Our die-hard trivia teams braved some nasty winter weather to enjoy a game of Monday night trivia. With just two regular season games left in Season XVI, a few of our teams were trying to clinch a House Championship! All told, we welcomed 41 teams across six venues:
Monday’s opening round was a breeze for many of our teams, as they cruised through questions concerning Hyundai Motors and “Sesame Street”. We closed the first round with a sports question, asking our teams to name the professional sports league for which David Stern served as commissioner from 1984 through 2014. Once again, the field had no problem naming the NBA, but just under half of our teams were able to earn two bonus points by also naming this current commissioner of the league:
No, that’s not a cartoon supervillain, but current NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The perfect rounds hinged on this bonus question, as 13 teams began their night with 36 first round points.
Alliterative music groups were featured in Monday’s audio question, with 31% of our teams earning two bonus points with three correct answers: Modest Mouse (“Float On”), Beastie Boys (“Brass Monkey”), and Franz Ferdinand (“This Fire”). Next, we asked about this posthumous publication:
We continued with what proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the first half. In the subject of Space Exploration, we asked our teams to name the species of animal that was launched into space aboard Sputnik 2 in 1957. While most of our teams knew that the animal was a dog, only six teams earned two bonus points by remembering that she was named Laika:
After closing with questions on the British Virgin Islands and the film “Oh God!”, we saw just three teams earn a perfect second round score: Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), Master Blaster (Bushwaller’s), and Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno).
Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities who were either born or passed away in 1991. While the overall average score was certainly in the normal range at 16.8 points, we did not see any perfect scores on Monday, most likely because very few teams recognized the Season 13 winner of “American Idol”, Caleb Johnson:
Here are Monday’s top scores at the halftime break:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 91
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 90
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 90
- Master Blaster (Bushwaller’s): 89
- Del Boca Vista (Il Forno): 88
Monday’s third round opened with a rather difficult question on the subject of U.S. Geography. With more than half of our teams choosing this as their bonus category, the pressure was on right out of the second half gate. We asked our teams to name any two of the three most populous cities found on Lake Erie. Unfortunately, many teams chose Detroit as one of their three answers, but the Motor City lies about 20 miles north of Lake Erie along the Detroit River. The three cities we were looking for were Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toledo:
With more than half of the field coming up empty here, the four teams who came up with all three correct answers earned a hard-fought two bonus points. But this wasn’t even the most difficult question of the round. We saved that for a question on NFL Coaches:
–> What current AFC coach holds the record for most Pro Bowl head coaching appearances?
Once again, many teams chose a common wrong answer: Patriots coach Bill Belichick. While it is true that the Pro Bowl coaches are chosen based on their success, an appearance in the Super Bowl will eliminate a coach from Pro Bowl consideration during that same season. So, teams should have thought of coaches that were successful in the regular season but not in the playoffs. Only 17% of our teams earned points with Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. We closed with the work of multi-talenred performer also known as Childish Gambino:
Former “Community” star (and future Lando Calrissian) Donald Glover is up for a number of Grammy Awards this year thanks to his album “Awaken, My Love!”. Thanks to the first question of the round, we did not see any perfect scores in the third stanza.
The final round opened with questions on New Year’s Eve TV hosts, poker hands, and this comic book film:
Only seven teams earned bonus points by knowing that the 2011 film “Thor” was directed by Shakespearean connoisseur Kenneth Branagh. After a quick study of the brain’s hypothalamus, we closed the final round with our nightly Three Clues question, with Monday’s version dealing with a certain celebrity:
CLUE 1: He is the namesake for a pop song released on the 2002 album “C’mon, C’mon”.
CLUE 2: He was photographed riding a motorcycle for the cover of a 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated.
About one-quarter of our teams ventured a guess at this point, leading to just four teams earning bonus points with an early correct answer. Working off of the motorcycle clue, a few teams got risky and turned in the incorrect answer of Evel Kneivel. Meanwhile, the rest of the field waited for this third and final clue:
CLUE 3: He portrayed the title character in the original version of “The Thomas Crown Affair”.
The first clue referenced an album by Sheryl Crow. The second clue referenced this magazine cover:
A trio of difficult bonus questions meant the fourth round did not yield any perfect scores. Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 157
- Vladimir Poopin’ (Bushwaller’s): 155
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 154
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 153
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 151
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (17.1% success rate):
–> A scenic viewpoint in the Ekeberg Hill neighborhood is a popular stop among tourists and art fans, since it was depicted in which artwork?
We were hoping that the name Ekeberg would lead people to northern Europe (perhaps Scandinavia), but most of our teams set their sights on France instead, turning in the incorrect response of “Starry Night”. Van Gogh painted that piece while looking out the window of his insane asylum window in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. While that choice was within the correct time frame, we were looking for this answer instead:
Ekeberg Hill is a section of Oslo, Norway, which was the site at which Edvard Munch created “The Scream”. With just seven correct answers across the board, none of our teams earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 169
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 160
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 160
- Vladimir Poopin’ (Bushwaller’s): 153
- Giant Meteor (Cheesetique): 147
- Del Boca Vista (Il Forno): 144
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 139
- J is For Jenius (Il Forno): 137
- En Fuego (Cheesetique): 136
- Free Association (Cheesetique): 135
DRP in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Infamous Power Outages)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork (Next week’s first category: “Black Mirror”)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (First category: Los Angeles Lakers)
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails ** 15 WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Cher’s Zombie Army ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings David Bowie)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: Presidential IQs)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Vladimir Poopin’ (Next week’s first category: “Mad Men”)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Gorillas with Machine Guns (Next week’s first category: Artistic Inspirations)