Come Together at Monday Trivia!

In our last game before the two-night break for the holiday, we welcomed 71 teams across eight venues.

FIRST ROUND:

To begin Monday’s game, we looked at the historic figures that have appeared on the U.S. half-dollar coin.  We then asked a three-part question regarding female first names that are also the names of holiday-related items (e.g. Carol, Holly, Ginger), before closing the first round with a discussion of the classic TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” and Chairman Mao.  Seven teams earned a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured clips from three films set during the holidays: “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and “Bad Santa”.  We then reached a state of nirvana by asking about Hanukkah, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and NFL games played in London.  Ten teams swept the second round with a score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Holiday-themed TV episodes graced Monday’s halftime page, which yielded a dozen perfect scores and an overall average of 18.3 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after one half of play:

THIRD ROUND:

After opening Monday’s second half with a look at the Brooklyn Nets and Jim Henson, we moved on to the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two clues:

CLUE 1: The opening track on this album is “Come Together”.

CLUE 2: This is the only Beatles album to show neither the band’s name nor the album title on its front cover.

Not surprisingly, we saw dozens of teams attempt to earn a two-point bonus with the early response of The White Album (officially entitled “The Beatles”), but the band’s name does indeed appear on that album.  Instead, the correct answer we were looking for was “Abbey Road”.  We moved on to the topics of candy canes and the Old Testament, after which we saw Killer Snails (Hershey’s) post the only perfect score of Monday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

In Monday’s final round, we traveled the seven seas with Sinbad the Sailor, danced the hula while watching Hulu, and played a little “Pomp and Circumstance”, the latter of which included a rather difficult bonus question, as only 11% of our teams knew that former pro wrestler Randy Savage used the Elgar tune as his entrance music.  After closing the game with a three-part question regarding famous Jacksons, we saw two teams earn a perfect final round score: That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).  Heading into Monday’s final question, these teams topped the overall leaderboard:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (17.8% success rate):

–> Which Big Ten university’s athletic team nickname is an anagram of a verb used in botany to denote the passage of water out of the stomata of a leaf?

For the second Monday in a row, the success rate on the final question dipped below 25%, as about one in six teams responded correctly with Terrapins, whose letters can be arranged to form the word transpire.  Two teams earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Killer Snails (Hershey’s) and Baby Fish Mouth (Rockwell).  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Pink Flamingos  (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Harry Styles or Zayn Malik?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pro Wrestling)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: U2 – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: EPCOT Center)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Frank Oz or Jim Henson?)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Baby Fish Mouth   (Next week’s first category: HOST CHOICE)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Frozen Chosen   (Next week’s first category: NHL Arenas)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “The Wire”)