A Close Shave at Tuesday Trivia!

With Season XIX winding down, Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 157 teams across 23 venues.


Tuesday’s game opened with a Three Clues question about the number 40, before moving on to the topics of South American geography and the different uses for the word ‘flop’.  The most difficult wagering and bonus questions of the round were found in the category of U.S. Presidents:

–> Identify either one of the two most recent U.S. presidents who previously served as U.S. Senators.

About two-thirds of the field said “Thanks, Obama” by earning wagering points with our 44th President.  But only seven teams across the board also gave us the second correct answer of Richard Nixon.  As a result, four teams notched a perfect first round score of 36 points: Athletic Supporters (Pop-Up Trivia), Crabcakes (Champion), Boy That Escalated Quickly (Charlie’s), and Wolfpack (Quincy’s South).


The film work of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow was the focus of Tuesday’s audio question, as we heard clips from “Shakespeare in Love”, “Shallow Hal”, and “Seven”.  Only 21% of the field earned bonus points with all three correct answers.  We continued with questions concerning the novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, tomatillos, and the classic TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati”.  Once again, the final bonus question of the round was also its most difficult, as only nine teams knew that on “WKRP in Cincinnati”, Dr. Johnny Fever was fired from a previous job for saying the word ‘booger’ on the air.  Two teams swept the second round on Tuesday night: Effin Peter (Senor Tequila’s) and Wingardium Triviosa (Quincy’s South).


College mascots and musical acts were the two subjects featured on Tuesday’s halftime page.  Eight teams earned a perfect score while the overall average reached 15.4 points.  These were your highest scoring teams at Wednesday’s halftime break:


Third round topics from Tuesday night included the former names of countries, the song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band, and the franchise relocations of the New Jersey Devils.  In a continuing trend, the final question of the round was by far its most difficult:

–> Recognizable by its bright blue flowers, what plant from the dandelion family can be roasted and ground to be used as a coffee substitute popular in New Orleans cuisine?

Only 27% of our teams answered correctly with chicory.  In a third round that proved to be easier than normal, that final question was the only stumbling block for most of the field, as seven teams ran the table in Tuesday’s third round.


We took a trip to Broadway in the final round, offering up with this query that proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Debuting in 2016, which Broadway musical has its origins in an incident that took place during songwriter Benj Pasek’s high school years, taking the notion of a teenager who invents an important role for himself in a tragedy that he did not earn?

Only 17% of our teams earned points by recognizing the plot of the Tony Award winner “Dear Evan Hansen”.  We also looked at the Komodo Dragon and the Elgar march “Pomp and Circumstance”.  The final round concluded with a three-part question concerning punctuation in TV titles, as our teams were asked to insert the proper punctuation in “Murder, She Wrote” (comma), “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (hyphen), and “Married… With Children” (ellipsis).  Three teams swept the final round by posting 36 points: HoJo MoJo (Champion), My Black Hole Just Exploded (Dudley’s), and Wingardium Triviosa (Quincy’s South).  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams heading into the final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (70.3% success rate):

–> Because they would often perform surgery during the Middle Ages, those in this profession are associated by a symbol that is said to represent the staff that patients would grip during procedures, with the red representing arterial blood, the blue representing veins, and the white depicting the bandage.  For your wager, name this profession.

More than two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with barber, perhaps aided by memories of Steve Martin on “Saturday Night Live”.  Congratulations to the four teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Tuesday night by answering every wagering question correctly: Tom Brady is Overrated (Cuginis), My Drinking Team Has a Trivia Problem (Dudley’s), Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential (Dudley’s), and Stink Floyd (Monkey La La).  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:

An honorable mention goes out to Effin Peter (Senor Tequila’s), who posted 168 points while playing over the limit.


Pop-Up Trivia in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower   (Next week’s first category at Jerry’s Sports Bar: Great Lakes)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres   (Next week’s first category: “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters”)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Tom Brady is Overrated   (Next week’s first category: Tom Brady)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  How Did I Get Here?   (Next week’s first category: Virology)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: U.S. Open – golf)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Bonesaw   (Next week’s first category: “WKRP in Cincinnati”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  SuperNOVA   (Next week’s first category: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:   Breadsticks   (Next week’s first category: Hobo Johnson)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Juneau   (Next week’s first category: 1970s Soft Rock)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  S&M&M’s   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Barry”)


Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Gouda ‘Nuff For Me   (Next week’s first category: Vacation)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Boy, That Escalated Quickly   (Next week’s first category: “The Sandlot”)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Peele and Eat   (Next week’s first category: Formula One Racing)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Arrested Intelligence   (Next week’s first category: The Moody Blues)

Casa Rico in Frederick, MD:  Little Lebowski Urban Achievers   (Next week’s first category: Snack Foods)

The Locker Room in Falls Church, VA:  Jonathan Swift Daycare and BBQ   (Next week’s first category: MLB Expansion)

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Boy Bands – AUDIO)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: “Arthur” – TV)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Wingardium Triviosa   (Next week’s first category: Crosswords)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  True Wit   (Next week’s first category: Famous Pilots)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Princess Wonderful   (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Acapulco Gold   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Hip Hop)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Dad Jokes)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Suck It Trebek   (Next week’s first category: 21st Century Super Bowls)