Don’t You Forget About Wednesday Trivia!
Wednesday’s in-person games featured 123 teams across 15 venues. In addition, PHT held a charity streaming game that raised more than $300 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine through Project HOPE, which is currently taking online donations through this link.
For the second time this week, we experienced the unusual occurrence in which the most difficult bonus question of the night was asked during the first round. After most of our teams earned wagering points on a question regarding the 25th anniversary of the death of The Notorious B.I.G., only four teams knew that his song Mo Money Mo Problems topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart later that year. Other opening round topics included names bearing the initials ‘D. M.’, the mambo dance, and the upcoming film Lightyear, a spinoff from the Toy Story franchise featuring the voice of Chris Evans. Thanks to the Biggie Smalls bonus, Stink Floyd (Belles’) posted the only perfect first round score on Wednesday night.
Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles contained the word Sun, as we listened to House of the Rising Sun by The Animals, Walkin’ on the Sun by Smash Mouth, and Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow. We continued with topics such as the pharmaceutical drug Prilosec, President Dwight Eisenhower, and television shows set in Seattle. With a notable increase in difficulty, three consecutive second round questions each yielded a success rate of less than 50%, with the most difficult being this query concerning Olympic athletes:
- Which male track star won nine career Olympic gold medals, the most for any American athlete outside of swimmers?
Only 39% of the field responded correctly with Carl Lewis, with ten of those teams tacking on two bonus points by also knowing that Alyson Felix has won the most Olympic gold medals among American female athletes outside of swimming. None of our Wednesday teams notched a perfect second round score.
The top half of Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of ‘OLD’ things, while the bottom half quizzed our teams on answers named for thoroughfares. The average score reached 13.7 points, with six teams earning a perfect score of 20 points. These were your highest scoring Wednesday teams at the halftime break:
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 89
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 88
- Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine): 88
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 87
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 86
- Stinkfist (Idiom): 84
Topics from Wednesday’s third round included the mango, in vitro fertilization, the use of the Sonny and Cher song I Got You Babe in the film Groundhog Day, and the uniform numbers retired by the Pittsburgh Steelers. A pair of difficult bonus questions once again kept the perfect scores of the board. First up, only 13% of our teams knew that Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day was named Phil Connors. We saw a similar success rate on the final bonus question of the round, which asked for the alma mater of Steelers Hall of Famer ‘Mean’ Joe Greene. The correct response here was the University of North Texas, whose official athletic nickname of Mean Green is the source of Greene’s nickname (since he is actually a very nice person). Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’) posted the only perfect third round score on Wednesday night.
After opening the final round with a question concerning the film The Hurt Locker (and its director Kathryn Bigelow), we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:
- Ricky Martin might appreciate a bowl of which traditional Mexican soup made from tripe in a broth with a red chili pepper base?
The Ricky Martin hint referenced his (very) early musical career, as he was once a member of the boy band that shares its name with this soup. Only 27% of the field submitted the correct answer of Menudo. We continued the final stanza with topics such as world geography, the television show Mythbusters, and business mergers. After struggling with bonus questions for three rounds, the Wednesday field finally got the the best of this final round, as eleven teams closed their game by posting a perfect score of 36 points. Heading into the final question, there were your highest scoring Wednesday teams:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 164
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 163
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 163
- Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine): 157
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 157
- Fresh Off the U-Haul (Mark’s): 157
FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):
- Referencing a nickname from decades prior, a 1985 New York Magazine article used which phrase to describe a group who the “kids want to see and want to be”?
Exactly one-third of the field responded correctly with the Brat Pack. None of our Wednesday teams earned a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is Wednesday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Tokyo Sex Whale (Belles’): 176
- Stink Floyd (Belles’): 175
- Marco Polo and the Peanuts (Idiom): 169
- Sexual Chocolate (Memories): 168
- Pterodactyl (Memories): 167
- Triple Doge (T. J. Stone’s): 164
- Titanic Was an Inside Job (Hops N Shine): 164
- Baby in a Bar (Mark’s): 164
- The Owls Are Not What They Seem (Hops N Shine): 163
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 162 POINTS
Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston – band)
Valley Sports Grill in Middletown, MD: Shakeweight (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gastroenterology)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Villians)
Memories Charcoal House in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stanley Kubrick Films)
TGI Fridays in Hagerstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eastern European History)
Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Marco Polo and the Peanuts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Comics)
Axes and O’s in Sterling, VA: Commander Wentz (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL)
Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Titanic Was an Inside Job (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Australian Animals)
Sully’s Pour House in Herndon, VA: Black Zexcellence (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friday – film)
Falling Branch Brewery in Street, MD: Nerd Immunity (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Official Disney Princesses)
T. J. Stone’s in Alexandria, VA: Triple Doge (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chess)
Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Go with Grace (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Outlander)
Cellar Door in Frederick: Kids Home Alone (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Home Alone)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Baby in a Bar (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon)