This Weekend Welcomed a New PHT Venue in the Sunshine State!

The second weekend of Season XVI welcomed 34 teams playing at six different venues, including our newest venue: McCauley’s Pub in St. Petersburg.  Let’s see who topped the overall leaderboard:

ROUND 1:

Our opening round gives our teams a chance to build their scores before moving on to the head-scratchers, and this weekend was no exception.  Friday’s first round asked our teams to name either one of the two characters that Johnny Depp has portrayed in more than one feature film.  Most of the field easily came up with these two characters (although I swear he looks like Elijah Wood on the right):

Depp

While most of our Saturday teams cruised through the first stanza, they hit a big sticking point on the final bonus question of the round.  After all of our teams identified Princess Peach as the damsel in distress in the original “Super Mario Bros.”, only one team could give us her ORIGINAL name: Princess Toadstool.  As a result, the Leprechauns (Pretzel & Pizza Creations) notched the only perfect score during Saturday’s first round, joining Tequila Mockingbird, Abraham Drinkin’, and We R Out, each of which recorded perfect scores at Vanish Brewery on Friday night.

ROUND 2:

Our three audio questions from the weekend dealt with TV commercials, songs which include the word “Walking” in the title, and songs re-recorded as eight-bit video game music.  Apparently, identifying music is far easier than identifying TV commercials, as only one of our Friday teams earned a two-point bonus by recognizing the voice of Cap’n Crunch:

On Saturday, we delved into the Last Word / First Word category to pull this three-word title:

Con Air Bud

If “Con Air Bud” featured a golden retriever who hijacks an airplane full of prison inmates, I’d definitely watch that…  Sunday’s game took a look at this mountain paradise situated on the border between California and Nevada:

Lake Tahoe

The most difficult second round question was asked on Friday:

–> As the first novel in a four-part series, which 1972 work written by Judy Blume introduced readers to a two-year old named Farley Drexel Hatcher, also known as “Fudge”?

Only four of our 14 Friday teams remembered this young adult classic:

Only Uncle Jack (Belles’) and Turd Ferguson (Belles’) notched a perfect second round score.

HALFTIME:

Across the weekend, our teams performed very well on their respective halftime sheets, with perfect scores recorded on each of the three nights.  Our overall average reached 17.4 points, with a total of eight teams notching a perfect score.  Here are the weekend’s top overall scores at the halftime break:

ROUND 3:

Each of our three weekend nights of trivia offered up a third round bonus question that stumped the field.  On Friday, we asked this question with the addition of a crossword-style clue, offering a two-point bonus to any team that could answer correctly without the subsequent hint:

–> This warming wind blows from west to east, forming in the Rocky Mountains before sweeping across the Great Plains.  Translated as ‘snow eater’, this wind takes its name from a Native American tribe of the Pacific Northwest.

Chinook

Every team opted to wait for the crossword-style hint before answering correctly with Chinook.  Saturday’s third round gave us our most difficult bonus question of the weekend.  Most of the field knew that the Venus de Milo is currently situated in the Louvre, but no team could name the man who is generally considered to be the sculptor of this priceless work of art: Alexander (of Antioch).  Sunday’s stumper came in the form of a U.S. geography question.  While most of our Sunday teams earned their wager by nmaing the four U.S. state capitals named for former U.S. Presidents, no team was able to arrange these four cities in order from west to east:

It’s VERY close, but Jackson, Mississippi is slightly west of Madison, Wisconsin.  Several of our teams missed only a single bonus question in the third round, but we did not see any perfect scores this weekend.

6-4-2 QUESTION:

On most nights of Pour House Trivia, the most difficult question is the night is the six-point clue on the 6-4-2 question.  So when teams hear a question that seems “too easy” for the six-pointer, it usually is.  Such was the case on Friday night:

–> Between 1967 and 1971, a young Barack Obama lived in this foreign country and attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.

With 14 teams playing at Vanish Brewery, we saw 11 teams answer after this first clue with the INCORRECT answer of Kenya.  Two teams gained a huge boost by answering correctly with Indonesia.

ROUND 4:

Saturday’s final round offered up a question on this division of brave soldiers:

101st Screaming Eagles

Sunday’s final round included the nightly Three Clues question, with this version discussing the first MLB player to sign a contract for more than one million dollars per year:

Nolan Ryan

Across the weekend, the only perfect score of the final round was turned in by Uncle Jack (Belles’ Sports Bar).  Here are your top weekend scores after the final round:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (15.4% success rate):

–> In addition to his acting work, this man has been credited as a screenwriter on 21 feature films.  In one of his earliest works as a writer, he also appeared as the title character in a film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.  Name this performer.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> When considering the directional abbreviations found on a standard eight-point compass, name the five those abbreviations that can also be found as chemical symbols on the Periodic Table.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (60.0% success rate):

–> In Spanish supermarkets, this product is known as Don Limpio.  In French stores, it is known Monsieur Propre.  What is it named in English-speaking countries?

Your answers?  Friday: Sylvester Stallone; Saturday: N (Nitrogen), NE (Neon), S (Sulfur), SE (Selenium), W (Tungsten); Sunday: Mr. Clean.  Congratulations to Uncle Jack and Smarty Pants from Belles’ Sports Bar, as the only teams to score the Perfect 21 this weekend by answering correctly on all wagering questions.  Here are your top overall scores:

WEEKEND WINNERS:

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Tequila Mockingbird  (NEXT GAME ON OCTOBER 6 – First category: “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: James Bond Films)

McCauley’s Pub in St. Petersburg, FL:  Terribles  (Next week’s first category: 1960s Rock Music – AUDIO)

Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD:  Boh’s and Hoes  (Next week’s first category: “Black Sheep”)

Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD:  Tequila Mockingbird  (Next week’s first category: “The Graduate”)