Even with 113 teams playing across 15 PHT venues, the Thursday leaderboards were littered with teams from our most competitive venue:
The opening round topics of Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jackie Chan, and the number 66 were a breeze for most of our teams, but a question concerning Olympic hosts led to a hard-earned two-point bonus:
–> Since World War II, only two countries have each had two different cities host the Summer Olympics. For your wager, name either one of these two countries.
Nearly every team earned wagering points with the correct answer of the United States (Los Angeles in 1984 and Atlanta in 1996), but only six teams also knew that two Australian cities have also hosted the Summer Olympics: Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. With that being the most difficult question of the round (by far), each of those six teams concluded the first round with a perfect score of 36 points.
Thursday’s audio question featured TV theme songs which were sung by cast members, so of course we included this show as one of our three answers:
Later, we enjoyed a little dessert by discussing the Hispanic dish flan before asking questions about Senator Chuck Grassley and Tom Jones. With a slightly easier trio of bonus questions, we saw eight teams sweep the second round.
Little Debbie snacks were the featured topic of Thursday’s halftime page, which yielded five perfect scores and an overall average of 15.9 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
- North Country (Quincy’s): 92
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 89
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 89
- Tantric Yogurt (Quincy’s): 88
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 88
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 88
Thursday’s second half began with a wicked question in the seemingly innocuous theme of Triple 50/50. We asked our teams to determine whether each of these events occurred before or after 1940:
1) The first NFL Draft is held.
2) Economics is added to the list of Nobel Prize categories.
3) The first television appearance by a sitting U.S. President is broadcast.
To the surprise of many teams, The first NFL Draft took place in 1936, while Franklin Roosevelt made his first TV appearance at the 1939 World’s Fair. As a result, only 21% of our teams earned wagering points (perhaps an all-time low for a Triple 50/50 question), while just four teams earned bonus points with three correct answers. After that speed bump, the rest of the round progressed smoothly, as our teams rebounded with correct answers featuring author Stephen Crane, the alpaca, and the political thriller film “The Manchurian Candidate”:
Thanks to the first question of the round, the only team to notch 36 third round points was North Country (Quincy’s), who was riding a perfect game through three full rounds.
Thursday’s final round began with a question concerning this cartoon character and his signature catch phrase:
We continued with questions regarding album titles, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, and the origins of the Guinness Brewery. In a bit of an oddity, the final round yielded the most perfect scores, as nine teams ran the table heading into the final question. These were your highest scoring Thursday teams after four rounds of play:
- North Country (Quincy’s): 166
- Tantric Yogurt (Quincy’s): 164
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 163
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 161
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 157
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 157
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (51.4% success rate):
–> During the last 100 years, this Republican is the only person to run for U.S. President as a major-party candidate while sporting a mustache. For your wager, name this unsuccessful candidate.
Just over half of our teams responded correctly with the mustachioed New Yorker Thomas Dewey. Congratulations to the four teams that recorded the Perfect 21 on Thursday: Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards), Tantric Yogurt (Quincy’s), PC Principals (Fish Market), and We Are Not Going to Be Suck This Year (Art’s Tavern). Here is your final Thursday leaderboard:
- North Country (Quincy’s): 178
- Tantric Yogurt (Quincy’s): 176
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 173
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 170
- Breadsticks (Quincy’s): 169
- Fan Club (Quincy’s): 168
- Just Good Enough (Champion Billiards): 166
- Ingenious Bastards (Champion Billiards): 165
- Brother of Menelaus (Fish Market): 164
- Singing Inferno (Smoketown Brewing): 163
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: North Country (Next week’s first category: Yes (band) – AUDIO)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough (Next week’s first category: Iron Maiden)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Indians (Next week’s first category: States of Myanmar)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Singing Inferno (Next week’s first category: Pennsylvania Golf Courses)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Pugalicious (Next week’s first category: Home Brewing)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Witiots (Next week’s first category: Foreign Cuisine)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Bueller…, Bueller… (Next week’s first category: Calculus)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: No Scrubs (Next week’s first category: Medical Terminology)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (Next week’s first category: Australian Animals)
Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, VA: Final Frontier (Next week’s first category: Astrophysics)
Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA: We Are Groot (Next week’s first category: “Better Call Saul”)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Quiz in My Pants (Next week’s first category: Greek Mythology)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: PC Principals (Next week’s first category: “Better Call Saul”)
Art’s Tavern in Falls Church, VA: We Are Not Going to Be Suck This Year (Next week’s first category: Uranus)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Unathletico Madrid (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings Hootie and the Blowfish)