A Trip to the Old Country at Wednesday Trivia!

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Wednesday’s game included the return of trivia night to Cellar Door in downtown Frederick.  Long after Cellar Door became one of the first PHT venues in 2009, we were thrilled to return after a hiatus of nearly seven years.  Overall, 107 teams took in a game of trivia at one of 15 Wednesday venues.


Opening round topics from Wednesday’s game included Sea-Tac Airport, people bearing the last name of Ross, the percussion instrument timpani, and the recent Oscar nomination earned by Kristen Stewart for her role as Princess Diana.  The final bonus question of the round kept numerous teams from completing a perfect score, as only 17% of the field knew that one of Stewart’s childhood roles was alongside Jodie Foster in the thriller film Panic Room.  Twelve teams opened their game by posting 36 points in Wednesday’s first round.


Wednesday’s audio round featured three songs that share their titles with films featuring Drew Barrymore.  About half of the field earned bonus points by recognizing all three songs, as we listened to Whip It by DEVO, Firestarter by The Prodigy, and E. T. by Katy Perry.  From there, we discussed calculus (in reference to dental plaque, not mathematics), the references to Paul Revere in both poetry and rap music, and the commercial in which Colonel Sanders and Mrs. Butterworth re-created the sensual pottery scene from the film Ghost.  Once again, the final bonus question of the round prevented many teams from securing a perfect score.  After most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record with 100 points in a single game (a feat which took place exactly 60 years ago), only 11% of our teams also knew that this game was played in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Despite being one of the greatest feats in sports history, fewer than 5,000 people werre in attendance!  Seven teams used those final two bonus points to complete a perfect second round.


Wednesday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify television shows whose titles begin with the letter ‘F’, while the bottom half featured a fruity matching section.  The average score reached 18.1 points, with 22% of our teams notching a perfect score of 20 points.  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:


We kicked off Wednesday’s second half with a three-part question regarding birthday boy Dr. Seuss.  The last question on this topic was by far the most difficult of the three:

  • With Jim Carrey voicing the title character, what the first fully animated feature-length film based on the work of Dr. Seuss?

While Jim Carrey is certainly remembered for portraying The Grinch, that was a live action adaptation.  Only 14% of our teams snagged the first two bonus points of the second half by knowing that Carrey voiced the title character in the film Horton Hears a Who!.  We continued the third stanza with discussions of fashion models, countries whose names end in ‘STAN’, and the Four Freedoms speech from Franklin Roosevelt.  The third round was bookended with difficult bonus questions, as only 12% of the field knew that four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening currently appears in the murder mystery film Death on the Nile.  As a result, Cultured Heathens (Fridays) earned the only perfect score in Wednesday’s third round.


The final round opened with the most difficult bonus question of the night:

  • Apart from 30 Rock, identify either one of the two comedy television series for which Tina Fey is credited as a creator or co-creator.

About half of our teams earned wagering points with either correct answer of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mr. Mayor, but only nine teams gave us both correct answers.  Other final round topics included the chemical compound acetone, the career of upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame inductee David Ortiz, three uses for the term Radar, and the bizarre story in which the logo for Pizza Hut was displayed on a Proton rocket bound for the International Space Station.  Thanks to the first question of the round, none of our teams posted a perfect final round score.  After four rounds of play, there were your highest scoring Wednesday teams:

FINAL QUESTION (68.4% success rate):

  • Spoken by more than 120 million people worldwide, in which language do six days of the week have names ending in letters ‘T-A-G’, with the other day ending in the letters ‘O-C-H’?

More than two-thirds of the field responded correctly with German.  Congratulations to Pterodactyl (Memories) and In Last Place (Memories), who each posted a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here are your overall leaders at the close of  Wednesday’s game:


Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U. S. Constitutional Amendments)

Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob Dole)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Edgar Wright Films)

Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Below Deck: Captain Sandy or Captain Lee?)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: In Last Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Novels)

TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Cultured Heathens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Quiz On Me (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oratorios)

Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: The Legend of Taylor Heinicke  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: AC / DC Songs)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: H. R. Puff ‘N’ Stuff  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Get Smart)

Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Black Zexcellence  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kanye West)

Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: FBB  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Beer)

T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Seasoned B Cups  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter History)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA:    (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cover Songs)

Cellar Door in Frederick: KSS   (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Generation X)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: The Owls Are Not What They Seem  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cajun Cuisine)