Wednesday night’s game featured four different venues with more than a dozen teams, including one game which had a very memorable first-time winner! All told, we welcomed 111 teams across across 14 venues:
Wednesday’s opening round was a breeze for most of our teams, as we began the night with questions on mistletoe and this region of the United Kingdom:
The final question of the round offered its most difficult two-point bonus, as only 19% of our teams could remember David Boreanaz as the actor who portrayed Angel on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (and its spinoff). Across the board, 13 teams notched perfect scores in the first round.
We’ve featured Christmas music on our audio question every night this week, with Wednesday’s edition featuring the work of the Jackson 5, Harry Connick Jr., and Pentatonix. Later, we asked about the Presidential family which owned this pet:
Next up was our nightly Three Clues question, as we quizzed our teams about an NBA team:
CLUE 1: After the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City, this team became the northernmost franchise in the NBA.
CLUE 2: This team won its only league title after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1977 NBA Finals.
Yes, the Boston Celtics are certainly located in the northern U.S., but I don’t think you have to be a basketball expert to know that the Celtics have won more than one NBA title. Instead, 22% of the field earned a two-point bonus by forgoing the third clue and turning in this correct answer:
After closing the round with a question on the classic holiday film “Miracle on 34th Street”, we saw nine teams record perfect scores in the second round, with several of those teams racking up the maximum 72 points heading into halftime.
Wednesday’s halftime page featured drawings of celebrities as depicted on animated TV shows such as “South Park”, “Futurama”, and “Family Guy”. We saw an overall average of 16.1 points, with nine teams recording a perfect score. Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:
- Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories): 92
- Momma Lu’s (The Tavern): 92
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 90
- Hookers and Blackjack (Memories): 90
- Olney the Lonely (The Tavern): 90
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 90
The difficulty level spiked as we rolled through the third round, which touched on topics such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the controversial work of British author D.H. Lawrence. While most teams performed well through the round’s first few questions, that success came to a screeching halt with the most difficult wagering question of the night:
–> It’s been more than five years since this three-time Oscar winner has appeared in a feature film. But starting next week, you’ll be able to see him in a new film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Who is this actor?
There are only two male actors currently living who have won three Oscars. One of the two is Jack Nicholson, and while he has also not appeared in a feature film in over seven years, he is essentially retired. We were looking for this European actor, who is the only man to win three Oscars for leading roles:
Daniel Day-Lewis has won Academy Awards for “My Left Foot”, “There Will Be Blood”, and “Lincoln”. Only 16% of our teams earned their wagers here, with only six teams also earning two bonus points by knowing that his newest film is entitled “Phantom Thread”. As a result, only Blind Squirrels (Memories) managed to record a perfect third round score.
The final round opened with a question on the four schools invited to this season’s College Football Playoff. Most of our teams knew that the Georgia Bulldogs are the only one of the four who have not won a national title in the last 30 years, while 22% of the field earned bonus points by also knowing that this future USFL star was part of that squad:
Two years before winning the Heisman Trophy, tailback Herschel Walker led the Georgia Bulldogs to the 1980 national championship (as a freshman!). Later in the final round, we stumped most of our teams by asking about this current CBS sitcom featuring a former “Friends” actor:
We closed the round with a softball question of Christmas Carols in Other Words, which had our teams deciphering phrases such as: “One of my ancestors was involved in a trampling incident with a ruminant”. Seven teams finished their night with a perfect 36 points in the final round. Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores heading into the final question:
- Fan Club (The Tavern): 165
- Blind Squirrels (Memories): 161
- Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories): 161
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 161
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 160
- Shakeweight (Valley Grill): 160
FINAL QUESTION (73.1% success rate):
–> Which children’s character was originally given the name “Zozo” in the United Kingdom, so as not to offend the reigning king?
This question gave us an unexpectedly high correct answer percentage, as nearly three-quarters of the field arrived at this response:
Congratulations to Blind Squirrels (Memories) and Shakeweight (Valley Grill), as the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering all wagering questions correctly. For the first time in Season XVI, four teams from the same venue topped 170 points in one game – the teams from Memories were certainly on the ball tonight! These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:
- Blind Squirrels (Memories): 173
- Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories): 173
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 172
- Shakeweight (Valley Grill): 172
- FOWL (Memories): 170
- Fan Club (The Tavern): 167
- Momma Lu’s (The Tavern): 166
- Obscure References (Delirium Cafe): 165
- Bill Bellacheat (Delirium Cafe): 164
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 161
Among tonight’s winners, you’ll find Blind Squirrels from Memories. As one of our most loyal teams, Blind Squirrels has played at Memories virtually every week for the last three years, making numerous friends along the way. After a tense tiebreaker tonight, the team marked its FIRST WIN EVER! This was no small feat, as they also recorded the highest score of the night. Congratulations!
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight (Next week’s first category: Yiddish Words)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: The Work of Philip K. Dick)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Robot (Next week’s first category: Two-Second Song Clips – AUDIO)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: HoJo MoJo (Next week’s first category: “Home Alone”)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Witiots ** FOUR WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Cooking)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Lone Pine Mall Rats (Next week’s first category: Quantum Mechanics)
** WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE NEXT WEEK AT BERNIE’S! ($15 MAXIMUM) **
Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Obscure References (Next week’s first category: Virginia History)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Taxplotation (Next week’s first category: CCH Pounder)
Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA: Zach Watters (Next week’s first category: Liquor)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Next week’s first category: “Boy Meets World”)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Shadynasty (Next week’s first category: “Arrested Development”)
Memories in Mount, Airy, MD: Blind Squirrels (Next week’s first category: U.S. Railroads)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Aaahh!! Real Munsters ** 14 WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: New Year’s Traditions)
Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA: Not Your Team ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Firefighting Tools)