The first Tuesday of Season XX welcomed 151 teams across 21 venues.
Opening round topics from Tuesday’s game included the International Olympic Committee, the short life of John F. Kennedy, and the work of author Jane Austen. One question from Tuesday’s first round may have been better suited for later in the game:
–> Inspiring a 2007 film title, which Beatles song includes the opening lyrics: “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup”?
only about half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of “Across the Universe”. An extremely difficult bonus question followed, as only seven teams knew that actor Jim Sturgess portrayed the lead role of Jude in the aforementioned film. As a result, only one team recorded a perfect first half score: What Could Go Wrong? (Casa Tequila).
Tuesday’s audio question featured three “Mr.” songs, as we listened to “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan, and “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra. We continued with a look at the chemical makeup of vinegar, the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and the TV soap opera “Dallas”. The final bonus question of the half doled out points to just 11% of the field, who knew that Kristin Shepard was the name of the character who shot J. R. Ewing. Seven teams posted 36 points en route to a perfect second round.
Actors from James Bond films were featured on Tuesday’s halftime page, which yielded a dozen perfect scores and an overall average of 16.6 ponts. Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 90
- Not Quite Dead Yet (Dudley’s): 89
- Soup du Jour (Quincy’s Uptown): 89
- Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s): 89
- Slightly Agitated (Champion): 88
We began Tuesday’s third round with a three-part question regarding the classic TV sitcom “Cheers”, followed by a look at the London subway system and the Islamic Revolution which took place in 1979. With dozens of teams rolling through the third stanza, the final question of the round kept most of the perfect scores of the board:
–> Respectively released in 2005 and 2013, name either of the two films to win both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Though a majority of teams earned wagering points with one correct answer of “12 Years a Slave”, the film “Crash” seems to have been erased from our collective memory as a Best Picture Oscar winner. Only 12% of the field picked up bonus points with both correct answers, with nine of those teams completing a perfect third round.
We visited Asbury Park, New Jersey to begin Tuesday’s final round, as we discussed the albums of Bruce Springsteen. Other final round topics included the recent revival of the XFL and the origin of Buffalo wings. The final question of the game was asked in the form of the nightly Three Clues question, which featured dozens of teams jumping the gun with an incorrect answer:
CLUE 1: Subtitled “Eternal”, an upcoming release in this video game franchise will be released by Bethesda Softworks before the end of the year.
CLUE 2: Released in 1993, the first installment in this franchise follows an unnamed space marine who fights demons for the Union Aerospace Corporation.
Popular wrong answers at this point in the question included “Halo” and “Starcraft”, while 13% of the field tacked on two bonus points with the early correct answer of “Doom”. Twelve teams closed their game with a perfect final round score. These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams after four rounds of play:
- Italian Space Force (Vola’s): 164
- Not Quite Dead Yet (Dudley’s): 163
- Soup du Jour (Quincy’s Uptown): 162
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 162
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 161 POINTS
TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (69.4% success rate):
–> Formed in 1965, which American rock band took its name from a book written by Aldous Huxley entitled “BLANK of Perception”, about his experiences with the drug mescaline?
More than two-thirds of the field responded correctly on this final question by turning in The Doors. With a relatively easier final question, eight teams answered every wagering question correctly to secure a Perfect 21 on Tuesday night. Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 174
- Not Quite Dead Yet (Dudley’s): 174
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Dudley’s): 173
- Hungry Hungry Georgian Hippos (Dudley’s): 173
- Soup du Jour (Quincy’s Uptown): 173
- D.C. Swampers (Olney Winery): 170
- Adult Education (Shuckin’ Shack): 170
- Pearls of Wisdom (Shuckin’ Shack): 170
- Italian Space Force (Vola’s): 169
- Slightly Agitated (Champion): 169
- Tequila Mockingbird (Hometown Harvest): 169
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Slightly Agitated (Next week’s first category: “Infinity Train”)
Cuginis in Poolesville, MD: MoMo (Next week’s first category: Flint Water Crisis)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: “Abbey Road” – AUDIO)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Adult Education (Next week’s first category: “The Emperor’s New Groove”)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Not So Little Women (Next week’s first category: The Monkees)
The Block in Annandale, VA: SuperNOVA (Next week’s first category: Marching Band Instruments)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld” Sports Moments)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: D.C. Swampers (Next week’s first category: Rodgers and Hammerstein Musicals)
Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA: Team Four (Next week’s first category: Clark Gable Films)
Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA: Fawn Liebowitz’s Pallbearers (Next week’s first category: Rick Moranis Films)
Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA: Italian Space Force (Next week’s first category: Morrissey)
Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD: Arrested Inteligence (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: Voyager”)
Dudley’s in Arlington, VA: Not Quite Dead Yet (Next week’s first category: Tom Cruise Films)
Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD: Soup du Jour (Next week’s first category: Community Property Management)
Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – First category on Sep. 24: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa?)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Olympics)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Oh God, Bees! (Next week’s first category: Famous Farts)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Shadynasty (Next week’s first category: “Beverly Hills 90210”)
Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD: Princess Wonderful (Next week’s first category: “World of Warcraft”)
Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Useless (Next week’s first category: Types of Alcohol)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: History of Beer)
Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL: Trash Pandas (Next week’s first category: “The Golden Girls”)