A Monday Night of “Deep” Trivia Questions!

Week 5 of Season XVII kicked off with Monday night’s games, which welcomed 79 teams across nine venues:


Monday’s first round featured questions on the recent NBA All-Star Game (specifically, team captains Lebron James and Stephen Curry), the anti-smoking pharmaceutical drug Chantix, and this classic comic strip:

Beetle Bailey

The perfect rounds hinged on the final bonus question, as only 22% of our teams knew that Beetle Bailey was created by the recently deceased cartoonist Mort Walker.  Most of the teams that scored those two points were among the 14 squads that recorded perfect first round scores.


Monday’s audio question featured clips from the TV sitcoms “The Golden Girls”, “Full House”, and “How I Met Your Mother”.  We threw a few teams for a bit of a loop with the follow-up question:

–> Which state capital of about 360,000 residents is located five time zones west of New York City?

Since the west coast is located three hours west of new York City, the correct response we were looking for was Honolulu.  Anchorage is only four hours west of New York City, but more importantly, is NOT the capital of Alaska.  A second round query on film actors included the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After most teams recognized the superhero film work of Michael Keaton, only nine teams could name this film which marked his first lead role:

Night Shift

Yes, that’s Keaton alongside Henry Winkler in the 1982 comedy “Night Shift”.  Finally, we closed the first half by asking about the various roller coasters found at this amusement park:


Only four teams posted perfect second round scores on Monday night: Morgan Station (Morgan Inn), I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).


Monday’s halftime page quizzed our teams on phrases found on U.S. state coins, as well as items found in the lyrics of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  With an average score of 16.2 points, we saw seven teams notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half began with a question on NHL Teams, as many of our trivia players learned that the only U.S.-based team to win the Stanley Cup during the 1980s was not the Bruins or the Red Wings, but rather the New York Islanders:

New York Islanders NHL

Later, we asked our teams to name the CBS counterpart to NBC’s “Meet the Press”.  About half of our teams arrived at the correct answer of “Face the Nation”, but only five teams earned bonus points by also naming the man who hosted that show for 25 years, Bob Schieffer:

Face the Nation

After closing the round with questions on famous kissing photographs and the ancient Code of Hammurabi, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.


The first two questions of Monday’s final round juxtaposed celebrity baby names (Chicago West) with human anatomy, as we asked an A+B style question which proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night:

Part A = the number of pairs of ribs in a normal adult human skeleton.

Part B = the number of sections, or lobes, into which the human cerebral cortex is divided.

Only 14% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of 16 (12 + 4).  Later, we looked at the Mexico Trilogy from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez:

Mexico Trilogy Rodriguez

We closed the final round with a look at “Deep” titles, such as this series of one-liners:

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The final round did not yield any perfect scores on Monday night.  Here are your top scores heading into Monday’s final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (48.7% success rate):

–> In 1843, brothers George and Charles purchased the rights to the book “An American Dictionary of the English Language”.  What surname did these brothers share?

Just under half of our teams responded correctly with Merriam.  The two brothers bought the rights to Noah Webster’s work, creating the hyphenated brand name Merriam-Webster.  Congratulations to Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango (Il Forno) and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), who each scored the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (Next week’s first category: South Africa)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “We Didn’t Start the Fire” Lyrics)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (First category: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Pixar Films)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Simple Minds  (Next week’s first category: “That ’70s Show”)

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

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice  (Next week’s first category: Baltimore Neighborhoods)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  My Favorite Team  (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)

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