A Fraking Great Night of Monday Trivia!

Week 3 of the Summer Fling season kicked off with 87 teams across 10 venues:


Monday’s opening round began with a Triple 50/50 question about Justin Trudeau and Kim Jong-un, which included a reference to the Canadian Prime Minister’s short-lived boxing career.  Next, we looked at the not-so-warm reception of this recent marketing ploy:


After closing the first stanza with questions on European geography and “The Walking Dead”, we saw 16 teams open their night with 36 points.


Musical acts with initials were the focus Monday’s audio question, as we featured clips from R.E.M., t.A.T.u., and O.A.R.  Though many players recognized the song “All the Things She Said”, nearly as many had forgotten the name of the group composed of two Russian teenagers, which led to just 19% of the field earning bonus points with three correct answers.  Later, we remembered this awkward moment caught on live TV:

Kanye West Mike Myers

Other second round topics included the Arizona Cardinals and the stage adaptation of “Mean Girls”.  Eight teams ran the table with perfect second round scores.


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities born on islands, while the bottom half included the theme of “also a soccer term”.  Leaning on the more difficult side, none of our teams earned 20 points, while the overall average fell to just 14.8 points.  Here are Monday’s top scoring teams after the first half:


Monday’s second half kicked off with one of the two most difficult bonus questions of the night.  After a wagering question concerning the current #1 hit song from Post Malone (“Psycho”), only six teams could name the Drake song which it replaced at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Many teams remembered Drake’s OTHER #1 hit from this year (“God’s Plan”), but it was actually “Nice For What” that had been occupying the #1 spot until last week.  Next, we took a quick snack break by discussing this Asian food:


Teams also scored well with questions about hypoglycemia and New England, but thanks to the first bonus question, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


Just like the third round, our final stanza began with an extremely difficult bonus question, as only six teams could name Australia’s second largest desert: the Great Sandy Desert.  After asking a Three Clues question about the jaguar, we offered up the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Offering the service for $29 a year (which includes free shipping and 20% off), what Fortune 500 company recently launched its “Beyond Plus” service to compete with Amazon Prime?

We were hoping that the word “Beyond” would act as a subtle clue, but perhaps it seemed too obvious, as only 14% of the field responded correctly with Bed Bath & Beyond.  With that, the final round also did not yield any perfect scores.  Here is Monday’s final round leaderboard:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.7% success rate):

–> Though she was not born in Switzerland, which singer represented the Swiss when she won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest?

Just over one-fourth of the field responded correctly with this songstress:

Celine Dion

Congratulations to Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Arlington Underground (Cheesetique), and Dirty Mike & the Boys (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle), who each recorded the Perfect 21 on Monday night.  Here is your final leaderboard to kick off the week:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Unsavories  (Next week’s first category: Cannibalism)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Leprechauns  (Next week’s first category: “Wicked”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: John Irving)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings Lady Gaga)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Arlington Underground  (Next week’s first category: Foreign Deserts)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Ask Jeeves  (Next week’s first category: “Psych”)

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

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Dirty Mike and the Boys  (Next week’s first category: Rock Songs of 1994)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  ChunkyLover53@aol.com  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – House of York or House of Lancaster)