Labor Day brought a lighter than average schedule, but each of our five games welcomed a healthy crowd, leading to a full field of 42 teams on this final Monday night of the Summer Fling season.
Opening round topics from Monday night included the nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe, idioms borrowed from the game of tennis, the mythological figure of Hercules, and the historic appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court. In what proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the night, only two teams remembered that O’Connor was appointed shortly after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. Both of those teams completed a perfect first round: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP) and Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle).
We celebrated the Labor Day holiday in Monday’s audio question, which featured the songs “Working Man” by Rush, “Working For the Weekend” by Loverboy, and “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony. We continued with a look at geneticist Gregor Mendel, the revival of “The Mickey Mouse Club”, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Only six teams earned the final two bonus points of the first half by knowing that Gavrilo Princip assassinated the former Archduke, sparking the start of World War I. George Washington’s Camel (DRP) recorded the only perfect second round score on Monday night.
The Labor Day theme continued into Monday’s halftime page, which asked our teams to identify films with the names of occupations in the titles. While “The Bodyguard” and “The Wrestler” were more memorable, most teams struggled to remember “Nurse Betty” and “Copland”. Three teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 14.9 points. Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle): 87
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 86
- Hugh Laurie and the News (Flanagan’s): 85
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 83
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 82
- Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s): 82
We began Monday’s second half by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Football League. Asking our teams to identify either one of the two oldest current NFL franchises, we awarded wagering points to most of the field thanks to the Chicago Bears. Surprisingly, the oldest non-collegiate football team in the country is the Arizona Cardinals, which was founded as an amateur team in Chicago more than 120 years ago. Only three teams earned bonus points by giving us both correct answers. We turned up the dial on the high brow questions later in the third round, asking rather difficult questions about songwriter Burt Bacharach, painter David Hockney, and playwright George Bernard Shaw. None of our Monday teams ran the table in the third round.
Monday’s final round began very smoothly for most teams, as we doled out plenty of bonus points on questions regarding the TV sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, William Sweard’s purchase of Alaska, notable amusement park rides, and the Huffington Post. We saved another difficult bonus question for the end of the fourth round, asking our teams to name either one of the two chemical elements which comprise the alloy brass. While most teams earned wagering points with one correct answer of copper, only three teams tacked on two bonus points by also giving us the other correct answer of zinc. Monday’s fourth round did not yield any perfect scores. These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 151
- Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle): 145
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 144
- Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s): 144
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 142
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (48.7% success rate):
–> The film “The Wizard of Oz” was broadcast on TV in 1956, in an event co-hosted by what 10-year-old girl?
Many teams responded to this final question with a guess of Shirley Temple, but she was a 28-year-old adult in 1956. Just under half of our teams earned points on this final question with the correct answer of Liza Minnelli (Judy Garland’s daughter). Thanks to a difficult third round, George Washington’s Camel (DRP) earned the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is the final overall leaderboard from Labor Day trivia:
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 159
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 158
- Irish Beer Mafia (Greene Turtle): 157
- Notch Eight (Il Forno): 151
- Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s): 151
- That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle): 150
- Periodic Table Dancers (Il Forno): 150
- FNQ (Greene Turtle): 149
- Befuddled (Greene Turtle): 147
- Who the F is Alice? (Bushwaller’s): 146
DRP in Alexandria, VA: George Washington’s Camel (Next week’s first category: Yugoslavian History)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: 2019 NFL Season – Week 1)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: 1970s Rock)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Otis Redding – AUDIO)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Macrame)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: Simple Minds)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: 1990s Grunge Music)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Bachelor in Paradise”)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Ancient Wonders of the World)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Hugh Laurie and the News (Next week’s first category: “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Notch Eight (Next week’s first category: Childbirth)