A Roller Coaster of a Tuesday Night!

Tuesday night featured the first game for the newest member of the Pour House Trivia family: Perry’s Restaurant in Odenton!  All told, we welcomed 111 teams across 15 venues:

FIRST ROUND:

Opening round topics from Tuesday night included turn-of-the-century births, the original “Pac-Man” characters, and the three-finger salute from “The Hunger Games”.  We closed the first round with its most difficult bonus question, asking for either one of the two countries that border both Italy and Austria.  Naming one of the two was quite easy, but only 14% of our teams came up with both of these correct answers:

Europe

Even with this difficult finish, 12 teams began their night with a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs with “NO” in the title: “No Scrubs” by TLC, “No One” by Alicia Keys, and “No Promises” by Cheat Codes.  We continued with questions on the Cuban Revolution, the NBA rulebook, and this TV personality:

Anthony Bourdain

Six teams ran the table in the second round.

HALFTIME:

Tuesday’s halftime page depicted celebrities that share their surnames with current NFL quarterbacks.  It was a rather tricky theme to deduce, but 16 teams posted perfect scores, with the overall average landing at 16.8 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

Typically, the third stanza is the most difficult round of the game, but our Tuesday teams faced a second half gauntlet that toppled even the most formidable squads.  First up, just under half of our teams were able to remember the romantic comedy film “Addicted to Love” (or perhaps they guessed the title based on the Robert Palmer hint).  We continued with a look at the George Eliot novel “Middlemarch” before moving on to the most difficult bonus question of the round, in the category of Three Clues / One Sporting Event:

CLUE 1: This event was first contested in 1881 at the Newport Casino.

CLUE 2: Margaret Osborne DuPont holds a record with 25 championships at this event.

Many of our teams did not realize that the term ‘casino’ did not always refer to a gambling hall, but rather a recreation or entertainment center.  Only six teams picked up bonus points here, but for teams still stuck in the ‘gambling’ train of thought, the third clue was not much help:

CLUE 3: This year’s edition will begin next Monday with a total purse of 53 million dollars.

Sorry, but the World Series of Poker took place last month.  The correct answer here was the U.S. (tennis) Open.  Only 22% of our teams earned wagering points here, wiping out plenty of potential five-bonus category bonuses.  Coincidentally, the following question asked about an actual modern-day casino, but only 14% of our teams earned points here by knowing that the Park MGM Hotel is the new name for the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas.  Fortunately, the field closed the third round with a nice comeback, as most of our teams earned wagering and bonus points on a question concerning the lead actor from this classic TV show:

Hulk

Not only did the third round not yield any perfect scores, but Painal Buddies (The Block) was the only Tuesday team to answer all five wagering questions correctly.

FOURTH ROUND:

After a 6-4-2 question featuring facts about Delaware, we opened the final round with a look at the controversy surrounding the misconduct of former CIA Director David Petraeus.  Later, we learned about whey protein and visited this tourist attraction:

Jackson Square New Orleans

After the difficult third round, our teams bounced back nicely in the final round, as 12 teams posted a perfect score of 36 points.  Here are your highest scoring Tuesday teams after four rounds of play:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (48.7% success rate):

–> Prior to 1971, the United Kingdom divided its currency into pounds, pence, and this other monetary unit which has since been phased out.  Identify this unit whose name is still used as the official monetary unit in four east African countries.

Just under half of our teams responded correctly with the shilling.  After surviving the third round, Painal Buddies (The Block) would finish the night as the only team to score the Perfect 21.  Your final Tuesday leaderboard included these teams:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  HoJo MoJo  (Next week’s first category: Items Mentioned in “We Didn’t Start the Fire”)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Fuller McShite  (Next week’s first category: U.S. State Nicknames)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Hard Knocks” – current season)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Duchess  (Next week’s first category: Common Misconceptions)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Bonesaw  (Next week’s first category: “The Princess Bride”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Painal Buddies  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Weed Variety or Crayon Color?)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  How Did I Get Here?  (Next week’s first category: Dwayne Johnson)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Sloppy Seconds  (Next week’s first category: Charcuterie)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  It May Be a Weyls  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – Michael Jackson Songs: 1980s or 1990s?)

White Horse Tavern in Harpers Ferry, WV:  Who’s Your Pater Familias?  (Next week’s first category: Little League World Series)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  State Senator McCheese  (Next week’s first category: Aretha Franklin)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Where’s Jody?  (Next week’s first category: Current Cartoon Network Shows)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Just Us  (Next week’s first category: U.S. State Birds)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:    (Next week’s first category:  )

Perry’s Restaurant in Odenton, MD:  Brains and Boobs  (Next week’s first category: 1980s Bands)