Monday Night Trivia was Huge. Believe Me.

Monday night kicked off the second week of the Summer Fling season with 81 teams across ten venues:


Monday’s opening round presented few surprises for our teams, as they breezed through questions regarding Chelsea Clinton, types of bread, and this “Sesame Street” character:


After closing with a question on swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn, we saw 11 teams earn perfect first round scores.


Monday’s audio question featured three songs which were the only #1 hits for the respective artists: The Partridge Family (“I Think I Love You”), The Spice Girls (“Wannabe”), and Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”).  Later, we examined the human liver and discussed this TV announcing crew:

Joe Buck Troy Aikman

With many teams rolling towards a perfect round, we put up this roadblock late in the first half:

–>  Making use of the same chemical used to de-ice planes, what trendy alternative to a dangerous activity was named the 2014 Oxford English Dictionary “Word of the Year”?

Only 39% of our teams responded correctly with vaping.  Finally, we closed the first half with its most difficult bonus question.  We asked our teams to name either one of the two pairs of countries which rank immediately behind the U.S. and Canada on the list of longest shared land borders.  Sure, naming Chile and Argentina was easy, but that is actually the shorter of the two answers at about 3,300 miles.  Believe it or not, the border between Russia and Kazakhstan is actually more than 1,000 miles longer than Chile and Argentina.  With only four teams earning bonus points on this final question, we saw just one perfect second round score: En Fuego (Cheesetique).


Monday’s halftime page featured images of actors playing dual roles, such as Lindsay Lohan in “The Parent Trap” and Armie Hammer in “The Social Network”.  With an average overall score of 15.9 points, we saw seven teams earn a perfect halftime score.  Here are Monday’s top teams at the halftime break:


Our second half began with a look at this ad campaign:

Apple McIntosh

Later, we looked at the city of Byzantium (NOT Constantinople), the rare three-pointer from Shaquille O’ Neal, and books of the Old Testament.  Three teams earned perfect third round scores: Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), High School Prom (Cheesetique), and Dave Martinez School of Management (Hershey’s).


The final round began with two interesting questions, the first of which asked about a song whose lyrics reference Whitesnake, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Nirvana, U2, Blondie, Wham!, Duran Duran, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Ozzy Osbourne.  Though most teams remember that Bowling for Soup scored a hit with the song “1985”, only six teams earned bonus points by also remembering that it was actually the punk band SR-71 that wrote and originally recorded this song.  Next up, we asked this question which roped in many high (and unsuccessful) wagers:

–> Spawning two sequels and an upcoming remake, which horror film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar was based on the Japanese film “Ju-On”?

Yes, there was a very specific reason we did NOT put the year of release into this question.  Though the film “I Know What You Did Last Summer” spawned two sequels (one of which was released direct-to-DVD), there is no upcoming remake of THAT film.  About half of our teams answered correctly with “The Grudge”, but many of the teams that missed this question lost out on seven or nine points.  Other final round topics included this nearly unbeatable poker hand:


Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.7% success rate):

–> Upon his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013, which celebrity stated that the honor meant more than “having the highest ratings in TV, being a best-selling author, or getting a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame”?

About two-fifths of the field turned in the correct response of Donald Trump.  None of our teams earned the Perfect 21 tonight with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here are Monday’s overall top scores:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Wingardium Mimosa  (Next week’s first category: Detroit Tigers Hall of Famers)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  One of Us Might Be a Cylon  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Digimon or Pokemon?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: Cockney Rhyming Slang)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management  (Next week’s first category: British Romantic Comedy Films)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings Lady Gaga)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  High School Prom  (Next week’s first category: The Electric Guitar)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Wednesday’s Child  (Next week’s first category: Spanish 101)

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

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Need More Trash Culture  (Next week’s first category: “Starcraft 2”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Cucked By an Angel  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” Prequels)