We kicked off the month of October with 73 teams playing across 11 PHT venues:
Monday’s opening round featured topics such as the French baguette, scientific abbreviations, and the current ad campaign featuring this actress:
While the opening round was a breeze for most teams, the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult. After nearly every team earned wagering points by knowing that “Another One Bites the Dust” was the first #1 Billboard hit recorded by the band Queen, just eight teams could name the only other Queen song to top the Hot 100 chart: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. That was the sticking point for the field, as seven of those eight teams concluded the opening stanza with 36 points.
The films of Kate Hudson were featured in Monday’s audio clue, as we listened to clips from “Almost Famous”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, and “You, Me and Dupree”. We continued with a look at the deepest lakes in the United States (Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe), and this retiring TV host:
That might not be the correct file… Once again, a single bonus question prevented nearly every team from recording a perfect score in the second round. After most of our teams knew that the America’s Cup is awarded in the sport of yachting, only six teams could name the decade in which it was introduced. Our die-hard sports fans knew that the America’s Cup is the oldest current sports trophy in the world, leading to the correct response of the 1850s (August of 1851 to be exact). Killer Snails (Hershey’s) recorded the only perfect score in the second round.
TV shows with alliterative titles were pictured on Monday’s halftime page. This page yielded an average score of 18.3 points, as 24% of the field picked up a perfect score of 20 points. Here are your highest scoring first half teams from Monday night:
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 91
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 90
- Gang of Four (Uno Pizzeria): 89
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 88
- Periodically Under the Table (Greene Turtle – Hagerstown): 88
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s): 88
Monday’s second opened with a question concerning this new music video:
If you decide to go look for the video “I Love It” on YouTube, make sure there are no children in the room. Other third round topics included Hadrian’s Wall, literary villains, and the typographical term ‘serif’. The final question of the round quizzed our teams on the classic science fiction film “Barbarella”, but only 14% of the field picked up bonus points by knowing that the music group Duran Duran based its name on a that of a character from this film. Four teams ran the table in the third stanza: Oliver’s Army (DRP), Unsavories (DRP), Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s), and Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s).
We opened the final round by discussing the U.S. states with the most Native Americans before moving into our nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: This current NFC team was created in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference.
CLUE 2: O.J. Simpson finished his NFL career as a member of this team.
These two clues were enough for 22% of our teams to earn two bonus points with the early correct answer of the San Francisco 49ers. After kicking up our heels with a look at the can-can, was asked about this Netflix series which is (both figuratively and literally) one of the darkest shows on television. Seriously, every scene looks like this:
This final question proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 27% of our teams recognized the basic plot line of the current series “Ozark”, while seven teams earned bonus points by naming its lead actress: Laura Linney. As a result, the final round did not yield any perfect scores. Here is your Monday leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Unsavories (DRP): 161
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 161
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 160
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s): 160
- Hibernators (Il Forno): 159
- Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s): 159
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (76.4% success rate):
–> Though the term has come to have a more positive meaning, what word originally coined for a 1516 book comes from the Greek for “no place”, and strictly referred to any non-existent society described in considerable detail?
Surprisingly, Monday’s final question fell on the easier side, as over three-quarters of our teams responded correctly. Four teams earned the Perfect 21 on Monday with correct answers on all wagering questions: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Cerebral Cinco (Cheesetique), Shoes For Feet (Greene Turtle – Urbana), and Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s). These were your highest scoring teams at the end of Monday’s game:
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Flanagan’s): 172
- Outdoor Alcoholics (Flanagan’s): 171
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 171
- Unsavories (DRP): 170
- Cerebral Cinco (Cheesetique): 170
- MAJ (DRP): 169
- George Washington’s Camel (DRP): 168
- Oliver’s Army (DRP): 167
- En Fuego (Cheesetique): 167
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 166 POINTS
DRP in Alexandria, VA: Unsavories (Next week’s first category: Vampires)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Quantum Physics)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: I Don’t Know Who (Next week’s first category: “Jane Eyre”)
Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: Jefferson Airplane – AUDIO)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Gang of Four (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: Samuel Adams Utopias Beer)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: 1970s Punk Rock)
Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD: Shoes For Feet (Next week’s first category: Island Nations)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Prestige Worldwide (Next week’s first category: “Arrested Development”)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Blumpkin Spice Latte (Next week’s first category: Classical Composers)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Hibernators (Next week’s first category: From Page to Screen)