A Laborious Night of Monday Trivia

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To close out the holiday weekend, Labor Day trivia welcomed 48 teams across six venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Topics from Monday’s opening round included words that include the letters ‘LABOR’, the medical malady asthma, and Frances Perkins, who became the first female Cabinet member in U.S. history by leading the Department of Labor for 12 years under Franklin Roosevelt.  The final question of the round kept most of the perfect scores off the board:

  • Located in the southwestern corner of the state, Fairfield County is the most populous county in which New England state?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Though it is NOT the state capital, what is the most populous city in this state?

About two-thirds of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Connecticut, but only four teams tacked on two bonus points with the correct follow-up answer of Bridgeport.  Three of those four teams used these two bonus points to close out a perfect opening round: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), George Washington’s Camel (DRP), and Killer Snails (Il Forno).

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question asked our teams to identify songs whose titles included the names of national capital cities.  We listened to London Calling by The Clash, Budapest by George Ezra, and Havana by Camilla Cabello.  The second stanza also discussed Sno-Caps candy, the various definitions of the word mouse, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis.  A question regarding a current animated film proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the round, as only six teams knew that Kim Kardashian recently landed her first feature film voice role in the movie PAW Patrol.  As a result, Monday’s second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Yoga poses and feminine song titles were the featured topics on Monday’s halftime page.  Six teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 14.8 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Killer Snails (Il Forno): 90
  • Mean Girls (DRP): 86
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 85
  • SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 84 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

We began Monday’s second half with a question concerning the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, which are often (erroneously) cited as having occurred on the same day.  We moved on by looking at the alpaca, NCAA conferences, and the former Netflix series Orange is the New Black.  A three-part question regarding one-term U.S. Presidents was by far the most difficult question of the round:

  • He sparked controversy by granting Richard Nixon a full pardon.
  • His involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal led to his ranking as one of the worst Presidents in history.
  • A career officer in the U.S. Army, this major general was one of the few Presidents from the Whig Party.

Less than half of the field earned wagering points by giving us any two correct answers of Gerald Ford, Warren Harding, and Zachary Taylor.  It appears this that was an all-or-nothing question for our teams, as nearly every team that earned wagering points also earned bonus points with all three correct answers.  Two teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect third round: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa) and The Gang Plays Bar Trivia (Bushwaller’s).

FOURTH ROUND:

Monday’s final round began with a surprisingly difficult question about soda brands:

  • If you buy a bag of Jelly Belly Citrus Mix jelly beans, you’ll also see the logo of this orange soda brand. For your wager, identify this brand that once used Beach Boys music in its advertising.
  • 2-POINT BONUS: Which company currently owns this brand?

Perhaps these old commercials were a bit too old for the Monday crowd, as only half of our teams responded correctly with Sunkist.  Furthermore, only four teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that Sunkist is currently owned by Keurig Dr Pepper.  Other final round topics included drummer Max Weinberg and Germany’s Black ForestWorst Case Ontario (DRP), earned the only perfect score of Monday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Monday’s final question:

  • Killer Snails (Il Forno): 164
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 156
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 155
  • Mean Girls (DRP): 154
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 153
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 153

FINAL QUESTION (13.6% success rate):

  • About three years after earning the only Oscar nomination of his career, which actor earned the Golden Raspberry Award for the Worst Actor of the Decade in 2010?

Six teams picked up wagering points on this difficult final question with the correct answer of Eddie Murphy, who has appeared in his faire share of box office flops, but also earned an Oscar nomination for the film Dreamgirls.   Congratulations to Killer Snails (Il Forno), who notched the only Perfect 21 of the night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Monday’s final leaderboard:

  • Killer Snails (Il Forno): 168
  • Mean Girls (DRP): 156
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 154
  • Gong Gong and the Butt Demons (Cushwa): 152
  • Bass Slappers (Bushwaller’s): 149
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 144
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 143
  • Burning Dog Poo and the Human Response (Rockwell): 142
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 141
  • Dinosaur Brains (Cushwa): 141

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA: Mean Girls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ghost Rider)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parasite – film)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Bass Slappers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jackbox Trivia Games)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Burning Dog Poo and the Human Response  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Moana)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Cheddar Biscuits  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Avatar: The Last Airbender – TV)

Highline RxR in Arlington, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Presidential Middle Names)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eddie Murphy Films)