A Trip to Middle-Earth for Wednesday Night Trivia!

Wednesday night’s game took us “there and back again”, as 90 teams joined us for some trivia fun at 15 different PHT venues.  One of our teams posted an amazing score in a rather difficult set of questions!  Let’s get right to the recaps:


Wednesday’s game opened with a surprisingly challenging question, as nearly half of our field could not come up with Samuel Morse as the inventor of the electric telegraph.  Furthermore, only 20% of our teams earned the first two-point bonus of the night by knowing this famous phrase which was the first to be transmitted by Morse:

Morse Code - What Hath God Wrought

After a trip across the Continental Divide, we concluded the opening stanza with a question on this upcoming film sequel, released more than 35 years after the original:

Blade Runner 2049

Once again, exactly 20% of our teams earned a two-point bonus on this question, by knowing that these films are based on the work of Philip K. Dick.  After one round of play, six teams were sporting a perfect score of 36 points.


Tuesday’s audio question was more diverse than usual, encompassing TV, films, and music.  Most of the field had no issue determining the one word that appeared in the titles of all three clips, which included John Travolta on “Welcome Back, Kotter”,  Rodney Dangerfield in “Back to School”, and Amy Winehouse singing “Back to Black”.  We followed up with a question on this sports icon:

Tom Landry Cowboys

Our sports fans were able to shine on the bonus question here, as exactly one-third of our teams knew that coach Tom Landry got his start on the NFL sidelines as the Defensive Coordinator of the New York Giants (where he coached alongside Vince Lombardi).  Finally, we took a look at the former NBC series “Fear Factor”, which included the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  Unbeknownst to most of our players, the show was recently revived by MTV, and seven teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that this rap star is the current host:

Fear Factor

The last question of the round was the main sticking point for most of the field, but five teams managed to escape the second round with a perfect score of 36 points.


Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of bullies in films, which led to an average score of 17.1 points and nine perfect scores.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

  • Sexual Chocolate (Memories):  91
  • Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories):  88
  • Quiz in My Pants (Delirium Cafe):  87


Wednesday’s second half opened with our nightly Three Clues question.  Very few teams ventured an early guess after these two clues were read:

CLUE 1: The LAST name of the actor whose first credited screen role was as Tony Amato on an episode of “Miami Vice”.

CLUE 2: The FIRST name of the running back drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Some of those early guesses were correct, as seven teams earned a two-point bonus on this question.  Most of the field waited for this third and final clue:

CLUE 3: The current name of the tallest building in Chicago.

While many of us certainly remember this skyscraper as the Sears Tower, for the last eight years its official name has been the Willis Tower, which meant that the first two clues were referring to Bruce Willis and Willis McGahee.  Here’s the young actor getting his big break on “Miami Vice”:


After questions on the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain and Cornelius Vanderbilt, we continued with a look at the recent work of this former Disney Channel superstar (and her partnership with the Kate Hudson clothing line Fabletics):

Demi Lovato

Thanks mostly to the first bonus question of the round, we did not see any perfect third round scores.


We were guilty of a “double-dip” on our 6-4-2 question, accidentally providing the answer to the six-point question earlier in the game:

–> This U.S. city is home to a large sculpture of a woman with a horse-like elongated face, whose neck and hair are connected by rods.  Officially, it is untitled, but locals call it “The Picasso” after its artist.

Even with the inadvertent hint, only two teams (Flight Level Awesome from Belles’ and Amigos from Clover Theater) earned six points on this question with the correct response of Chicago.  Here’s a closer look at the aforementioned sculpture:

Chicago Picasso


Our final round opened with our teams trying to figure out which 36-year old Oscar-winning actress holds dual citizenship between the U.S. and Israel.  Most of our teams knew it was this performer, seen here in her most recent Oscar-nominated role:

Natalie Portman Jackie Kennedy

After a trip to French wine region of Bordeaux, we quizzed our teams on the work of conservative commentator William F. Buckley, before finishing with this intriguing question from the world of College Basketball:

–> Respectively, the 2009 and 2010 Men’s Division I Final Four were held at Ford Field and Lucas Oil Stadium.  In each of those years, one of the participating schools was playing in its home state.

With those two arenas located in Detroit and Indianapolis, the schools that lucked out with the bonus of home court advantage were the Michigan State Spartans and the Butler Bulldogs.  Michigan State was much more of an easier pull than Butler, leading to just five teams earning bonus points on that question, and only one team sweeping the final round: Sexual Chocolate from Memories.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> Early in this 1937 novel, the title character is hired on as a burglar after unknowingly advertising for a job through a mark on his door.  Name this novel which was adapted into a feature film series in 2012.

Exactly one-third of the field earned their wagers here with the correct answer of “The Hobbit”.  Congratulations to BAM (The Tavern) and Sexual Chocolate (Memories), as the only teams to answer all wagering questions correctly, thereby earning the Perfect 21 award tonight.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:


Attaboy Beer in Frederick, MD:  The Shed Team  (NEXT GAME ON NOVEMBER 1 – First category: B Movies)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek” Universe)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  BAM  (Next week’s first category: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Sex Whale  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Adult Film Star or Cartoon Villain?)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  HoJo MoJo  (Next week’s first category: “It” – original TV film)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Italian Prime Minister or Pasta Shape)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: “Bloodsport”)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Quiz In My Pants  (Next week’s first category: Parody Songs)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  We Guess So Hard  (Next week’s first category: Aerodynamics)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  The A Team  (Next week’s first category: “A Man Called Flintstone”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: African Capitals)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!!  Real Munsters  (Next week’s first category: “Rick and Morty” – Season 3)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: Tom Petty)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Rocket Man  (Next week’s first category: Achievement Hunter – YouTube Channel)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: 1990s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)