The first full night of Season XX welcomed 88 teams across 12 Monday venues.
Our stellar Monday teams breezed through opening round topics such as breakfast cereals, celebrities named Greg, the comic book character Aquaman, and human blood types. Exactly one-fourth of the field opened the game with a perfect first round score of 36 points.
Monday’s audio question featured three music groups with rhyming names, as we listened to “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba, “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo, and “Cum on Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot. We continued with a look at deities of the wind, the cult film “Donnie Darko”, and the nation of Djibouti. The most difficult bonus question of the first half asked our teams which surname is alphabetically last among British Prime Ministers of the 20th century. Only five teams gave us the correct answer of (Harold) Wilson. As a result, Kitten Mittens (Mark’s) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s second round.
Sportswear brand logos were depicted on Monday’s halftime page, while the bottom half features numerical answers in the teens. This page yielded seven perfect scores and an overall average score of 17.2 points. Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s): 91
- Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn): 90
- Morgan Station (Morgan Inn): 90
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 89 POINTS
Monday’s second half began with a three-part question regarding TV characters with one-letter names (or nicknames): ‘A’ from “Pretty Little Liars”, ‘H’ from “CSI: Miami”, and ‘Q’ from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. A rather difficult geography question highlighted the third round:
–> Thanks to a long period of decolonization in Brazil, the only remaining overseas territories belonging to Portugal are an archipelago and an island. Name either one of these autonomous regions.
Only 17% of our teams gave us either correct answer of the Azores or Madeira. Furthermore, only four teams picked up two bonus points by giving us both correct answers. Despite a couple of relatively easier questions regarding Elvis Presley and the Mario video game franchise, none of our teams managed to run the table in the third round.
Final round topics from Monday’s final round included the recent live-action remake of “Aladdin”, former Italian leader Benito Mussolini, and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of Major League Baseball. The final round also included a Three Clues question about a certain mythological figure:
CLUE 1: In Greek mythology, this hero was born of Danae by the God Zeus, in the form of a golden shower.
CLUE 2: The most famous sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini depicts this hero holding the head of one of his victims.
Very few teams even ventured a guess at this point, leading to just four teams earning bonus points by eschewing the final clue and turning in the correct answer of Perseus. Once again, the final round did not yield any perfect scores. These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 159
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 159
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 156
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s): 155
- Who the F is Alice? (Bushwaller’s): 155
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (63.8% success rate):
–> Written in 1859, which novel’s final line is “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known”?
Nearly two-thirds of our teams responded correctly, with “A Tale of Two Cities“. Congratulations to the two teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s) and Thankful Dead (Mark’s Pub). Here is the final overall leaderboard from the first Monday of Season XX:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 168
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 167
- Kitten Mittens (Mark’s Pub): 166
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 166
- Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 164
- I Say You He Dead (Flanagan’s): 164
- Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s): 163
- SMDK (Flanagan’s): 163
- Sharts and Crafts (Rockwell): 162
- Legalized Gambling (DRP): 161
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 161
DRP in Alexandria, VA: George Washington’s Camel (Next week’s first category: “The Simpsons”)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Great Heathen Army (Next week’s first category: King Tut)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: “Columbo”)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Weasigators (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Desert or Dessert?)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Who the F is Alice? (Next week’s first category: Frederick Breweries)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Sharts and Crafts (Next week’s first category: Arabic Alphabet)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: A-Team (Next week’s first category: Baseball Hall of Famers)
Dave & Buster’s in Springfield, VA: Phenom Butterfly (Next week’s first category: Video Games)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: I Say You He Dead (Next week’s first category: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Notch Eight (Next week’s first category: World Capitals)