Wednesday’s Winners Were As Sharp as a Falling Blade!
For the second night in a row, one of our teams put themselves onto the PHT Wall of Fame with a score of 180 points! This perennial powerhouse bested 104 teams across 15 venues to earn Wednesday’s top score. Who was it? Read on to find out:
Our opening round began with questions on U.S. borders and cosmetic history, before a concluding question on the 1905 paper “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, which contained an early version of this man’s Special Theory of Relativity:
Most of our teams would have cruised through the first round with a perfect score, were it not for the final bonus question of the round, asking for the city of Einstein’s birth. Only 14% of our teams earned two points by knowing the city of Ulm. As a result, only six teams earned a perfect score in this round.
As usual, the second round began with our nightly audio question, with tonight’s version dealing with some “chilly” musical groups. Most of our teams had no issue earning bonus points here, as they recognized songs by Coldplay (“Clocks”), Snow Patrol (“Chasing Cars”), and Arctic Monkeys (“Do I Wanna Know?”). We continued by asking which recently deceased celebrity was paid tribute by both the city of Los Angeles and a Fox TV series, with most teams earning points with this veteran of the small screen:
Next, our Three Clues question asked about a film character who suffered from a real-life condition called Alien Hand Syndrome. Once again, a slew of bonus points went out on this question, as 38% of our teams knew that we were talking about this comedic title character:
The final question of the second round asked for the two NFL running backs who have topped 295 yards in single game. Once again, this was the toughest bonus question of the round. Nearly every team knew that current record holder Adrian Peterson was a correct answer, but only 21% of our teams remembered Jamal Lewis recording 295 yards for the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. Eleven teams swept through the second round by earning a perfect score of 36 points.
Wednesday’s halftime featured pictures of college sports mascots, as well as matching spoof films to their primary targets. Host Kyle at Applebee’s in Waynesboro noted that one team said that the WVU Mountaineer looked like a “weird looking Indian”. But after letting them know that he went to WVU (and teased them for not knowing the answer), they teased him back, waiting for him to admit that he “sucked at math” in order to poke fun at his “West Virginia Education”. Across the board, the page played to an average of 18.1 points, with 26% of our teams notching a perfect score of 20 points. As we entered the halftime break, three teams were sitting pretty with a perfect game (so far). Here are the overall top scores after the first half:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 92
- FOWL (Memories): 92
- Satan’s School for Squirrels (Memories): 92
- Areola Grande (Valley Grill): 91
- Tokyo Sex Robot (Belles’): 89
The third round opened with a three-part question on current TV series, all of which feature historic figures. About half of our teams picked up bonus points here by coming up all three correct responses: “Vikings”, “The Crown”, and “Medici”. We followed with this query in the topic of French literature:
–> At the opening of this novel written by Albert Camus, an Algerian named Mersault reacts with indifference to his mother’s death. Name this novel known as “L’Etranger” in its native tongue.
Only 32% of our teams earned points on this question with the correct answer of “The Stranger”. We continued by asking about the state of Montana and the origins of the Mormon Church. Wednesday’s third round proved to be one of the easiest we’ve had in recent memory, as nine teams recorded a perfect score of 36 points. After three rounds, two teams were keeping hopes alive for an elusive perfect game: Satan’s School for Squirrels (Memories) and Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg).
Wednesday’s 6-4-2 question dealt with a type of rock, but not in the way you would think:
–> In 1948, American poet W.H. Auden “praised” which type of rock in a poem that includes the line “Because it dissolves in water”?
Only five teams earned six points with the correct answer of limestone. Unfortunately for Satan’s School for Squirrels and Dusty Baker School of Management, their hopes of a perfect game ended here, as both teams were forced to wait for the second clue to pick up points.
The final round featured our most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 19% of our teams earned points with this question:
–> Introduced in 2015, Easy Bacon is a product which can be pan fried in less than two minutes. This product is sold by a company founded by which African-American TV personality, who apparently still does not have enough to do?
For the love of God, take a vacation…
We concluded the round with questions on percussion instruments, Cartesian coordinates, and gemstones. Only five teams swept the final round by earning 36 points. Here are Wednesday’s top overall scores after the fourth round:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 168
- Satan’s School for Squirrels (Memories): 164
- Second Place (Valley Grill): 159
- Sat Fad Dragons (Barefoot Bernie’s): 159
- Back to the Future Reference (Barefoot Bernie’s): 159
FINAL QUESTION (23.8% success rate):
–> On April 15, 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person in history to have a nasty encounter with what newly-created invention?
CONGRATULATIONS TO DUSTY BAKER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT FOR REACHING THE PHT WALL OF FAME WITH A SCORE OF 180 POINTS!
Dusty Baker School of Management also notched the only Perfect 21 tonight. Here are Wednesday’s top scores:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 180
- Sat Fad Dragons (Barefoot Bernie’s): 171
- Deaf Squirrels (Memories): 170
- Tokyo Sex Robot (Belles’ Sports Bar): 168
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift (Valley Grill): 168
- Brewsual Suspects (Barefoot Bernie’s): 167
- Pen Island (Barefoot Bernie’s): 166
- Roaming Gnomes (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 164
- Matt Damon (Bennigan’s – Clarksburg): 163
- Moving Forward (The Tavern): 163
- Poovey Farms (Bennigan’s – Frederick): 163
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tokyo Drift (Next week’s first category: Facial Deformities)
The Tavern in Olney, MD: Moving Forward (Next week’s first category: Classical Music)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Robot (Next week’s first category: “American Dad!”)
Bennigan’s in Frederick, MD: Poovey Farms (Next week’s first category: Statler Brothers)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Witiots (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Chicken Breed or Facial Hairstyle?)
TopGolf in Alexandria, VA: Five Dollar Footlong (Next week’s first category: Golf)
Greene Turtle in Leesburg, VA:
TopGolf in Tampa, FL: Fab Five (Next week’s first category: Tour de France)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: Sparklers (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek” – original series)
Bennigan’s in Clarksburg, MD: Dusty Baker School of Management (Next week’s first category: Vlog Brothers)
Memories in Mount Airy, MD: Deaf Squirrels (Next week’s first category: “Big Brother” – current season)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Shut Up Wesley (Next week’s first category: Mental Health)
Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown, MD: Sad Fat Dragons (Next week’s first category: Krebs Cycle)
Applebee’s in Waynesboro, PA: Juju and Friends (Next week’s first category: DNA)
Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD: Jerry Lewis Romperthon (Next week’s first category: U.S. State Capitals)