Wednesday Night Trivia Struck a Chord with Our Teams!

After a week off for the holiday, our Wednesday teams were back in action as we welcomed the newest venue partner to the PHT family: Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville.  With the addition of this new venue, we welcomed 109 teams across 15 venues:


Two of the most difficult bonus questions of the first half were asked on back-to-back questions to begin Wednesday’s game.  On a question regarding the live-action Disney remake of the film “Cinderella”, only 18% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that the title character was portrayed by Lily James.  Next up was our nightly Three Clues question, which dealt with a particular number:

CLUE 1: Traditionally, this wedding anniversary is celebrated with a gift of sapphire.

CLUE 2: The designation of the U.S. Interstate highway which runs from Dallas to Galveston.

Driving from Dallas to Galveston will take you through the center of Houston on Interstate 45.  Only seven teams across the board were bold enough to go in early with the correct answer.  Even after closing the round with an easy question regarding upcoming retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, none of our teams managed to put up a perfect score in the opening stanza.


Wednesday’s audio question dealt with geographic song titles: “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett, “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John, and “Havana” by Camila Cabello.  Next, we looked at this pair of homographs:


After discussing at the TV work of Kevin Costner, we stumped many of our teams with this question regarding NFL MVPs:

–> Who is the only person to win the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award after reaching 40 years old?

This impressive feat was accomplished less than a year ago, when Tom Brady took home the most recent NFL MVP Award six months after turning 40 years old.  About half of our teams avoided that speed bump, with eight teams continuing on to sweep the second round.


Celebrity grandparents and advertising slogans were the focus of Wednesday’s halftime page, which yielded an overall average score of 18.1 points, with 21% of the field notching a perfect 20.  Here are your Wednesday leaders at the break:


After most of our teams fared well with an opening question on literary villains, the third round saw a steep increase in difficulty, as only about one-fourth of the field recognized the name of American-American actor Francois Clemmons, who appeared as Officer Clemmons on 98 episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”.  Next, we turned to more recent pop culture with this query:

–> Which rap star has released a series of albums collectively known as “Tha Carter” albums?

Much to the surprise of many teams, there are actually TWO prominent rap stars with the last name of Carter.  But the man with four studio albums (and an upcoming fifth release) all named “Tha Carter” is not Jay-Z, but Lil Wayne:

Lil Wayne

While 37% of our teams did come up with the correct response, many of the incorrect responses carried high wagers, leading to a seismic shift in the standings at many venues.  Later topics included cigar brands and the work of Al Pacino, but the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


Wednesday’s final round began with a three-part question regarding these characters who share their names with reptiles:


Other final round topics included the death of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and the Moroccan national soccer team, known as the “Lions of the Atlas Mountains”.  Four teams ran the table in Wednesday’s final round: Teachers (Bennigan’s – Frederick), Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner), (Memories), and Math is For Boys (Memories).  Here is Wednesday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.3% success rate):

–> Of the 30 companies that currently comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average, name BOTH of the companies that are predominantly in the food and drink business.

About one in five teams gave us both correct responses of McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.  Congratulations to Kitten Mittens (Quinn’s on the Corner), who turned in the only Perfect 21 on Wednesday by not missing a single wagering question.  These were your highest-scoring teams at the end of Wednesday’s game:


Valley Grill in Middletown, MD:  Wednesday’s Child  (Next week’s first category: Carpentry Tools)

The Tavern in Olney, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: 1960s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Tokyo Oyster  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Bill Paxton or Bill Pullman)

Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD:  Teachers  (Next week’s first category: Scrapbooking)

Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD:  Jerry Lewis Romperthon  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Hip Hop – AUDIO)

Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Save the Clock Tower  (Next week’s first category: Imaginary Numbers)

Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA:  Cake or Death  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Game of Thrones” Character or Roman God?)

Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA:  Kitten Mittens  (Next week’s first category: Chicken McNuggets)

Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA:  Dire Wolves  (Next week’s first category: Famous Dogs)

Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA:  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on July 25: Musician Death Conspiracies)

Kildare’s Pub in Scranton, PA:  Myocyclonic Jerks  (Next week’s first category: Trees of Pennsylvania)

Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD:  Oneders  (Next week’s first category: Bill Songs Broadway Showtunes)

Memories in Mount Airy, MD:  Mr. A-Hole  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Naval Academy Alumni)

Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD:  The More You Know (Next week’s first category: U.S. Navy Ranks)

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA:  High School Prom  (Next week’s first category: Shark Week)