A Rebellious Night of Monday Night Trivia!

Monday night featured 77 teams across eight venues, so let’s skip the formalities and get right to the recaps:


Monday night’s game began with a question in the category of We Share a Last Name, with the final clue perhaps surprising a few teams, as they learned that this wise-cracking animated character has the last name of Rodriguez:


We continued with one of the more bizarre news stories of recent days, as we asked for the common sandwich ingredient that was used in a not-so-daring prison escape earlier this month.  While most of our teams arrived at the correct answer of peanut butter, the bonus question asked for the state in which this incident occurred.  It certainly seems like something like this would go down in Texas or Florida, but it actually occurred in Walker County, Alabama.  Finally, we asked for the pop singer who recorded soundtrack albums entitled “Who’s That Girl”, “I’m Breathless”, and “Evita”.  Nearly every team earned points here with Madonna, but as our toughest bonus question of the first half, only 17% of our teams earned an extra two points by knowing that the album “I’m Breathless” served as a soundtrack to the film “Dick Tracy” (as her character’s name was Breathless Mahoney):

Madonna Dick Tracy

Only three teams swept through the first round with a perfect score: B-58 (DRP), Westward Ho! (Morgan Inn), and Kylo Ren and Stimpy (Il Forno).


Our audio question dealt with the many TV cameo appearances of Donald Trump, with about half of our teams earning a two-point bonus by recognizing all three clips: “The Nanny”“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, and “Spin City”.  Later in the round, we offered up a Last Word / First Word question with this correct answer:

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We concluded the second round with the most difficult wagering question of the first half, in the category of World History:

–> In existence from 1949 to 1990, which independent nation’s list of leaders included Konrad Adenauer, Willy Brandt, and Helmut Schmidt?

Only 44% of our teams earned their wager here with the correct answer of West Germany, and only 12% of our teams overall also earned a two-point bonus by remembering the name of the last prime minister of this country: Helmut Kohl.   Four teams sweet the second round with a perfect score of 36 points: Paul’s Birthday (DRP), B Team (Uno Pizzeria), Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle), and Morgan Station (Morgan Inn).


Monday’s halftime page involved matching images of sports trophies to their names, as well as some quizzing on U.S. state capitals.  The average score reached 16.8 points, with 11 teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Monday’s top overall scores at the halftime break:


The second half began the most difficult bonus question of the night, as we offered an extra two points to any team that could answer this question before being given a crossword-style hint:

–> Derived from the Latin word meaning ‘fear’, which adjective originally meant ‘fearful or timid’, but is now used in a more positive sense, meaning ‘excessively precise and thorough’?

Only six teams earned a two-point bonus here, while the majority of the teams waited for the much-needed crossword hint: 10 Letters / 3rd Letter is ‘T’ / 7th Letter is ‘L’, eventually arriving at the correct response of meticulous.  While our teams were recovering from that question, we finished up this one-two punch with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Known as “The Niagara of the South”, Cumberland Falls is located in the southeastern portion of which U.S. state?

Most teams were certainly in the ballpark, as the Cumberland Gap sits near the shared border of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, but only 14% of our teams thew that this landmark is in the southeastern portion of Kentucky:


While the next two questions were answered with relative ease, we closed with another difficult question concerning 19th century history, as we asked for either one of the two world leaders who respectively ascended to the roles of U.S. President and Monarch of the United Kingdom in 1837.  Only 19% of our teams were “amused” enough to come up with both of these correct responses:

As a result of the first two questions of this stanza, only one team swept the third round with a perfect score of 36 points: Worst Case Ontario (DRP). In fact, even if we disregard the bonus questions, only one other team answered all five wagering questions correctly: Crazy Celts (Cheesetique).


Our six-point clue was a bit on the easier side tonight, as 32% of our teams earned maximum points by knowing this first clue:

–> Which animal of the Culicidae family holds the dubious distinction of being responsible for the most human deaths worldwide?

Since you can count communicable diseases in this statistic, the correct answer is the quite deadly mosquito.


The final round eased up a bit on our teams, though a film question did provide our teams with a very difficult two-point bonus.  We asked our teams to identify three films based on these corresponding lists of cast members, with the titles fitting a certain theme:

1)  From 1985: Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd

2)  From 2012: Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Liam Neeson

3)  From 2000: Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, Marlon Wayans

Just over half of our teams figured out that each film was named for a board game, earning their wager with the first two answers: “Clue” and “Battleship”, but the third film was by far the most difficult, as only nine teams earned that bonus by remembering this box office bomb:

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Most of the teams that got around this obstacle managed to sweep the round, as six teams notched a score of 36 points in the final stanza.  Here are your top Monday scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (61.4% success rate):

–> On May 30, 1989, a group of students erected a 33-foot statue known as “Goddess of Democracy”, which stood for just six days before being destroyed.  In which city was this statue erected?


Congratulations to Worst Case Ontario (DRP), as the only team to score the Perfect 21 tonight by answering correctly on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Worst Case Ontario  (Next week’s first category: “The Great British Bake Off”)

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

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: Tennessee Volunteers Athletics)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: 3-PART AUDIO – Commonly Misheard Lyrics of the 1960s and 1970s)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  B Team  (Next week’s first category: “Drumline”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Crazy Celts  (Next week’s first category: History of Texas)

Adam & Eve Gastropub in Frederick, MD:  Awesome Possums  (Next week’s first category: eSports)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Kylo Ren and Stimpy  (Next week’s first category: FIFA World Cup)