Welcome to the Big Show… Monday Night Trivia!

A full schedule of games highlighted the final Monday in November, as we welcomed 74 teams across nine venues:

ROUND 1:

Monday’s opening round took us to “America’s Dairyland” of Wisconsin before asking about the origins of Donald Trump’s campaign slogan:

Reagan

After a question on the mega-hit “Stranger Things“, we stumped most of our teams with the opening of our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: She met her future husband at the Cannes film festival in 1955.

CLUE 2: She gave her name to a style of handbag manufactured by Hermès, after she was photographed while carrying one.

Most of the field waited until the third and final clue to turn in a response, but these two clues were enough for eight teams to land an early answer bonus with this response:

Grace Kelly

If you’ve ever heard of the Hermès Kelly Bag (but never knew where the name came from), now you know that it was named for Princess Grace Kelly.  Only two teams began the night with a perfect score of 36 points in the first round, both playing at DRP in Alexandria: Wingardium Mimosa and Eat Ham.

ROUND 2:

Monday’s audio question featured the word “Pocket” among three song titles, with about one-third of our teams earning bonus points by recognizing all three songs: “Brass in Pocket” (The Pretenders), “Hand in My Pocket” (Alanis Morissette), and “Pocketful of Sunshine” (Natasha Bedingfield).  We continued with a look at this Olympic sport introduced in the 1980s:

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Later, we discussed various Porsche models, the death of ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, and the two versions of this thriller film:

Cape Fear De NiroCape Fear Mitchum

The bonus questions in the second round proved to be the easiest of the night, as ten teams cruised through the second stanza with a perfect score of 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of film logos such as these:

Ghostbusters Hunger Games Star Wars V For Vendetta

Our average score was slightly lower than usual at 14.7 points, with just two teams recording a perfect score of 20 points: Wingardium Mimosa (DRP) and Free Association (Cheesetique).  Here are Monday’s top scores at the halftime break:

ROUND 3:

Monday’s second half opened by asking for the two TV title characters voiced by H. Jon Benjamin.  Our TV buffs had no problem earning bonus points with these two answers:

Jon Benjamin Archer Bob's Burgers

We continued by throwing it back to the elementary school arcade with this question:

–> In the original version of the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game, the title character could earn bonus points by eating various foods which moved around the board.  What was the only non-fruit found among these foods?

This question was asked with the potential of a crossword-style hint, but 19% of our teams earned two bonus points by forgoing the hint and turning in this correct answer immediately:

Ms. Pac-Man

We closed the third round with another difficult bonus question, as only nine teams earned the final two-point bonus of the round by knowing that Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe.  As a result, only one team earned a perfect third round score: Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Greene Turtle).

ROUND 4:

The final round opened with a question on future Baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz, before asking about this recent introduction by one of the world’s largest beer companies:

Budweiser

The final round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  On a question concerning the song lyric “Cut my life into pieces / This is my last resort”, about half of our teams correctly pinned the line to the hard rock band Papa Roach.  But only six teams knew that the line is taken from the album “Infest“.  That led to just one team finishing the final round with a perfect score of 36 points: The Aces (DRP).  Here are Monday’s top scores heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (26.7% success rate):

–> The song “Pulstar” was used as the original theme for this TV program which debuted in 1979 with anchor George Grande introducing the show.  Over a decade later, the theme was changed to its current version, containing its iconic six-note riff.  What is this television show?

There are very few TV shows which have aired continuously for nearly four decades, but just over one-quarter of our teams knew which one we were referring to:

SportsCenter

Congratulations to Del Ray Dummies and Trashed Pandas (both from DRP), who were the only two teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Del Ray Dummies  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Nickelodeon Game Shows)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: Lyrics of 1980s One-Hit Wonders)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Westward Ho!  (Next week’s first category: Ian Fleming Novels)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  ** ELEVEN WINS IN A ROW!! **  (Next week’s first category: Jeff Bridges)

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

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: New Jersey Turnpike Rest Stops)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Master Blaster  (Next week’s first category: Ancient Roman History)

Bar Deco in Washington, DC:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Gorillas With Machine Guns  (Next week’s first category: Colleges and Universities)