In the biggest regular season weekend in PHT history, the last two nights of trivia welcomed 95 teams across seven venues. In addition to our six regularly scheduled games, Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington hosted a special sports theme game. In what could literally be described as a PHT All-Star team, Brother of Dave Martinez took home first prize after falling just a few points short of a perfect game. Here’s the recap from the rest of the weekend:
In their respective opening rounds, our weekend teams looked at topics such as the planets of the Solar System, the “Scary Movie” comedy film franchise, the Great Flood, and European landmarks. The most difficult bonus question of the opening round was asked on Saturday, as only two out of 18 teams knew that the Pearl River recently flooded in Jackson, Mississippi. As a result, a perfect first round eluded our Saturday teams, though Six Friday teams swept their opening stanza by posting 36 points.
Friday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three music groups whose names are stylized with the use of exclamation points. We listened to Wham! (“Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”), Snap! (“Rhythm is a Dancer”), and Panic! at the Disco (“I Write Sins Not Tragedies”). Meanwhile, our Saturday squads dealt with cover versions of the TV theme songs from “I Love Lucy”, “Friends”, and “Pokémon”. Friday’s teams suffered through the most difficult bonus question of the second round, as only two out of 63 teams knew that Milla Jovovich portrayed a character named Alice in the “Resident Evil” film Franchise. Other second round topics included actor Bryan Cranston, the pop music duo of The Carpenters, baseball history, and the stage musical “The Producers”. The only perfect score of the second round was recorded in our sports theme game by Brother of Dave Martinez.
Topics such as U.S. license plates, the sports calendar, and “MAD” things were featured on the weekend halftime pages, which yielded seven perfect scores and an overall average of 15.8 points. Here is your halftime leaderboard from last weekend:
- Brother of Dave Martinez (Dudley’s): 90
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 88
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 87
- Xanatos Gambit (Belles’): 87
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 87
Third round topics from last weekend included the Roman Catholic Church, the state capital city of Frankfurt, the name Hercules, and the Pulitzer Prizes. In their third round, our Saturday teams were asked this difficult wagering question concerning U.S. Presidents:
–> Which U.S. president died only three months after leaving office in 1849, giving him the shortest lifespan among all presidents that did not pass away in office?
Only three of our 18 Saturday teams responded correctly with James K. Polk, who died due to a cholera outbreak which may have affected numerous Presidents. Thanks to that question, the only perfect third round scores from last weekend were posted by Friday teams: Anything But Sports (Vanish) and Killer Snails (P. B. Dye).
Final round topics from last weekend included the city of St. Petersburg, the Bolo tie, the University of Washington, the TV sitcom “Frasier”, and the career of football legend Mike Ditka. Friday’s teams dealt with the most difficult wagering question of the weekend at the close of their fourth round:
–> Before landing her big break in the 1990s on an NBC sitcom, which actress portrayed the younger sister of the title character on the short-lived TV series “Ferris Bueller”?
Only eight Friday teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Jennifer Aniston. The final round did not yield any perfect scores last weekend. These were your highest scoring weekend teams heading into the final question:
- Brother of Dave Martinez (Dudley’s): 162
- Xanatos Gambit (Belles’): 161
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 159
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 159
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 154
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.6% success rate):
–> When this man was inaugurated as U.S. President, five former U.S. Presidents were still alive, each of whom had served one term or less. For your wager, name this President.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.7% success rate):
–> The title of which 20th century novel is derived from the main character’s fantasy of having to rescue children falling from a cliff?
The correct answers to these questions were Abraham Lincoln and “The Catcher in the Rye”. Killer Snails (P. B. Dye) maintained its incredible streak by posting a Perfect 21 for the fourth Friday in a row. However, for the first time in the last four weekends, we saw other teams earn this honor as well, as Brother of Dave Martinez (Dudley’s), Anything But Sports (Vanish), and Xanatos Gambit (Belles’) also answered every wagering question correctly. Here is your final weekend leaderboard:
- Brother of Dave Martinez (Dudley’s): 167
- MAJ (Dudley’s): 166
- Anything But Sports (Vanish): 165
- Killer Snails (P. B. Dye): 164
- No Ma’am (Belles’): 160
- Wagering Pi (Dragon): 159
- Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza): 159
- Flight Level Awesome (Vanish): 158
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s): 158
- Wilder When We Release the Fury (Dudley’s): 156
LAST WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (Next week’s first category: 1970s Boy Bands)
Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Anything But Sports (“GAME OF THRONES” THEME GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on March 6: Early 2000s Pop Punk – AUDIO)
Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD: Killer Snails (Next week’s first category: Leap Day Birthdays)
Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD: Wagering Pi (“GAME OF THRONES” THEME GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on March 6: Minoan Frescos)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Xanatos Gambit (Next week’s first category: 1917 Events)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – TV show)