Our last full night of trivia before the holiday meant a few very crowded games on this Tuesday night. All told, we welcomed 102 teams at 14 venues:
Tuesday’s opening round included questions on U.S. Geography and this best-selling cooking device:
The most difficult bonus question of the first round was included on a question regarding the element iodine. Most of our teams knew that iodine is added to table salt to help prevent goiter, but only ten teams could peg its atomic number of 53 (given a five-number window either way). This question kept most of the field from securing a perfect first round, though seven teams were able to muster 36 points to begin their night.
Tuesday’s audio question featured some “thankful” music from the likes of John Denver (“Thank God I’m a Country Boy”), Alanis Morissette (“Thank U”), and Dido (“Thank You”). We continued with a look a this former Comedy Central series:
We also discussed the derivation of the term dog whistle in reference to its newer political definition, and closed the second round with the most difficult bonus question of the night. On a question regarding Pixar films, we asked our teams to name the five-minute film which won Pixar its first Academy Award in the late 1980s. Only five teams gave us this correct response:
This short film laid the groundwork for “Toy Story” a few years later. Not surprisingly, the number of perfect second round scores was extremely low, as only Stink Floyd (Monkey La La) came away with 36 points in the second stanza.
Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of celebrities whose names end in ‘O’, as well as a matching section on car models. Our overall average score was 15.7 points, with five teams notching a perfect 20 points. Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the close of the first half:
- Title One Forever (Fireflies): 90
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 90
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 89
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 88
- Wiseacres (Champion Billiards): 88
- Kellie’s Heroes (Top Golf): 88
Tuesday’s third round included questions on Sir Francis Drake, Destiny’s Child, and these three Hall of Fame athletes, each of whom was born on November 21st:
Seven teams rolled through the third round with perfect scores.
We kicked it back to the Bard for Tuesday’s six-point clue:
–> The oldest written record of which female first name is found as the name of the Shylock’s daughter in “The Merchant of Venice”?
Only four teams earned the full six points with the correct answer of Jessica.
The final round included the most difficult wagering question of the night, in the category of Zoology:
–> While the cheetah maintains the fastest running speed on any mammal, a variety of this other mammal is technically the fastest overall, as it was once clocked at about 100 miles per hour by researchers at the University of Tennessee. What type of mammal is this?
Only 38% of our teams figured that the only way to top 100 miles per hour without running is most likely through the air, which led them to the only mammal capable of flight: the bat (specifically, the Brazilian free-tailed bat). We closed the final round with our Three Clues question, with Tuesday’s edition focusing on a U.S. city. The answer was the quiet New England town which is also this brand’s namesake:
Three teams swept the final round with perfect scores: Might Have a Clue (Cugini’s), We Drink and We Know Things (Greene Growlers), and I Wish He Would Roy Less (Greene Growlers). Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:
- I Wish He Would Roy Less (Greene Growlers): 163
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 163
- Title One Forever (Fireflies): 162
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 160
- Wiseacres (Champion Billiards): 160
FINAL QUESTION (68.3% success rate):
–> Considered to be the protector of boundary markers, which Roman god lent his name to a modern-day English word defined as the end point of a transportation route?
Just over two-thirds of our teams answered correctly with Terminus. With the final question playing easier than usual, we saw eight teams earned the Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering every wagering question correctly. Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores:
- I Wish He Would Roy Less (Greene Growlers): 170
- Title One Forever (Fireflies): 170
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 169
- No Talent Ass Clowns (Fireflies): 169
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 169
- We Drink and We Know Things (Greene Growlers): 168
- Might Have a Clue (Cugini’s): 167
- You Just Got Shawshanked (Cugini’s): 166
- Blumpkin Spiced Latte (Quincy’s South): 165
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 164 POINTS
Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA: Capitol City Goofballs (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Wiseacres (Next week’s first category: Noise)
Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD: Might Have a Clue (Next week’s first category: “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: The Fan Club ** NINE WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: 2017-18 Terps Men’s Basketball)
Fireflies in Alexandria, VA: Title One Forever (Next week’s first category: Donald Trump)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Donner Party (Next week’s first category: Peloponnesian War)
Top Golf in Ashburn, VA: Kellie’s Heroes (Next week’s first category: Queen Songs)
Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD: Give Us Your Beer Money (Next week’s first category: Incredible Edible Animals)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Five Dollar Candy (Next week’s first category: Egyptian Heiroglyphics)
Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD: I Wish He Would Roy Less (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)
Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL: Parrotheads (Next week’s first category: 1960s Rock)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Queen – band)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Sofa King Smart (Next week’s first category: World War II)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Bob Seger)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: )