Hustle Up! It’s Monday Night Trivia!

As we begin Week 7 of Season XVI, we welcomed 66 teams to seven Monday night venues.  Our game tonight featured one of the more challenging final questions we’ve seen in a while:


Monday’s game started with an easier first round compared to recent weeks.  A three-part question looked at these three items with ‘timely’ names:

We also looked at the career of Jerry Rice, with a number of teams scoring bonus points by knowing all THREE of the NFL teams for which he played.  Yes, he headed north to finish his playing career:

Jerry Rice

Across the board, a dozen teams began their night with a perfect score of 36 points.


Monday’s audio question dealt with musical acts singing about “towns”.  Just under half of our teams were able to come up with any two of these three correct answers: John Mellencamp (“Small Town”), Lipps Inc. (“Funky Town”), and (former One Direction) member Niall Horan (“This Town”).  Later, we looked at the origin of this barbaric character, whose was created for “Weird Tales” magazine in the 1930s:

Conan Schwarzenegger

Another difficult bonus question here asked for the actor who portrayed Conan the Barbarian in the 2011 film version.  Only 22% of the field earned two extra points with Jason Momoa.  Our second round also included a question on the demise of this technological advancement:


With a noticeable uptick in difficulty, only two teams rolled through the second round with a perfect score: Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) and We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Il Forno).


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of film actors in costume, while the bottom half asked our teams to name the eight Presidents born west of the Mississippi River.  Despite a common association with the state of California, Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois.  The same applies to George W. Bush: he spent years as the Governor of Texas, but he was born in Connecticut.  Those two common wrong answers kept most of our teams from notching a perfect score.  Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria) turned in tonight’s top score with 19 points, while our average fell to a relatively low 14.4 points.  Here are Monday’s top overall scores at the halftime break:

  • Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique):  88
  • We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Il Forno):  88
  • Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria):  87
  • Won’t You Be My Niebuhr? (DRP):  84
  • Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle):  82
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP):  82


Monday’s second half began with this question on Potent Potables:

–> Typically an after-dinner drink, this alcoholic spirit is made by distilling wine.  Fittingly, its name stems from a Dutch word meaning ‘distilled wine’.

This question was asked with the offer of a potential crossword-style hint, but in this particular instance, that hint may have lulled some teams into a false sense of security.  Our answer was a six-letter word in which the fourth letter was ‘N’, which led several teams to drop a sizable wager on cognac.  While cognac is certainly made by distilling wine, it is named for a town in France.  The correct answer of brandy was answered correctly exactly one-third of our teams.  The third round also included a question on the athlete who is now the namesake for the World Series MVP Award, thanks to plays like these:


We followed up with the most difficult wagering question of the night, in the category of Change a Letter:

–> If you change one letter among these two words, you’ll go from the nickname of Australian film director Mark Luhrmann to the pen name once used by Charles Dickens.

Only 19% of our teams arrived at the correct answers of Baz and Boz.  We closed the third round by asking about this piece of land, the only portion of Egypt to be located in Asia:


Only six teams earned a two-point bonus on this question, by knowing that the Sinai Peninsula is bordered by the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.


Our final round included questions on the lyrical work of the late Tom Petty, the origin of the term Hinduism, and this children’s book (yes, it was originally a book):


We kept channeling our inner child to close the round, asking about the return on this TV show:

Magic School Bus

Only six teams knew that Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon is lending her voice to one of the main characters on this new series, which kept the prefect scores off the board in the final round.  Here are Monday’s top scores after the fourth round:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (7.6% success rate):

–> Among films which were nominated for each of the “Big Five” Oscars (Actor, Actress, Picture, Director, and Screenplay), there are eight films which won ZERO of those five awards.  Which film released in 2013 is the most recent of those eight films?

Tonight’s final was the most difficult of the month, as only five teams turned in this correct answer:

American Hustle

A number of teams started the night 20-for-20, but thanks to the final question, we did not see any teams score the Perfect 21 on Monday by answering correctly on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Won’t You Be My Niebuhr?  (Next week’s first category: “Grosse Pointe Blank”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” – 1971 film)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: Brian Wilson)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Ghost)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Free Association  (Next week’s first category: GEICO Commercials)

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

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Del Boca Vista  (Next week’s first category: 1983 Pop Songs)