The Social Network of Monday Trivia…

The first Monday game of the new year welcomed 93 teams across 11 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

Our Monday teams did not have to wait very long to face a challenge in last night’s game, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult.  Only six teams earned the first two bonus points of the night knowing that the Miami Heat was the second NBA team to retire Michael Jordan’s jersey number 23.  After discussing the different uses of the word ‘cob’ (or ‘cobb’), we bookended the opening stanza with another difficult bonus question, as only 11% of the field knew that Jean Passepartout was the name of the French valet from the novel “Around the World in Eighty Days”.  The first round yielded just two perfect scores: Killer Snails (Hershey’s) and Notch Eight (Il Forno).

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question focused on TV theme songs, as our teams were asked to identify the respective themes from “Laverne & Shirley”, “Cagney & Lacey”, and “Will & Grace”.  While a majority of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, only 12% of the field tacked on two bonus points by knowing all three songs.  An equally difficult bonus question followed, as once again 12% of our teams knew that Christopher Nolan directed the thriller film “Insomnia”.  The second round also looked at infamous World War II figure Tokyo Rose, the Gregorian and Julian calendars, and the longest songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“American Pie” and “Hey Jude”).  None of our teams recorded a perfect second round score on Monday night.

HALFTIME:

Monday’s halftime page depicted “Saturday Night Live” cast members and hosts impersonating current political figures.  Thanks to the layout of these pictures, we offered our teams an extra two points for a perfect score on this halftime page.  About two dozen teams took advantage of that bonus by scoring at least 20 points, with seven teams notching a perfect score of 22 points.  With an overall average of 16.3 points, these were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

We began the second half of Monday’s game with a question concerning Francis Bacon, both the 17th century nobleman and the 20th century painter.  In the first of many tough bonus questions from Monday’s second half, only ten teams knew that one of the latter Bacon’s most notable paintings depicted Lucian Freud.  We continued with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Which yacht was immortalized after it notably defeated 14 British ships in the 1851 race for the 100 Guinea Cup?

Exactly one-third of our teams responded correctly with America, the namesake of what became the America’s Cup yachting race.  Later, we discussed the South Carolina city of Charleston, the work of Ernest Hemingway, and the music of rapper Juice WRLD, who recently passed away at age 21 after penning some ominous lyrics.  Only 11% of our teams earned two bonus points on the final question of the round by knowing that the highest charting single from Juice WRLD was “Lucid Dreams”.  As a result, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a slew of difficult bonus questions, we saved the toughest queries for the final round.  To being the round, most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that deuterium is one of the two stable isotopes of hydrogen.  Our chemistry buffs then took the spotlight, as only five teams tacked on two bonus points by also knowing that the other stable isotope of hydrogen is protium.  After a look at the stag beetle, famous caves, and Olive Garden restaurants, we closed the final round with another difficult question, asking our teams to identify either one of the two South American countries that are current members of OPEC.  While most teams earned wagering points with the more common correct answer of Venezuela, only eight teams remembered that Ecuador is a also a current member of OPEC.  For the third round in a row, none of our teams posted a perfect score of 36 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (74.2% success rate):

–> Last June, which internet company formally announced its proposed cryptocurrency, the Libra, with its first version projected for release later this year?

Nearly three-quarters of the field responded correctly with Facebook.  Even with the final question falling on the easier side, the only team to post a Perfect 21 on Monday night Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn).  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  H. R. Puff and Stuff   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pop Music – AUDIO)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Stand Up Comedians)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: Rush – band)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Brain Freeze   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Johnny Cash)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Weasigators   (Next week’s first category: Slovenia)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Scrantonicity II   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Jim Henson or Frank Oz?)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Magnficient Seven   (Next week’s first category: “Sister Wives”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Thankful Dead   (Next week’s first category: Federal Acquisition Regulation)

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

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Nom Noms   (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Conspiracy Theories)