A Beaming Weekend of Trivia!

alt textFriday night witnessed two of the largest regular season games in PHT history!  Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown and Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont welcomed a combined total of 58 TEAMS!  Overall, the seven weekend venues featured 96 teams.


Opening round topics from last weekend included Santa Claus, the Muppets, the MLB players with the most career grand slams, and The More You Know public service advertisements from NBC.  Our Friday teams dealt with each of the two most difficult bonus questions of the first half.  Only six out of 74 Friday teams knew that Tom Brokaw as the first celebrity to appear in a The More You Know advertisement.  But prior to that, we asked an even bigger stumper in the form of a Three Clues question:

  • CLUE 1: This word is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘foot soldier’.
  • CLUE 2: It is mentioned in a notable film quote spoken by Alex Karras.

Three teams snagged these two bonus points with the early correct answer of pawnYou can click here to see the aforementioned film clip from Blazing Saddles.  Across the board, True B.S. (Doc Waters) posted the only perfect first round score last weekend.


The weekend audio questions included songs with Sugar in the title (No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who, Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard, and Sugar by Maroon 5) and songs about baseball (Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen, Centerfield by John Fogerty, and All the Way by Eddie Vedder).  Other second round topics included the NC-17 film rating, the art museums of Santa Fe, and middle names of U.S. Presidents.  Two teams earned 36 second round points last weekend: Cultured Heathens (Pretzel and Pizza Creations) and Sexy Bitches (Mason Social).


Topics from the weekend halftime pages included Disney characters, MLB All-Stars, film characters in glasses, and military quotes.  Overall, the average halftime score reached 16.3 points, with six teams sweeping the page with a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is last weekend’s halftime leaderboard:


Topics from last weekend’s third round included the film Lawrence of Arabia, the urban legend surrounding Fidel Castro and a (supposed) exploding cigar, the short story The Gift of the Magi, and the chemical element aluminum.  Once again, our Friday teams dealt with the most difficult bonus question of the round:

  • When traveling westward, Interstate-70 begins in Baltimore.  Identify either the state which is home to the western terminus of I-70 or the north-south interstate highway onto which I-70 empties.

Though nearly than half of our Friday teams earned wagering points with one correct answers, only five of those teams also tacked on two bonus points with both correct answers of Utah and I-15.  None of our weekend teams earned a perfect third round score.


Final round topics from last weekend included the 1980s family sitcom Silver Spoons, the music of George Frederic Handel, the tiebreaker system used in professional tennis, and the work of ornithologist and painter John James Audubon.  None of our weekend teams swept the final round with a perfect scores.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams heading into the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.8% success rate):

  • Despite being closely associated with the entire media franchise, which four-word quote was actually NEVER spoken verbatim in ANY incarnation of Star Trek?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):

  • It might not be as easy as ‘1-2-3’ to get this answer, but the name of which computer software company is also the symbol for rebirth and enlightenment in Hinduism and many other eastern religions?

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (25.0% success rate):

  • Which 14-year period in U.S. history is nicknamed The Noble Experiment?

The respective correct answers for these final questions were “Beam me up, Scotty”, Lotus, and Prohibition.  None of our weekend teams earned a Perfect 21 last weekend by answering all 21 wagering questions correctlyHere is your final weekend leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scotland)

P. B. Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD: D.C. Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Karl Urban)

Dragon Distillery in Frederick, MD:  Two Guys, a Girl, and a Trivia Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spaceballs)

Doc Waters Cidery in Germantown. MD: Beer Pressure  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jimmy Buffett – AUDIO)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Stitches Great Escape  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World War II)

Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Quality Guesswork  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stellaris)

Mason Social in Alexandria, VA: D. B. Cooper Lives  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Potent Potables)