99 Problems But a Quiz Ain’t One…

For the fourth week in a row, our Friday night game at Springfield Manor Winery topped 25 teams, but this week was the biggest game we’ve ever hosted at this fantastic venue.  In what could be a PHT record for a regular season game, Ian welcomed 29 TEAMS to Thurmont on Friday night!  With the bulk of the weekend teams playing on Friday, our three games featured a total of 42 teams:


The first two rounds ran very smoothly for our teams, but a smattering of wicked bonus questions kept most of our teams from recording perfect scores in the first half.  On Friday, none of our teams were aware of the variation on the martini that replaces an olive with a pearl onion: that drink is known as a Gibson.  Meanwhile, the Saturday squads did not recognize the character names from this 1980s comedy film:

Three Men and a Baby

The weekend audio questions featured numerical song titles (“1979” by Smashing Pumpkins, “99 Problems” by Jay-Z, and “One More Night” by Maroon 5) and clips from TV sitcoms (which included ANOTHER Ted Danson reference).  Also in the second round, our Friday teams delved into U.S. Presidential elections while our Saturday teams packed on the Freshman Fifteen.  With a slightly easier set of bonus questions in the second stanza, two teams earned perfect second round scores: Uncle Jack (Belles’) and Cultured Heathens (Pretzel & Pizza Creations).


Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and celebrities with botanical names were the subjects on the weekend halftime pages.  The overall average for both nights reached 15.4 points, with Irish Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations) posting the only perfect score of the weekend.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams at the halftime break:


Friday’s third round featured this Three Clues question which garnered very few early guesses:

CLUE 1: Born in November of 1966, this celebrity was raised in the same town in which Shakespeare lived.

CLUE 2: Last week, a New Orleans restaurant filed a lawsuit against this celebrity.

Only one of our Friday teams picked up to bonus points here, thanks to the recent story of the lawsuit field against TV chef Gordon Ramsay.  Meanwhile, our Saturday teams dealt with a difficult TV question of their own thanks to this animated wallaby:


The final round featured questions on Taco Bell, the film “The Elephant Man”, and the modern rock band Panic! at the Disco.  While none of our teams recorded a perfect third round score, five teams were able to pull of the feat in their final round of the night.  Here is your weekend leaderboard ater four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (32.2% success rate):

–> Which university has a two-word athletic nickname which is believed to have been inspired by William Corby, a former university president who once served as chaplain to a volunteer infantry unit at the Battle of Gettysburg?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (54.5% success rate):

–> Which member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame received an 1844 patent for his “Improvement in India-Rubber Fabrics”?

This weekend’s final answers included Notre Dame and Charles Goodyear.  After a stellar performance from start to finish, Irish Beer Money (Pretzel & Pizza Creations) recorded the only Perfect 21 this weekend by failing to convert on a wagering question.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  No Brain, No Gain  (Next week’s first category: One Hit Wonders)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (NEXT GAME ON SEPTEMBER 7 – First category: Rene Descartes)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants  (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: “Three Men and a Baby”)