Don’t Jump the Gun at Monday Trivia!

We kicked off the month of July with 93 teams playing at ten Monday venues:


The opening round is usually the easiest round of the night, and after our teams rolled through questions regarding General Mills cereals, Ray Lewis, and the Ganges River, many of them were stumped by this unexpectedly difficult first round question:

–> Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis are the main characters in which romantic comedy film that was recently adapted into a Broadway musical?

Only 35% of our teams responded correctly with this production:

Pretty Woman

Nine teams avoided this speed bump and racked up 36 first round points.


Monday’s audio question featured clips from three current TV game shows which are all revivals: “Match Game” hosted by Alec Baldwin, “The Joker’s Wild” hosted by Snoop Dogg, and “Pyramid” hosted by Michael Strahan.  We continued with what proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Which author is typically credited with creating the modern detective genre, starting with his 1841 work “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”?

While Sir Arthur Conan Doyle might be better known for his work in detective fiction, it was actually Edgar Allan Poe who created the genre, thanks to his character C. Auguste Dupin.  Only 24% of our teams earned points here, but those who did fared well the rest of the way, answering questions concerning cauliflower ear and the song “Eye of the Tiger”.  Six teams earned perfect second round scores.


Titles and phrases featuring the word “ALL” was the focus of Monday’s halftime page, which featured an overall average of 16.2 points with just one perfect score: Our Cup Size is Stanley (Il Forno), who was one of the few teams to remember this 1990s “classic”:

Some Gave All

Here are Monday’s highest scoring first half teams:


The third round featured the category of Change a Letter, which usually garners a high proportion of bonus chips.  Such was the case on Monday, but many teams instantly regretted that decision after hearing this question:

–> If you change one letter among these two words, you’ll go from the title that is alphabetically first among Books of the Old Testament to an adverb meaning “to behave violently and uncontrollably”.

Only 17% of the field could name both Amos and amok as the two correct answers, costing many teams their potential five-point bonus.  Later, we grabbed a quick cocktail in the form of a Sazerac and discussed this biographical film:

The Walk Levitt

The only perfect score of the third round was turned in by I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn).


Final round topics included the TV comedy “Arrested Development”, the duck-billed platypus, and the country once known as FYROM:


We closed the final round with its most difficult bonus question, as we asked our teams to name the most recent university to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Only 13% of the field earned the final two-point bonus if the night by giving us the correct response of the Louisville Cardinals.  As a result, only one team ran the table in the final round: Alternative Best (DRP).  Here is Monday’s overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.9% success rate):

–> Originally named for its two founders in 1852, what company re-branded itself as the American Outdoor Brands Corporation in 2017, amidst intense scrutiny of its products?

Nearly two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with Smith & Wesson.  Congratulations to I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s), who each recorded the Perfect 21 on Monday night with correct answers on all wagering questions.  here is Monday’s final leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Oliver’s Army  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Nickelodeon)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table Wordplay)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: “The Vampire Chronicles”)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Harlan Ellison)

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

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Lakes Located Entirely in the U.S.)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who Stole My iPhone?  (Next week’s first category: “Harry Potter” books)

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

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics  (Next week’s first category: Computer Programming Languages)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – NHL Players: Eastern or Western Conference?)