A Silver Lining at Monday Trivia!

Last night’s game featured the newest addition to the PHT family, as host Brian welcomed nine teams at Front Royal Brewing Company!  Across the board, 107 teams took on Monday’s set of questions at 12 venues:


Our teams breezed through Monday’s opening round topics of U.S. state capitals, varieties of fruit, and this fictional street address:

Sherlock Holmes

An easy start for the field led to 24 teams posting a perfect first round score.


Monday’s audio question featured singers with five-letter stage names: Sting, Bjork, and Adele.  We continued with a discussion of the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game, the Kelley Blue Book, and this drama film:

Good Night and Good Luck

With most teams rolling towards a perfect score, that momentum came to a screeching halt with the final bonus question of the first half.  Only six teams earned two bonus points by knowing that Union General Joseph Hooker was the commanding officer of the Chattanooga Campaign of the U.S. Civil War.  As a result, only three teams earned perfect second round scores: That’s So Fetch (Bushwaller’s), I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), and Comfortably Dum (Greene Turtle – Urbana).


International landmarks and chemical elements were the two subjects on Monday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 16.9 points and six perfect scores.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half featured questions concerning “Tuesdays with Morrie”, Finnish history, and the zoological nicknames of these sports figures:


From left to right, that’s Paul “Bear” Bryant, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, and Greg “The Shark” Norman.  Once again, several teams were headed towards a perfect score until this final question of the round:

–> Respectively performed by The Buggles and Pat Benatar, name either one of the first two music videos to air on MTV.

The majority of the field easily remembered “Video Killed the Radio Star”, but only six teams also remembered the second video: “You Better Run”.  As a result, Killer Snails (Hershey’s) snagged the only perfect third round score.


After asking a 6-4-2 question on the extremely wealthy Judge Judy, we opened the final round with a question concerning the minor characters featured in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.  Later, we looked at the board game “Taboo” and this off-screen couple who starred together in an Oscar-winning film:

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

There’s a first time for everything, and Monday night featured the first (and likely last) instance of a category called Three Clues / One Punctuation Mark:

CLUE 1: The reverse image of this punctuation mark was once used to denote irony or sarcasm.

CLUE 2: The title of the most recent studio album released by the late rapper XXXTentacion.

With just 16% of the field earning bonus points by going in early with the correct answer of the question mark, only three teams recorded a perfect final round score: 58 Days (Bushwaller’s), This Is How We Go Down (Bushwaller’s), and To Gruyere is Human (Cheesetique).  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (68.2% success rate):

-> Which country of about 45 million residents derives its name from the Latin word meaning ‘silver’?

Falling a bit on the easier side, just over two-thirds of the field answered correctly with Argentina.  Five teams answered all 21 wagering questions correctly on Monday night.  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  H.R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Music – AUDIO)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: Chad Sings Queen)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (Next week’s first category: Hagerstown)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails  (Next week’s first category: 1960s British Invasion)

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

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

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Who the F is Alice?  (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H”)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Hager Twins or Olsen Twins?)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Fookin’ Coonts  (Next week’s first category: Cellular Biology)

Front Royal Brewing Company in Front Royal, VA:  Please See the Host  (Next week’s first category: Appalachian Trail)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  SMDK  (Next week’s first category: “The Sopranos” – final season)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Five Dollar Jager  (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)