The Last Quiz of the Decade!

With all of our Tuesday venues taking the night off for New Year’s Eve, Monday’s game was the final PHT quiz of the 2010s!  Because of the schedule change, we saw a number of Tuesday teams venture out to Monday’s game, leading to a healthy crowd of 97 teams across 11 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

After opening Monday’s game with a question regarding the Hubble Telescope, we moved on to the nightly Three Clues question.  Bonus points would be difficult to come by after our teams heard these first two clues:

CLUE 1: This rock star performed “Wake Up Wendy” for South Park’s “Chef Aid” episode.

CLUE 2: His 1969 debut album was titled “Empty Sky”.

Despite being one of the most notable performers in rock history, the correct answer of Elton John eluded most of the field until the third clue was given.  Only eight teams picked up two bonus points by recognizing the name of Sir Elton’s debut release.  After concluding the first round with questions concerning the Salt River in Arizona and the “Warcraft” video game series, we saw just two teams run the table with a perfect first round: Trivia Newton John (DRP) and Killer Snails (Hershey’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Monday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include the name of a literary character.  We listened to “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, “Tom Sawyer” by Rush, and “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora.  We continued with a look at titles and phrases stylized with a heart symbol, before moving on to the British Open golf tournament.  In the most difficult bonus question of the night, only four teams knew that Irish golfer Shane Lowery won the Open Championship earlier this year.  We closed the second round with a look at Toyota vehicles and Oscar-winning films, but thanks to the golf question, the second stanza did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

We looked back at the year in music during Monday’s halftime page, which proved to be one of the easiest pages of the season.  About one-third of the field posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 18.7 points.  Here is your halftime leaderboard from Monday night:

  • Killer Snails (Hershey’s):  89
  • That’s So Clavin (Greene Turtle):  88
  • Wingardium Mimosa (DRP):  88
  • Trivia Newton John (DRP):  88
  • George Washington’s Camel (DRP):  86
  • MAJ (DRP):  86

THIRD ROUND:

Monday’s second half began with a three-part question in which each answer ended with the letter ‘X’.  Later, we discussed the Marx Brothers, American painter Thomas Kinkade, and blood types.  We also asked this clever question in the category of geographic word play:

–> Which Caribbean city is the world’s only national capital whose English name contains all five vowels?

The list of Caribbean capitals Most does not necessarily roll off the tongue, but more than half of our teams were able to figure out that the only city that fits this description is the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.  Five teams earned a perfect third round score: George Washington’s Camel (DRP), Weasigators (Uno), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), Donner Party (Bushwaller’s), and Your Mom (Rockwell).

FOURTH ROUND:

Final round topics from Monday’s game included the Home Depot, Winnie the Pooh, the TV sitcom “Perfect Strangers” and a three-part question regarding famous women named Diana, the latter of which provided the most difficult bonus question of the round.  For two bonus points, we asked our teams to give us the surnames of the following people:

  1. Her final Billboard #1 hit was a duet with Lionel Richie.
  2. She wrote the Outlander book series.
  3. She portrayed Quinn Fabray on the TV series “Glee”.

Only six teams gave us all three correct answers of Ross, Gabaldon, and Agron.  As a result, the only perfect score of Monday’s final round was posted by Killer Snails (Hershey’s), who closed a remarkable game by earning three of the seven perfect round scores.  It’s no surprise who posted the highest overall score after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (54.1% success rate):

–> Proposed by Pierre de Coubertin upon its creation in 1894, “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, is the current motto for what organization?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with the International Olympic Committee.  Congratulations to the four teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Wingardium Mimosa (DRP), Great Heathen Army (Morgan Inn), Killer Snails (Hershey’s), and Weasigators (Uno).  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:

MONDAY’S WINNERS:

DRP in Alexandria, VA:  George Washington’s Camel  (Next week’s first category: 1920s)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Did They Win the Heisman?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Great Heathen Army   (Next week’s first category: Star Wars Toys)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “The Bob Newhart Show” or “Newhart”?)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Weasigators   (Next week’s first category: “Spaceballs”)

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

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Treble Makers   (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  F. U. Darts   (Next week’s first category: 2019 College Football Playoff)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Hue Jackson and the Trombones   (Next week’s first category: 2019)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  I Say You He Dead   (Next week’s first category: “Jurassic Park”)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: New Year’s Day Food Traditions)