With the start of a new season, we often see some of our more creative teams picking new names. You might not recognize some of the highest-scoring teams from Wednesday night, but these folks are indeed the same PHT veterans who lit up the leaderboards in Season XVI. Overall, we welcomed 108 teams across 16 Wednesday venues:
Wednesday’s game opened with a three-part question on MAN-ly foods, specifically Manwich brand Sloppy Joe sauce, mangoes, and manzanilla olives. We visited the Nutmeg State and discussed the bony labyrinth found in the human ear. Finally, we closed with a nostalgic look at this classic cartoon series:
Thunder… Thunder… ThunderCats! Exactly one-quarter of our teams tacked on two bonus points to close the first round, as they knew the primary antagonist of the ThunderCats was the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra. Eleven teams began their evening with 36 first round points.
Wednesday’s second round featured questions on the antiquated ritual of Chinese foot binding, as well as the exploits of the Minnesota Vikings. We saw a lot of teams surprise themselves with a correct answer to this question on U.S. history:
–> Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe all belonged to which political party whose hyphenated name would sound oxymoronic today?
Based on the reaction they gave upon hearing the answer, most of the teams were certainly guessing when they turned in the correct response of the Democratic-Republican Party. Hey… it all looks the same on the scoresheet! We closed the first half with a question on this recent film which is one of the favorites to win the next Best Picture Oscar:
While most of our teams knew that “The Shape of Water” had earned the most Oscar nominations of any 2017 film, only seven teams scored two bonus points by knowing the name of its lead actress: Sally Hawkins. As a result, we did not see any perfect scores in the second round.
Stand-up comedians and stock symbols were featured on Wednesday’s halftime page, leading to an average score of 16.7 points, which included ten teams recording a perfect score of 20 points. Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 90
- We Who Shall Not Be Named (Barefoot Bernie’s): 90
- It’s Muller Time (Quinn’s): 90
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 89
- Viennese Oyster (Belles’): 88
Wednesday’s second half began with a question regarding this children’s character:
We included a rather difficult bonus question here, as only 13% of our teams knew that the feature film version of “Madeline” featured Frances McDormand in the role of Miss Clavel. We moved on to a three-part question on comic book villains and their alter egos, before closing with the most difficult wagering question of the third round:
–> Only two men have completed the Singles Career Golden Slam, winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic Gold medal during his career. One man accomplished this in the 1990’s, the other in the 21st century.
Despite making recent headlines with another grand slam victory last week, Roger Federer has never won an Olympic gold medal. Instead, Rafael Nadal is the 21st century player who fits this description. Likewise, many teams guessed incorrectly with Pete Sampras, but the other correct response was his long-time rival Andre Agassi. Even with teams needing just one correct answer to score points, only 31% of the field earned their wager, with just seven teams giving us both correct answers for two bonus points. For the second Wednesday in a row, the only perfect score of the third round was turned in by Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).
We combined geography and business for tonight’s six-point clue:
–> Which U.S. state is home to the only state capital in the country without a McDonald’s restaurant?
This clue was enough for 13% of our teams to score six points with Vermont. With less than 8,000 residents, the town of Montpelier is not only the smallest state capital in the country, but also the only one without a set of Golden Arches.
Wednesday’s final stanza opened with a question on the work of actor James Garner, the derivation of the word probiotic, and this video game series:
We closed the final round with a three-part question on celebrities named Black. I’ll just leave this here…
We saw three teams record perfect scores in the final round: Moving Forward (The Tavern), It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s), and Breakfast For Dinner (Furnace Bar and Grill). Here are Wednesday’s highest scores heading into the final question:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 164
- How Dey Do That (Memories): 159
- Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater): 158
- Viennese Oyster (Belles’): 157
- We Who Shall Not Be Named (Barefoot Bernie’s): 157
FINAL QUESTION (72.9% success rate):
–> Appropriately, which magazine’s first issue in 1936 featured a photograph of a doctor slapping a newborn baby’s behind?
Nearly three-quarters of our teams answered correctly with Life magazine. Congratulations to Flight Level Awesome (Belles’), Shakeweight (Valley Grill), and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater), who each earned the Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly. These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:
- Sprinkles Are For Winners (The Tavern): 167
- Shakeweight (Valley Grill): 166
- Jerry Lewis Romperthon (Nido’s): 165
- Viennese Oyster (Belles’): 163
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 162
- Momma Lu’s (The Tavern): 162
- Moving Forward (The Tavern): 161
- Please Card Us (The Tavern): 161
- It’s Muller Time (Quinn’s): 159
- Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap (Valley Grill): 159
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: No Reservations (NEXT GAME ON FEB. 28 – First category: Harry Potter Films)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight (Next week’s first category: Albania)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Sprinkles Are For Winners (Next week’s first category: “Austin Powers” – AUDIO)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Viennese Oyster (Next week’s first category: “Scorpion” – TV show)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: Teachers (Next week’s first category: Latin)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Jerry Lewis Romperthon (Next week’s first category: Nintendo)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Valley Hill Ornithologists (Next week’s first category: Cat Breeds)
Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Cake or Death (Next week’s first category: Maiden Names of U.S. First Ladies)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: It’s Mueller Time (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Original “Star Wars” Trilogy)
Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV: Last Place Champions (Next week’s first category: Bonnie and Clyde)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Next week’s first category: Mike Judge Films)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: Turkey – country)
Memories in Mount, Airy, MD: How Dey Do That (Next week’s first category: Deadly Diseases)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Breakfast For Dinner (Next week’s first category: 1980s Music – AUDIO)
Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA: Not Your Team (Next week’s first category: “The Office” – U.S. version)