Weekend Trivia Tastes Like Burning!

A full schedule of weekend trivia welcomed 38 teams across four PHT venues:


Friday’s opening round dealt with topics such as primary colors and this legendary NFL coach:

Vince Lombardi

Meanwhile, our Saturday teams breezed through their opening stanza, racking up points on their knowledge of gangsters Bonnie and Clyde and the film work of director Chris Columbus.  Seven teams began their game with a perfect first round score.  Our audio question featured songs with years as titles: “1999”  by Prince, “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins, and “1985” by Bowling For Soup.  The most difficult question of the first half was asked on Friday, in the form of a Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: This was the password used in the Marx Brothers film “Horse Feathers”.

CLUE 2: Title of a 2001 film starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and John Travolta.

CLUE 3: Also known as a ‘broadbill’, this aquatic creature that is named for its long, sharp, bill.

Only about half of our Friday teams earned points here with the correct answer of swordfish.  Two teams swept the second round this weekend: Mouse Rat (Springfield Manor) and Stupid Sexy Flanders (Springfield Manor).


Magazine covers and foreign-born celebrities were the subjects of our weekend halftime pages.  The overall average score reached 16.3, with three teams recording a perfect score of 20 points.  These were our top scores of the weekend at the halftime break:


As expected, Saturday’s third round offered up the most difficult questions of the weekend.  Our Friday teams struggled with this query concerning former child stars:

–> Among Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears, name the only celebrity that did NOT appear as a Mouseketeer on the 1990s version of “The Mickey Mouse Club”.

Only one-third of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Jessica Simpson.  Here’s the evidence:

Mickey Mouse Club

Starting in the top right and moving clockwise, that’s Timberlake, Aguilera, Spears, and Gosling.  Saturday’s most difficult question also arose in the third round:

–> Among the five films for which Tom Hanks has been nominated for an acting Oscars, identify either the oldest or the most recent film.

Most teams figured that the 1993 film “Philadelphia” landed Hanks his first Oscar nod, but instead they should have gone back five years to this comedy:

Big Film

On the other end of the timeline, Hanks earned acclaim for his roles in “Road to Perdition” and “Captain Phillips”, but he has not earned an Oscar nomination since his role in “Cast Away” nearly 20 years ago.   Only three of our Saturday teams gave us either correct answer, with none of those teams earning bonus points with two correct answers.  Our Saturday teams also encountered an equally difficult question in the final round:

–> Since it is meant to be consumed rather quickly, which pastry takes its name from the French word meaning ‘flash of lightning’?

Believe it or not, that is the derivation of the word eclair.  Neither the third nor the fourth round yielded any perfect scores on either night this weekend.  Here are your weekend’s top scores after the fourth round:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (20.0% success rate):

–> This allegorical novel was written in 1954 by a British author who would later win the Nobel Prize.  Its title is the English translation of the demonic name Beelzebub.  For your wager, name this novel.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):

–> Before this word came to mean an extraterrestrial, it was used as an adjective meaning ‘warlike’.  For your wager, what is that word?

Your correct answers this weekend were “Lord of the Flies” and martian.  None of our teams earned the Perfect 21 this weekend.  Here are your top overall scores:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  This is How We Go Down  (Next week’s first category: “Real Housewives of New York”)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War)

Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  Mouse Rat  (NEXT GAME ON May 12 – First category: Edward Hopper)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  We Don’t Expect to Win  (Next week’s first category: Bollywood)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Pinky or Leather Tuscadero?)