A Trip to Xanadu at Tuesday Trivia!

Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 103 teams across 14 venues:


A Triple 50/50 question on candy bars opened Tuesday’s game, followed by a look at the Adam’s apple and this classic TV series:

M*A*S*H Trivia

After most of the field earned points by knowing that the TV series “M*A*S*H” lasted seven years longer than the actual Korean War, only nine teams earned bonus points by remembering the title of its final episode: “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”.  We closed the opening stanza with another difficult bonus question, as just 19% of our teams knew that Woodrow Wilson is the most recent U.S. President to have been born in Virginia.  As a result, the first round yielded an unusually low number of perfect scores, as Jake From State Farm (Quincy’s South) and Trivia Newton John (Shuckin’ Shack) were the only teams to run the table to begin Tuesday’s game.


Tuesday’s audio clue featured songs with adjectives as titles: “Bad” by Michael Jackson, “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado, and “Numb” by Linkin Park.  We continued with questions regarding comic strip characters and Shakespeare, before moving on to everyone’s least favorite category: African geography.  Even with a sprinkling of current events, this was easily the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Last month, the African nation of Eritrea signed an agreement which formally ended the state of war with which neighboring country?

Remembering exactly where Eritrea is located certainly would have been a big hint for our teams:


Only 31% of the field knew that Eritrea had gained its independence from (and had since continued to clash with) its neighbor to the south: Ethiopia.  Thanks to a trio of relatively difficult bonus questions, The Hand of the King (Shuckin’ Shack) recorded the only perfect second round score on Tuesday night.


Cross-gender film roles and “timely” song titles highlighted Tuesday’s halftime page.  With a relatively low overall average of 14.2 points, we saw just one team record a perfect halftime score: Quiz in My Pants (Shuckin’ Shack).  Here is your halftime leaderboard from Tuesday night:


A rare question on classical music opened Tuesday’s second half, as we discussed the opening notes of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, as played on a solitary clarinet.  After a question concerning juvenile detective “Encyclopedia Brown”, we asked our teams to name the year in which all three of these events took place:

EVENT 1: Joseph Conrad completes his novel “Heart of Darkness”.

EVENT 2: The U.S. Congress approves the use of voting machines in federal elections.

EVENT 3: Gangster Al Capone is born in New York City.

About half of our teams earned points by responding with an answer that fell within the required ten-year window, but only 11% of the field landed within two years of the correct answer of 1899, thereby earning two bonus points.  Teams may have been fooled by the fact that Al Capone rose to prominence at a young age, but looked MUCH older.  Check out this picture taken in 1930, in which Capone was only 31 YEARS OLD!


Later, another wicked bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board in the third round, as only seven teams could name Italian chemist Evangelista Torricelli as the inventor of the barometer.


Movies and beer are normally popular topics at Pour House Trivia, but these two questions which began the final round were anything but popular:

–> Which acclaimed Japanese filmmaker created films such as “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “Princess Mononoke”, and the award-winning “Spirited Away”?

–> In the late 1980s, what brewing company introduced the Keystone line of beers?

In each case, about one-quarter of the field earned points with the correct answers of Hayao Miyazaki and Coors.  We continued by asking a Three Clues question about musician Beck, who happens to be the brother-in-law of Giovanni Ribisi.

Beck Ribisi

Though they were playing ‘over the limit’ on Tuesday, California Gurlz (Quincy’s South) was the only team to record a perfect final round score.  Here are your highest scoring Tuesday teams heading into the final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.3% success rate):

–> Located in the Italy section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the food court or “marketplace” where you can enjoy Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine is named for what historical figure?

Nearly three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with Marco Polo.  Congratulations to How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers), as the only team (with seven or fewer people) to record the Perfect 21 on Tuesday night with correct answers on all wagering questions.  California Gurlz (Quincy’s South) replicated the feat, though they needed more than seven players in order to do so.  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  What’s Jon?  (Next week’s first category: “Spirited Away”)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Last Week’s Winners  (Next week’s first category: World Flags)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – U.S. Music or U.K. Music?)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Quiz In My Pants  (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings” Films)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Pi  (Next week’s first category: Tropical Fruit)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  SuperNOVA  (Next week’s first category: Dinosaurs)

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

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Balls Out  (Next week’s first category: High School Math)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Juneau  (Next week’s first category: World Capitals)

White Horse Tavern in Harpers Ferry, WV:  I Was Going to Say That  (Next week’s first category: “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  State Senator McCheese  (Next week’s first category: “Fight Club”)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Alternative Music)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Sharkfin Pizza  (Next week’s first category: NASCAR Runners-Up)

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