Wednesday Night Teams Were “Desperate” For a Win!

With a few of our venues taking a night off to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we welcomed 71 teams across ten PHT venues.  Wednesday’s game finished with a final answer that stumped many of our powerhouse teams:

ROUND 1:

Wednesday’s game opened with a question on a pair of Florida cities (Tampa and Tallahassee), before moving into a challenging bonus question in the category of Three Clues / One Number:

CLUE 1: This is the highest denomination of paper currency for the Euro.

CLUE 2: Before being withdrawn from circulation, this denomination of U.S. currency depicted William McKinley.

These were two rather difficult clues, with just a handful of teams even venturing a guess at this point.  The bold move paid off for most of those early guesses, as nine teams earned bonus points with a correct response.  The vast majority of our teams waited (and earned wagering points) on this clue:

CLUE 3: Colored orange, this is the highest denomination in the standard American version of the board game Monopoly.

We were looking for these three bills:

We closed the first round with the most difficult bonus question of the night (and technically, the most difficult bonus question in PHT history).  After most of our teams were able to recognize the exploits of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, none of our 71 teams earned bonus points by also knowing that one of the most notable versions of the story was written by British poet Robert Browning.  Needless to say, we did not see any perfect scores in the first round.

ROUND 2:

Wednesday’s audio question featured three songs re-recorded as eight-bit video game music.  We looked at the current Oscar-nominated animated film “Loving Vincent”, which delves into the tumultuous life of Vincent Van Gogh.  Later, we asked about “The Wizard of Westwood”, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden:

Wooden UCLA Basketball

Next up was a lesson on world history, with this seemingly innocuous question:

–> Name any one of the 117 calendar years during which the Hundred Years War was fought.

I don’t think we’ve ever asked a question with 117 possible answers, but maybe we need a few more in this case, as only 17% of our teams landed their answer in the range of 1337 to 1453.  After closing with a question on the classic sketch comedy of Carol Burnett, we saw just one team earn a perfect second round score: Sexual Chocolate from Memories.

HALFTIME:

Valentine’s Day was the theme of Wednesday’s halftime page, as we featured pictures of TV couples and a matching section involving songs with “Love” in the title.  Our overall average score reached 17.0 points, with a dozen teams notching a perfect 20 points.  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

Wednesday’s third round topics included the astronomical antonyms of apogee and perigee, the continuing novels in the James Bond series, and the 1979 disaster at this Pennsylvania facility:

Three Mile Island

Many of our teams were rolling through the third round, until a few were stumped by this final question on the topic of NBA Award Winners:

–> Representing the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons, these two players were selected as co-winners of the 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.  Coincidentally, each player has a five-letter first name and a four-letter last name.

About half of our teams earned their wager with at least one correct answer, but only 21% of the field snagged the two bonus points by knowing both Jason Kidd and Grant Hill.  In a bit of an oddity, the third round yielded the most perfect scores on Wednesday, as six teams notched 36 points in the third stanza.

ROUND 4:

Wednesday’s final round opened with a three-part question on “P.C.” celebrities, specifically Paul Cezanne, Peter Cetera, and Priyanka Chopra.  These folks covered a wide array of pop culture, which led to just 18% of our teams earning bonus points with three correct answers.  Later, we quizzed our teams on topics such as surfing films, the Federal Reserve, and the islands of Greece.  Finally, we closed the final round with a look at this technological “advancement” in the field of popular music:

The final round yielded two perfect scores: It’s Mueller Time (Quinn’s) and Hamster Relish (Memories).  Here are Wednesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (7.0% success rate):

–> After the completion of its first season, which 21st century TV show earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series?

Obviously, this final question proved to be MUCH more difficult than we anticipated.  Many teams answered incorrectly with “Sex and the City”, but not only did that show’s first season take place in the late 1990s, Sarah Jessica Parker was the only actress to earn an Emmy nomination as a lead performer.  Our teams had to think of a show without a clear leading role, and only FIVE teams were able to come with this correct answer:

Desperate Housewives

Congratulations to Sexual Chocolate from Memories, who scored the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your top overall scores from Wednesday:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

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

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Flight Level Awesome  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Cities: North or South of the Mason Dixon Line?)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Celebrity Big Brother” – U.S. version)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Witiots  (Next week’s first category: 1960s TV Sitcoms)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD:  63 Earths Fit in Uranus  (Next week’s first category: High School Basketball Rules)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: Pets of U.S. Presidents)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  It’s Mueller Time  (Next week’s first category:  Triple 50/50 – Sandra Day O’ Connor or Ruth Bader Ginsburg?)

Angus & Ale in Berkeley Springs, WV:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Bonnie and Clyde)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (Next week’s first category: The Minnesota / Wisconsin Area)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Chris Pratt or Dwayne Johnson?)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Sexual Chocolate  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – 1980s Basketball Players: Big East or ACC?)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  Breakfast for Dinner  (Next week’s first category: “Parks and Recreation”)

Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Soccer)