The first Monday game of October welcomed 82 teams across 11 venues.
We wasted no time in challenging our Monday teams this week, as the opening stanza doled out very few bonus points. A mere six teams picked up the first two bonus points of the night by knowing that Thetis was the mother of the mythological Greek warrior Achilles. We continued with questions concerning the “Mona Lisa” and the Oscar nominations earned by Will Smith, before closing the first round with our nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: The science of growing this type of food is called ‘pomology’.
CLUE 2: This word is found in the name of a clothing brand founded in 1851 by brothers Robert and Benjamin Knight.
This question garnered dozens of wrong answers after the second clue was read, though five teams earned a two-point bonus with the correct answer of fruit, as Robert and Benjamin Knight are the founders of Fruit of the Loom. Not surprisingly, none of our Monday teams began their night with a perfect first round score.
Monday’s audio question featured three songs that include the word ‘Gimme’ in the title: “Gimme More” by Britney Spears, “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones, and “Gimme All Your Lovin’” by ZZ Top. Other second round topics included the nation of Peru and the martial art of taekwondo. Just as we saw in the first round, a pair of wicked bonus questions kept the perfect scores of the board. Only eight teams knew that Sean Hayes served as Roastmaster for the recent Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin, while only four teams knew that Nebraska was the home state of Arbor Day founder Julius Morton. The second round did not yield any perfect scores.
Keeping with the same theme from Tuesday’s audio question, the halftime page asked our teams to identify films with repeated words in the title. The bottom half featured a 50/50 section on whether a certain title referred to an episode of “Seinfeld” or a Pulitzer Prize-winning work. With a relatively low scoring average of 14.3 points, Weasigators (Uno Pizzeria) earned the only perfect halftime score on Monday night. These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 85
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 84
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 83
- Weasigators (Uno Pizzeria): 83
- MAJ (DRP): 82
- Brain Freeze (Hershey’s): 82
Things got off to a rough start in Monday’s second half, as the field struggled with a question regarding the historic mutiny of the H.M.S. Bounty. After bouncing back nicely with a three-part question concerning anatomical prefixes, the final two questions of the third round saw a majority of our teams swing and miss:
–> Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor both earned multiple Emmy nominations in the 1990s for their supporting roles on what HBO series?
–> “There were 117 psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna and I’d been treated by at least six of them”. So opens which 1973 novel known for its unflinching depiction of female sexuality?
In each case, less than 20% of our teams earned wagering points with the respective correct answers of “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Fear of Flying”. On the latter question, most of the teams that earned their wager also tacked on a two-point bonus by knowing that the book was written by Erica Jong. Three powerhouse teams managed to sweep the third round with 36 points: Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), Morgan Station (Morgan Inn), and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).
After the 6-4-2 question dealt with the unicorn (and its bizarre status as the official animal of Scotland), we kicked off the final round with a stiff Cape Codder cocktail. Other final round topics included the Boston Tea Party, the Spanish flu, and the musical film “Grease”. A three-part question regarding college mascots gave us another incredibly difficult bonus question. We asked our teams to name the university which features Sammy the Owl as its mascot. The most popular (wrong) answer was Temple, which is certainly not a bad guess, but there are several other Division I universities which also use Owls as an athletic nickname. Across the board, only four teams headed south to the correct answer of Rice University. Two of those four teams used that bonus to complete a perfect final round: George Washington’s Camel (DRP) and Thankful Dead (Mark’s Pub). Here is Monday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 159
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 156
- Brain Freeze (Hershey’s): 154
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 152
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 152
- MAJ (DRP): 152
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (8.5% success rate):
–> Apart from India, what is the only country with a population of more than 100 million people and a population density of more than 1,000 people per square mile?
With answers spanning the entire globe, only seven teams gave us the correct response of Bangaldesh. If you can believe it, Bangladesh is home to nearly 170 million residents living in an area about the size of Iowa. Congratulations to Killer Snails (Hershey’s), who was the only team to earn a Perfect 21 on Monday night. Here is your final Monday leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 167
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 162
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 162
- Trivia Newton John (Bushwaller’s): 160
- D.C. Swampers (Hershey’s): 159
- Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s): 158
- H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 155
- Forest Table (DRP): 151
- Rehab Is For Quitters (Hershey’s): 147
- Spartan’s Will (DRP): 147
DRP in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (Next week’s first category: Pre-1990 “Rocky” Films)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Great Heathen Army (Next week’s first category: Chris Cornell Songs)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: U. S. Supreme Court Decisions)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Trivia Newton John (Next week’s first category: MLB World Series)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Southpaw Fish (Next week’s first category: National Hockey League)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Thankful Dead (Next week’s first category: 20th Century Psychologists Not Named Freud)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: Hugh Jackson and the Trombones (Next week’s first category: “The Jerk”)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Outdoor Alcoholics (Next week’s first category: Internet Protocols)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Notch Eight (Next week’s first category: Trees)