Among all 70 PHT venues, our two busiest games (Springfield Manor Winery and Vanish Brewery) are BOTH played on Friday night! With each of those venues welcoming more than 20 teams last weekend, we hosted a whopping 74 teams across all five weekend games:
Our Saturday teams were tested right out of the gate with the nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: This word appears in the title of a short story written by John Cheever which was adapted into a film starring Burt Lancaster.
CLUE 2: Otitis externa is a painful condition commonly named for this type of athlete.
Apparently, there were no doctors in the house, as very few teams even ventured an attempt at the two-point bonus. Though no bonus points were doled out, most of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of ‘swimmer’. Other first round topics included the geography of Massachusetts, the Vatican’s Swiss Guard, the layout of a Monopoly board, and this TV show:
A wicked bonus question opened Friday’s second round. After about half of our teams recognized the theme song to the classic TV show “The Dating Game”, NONE of our 52 Friday teams knew the name of the show’s original host: Jim Lange. Later, those teams were asked about the derivation of the jersey number worn by this ageless hockey star:
“Czech” your history books to learn about the Prague Spring. Meanwhile, our Saturday teams dealt with a second round stumper of their own. We asked the field to name any two of the three films for which Glenn Close has been nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (apart from her current nomination for “The Wife”). Only 30% of our Saturday teams gave us any two of these films: “Fatal Attraction”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, and “Albert Nobbs”, but none of those teams earned bonus points with all three correct answers. Other second round topics included the Darwin Awards, U.S. state fish, and POGs. Needless to say, none of our weekend teams recorded a perfect second round.
With President’s Day weekend upon us, both of our halftime pages dealt with Commanders-in-Chief. Our Friday teams looked at real-life U.S. Presidents, while our Saturday teams were quizzed on fictional U.S. Presidents. Overall, the average score reached 15.2 points, with all five of our perfect scores coming on Friday. Here is your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:
- Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Vanish Brewery): 85
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 85
- Fan Club (P.B. Dye): 85
- Neverending Motorboat (Springfield Manor Winery): 84
- Mighty Mo (P.B. Dye): 84
A Triple 50/50 question highlighted each of our third rounds last weekend: the Friday teams dealt with films based on books, while the Saturday squads were forced to remember which states border Nebraska. Other third round topics included NBA star Tim Duncan, the Universal Life Church, and the 20th anniversary of this cult comedy film:
With most of the bonus questions landing at about a 20% success rate, none of our weekend teams ran the table in the third round.
Friday’s final round opened with a look at this memorable film cameo:
We also quizzed our teams about comic strip canines, Mount Fuji, and the melodious tunes of Smash Mouth. After a pair of difficult rounds, three Saturday teams earned 36 final round points: Uncle Jack (Belles’), Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations), and Spicy Girls (Pretzel & Pizza Creations). These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 161
- Fan Club (P.B. Dye): 156
- Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Vanish Brewery): 153
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 150
- Neverending Motorboat (Springfield Manor Winery): 148
- Tech Sucks (Vanish Brewery): 148
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (12.5% success rate):
–> While the front side of the Nobel Prizes depicts Alfred Nobel, various designs are used for the reverse side, depending on the category. For your wager, name the TWO Nobel categories that share the SAME image on the reverse side.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (44.4% success rate):
–> Founded in 1851, which private university was named for an organized territory of the U.S. that existed from 1787 and 1803?
Only five teams gave us Chemistry and Physics as the correct response to Friday’s final question, while nearly half of our Saturday teams knew that we were looking for Northwestern University. Congratulations to Uncle Jack (Belles’), who was the only team to post the Perfect 21 last weekend. here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 163
- Smarty Pants (Belles’): 160
- Fan Club (P.B. Dye): 156
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 154
- The More You Know (Springfield Manor Winery): 150
- Fiona (Vanish Brewery): 150
- Comfortably Dum (Belles’): 148
- Men (Springfield Manor Winery): 147
- Mixed Bag of Chinchillas (Vanish Brewery): 145
- Neverending Motorboat (Springfield Manor Winery): 145
- Half Nelsons (Belles’): 145
An honorable mention goes out to Less is More (Springfield Manor Winery), who notched 151 points on Friday while playing ‘over the limit’.
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: The More You Know (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – AUDIO: Billy Joel or Elton John)
The Black Walnut at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: Barry Manilow – AUDIO)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Fiona (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 1- First category: “Shrek” Film Franchise)
Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON MARCH 8 – First category: Typography)
868 Estate Vineyards in Hillsboro, VA: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME ON MAY 25 – First category: History of Wine)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Gisele Bundchen or Bridget Moynahan?)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: “The Three Musketeers” – novel)