PHT World Series XXII Recap

Pour House Trivia World Series

At the start of September, more than 500 teams were in the running to become Pour House Trivia World Series champions.  By the afternoon of September 30, we had whittled the field down to the best 47 teams at Cannon’s Events in Brunswick.  Who would take home the coveted title?

FIRST ROUND:

Saturday’s championship began with a three-part question in which each answer was spelled only using letters in the phrase WORLD SERIES.  The correct responses included the song Low Rider and the first name Lewis (in reference to Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton).  We also discussed a measles outbreak at Disneyland, the Berenstain Bears (note the spelling), and former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.  More than a dozen teams were rolling towards a perfect score during the opening stanza, until the final question of the round dashed most of those hopes:

  • What was the first hip hop themed show to air on MTV?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: What is the numerical name of its first host?

About two-thirds of the field earned wagering points with the correct response of Yo! MTV Raps, but less than half of those teams followed up with the correct bonus answer of Fab 5 Freddy.  As a result, only four teams broke out of the starting blocks with a perfect 36 points in the first round: Dave Martinez School of Management, Power Vacuum, The Legend of Taylor Heinicke, and Wayne Road Blues.

SECOND ROUND:

The second round began with a unique audio question.  We played clips from three English language songs covered by foreign musical acts.  Instead of asking for the title or original artist, we only asked for the language in which the songs were recorded.  Unfortunately, this did not go as planned…  The first song was an Arabic cover of Everybody Hurts by R. E. M. from the comedy film The Dictator starring Sasha Baron Cohen.  Secondly, we heard Hong Kong recording artist Faye Wong singing a Cantonese version of Dreams by the Cranberries.  Finally, our teams listened to a Greek version of the Nickelback song How You Remind Me by Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti.  After the smoke cleared, only FOUR teams each earned a single wagering point by identifying two of those three languages.  We moved on to topics such as the film Hocus Pocus, the Australian peak of Mount Kosciusko, and the hybrid Hindu creature known as Naga.  We closed the first half with this query regarding NFL awards:

  • Last season, the Defensive Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year were both awarded to members of which NFL team?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: With one guess, identify either one of these players.

Nearly have the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of the New York Jets, with most of those teams tacking on the final two bonus points of the half by identifying either Sauce Gardner or Garrett Wilson.

HALFTIME:

For the top half of the World Series halftime page, we asked our teams to identify ten painters based on snippets of their notable works.  The matching section featured films and their respective literary source material.  The average score landed at 15.87 points, with seven teams notching a perfect 20 points.  At the halfway point of World Series XXII, these were your highest-scoring teams:

  • Jeff Cab for Cutie: 87
  • Power Vacuum: 82
  • Billy Crystal Balls: 82
  • Fresh Off the U-Haul: 82
  • How Did I Get Here?: 81

THIRD ROUND:

We began the third stanza with questions concerning prokaryote cells and the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.  Next, we delved into the subject of documentary films:

  • Which documentary film featured the tagline A Film of Epic Portions?
  • 2-POINT BONUS: What was the two-word subtitle of the sequel to this film?

The wagering portion of this question proved to be the easiest of the game, as every team responded correctly with Super Size Me.  Despite the enormous success of the original, the sequel wasn’t quite as ubiquitous.  Dynamite was the ONLY team to earn two bonus points with the correct bonus answer of Holy Chicken.  We continued with this question about the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Due to a re-released version, which ten-minute song is the longest single in history to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

While the vast majority of the field knew that we were asking about a song from Taylor Swift, less than half of our teams could remember that All Too Well is now the record holder.  We closed the third stanza with a baseball question, asking our teams to identify either one of the two sluggers who hit three home runs in a single 21st century World Series game.  After Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson accomplished this feat during the 20th century, Albert Pujols matched them during his first stint with the Cardinals.  The following season, rotund Giants catcher Pablo Sandoval (a.k.a. “Kung Fu Panda”) added his name to this illustrious list.  Once again, exactly ONE team earned bonus points on this question, as Low Expectations was the only team to identify both players.

FOURTH ROUND:

Saturday’s 6-4-2 question featured three clues about the city of Charlotte.  Six teams earned the full six points by knowing that the Queen City was the intended destination of the US Airways flight dubbed Miracle on the Hudson.  From there, the final stanza began with the most difficult wagering question of the second half:

  • All set during the first half of the 20th century, identify ANY ONE of the plays written by Alfred Uhry for his Atlanta Trilogy.

The three correct answers were The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Parade, and Driving Miss Daisy.  About one-fourth of the field picked up wagering points.  For the third bonus question in a row, just ONE team tacked on bonus points, as Dave Martinez School of Management was the only team to identify a second title in that trio.  Other final round topics included the adjective mercurial, notable military battles, the video game series Super Smash Bros., and the recently completed television series Barry.  Heading into the final question, these teams topped the World Series leaderboard:

  • Jeff Cab for Cutie: 157
  • Dave Martinez School of Management: 151
  • Billy Crystal Balls: 146
  • Fresh Off the U-Haul: 144
  • Not the Doctors You’re Looking For: 140

FINAL QUESTION (25.33% success rate):

  • Including both first and last name, identify any two of the three living Oscar-winning actresses have a name containing all five standard vowels.

Twelve teams boosted their World Series ranking by identifying any two of Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, or Anjelica Huston.  Congratulations to our Season XXII champions Jeff Cab for Cutie, a team that may or may not have won the PHT World Series before.  Thanks to all of our loyal teams for another wonderful season.  Here are your final standings:

Jeff Cab for Cutie 164
Billy Crystal Balls 154
Not the Doctors You’re Looking For 152
Quick Pink and the Vine Gang 151
Donner Party People 148
How Did I Get Here 147
Satan’s School for Girls 146
Dave Martinez School of Management 140
Fresh Off the U-Haul 137
Wayne Road Blues 132
Vandalay Indutries (PA) 130
Low Expectations 129
Power Vacuum 127
Ten Thousand Dugongs 127
Shipwrecked 122
Stink Floyd 118
Heavy Metal Parking Lot 117
Comfortably Dumb 117
You Had Me at Chester Arthur 116
Bonkers 115
We the Peephole 114
Porpoise Pod 114
Killer Snails 111
Vandalay Indutries (MD) 111
Dynamite 110
Tokyo Sex Whale 109
Trivia Newton John 109
Picklebacks 107
Gong Gong and the Butt Demons 107
Quizzy McTriviaface 106
Bass Slappers 105
Five Heads, One Brain 104
The Legend of Taylor Heinecke 102
Supernovas 98
Not So Little Women 98
Flux Capacitors 95
We Drink and We Know Things 94
You Win Some, You Learn Some 93
Late to the Party 89
All the Beavers and a Merkin 87
Inquizitors 86
Downtown Crown Family Jewels 81
Alley Cats 75
Magnificent Seven 71
Redrum 64
Off in the Park 63
What the Cuss? 51