The Invisible Touch of Monday Trivia!

We closed the month of April with 92 teams playing at 11 venues on Monday night:


Monday’s first round included questions on the Swiss flag, the life of Vincent Van Gogh, and the derivation of the theatrical term matinee.  We closed the round with our nightly Three Clues question, which looked at a certain TV show:

CLUE 1: Based on number of episodes, this is the longest-running mockumentary-style TV series in American history.

CLUE 2: This series has won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations.

Ar this point, virtually every team could narrow the correct answer down to two choices: “Modern Family” and “The Office”.  Most of the teams that went for the early answer bonus chose the incorrect response of “The Office”.  While both shows have aired virtually the same number of episodes (207 for “Modern Family” vs. 201 for “The Office”), the former has won far more Emmy Awards (22 vs. 5).  With just six teams earning bonus points for a correct early answer, we saw perfect first round scores from just three squads: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and SMDK (Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle).


Monday’s audio question featured three news events from 1987: the stock market crash, “Baby Jessica”, and Ronald Reagan’s “Tear down this wall” speech.  After a question about the chemical cinnabar, we went back to the late 1980s for a question about this fictional restaurant:


Other second round topics included “The Hamilton Polka” by “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the 2010 Boston Celtics, the last non-Lebron team to reach the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference.  The bonus questions were just a touch easier in the second stanza, as six teams came away with perfect scores.


Monday’s halftime page featured a 50/50 section, asking our teams whether a set of titles referred to a pricing game from “The Price is Right” or a Tony Award winning play.  As with most 50/50 rounds, it was easy to get most of the correct answers, but nearly impossible to earn a perfect score.  Such was the case on Monday, as the average score landed at 15.4 points, which just one team earning a perfect 20: Killer Snails (Hershey’s).  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the halftime break:


Monday’s second half began with a question on this cartoon character (and his trusty sidekick):

Quick Draw McGraw

In addition to questions on the Yangtze River and the Matt Damon film “The Martian”, we offered this query in the category of general science:

–> Scientifically speaking, which of the following tools is classified as a first class lever: ice tongs, scissors, shovel, or nut cracker?

In what was (by far) the most difficult wagering question of the night, only five teams responded correctly with scissors.  The center point in the scissors acts as the lever’s fulcrum.  Needless to say, this question kept the perfect scores off the board in the third round.


Monday’s six-point clue left a lot of teams teams saying “we should have gone for it!”:

–> American Claressa Shields was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in which sport that until 2012 was open only to men?

Though many teams claimed to have the correct answer from the start, only six teams were bold enough to pull the trigger early and earn the full six points with the correct answer of boxing:

Claressa Shields


Monday’s final round included questions on U.S. Presidents,, and one-week-old Prince Louis, who is now the youngest person ever to be included as a correct answer in a game of Pour House Trivia.  Later, we looked at this character created by Oscar Wilde:

Dorian Gray

We closed the game with a rather difficult bonus question on #1 hit songs.  Across the board, only seven teams knew that “Invisible Touch” was the only #1 hit from the band Genesis.  As a result, the only perfect final round score was turned in by I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn).  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.8% success rate):

–> What is the most populous U.S. state located entirely in the Central Time Zone?

Just under two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with Illinois, as the western portion of Texas (including El Paso) lies in the Mountain Time Zone.  Thanks to a pair of scissors, none of our teams scored the Perfect 21 on Monday night by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


Berkeley Springs Bowl in Berkeley Springs, WV:  Gryffindorks  (Next week’s first category: “The Santa Clarita Diet”)

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Unsavories  (Next week’s first category: Dirty Cops)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: Famous People Named Chad)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Station  (Next week’s first category: “The Andy Griffith Show”)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: 1970s TV Cartoons)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Genesis or Phil Collins)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Food Safety)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice?  (Next week’s first category: Will Smith’s Music Career)

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

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  SMDK  (Next week’s first category: Oscar-Winning Films of the 1970s)

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