A Shellacking (and a Shellacking) at Weekend Trivia!

Apparently, the approaching winter has had no effect on the attendance at our busiest venue, as all-star host Scott wrangled a massive field of 25 teams at our outdoor game at Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont!  Overall, we welcomed 47 teams across four venues:


Opening round topics from included New Mexico cities, the directorial work of rock star Rob Zombie, and the rather atrocious season being put together by this quarterback and his teammates:

Eli Manning

A picture is worth a thousand words, but this one is only worth one win so far this year.  Friday’s audio question dealt with “Free” songs such as “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty, and “Break Free” by Ariana Grande and Zedd.  Meanwhile, our Saturday teams were asked to identify clips from three TV sitcoms, before moving on to topics such has the Battle of Hastings and the bizarre music video for the Alanis Morissette song “Thank U”.  Sorry, this is a family-friendly blog, so you won’t get a picture for that one.  For each of the first two rounds, four teams earned perfect scores, with J. T. Snow School of Babysitting (Belles’) posting 36 points in each of the first two stanzas.


Last weekend’s halftime topics included items mentioned in the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and guest performers from “Seinfeld”.  Five teams earned at least 20 points, with J. T. Snow School of Babysitting (Belles’) actually posting a perfect 21 points thanks to a halftime bonus point on Saturday night.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams at the halftime break:


In the second half, out Friday teams were given Three Clues for the word Ranger, but had a difficult time remembering the name of this dance troupe:


Only four of our Friday teams recognized a description of Jabbawockeez.  Saturday second half included topics such as Johnny Appleseed, “Happy” titles, and the political aspirations of Clint Eastwood.  We finally stumped our stellar Saturday teams on the first question on the final round, as only one team earned bonus points by giving us ‘Forbes’ as the correct middle name of Nobel Prize winner John Nash.  While three teams swept the third round (J. T. Snow School of Babysitting, Irish Beer Mafia, and Uncle Jack), none of our teams could replicate the feat in the final round.  Here is your pre-final leaderboard heading into the final question:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (16.7% success rate):

–> According to 2017 figures, he highest paid state employee in 41 of the 50 U.S. states is a person that is referred to by which one-word title?

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

–> Which resin secreted by insects is most commonly used as a wood finish, while its name is used a slang term to describe a dominant sports victory?

Only five Friday teams earned points on the final question with the correct answer of ‘coach’.  Yes, the football or men’s basketball coach at your state’s largest public university is probably making MUCH more than your governor.  Meanwhile, we could not have asked a more appropriate final question on Saturday, as the correct answer was shellac.  The powerhouse team of J. T. Snow School of Babysitting (Belles’) certainly shellacked the rest of the field this weekend, as it became the first team in PHT history to record two scores of at least 180 points in the span of a month.  Needless to say, J. T. Snow School of Babysitting also recorded the only Perfect 21 on Saturday night by failing to miss a wagering question.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Ruperts  (Next week’s first category: The Bible)

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

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  Half Baked  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Dec. 14: Roller Coasters)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  J. T. Snow School of Babysitting  (Next week’s first category: Arnold Schwarzenegger Films)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia  (Next week’s first category: Boy Scout Merit Badges)