Play Monday Night Trivia Again, Sam…

Monday’s game featured 78 teams across nine venues, with one of our powerhouse teams putting up an amazing score.  Meanwhile, another one of stalwarts continued an impressive winning streak on their way (perhaps) to a perfect season!


Monday’s opening round quizzed our teams on U.S. Presidents and the wind chill factor, before asking about these three guys who share the same last name:


The final question of the opening stanza was also its most difficult, even in the rather innocuous subject of Disney Characters:

–> Fifty-four years is a long wait for a film sequel, but nonetheless which female title character will be returning to the big screen in just over 12 months?

Only about half of our teams arrived at this correct response:

Mary Poppins

In addition, 18% of the field tacked on a two-point bonus by knowing that Emily Blunt will take on the role of Mary Poppins in that upcoming film.  The perfect scores hinged on that final bonus question, but ten teams snuck through the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.


The second round opened with some water music, but not the classical piece by Handel.  Instead, our teams were forced to name the songs “Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin), “Islands in the Stream” (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), and “Ocean Avenue” (Yellowcard).  Later, we looked at the sport of cricket and the symbols used in calculus, before closing with a question on this American beer:

Samuel Adams

Only nine teams picked up an extra two points to close the second round, as they correctly named Jim Koch as the chairman of the Boston Beer Company.  As a result, only Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno) was the only team to notch a perfect second round score.


Monday’s halftime page featured a matching section of fictitious currencies from films and video games.  Our overall average score was 16.4 points, with just six teams recording a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Monday’s top scores at the halftime break:


Monday’s third round opened with a question on the recent independent film “Lady Bird”.  Only six teams scored two bonus points by knowing that the film was written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig.  We continued with our nightly Three Clues question, with Monday’s version dealing with a U.S. state:

CLUE 1: This state’s highest point is Mount Elbert, the second-highest peak in the contiguous United States.

CLUE 2: This state’s official nickname is derived from the year in which was admitted to the Union.

While most of our teams could narrow this down to a Rocky Mountain state, only 15% of the field was bold enough to forgo the third clue and turn in the correct answer of Colorado.  While it is commonly known as “The Rocky Mountain State”, Colorado’s official nickname is “The Centennial State”, which is derived from the fact that it was admitted to the Union in 1876.  Finally, we asked about Ellie Kemper and Miley Cyrus, as they are the only two people to have served as guest host for this TV personality:


The third round yielded two perfect scores, as High School Prom (Cheesetique) joined Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno) at the top of the third round leaderboard.


The final round included our two most difficult bonus questions of the night.  First, we asked our teams to name either one of the two American League franchises which lost to the Chicago Cubs in World Series.  Obviously, most of the field earned their wagers with the more recent answer of the Cleveland Indians (in the 2016 Series).  But only five teams knew (or perhaps guessed correctly) that both the 1907 and 1908 World Series featured the Cubbies defeating the Detroit Tigers:

1908 World Series

Sportswriters don’t seem to be using the phrase “Homeric Contest” much anymore…  The very next bonus question proved to the second-most difficult on the night:

–> For your wager, what record label was founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1959?

2-POINT BONUS: What debut single by the Marvelettes was the first song under this company to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

Once again, most of the team earned their wager with Motown, but only seven teams earned bonus points with this classic tune:



Even with these two bonus questions, Killer Snails (Hershey’s) finished very strongly to record the only perfect score of the final round.  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:

  • Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno):  165
  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  159
  • Del Ray Dummies (DRP):  157
  • B-58s (DRP):  155
  • Eat Ham (DRP):  155

** The 165 points by Gorillas With Machine Guns is the third-highest pre-final score of Season XVI **

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

–> Though the production never came to fruition, a film entitled “Brazzaville” was intended to be the sequel to which Oscar-winning film?

Exactly half of our teams answered correctly with this classic production:

Casablanca Bogart

Congratulations to Gorillas with Machine Guns (Il Forno), Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), and Killer Snails (Hershey’s), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  B-58s  (Next week’s first category: “The Searchers”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Henry Danger”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: Carole King)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  ** 13 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Steven Spielberg Films)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: “Love Actually”)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Cheesy Christmas Movies)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Vladimir Poopin’  (Next week’s first category: “Arrested Development”)

Bar Deco in Washington, DC:  Here for the Beer  (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Gorillas With Machine Guns  (Next week’s first category: Classic Hollywood)