April Fool’s Day must have put our Monday teams into a competitive mood, as we welcomed the largest Monday crowd in PHT history: 109 teams across 11 venues!


Monday’s opening round challenged our teams right out of the gate, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult.  After nearly every team earned wagering points on a question about Mr. T, only 13% of the field tacked on two bonus points by knowing that his real name is Laurence Tureaud.  We followed with a Three Clues question concerning painter Salvador Dali and a look at this film duo who will be making a return to the big screen this summer:

Though it was the easiest bonus question of the first round, only 22% of our teams knew that the upcoming Bill & Ted film will be subtitled “Face the Music”.  Only two teams earned a perfect opening round score: Unsavories (DRP) and Chum Conspiracy (Flanagan’s).


Monday’s second round also began with a difficult bonus question, as we played clips from three songs that share the same one-word title.   While most teams were successful in identifying “Shout” as the shared title, only 11% of the field added bonus points by recognizing all three musical acts: The Isley Brothers, Tears For Fears, and Michael Jackson.  Other second round topics included the hockey career of Jaromir Jagr, the city of Havana, and this Broadway musical:

Kitten Mittens (Cheesetique) posted the only perfect score of Monday’s second round.


Halftime began with an April Fool’s joke, as we asked our teams to identify lesser-known members of the U.S. House Representatives and athletic nicknames of Division III colleges.  Needless to say, the frustration level grew rather quickly, until our hosts let the players in on the gag.  The REAL halftime page featured candy brands and March Madness teams, which was obviously much easier.  Eight teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.2 points.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams at the halftime break:


Monday’s second half kicked off with a Triple 50/50 question on the topic of opera.  After giving our teams the titles of three operas (“Fidelio”, “Aida”, and “The Barber of Seville”), we simply asked them to determine if they were respectively written by a German or an Italian.  Things got off to a rough start…  In spite of its Italian-sounding name, “Fidelio” was written by Beethoven.  Only 32% of our teams earned wagering points on this question with at least two correct answers.  We followed with an equally difficult question about this Netflix film:

Other third round topics included Hall of Fame tight ends, the Kurdish people, and Lake of the Woods in Minnesota.  Irregardlessly Unrelevant (Rockwell Brewery) was the only team to sweep the third round with 36 points.


After “swiftly” moving through the 6-4-2 question, the final round looked at electronic music artist Moby, the fear of heights, and this Disney character:

In what proved to be the most difficult bonus question of the night , only five teams named “Silly Symphonies” as the series of short films in which Pluto originally appeared.  One of those five teams was Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s), who notched the only perfect score of Monday’s final round.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams heading into the final question:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (84.2% success rate)

–> Also the name of a notable movie villain, what title was applied to a Turkic or Mongol ruler and was later used for people of rank in Central Asia?

Most of the field picked up points on this final question with the correct answer of Khan.  No bonus points were awarded for those teams that worte “KHAAAAAAAAN!!”  Though the set of bonus questions were quite difficult, eight teams ran the table tonight by answering every wagering question correctly and earning a Perfect 21.  Here is your final Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  Unsavories   (Next week’s first category: STDs)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – 1980s #1 Hit or 1990s #1 Hit?)

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

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: “Hogan’s Heroes”)

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

Cheesetique in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens   (Next week’s first category: NCAA Championship Basketball Game)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Power Vacuum   (Next week’s first category: “JAG”)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Irregardlessly Unrelevant  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Jim Carrey Films)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Crispy Squirrels   (Next week’s first category: NASCAR)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: Spice Blends)

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