A Taxing Evening of Wednesday Trivia!
We kicked off the month of August by welcoming 121 teams across 15 PHT venues:
Our stellar teams stormed through opening round topics such as Baskin-Robbins, acupuncture, and films with 0% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. We closed the round with a look at this memorable knockout:
A whopping 26 teams began their night with a perfect first round score.
We listened to a few cover songs performed by the cast of “Glee” in Wednesday’s audio question, before moving on to topics such as Joan of Arc and U.S. geography. The second round also included the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Created as an allegory for racial equality, which Dr. Seuss characters discriminated each other based on whether or not they had stars on their bellies?
Only 26% of our teams responded correctly with the Sneetches:
This question proved to be the only sticking point for the field, as eleven teams ran the table with 36 second round points. Nine of those eleven teams were holding a perfect score after two full rounds.
U.S. cities and Broadway showtunes highlighted Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded 14 perfect scores with an overall average of 17.2 points. These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the break:
- Tokyo Ra (Belles’): 93
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 93
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Memories): 92
- Harsh Reality (Bennigan’s – Frederick): 92
- The More You Know (Furnace Bar): 92
- Retired Ninjas (Furnace Bar): 92
- Jerry Lewis Romperthon (Nido’s): 92
Wednesday’s third round opened with a Three Clues question concerning the word ‘bulletproof’, followed by this simple (but difficult) query on the topic of analogies:
–> New York is to Broadway as London is to what?
Less than half of our teams knew that the most prestigious theater district of London is commonly known as the ‘West End’. We continued with the most difficult bonus question of the round. After most teams earned points by knowing that the Minnesota Vikings lost last season’s NFC Championship game with a chance to host the Super Bowl, only 13% of the field knew that their new home venue is U.S. Bank Stadium:
The third round concluded with questions concerning Sri Lanka and Clint Eastwood’s political career. Thanks to the NFL bonus question, only Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s) and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Clover Theater) managed to record a perfect third round score.
After enjoying a Chicago-style hot dog in the 6-4-2 question, the final round featured two questions which stumped the majority of our teams. First up, a little not-so-common chemistry:
–> The radioactive isotope Hydrogen-3 is better known by which name that references its atomic weight of three?
Only 29% of the field earned points here with the correct response of tritium. Later, we mixed etymology with mythology for this question:
–> The adjective selenic was coined as a reference to which heavenly body of our Solar System?
That adjective is derived from the name Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon. With just 23% of our teams earning points, most of the field recovered nicely after getting its collective drink on with a Triple 50/50 question regarding the alcoholic content of beverage brands. We saw just one perfect score in the final round: Math is For Boys (Memories). Here is your Wednesday leaderboard after four rounds of play:
- Math is For Boys (Memories): 165
- Power Vacuum (Belles’): 165
- Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s): 163
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Memories): 163
- Harsh Reality (Bennigan’s – Frederick): 163
- Jerry Lewis Romperthon (Nido’s): 163
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (34.6% success rate):
–> A Congressional act passed in 1862 and the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are two of the key documents which codified the modern-day duties of which government organization?
Just over one-third of our teams answered correctly the Internal Revenue Service. Congratulations to Save the Clock Tower (Barefoot Bernie’s) and Math is For Boys (Memories), as the only two teams to notch the Perfect 21 on Wednesday night. Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:
- Math is For Boys (Memories): 176
- Tokyo Ra (Belles’): 174
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Memories): 174
- Little Blue Pill (Kildare’s Pub): 164
- Hojo Mojo (Nido’s): 164
- Vultures (Belles’): 164
- ALL CAPS (Delirium Cafe): 164
- Fan Club (The Tavern): 163
- Second Place (Valley Grill): 163
- Mr. A-Hole (Memories): 163
An honorable mention goes out to Sam from Bennigan’s – Clarksburg, who recorded 169 total points tonight while playing ‘over the limit’.
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Second Place (Next week’s first category: Opera)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Fan Club (Next week’s first category: 2018 Class of the Baseball Hall of Fame)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Ra (Next week’s first category: Overwatch)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: Trojan Pride (Next week’s first category: Major League Baseball)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Hojo Mojo (Next week’s first category: French Polynesia)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Save the Clock Tower (Next week’s first category: “The Last Unicorn” – film)
Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA: ALL CAPS (Next week’s first category: DC Comics)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Kitten Mittens (Next week’s first category: The Sports Junkies)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Deep State Bureaucrats (Next week’s first category: Sharks)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Amigos (Next week’s first category: The U.S. Supreme Court)
Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA: Little Blue Pill (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Sam (Next week’s first category: Difficult Spelling Bee Words)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Math is For Boys (Next week’s first category: “Back to the Future”)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Retired Ninjas (Next week’s first category: 1990s Nickelodeon Theme Songs)