I Felt the Rains at Monday Trivia!

It looks like many of our Monday trivia teams fared much better compared to a certain NFL team that was also playing on Monday night…  Across the board, we welcomed 88 teams playing at 11 PHT venues:


Monday’s game opened with a Triple 50/50 question concerning people with “GOOD” or “BAD” in their names: Boris Badenov, Benny Goodman, and Robin Goodfellow.  We learned that “the customer is always right” before moving on to a difficult bonus question regarding landmarks.  After most of our teams knew that the Eiffel Tower held the title of the world’s tallest man-made structure from 1889 to 1929, only 21% of our teams knew that it took that title from the Washington Monument.  Finally, we asked our teams to identify either one of the first two films directed by Steven Spielberg to earn more than 300 million dollars at the worldwide box office.  Most of our teams easily came up with these two answers:


Thirteen teams began their night with a perfect first round score.


Monday’s audio question was one of the most difficult versions we had heard in recent memory, as we asked our teams to identify musical acts covering Disney songs.  Only 23% of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, while just three teams overall took home bonus points by recognizing  the voices of Billy Joel, Demi Lovato, and Fallout Boy.  Later, we looked at freestyle swimming, the work of TV actress Melissa Benoist, and this video game franchise:

Angry Birds

Thanks to the opening question of the round, Smart AF (DRP) was the only team to notch 36 points in the second stanza.


The field earned a bit of a breather on Monday’s halftime page, as the diverse topics of gemstones and MLB managers proved to be no match for our top teams.  With an overall average of 17.4 points, we saw 23% of our teams notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are your highest scoring Monday teams after the halftime break:


We opened up Monday’s second half with a question about the island of Sicily and its capital of Palermo.  We played ‘Change a Letter’ by going from Bolo to YOLO before asking about the award-winning work of this songwriter (and recent EGOT winner):

John Legend

After closing the round with a question on the formation of atolls, we saw six teams run the table in the third round.


Final round topics from Monday night included the Cincinnati Bengals, Humphrey Bogart, and the lyrics of the Toto song “Africa”.  We continued with this question in the category of collectibles:

–> Names such as Hawaiian Missionaries, the Inverted Jenny, and Abraham Lincoln 1867 refer to some of the rarest examples of which type of collectible item?

Here is a replica of the Inverted Jenny (on the left):

Inverted Jenny Stamp

The final round concluded with a Three Clues question on “The Dating Game”.  Collectively, our teams were on fire as they headed into the final question, as 13 teams posted a perfect final round score of 36 points.  Here is your Monday leaderboard after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.4% success rate):

–> In the 25 years that Will Shortz has served as editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, what three-letter word defined as ‘a period of time’ has been the most common answer?

About two-thirds of our teams answered correctly with ‘era’.  Congratulations to the four teams that earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions: MAJ (DRP), Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown), Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), and Hibernators (Il Forno).  These were your highest scoring teams at the end of Monday’s game:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Oliver’s Army  (Next week’s first category: Raffi – AUDIO)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Pokemon GO”)

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

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Mustard Gastropods  (Next week’s first category: Denver Broncos)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: “Hocus Pocus”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Beer and Dogs)

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

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Fookin’ Koontz  (Next week’s first category: Banksy)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics  (Next week’s first category: Hugo Award Winners)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Hibernators  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Currency)