A View From the Upper Deck for Tuesday Trivia!

We opened another new Pour House Trivia venue last night, as our Tuesday tenure began at the Upper Deck Sports Bar in Mount Airy.  With eight teams in the house, it was one of the biggest opening nights we’ve seen in some time!  It was also the first night for our newest host Ryan, who handled the big game with ease.  Overall, we welcomed 103 teams across 14 games:


We began Tuesday’s game with a question concerning this company:


Most of our teams easily tacked on two bonus points by knowing the the Kellogg Company is headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan.  After an Over/Under question dealing with NASA, we closed with this query in the subject of U.S. Geography:

–> Among the U.S. states whose common names are more than one word, identify either one of the two states that are largest in area.

Only 14% of our teams earned this final two-point bonus of the round, by naming both correct answers of New Mexico (first) and South Dakota (second).  This was the sticking point for perfect scores in the first round, as we saw 11 teams finish the opening stanza with 36 points.


Tuesday’s second round began with an audio question that featured three “Good” songs: “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp, “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz, and “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen.  Later, we looked at DNA and the transition from Spike TV to the Paramount Network.  We closed with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:

–> Which actress won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for her work as Sydney Prosser in “American Hustle” and as Margaret Keane in a 2014 biographical film?

Virtually every team was able to narrow down their answer to two actresses: Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, both of whom earned critical acclaim for their roles in the film “American Hustle”.  Apparently, the role of Margaret Keane was much less notable:

Big Eyes Amy Adams

Yes, that’s Amy Adams as American painter Margaret Keane in the film “Big Eyes”.  With only 29% of our teams earning points on this question, only three teams swept Tuesday’s second round with a perfect score: Smarty Pants (P.I.G.S. BBQ), The (Thank God for Philadelphia) Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s), and Drink Apple Juice, the O.J. Will Kill You (Quincy’s South).


Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of Grammy winners from last month’s ceremony, as well as a matching section on Latin phrases.   Falling on the easier side, we saw an average score of 18.4 points, with 31% of our teams notching perfect scores.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the halftime:


The second half began with a three-part question on words whose only vowel is a ‘Y’.  Our teams scored quite well with the answers of Myrrh, “Gypsy”, Syzygy, the latter of which is defined as “a straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies”.  We followed with the most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 27% of our teams knew that British explorer James Cook is the namesake for the tallest mountain in New Zealand.  Other topics included the numerous films featuring this classic onscreen (and off-screen) duo:

That’s Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.  After committing an act of regicide (not really), we closed with a question about the “Red Ring of Death”:

Red Ring of Death

While about two-thirds of our teams knew that this annoyance was often seen on the Xbox 360, only five teams earned bonus points by also knowing that “Kameo” was the first game to be released for this console.  As a result, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


The first question of Tuesday’s final round asked our players to name any two of the three teams for which Brett Favre played during his NFL carer (other than the Green Bay Packers, of course):

Favre NFL

Teams who answered incorrectly here got a quick pick-me-up after a question concerning smelling salts.  Later, we found three uses for the name Willard (it’s Mitt Romney’s real first name!), and closed with a question on the Emmy Awards.  We asked our teams to name any two of the three most recent series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.  After these votes were tallied, we saw more than half of our teams respond incorrectly with “The Big Bang Theory”, while the three answers we were looking for were “Veep”, “Modern Family”, and “30 Rock”.  With just seven teams earning bonus points with all three correct answers, we did not see any perfect scores in Tuesday’s final round.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (52.2% success rate):

–> Born with the real name of Caryn Johnson, which celebrity derived her stage name from a habit of noisily passing gas when performing onstage?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with Whoopi Goldberg.  Congratulations to Wiseacres (Champion Billiards), The (Thank God for Philadelphia) Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s), Smarty Pants (P.I.G.S. BBQ), and Penn State (Quincy’s South) who each achieved a Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question.  Here are the highest overall scores from Tuesday night:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Capitol City Goofballs  (Next week’s first category: “A League of Their Own”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres  (Next week’s first category: Weeds (actual weeds))

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Hundo  (Next week’s first category: Korean Peninsula)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  The Fan Club ** 19 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Scottish Cuisine)

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

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Massage  (Next week’s first category: Rules of Golf)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  Oneders  (Next week’s first category: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” – TV)

P.I.G.S. BBQ in Frederick, MD:  Smarty Pants  (Next week’s first category: African-American Winter Olympians)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (Next week’s first category: Cartoon Character Duos)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Clavins  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Feb. 20: New York Yankees History)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd  (Next week’s first category: Idioms)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Penn State  (Next week’s first category: Norse Mythology)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Why is Valentine’s Day on a Wednesday?  (Next week’s first category: “The Good Place”)

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