Another New Venue for Wednesday Night Trivia!

Wednesday night featured the opening of the first PHT venue in southern California, as we welcomed the Crab Pot in Long Beach to the PHT family.  One of our former Virginia players chipped in by serving as host for this inaugural game!  In addition, we welcomed 92 teams at 15 other venues.  Let’s get right to the recap:


Wednesday’s game opened with a rather difficult bonus question about this classic arcade game:

Pac Man

Most of the field knew that the ghosts in “Pac-Man” turn blue to signify that they can be eaten, but only seven teams also knew that a player earns 3,000 bonus points for consuming all four ghosts (200 + 400 + 800 + 1600).  We enjoyed a quick snack break courtesy of Toblerone before moving on to a question on Film Sequels, asking for either one of the two film sequels in which Adam Sandler is credited as performer (outside of cameo appearances):

While nearly half of our teams named both of these films, no one actually admitted to having seen the film “Grown Ups 2”.  Odd…  Across all 16 venues of trivia, the only three teams to land a perfect first round score were ALL playing at Valley Grill, as Drunk Savants, Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap, and Shakeweight correctly answered the three first round bonus questions.


Tuesday’s audio question featured three alliterative song titles: “Maggie May” (Rod Stewart), “White Wedding” (Billy Idol), and “Tik Tok” (Kesha).  Needless to say, the younger teams struggled to recognize “Maggie May”, while the older teams had never heard of “Tik Tok”.  Universal knowledge of Billy Idol helped most of our teams earn their wager here.  We continued with a question on this very recent TV re-boot:

The second round concluded with our teams trying to name the three most populous cities with “FORT’ in their names.  Our field had no trouble remembering Fort Worth and Fort Lauderdale, but only 15% of our teams scored a bonus with Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Six teams concluded the first half by notching a perfect second round score.


Disney-themed cakes was the theme of Wednesday’s halftime page, and it was indeed a piece of cake for many of our teams, as 36% of the field turned in a perfect score, with the average hovering just over 18 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:


Wednesday’s third round offered up the most difficult wagering question of the night.  This one even stumped some of our most die-hard football fans:

–> Among the top ten active leaders in career receiving yards, two of these men, both of whom play in the AFC, share which first name?

Only 22% of our teams knew that we were talking about these two players:

The third round did not give our teams much of a break, as the very next question was answered correctly by just 28% of the field:

–> You’ll find the Mother Teresa Cathedral on Bill Clinton Boulevard in the capital city of which country, whose sovereignty is recognized by just over half of all U.N. members?

Fortunately, this question was asked with the aid of a crossword-style hint.  Nearly all of the teams that answered correctly waited for that six-letter hint, but five teams were bold enough to earn a two-point bonus with the correct answer of Kosovo.  The third round also included a question on this lovable literary character:


After finishing off with a cocktail (specifically, the fuzzy navel), we saw just two teams sweep the third round with a perfect score: Witiots (Nido’s) and Sad fat dragons (Barefoot Bernie’s).


Our final round looked at the stylized logo of his current TV drama:

Americans TV

The final round included our most difficult bonus question of the night, in the form of the three clues question.  Only four teams earned an extra two points by answering correctly after hearing these two clues:

CLUE 1: This band derived its name from a character in a Bob Dylan ballad.

CLUE 2: This band’s debut single was the 1974 song “Rocka Rolla”.

The fifth track on Dylan’s 1967 album “John Wesley Harding” is a song entitled “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”.  This question was the sticking point for the field, as only one team (Five Dollar Candy from TopGolf in Alexandria) posted a perfect score in the final round.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (60.8% success rate):

–> Which restaurant chain earned its name because it was a smaller version of a southern California drive-in barbecue joint opened by a certain Mr. Karcher in the 1940s?

Just over three-fifths of our teams answered correctly with this chain:

Carl's Jr.

Congratulations to Southpaw Fish (Valley Grill), Sexual Chocolate (Memories), Sad Fat Dragons (Barefoot Bernie’s), and Plugging the A Gap (Barefoot Bernie’s), who each earned the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Southpaw Fish  (Next week’s first category: Colonial Williamsburg)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  The Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Hitchcock Blondes)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason  (Next week’s first category: Steely Dan)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Classic Cocktails)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – 1990 film)  ** FOUR WINS IN A ROW! **

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Obscure References  (Next week’s first category: Children’s Literature)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  We Guess So Hard  (Next week’s first category: Alien Races from “Star Wars”)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Star Bellied Sneetches  (Next week’s first category: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Hookers and Blackjack  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” Expanded Universe)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!!  Real Munsters  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Trick or Treat)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Sad Fat Dragons  (Next week’s first category: Larry David)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings” Films)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  Tuna Noodle Casserole  (Next week’s first category: Tupac Shakur)