A Capital Weekend of Trivia!

We moved from August to September over the weekend, as we welcomed 42 teams across three PHT venues.  Don’t forget that next Friday marks the start of trivia at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club in downtown Frederick!


Our first half questions touched on topics such as the Rose Bowl, the TV series “Shark Tank”, and this Pixar film:

Up Film

The most difficult first half question was asked at the close of Saturday’s first round.  We gave our teams a five year window to determine the year in which all of these events occurred:

1)  Air France is established in a merger of five different airlines.

2)  John Nance Garner is sworn in as U.S. Vice President.

3)  The original film version of “King Kong” premieres.

Only half of our Saturday teams earned wagering points by falling within the five year range, while just two of those teams picked up a two-point bonus with the exact answer of 1933.  The first and second rounds each yielded six perfect scores last weekend.


Friday’s halftime page featured Winter Olympic pictograms, while Saturday’s page featured “young” items.  Across both days, the average score reached 16.3 points, with five teams posting perfect scores.  Here is the halftime leaderboard from last weekend:


As usual, the second half picked up some steam, as nearly all of our Friday teams were tripped up by this musical timeline question:

–> Identify which of these four singers was the FIRST to have a song reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: Adele, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift.

Believe it or not (and maybe most teams did not), it has been TEN YEARS since Katy Perry first topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with “I Kissed a Girl”.  At 33 years, she is also the oldest of this quartet, but only five of our 24 Friday teams answered correctly here.  The field recovered nicely with questions concerning “The Daily Show”, “Little Orphan Annie”, and the novel “Lolita”.  Meanwhile, most of our Saturday teams were stumped by this astronomy question:

–> The fourth largest planet by diameter and the third largest by mass, which planet discovered in 1846 made headlines seven years ago by completing its first orbit around the Sun since its discovery?

With an orbital period of 165 years, the correct answer here was Neptune.  While the third round yielded a total of seven perfect scores across both nights, the fourth round was not so kind, thanks mostly to a question regarding this fashion retailer:


Here are your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> Which U.S. state capital is named for the woman who was crowned Queen of England in 1702?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (58.8% success rate):

–> To whom was George H. W. Bush referring when he spoke the following: “There is a man here who has earned a lasting place in our hearts and in our history.  On behalf of our nation, I thank you for the wonderful things that you have done for America”?

Your correct answers?  Annapolis (named for Queen Anne) and Ronald Reagan.  None of our teams took home the coveted Perfect 21 with correct answers on all wagering questions.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap  (Next week’s first category: Neil Diamond Lyrics)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Rene Descartes)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants  (Next week’s first category: 1980s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Off Beats  (Next week’s first category: Mel Blanc Characters)