Get Out Your Slide Rules for Monday Night Trivia!

After a few of our Monday night venues had the week off for Labor Day, we were back with a full schedule for the first week of Season XVI!  We welcomed 67 teams across eight venues, so let’s check out the highlights:


Our opening round began with a three-part question with rhyming answers, which included the Italian fashion house Gucci, soap opera actress Susan Lucci, and this black comedy film:


After a question on the islands of San Francisco Bay, we closed the round with this question in the category of The Name’s the Same:

–> What six-time Grammy winning band of the 1980s shares its name with one of the most beloved movie characters of all-time, played by a dog named Terry?

The number of beloved film characters portrayed by dogs is a rather short list, but only about half of our teams arrived at this correct answer:

Toto 1980s BandToto Dog Wizard of Oz

This question also included a two-point bonus for any team that knew the exact breed of this famous canine, with 14% of our teams earning those extra points with the correct answer of Cairn Terrier.  As a result, the first round saw just four perfect scores: The B-58s (DRP), Del Ray Posse (DRP), Who R Those Guys? (Uno Pizzeria), and That’s a Niner (Greene Turtle).


Monday night’s audio question dealt with recognizing the voices of these TV journalists:

Most of our teams did not have much trouble with Dan Rather or Anderson Cooper, but Geraldo Rivera was a much tougher name to pull, resulting in just six teams earning a two-point bonus with three correct answers.  After a question on the ill-fated King of Thebes (Oedipus), we arrived at what proved to be our most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> As the most recent MLB team to win consecutive National League pennants, which team defeated the Devil Rays in the 2008 World Series but lost to the Yankees the following season.

Even though they have been downright awful over the last few years, it hasn’t been THAT long since this team were the World Series champions:

MLB Phillies

Only 24% of our teams knew that we were talking about the Philadelphia Phillies, with just eight teams earning two bonus points by remembering that Charlie Manuel was their manager during those N.L. championships.  We closed the first half with the unique category of Finish the List:

–> Name either one of the two people who would logically follow the names on this chronological list: Dan Quayle, Jack Kemp, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Sarah Palin.

This chronological list was comprised of the most recent losing U.S. Vice Presidential candidates, with the final two names including Paul Ryan (who lost on Romney’s ticket in 2012) and Tim Kaine (who lost on Clinton’s ticket in 2016).  Thanks to the first two bonus questions, we did not see any perfect scores in the second round.


The top portion of Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of celebrities linked by a hidden commonality, while the bottom half had our teams matching historical events and holidays to the month in which they occurred.  Overall, our teams fared very well on the picture section, with most figuring out that all of the celebrities had appeared as guest stars on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation”.  The history section was significantly more difficult, leading to an overall average of just 14.2 points.  Two teams managed to record perfect scores: Worst Case Ontario (DRP) and Gorillas with Machine Guns (Il Forno).  Here are Monday’s top overall scores at the halftime break:

  • Gorillas with Machine Guns (Il Forno):  86
  • Del Ray Posse (DRP):  85
  • Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle):  85
  • Westward Ho (Morgan Inn):  85


Monday’s second half opened with a question on Olympic countries, as we discussed the fact that (for some reason) Puerto Rico competes separately from the United States at the Olympic games.  We quizzed our teams on the directors of “The Fast and the Furious” films, before asking about this man, America’s first flying ace:


Though we offered a crossword-style hint to our teams, 22% of our teams did not need the extra hint, earning two bonus points by knowing the name Eddie Rickenbacker.  The third round concluded with this question on Classic Rock Bands:

–> Passing away last week, Walter Becker was a founding member of this band which took its name from an oversized, steam-powered erotic toy found in a 1959 novel.  Name this band which recorded the 1970s hits “Do It Again”, “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”, and “Reelin’ in the Years”.

Most of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Steely Dan, but the bonus question asked for the novel from which the band took its name.  Despite some very humorous answers of “The Canterbury Tales” and “The Wizard of Oz”, we did have nine teams correctly answer “Naked Lunch” by William Burroughs.  Three teams swept the third round with a perfect score: Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle), and Gorillas with Machine Guns (Il Forno).


The six-point clue on Monday’s 6-4-2 question was a true to test of risk versus reward:

–> At 13,761 miles, the total length of which country’s land borders is the most on Earth?

The list of possible answers is certainly very short, with our field hesitant to decide between Russia, China, Brazil, and even the United States.  With most teams holding off on answering, congratulations goes out to Befuddled (Greene Turtle), Men and Pausers (Hershey’s) and Giant Meteor (Cheesetique), as the only teams to earn six points with the correct answer of China.


We began the final stanza with a question on scientific abbreviations, asking for what the ‘A’ stood for in each of the scientific acronyms DNA, ASCII, and ALS.  Only about one-third of our teams earned their wagers with at least two correct answers: acid (deoxyribonucleic acid), American (American Standard Code for Information Interchange), and Amyotrophic (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), with just six teams answering all three correctly.  We followed up with this humorous question:

–> The fact-checking website Politifact uses its “Truth-O-Meter” to assess the veracity of political statements. For your wager, which childish three-word phrase is used to classify the most inaccurate statements?

According to Politifact, your statements can be classified as True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, and False, or perhaps you can tell such a whopper that you earn the moniker of “Pants on Fire”.  After a question about the novel “Les Miserables”, we pulled a 180 with this query in the subject of Cable TV:

–> Launched as a sister network to HGTV, which network airs “The Vanilla Ice Project”, a home improvement show on which the former rap star displays his handyman skills?

Vanilla Ice

The first question of this round virtually prevented any perfect scores as we moved into the final question.  Here are your top Monday scores after the final round:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (46.5% success rate):

–> The avant-garde artistic movement COBRA was so named because its founding members hailed from these three national capital cities.  What are those three cities?

Just under half of our teams earned points on the final question with the correct responses of Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam.  Only two teams scored the Perfect 21 on Monday by answering correctly on all wagering questions: Killer Snails (Hershey’s) and Westward Ho (Morgan Inn).  Here are your top overall scores:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Del Ray Posse  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Tax Law)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: NFL in the 2000s)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Westward Ho  (Next week’s first category: Chicago)

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

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Simple Minds  (Next week’s first category: Real Estate)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Washington, DC Universities)

Adam & Eve Gastropub in Frederick, MD:  Nurse Ratched  (Next week’s first category: Civil War Medicine)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Gorillas with Machine Guns  (Next week’s first category: Scandinavia)