Caught in a Web of Monday Trivia!

With only eight shopping days until Christmas, we welcomed 88 teams across 11 Monday venues.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE END OF THIS BLOG POST TO SEE YOUR VENUE’S STATUS FOR NEXT WEEK!

FIRST ROUND:

Monday’s game began with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After most of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the furniture store IKEA, only 17% of our teams knew that despite being founded in Sweden, the company is currently headquartered in the Netherlands.  Next, we asked a three-part question concerning questionable film titles (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”) before concluding the opening round by discussing the Bunsen burner and NFL teams that are named for zodiac animals.  Eight teams survived the first speed bump to earn a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include the word ‘alone’.  The field had no problem identifying “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson, “I Drink Alone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and “I Alone” by Live.  We moved on to topics such as the personal naming conventions of the Philippines, snickerdoodle cookies, and Disneyland.  Thanks to an easy trio of bonus questions, a whopping 21 teams rolled through the second stanza with a perfect score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Monday’s halftime page focuses on animated holiday TV specials, while the bottom half featured words formed by the letters in “SANTA CLAUS”.   With an extremely high average score of 18.7 points, we saw two dozen teams post a perfect halftime score.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

We kicked off Monday’s second half with our nightly Three Clues question, as 28% of the field earned two bonus points by going in early with the correct answer of Lyndon Johnson.  We continued the third round with a look at Down syndrome, Christmas Island, the short career of MLB pitcher Sandy Koufax, and the current animated TV series “BoJack Horseman”.  The most difficult bonus question of the night asked our teams to name the fictitious town in which “BoJack Horseman” is set.  Only ten teams responded correctly with Hollywoo (spelled without a ‘D’).  As a result, just three Monday teams earned a perfect third round score: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Beer Sluts (Rockwell), and Booger McFarland (Rockwell).

FOURTH ROUND:

After wrapping ourselves in a cardigan during the 6-4-2 question, the final round featured topics such as Rosie the Riveter, singer Pharrell Williams, dolphins, and the holy city of Mecca.  With few surprises in the fourth round, eleven teams ran the table by posting a score of 36 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.4% success rate):

–> “She was in a class by herself.  It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.  BLANK was both.”  Which title character fills in the BLANK in this final line of a 1952 novel?

About one-fifth of the field responded correctly with Charlotte, the titular spider from the E. B. White novel “Charlotte’s Web”.  Despite a rather difficult final question, eight teams answered every wagering question correctly to earn a Perfect 21 on Monday night.  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

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

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Halo” or “Bioshock”?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: Irish Mythology)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: “Scrooged”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Weasigators   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Dec. 30: EPCOT Center)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Beer Sluts   (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  F. U. Darts   (Next week’s first category: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Hue Jackson and the Trombones   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Dec. 30: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  I Say You He Dead   (Next week’s first category: Cities in Pandemic)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  That’s a Bingo   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Dec. 30: “The Wire”)