Monday Night Trivia… What Else Do I have to Say?

Week 8 of Season XVII kicked off on Monday night with 102 teams at 11 venues:


Monday’s opening round began with a Triple 50/50 question on diseases, followed by an unrelated question on this A-list heartthrob who once starred on the TV sitcom “Two Guys, A Girl, and A Pizza Place”:

Ryan Reynolds

After a quick beverage break to discuss the origins of porter beer, we closed the opening round by asking our teams to name name either one of the two countries which border BOTH Ukraine and Belarus.  Only 17% of our teams picked up bonus points by giving us both of these correct answers:


Seven teams began their night with a perfect first round score of 36 points.


Monday’s audio question featured instrumental versions of songs by Pearl Jam (“Black”), Vanessa Carlton (“A Thousand Miles”), and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful”).  We continued with a question regarding this recent announcement:

Toys R Us

The final question of the round asked about the latest installment in the “NBC Live!” series of musical theatre broadcasts, as Easter Sunday will feature “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring John Legend.  The second round yielded three perfect scores on Monday: Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango (Il Forno).


Monday’s halftime page featured “snippets” of pictures from classic toys, as well a matching section dealing with the authors of Disney film source material.  With an overall average score of 17.3 points, we saw 16 teams notch a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


The difficulty level took a noticeable upturn to begin the second half.  We opened the third round with the most difficult bonus question of the night, in the form of our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This U.S. state capital sits along the banks of a river named for its home state.

CLUE 2: It is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 30.

These two clues led to very few attempts at the two-point bonus, but six teams were bold enough to earn those points with the correct response of Little Rock.  We took a side trip to the blackjack table to discuss this term:


Later, we offered this surprisingly difficult question on the subject of the U.S. Navy:

–> While the term is also associated with college athletics, what naval rank officially refers to a junior officer-in-training, usually at the Naval Academy or in an ROTC program?

Only 23% of our teams answered correctly with midshipman.  As a result, we saw just one perfect third round score: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown).


Monday’s final round opened the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> What screenwriter has an acting role in his 1992 film “A Few Good Men”, appearing as a lawyer bragging in the tavern?

You probably missed it the first time around (or like most people you haven’t seen the film in 25 years), but writer Aaron Sorkin can be seen in a D.C. bar:


We continued with a question concerning the orchestral piece “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, rented an Economy car, and looked at some U.S. Cabinet Secretaries.  Once again, we saw just on perfect score in the final round: Worst Case Ontario (DRP).  Here are Monday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (32.7% success rate):

–> The titles of two films featuring actor Tommy Lee Jones appear in succession within the lyrics of the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.  However, this is merely a coincidence, as both films were released after the song was recorded.  Name both of these films.

Just under one third of our teams earned points on the final question with the correct responses of “JFK” and “Blown Away”.  Congratulations to Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango (Il Forno), the only team to earn the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


Berkeley Springs Bowl in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Five Amigos  (Next week’s first category: Automotive Terms)

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ  (Next week’s first category: The Masters)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  ** TEN WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “A Few Good Men”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know How  (Next week’s first category: Marx Brothers)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  ** SIX WINS A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Billy Joel – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: The Periodic Table)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Not Last  (Next week’s first category: African Capitals)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Vladimir Poopin’  (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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: Heisman Trophy Winners)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Next week’s first category: Mountain Ranges)