You Don’t Have to Be Einstein to Enjoy Monday Night Trivia…

With Halloween on the way, we offered up a few treats on Monday night, as 81 teams joined us at eight venues across the DMV:


Monday’s game began with a Triple 50/50 question on Geography, before moving on to subjects such as Lyndon Johnson and Royal Crown cola (which apparently is still being produced).  We closed the round with its most difficult bonus question, asking for the piece of recreational equipment which was located in the title character’s backyard on “The Drew Carey Show”.  About a dozen teams snagging two bonus points by knowing this correct answer:

Drew Carey Pool Table

Across the board, seven teams began their night with a perfect score of 36 points.


Monday’s audio question featured three songs which are (very loosely) associated with Halloween: Run-DMC (“It’s Tricky”), Pat Benatar (“Treat Me Right”), and 50 Cent (featuring Olivia) (“Candy Shop”).  We continued with a look at this film series:

Resident Evil

Once again, we closed the round with its most difficult bonus question.  While most teams knew that Garry Kasparov became the youngest undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985, only five teams knew that he defeated fellow countryman Anatoly Karpov in order to earn that title.  As a result, only one team swept the second round with a perfect score: Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).


Monday’s halftime page featured pictures of “scary” celebrities such as Stephen King and Vincent Price, while the bottom half dealt with candy brands.  Our average score fell within the normal range at 15.6 points, but no team managed to earn a perfect 20 points.  Eight teams came very close, topping out at 19 points.  These were your top Monday teams at the halftime break:

  • Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique):  90
  • MSC (DRP):  87
  • Del Ray Dummies (DRP):  87
  • H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP):  86
  • Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno):  85
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP):  85
  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  85


Monday’s third round offered up our most difficult wagering question of the night, in the form of Three Clues / One Country:

CLUE 1: In 1960, this island country became the first in modern history to be led by a female head of government.

CLUE 2: Adam’s Bridge (or Rama’s Bridge) is a chain of shoals and sandbanks that stretches between this country and the Asian mainland.

CLUE 3: Its former national capital and current largest city is Colombo.

Even with all three clues, only 39% of our teams earned points by answering correctly with this country:

Sri Lanka

We continued by asking about the stage name of this young singer who has appeared as a featured artist on hit songs by both Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers:


After we closed the round with yet another difficult bonus question (this time concerning the most recent expansion pack from “Magic: The Gathering”), we once again saw just one team sweep the third round with a perfect score: Gorillas With Machine Guns (Il Forno).


Monday’s six-point clue was short and to the point:

–>  In the Pixar film “Cars”, the lead character of Lightning McQueen was given which racing number?

This clue was enough for eight teams to come up with the correct answer.  As our four-point clue pointed out, this number was given as a reference to the year in which “Toy Story” (the first Pixar feature film) was released:

Lightning McQueen Pixar


We turned up the heat in the final round, kicking things off with a question on this dessert:

Cherries Jubilee

Rejoice!  It’s Cherries Jubilee!  About one-third of our teams were able to toss in a two-point bonus by knowing the German liqueur kirsch is included in this recipe.  After questions on the definition of the word wuthering (as in the novel “Wuthering Heights”) and the Ming Dynasty, we continued with a question on the faux talk show hosted by this interstellar cartoon character:

Space Ghost

While most of our teams earned points with Space Ghost, only five teams earned two bonus points by also knowing that the bandleader on the talk show (pictured on the right) was a praying mantis named Zorak.  The final round saw three perfect scores: core: Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique), Kelly (Morgan Inn), and Casual Knuckle (Bushwaller’s).  Here are Monday’s top scores after the fourth round:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.1% success rate):

–> The nine universities found at the top of the QS World University Rankings for 2018 are all located in either the United States or the United Kingdom.  The tenth university has produced over 20 Nobel laureates, including Albert Einstein.  In which country is this school is located?

Just under one-quarter of our teams answered correctly with Switzerland (where Einstein worked in the government patent office as a young adult).  Congratualtions to Del Ray Dummies (DRP) and Litigators (Uno Pizzeria), as the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Del Ray Dummies  (Next week’s first category: “The Phantom Tollbooth”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Cheers”)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Kelly  (Next week’s first category: Pro Wrestling)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW!! **  (Next week’s first category: Robert Guillaume)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Rapscallion  (Next week’s first category: Three Clues / One Mysterious Disappearance)

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

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

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Gorillas With Machine Guns  (Next week’s first category: Name That Camel)