Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Tuesday Trivia Goons!

In anticipation of an abbreviated Wednesday schedule, we saw a slight increase in our Tuesday night attendance, as we welcomed 159 teams across 21 games of Tuesday trivia.

FIRST ROUND:

After opening Tuesday’s game with a look at the classic “Dogs Playing Poker” series of paintings, we increased the difficulty level dramatically thanks to a bonus question concerning U. S. Presidents.  Nearly every team earned wagering points by remembering the urban legend that President William Howard Taft supposedly got stuck in the White House bathtub.  The follow-up question was incredibly difficult, as only three teams knew that James Sherman served as Taft’s Vice President.  After closing the first round with a discussion of Ford trucks and the board game Monopoly, we saw just one team earn a perfect first round score: What Was the Question Again? (Senor Tequila’s).

SECOND ROUND:

Tuesday’s field performed remarkably well on the nightly audio question, as dozens of teams picked up bonus points by recognizing three Pixar films based on the voice work of John Ratzenberger (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Finding Nemo”, and “Up”).  Other second round topics included the opening episode on the TV series “Downton Abbey”, the chemical compound nitroglycerin, the Philadelphia Eagles logo.  We closed the first half with a  question regarding the Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-la Da”, which was somehow named “the most scientifically perfect pop song ever”.  Ironically, John Lennon hated this song, and years ago it was voted the worst Beatles song ever in a British poll.  Two teams (both from Cuginis) answered all three bonus questions correctly to post a perfect second round score of 36 points: Gotta Have ‘Em and Big Brain.

HALFTIME:

Tuesday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify pictures of avian advertising mascots and match celebrities to their Grammy-winning spoken word albums.  Seven teams earned a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reach 14.7 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:

THIRD ROUND:

We kicked off Tuesday’s second half with a three-part question regarding words that contain consecutive ‘Z’s.  We also looked at the teams of Major League Soccer, Madonna’s work (both acting and singing) on the film “Dick Tracy”, and astronomical terms.  In a departure from the normal treachery of the second half, we saw seven teams earn a perfect score in Tuesday’s third stanza.

FOURTH ROUND:

To start Tuesday’s final round, we took a trip to Queensland, Australia as part of the nightly Three Clues question.  We also studied succulent plants, reminisced about the TV series “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Animaniacs”, and snacked on some Cookie Crisp cereal.  We saved another wicked bonus question for the end of Tuesday’s game, as only four teams knew that the roadrunner is a member of the cuckoo family.  As a result, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here is Tuesday’s overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (44.7% success rate):

–> A tuna sandwich placed inside a tiger trap forms the basis of the first scene in which creative work?

Just under half of our teams gave us the correct response of “Calvin & Hobbes”.  Congratulations to Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential (Dudley’s), who earned the only Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your overall leaderboard from Tuesday night:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres   (Next week’s first category: “Dark Shadows” – 1960s TV)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Gotta Have ‘Em   (Next week’s first category: “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  What Was the Question Again?   (Next week’s first category: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Fat Kids Are Hard to Kidnap   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Kelvin   (Next week’s first category: College Volleyball)

The Block in Annandale, VA:     (Next week’s first category: “Calvin & Hobbes”)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Dumber Than We Look   (Next week’s first category: Minnesota Vikings)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: “Kill Bill”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Rural Jurors   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Alternative Rock)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Fawn Liebowitz’s Pallbearers   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: John Tesh or Yanni?)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  High School Prom   (Next week’s first category: “Downton Abbey”)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Nuclear Weapon Design)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA:  Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Dec. 10: “Elf” – film)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Colon El Sanders   (Next week’s first category: O. J. Simpson’s NFL Career)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Slime Puppies   (Next week’s first category: “Calvin and Hobbes”)

Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria, VA:  Back Corner Bench   (Next week’s first category: Nick at Nite)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Putin 2024   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Adult Film Star or U. S. Congressperson?)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Beer Winners   (Next week’s first category: Cranial Nerves)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Disney+)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Twerking For Shots   (Next week’s first category: Yoga Poses)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  88s   (Next week’s first category: Presidential Pets)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  The Fam   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Pop Music)