Apparently, Everyone Will Be There For You at Wednesday Trivia!

In what will certainly become an unbreakable PHT record, our “Friends” theme game at Rockwell Brewery in Frederick welcomed an unfathomable 59 TEAMS on Wednesday night.  Host Ryan was on top of his game, as this epic trivia battle went off without a hitch.  Congratulations to Ross Was On a Break, who topped this massive field to take home the win.  Meanwhile, we held “Friends” theme games at two other venues while hosting our standard batch of trivia for 128 teams.  Thanks to the three theme games, last night was the first weeknight in PHT history to welcome more than 200 teams.


Opening round topics from Wednesday night included upcoming stage musicals based on the TV series “The Nanny” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, words which begin with the letters ‘MID’, the charitable contributions of Walmart, and NBA timekeeping.  Nine teams began their Wednesday night by earning a perfect first round score.


Wednesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three ‘timely’ music groups, as we listened to “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, and “Welcome to Paradise” by Green Day.  Later, we looked at the Pony Express, the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, and the Academy Awards won by Denzel Washington.  The second round also included the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> In classical music, a ‘duodecet’ is a composition performed by how many musicians?

Only 19% of our teams gave us the correct answer of 12 musicians.  As a result, only three teams posted a perfect second round score: Vultures (Belles’), Big Milky Way (Augie’s), and Brother of Menelaus (Augie’s).


Wednesday’s halftime page depicted humanized versions of Disney characters, while the bottom half asked our teams to match the coordinates of national capital cities.  The geographic skills were on point during this round, as 26% of the field earned a perfect score.  The overall average as also one of the highest of the season at 18.4 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Brother of Menelaus (Augie’s):  92
  • Tokyo Tentacle Storm (Belles’):  91
  • Big Milky Way (Augie’s):  91
  • Why Not Zoidberg? (Memories):  91


The nightly Three Clues question kicked off Wednesday’s second half, as dozens of teams scored bonus points thanks to their intricate knowledge of the sport of jai alai.  The third round also feature questions concerning the ancient treatise “The Art of War”, the one-hit wonder music group “The Proclaimers”, and the state flag of Washington.  Eleven teams ran the table by posting 36 third round points.


After visiting Peru during the 6-4-2 question, we touched on final round topics such as the film “Clueless”, the spice turmeric, Latin phrases, and the Spruce Goose.  We saved the most difficult bonus question of the night for the close of the fourth round, as only 11% of the field knew that the word ‘ellipsis’ was used as a secret code word in the James Bond film “Casino Royale”.  Three teams earned a perfect final round score: How Do Forks Work (Valley Grill), Brother of Menelaus (Augie’s), and Motley Clue (Brookside).  These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (54.7% success rate):

–> In all of its incarnations, which current TV show was inspired by “Broadway Open House”, an early 1950s show that was telecast live, weeknights from 11:00 pm to midnight?

Just over half of our teams gave us the correct answer of “The Tonight Show”.  In a rather odd occurrence, the collective success rate among teams that were in the lead after the fourth round was just 33%.  As a result, eight teams came from behind on the final question to steal a victory.  Though a few teams answered each of the first 20 wagering questions correctly (one of which had run up a perfect score through four rounds), NONE of these teams could seal the deal by earning a Perfect 21Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:


Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Sylvester Stallone Films of the 1970s)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap   (Next week’s first category: Schrodinger’s Cat)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Phil Mickelson)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Smelly Cats  (Next week’s first category: Name the Missing Boy Band Member)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Here For the Wine   (Next week’s first category: Types of Cheese)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Thunerdcats   (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: Picard”)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Tacos   (Next week’s first category: Home Renovations)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Special Eds   (Next week’s first category: NHL Teams)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Audrey Hepburn or Katharine Hepburn?)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think  (Next week’s first category: Rum)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Duck Dodgers   (Next week’s first category: 1990s U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Bold Bols   (Next week’s first category: 1990s TV Comedies)

Augie’s Mussel House in Alexandria, VA:  My Dirty Little Secret   (Next week’s first category: 2020 Republican Politics)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  No Ma’am   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Toyota Supra or Nissan Skyline?)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason   (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” – Episode IV)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Farmer’s Daughter Bakery   (Next week’s first category: Java Syntax)