A Regal Night of Monday Trivia!

With our Monday teams fully recovered from St. Patrick’s Day, the start of the trivia week welcomed 88 teams across ten PHT venues:


For the most part, the opening round was a breeze for our veteran Monday teams, though the nightly Three Clues question offered up a rather difficult two-point bonus:

CLUE 1: Since 1978, the USA International Ballet Competition has been held in this state capital every four years.

CLUE 2: The namesake of this city’s airport, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in this city.

Very few teams ventured a guess at this point, but those who did were largely successful, with eight teams earning two bonus points with the correct answer of Jackson, Mississippi.  Other first round topics included the (actual) Big Bang Theory, the Jamaican national soccer team, and this medical drama:

Three teams began their night with a perfect first round score: MAJ (DRP), That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle), and MC (Il Forno).


Monday’s audio question featured three musical acts whose names include the word ‘Van’.  We decided to increase the difficulty of this question by purposely omitting Van Halen.  Instead, we listened to Van Morrison (“Moondance”), Van McCoy (“The Hustle”), and the new rock sensation Greta Van Fleet (“Highway Tune”).  Only 11% of our teams earned two bonus points with three correct answers.  Later, we looked at the novel “Memoirs of a Geisha”, the islands of the Mediterranean, and the recent work of this Australian actress:

Thanks to the audio question, the second round yielded just two perfect scores: Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) and Notch Eight (Il Forno).


Monday’s halftime was suffering from a St. Patrick’s Day hangover, as we asked our teams to identify famous Patricks and Patricias, while the bottom half dealt with “green” items.  Seven teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 15.9 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


The most difficult wagering question of the night was asked near the start of the second half, as Asian geography reared its ugly head:

–> Which tiny Asian nation is known to its inhabitants as Druk Yul, which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”?

Those who could remember their national flags had a leg up on this question, as we were looking for the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan:

Only 16% of the field earned wagering points on this question.  We continued the third stanza with questions concerning adenoids and tonsils, retired NBA jerseys, and the superhero character Electra.  Three teams recorded a perfect score of 36 third round points: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff (DRP), That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle), and High School Prom (Cheesetique).


After commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in the 6-4-2 question, Monday’s final round looked at the Mesozoic Era, the Rudyard Kipling poem “If”, and these burgers:

After closing the game with a Triple 50/50 question regarding musical instruments, the final round yielded just one perfect scores: Arlington Underground (Cheesetique).  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.9% success rate)

–> Which critically-acclaimed 2010 film used the tagline “Find Your Voice”?

Just over one-third of of our teams gave us the correct answer of “The King’s Speech”).  Congratulations to Notch Eight (Il Forno) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s), who were the only teams to record the Perfect 21 tonight.  Here is Monday’s final overall leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ   (Next week’s first category: First Generation Transformers)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Cliff Clavin)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Pop Rocks   (Next week’s first category: Ronnie’s Trivia Playlist)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Woodstock – AUDIO)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army   (Next week’s first category: Literary Quotes)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  High School Prom   (Next week’s first category: Rutherford Hayes)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: World War II Night Witches)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Obstructionists   (Next week’s first category: Medical Conditions)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: Montgomery County History)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Cooking with Butter)