and it involved beer and a quarter.

During the Sept. 27 hearing, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) grilled the potential Supreme Court associate justice about some of the perplexing notes in his 1983 yearbook, such as "Keg City Club (Treasurer)," "Judge -- Have You Boofed Yet?" "I Survived the FFFFFFFourth of July," and "Devil's Triangle."

For "Devil's Triangle," Kavanaugh explained that it is a drinking game involing three glasses, placed on a table like a triangle. One person tries to bounce a quarter into one of the cups and if it goes in, whoever is sitting closest to that cup has to drink the beer inside it. Kavanaugh asked the senator if he had ever played quarters and Whitehouse shook his head and said, "no."

Despite Kavanaugh's explanation, under oath, Senator Whitehouse did not seem convinced, nor did much of the leftist media.  

On Oct. 4, however, four of Kavanaugh's classmates from the Georgetown Prep high school sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.). In the now-historical document, the 4 men detail the origins and rules for the "Devil's Triangle" quarters game. 

"We write to clear up any misunderstanding about the phrase 'Devil's Triangle' that appeared in our 1983 high school yearbook, including on our individual yearbook pages," wrote DeLancey Davis, Bernard McCarthy Jr., Paul Murray, and Matthew Quinn in the letter. "That phrase was the subject of questioning at Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last week and has since been discussed in the media."

Image from Brett Kavanaugh's high school yearbook. (YouTube)

"‘Devil's Triangle'  was a drinking game we came up with in high school," they said. "It was a variation on the game ‘Quarters.'  When we played ‘Devil's Triangle,' four people sat at a table. On the table, three small glasses of beer were arranged next to one another to form a triangle.

"Each of the four participants took turns being the ‘shooter.' The shooter attempted to bounce a quarter into one of the glasses. If the quarter landed in one of the glasses, the person at the table sitting nearest that glass had to drink the beer."

They continued, "We do not remember the exact origin of the name, but none of us used the phrase 'Devil's Triangle' in our yearbook to refer to any kind of sexual activity. To us, it was just a game with glasses in the shape of a triangle. If the phrase 'Devil's Triangle' had any sexual meaning in the early 1980s, we did not know it."

Another letter was sent to the committee on Oct. 4 by Greg Aceto and Bill Van Pelt IV. They state that they knew Brett Kavanaugh back in the 1980s and 1990s "but haven't spoken to him in more than 25 years."

Sen Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) questions Brett Kavanaugh about his entries
in a 1982 calendar.  (YouTube)

They said they are not from the Washington, D.C. area but "during our first year at Boston College we lived with Matthew Quinn, who is an alumnus of Georgetown Prep and was a classmate of Brett's. Matthew taught us a drinking game called 'Devil's Triangle' that he had played with his friends in high school."

"We did not understand 'Devil's Triangle' to have any sexual meaning," wrote Aceto and Van Pelt. "It was simply a game that used cups or glasses of beer placed in the shape of a triangle. ... We hope this information is helpful to the Committee and the Senate."

It seems clear that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh testified truthfully about playing quarters, even if "Devil's Triangle" is a "variation" of the traditional game. 


Although Senator Whitehouse shook his head and said he never played quarters, it seems probable that he did at some point in his youth.

As a younger man, Whitehouse attended the prestigious St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, earned his B.A. from Yale University, like Brett Kavanaugh, and then earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia.

According to news reports, drinking and beer parties are a common occurence at both Yale and UVA.

For more information on quarters, see here, or contact the Kennedys. 


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