A Little Nutmeg (State) with Your Tuesday Night Trivia!

Another Tuesday night is in the books, as one of our newest venues is suddenly one of our busiest venues!  Yes, the latest addition to the PHT Tuesday night family welcomed more than a dozen teams in only its second week.  It certainly would have been thrilling if one of those rookie teams topped the overall leaderboard on Tuesday night, but it was a team at a different Virginia venue that stole the show, scoring just four points shy of a perfect game:

TUESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (88 teams across 13 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Einhorn is Finkle (FireFlies) with 178

** Highest overall score of Season XV**

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Einhorn is Finkle and Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South) with 166

–> Highest First Half Score: Einhorn is Finkle with 90

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Einhorn is Finkle

–> Our halftime page featuring purple characters and bizarre film plot summaries played to an average of 14.8, with four teams scoring a perfect 20 points.  In an odd twist, three of those four (Uncle Jack, Sofa King Smart, Balls Out) teams were playing at the same venue: Quincy’s South.  Tough crowd!

–> About 28% of our teams scored six points on the 6-4-2 question by knowing that the U.S.S. Pueblo was seized (and turned into a tourist attraction) by North Korea.

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (39.8% success rate):

–> The name of which U.S. state is comprised of two antonyms which are separated by a single letter?  (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)

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Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA

Another wild night of trivia mayhem at Capitol City Brewing Company in Shirlington!  A fresh crop of newcomer teams showed up to contend with our salty regulars, making for a hard-fought game from start to finish.  Last week, I noted how the “sports guy” (or gal) on each team had a chance to shine, with more than the typical amount of sports trivia in the mix.  Tonight, it was the revenge of the sci-fi / fantasy nerds, right from the get-go!  Returning champs Menace 2 Sobriety served up a winner’s choice on legendary Brit fantasy author Neil Gaiman, and the first round also included a nod to a cult favorite actor who currently graces the big screen in a Marvel Comics CGI extravaganza.  Fan favorites Salt & Pepper were the sole team to post a perfect 36 points through Round One – Tip of the Hat!

So Close, So Very Close: Knowing the name of the Miami U. RedHawks allowed just a few teams to get a leg up on the competition for a 2-point bonus. Other squads just threw out generic guesses, but one team came painfully close to the mark with “Red Birds”. Wish I could accept that!

Our writers should consider moonlighting as DJs!  Last night’s audio clue had us dancing in the aisles to KC and the Sunshine Band, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Cake.  Top-notch song selections, guys!  We finished up the first half with some military hardware, track & field, and an engineering/combat competition show that I pray daily comes back for another season.  Do it for the kids, ABC!  At halftime, no one got a perfect 20 (or even 19) on an unusually tough set of obscure kids’ characters and jokey film plot summaries.  The Pilsners of Azkaban did manage to score 18 points, better than anyone else, earning them another Tip of the Hat!

Intriguing Guess: Our halftime sheet summarized a certain film’s plot as: “pet rodent gets wet, mutates, and spawns more mutants which then destroy a town”.  “Stuart Little” does indeed have a pet rodent, but… the other stuff?  I dunno, seems like a long shot!  (Of course, any guess is better than leaving it blank!)

At the outset of Round Three, it was the Valley Girls on top with 85 points, with the Pilsners and Salt & Pepper also with 80+ points.  Questions in this round tested our ability to keep up with the Kardashians (and Tankians, and Kevorkians, and Kurkjians) whose ancestry may surprise you!  We also dealt with a very tough Last Word / First Word, and tested how well we remembered the Parables from Sunday School.  Tip of the Hat to the Valley Girls and Show Me on the Doll, our only two teams to pick up 6 points on the 6-4-2 by recalling the infamous capture of the USS Pueblo.

Oh God, How Do You Know This: A few teams picked up a 2-point bonus by knowing about the pop culture legacy of the notorious killer Ed Gein – but I was a little shaken when one player immediately started filling out his answer as soon as I began, “Born in Wisconsin…”  Hey, we all have our particular interests, I suppose.

In Round Four, we had an unexpected (and totally coincidental) double-dip into the work of Neil Gaiman, along with a trio of sci-fi heroes – a boost for the fantasy dorks of newcomers Anticipate This and Menace 2 Sobriety, who leaped up into second place!  Salt & Pepper lost their 5-point bonus on our question about Calvin and Hobbes’ favorite pastime, but won our “Best Wrong Answer” prize by offering that “a made-up game with continuously changing rules” is a pretty good description of our leaders’ approach to “obstruction of justice”.  Wow, that got a little too real for a minute – incisive political humor outta nowhere!

Things (Almost) Nobody Knows: “Mad Madam Mim” from Disney’s Sword in the Stone, the exact order of decathlon events (except Thinkin Kraken!), “13 Dead End Drive”

In the Final, some U.S. state wordplay went well for those players who could think outside the box and cooperate with teammates – crucial skills for a top-level bar trivia squad!  In the end, here are your top three:

First Place:  Valley Girls

Second Place:  Menace 2 Sobriety

Third Place:  Salt & Pepper

Next week’s first category:  “Doctor Who”

See you all next week for another round at Cap City!

~Austin

Doctor Who Trivia

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Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

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Cugini’s Restaurant in Poolesville, MD

The game keeps getting bigger and bigger at Cugini’s in Poolesville as once again we hosted a packed house, with some new faces joining us for our Tuesday night festivities.  The first round was a breeze for our teams, as folks researched the Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” for one of the most successful winner’s choice categories I have seen in a while.  We also tasted some “pigs in a blanket” while fretting over Fonzi’s attempt to “jump a shark”, and then followed that up with a tasty Corona to wash it all down.  We found out that their is a Miami University in OHIO of all places, and took a look at Kurt Russell, who finally broke into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Here he is as Elvis Presley.

Elvis Kurt Russell

We rocked to some KC and the Sunshine Band for our audio clue about clothing, threw a 16 pound ball in the Olympic decathlon, and discovered that for the first time in history three U.S. Presidents were all born in the same year.  We “geeked out” over a reality competition show which basically pits RC robots with saw blades and hammers against each other in a duel of oily, electronic death.  Our final subject for round two was this amazing aircraft that plays an integral role in our nation’s Armed Forces.

Osprey

Round three managed to mix some geography with surnames and taint it all with a Kardashian reference.  Our Last Word / First Word category mashed up the original drummer from The Who with and Oscar winning song sung by none other that Audrey Hepburn.  We had the strangest combination punch of a serial killer question immediately followed up with one of Jesus’ most famous parables, and then rolled right into some sports rivalries, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Dick Cavett?

Ali Frazier

Our final round featured the latest rendition of one of author Neil Gaiman’s works , this one on the STARZ network and starring the incredible actor Ian McShane.  We examined the lucky number 13, which for some superstitious folks may relate to our epitaph question since that unlucky digit could put you down for good.  We laughed along with the hilarious “Calvin & Hobbes” and then took to the stars with “The Fifth Element”, “Starship Troopers”, and this noble captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, who has become a meme magnet as of late:

Patrick Stewart Picard

We had a number of variables with tonight’s final, a couple of tie scores, a smattering of teams playing for “S&G”’s, and only ONE team to strategically wager.  More than half the teams answered correctly, and the top three teams finished in a dramatic fashion.  Here are the results:

First Place:  Drunk N Disorderly

Second Place:  Never Mind

Third Place:  MoMo

Next week’s first category:  “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Guardians of the Galaxy Trivia

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Orioles Nest in Frederick, MD

There was no trivia tonight at Orioles Nest.  Chad returns next week with an opening question on “Hamilton”.

Hamilton Trivia

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Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD

It was beautiful outside tonight, and spicy inside Senor Tequila’s in Germantown for our game of Pour House Trivia!

Highlights of the Night:

In “That’s-Not-A-Good-Sign”: I should’ve known that, when teams didn’t know what Jumping the Shark was, we were gonna be in for a rough night. Canary in a coal mine, sure, but not Jumping the Shark? Eek.

In “Musical-Mishaps”: Tonight would not have been the night I’d have thought the audio clue was gonna be a toughie, but the teams certainly had problems with it.  I didn’t think Zoot Suit Riot and Short Skirt Long Jacket were that tricky!  Clearly I was wrong!

In “Ian-Has-No-Chill”: REALLY??  No one knows about Neil Gaiman??  Come on now!  How can none of you have heard his name before??  He’s certainly not obscure, he’s had several books made into movies and TV shows!  Actual rant from tonight.  I’m quite insane but still!

After a dominating performance in the second half, one of our teams missed just five possible points after halftime, and was able to seal the deal before we asked the final question.  Here are your top finishers tonight:

In third place tonight, Axl’s Doghouse!

In second place tonight, the Fan Club!

In first place tonight, Beer Pressure!

Great game tonight guys; next week I’m singing again, starting things off with Ian Sings 1990s Boy Bands.  It should be fun! See you next week!

Until then,

~ Ian

New Kids on the Block

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FireFlies in Alexandria, VA

We were missing some of our regular teams tonight at FireFlies in Alexandria, but a couple of new teams helped fill in the empty space, and they got rowdy answering some unusual questions tonight.  We started off with only one team being able to answer the winner’s choice question: tonight it was concerning Weezer’s Blue Album and the one word missing from their famous “the Sweater Song” title.  “Undone”.  One team joined us a little late, making it hard to catch up, but they fought hard nonetheless.  Round 2 didn’t have any real slip ups, but it’s always interesting to hear the arguments that eventually lead to the right answer – like Einhorn is Finkle disagreeing at first over what bird of prey lends its name to the V-22 military aircraft.  They and two other teams were able to identify osprey as the answer.

Teams seemed intrigued by the Serial Killer category when titles were read before the round, but only one team was able to name the inspiration for Leatherface without being given the multiple choice, good job Team Teat!  The fLast Word / First Word question tripped up a couple of our teams- when asked what three-word name would you have if the original drummer for the band The Who performed on an Oscar-winning song from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?  One team missed the first name of the drummer, leading them to miss it, but two other teams correctly stated Keith Moon River.  The toughest question of the final round involved comic strips.  Two teams correctly identified the strip: “Calvin and Hobbes”, but we were looking for the made-up game they used to play, Calvinball.  The final question left most teams really scratching their heads and interesting arguments were made  for alternate answers, but in the end only one team got the answer we were looking for.  Your winners were:

First Place:  Einhorn is Finkel, Finkel is Einhorn

Second Place:  Fun Squad

Third Place:  Team Teat

Next week’s first category:  James Bond

See you Next Tuesday!

~ Kate

James Bond Trivia

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Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD

Another rousing night of particularly pointed sarcasm and trivia here at Shuckin’ Shack in downtown Frederick.  We helped welcome another team (at least temporarily) to the Pour House Trivia fold, as “The Family to my Right”, composed of two parents and two elementary-aged children, joined us for their inaugural trivia experience.  They had to leave at halftime, but that didn’t keep them from just WAXING every other team but Tequila Mockingbird.

Fortunately for my pretties, they did indeed depart, leaving you to your own devices.  In their absence, most of you collectively managed to miss the audio question, despite my coy playing System of a Down’s perhaps most famous track to date.  Perhaps fortunately for the many teams that stumble home after trivia, very few of y’all knew who serial killer Ed Gein was.  Furthermore, Southstreet Crew could apparently have gone without my telling them of the kinds of belts Gein used to make.

On the good news front, a former SEAL (you know who you are) missed the V-22 Osprey and only one team knew Calvinball.  For shame.  Looking back, I guess that isn’t “good news”. Let me try this again:

Congrats to Tequila Mockingbird, the only team to earn six points on the 6-4-2 question!  If only they could have answered the final question correctly to hang on for the win!  Just Good Enough was, thanks to a tie-breaker, indeed just good enough.  Tequila Mockingbird is just crushing it, week-in and week-out, but tonight it was the Donner Party who took home first place.

Next week’s first category:  The Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Trivia

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Top Golf in Ashburn, VA

After some technical difficulties, we got our game underway at Top Golf in Ashburn tonight, and I for one enjoyed the heck out of it!  We had a few new teams as well as our old favorites.  We learned a lot tonight – like why did Comedy Central air a robot battle show?  Also, what’s the difference between a boogie and a riot?  It was an interesting first two rounds with Taco Tuesday and Kelly’s Heroes tied for first place with a very impressive 89 points after the halftime puzzle page.

The second half is where our questions took a slight uptick in difficulty.  In the rather odd category of serial killers, a lot of teams put money on Ted Bundy instead of Ed Gein!  Bundy was not executed until the 1990s, so the hint of being born in 1906 should have been the giveaway.  One team that wasn’t tripped up by that question was Taco Tuesday, as they scored a two-point bonus to increase their lead to double digits by the end of the third round.  Would they be able to make this game a runaway?

Despite a stellar final round, Taco Tuesday was unable to pull away, as two teams stayed within the all-important 12-point barrier as we reached the final question.  With Kelly’s Heroes and Victorious Secret tied for second just ten points back, we were guaranteed to have one of these three teams be our winners tonight.  The final question indeed separated the pack, as Kelly’s Heroes was the only team to answer correctly with the state of Connecticut.  Here are your winners tonight:

First Place:  Kelly’s Heroes

Second Place:  Taco Tuesday

Third Place:  Victorious Secret

Next week’s first category:  Michael Fassbender

~ Zach

Fassbender Basterds

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Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD

Tuesday is your new pizza and trivia night in Hagerstown.  Come out to Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown at the Valley Mall and join us for the fun.  We inducted three new teams to the Pour House Trivia fold tonight, who joined in against our four veteran teams fighting for the coveted trivia bucks!  Our new teams were late signups, but I hope to see them all next week at the start for a full game.

The first round had our teams feeling good.  Whisky Lovers joined up after the first because they were playing along in their heads.  Then came the second round. Overall, about 30% of the answers were incorrect this round, and no team was unscathed from a wrong answer.  Our high score on the halftime sheet was Bosom Buddies with 18 points, leading them one point of the lead behind the Second Placemen!

Round 3 brought in the new teams of The Bears and BBQ Busters.  That round also featured our Last Word / First Word question, where teams had to combine the name of the drummer from The Who and a song from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  No team was able to come up with “Keith Moon River”, leaving a palpable cloud hanging over the teams this round.

By this time, the newly named Second Placemen (formerly The Shot Makers, formerly The Deal Makers) had managed to acquire an eight-point lead ahead of Bosom Buddies.  Would they hold on to their positions?

Our final question was a doozy; we didn’t get any correct guesses on which state has two antonyms separated by a single letter in its name (Connecticut, or connect and cut).  It came down to the wagers with our top two teams holding steady with the ever-popular zero wager.  Lone Stranger took third place, Bosom Buddies came in second place, and the now incorrectly named Second Placemen brought home trivia gold.

Next weeks first category:  Ernest Hemingway

~ Sean

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The Block in Annandale, VA

It was another great night at the hipster paradise known as The Block in Annandale.  We had a large burst of excited teams at the beginning, though in thinned out a bit throughout the course of the game, as we finished with our most dedicated and competitive teams.  We had the well rounded elementary school teachers known as the Columbaes, the veteran trivia players called Inertia Wins, we had the repeat offenders simply named Schwifty, and two enthusiastic and fresh teams, the Wahoos and The Himalayas.

The game was tight, with Inertia wins, Columbaes, and Schwifty narrowly vying for first place, constantly switching ranks, followed by The Himalayas and Wahoos who were in a heated battle for points.  The Three Clues/One Number question threw a lot of teams off, closing the gap between all five teams.  Up until the last few questions, it was anybody’s game.  Of course we had to have a winner, and the well rounded elementary school teachers took the gold!

All of the teams were friendly and very fun, and i hope to see them again! and evry week we seem to get more and more people interested. Im sure The Block will become a trivia hot-spot in the coming weeks!

First Place: Columbaes with 158

Second Place: Inertia Wins with 154

Third Place: Schwifty with 150

The Columbaes decided that next week’s first category will be Bloom’s Taxonomy, so study up!  You can start by finding out exactly what the hell that is!

~ Geraden

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Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL

It was another great night of trivia Tuesday at the Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg.  Six of our regular teams competed, while two new teams joined in for a couple of rounds.  We hope to see them back next week for the whole shebang.

As usual, round one started off strong and steady, as teams slayed questions on Coronoa, Miami of Ohio and Kurt Russell.  But things started to get a little dicier in round two.  Our audio clue tripped up a lot of teams, with only a a couple of our teams earning points by knowing clothing-related song titles.  The halftime sheet was tougher than normal for our teams this week.  The averaged field 13 out of 20, as they tried to name different purple characters and figure out popular movies based on wonky plot descriptions.

There was only one question all night that stumped most of our teams. It turns out that the Parrot Heads were the only team who could correctly identify the famous British author, Neil Gaiman, whose book “American Gods” was adapted recently for a STARZ show.  Fun fact: Your host C.J. is currently listening to this book on audible.  That additional clue did not help any of our teams, though.  Almost every team went all-in on the last question, but only two teams couple successfully answered Connecticut for a state whose name is essentially made up of two antonyms (with an extra letter tossed in).

Congratulations to all who played, and we look forward to seeing you next week!  Here are your top teams tonight:

First Place:  Parrot Heads

Second Place:  Freebirds

Third Place:  Clavins

Next week’s first category: 1960’s Classic Rock.

~ C. J.

Led Zeppelin Trivia

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Monkey La La in Frederick, MD

Eleven teams filled Monkey La La near capacity for a night of highly competitive trivia.  Round 1 did not provide much challenge for most of the teams tonight.  Four teams were tied for first place going into the second round: The Fellowship, Friends Without Benefits, Sad & Demented But Social and Sloppy Seconds.  Three points separated our leaders from eighth place.

The audio question of the second round provided a challenge to half the teams.  While most teams got “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band, quite a few teams could not remember the exact title of “Zoot Suit Riot” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies or “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake.  After two rounds and the halftime puzzle page, our top scores were: The Fellowship – 86. Friends Without Benefits – 85, Sad & Demented But Social – 84, and Sloppy Seconds – 80.

For the first time in a while, the First Word / Last Word question proved to be one of the more difficult questions of the round: “What three-word name would you have if the original drummer for the band The Who performed on an Oscar-winning song from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?”, most teams knew the drummer of Keith Moon but half the teams put Moon White, Moon Quiet, or Moon Silence as the Oscar-winning song.  With the correct response of “Keith Moon River”, Sad and Demented but Social took their first lead of the night, while The Fellowship fell to second followed by Friends Without Benefits in third.

The toughest question of the night came in Round 4 under the category of Comic Strip Hodge Podge.  Most teams failed to associate Bill Watterson with Calvin and Hobbes and therefore couldn’t make the connection to the fictional game of Calvinball!

The final question did not provide much challenge to the braniacs at Monkey La La, as eight out of eleven teams nailed the final.  In the end, Sad and Demented But Social finished in first place, Friends Without Benefits took second place and the newcomer team of The Fellowship took third.

Next week’s first category:  Nuts!

~ Scott

Nut Trivia

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Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD

Substituting for the second week in a row on Tuesday night at Quincy’s South, the game played out exactly the way it had from the previous week…. until the final question threw in an unexpected switcheroo to the ending!  Tonight’s game started off really close for all of the teams, but as each round came and went, Uncle Jack was slowly increasing their lead in at the top of the standings.  By the time we reached the final, they had amassed a ten point lead over our second place team Sofa King Smart.  No guaranteed win in any case, but things were looking pretty good for a repeat victory.  Playing the odds, Uncle Jack wagered three points while the team in second place wagered eight points.  It seemed clear that Sofa King Smart was thinking about not losing second place, while still having an outside chance for victory if Uncle Jack were to slip up.

When the answers were all turned in for the final, EVERYTHING had moved around in the top three!  I even had to break a tie to find out who would take second and third place.  Losing the tie breaker but still finishing in third place was Balls Out!  Thankfully, they won the tie break, but still had to settle for second place after leading all game, Uncle Jack!  I’m pretty sure they were even more shocked than I was to learn they had moved into first place and won the game on the last question, congratulations to Sofa King Smart!

To quote our winning team, they chose the “Kansas State Wildcats, Baby!” for next week’s first category.  Thanks to ALL of the teams for not heckling me TOO badly these last two weeks, as Bill should be back then to take care of everyone next Tuesday at Quincy’s South!!

~ Jon J

Kansas State Trivia

 

 

 

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Black Eyed Suzie’s in Bel Air, MD

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