I Dreamed a Dream of Monday Trivia!

Monday marked the first full night of trivia for the 2019 Summer Fling Season, as we welcomed 88 teams across 11 venues.


Monday’s game began with a look at the reggae music of Bob Marley and the Wailers, events from the year 1970, and the dreaded 7-10 split in bowling.  As usual, we closed the first round with its most difficult bonus question, asking our teams to name the two Bible books which list the Ten Commandments.  Identifying the Book of Exodus was easy enough for nearly all of our teams to earn wagering points, but only nine teams tacked on two bonus points by also naming Deuteronomy as the second correct answer.  As a result, only three teams earned a perfect first round score: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP), Morgan Station (Morgan Inn), and Periodic Table Dancers (Il Forno).


Monday’s audio question asked our teams to identify TV shows based on the voices of their respective narrators.  We listened to clips from “Sex and the City”, “Everybody Hates Chris”, and “The Wonder Years”.  Numerous teams should be grateful that our hosts generously awarded points for the technically incorrect answer of “Sex in the City”.  A pair of difficult bonus questions kept nearly all of the perfect scores of the board in the second round.  First up, only six teams knew that the classic film “On the Waterfront” was directed by Elia Kazan.  Later, only ten teams knew that the nation of Poland currently borders seven other independent countries.  We’ll never know if these teams were simply guessing or if they actually remembered the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad tucked between Poland and Lithuania.  Either way, the only perfect scores of Monday’s second round were turned in by Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn) and Power Vacuum (Bushwaller’s).


Monday’s halftime page included pictures of film scenes which were shot at sporting venues, with the matching section asked our teams to identify the second-mots populous cities in each of ten U.S. states.  Eight teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 16.2 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:

  • Morgan Station (Morgan Inn):  88
  • H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP):  87
  • Brian Freeze (Hershey’s):  87
  • Great Question (Il Forno):  86
  • MAJ (DRP):  86
  • We Always Come, But Rarely in First (DRP):  86


Monday’s third round opened with a three-part question regarding the alternate names used by the opposing sides to refer to the battles of the U.S. Civil War.  Only a handful of teams could name Pittsburg Landing as the alternate name for the Battle of Shiloh, leading to just three teams earning bonus points to open the second half.  We continued with questions concerning North Macedonia, the different versions of the film “Cape Fear”, and the various hosts of “The Late Late Show” on CBS.  Though most of our teams cruised through these questions, the difficult start to the second half meant that the third round did not yield and perfect scores.


After discussing the work of poet Robert Frost in the 6-4-2 question, the final round looked at the history of the Oakland Athletics and the Hindenberg disaster.  The final round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Which 1962 song from Connie Francis, shares its title with the second-highest charting song by the Go-Go’s, behind “We Got the Beat”?

Only 17% of the field earned points with the correct response of “Vacation”.  After closing the fourth stanza with a Three Clues question about the word ‘quick’, Brain Freeze (Hershey’s) and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) notched the only perfect scores of the final round.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.8% success rate):

–> “A Star Is Born” is one seven titles to receive two Oscar nods for Best Picture.  Accomplishing the feat as a 1935 drama and then again as a 2012 musical, which film is the most recent title before “A Star is Born” to accomplish this feat?

Just under half of our Monday teams responded correctly with “Les Miserables”.  Congratulations to MAJ (DRP) and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), who recorded the Perfect 21 on Monday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ   (Next week’s first category: “X-Men” Films)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: “Starcraft”)

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

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Brain Freeze   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Celine Dion)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Weasigators   (Next week’s first category: Quidditch Through the Ages)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens   (Next week’s first category: “Below Deck Mediterranean”)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: 1963)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Irregardlessly Unrelevant  (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Thankful Dead   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Dams)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Quiztery Inc.   (Next week’s first category: “Barry”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Great Question   (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)