Monday Night Trivia Had the Right Stuff!

Monday night officially began the second half of the Summer Fling Season, with 87 teams playing at 11 PHT venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Monday’s opening round topics included the TV theme song “I’ll Be There For You”, the contemporary children’s author who also happens to be Stephen Hawking’s daughter, and this body of water:

Persian Gulf

The first round was no match for our stellar teams, as 18 squads rolled through the opening stanza with 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

The film work of Melissa McCarthy highlighted Monday’s audio question, which featured clips from “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”, and “Ghostbusters”.  Next, we looked at the ill-advised marketing scheme recently undertaken by this company:

Build a Bear

After questions concerning the human body and the political term ‘caucus’, we closed with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After most of our teams knew that the New Orleans airport is named for Louis Armstrong, only 17% of the field earned bonus points by also knowing that a stadium named for Armstrong will be completed for the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament.  That was the only sticking point for most teams in the second round, as seven teams ran the table with a perfect score.

HALFTIME:

TV bartenders were featured on Monday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 16.9 points, with nine teams recording a perfect sore.  Here is your Monday leaderboard at the break:

THIRD ROUND:

We kicked in the high culture to begin Monday’s second half, as we began with a question regarding the Agatha Christie work “By the Pricking of My Thumbs”, which takes its title from a line in “Macbeth”.  Later, we discussed the parasitic habits of the cuckoo bird, gave Three Clues for the country of New Zealand, and looked at the two films in which these Hollywood legends appeared together:

Meryl Streep Jack Nicholson

Six teams swept Monday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Monday’s final round began with its most difficult bonus question, as we offered two points to any team that could name the year in which Elle MacPherson first appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Even with a one-year window either way, only 13% of our teams landed on the correct answer of 1986.  Later, we looked at celebrity fragrances and this annual event which just wrapped up in Las Vegas:

WSOP Poker

With just 18% of the field earning bonus points by knowing that the World Series of Poker is held at the Rio casino, we did not see any perfect scores to close Monday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Monday’s final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.8% success rate):

–> Who appeared on the cover of Life Magazine twice in early 1962, and a third time in October 1998?

Those teams that could remember that 1962 was a big year in terms of space exploration started off on the right foot, as one astronaut who made headlines by going back into space after a hiatus of three decades was Senator John Glenn.  Even with this relatively difficult final question, six teams earned the Perfect 21 on Monday with correct answers on all wagering questions.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of tonight’s game:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Wingardium Mimosa  (Next week’s first category: “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: African Capitals Other Than Cairo)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: Deadwood, South Dakota)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: Massachusetts)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Tour de France)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: The Music of Don Williams)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party  (Next week’s first category: Journalism Terms)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt Club  (Next week’s first category: Geoduck)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  State Senator McCheese  (Next week’s first category: “Blade Runner”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Dirty Mike and the Boys  (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Estivators  (Next week’s first category: 1970s Billboard Hits)