The Keystone Edition of Wednesday Night Trivia!

Wednesday night featured the debut of yet another new PHT venue, as we held our inaugural game at Primanti Brothers in Dickson City, PA.  With the debut of two Wednesday games this month, we now have 17 weekly games on Hump Day (and more on the way!).  Overall, we welcomed 112 teams, so let’s see which teams tore it up last night:


Wednesday’s game opened with a timely question on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which referenced the effort put forth by the National Football League:


I’ll have to check with my sources on this photograph, because I didn’t think the Browns and the Giants qualified as ‘NFL teams’.  Anyway, the bonus question included here was quite difficult, as we asked for the alliterative name recently given to this NFL campaign (which now includes cancers of all types).  Only 12% of our teams earned an extra two points with Crucial Catch.  Next up was this question on Brand-Name Beverages:

–> According to 2016 data, the three best-selling soda brands in the U.S. are Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and Pepsi.  Name any two of the next three best-selling brands.

About one-third of our teams had no trouble earning two bonus points with these three correct answers:


The opening round concluded with a three-part question on the Four Corners states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah).  The most difficult of the three questions asked our teams to name the most populous of the four states.  Unfortunately, the most popular answer of Colorado was incorrect, as Arizona is home to about one million more people.  As a result, only one team opened the game with a perfect first round score: Southpaw Fish from Valley Grill.


Tuesday’s second round began with a look at the work of film score composer Hans Zimmer, as we played three clips of his work: “Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Man’s Chest)”, “Gladiator”,  and “Inception”.  Later, we touched on a little Roman mythology, which provided our teams with the most difficult bonus question of the night:

–> In one of the many instances of his seduction stories, this Roman god impregnated a nymph named Callisto.  For your wager, name this god whose namesake planet is orbited by a moon named Callisto.

2-POINT BONUS: The wife of this god subsequently transformed Callisto into what kind of animal in retaliation for the supposed affair?

About two-thirds of our teams earned their wagers with the correct answer of Jupiter, but only THREE TEAMS earned a two-point bonus by knowing that Callisto was transformed into a bear.  After a look at the some of the bizarre nicknames which have bestowed upon French kings, we closed the second stanza with our nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This word is found in the name of the European rock group who scored a hit with the 1982 song “Twilight Zone”.

CLUE 2: This word is found in the title of the Philip Pullman novel known in Britain as “Northern Lights”.

Exactly one-quarter of our teams earned bonus points by knowing one of these two answers:

Golden Compass

Thanks to the mythology question, we did not have any teams notch a perfect second round score.


Wednesday’s halftime page featured pictures of the ten most popular musical productions at high schools, while the bottom half quizzed our teams on U.S. cities.  With an average score of 15.8 points, we saw nine teams record a perfect 20 on Wednesday night.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:


Wednesday’s third round began with a question on this ‘Machine’ of the 1970s:


We also looked at this bizarre occurrence from the world of comedy films:

–> Instead of using a traditional 555 number, the producers of which film gave one of their lead characters a real phone number, which led to a very unlucky woman receiving nearly two hundred calls a day from eager movie fans looking for God?

Bruce Almighty

The third round concluded with questions on madeleine cookies and the recent marriage troubles of pop singer Fergie.  After a scant number of perfect rounds in the first half, the bonus questions eased up a bit on our field, as we saw six perfect scores in the third round.


Our Periodic Table fans enjoyed the spotlight on Wednesday’s six-point clue:

–> Which U.S. state lent its name to the element formerly known by the placeholder name ununseptium.

As one of the newest elements on the Periodic Table, Tennessine is named for the “Volunteer State”.  Only eight teams earned the full six points here.


The most intriguing question of Wednesday’s final round was asked in the always popular category of We Share a First Name:

1)  Passing away in 2015, this Egyptian actor received an Oscar nomination for “Lawrence of Arabia”.

2)  This 11-time Gold Glove winner retired in 2012 as the oldest shortstop in MLB history.

3)  After World War II, this General became the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Just under half of our teams earned points here with the correct answer of Omar (specifically Omar Sharif, Omar Vizquel, and Omar Bradley).  We closed with a question on TV sitcoms, asking for the name of the two-hour programming block which was officially launched by ABC on September 22, 1989:


Just as we saw in the third round, there were six perfect scores posted in the final stanza.  Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (52.7% success rate):

–> Based on the number of chapters, what is the longest book in The Bible at 150 chapters?

Just over half of our teams answered correctly with the Book of Psalms.

Congratulations to Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine (Memories) and Team Awesome (Memories), who each earned the Perfect 21 tonight by answering all wagering questions correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:


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

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Moving Forward  (Next week’s first category: Mathematics)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Fourth Place  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Florida or Wisconsin Geography)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: World War II Aviation)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Anime or Mushroom?)

TopGolf in Alexandria, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Grunge)  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW! **

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Quiz in My Pants  (Next week’s first category: Major League Baseball)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Amigos  (Next week’s first category: The Sport of Rowing)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Rural Jurors  (Next week’s first category: Muscle Cars)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Stephen Hawking’s Karaoke Machine  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Horror Films)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Aaahh!!  Real Munsters  (Next week’s first category: ABC’s TGIF Sitcoms)  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! **

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  Lone Pine Mall Rats  (Next week’s first category: The Avengers)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  Not Your Team  (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Tupac Shakur)