A Doll of a Trivia Game!

As we begin the final week of March, we opened our trivia week with 107 teams across 11 venues:


Monday’s opening round began with a three-part question on Biblical Figures before moving on to a little soup history and this question on South American Geography:

–> Name either one of the two independent South American countries that do NOT border Brazil.

Only 27% of our teams earned bonus points with these two correct answers:

South America

After closing the opening round with a question on the animated spinoff film “Puss in Boots” (featuring the voice work of Antonio Banderas), we saw 17 teams bust out of the starting gate with a perfect first round score.


Monday’s audio question quizzed our teams on songs with the names of musical genres in their titles, specifically “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (by Elton John), “Disco Inferno” (by The Trammps), and “I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night” (by KISS).  Later, we discussed this 98-year old nun who is America’s newest celebrity thanks to the Loyola Ramblers:

Sister Jean

We closed the round with its most difficult bonus question.  After most of our teams remembered the three-letter airport code for Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL), we offered two bonus points to any team that also knew which rap star played the lead role in a film of the same name.  Only 21% of our teams answered correctly with T.I.  Eight teams ran the table with a perfect score in the second round.


The bottom half of Monday’s halftime page featured one of those “all-or-nothing” categories: World Capitals.  Some teams love them, some teams HATE them.  We listed ten cities which are often mistaken as national capitals, and asked our teams to name the actual capital of each city’s home country.  The scores were rather widespread, as we saw a relatively low overall average score of just 14.1 points, while 14 teams notched perfect scores.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half began with a question that produced some rather intriguing results:

–> The 1995 album “Fresh Horses” was the fifth of the eight straight albums by this artist to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart between 1990 and 2014.  For your wager, name this singer.

2-POINT BONUS: What was this artist’s first album to reach #1 on the Country Charts?

The two answers we were looking for here were Garth Brooks and “No Fences”.  At our two Northern Virginia venues, about half of the 25 overall teams earned their wager, with just ONE team earning bonus points.  Meanwhile, at our Frederick and Hagerstown locations, this question was answered correctly by more than 80% of the teams, with about half of those also earning bonus points.  Fun with demographics!  Moving on, we discussed the anatomy of the human eye, Panera Bread, and this grueling athletic event:

Ironman Triathlon

After closing the round by heading to U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, three teams notched a perfect score of 36 points in the third round: Befuddled (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown), Morgan Station (Morgan Inn), and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).


Monday’s final round included questions on the Muses of Greek mythology, the accolades earned by Jennifer Lawrence, and this video game character:


While most of our teams knew that Spyro was a dragon, only 11% of our teams earned bonus points by also knowing either of the two sequel titles in his original trilogy: “Ripto’s Rage” or “Year of the Dragon”.  As a result, we saw just one perfect score in the final round: Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle).  Here are Monday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.6% success rate):

–> Which fictional character has held more than 40 occupations since his introduction in 1961, appearing in versions such as Superstar, Earring Magic, and Sugar Daddy?

Just under two-fifths of our teams earned points on the final question with the correct response of the Ken doll.  Congratulations to the seven teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


Berkeley Springs Bowl in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Five Amigos  (Next week’s first category: TV Sitcoms)

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Johnny Unpleasants  (Next week’s first category: West Virginia Celebrities)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  ** ELEVEN WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: 1980s One-Hit Wonders)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know How  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Interstate Highways)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  ** SIX WINS A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Western New York State)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Who R Those Guys  (Next week’s first category: 1960s TV)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Passover)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Ask Jeeves  (Next week’s first category: Norse Mythology)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: Duct Tape)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Need More Trash Culture  (Next week’s first category: 2018 NFL Draft)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Next week’s first category: Famous Carsons)