A Trivia Night 72 Years in the Making!

Week 3 of Season XVII began with an exciting Monday night game featuring 77 teams across nine venues.  We welcomed an amazing crowd of 19 teams at DRP in Alexandria!


Monday’s game began with a look at the recent Super Bowl commercials featuring “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour:

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The opening round also included our nightly Three Clues question on the subject of Turkey (the country), before closing with a Winter Olympics question.  Most of our teams knew that speed skating is currently being contested at the Gangneung Oval in Pyeongchang, but only 13% of our teams remembered that outspoken athlete Shani Davis is the most recent American gold medal winner in this sport:

Shani Davis Speed Skating

Monday’s first round featured eight perfect scores, five of which were recorded at DRP in Alexandria.


Monday’s audio question dealt with songs from the sky, as we featured clips of “Champagne Supernova” (Oasis), “Counting Stars” (OneRepublic), and “Venus” (Shocking Blue).  We continued with questions concerning Ponce de Leon and this TV comedy of the 1990s:

Larry Sanders

Our final question of the first half dealt with animated films:

–> Sold to Disney in 1992, the production company Skellington Studios distributed a grand total of two feature films during its existence before disbanding in 1996.

With teams only needing to name of the two films to earn credit, most of our teams scored points with the correct response of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.  Only eight teams picked up two bonus points by including the other correct answer of “James and the Giant Peach”.  As a result, the second round yielded just one perfect score: Win or Lose, We Still Booze (DRP).


Tonight’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities with Biblical names.  With an average score of 16.2 points, we saw eight teams notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half included a question on the recent trade involving NBA star Blake Griffin, and the nearly identical names of these two celebrities:

Adam Levine DeVine

Sure, most of us know Adam Levine, but only 23% of our teams earned their wagers here by also knowing “Workaholics” star Adam Devine.  Next up was a three-part question on famous twins in religion and mythology.  The most difficult portion of this question dealt with the twin sons of the Old testament figure Issac.  About one-quarter of our teams arrived at that correct answer of Jacob and Esau, leading to just 17% of the field earning bonus points here.  None of our teams managed to sweep the third round with a perfect score.


Monday’s final round began with a question on this documentary series:

Behind the Music

We continued with a look at the literary works of Washington Irving and the derivation of the brand name IKEA, before closing the round with what proved to be the most difficult question of the night (by far).  In the category of Name That Year, we gave our teams a four-year window to come up with the year in which all three of these events occured:

EVENT 1: Dr. Benjamin Spock completes “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care”, which would go on to sell over 50 million copies.

EVENT 2: Weeks after winning the NFL Championship game in sub-zero degree weather, the Cleveland Rams relocate to Los Angeles.

EVENT 3: “Faraway Hill” premieres as the first network television soap opera in U.S. history.

Maybe teams clued in a little too hard on the final event, somehow convincing themselves that there was no possible way that the first TV soap opera aired before 1950.  To the surprise of many, all three of these events occurred in 1946!  Though it aired for only ten weeks, the soap opera “Faraway Hill” debuted just after World War II ended.  Across the board, we saw just six teams earn their wager by landing within the four-year range.  It looks like Boh’s Before Hoes (Bushwaller’s) must be stocked with fans of the L.A. Rams, as they were the only team to earn bonus points by naming the exact year.  Needless to say, we did not see any perfect scores in the final round.  Here are the top scores after four rounds of play on Monday:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.9% success rate):

–> The Jed Foundation and the Trevor Project are charity partners of which musical production currently running on Broadway?

Just under one-quarter of our teams answered correctly with “Dear Evan Hansen”.  Congratulations to I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), as the only team to notch the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:

  • I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn):  166
  • Salty Cucumbers (DRP):  166
  • Two Unsavories (DRP):  155
  • Win or Lose, We Still Booze (DRP):  163
  • Johnny Unpleasants (DRP):  163
  • Boh’s Before Hoes (Bushwaller’s):  162
  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  161
  • Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria):  159
  • Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Il Forno):  158
  • High School Prom (Cheesetique):  157


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Salty Cucumbers  (Next week’s first category: “Firefly”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Mystery, Alaska”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (First category: Billy Joel)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: “Batman” – 1960s TV series)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  ** NINE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”)

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

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Boh’s Before Ho’s  (Next week’s first category: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

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

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Next week’s first category: “The Shawshank Redemption”)