With the end of the summer on the horizon, we welcomed 89 teams across 13 venues on this Wednesday night.
We began Wednesday’s game with a look at the classic TV sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies”. On an unrelated note, that show has NOT held up well over time. We also discussed the condiment of wasabi and the fastest marathon runners in the world. The most difficult bonus question of the opening stanza was asked in the form of the nightly Three Clues question:
CLUE 1: Written by Herman Melville, the short story “Bartleby the Scrivener” is subtitled “A Story Of” this place.
CLUE 2: Princeton economist Burton Malkiel wrote a 1973 book titled “A Random Walk Down” this place.
These clues were enough for seven teams to go in early with the correct answer of Wall Street. This was by far the most difficult bonus question of the first round, as all seven of those teams notched a perfect score of 36 points to begin their game.
Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles contain the word ‘anthem’. We listened to “Bedrock Anthem” by “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, and “The Anthem” by Good Charlotte. The second round also discussed the U.S. Census Bureau, owls, and the game of snooker. We concluded the round with the most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the first half:
–> Queen Christina ruled this Scandinavian country from 1632 until 1654, when she abdicated her throne at age 27 in favor of her cousin Charles Gustav. For your wager, name this country.
BONUS: Christina was the only surviving child of what King?
Only 27% of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Sweden. Furthermore, a mere four teams tacked on two bonus points with the correct bonus answer of Gustavus Adolphus. As a result, Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) recorded the only perfect score of Wednesday’s second round.
Coffee mugs were the featured topic on Wednesday’s halftime page. Though this was one of the easier halftime pages in recent memory, only one team (Pickled from Nido’s) posted a perfect score of points. The average score reached 17.4 points, as more than a dozen teams scored exactly 19 points. I suppose our Wednesday crowd is not filled with many hard-core Ariana Grande fans. Here are your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 91
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 89
- Menace 2 Sobriety (Silo Falls): 86
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 85
- Irish Beer Mafia (Nido’s): 85
We snacked on some foreign foods in a three-part question that began Wednesday’s second half, before following up with questions concerning the portmanteau “Bootylicious”, the work of songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, the state of Rhode Island, and the discoveries of Wilhelm Roentgen. Oddly, the third round yielded the most perfect scores, as nine teams ran the table by posting 36 points.
After quizzing our teams about the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6-4-2 question, we visited Mother Russia to begin the final round. Other topics included the archangel Gabriel and the low-budget comedy film “Clerks”. A pair of extremely difficult bonus questions kept most of the perfect scores off the board. First, only seven teams knew that actress Udo Azuba is the only performer to have won an Emmy Award for the TV series “Orange is the New Black” (unfortunately, the answer of “Crazy Eyes” was not accepted). Later, only four teams knew that poet John Donne had originally penned the line “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) snagged correct answers on both of these tough questions to record the only perfect score of Wednesday’s final round. These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 165
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 165
- Menace 2 Sobriety (Silo Falls): 162
- Please Return My Pens (Memories): 160
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 155
- DC Swampers (Silo Falls): 155
- Slow Trivia Movement (Furnace): 155
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.3% success rate):
–> Born Eilleen Regina Edwards, which country singer took her first name from an Ojibwe word meaning “I’m on my way”?
Nearly three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with Shania Twain. Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), who were the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night. Despite falling just five points from a perfect game, only one of these stellar teams could take home a win on Wednesday night. It’s no surprise which PHT venue is (by far) the most competitive. Your final Wednesday leaderboard included these teams:
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 177
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 177
- Menace 2 Sobriety (Silo Falls): 163
- Olney the Lonely (Silo Falls): 163
- Shakeweight (Valley Grill): 163
- Please Return My Pens (Memories): 163
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 162
- Trash Pandas (Quinn’s): 161
- Kokoro (Quinn’s): 159
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON SEP. 25 – First category: UFC Champions in Multiple Weight Classes)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight (Next week’s first category: Jon Bon Jovi)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Wu-Tang Clan)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Pickled (Next week’s first category: “Tactical to Practical”)
Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD: Slow Trivia Movement (Next week’s first category: Famous Canadians)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Next week’s first category: Multiple Oscar-Winning Performers)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Hillbilly Geniuses (Next week’s first category: Appalachia)
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA: Cake or Death (Next week’s first category: “30 Rock”)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: Special Eds (Next week’s first category: Amusement Parks)
Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: Menace 2 Sobriety (Next week’s first category: “Killing Eve”)
Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD: HoJo MoJo (Next week’s first category: “Weird Al” Yankovic – AUDIO)
28 South in Hagerstown, MD: Save the Clock Tower (Next week’s first category: Flamingos)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Please Return My Pens (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Pokemon from the Johto or Kanto Region?)
Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD: Formerly Known As (Next week’s first category: 2019 NFL Season – Week 1)