Another Independence Day Celebration at Monday Trivia!

Monday’s roller coaster of a trivia game welcomed 91 teams across 11 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Monday’s opening round opened with a Triple 50/50 question concerning gender-specific characteristics of animals (it was easier than it sounds), followed by topics such as Canada’s tallest mountain (Mount Logan) and the lasso wielded by this comic book character:

Wonder Woman

Twelve teams ran the table in the opening stanza with a perfect 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Music groups with “Good” or “Bad” in their names highlighted Monday’s audio question as we listened to “Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company, “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd, and “Dance Floor Anthem” by Good Charlotte.  We headed to the bar to enjoy a sidecar cocktail before discussing the embarrassing “Pokemon Go to the polls” speech from Hillary Clinton.  A pair of difficult bonus questions were included in the second round.  Less than one quarter of our teams knew that Charles Haley was the first player to win five Super bowls, while a similar percentage knew the name of this film which will feature the return of Lisbeth Salander:

Spider's Web

Only three teams recorded perfect second round scores: Unsavories (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Brain Freeze (Hershey’s).

HALFTIME:

Biblical figures and foreign-born female celebrities highlighted Monday’s halftime page.  The perfect scores came rolling in on Monday night, as 41% of our teams notched 20 points on the halftime page, with the overall average reaching 18.8 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

With more than half of the field sitting at least 80 points to start the third round, confidence was riding high, but it only took one question to destroy that feeling:

–> Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi Bear’s personality and mannerisms were based on a celebrity of the time.  In this case, it was a character on “The Honeymooners”.  For your wager, name that character or name the actor who portrayed him.

Many of our teams jumped the gun with guesses of Ralph Kramden, without taking a moment to realize that Yogi Bear’s voice is nearly identical to Ralph’s sidekick Ed Norton (portrayed by Art Carney).  Later, we took an alphabetical look at NBA teams and discussed the actress who gained fame with this film:

King Kong

Two teams managed to avoid the opening speed bump and sweep the third round.  Coincidentally, those teams were Oliver’s Army (DRP) and Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria).

FOURTH ROUND:

We took in some fine art at the Met to begin the final round, before moving on to topics such celebrities named Klein and the “Shiggy Dance Challenge”:

Afte closing with a Three Clues question regarding the word Mead, Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria) and We’re Not Gouda at This (Cheesetique) were the only teams to record a perfect final round score.  These teams sat atop the overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (41.7% success rate):

–> As the highest grossing film of 1996, what action film set a record for the most miniature model work in a single film, which was reflected in its Oscar win for Best Visual Effects?

About two-fifths of our teams responded correctly with “Independence Day”.  Blowing up all of those tiny versions of important buildings must have been expensive.  Five teams recorded the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ  (Next week’s first category: Bridge – card game)

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

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Kelly  (Next week’s first category: Dinosaurs)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Rhodes Scholars  (Next week’s first category: Incan Empire)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Michael Jackson)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Recently in Bigfoot Erotica)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Ask Jeeves  (Next week’s first category: Edgar Allan Poe)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Third Round Nosedive  (Next week’s first category: “Veep”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Dirty Mike and the Boys  (Next week’s first category: “Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  MC  (Next week’s first category: Pro Football Hall of Famers)