A Fond Farewell at Monday Night Trivia…

For our Monday trivia venues, last night was the final game of 2017!  It was also the final night behind the microphone for host Chris Ngoon before he relocates to the west coast.  His final game at DRP could not have been more memorable!  All told, Monday’s games featured 75 teams across eight venues:


Monday’s game opened with our teams naming each of the U.S. states which serve as the settings for these three animated TV series:

South Park Family Guy King of the Hill

The final question of the round dealt with Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.  Only ten teams gave us the correct response on this two-point bonus question:

–> 2-POINT BONUS: Created as a result of this order, which camp located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada became a National Historic Site in 1992?

The perfect scores hinged on this question, as each of the eight teams that gave us the correct answer of Manzanar finished the opening stanza with 36 points.


The second round opened with some Christmas music, as the majority of our teams had no issue recognizing the voices of Britney Spears, Ludacris, and Michael Bublé.  Later, we discussed this college sports trophy:

Commander in Chief

We closed the first half with our nightly Three Clues question, with Monday’s version dealing with a notable film:

CLUE 1: Eventually earning seven Oscar nominations, this film was released 50 years ago this week.

CLUE 2: In contrast to the plot line, the two lead performers were born just six years apart.

Just under half of our teams picked up the early answer points with this correct response:


Believe it or not, during production of the film “The Graduate”, Dustin Hoffman was already 29 years old, while Anne Bancroft was only 35 years old.  The bonus questions proved to be slightly easier in Monday’s second round, as a dozen teams notched perfect scores to close the first half.


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities with “CHRIST” in the their names, as well as a matching section dealing with international airlines.  While the average score came in at 16.9 points, only three teams managed to record a perfect score of 20 points.  It seems that very few of our teams had seen a picture of director Christopher Nolan before, as there were more than a dozen teams who recorded 19 points.  Here are Monday’s top scores at the halftime break:

  • Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria):  90
  • B-58s (DRP):  89
  • Friends Without Benefits (Il Forno):  89
  • Alternative Best Answer (DRP):  88


Monday’s third round opened with a question on scientific devices, as we asked our teams to tell us what is respectively measured by a pedometer, a sphygmomanometer, or a pluviometer.  While most of our teams knew that a pedometer measures steps and that a sphygmomanometer measures blood pressure, only 18% of our teams earned bonus points by also knowing that a pluviometer measures rainfall.  We continued with another difficult bonus question, asking our teams to peg the date of the Battle of the Little Bighorn for an additional two points.  Once again, only 18% of our teams earned bonus points by landing within a two-year range of 1876.  The third round also included a question on the Disney film “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”:

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The third round yielded three perfect scores: Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), B-58s (DRP), and Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno).


One dozen teams snagged the full six points on the 6-4-2 question by knowing this first clue:

–> Which advertising character created in 1965 once appeared in a GEICO commercial depicting him at an airport security checkpoint?

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The final round was rather easy for our teams, as many easily answered questions on Bavaria and The Library of Congress.  But everything changed when we reached the final question of the night.  Anytime we ask a Triple 50/50 question, it draws numerous bonus chips, and with Monday’s version dealing with Classic Rock, this situation was no different.  Here’s the question that turned things around at the end of our game:

–>  Identify whether the length of the original release of the following songs was OVER or UNDER six minutes and 30 seconds: 1) “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, 2) “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, and 3) “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

Despite virtually every team answering correctly with OVER on “Stairway to Heaven”, only 21% of our teams earned their wagers here, as many answered incorrectly on BOTH of the first two songs.  The coda which closes “Hey Jude” lasts more than four minutes, making its run time over seven minutes.  Meanwhile, despite the numerous changes in tempo, the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” clocks in at just under six minutes.  Just as in the previous round, Monday’s final round yielded three perfect scores: Friends Without Benefits (Il Forno), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria).

A special congratulations goes out to Cher’s Zombie Army, who becomes the first PHT team of Season XVI to record four perfect rounds in one game.  This juggernaut missed two points at halftime and two points on the 6-4-2 question, matching the second-highest pre-final score of the season.  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (19.4% success rate):

–> As the title of a book penned by Louise Kapp Howe, what term was coined to denote a predominantly female socio-economic group employed mainly in the service industry, clerical work, and retail sales?

About one-fifth of our teams answered correctly with the term pink collar worker.  We touched on this at the start of the blog, as Chris Ngoon‘s final game at DRP featured one of the craziest finishes in recent memory.  The B-58s led the field with 158 points going into the final question, while FOUR teams were tied for second place just one point behind!  In an amazing twist, ALL FIVE of those teams answered incorrectly on the final question, but the teams sitting in sixth, seventh, and ninth place came through to take the top three spots.  What a finish!

Congratulations to Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria) and MSC (DRP), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:



DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MSC  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8th **  (First category: Sharks)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  The Bends  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1st**  (First category: Euphemisms)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Westward Ho  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8th **  (First category: Los Angeles Lakers)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails (14 WINS IN A ROW!)  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8th **  (First category: Elvis Presley)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army (4 WINS IN A ROW!)  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8th **  (First category: “Parks and Recreation”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Giant Meteor  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8th **  (First category: “Home Alone 2” Quotes)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Master Blaster  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1st **  (First category: Middle School Science)

Bar Deco in Washington, DC:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 22nd **  (First category: Broadway Musicals)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Friends Without Benefits  ** NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8th **  (Next week’s first category: Classic Hollywood)