No Super Bowl Hangover at Monday Night Trivia!

Even after a late finish to Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl, we welcomed 91 teams across nine venues on Monday night.  In addition to seeing one of the longest winning streaks in PHT history come to an end tonight, we also added another name to the PHT Wall of Fame as one of our games was won by a solo player!


We tripped up several teams right out of the gate on Monday night, asking for the only Asian country to have hosted the Winter Olympics more than once.  Only about two-thirds of our teams came up with the correct answer of Japan (Sapporo in 1972, Nagano in 1998).  In our nightly Three Clues question, we looked at this classic screwball comedy:

Bringing Up Baby

To close the opening round, we snacked on some hummus, which is made primarily from these legumes:

Garbanzo Chickpea

Depending on where you’re from, those are either called chickpeas or garbanzo beans.  We saw eight teams earn a perfect score of 36 points in Monday’s first round.


Monday’s audio question dealt with the film work of Forrest Whitaker, which was followed by a query on this landmark:

Taj Mahal

We followed with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After most teams knew that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the TV show “60 Minutes”, only 14% of our teams could name either one of the two original co-hosts:

60 Minutes

That’s Mike Wallace (left) and Harry Reasoner.  Other second round topics included the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada and the most recent release from Justin Timberlake.  Just as we saw in Monday’s first round, the second stanza also yielded eight perfect scores.


Tonight’s halftime page included pictures of film characters represented as Pop Funko dolls.  With an average score of 17.3 points, one dozen teams notched a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is a look at Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s second half struck “OIL” with a three-part question in which each answer included those letters.  We remembered the revelations and accusations of 1990s newsmaker Kenneth Starr, and looked at this Fox sitcom which debuted earlier this year:

LA to Vegas

After a quick pilgrimage to Lourdes, France to view the shrines to the Virgin Mary, we saw seven teams sweep the third round with a perfect score.


Monday’s final round included three rather difficult bonus questions, which separated many of our teams as we geared up for the game’s climax.  We began with a question regarding this classic children’s novel:

Most of our teams knew that the working title of “The Mole and the Water Rat” referred to the novel “The Wind in the Willows”, but only 17% of our teams knew that the book was penned by Kenneth Grahame.  After a quick dose of lithium, we asked about this soon-to-be forgotten logo:

Chief Wahoo

Starting in 2019, the Cleveland Indians will no longer display the offensive Chief Wahoo logo.  Once again, this question included a difficult bonus, as only 21% of our teams knew that the Tribe currently play home games at Progressive Field.  We followed with Monday’s most difficult wagering question, as only about one-quarter of our teams knew that the classical piece “Music For the Royal Fireworks” was penned by George Frederic Handel.  After a Triple 50/50 question on The 50 States closed the round, we saw just one team earn a perfect score with 36 final round points.  Not only did Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) sweep the final round, but this powerhouse team swept ALL FOUR rounds tonight, and sat just three points off of a perfect game heading into the final question.  Here are those top scores from Monday:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (47.3% success rate):

–> Who is the most recent person to direct AND star in a Best Picture Oscar-winning film?

You only had to go back about five years to find this correct answer:

Argo Film

Congratulations to the four teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Monday by correctly answering all wagering questions: Eat Ham (DRP), Vladimir Poopin’ (Bushwaller’s), I Don’t Know Who (Morgan Inn), and Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique).

We closed the book on the 18-game winning streak by Killer Snails (Hershey’s), who were unable to come up with the correct answer on the final question, making the Fan Club the first team to steal a win at Hershey’s in over four months.  A special congratulations goes out to Mark Pfundstein of Eat Ham, who took down 14 opposing teams at DRP as a solo player!  That is quite an impressive feat at an extremely competitive venue!  Here are your top overall scores from Monday night:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Eat Ham  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Country Names in Native Languages)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Arrondissements of Ouagadougou  (Next week’s first category: “Charade” – film)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  I Don’t Know Who  (First category: Anatomy of the Human Eye)

Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Literal Country Names)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  ** EIGHT WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: “Celebrity Big Brother” – U.S. version)

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Philadelphia Eagles)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Vladimir Poopin’ (Next week’s first category: Bath and Body Works)

Greene Turtle in Urbana, MD:  Mud Duck Hunt  (Next week’s first category: Shipwrecks)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango  (Next week’s first category: Winter Olympics)