A Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Night of Tuesday Trivia!
Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 114 teams across 14 venues:
As usual, the wagering questions in Tuesday’s opening round fell on the easier side, but the three bonus questions were a different story. Our teams breezed through questions regarding tug-of-war, the planet Saturn, and actors who portrayed 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates (such as this one):
These two bonus questions stumped the majority of the field:
–> Within four years either way, when did this event [tug-of-war] make its final appearance at the Summer Olympics?
–> Named for a female Titan of Greek myth, what is this planet’s [Saturn’s] second-largest moon?
In each case, about 20% of our teams arrived at the correct answers of 1920 and Rhea. As a result, we did not see any perfect first round scores to open Tuesday’s game.
Teams that were hoping for a bit of a reprieve in Tuesday’s second round did not find it in the audio question, as we quizzed our teams on three songs whose titles contained the word “NEW”: “Brand New Key” by Melanie, “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News, and “New Light” by John Mayer. This was certainly one of the more difficult audio questions in recent memory, with just 21% of our teams earning wagering points. Only five teams overall snagged a two-point bonus by knowing the full titles of all three songs. The questions lightened up somewhat as we continued with topics such as the Anaheim pepper, the work of Vincent Van Gogh, and this recent Hollywood event:
After closing with a question concerning the geography of Somalia, none of our teams managed to run the table in the second round.
Literary awards were the focus of Tuesday’s halftime page, which yielded an average score of 16.4 points, with six teams notching a perfect 20 points. These were your halftime leaders on Tuesday night:
- State Senator McCheese (Monkey La La): 88
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Greene Growlers): 88
- Who’s Your Pater Familias? (White Horse Tavern): 87
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 86
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 85 POINTS
We threw our teams a bit of a softball to open the second half, asking about this children’s character:
After looking at the French region of Brittany and the film duo of Jack Black and Colin Hanks, we asked this question in the A + B = C format:
Part A = The number of basic foot positions in classical ballet.
Part B = The number of symphonies completed by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Exactly half of our teams turned in the correct response of 14 (five ballet positions plus nine Beethoven symphonies). We closed the third stanza with a difficult question on Periodic Table wordplay, asking our teams to name the only chemical elements whose names respectively end with the letters L, T, and H. Your answers? Nickel, Cobalt, and Bismuth. For the third round in a row, none of our teams secured a perfect score.
Tuesday’s final round touched on topics such as baba ghanoush, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘ Em Robots, and this phrase which is also the title of an Al Pacino movie:
Maybe tonight’s fourth round should have been switched with the first round, as nine teams correctly answered all three bonus questions to land the only perfect final round scores. These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams after four rounds of lay:
- State Senator McCheese (Monkey La La): 162
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Greene Growlers): 162
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 159
- Kappa Crabs (The Block): 157
- Who’s Your Pater Familias? (White Horse Tavern): 156
TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.9% success rate):
–> In March of 2007, which philosopher and author appeared on a new series of 20 Pound notes issued by the Bank of England, making him the first Scotsman to feature on an English banknote?
About one-fifth of our teams responded correctly with Adam Smith. Congratulations to Wiseacres (Champion Billiards), Dave Martinez School of Management (Greene Growlers), and Sharkfin Pizza (Casa Tequila), who each recorded the Perfect 21 on Tuesday night. Here is your final leaderboard:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Greene Growlers): 172
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 171
- Kappa Crabs (The Block): 165
- SuperNOVA (The Block): 164
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 163
- Dirty Mike and the Boys (White Horse Tavern): 160
- State Senator McCheese (Monkey La La): 158
- Wiseacres (Champion Billiards): 158
- Breadsticks (Upper Deck): 157
- Painal Buddies (The Block): 157
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Wiseacres (Next week’s first category: U.S. Open Golf Champions)
Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD: Fuller McShite (Next week’s first category: Manure)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: “Skyfall”)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Duchess (Next week’s first category: Olympic Records)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Nothing Punny (Next week’s first category: “Archer” Episodes)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Kappa Crabs (Next week’s first category: Vintage Cars)
Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: “Steven Universe”)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Breadsticks (Next week’s first category: “Scott Tenorman Must Die”)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Trivia Newton John (Next week’s first category: Maine)
White Horse Tavern in Harpers Ferry, WV: Dirty Mike and the Boys (Next week’s first category: Roman Empire)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: State Senator McCheese (Next week’s first category: “Dune”)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Balls Out (Next week’s first category: World War I)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Sharkfin Pizza (Next week’s first category: Shakespearean Character Deaths)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: Godamnit Irene (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)