A “Beloved” Night of Wednesday Trivia!

Throughout Season XIX, the Wednesday leaderboards have been dominated by the powerhouse teams that have gravitated to one particular venue in Arlington.  Would that trend hold true again this week?  Overall, we welcomed 110 teams across 14 PHT venues.

FIRST ROUND:

The first round was a breeze for our Wednesday teams, as they cruised through topics such as Midwestern geography, the University of Oregon, and this 1990s film:

Exactly one-fifth of our teams notched 36 points en route to a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured trailers from current Netflix series: “Grace and Frankie”, “GLOW”, and “Santa Clarita Diet”.  We continued with a look at the career of Thomas Edison as well as varieties of lettuce.  The subject of TV shows bookended the second round, as we closed the first half with a question about this sitcom:

With more than a dozen teams looking to close out a perfect second round, we slammed the door on those hopes with the most difficult bonus question of the night.  Only three teams tacked on two points by correctly naming Linwood Boomer as the creator of “Malcolm in the Middle”.  As a result, Wednesday’s second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

Stylized fonts from the world of entertainment highlighted Wednesday’s halftime page.  Falling on the easier side, the overall average score reached 18.3 points, as 31% of the field recorded a perfect score for 20 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Wednesday’s third round topics include blood transfusions, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the explorations of Vasco de Gama, and this classic rock album:

By knowing that the titular “Highway 61” is located in New Orleans, nine teams earned a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

After enjoying a tall glass of 7-Up in the 6-4-2 question, we began the final round with a look at the Montreal Expos.  We visited the “City of Love” and discussed the Broadway musical based upon this pointillist masterpiece:

We closed Wednesday’s fourth round with a three-part question regarding film remakes: “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Arthur”, and “RoboCop”.  Eight teams swept the final round with 36 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (42.3% success rate):

–> Winning the award in 1993, who is the most recent American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Just over two-fifths of the field earned points on this final question with the correct respinse of Toni Morrison.  Congratulations to the four Wednesday teams that recorded the perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly: Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s), The Dog Ate Our Team Name (Quinn’s), and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater).  Like clockwork, it is clearly evident which Wednesday venue hosts our best teams, as these were your final high scores:

It seems like a new PHT record is set every month at Quinn’s!  Tonight marked the highest second and third place scores in PHT history, as three teams came within four points of a perfect game!

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON APRIL 24 – First category: Netflix Original Series)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Shakeweight   (Next week’s first category: Jewish Directors Other Than Steven Spielberg)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: 1950s Films)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Tentacle Storm  (Next week’s first category: Masters of the Universe)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD:  Lauren’s Certified Tufted Titmouse   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Constitutional Amendments)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party   (Next week’s first category: Folk Singers)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Athletic Supporters   (Next week’s first category: Montreal Expos)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Devan is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things   (Next week’s first category: Summer Blockbuster Films)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: “Arrested Development” – current season)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Ultimate Source Source   (Next week’s first category: Wine)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (Next week’s first category: Best Picture Oscar Nominations)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on April 17: “The Simpsons” Voice Actors)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Why Not Zoidberg?   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Klingon Phrase or Russian Phrase?)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Ice Cube or Ice-T)