A Fifth of Monday Trivia!

With just four Monday games remaining in Season XVIII, the races for house championships became a bit more solidified after last night’s game, which welcomed 96 teams across 11 PHT venues:

FIRST ROUND:

We began Monday’s game with a three-part question concerning six-letter words that contain three A’s (banana, “Avatar”, and (Mount) Ararat).  We moved on to the topics of cell phone apps, the final words of Mahatma Gandhi, and the nickname of this southpaw quarterback:

The final bonus question of the opening round asked our teams to give us Boomer Esiason’s actual first name.  Only 12 teams responded correctly with Norman, with eight of those teams completing a perfect first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured three songs which all topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the second week of December.  The field had no problem identifying “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, and “All the Single Ladies” (or “Put a Ring On It”) by Beyonce.  Later, we looked at the English Bulldog, the office of U.S. Attorney General, and this west coast burger served Animal Style:

After closing with a question regarding the recent film “Creed 2”, we saw seven teams earn 36 second round points.

HALFTIME:

With more than one-third of the field answering all ten wagering questions correctly in the first half, confidence was riding high heading into Monday’s halftime page.  That confidence quickly changed thanks a matching section on the chronology of award show ceremonies.  The overall average landed at just 12.8 points, with the high score of the night turned in by Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria) at 19 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard to begin the week:

THIRD ROUND:

Monday’s second half began with questions concerning the former currencies of Eurozone nations, weights and measures, and this 1980s TV series:

The most difficult bonus question of the round was asked after most teams earned wagering points by recognizing a description of the holiday plant Poinsettia.  Only seven teams knew that the leaves of the Poinsettia are called bracts, which led to just four teams notching a perfect third round scores: Morgan Station (Morgan Inn), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s), and Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

The final round delved into topics such has McCarthyism, the ancient city of Philadelphia (which is now Amman, Jordan), and this family film:

Babe

In what was certainly the most difficult bonus question of the night, only three teams knew that Christine Cavanaugh voiced the title character in the film “Babe”.  We closed the final round with questions regarding Salvador Dali and the Mariah Carey song “All I Want For Christmas is You”.  Not surprisingly, we did not see any perfect scores in Monday’s final round.  Here is your Monday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (53.8% success rate):

–> During World War II, the BBC prefaced its European broadcasts with the first two bars of which piece of classical music, because the notes contained within that section supposedly resembled the letter “V” in Morse code?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.  Congratulations to the seven teams that ran the table on Monday night and recorded the Perfect 21 by answering all wagering questions correctly.  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ  (Next week’s first category: Alfonso Cuaron Films)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Befuddled  (Next week’s first category: “The Walking Dead”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Inn  (Next week’s first category: The U.S. Civil War in Virginia)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: “Die Hard”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: 2000s Karaoke Music – AUDIO)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Defunct Record Stores)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum  (Next week’s first category: “Nightflyers”)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Magnificent Seven  (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Bareburger in Atlanta, GA:  Pink Spoons  (Next week’s first category:  )

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Blumpkin Spice Latte  (Next week’s first category: DOTA 2 International Championship)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Hibernators  (Next week’s first category: MLB Hall of Shame)