With just three weeks until Christmas, our attendance spiked a bit this week, as teams are trying to squeeze in those standings points to solidify an invitation to World Series XVI. Overall, we welcomed 82 teams across nine venues:
Monday’s opening round quizzed our teams on the famous Sea World orca Shamu, three items that refer to the number 20, and the subsequent spouses of this former Hollywood power couple:
The first round was a breeze for our field, with a whopping 18 teams rolling through with a perfect score of 36 points.
The success of our teams came to a screeching halt as we began the second round. Monday’s audio question featured music groups with three-letter names. Though the songs were familiar, naming the bands was a daunting task, as less than half of our teams earned their wagers with any two of the three correct answers: Yes (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”), Len (“Steal My Sunshine”), and Jet (“Are You Gonna Be My Girl”). Eight teams earned a crucial two-point bonus with three correct answers. We continued with a question on a certain maneuver in the game of polo which has the same name as this hockey penalty:
Looks like two minutes or hooking here… We closed the round with the most difficult bonus question of the first half. After most of our teams knew that President Jomo Kenyatta and the city of Nairobi are associated with Kenya, only seven teams knew that Mombasa is the second-largest city in the country. The bookend bonus questions prevented any of our teams from recording 36 points in the second round.
Monday’s halftime page featured the rare full-size picture round, as we focuses on film characters wearing sports jerseys. Our overall average score was 15.7 points, with just six teams recording a perfect score of 20 points. Here are Monday’s top scores at the halftime break:
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 90
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 90
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle): 88
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 87
- Del Ray Dummies (DRP): 87
- Vladimir Poopin’ (Bushwaller’s): 87
We opened Monday’s second half with a question for all of the math teachers:
–> “I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which this margin is too small to contain”. Which French mathematician wrote those words in his 1637 work “Arithmetica”, in reference to a theorem which remained unsolved until 1995?
We asked this question with the enticement of a crossword-style hint, which allowed six teams to earn a two-point bonus by immediately turning in the correct answer of Pierre de Fermat. Even with the extra hint, only 18% of our teams earned their wagers here. After enjoying a quick cocktail in the form of an Old Fashioned, we threw it back to the 1970s and this American Basketball Association named in honor of Charles Lindbergh:
This question included an extremely difficult bonus question, as only four teams knew that future Hall of Famer Moses Malone spent his final ABA season in St. Louis before moving on to the NBA. After a look at the #MeToo
campaign, we closed the round with a question on this TV series which spawned the spinoff “Boston Legal”:
Just as in tonight’s second round, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.
Monday’s 6-4-2 question focused on human anatomy:
–> Patented in 1925, a mechanism known as the Brannock device is associated with which part of the human body?
Only 15% of our teams earned the full six points by knowing that this is the Brannock device:
The final round asked our teams to name this pioneering hip hop group which shares its name with a film starring James Cagney:
This question included a rather difficult bonus question, as only five teams knew that the best-selling studio album from Public Enemy as entitled “Fear of a Black Planet”. We concluded the fourth round in the category of Name That Year:
EVENT 1: Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, is launched by the Soviet Union.
EVENT 2: The TV show “Perry Mason” debuts.
EVENT 3: The Wham-O Company releases the first Frisbee.
Most of our teams were within the range given for wagering points, but only 12% of our teams earned two bonus points with the exact answer of 1957. The only perfect score of the final round was turned in by Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria). Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 164
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 158
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 157
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle): 156
- Del Ray Dummies (DRP): 156
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (64.4% success rate):
–> Thanks to an oil boom, which U.S. state has experienced the highest population growth rate since the 2010 Census, increasing its population by nearly 13% between 2010 and 2016?
About two-thirds of our teams answered correctly with North Dakota. Congratulations to Gorillas with Machine Guns (Il Forno) and That’s a Niner (Greene Turtle), who were the only two teams that 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): 170
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 167
- Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle): 166
- Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno): 165
- H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 159
- Del Ray Dummies (DRP): 157
- That’s a Niner (Greene Turtle): 156
- Vladimir Poopin’ (Bushwaller’s): 153
- Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 153
- Latrilla and the Pussywillows (Bushwaller’s): 153
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Del Ray Dummies (Next week’s first category: Virginia 6th Grade Curriculum)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou ** FOUR WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: International Deserts)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Morgan Station (Next week’s first category: Merle Haggard)
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails ** 12 WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Hanukkah)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Cher’s Zombie Army (Next week’s first category: “30 Rock”)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Cheesy (Next week’s first category: Famous Cheeses)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Vladimir Poopin’ (Next week’s first category: “Orange is the New Black”)
Bar Deco in Washington, DC: Here for the Beer (Next week’s first category: Pixar Films)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Gorillas With Machine Guns (Next week’s first category: Indiana Jones)