Week six of the Summer Fling season kicked off with 93 teams across 11 venues, including a massive 19-team field at DRP in Alexandria:
Monday’s opening round didn’t faze many of our teams, even with such diverse topics as Shirley Temple, the Korean War, “Must See TV”, and this infinitely annoying musical instrument:
Eighteen teams rolled through the first round with 36 points.
Our nightly audio question quizzed our teams on three music groups with alliterative names: Culture Club, Beastie Boys, and Foo Fighters. We looked at the ExxonMobil merger of the late 1990s, and headed to the golf course by asking about the term used to describe this clod of grass:
After concluding the first half with a question on North American capital cities with the word ‘City’ their name (Mexico City, Panama City, and Guatemala City), we saw 14 teams run the table in the second round, with most of those squads heading into halftime with a perfect score of 72 points.
Tom Cruise films and cooking shows highlighted Monday’s halftime page, which yielded an overall average of 18.2 points, with 17% of the field recording perfect scores. Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:
- MAJ (DRP): 92
- En Fuego (Cheesetique): 92
- Who the F is Alice? (Bushwaller’s): 92
- Del Boca Vista (Bushwaller’s): 92
- Dangerous Curves (Hershey’s): 91
With many teams just a few points shy of a perfect game, we raised the bar with our nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: The romance novels of author Elin Hilderbrand are set on and around this island.
CLUE 2: In the novel “Moby-Dick”, the Pequod departs from this island.
Eleven teams knew their literary locales well enough to earn two bonus points with the correct answer of Nantucket. Sorry to those of you expecting a reference to a famous limerick… We followed with the most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 39% of our teams knew that will.i.am recorded the song “Reach For the Stars”, which became the first song to be broadcast from another planet thanks to the Curiosity rover. We closed the third stanza with a look at this annual event:
Six teams ran with the bulls by recording a perfect third round score.
After three relatively easier rounds of play, our teams knew that a wicked stumper was coming sooner or later, and it arrived in the form of a fourth round bonus question:
–> Introduced in the novel “The Dead Zone”, this fictional Maine town is the namesake for both a film studio created by Rob Reiner and an upcoming Hulu series based on the work of Stephen King. For your wager, name this town.
2-POINT BONUS: This name is derived from that of a mountain found in which 20th century novel?
About half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Castle Rock, but only ONE TEAM picked up this bonus, as the mountain known as Castle Rock is depicted in “Lord of the Flies”. Later, we discussed the tandoori oven and sat courtside with these celebrities:
After snagging the only bonus points on the first question of the round, Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) was also the only team to earn a perfect fourth round score. After missing the first bonus question of the night, Kitten Mittens rolled through Monday’s set without dropping a single point. Here are your Monday leaders after four rounds of play:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 168
- MAJ (DRP): 164
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 163
- Estivators (Il Forno): 162
- Morgan Station (Morgan Inn): 162
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> Including both students and faculty, which university has produced more Nobel Prize winners than other public American school?
Exactly half of our teams arrived at the correct answer of the University of California (at Berkeley). Tonight’s most popular wrong answer was Caltech, which (despite having ‘Cal’ in its name) is actually a private school. Six teams recorded the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions. Here is your final Monday leaderboard:
- MAJ (DRP): 176
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 175
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 174
- Title One Forever (DRP): 173
- En Fuego (Cheesetique): 173
- High School Prom (Cheesetique): 173
- Who the F is Alice? (Bushwaller’s): 172
- H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 171
- Unsavories (DRP): 170
- Cerebral Cinco (Cheesetique): 170
DRP in Alexandria, VA: MAJ (Next week’s first category: British Open)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Isaac Newtons (Next week’s first category: Fun With Physics)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: I Don’t Know Who (Next week’s first category: “Doctor Who”)
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD: Brain Freeze (Next week’s first category: 180s TV)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Simple Minds (Next week’s first category: “Quantum Leap”)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: “Jaws”)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Who the F is Alice? (Next week’s first category: “The Office – U.S. version)
Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD: Oxymorons (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls” – original run)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Chicken McThuggets (Next week’s first category: “Drumline”)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Dirty Mike and the Boys (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Next week’s first category: Quantum Physics)