The first Tuesday game of 2018 welcomed exactly 100 teams across 12 venues, with many of those teams struggling through a wicked second round. Which teams avoided the speed bumps to finish on the overall leaderboard? Read on!
We wasted no time with the difficult questions on Tuesday night, as the first bonus question of the night was also one of its most difficult. While nearly every team knew that Andrew Jackson was the namesake for the most populous cities in both Mississippi and Jacksonville, only 14% of the field also knew the year in which “Old Hickory” was first elected U.S. President: 1828. Next, we looked at this slightly ridiculous promotion now being offered by one of America’s largest restaurant chains:
Thanks, Dominos! Carryout Insurance will save the economy! What the hell are people doing to have their pizzas destroyed before they get home? Anyway, we kept up the level of ridiculousness with a question on this box office bomb:
We included another difficult bonus question here, as only 21% of our teams knew that the film sequel “Staying Alive” was directed by Sylvester Stallone. After closing the opening round with a question on the upcoming NFL playoffs, we saw just four teams start their games with a perfect score of 36 points: No Talent Ass Clowns (Capitol City Brewing), Newton’s Minion (Champion Billiards), Quiz Knows (Blue Parrott), and Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South).
Tuesday’s second round began with one of the more difficult audio questions in recent memory. Instead of simply naming a song or an artist, we required a bit more thought in tonight’s game, as we played three songs which had stolen melodies from other songs. Our teams were required to give us the original artists whose songs were “borrowed”. We began with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”, which stole “Under Pressure” from Queen and David Bowie. Other answers included Tom Petty (who had “American Girl” stolen by The Strokes) and Stevie Wonder (who had “Uptight” stolen by Oasis). All told, only 19% of our teams earned their wagers here, with just five teams earning a two-point bonus with three correct answers. The head scratching continued in our nightly Three Clues question, with Tuesday’s edition dealing with a surname:
CLUE 1: The last name of TV’s “Dora the Explorer”.
CLUE 2: The maiden name of Eva Longoria’s character on “Desperate Housewives”.
We knew that these two clues were rather obscure, so we were not surprised that very few teams ventured a guess at this point. However, we were surprised that most teams were still stumped after hearing this third clue:
CLUE 3: The last name of the Colombian author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera”.
Only 21% of the field earned their wagers with the correct answer of Marquez (with the author being Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez). None of our teams were able to secure a two-point bonus on this question. Not surprisingly, we needed some hard alcohol to finish the round on a high note, as most of our teams knew which two liqueurs are used to create the shot known as the Baby Guinness:
Just layer Bailey’s Irish Cream on top of Kahlua coffee liqueur, and check it out! It’s looks just like a tiny glass of Guinness! Thanks to the Three Clues question, we did not see any perfect scores in the second round. In fact, even if we disregard the bonus questions, only eight teams overall answered all five wagering questions correctly.
Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of Michael Caine films, and a matching section on parenthetical song titles. With a slightly lower average of 15.4 points, only two teams notched a perfect score: Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Champion Billiards) and Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South). Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the close of the first half:
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 90
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 86
- Wiseacres (Champion Billiards): 85
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Quincy’s South): 85
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 82 POINTS
Our teams picked up the pace after halftime, as the overall correct answer percentage took a nice jump thanks to questions on classic rock lyrics and this former Nickelodeon show:
The toughest question of the third round dealt with Earth Science:
–> During the recent December solstice, the Sun was positioned directly overhead at which line of latitude?
Just under one-third of our teams answered correctly with the Tropic of Capricorn. We closed with a look at this character from children’s literature:
In an odd twist, the third round actually yielded the most perfect scores, as eight teams notched 36 points in the third stanza.
Tuesday’s final round opened with a question that combined television, sports, and geography:
–> The past three seasons of the TV show “Survivor” have been set on Mamanuca Island, which is located off the coast of golfer Vijay Singh’s home city in which south Pacific island nation?
We’re not sure if our players are bigger fans of the PGA Tour or reality TV, but either way, most of the field answered correctly with Fiji. We offered a two-point bonus to any team that also knew the capital of Fiji, with just 11% of our teams answering correctly with Suva. Later, we asked about this diminutive stand-up comedian:
We closed the final round with a look at U.S. Geography:
–> Among the ten smallest U.S. states based on land area, name either one of the two which each border five other states.
Our Mapheads were able to show off here, as 31% of our teams picked up bonus points with the two correct answers of Massachusetts and West Virginia. Four teams closed with a perfect fourth round score: The Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s), How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers), Blumpkin Spice Latte (Quincy’s South), and Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South). Here are Tuesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Quincy’s South): 160
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 158
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 156
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 153
- Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South): 151
FINAL QUESTION (65.0% success rate):
–> With the release of its most recent studio album last month, which band became the first musical group to top the Billboard 200 Chart in four consecutive decades?
Just under two-thirds of the field turned in the correct response of U2. Congratulations to Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South), as the ONLY team to earn the Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question. Here are the top overall scores from Tuesday night:
- Blumpkin Spice Latte (Quincy’s South): 169
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 163
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 158
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 158
- Capitol City Goofballs (Capitol City Brewing): 158
- Kellie’s Heroes (Top Golf): 157
- Probably Worth a Google (Monkey La La): 157
- Nasty Neutrons (Greene Growlers): 157
- Sad and Demented But Social (Monkey La La): 157
- Megaroll (Greene Growlers): 156
Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA: Capitol City Goofballs (Next week’s first category: College Football Playoff)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Wiseacres (Next week’s first category: West Virginia)
Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD: You Just Got Shawshanked (Next week’s first category: “Office Space”)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: The Fan Club ** 14 WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: AC/DC)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird (Next week’s first category: “Oklahoma!”)
Top Golf in Ashburn, VA: Kellie’s Heroes (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock Lyrics)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Five Dollar Candy (Next week’s first category: “Kill Bill”)
Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: “Groundhog Day”)
Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL: Bomb Cyclone (Next week’s first category: 1990s Hip Hop)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: “The Empire Strikes Back”)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Blumpkin Spice Latte (Next week’s first category: Russian Literature)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Sherlock Holmes)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: KFBR392 (Next week’s first category: “Comedy Bang! Bang!”)