An Oktoberfest Celebration at Monday Trivia!

The first day of autumn coincided with Monday night trivia, as we welcomed 84 teams across 11 venues.


We began Monday’s game with a look at tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, each of whom won a pair of Grand Slam singles titles this year.  We also discussed the recent Bring Your Own Bun campaign implemented by Popeyes restaurants in response to the chicken sandwich debacle from earlier this month.  The final bonus question of the first round was also its most difficult.  We asked our teams to name the Parisian train station named for the site of an 1805 military victory by Napoleon.  Only 14% of our teams gave us the correct answer of Austerlitz.  That was the only stumbling block for most of the field in the first round, as seven teams began their night by posting a perfect score of 36 points.


Clips from the MasterClass web video series were featured in Monday’s audio question, as we listened to Gordon Ramsay, Simone Biles, and Christina Aguilera.  We continued with a discussion of the Fibonacci sequence, the roles of recent Oscar winners for Best Actor, and the book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.  Once again, the final question of the round crushed the hopes of most teams looking to earn a perfect second round score:

–> Born in 1983, what American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ has released albums and EPs entitled “Awaken My Love,” “Because the Internet”, and “Camp”?

Only 23% of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of Donald Glover (or Childish Gambino), with only seven teams tacking on two bonus points by knowing the chronological order of those three releases.  The only perfect score of Monday’s second round was posted by Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s).


Monday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify TV series that featured female doctors and nurses.  With an overall average score of 14.8, we saw a slew of 18s and 19s, but only two teams secured a perfect score: Notch Eight (Il Forno) and That’s a Bingo (Il Forno).  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Most of our Monday teams were floored by a pair of diabolical questions to begin the second half.  First, a three-part question asked our teams to identify the current names of the Fortune 500 companies that were formerly known by the respective names of Cadabra, Blue Ribbon Sports, and Sound of Music.  Only six teams earned wagering points with any two of the three correct answers: Amazon, Nike, and Best Buy.  None of our teams earned a two-point bonus by giving us all three answers.  Those hoping an easy bounceback question did not find it here, as we asked this difficult question in the A + B = C format:

Part A = The number of future U.S. Presidents that signed the Declaration of Independence.

Part B = The number of U.S. Presidents born in the state of Texas.

Only 23% of the field gave us the correct answer of four (two plus two).  Did all of those teams actually arrive at the correct answer with individual guesses of two and two, or did they luck into points by being incorrect by an equal amount in opposite directions?  We’ll never know…  The round continued with questions concerning the Nickelodeon series “Legends of the Hidden Temple” and New England geography, but none of our teams posted a perfect third round score.


The difficult bonus questions continued into the final round.  On our opening question, most teams earned wagering points by recognizing the first line of the Rolling Stones song ““You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, but only three teams earned bonus points by also knowing that the song originally appeared on the album “Let it Bleed”.  Other final round topics included dandruff and the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.  Monday’s final round did not yield any perfect scores.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (31.8% success rate):

–> In what country is the geographic center of the European Union located?

Just under one-third of our teams earned points on the final question with the correct answer of Germany.  Thanks to the first two questions of the second half, none of our teams earned the Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Monday’s final leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  George Washington’s Camel   (Next week’s first category: “South Park”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: NFL First Round Draft Busts of the 2000s)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: “The Hunt for Red October”)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Cat Stevens – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Bass Sappers   (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things”)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Eight Eyes   (Next week’s first category: 2020 Democratic Primary

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:   Lion’s Den   (Next week’s first category: NFL Draft Busts)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Cheese Wizzes   (Next week’s first category: Nintendo 64 Games)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Just Call Me Loretta   (Next week’s first category: Vikings)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  I Say You He Dead   (Next week’s first category: “Rocket League”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Rock Song Lyrics)