Going For a Swim at Monday Trivia!

The first game following World Series XX welcomed 93 teams across 11 venues.


Our game opened with a look at the current crop of Democratic Presidential candidates, followed by a three-part question dealing with animal adjectives and a discussion of the New York Mets.  The final question of the first round also gave its most difficult bonus question, as only 21% of our teams knew that the Stephenie Meyer novel “Eclipse” was originally published in 2007.  That was the only speed bump for most of the field, as eight teams used those two bonus points to complete a perfect first round.


Monday’s audio question asked our teams to identify musical acts with ‘seasonal’ names, as we listened to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer, “Dance, Dance” by Fall Out Boy, and “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group.  We continued by discussing Steve Jobs and TV series set in Georgia.  The second round also included a tremendously difficult bonus question:

–> The now-defunct Skellington Productions was a joint venture between Walt Disney Feature Animation and two directors.  For your wager, name either of these directors.

Most of our teams knew that the name Skellington references the lead character from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and while Tim Burton (one of the two correct answers) produced the film, he did not serve as its director.  You could say that this question is now tied as the most difficult bonus question in PHT history, as none of our 93 squads knew that Henry Selick directed “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, meaning that no bonus points were doled out here.  Obviously, the second stanza did not yield any perfect scores.


With the Super Bowl just a few days away, the bottom half of the halftime round featured a matching section regarding Super Bowl records and superlatives, while the top half depicted items that share their names with playing card suits.  Eleven teams recorded a perfect halftime score of 20 points, while the overall average reached a healthy 17.7 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half began with a three-part question concerning U.S. military operations, asking for the respective countries in which these events took place: Operation Overlord, Operation Rolling Thunder, and Operation Red Dawn.  Only ten teams picked up two bonus points by giving us all three correct answers of France, (North) Vietnam, and Iraq.  Next, we looked at Benjamin Franklin and the stage musical “Chicago”.  Moving on to the high brow portion of the game, we posed the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Before passing away in 1954, which French artist painted “The Red Room”, “The Green Stripe”, and “Blue Nude”?

Only 13% of our teams responded correctly with Henri Matisse.  An equally difficult bonus question followed, as 13% of the field knew that Noah Drake was the full name of Rick Springfield’s character on “General Hospital”.  Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s third round.


After enjoying a glass of Canada Dry ginger ale in the 6-4-2 question, we began the final round by asking questions concerning the comedy film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and the fragrant Yankee Candle Company.  Next up was our nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: This Spanish sparkling wine made by the “method champenoise” possibly derives its name from “cellar”.

CLUE 2: This Mediterranean restaurant chain first opened in the mid-2000s in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and currently has just under 100 locations.

A dozen teams snagged these two points points with the early correct answer of Cava.  After closing the final round with a look at the Spanish Civil War and songs which work well while giving CPR, we saw six teams earn 36 points en route to a perfect final round.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (64.0% success rate):

–> Identify the four strokes used in the individual medley in Olympic swimming, in order from first stroke to the last.

Since virtually every team knew that the individual medley concludes with the freestyle stroke, they simply had to arrange the other three strokes in their correct order.  Mathematically speaking, a random guess on the order of these three strokes would mean a one-in-six chance of arriving at the correct answer.  Thankfully, the success rate fell above that mark, as about one-third of the field gave us the correct answer of Butterfly –> Backstroke –> Breaststroke –> Freestyle.  Congratulations to Thankful Dead (Mark’s Pub), who earned the only Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  The World According to Garth   (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Befuddled   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Car or Cake?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: “The Incredibles”)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Historic Route 66)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Mostly Dead   (Next week’s first category: “Groundhog Day”)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: Bass Players)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Ape Tits for $1000   (Next week’s first category: Computer Science)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Thankful Dead   (Next week’s first category: Ancient Rome)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Dilly Dilly   (Next week’s first category: “The Walking Dead”)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Cabinet Positions)

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