Rolling On the (Ohio) River at Wednesday Trivia!

For the second night in a row, we set a PHT attendance record, as we welcomed 127 teams across 15 venues, making last night our biggest Wednesday in history!

ALL WEDNESDAY VENUES ARE OFF NEXT WEEK – PLEASE CHECK THE END OF THIS BLOG POST FOR YOUR VENUE’S STATUS ON JANUARY 1!

FIRST ROUND:

Wednesday’s game opened with a three-part question regarding the unique names given to various sized containers at Starbucks, 7-Eleven, and Cold Stone Creamery.  We also played a little Scrabble and reminisced about the characters from “The Breakfast Club”.  The final question of the round featured its most difficult wagering and bonus questions:

–> Caelian, Esquiline, Viminal, Aventine, Palatine, and Quirinal are six of the seven hills that what world city was supposedly built upon?

BONUS: What is the seventh member of this set?

While the majority of the field knew that we were talking about the Seven Hills of Rome, only 14% of our teams tacked on two bonus points by recognizing that Capitoline was the missing member of our list.  For most teams, that was the only stumbling block of the first round, as eleven teams ran the table for an opening round score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles contain the name of a musical composition.  We listened to “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve, and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash.  A number of players told our hosts that they had always thought the title of the third song was “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes”.  We continued the second round with a look at Costco warehouse stores and the New Testament.  The second round also gave us the opportunity to include a fun bonus question, asked as follow-up to a question concerning the classic game show “Tic Tac Dough”:

–> BONUS: Which contestant defeated 43 opponents in a row in 1980, setting a then-record for total winnings on a televised game show?

Of course, we didn’t expect many teams to know the names of game show champions from 40 years ago.  But as it turns out, the correct answer to this question was Thom McKee, who has been a regular PHT player at Memories in Mount Airy for several years.  As you might be able to expect, the results for this bonus questions were as follows:

  • Memories: 14-for-14
  • ALL other venues: 0-for-113

I guess you might call this a bit of a loaded question, but at least there was an interesting story behind it!  Needless to say, the only perfect scores of the second round were posted at Memories, by Fun With Flags and Albert Einsteins of Beer.

HALFTIME:

Christmas film quotes and national capital cities were the featured topics on Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded 18 perfect scores and an overall average of 17.3 points.  Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s):   90
  • Scrotal Charisma (Quinn’s):  90
  • Fun With Flags (Memories):  89
  • Albert Einsteins of Beer (Memories):  89
  • FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 88 POINTS

THIRD ROUND:

Third round topics from Wednesday’s game included Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the pets owned by the “Gilmore Girls”, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific”, and the Santa Claus melon.  With numerous teams cruising towards a perfect score, the final question of the round dashed many of those hopes.  Referencing the dog that played a key role in the raid of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October, we asked our teams to identify either the breed or the name of the dog, including a hint that he was named for a current late night talk show host.  About half of our teams earned wagering points with one of the two correct answers, while only 11% of the the field knew both answers of Belgian Malinois and Conan.

FOURTH ROUND:

We began the final round with a three-part question regarding the antics of athletes Muhammad Ali, John Cena, and Dikembe Mutombo.  We continued with a discussion of the “Ghostbusters” film franchise, the music of the rock band Yes, and the zoological taxonomy of human beings.  Two teams earned a perfect final round score: Think, McFly, Think (28 South) and Van Buren Boys (Memories).  These were your highest scoring teams after four rounds of play:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (21.7% success rate):

–> The westernmost portion of the Ohio River forms the border between which two U.S. states?

In a very surprising result, less than one-quarter of our teams gave us the correct response of Kentucky and Illinois:

(map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Congratulations goes out to Think, McFly, Think (28 South), who posted the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Your final Wednesday leaderboard included these teams:

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS:

ALL WEDNESDAY VENUES ARE OFF NEXT WEEK – DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR VENUE’S STATUS FOR JANUARY 1.

Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 29 – First category: James Bond Films)

Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Trying Our Best   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: “Pride and Prejudice”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: 1920s)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Pickled   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: Woodworking)

Furnace Grill and Crab House in Thurmont, MD:  Slow Trivia Movement   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1 – First category: Y2K)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Scrotal Charisma   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Ultimate Source Source   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1 – First category: Howard Stern)

Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA:  Nightmare Squad   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: “Friends” Guest Stars)

GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA:  Archived   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: Triple 50/50 – Over the Counter or Prescription?)

Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD:  Momentary Lapse of Reason   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1 – First category: American Revolution)

28 South in Hagerstown, MD:  Think, McFly, Think   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)

Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, MD:  Duck Dodgers   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bald Birds Brewing in Audubon, PA:  Dops and Hops   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 8 – First category: Disney Films)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Van Buren Boys   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1 – First category: Godzilla)

Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD:  Gum   (NEXT GAME ON JAN. 1 – First category: Current Washington Nationals)