After a thrilling World Series, 92 of our loyal teams were back in action just over 24 hours later, taking in another game of trivia at one of ten Monday venues:
The opening stanza was a breeze for the field, as we cruised through topics such as “The Twilight Zone”, the NBA rule book, and the novel “The Three Musketeers”. The first round also included a Three Clues question which culminated in a look at this classic comedy film:
Twelve teams began their Monday night with a perfect first round score.
Monday’s audio question featured the memorable guitar riffs from “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, and “Brain Stew” by Green Day. We discussed the Six-Day War of 1967 and this recent film which garnered a slew of Oscar nominations:
Only six teams earned bonus points by knowing that the period drama “The Favourite” was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. We closed the first half with a small bowl of chowder and a trip to Lake Titicaca. Thanks to the film question, none of our teams recorded a perfect second round score.
TV shows with hyphenated titles highlighted Monday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 17.3 points as eight teams notched a perfect score. These were your highest scoring first half teams from Monday night:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 90
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 90
- Chum Conspiracy (Flanagan’s): 89
- SEVEN TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS
Monday’s third round opened with a look at the music of Paul McCartney and the impending divorce of this billionaire couple:
We continued with what proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night, as we asked our teams to identify any two of these three historic figures each known as “The Great”:
- She came to power in 1762 following a coup d’état which overthrew her husband Peter III.
- This King of Wessex won a decisive victory at the Battle of Edington in 878.
- He ruled Prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king.
Only 21% of our teams earned wagering points with any two of these respective answers: Catherine the Great, Alfred the Great, Frederick the Great. After closing with a look at college sports, we saw three perfect scores in the third round: MSC (DRP), This is How We Go Down (Bushwaller’s), and Chum Conspiracy (Flanagan’s).
The final round “made Milwaukee famous” thanks to this beer brand:
Other fourth round topics included the war novel “All Quiet on the Western Front”, the first text message in history, and three films that feature time loops as a key plot point. Only nine teams picked up the final two bonus points of the night by recognizing the plot of the action film “Run Lola Run”. Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria) and Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s) posted the only perfect scores of Monday’s final round. Here is your pre-final leaderboard from Monday night:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 165
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 164
- Chum Conspiracy (Flanagan’s): 163
- We’re Not Gouda at This (Cheesetique): 163
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 162
MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.9% success rate):
–> The oldest city in its respective country, Kaapstad is the Afrikaans name for which major city?
Just under two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with the South African city of Cape Town. Six teams earned the Perfect 21 on Monday night after answering all wagering questions correctly: Worst Case Ontario (DRP), Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s), Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria), and Diplo Vortex (Cheesetique). Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique): 177
- We’re Not Gouda at This (Cheesetique): 175
- Diplo Vortex (Cheesetique): 172
- Killer Snails (Hershey’s): 170
- Fan Club (Hershey’s): 169
- Worst Case Ontario (DRP): 168
- MSC (DRP): 168
- Cher’s Zombie Army (Uno Pizzeria): 167
- Chum Conspiracy (Flanagan’s): 166
- En Fuego (Cheesetique): 164
- H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP): 164
Tonight’s game at Cheesetique marks the fourth time in PHT history that three teams scored at least 170 points at a single venue.
DRP in Alexandria, VA: MSC (Next week’s first category: Boy Bands – AUDIO)
Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD: Periodically Under the Table (Next week’s first category: Thelonious Monk)
Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD: Great Heathen Army (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table Word Play)
Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: “Groundhog Day”)
Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD: Cher’s Zombie Army (Next week’s first category: Ian sings “Rent”)
Cheesetique in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: Fyre Festival)
Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD: This is How We Go Down (Next week’s first category: Caldecott Medal Winners)
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD: Magnificent Seven (Next week’s first category: Croatia)
Bareburger in Atlanta, GA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: U.S. Presidents)
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD: Chum Conspiracy (Next week’s first category: “Sneakers” – film)
Il Forno in Frederick, MD: Notch Eight (Next week’s first category: U.S. Route 40)