A Passion for Monday Night Trivia!

It’s only Week 4 of Season XVII, and we already have several Monday teams putting together some impressive winning streaks, including three streaks that are held over from last season!  All told, Monday night welcomed 82 teams across nine venues:


Monday’s first round provided few surprises, as most of our teams were able to figure out that the only two U.S. Presidents with a six-letter first name and a five-letter last name also happen to be our two most recent Presidents: Barack Obama and Donald Trump.  Later, we looked at the derivation of the abbreviation e.g., and this record-setting Broadway musical:

Hamilton Musical

Most of our teams knew that “Hamilton” holds the Tony Awards record for most nominations, but only 15% of our teams knew that the exact number of nominations was 16.  As a result, we saw just six perfect scores in the first round.


Monday’s audio question featured songs whose titles are also the names of board games.  Most of our teams picked up wagering points with the correct answers of “Ticket to Ride” (The Beatles) and “Sorry” (Justine Bieber), but the song “Go” (Pearl Jam) was much less recognizable, leading to just 14% of our teams earning bonus points with three correct answers.  The second round also included questions on Chinese time zones (or more appropriately, the Chinese time zone), as well as three uses for the word Silver and the latest effort from director Clint Eastwood.  We closed the round with a little college football:

–> Though his 2005 award would ultimately be vacated, Reggie Bush gave what school its third Heisman Trophy winner in a four-year span?

Before moving on to the NFL, Reggie was a star at the University of Southern California:

Bush USC

Just as with the first question of the round, only 14% of the field earned bonus points by naming the other two Heisman Trophy winners from USC in that four-year span: Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.  With a pair of difficult bonus question to bookend the round, only one teams swept the second round with a perfect score: Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria).


Monday’s halftime page celebrated President’s Day with a look at the birthplaces of some Commanders-in-Chief.  With an average score of 15.7 points, we saw nine teams notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s third round included a question on the business of the Harry Potter franchise and this 1990s album:

Smashing Pumpkins

As usual, the third round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Prepared by St. Jerome in the late 4th century A.D., what version of the Bible became the Catholic Church’s official Latin version at the Council of Trent in the late 16th Century?

Unfortunately, King James I of England did begin his reign until the 17th century, but nonetheless the incorrect answer of the King James Bible was an overwhelmingly popular response.  Only 12% of our teams earned points with the correct response of the Vulgate bible.  As a result, the third round did not yield and perfect scores.


Monday’s final round began with a look at former sitcom actress Pam Dawber, specifically her appearances as a title character on each of these two series:

Mork and Mindy

We continued with questions concerning the game of chess, the literary sequel to “Jane Eyre”, and these ancient animals:

Mammoth Mastodon

We closed the fourth round with a Triple 50/50 question on the 2018 Winter Olympics, in which many of our tams learned that Nigeria has a women’s bobsled team.  The final round yielded four perfect scores: Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), Wednesday’s Child (Bushwaller’s), I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), and Morgan Station (Morgan Inn).

  • Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique):  163
  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  162
  • Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s):  161
  • Two Unsavories (DRP):  158

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.6% success rate):

–> Known as the maracuyá in Spanish, which fruit-bearing plant derives its common English name from the fact that its flowers were used by missionaries to illustrate of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

Just under one-third of our teams answered correctly with the passion flower (which bears the passion fruit).  With a rather difficult thirds round, none of our teams were able to earn the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:

An honorable mention goes out to Space Panda (Cheesetique), who scored 163 points while playing ‘over the limit’ on Monday.


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

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Famous People Named Smith)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (First category: U.S. Civil War)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Johnny Cash – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Rapscallions  (Next week’s first category: Famous People Named Ian)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  High School Prom  (Next week’s first category: Guitars)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice  (Next week’s first category: “Bob’s Burgers”)

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

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