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Georgetown Prep Alumni Clarify Meaning of ‘Devil’s Triangle’ in Letter to Judiciary Committee

Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (Tom Williams/Reuters)

In a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, a group of Georgetown Prep alumni confirmed Brett Kavanaugh’s explanation of the term “Devil’s Triangle,” which he was asked about by the committee after it surfaced in his yearbook.

The four alumni — DeLancey Davis, Bernard McCarthy Jr., Paul Murray, and Matthew Quinn — clarified that the term “devil’s triangle” refers not to a sexual act, as has been alleged by Kavanaugh’s detractors, but rather to a drinking game they played in high school.

“‘Devil’s Triangle’ was a drinking game we came up with in high school. 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,” wrote the alumni.

“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,” the letter concludes.

Devil’s Triangle Letter 1

Two other men who attended Boston College with one of Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmates, Matthew Quinn, told the committee in a separate letter that they played “Devil’s Triangle” in college after Quinn taught them the rules.

“We knew Brett socially back in the ’80s and ’90s and consider him a friend but haven’t spoken to him in more than 25 years. We are not from the Washington, D.C. area,” they wrote. “However, 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.”

Devil’s Triangle Letter 2

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