For the second night in a row, we kicked off trivia at a new venue, as we welcomed Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg to the PHT family. Those teams joining us for the first time put up some rather impressive scores! Overall, we hosted games for 104 teams at 16 venues:
Tuesday’s opening round was a breeze for most of the field, as we began the game with questions on famous Counts, including Tolstoy, Dooku, and this not-so-threatening vampire:
We closed the round with a three-part question on TV title characters, with the most difficult of the three parts referencing this British series (and its dreamy lead actor):
Our field must have been pleased with their overall performance, as 16 teams began Tuesday night with a perfect score of 36 points.
Tuesday’s audio question featured film clips from the screen career of Renee Zellweger. About one-quarter of our teams were able to earn bonus points by naming “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Jerry Maguire”, and this wacky comedy film:
Our most difficult bonus question of the second round was asked in our Three Clues question, with Tuesday’s edition asking about a musical instrument:
CLUE 1: 17th century musician Johann Christoph Denner is thought to be the inventor of this instrument.
CLUE 2: You can hear this instrument playing the ascending opening notes of “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.
Our music buffs found the spotlight here, as nine teams picked up a two-point bonus after turning in the correct response of clarinet after these first two clues. Here is the opening to that George Gershwin classic:
After closing the round with a dirty martini and the look at the novel “The Time Machine”, we saw just two perfect scores, both from the same bar! Congrats to Stink Floyd an Probably Worth a Google, two veteran teams playing at Monkey La La.
We celebrated Election Day with our Tuesday halftime page, as we quizzed our teams on actors portraying U.S. Presidents. Our overall average score was 16.9 points, with 14 teams notching a perfect 20 points. Here are Tuesday’s (rather high) top scores at the close of the first half:
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 92
- Screaming Death Monkey (Quincy’s South): 90
- Comfortably Dum (Champion Billiards): 90
- Bluth Frozen Banana Hammocks (Greene Growlers): 90
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Primanti Brothers): 90
- Valley Girls (Capitol City Brewing): 90
Tuesday’s second half began with questions on Peyton Manning and the clothing item known as a dickey (those were two unrelated questions), followed by our most difficult bonus question of the third round:
–> The Republic of Yemen borders these two bodies of water: a Sea and a Gulf separated by the Mandeb Strait. Name either one of these two bodies of water.
Not surprisingly, one of these two answers was much easier than the other, but eight teams earned a two-point bonus with both of these correct answers:
After lightening the mood a bit with questions on the board game Mouse Trap and the TV show “The Voice” (once again, those were two unrelated questions), we saw four teams sweep the third round with a perfect score: You Just Got Shawshanked (Cugini’s), Mind Benders (Top Golf), Bad Hombres (Fireflies), and No Talent Ass Clowns (Fireflies).
The final stanza was a fitting end to Tuesday’s game, as it included our most difficult wagering question of the night, which was followed by our most difficult bonus question of the night:
–> With 31 awards, Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti holds the record for the most times winning what coveted award?
2-POINT BONUS: Name either of the people who rank second on that list, winning 27 each.
While this may sound like some obscure classical music award you’ve never heard of, the answer was actually much simpler:
If you can believe it, Mr. Solti’s 31 Grammy Awards are more than any other musician. Only 22% of our teams answered correctly here, with just five teams tacking on two bonus points for one of the two correct bonus answers of Quincy Jones or Allison Krauss. Not surprisingly, the final round did not yield any perfect scores. Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 162
- No Talent Ass Clowns (Fireflies): 161
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Primanti Brothers): 160
- Title One Forever (Fireflies): 159
- I Heart Kiwis (Quincy’s South): 158
- Capitol City Goofballs (Capitol City Brewing): 158
FINAL QUESTION (64.3% success rate):
–> According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular female name for American newborns over the last three years is which name that is also the title of a 19th century novel?
Just under two-thirds of our teams picked up points on Tuesday’s final question by remembering the Jane Austen novel “Emma”. Congratulations to the five teams that earned the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly: You Just Got Shawshanked (Cugini’s), Mind Benders (Top Golf), Give Us Your Beer Money (Primanti Brothers), Stink Floyd (Monkey La La), and Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South). Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores:
- No Talent Ass Clowns (Fireflies): 172
- Give Us Your Beer Money (Primanti Brothers): 172
- Title One Forever (Fireflies): 171
- I Heart Kiwis (Quincy’s South): 170
- Capitol City Goofballs (Capitol City Brewing): 167
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 166
- Drinking Team With a Trivia Problem (Greene Growlers): 166
- Menace 2 Sobriety (Capitol City Brewing): 166
- Uncles With Benefits (Capitol City Brewing): 166
- Kellie’s Heroes (Top Golf): 166
Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA: I Win! (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 5 – First category: James Bond Culture)
Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA: Capitol City Goofballs (Next week’s first category: Lizzie Borden)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: My Favorite Team (Next week’s first category: Wes Anderson Films)
Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD: You Just Got Shawshanked (Next week’s first category: Famous Mustaches)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: The Fan Club ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things” – Season 2)
Fireflies in Alexandria, VA: No Talent Ass Clowns (Next week’s first category: Counting Crows)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Chimpanzee or Bonobo?)
Top Golf in Ashburn, VA: Kellie’s Heroes (Next week’s first category: Marvel Films)
Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD: Give Us Your Beer Money ** NINE WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: American Socialists)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Hopeford Empire (Next week’s first category: Golf History)
Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD: Drinking Team With a Trivia Problem (Next week’s first category: “The Simpsons”)
Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL: Quiz Knows (Next week’s first category: Baseball)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: Yiddish)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: I Heart Kiwis (Next week’s first category: Non-Curie Female Scientists)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Virgine-ya is For Lovers (Next week’s first category: Latin Etymology)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: GDI (Next week’s first category: Thanksgiving)