The Force Was Strong with Monday Trivia!

The final Monday night of Season XX welcomed 88 teams across 11 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We began Monday’s game with a look at the national sports of Canada, catchphrases from TV police dramas, and the children’s book “Beezus and Ramona”.  We closed the first round with its most difficult bonus question, as only 16% of our teams knew that the ancient Greek hero Jason was married to the sorceress Medea, a mythological figure who has been portrayed in numerous films by Tyler Perry.  We’ll confirm that last fact later…  Seven teams opened their game with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles are identical to those of Pixar feature films.  We listened to “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “Inside Out” by Eve 6, and “Cars” by Gary Numan.  Other second round topics included the recent Australian wildfires, the 1975 uprising at Attica prison in new York, and the Roncesvalles mountain pass in the Pyrenees.  With a slightly easier set of bonus questions, eight teams recorded 36 points en route to a perfect second round.

HALFTIME:

TV pets and Super Bowl winners were the focus of Monday’s halftime page, which yielded six perfect scores and an overall average of 16.7 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

We began Monday’s second half with a rather difficult bonus question, asking our teams to name any two of the four independent nations (other than the Czech Republic) that border Slovakia.  While the majority of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, nearly the entire field could not come up with the correct answer of Ukraine, leading to bonus points being doled out to just seven teams.  Other third round topics included South American leader Simon Bolivar, the winners of the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, KOA campgrounds, and the current war film “1917”.  Killer Snails (Hershey’s) earned the only perfect score of Monday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Topics from Monday’s final round included the current Netflix series “The Witcher”, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Gwyneth Paltrow’s company Goop, and the music of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.  The most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the final round were asked in the form of the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: Known for its ability to break open animal bones by dropping them onto rocks, the Lammergeier is also known as the “bearded” one of these birds.

CLUE 2: A song named for these birds appears on John Mayer’s third studio album “Continuum”.

Only five teams earned bonus points by turning these two clues into the correct answer of vulture.  Even after hearing the third clue (concerning Michael Keaton’s character in the “Spider-Man” films), less than half of our teams earned wagering points.  The only perfect score of the final round was posted by F. U. Darts (Mark’s).  Here are your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

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

–> Though it appeared in both the script and the closing credits, which four-letter noun was never actually spoken aloud during the film “Return of the Jedi”?

They played a prominent role in the film, but they were never referred to by their name.  About two-fifths of our teams responded correctly with Ewok.  Congratulations to Hue Jackson and the Trombones (Dawg House) and Who is F is Alice? (Bushwaller’s), who each earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Oliver’s Army   (Next week’s first category: “Beavis and Butt-Head”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Middle East History)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Pop Rocks   (Next week’s first category: James Bond Films)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Mandalorian” or “The Amanda Show”?)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Mostly Dead   (Next week’s first category: Formula One Racing)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice?   (Next week’s first category: Star Wars Hodge Podge)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Magnificent Seven   (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Kitten Mittens   (Next week’s first category: Las Vegas Casinos)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Hue Jackson and the Trombones   (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: Steam Locomotives)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Birds of Prey)