Give It Your “Bess” Shot at Monday Trivia!

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We closed out the holiday weekend by welcoming 43 teams across six Monday venues.


Opening round topics from Monday night included names and phrases that included the word ‘four’, Motown records, and the Balkan Peninsula.  The final query of the round provided us with our most difficult bonus question:

  • Among the people depicted on official postal stamps of the United Kingdom, these were the first two that were NOT royalty.  One was a writer that died in 1616, while the other was a Christian martyr who died in 303 A.D.  Identify either one of these two people.

Virtually the entire field earned wagering points by recognizing the description of William Shakespeare, but only five teams tacked on two bonus points by figuring out the Christian martyr was likely to be the man who became the patron saint of England: St. George.  As a result, the only perfect first round score from Monday night was posted by Unathletico Madrid (Bushwaller’s).


Monday’s audio question was a breeze for our stellar teams, thanks in part to a recent GEICO commercial.  Most of the field recognized three songs that shared the title Stay, with about half of those adding bonus points by also giving us the three musical acts: Lisa Loeb, Dave Matthews Band, and Rihanna. We continued with a look at the Southern Ocean, the new Pixar streaming television series Luca, the Muses of Greek mythology, and the varieties of heronHipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) earned the only perfect score of Monday’s second round.


For the halftime page, our Monday teams were asked to identify films whose titles included the word ‘American’, but the majority of the field was stumped by lesser-known films such as Everybody’s All-American (starring Dennis Quaid) and Ameican Dreamz (also starring Dennis Quaid!).  Teams fared slightly better on the bottom half of the page, which featured a matching section about quotations.  The overall average score came in a bit lower than usual at 14.2 points, as Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP) posted the only perfect score.   Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 89
  • Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP): 87
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP): 86
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 86
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 85


The difficulty level took a sharp turn as our teams began the second half.  We opened with this query concering the latest appearance by a certain comic book superhero:

  • First appearing in print during the late 1930s, two DC Comics characters serve as the title characters of which CW series currently airing its first season?

About one-fourth of the field picked up wagering points with the correct response of Superman & Lois, with just three of those teams snagging the two-point bonus by knowing that these characters were created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.  After a look at the stage production Suessical, the island of Great Britain, and the dessert food Turkish delight, we posed the most difficult wagering question of the third stanza:

  • Which African American actor earned both of his career Academy Award nominations for films released in 2004, one of which earned him a win for Best Actor?

Only eight teams submitted the correct response of Jamie Foxx, who earned his win for Ray while picking up a Supporting Actor nod for appearing alongside Tom Cruise in Collateral.  With the three bonus questions yielding an average success rate of under 10%, we did not see any perfect third round scores on Monday.


After taking a coffee break in the 6-4-2 question, we began the final round by asking the field to identify the three NHL teams whose names do not end in ‘S’.  Bonus points were doled out at every venue thanks to the correct answers of the Colorado Avalanche, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Minnesota Wild.  Most teams must have been happy to get their nine-point wager out of the way, as they would then encounter a brutal stretch of questions.  We quizzed our teams on the origin story of Victoria’s Secret, the adaptations of the children’s novel War Horse, and the comedic 1990s song Three Little Pigs by the heavy metal band Green Jelly.  Thanks to an average success rate of just 23%, none of our 43 Monday teams answered all three of these questions correctly.  Here is Monday’s leaderboard after four rounds of play:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (DRP): 155
  • Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (DRP): 155
  • Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 151
  • Cheddar Biscuits (Mark’s): 150
  • Unathletico Madrid (Bushwaller’s): 147

FINAL QUESTION (34.9% success rate):

  • A woman born in 1885 with the name of Elizabeth Wallace passed away in 1982 at age 97, giving her the longest life span among all U.S. First Ladies.  This woman was married to which U.S. President?

Just over one-third of the field responded correctly with Harry Truman, the husband of First Lady Bess Truman.  None of our Monday teams earned a Perfect 21 by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Loki – TV series)

Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Cheeky Bastards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: I Am a Tool)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Sabbath (1979 – 1982))

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Burning Dog Poo and the Human Response  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How I Met Your Mother)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1969)

Highline RxR in Arlington, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Art History)

Il Forno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Southpaw Fish  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Craft Beer)