The first weekend of July featured 47 teams across four PHT venues:
Opening round topics included the flag of France, U.S. Vice Presidents, and this annual spectacle:
Our Friday teams were challenged by their audio question, as we played clips from three different TV theme songs of the last 20 years (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Breaking Bad”, and “The Osbournes”). Only 31% of those teams earned their wagers with at least two correct answers. Meanwhile, the Saturday teams dealt with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Comprised of three words of broken English mashed together, which eight-letter slang term is used to describe the genre of literature that includes mystery writers such as Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen?
Only 25% of our Saturday teams responded correctly with “Wodunit”. After six teams earned perfect scores in the first round, none of our teams were able to replicate the feat in the second round.
The Friday teams scored a significantly easier halftime page this weekend (celebrity caricatures), with the average reaching 18.6 points. The Saturday page (geographic film titles) averaged just 13.9 points and yielded only one perfect score. These were your highest scoring first half teams this weekend:
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 88
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 85
- His and Her Peas (Vanish Brewery): 85
- Johnny Chicken (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 85
- Boing Boing Banana (Vanish Brewery): 84
As usual, we stepped up the difficulty level in the second half, as our Friday teams were nearly stumped by this question in U.S. history:
–> Name the only U.S. president whose birth state is actually disputed, as he was born in 1767 somewhere along the North Carolina / South Carolina border.
Only 19% of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Andrew Jackson. In their third round, our Saturday teams looked at the history of postage stamps, the mineral quartz, and the meaning behind the title of this comic strip:
An intriguing question arose on the topic of literary inspirations during the final round of Saturday’s game:
–> In 1890, a mild cyclone in South Dakota provided inspiration for a fantasy novel written by which children’s author?
A cyclonic storm is central to the plot of the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” books penned by L. Frank Baum. Other final round topics included Greek columns, Three Clues for the number 11, and the recent engagement of this celebrity couple:
The second half did not yield any perfect scores this weekend. Here is your weekend leaderboard after four rounds of play:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 156
- Chunkylover53@aol.com (Belles’): 152
- Tequila Mockingbird (Vanish Brewery): 150
- Flight Level Awesome (Vanish Brewery): 149
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 149
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):
–> During this man’s professional career, he lost more games than he won, appeared in just three post-season games, and threw 47 more interceptions than touchdowns. Yet, in 1985, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility. Who is this this quarterback?
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> It was rarely mentioned on screen, but the actual name of this TV character who had served in World War II was Jonas Grumby. What was this character’s common name?
Both of our final answers took our players back to the late 1960s, with the correct responses of Joe Namath and the Skipper (from “Gilligan’s Island”). None of our weekend teams recorded the Perfect 21. These were your highest scoring teams from all weekend games:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 165
- Chunkylover53@aol.com (Belles’): 164
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 161
- Flight Level Awesome (Vanish Brewery): 161
- Simple Minds (Springfield Manor Winery): 160
- Cultured Heathens Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 155
- Spicey Girls (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 150
- Demented and Sad But Social (Belles’): 149
- His and Her Peas (Vanish Brewery): 144
- Boing Boing Banana (Vanish Brewery): 144