Let’s Close the (Trivia) Books on 2018!

With an abbreviated schedule to finish the year, we welcomed a total of 43 teams at four games across Saturday and Monday:


Holiday themed questions found their way into both of our opening rounds, as our teams were quizzed on topics such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball, and this film cameo:

While the first few wagering questions did not phase our teams, the bonus questions fell on the more difficult side, as the opening rounds did not yield any perfect scores.


Saturday’s audio question featured songs whose titles include the names of hockey penalties, while our Monday teams dealt with pop songs as performed by marching bands. Our Saturday teams were happy to rack up points there, as we followed up with a surprisingly wicked question:

–> In addition to its association with the Amazon Echo, the name Alexa also refers to a subsidiary of Amazon that ranks the popularity of which items?

Unfortunately, none of our 21 Saturday teams earned points here with the correct answer of websites. Usually, when you see rankings of the world’s most popular websites, those rankings are performed by Alexa. Our Monday teams were given a much easier set in the second round, including a question regarding the unusual names given to the members of this family:

Six of our Monday teams earned a perfect score of 36 points in the second round.


Saturday’s halftime page featured world flags and advertising slogans, while our Monday teams were asked about the locations of U.S. ski resorts and films whose titles include the word “LOVE”. Overall, the average halftime score reached 15.2 points, with two teams earning a perfect score: Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza Creations) and Mac (Cheesetique). Here is your halftime leaderboard:


Third round topics included the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rebecca”, the British band The Cure, and this young adult book series:

The most difficult second half bonus question was found in Saturday’s third round, as we asked out teams to name either one of the two countries that border both Algeria and Libya. While a majority of the teams knew that Tunisia borders these countries on the northern side of the continent, none of our teams picked up bonus points by also knowing that Niger sits along the southern border of Algeria and Libya. As a result, none of our teams ran the table in the third round on either of the two nights.


In the final round, our Saturday teams dealt with the U.S. Civil War, the late football announcer Pat Summerall, and the members of the band ZZ Top. Meanwhile, our Monday teams were asked this question which stumped most of the field:

–> Usually made from goose or chicken fat, this butter substitute is commonly used in Jewish cuisine.  However, its name is also used as a slang term meaning “excessively emotional or sentimental”.

Only five of our Monday teams earned points with schmaltz. Monday’s game concluded with a look at these two performers who each earned (infamous) awards for their cross-dressing work:

Just as in the third round, we did not see any perfect scores in the final round as well. Here are your highest scoring teams heading into the final question:

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (40.0% success rate):

–> In August of 1961, Gherman Titov set a record by performing this action 17 times.  Until that point, the previous record was once.  For your wager, what action did Titov perform?

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.7% success rate):

–> These two athletes both celebrated their birthday yesterday: one turned 43 while the other turned 34.  Coincidentally, they are also the only two people to receive the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year on two occasions.  For your wager, name BOTH of these athletes.

Saturday’s correct answer was ‘orbit the earth’, while Monday’s athletes were Tiger Woods and LeBron James. Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), who notched the only Perfect 21 of the weekend by answering all wagering questions correctly. These were your highest scoring teams to close out 2018:


Belles’ in Frederick, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: The Grateful Dead)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Stan Lee)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: Government Shutdowns)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Isaac Darwins (Next week’s first category: Video Editing)