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THWACK Monthly Mission - April 2019

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You unfurl the map – acquired at great personal cost – and determine the next step on your quest. There are pitfalls to avoid, traps to disable, and secrets to unearth. Behind each door lies another piece of evidence, another trace in the dust of a previous passage, and a hunch on where to go next.

Within the crypt is an artifact more valuable than any other MacGuffin. Do whatever’s necessary to acquire the “Hidden Key to Lost Performance” and make sure it’s placed in a museum.


Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

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Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
April 8, 2019: Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

April 15,  2019: Leather Laptop Backpack

April 22, 2019: Portable Charger

April 29, 2019: FitBit Versa

Grand Prize:
April 29, 2019: GoPro Hero 7


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on April 1, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until April 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between April 1, 2019 and April 28, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Cubii Jr: Desk Elliptical!

Shortcut 1:

  1. Download a free trial of Database Performance Analyzer
  2. Take a screenshot of the Anomaly Detection Graph
  3. NOTE: It will take 3 days the Anomaly Detection Graph to populate after install
  4. Submit screenshot HERE

Shortcut 2:

  1. Download the SQL Plan Warnings free tool
  2. Take a screenshot of the Plan Warnings
  3. Submit screenshot HERE
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by April 7, 2019 to be entered to win: Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by April 14, 2019 to be entered to win: Leather Laptop Backpack
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by April 21, 2019 to be entered to win: Portable Charger
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by April 28, 2019 to be entered to win: FitBit Versa

Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 28, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! GoPro Hero 7

April Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

April Mission Shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia


Always good to learn more about DPA, it's the one tool in our environment that I don't ever get to touch. The prizes are excellent this month as well!


Similar. Usually I'll integrate it with Orion but that's as far as it goes. Keen to see what it can do now compared to when I last looked a few years ago.

Level 11

Great rewards as compared to previous mission.

Level 9

New mission yaaay

Level 9

Darn, I could have sworn it was powered by a hamster!

Level 9

Now I can't win the GoPro

Will next Month feature an Opening Fishin' Mission?  Perhaps only in northern tier states, since Fishing Season's probably open year-round, or at least earlier, in Southern climes, compared to here in Minnesota.

Level 12

I really thought it was by Solar and Wind.  They are my two favorite people after all.  

Level 13

DPA rocks.  This should be fun.

Level 13

I really wanted it to be a Duesy.  The mission shortcut reminded I need to upgrade to 12.1.


nope..a gerbil

Level 9

Careful with todays question, it's a tough one

Level 8

Todays question, it's a late April's fools joke?

Thanks for the new mission, THWACKGeeks!  Nice prizes this month, too...helping folks stick with their New Year's resolutions!  I don't, personally, work with our databases but I have seen DPA in action by way of demos & previous missions and it seems like an excellent set of tools.  Looking forward to learning!

Level 20

I never have gotten buy in for DPA... I think it would be nice but it's always been elusive.

Level 10

Not that I'm picky, but I liked the quirky answer responses when getting an question right

Level 8

That gopro hero is mine! Yea right, as if! lol

Behavioral analytics, hmm this just might be interesting...

Level 11

Man, I thought yesterdays question was hard before the reset, then we get today's...

Level 14

Just an FYI for the powers that be.

Correctly answer all 10 questions by April 28, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!

I agree with others--the GoPro Hero 7 is a worthy prize, and I hope to earn the opportunity to be included in the drawing for it.

My fishing expeditions in northern Minnesota and western Ontario would be well-served by such a camera mounted in my boat, recording my attempts to CPR (Catch, Photograph, and Release) large Walleyes, Northern Pike, Bass, and Muskellunge.  When I watch "professional" fisherman bringing in large fish, recording the strike, fight, capture, measurement, and release of these fish, I'm almost overwhelmed at how a fisherman's skill sets and needs have changed over time.  Some of these guys have four GoPro's mounted in the boat, have one strapped to their forehead, have a free-standing unit that a partner grabs to provide in-your-face mobile videography, and another one mounted beneath a drone that provides a 50' view from above, or from the side, to give complete coverage of the boat and fish from many angles.

This single GoPro prize could be the start of yet another fun Youtube Channel, were it to become mine.

Great care goes into the consideration of each question and its possible answers this month as a result of the possible grand prize!

Level 14

Wow, today's question (4th April) took several reads for me to understand.  I'm not complaining or saying it is wrong.  I'm just commenting on my lack of coffee and a very long week so far.    

Thanks for all the hard work creating these quizzes. 

Level 9

I'm glad I read the comments before attempting the daily questions! Made sure I powered up with lots of coffee before I opened today's question, got the green check mark!!

Level 12

I made an educated guess on today's question instead of following the hint. I'm not feeling so educated right now.

Level 9

The hints always take you to the correct answer.

Level 14

I want to complain about today's question.  It was too easy     

Seriously though.  I'm taking a look at DPA.  Could be very useful.

Level 11

Question 5 is pretty hard, watch out

Level 9

Great Prizes

Level 8

Phew, it appears the hint only takes you so far - another click or so was required, but it meant I avoided choosing... poorly.

Okay am I just blind or am I not seeing in the hint for question 7 that talks about scalability?

Right you are, rob.collins​!  In keeping with last month's mission theme, a little "sleuthing" is definitely required today.

Level 9

You must learn more about v12.1 and then ask yourself, do you know how to read a datasheet?

Level 11

I can see it directly on the hint page.

Just in case we don't have the same link, here :

DPA 12.1 New Version Functions and Features | SolarWinds

You got further than I did.  I been looking all over the hint and I still can't see any references to scalability.

Then I must be blind because that's the same link I'm going to and I'm still missing something. 😕

Yep, blind....I just reopened the link and sitting right there in front of me was the answer. 

Level 14

Have to admit, I couldn't see it either so I suspect the hint may have changed.  Of course I could be wrong as I was off yesterday and my coffee levels have dropped dangerously low.  Working on it.

Level 11

Energy drink / coffee always help

Level 12

So glad I got into the habit of reading the comments before I answer the day's question.

Level 7

looks like April 10 2019 question has some error and not showing up question/answers properly , is it happening only with me?

Level 9

I have an error on today's question. However, I received my 150 points correctly! Thanks

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Level 12

psssht, you are not supposed to spoil the correct answer

Level 9

I got it right thanks to you

Level 8

One day they'll do that and it'll be wrong (sadly they missed the April 1st option on that)

Any more, when I see a question like that (4/10), I just hold off answering because I'm pretty certain that a reset is coming.

Level 9

Congratulations pcwildcat65

Level 9

Not cool to reset my answer to yesterday's question just because you are too lazy to proofread the question.

Level 12

I just answered a couple questions and got the  one on 9th wrong...but I know I picked the correct answers. Who can I message to look into this?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Mithrilhall​ I can help with this. I'll message you.

Level 12


Level 20

Don't feel bad... I didn't see it either even after looking a few times.