Three Apples Worth of Thursday Trivia…

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Thursday’s game (sort of) welcomed the newest venue to the PHT family, as we held our opening night game at a location that has held numerous PHT playoff games in years past: Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick.  Overall, we welcomed 110 teams across 12 venues on Thursday night.

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Thursday night included words or phrases that include the word ‘BALL’, the wedding of Lady Diana and Price Charles, the most recent winner of the Tour de France bicycle race, and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.  Out stellar Thursday teams rolled through the first round with ease, as about one-quarter of the field posted a perfect score of 36 points.

SECOND ROUND:

We broke out the NATO phonetic alphabet in Thursday’s audio question, as we asked our teams to identify the songs Hotel California by The Eagles, Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna, and November Rain by Guns ‘N’ Roses.  Next, we discussed the Italian dessert tiramisu and the variety of rose known as the American Beauty, before asking this numerical query that proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

  • Which single-digit number is both the number of muses from Greek mythology and the number of circles of hell described by Dante in The Divine Comedy?

Since it holds significance in so many other aspects of pup culture, seven was the most popular wrong answer.  Only 37% of the field gave us the correct response of nine.  After closing the first half with a question regarding the Great Lakes, we saw 13 teams run the table in Thursday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

For the top half of Thursday’s halftime page, we gave our teams a map of the U.S. and asked them to label the most populous U.S. cities with five-letter names.  The bottom half featured a matching section on television character catchphrases.  Two dozen teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.6 points.  Here is the overall leaderboard from Thursday’s first half:

THIRD ROUND:

After breezing through the first half, Thursday’s teams were immediately met with a very difficult bonus question to begin the second half.  After most of the field picked up wagering points on an opening question regarding the Candyman film series, only ten teams added two bonus points by also knowing that the title character in these films is played by Tony Todd.  Other second round topics included radon gas, comic strip characters in advertising, the Great Sphinx of Giza, and the band Nickelback, the latter of which included another difficult bonus question.  Exactly 10% of the field knew that Nickelback recently released a cover version of the song The Devil Went Down to Georgia.  None of our Thursday teams posted a perfect third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

After visiting the nation of Turkey in the 6-4-2 question, the final round opened with a question asking out teams to identify the only active MLB pitchers that have won a regular season MVP Award: Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander.  Later, we looked at televangelist Jerry Falwell and the Red Dead Redemption video game series.  The final round included the nightly Three Clues question, which yielded very few bonus points after these first two clues:

CLUE 1: In 1967, she made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof.

CLUE 2: For Hello Dolly!, she won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

Only nine teams were bold enough to go in early with the correct response of Bette Midler.  As a result, Thursday’s final round did not yield any perfect scores.  These teams stood at the top of the overall leaderboard heading into Thursday’s final question:

FINAL QUESTION (13.1% success rate):

  • A magical recipe including crocodile tears, half a pack of lies, and the hardest stone for a heart were among the ingredients supposedly used to create which animated character introduced on television in the early 1980s?

About one in seven teams earned wagering points on this final question with the correct answer of Smurfette.  The Perfect 21 remained elusive on Thursday night, as every team missed at least one wagering question.  Here is Thursday’s final overall leaderboard:

THURSDAY’S WINNERS:

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Biting Coyotes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 – Barney the Dinosaur or Blue’s Clues?)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Leverage: Redemption)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Better Lucky Than Smart  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 – Star Wars or Firefly?)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Nationals)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Semicircle of Trust  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 – Russian Politician or NHL Player?)

Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: What Would Steve Rogers Do?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Other Chris Evans Comic Book Roles)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Best Picture Oscar Winners Since 1960)

Crooked Run in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tremors)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Kitten Mittens  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Former Olympics Sports)

Homaide Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Here For the Beer  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Road House)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD: Easy But Not Cheap  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Rock Bands)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: F. U. Covid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: M*A*S*H)