A South American Adventure for Tuesday Night Trivia!

Tuesday is usually the busiest night of the week here at Pour House Trivia, and this week was no exception, with 117 teams competing across 15 venues.  Let’s get right to the nightly recap:


The evening began with our Three Clues question, with tonight’s version dealing with a certain mountain range.  Our geography buffs did not need a third clue tonight, as plenty of teams picked up a two-point bonus after hearing just these two clues:

CLUE 1: The highest peak outside of Asia can be found in this mountain range.

CLUE 2: At about 4,300 miles, this is the world’s longest above-ground mountain range.

Break out the chocolate mints, the correct response was indeed the Andes:

Andes Macchu Picchu

Our teams performed even better on the topic of Celebrity Couples, with virtually every team able to recall these two ex-wives of Oscar-winner Sean Penn:

Madonna Robin Wright

The round concluded with the most difficult wagering question of the opening stanza, as we asked our teams to spell three commonly misspelled words: ecstasy, embarrass, and entrepreneur.  Those French words are always a bit of a nuisance, as only about two-thirds of our teams earned their wagers here, with only 22% of the field correctly spelling all three words to earn a two-point bonus.  Overall, nine teams began the night with a perfect score of 36 points as we headed into the second round.


Our audio clue featured three songs named for celebrities: “Brian Wilson” (Barenaked Ladies), “Moves Live Jagger” (Maroon 5), and  “Marvin Gaye” (Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor).  Since it was the most recent of the three tunes, the last song was the most difficult to name, leading to only 18% of our teams earning a bonus with three correct answers.  The round continued with an unexpectedly difficult question, by far the most difficult of the half:

–> Before the monarchy was abolished in 1946, the last four kings of which country were either named Umberto or Victor Emmanuel?

The most popular wrong answer for this question was Spain, with about half of the field going with this option.  But the Spaniards still have an established monarchy.  Here’s the current monarch, King Felipe VI:

Spain King Felipe

Only 27% of our teams earned their wager with the correct response of Italy.  After a poetic question concerning the nonsense words found in Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”, we asked about the HBO show which is the most recent winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.  Once again, most answers were split between two distinct guesses: “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”.  Don’t know the answer?

John Oliver

The second round proved to be far more difficult than the first round, as only two teams scored 36 points: Bad Hombres (FireFlies) and Capitol City Goofballs (Capitol City Brewing).


Our halftime page dealt with book covers and the independence dates of foreign countries.  Overall, halftime yielded an average score of 17.4 points, with 11% of our teams earning a perfect score.  Here are Tuesday’s overall top scores after the first half:


After opening the second half with a question on reality TV star Bethenny Frankel and her Skinnygirl line of products, we followed up by asking our teams to name the U.S. President who had the longest first name.  I’m sure we all remember this iconic American from our high school history classes:


Actually, no, we probably don’t…  But, about half of our teams did know that Rutherford B. Hayes is the only Commander-in-Chief with a ten-letter first name.  Moving on, we snuck in a three-part question about this 1980s film comedy:

Bull Durham

After concluding the round with a question on classic rockers Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood (both former members of the band Faces), we had seven teams sweep through the third round with a perfect score.


We took to the wrestling ring for our 6-4-2 question, with this six-point query:

–> What is the stage name of retired professional wrestler Adam Copeland, known for his signature Spear and Con-Chair-To moves?

This clue did not entice many wrong answers, as nearly every team held off for the four-point clue.  But 8% of our teams were bold enough to earn six points with the correct answer of Edge.


The final round began with our most difficult bonus question of the night.  Technically speaking, you could say that it is tied as the most difficult question we’ve ever asked.  The wagering question was rather innocuous, as we asked our teams to name the mountaintop statue that was designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.  Most of our teams were able to recognize the Portuguese-sounding name of  the enginerr, coming up with the correct response of Christ the Redeemer:

Christ the Redeemer

The kicker of a bonus question asked teams to name the mountain on which this statue is located.  Not surprisingly, Sugarloaf Mountain was by far the most popular wrong answer.  You can actually see Sugarloaf Mountain in the top left portion of this photo above.  Unfortunately, NO TEAM was able to earn bonus points here with the correct response of Mount Corcovado.  Hey, we always learn something new at trivia night, right?  Our teams recovered nicely, with most teams earning points on questions concerning the chemical acetone and the website Overstock.com  (which was briefly known as O.co).  We concluded the round with a question regarding this former Longhorn:

Durant NBA

Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (25.5% success rate):

–> The city of Charleston recently overtook Columbia as the most populous city in South Carolina, meaning there are only three states among the 13 original colonies whose capital is also their most populous city.  What are those three states?

Even with a limited number of possible answers, this question proved to be quite difficult, as many teams guessed incorrectly with Virginia (Virginia Beach is the most populous city, not Richmond) and Connecticut (Bridgeport is the most populous city, not Hartford).  There were also a few guesses for Pennsylvania… time to study your state capitals!  But just over one-fourth of our teams answered correctly with Georgia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores on the night:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Capitol City Goofballs (tiebreaker)  (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres  (Next week’s first category: Infamous Virgins)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Like a Hobo on a Hot Ham Sandwich  (Next week’s first category: K-Pop)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD:  Clucktards  (Next week’s first category: Swan Songs)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings Katy Perry)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: Film Sequels with Higher Rotten Tomatoes Ratings than the Original)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Hungry Shorts  (Next week’s first category: Kama Sutra)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Pi  (Next week’s first category: Current Members of the U.S. Congress)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  The Bends  (Next week’s first category: “Golden Girls”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Uncles with Benefits  (Next week’s first category: “Ticket to Ride” – board game)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (Next week’s first category: George Romero films)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Sofa King Smart (tiebreaker)  (Next week’s first category: Vitamin String Quartet – AUDIO)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Thundercats  (Next week’s first category: Morrissey)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  God Dammit Irene  (Next week’s first category: Hip Hop Rivalries)