Bracket-Busting Tuesday Trivia!

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Tuesday night with Pour House Trivia featured a total of 187 teams attending across 17 locations.


The first round in this game eased our players into the action. We celebrated Lady Gaga‘s 37th birthday, protected ourselves from tetanus, and looked back on the Notre Dame football team’s record-setting 43-game win streak over Navy. Not even a three-part Over/Under fooled many teams. In all, there were 42 perfect team scores in this part of the game.


Tuesday’s audio clue played three renditions of famous songs by vintage cover group Postmodern Jukebox; just under 14% of the field earned bonus points for naming Dream On by Aerosmith, Barbie Girl by Aqua, and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man. Barely edging it for the title of least-successful first-half bonus chance came at the end of the round:

  • The final line spoken by which tragic Shakespearean character begins with And my poor fool is hang’d!?

Bonus points were up for grabs for any teams that could name King Lear before the multiple-choice portion of the question was given; 13% of teams did so. Other topics in this round included Elaine‘s omission from the Seinfeld pilot episode, renamed Turkish cities Istanbul and Ankara, and the origins of the word exfoliate. Just one team reached perfection in the second round: Cheese Quiz (Rhodeside).


Purple pop culture characters (such as Waluigi and Grimace) and bad film summaries were the halftime orders of the day. Nine teams got all 20 points on the halftime page, while the average tally was 17.2 points. The top two teams after halftime found themselves barely ahead of the third-place crew:


To begin the second half, we introduced the hardest question of the game:

  • Standing 208 miles from the nearest town of Alice Springs, this sandstone monolith is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Australia. It goes by two names, an English one and an Aboriginal one. What are those names?

Teams only had to name either of those names, Uluru and Ayers Rock, for wagering points, which 30% of teams did. The night’s Three Clues question concerned a specific dessert:

  • The ancient Roman dessert known as placenta cake is considered to be a forerunner of this pastry.
  • The name of this pastry was used as the codename of an enemy pilot in the spoof film Hot Shots!.
  • This pastry is most often made from thin layers of filo dough, nuts, and honey.

Baklava was named before the third clue by just two teams for bonus points. However as you’ll read later, this wasn’t even the hardest bonus chance of the night! In other third-round action, teams had questions on Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, the pierogi race seen at MLB games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and rock band Evanescence led by singer Amy Lee. This round’s lone perfect score was earned by Good Enough for Government Work (Nighthawk).


Just four teams correctly named The Muppet Show from a single clue to get all six points on the 6-4-2. Tuesday’s last round started with this sweet question:

  • During the 1920s, the makers of which candy bar deviously avoided paying royalties by claiming that their product was actually named for the daughter of a former U.S. President?

Avoiding royalties to a certain baseball superstar, the creators of Baby Ruth credited the name to Grover Cleveland’s daughter. While that answer wasn’t too tough to get, only Nati (Gentleman Jim’s) knew that the Baby Ruth brand is now owned by the Ferrara (or Ferrero) Candy Company! Some time later, we asked a paleontological question:

  • Currently housed in a Chicago museum, a 42-foot T-Rex skeleton is classified by a code which begins with the letters FMNH. You can either identify the word represented by that letter F, or identify the feminine nickname by which this skeleton is referred.

About 35% of our teams knew either the word Field (for Field Museum of Natural History) or the nickname Sue for wagering credit. The round ended with questions about the artistic glaze used in ceramics and a three-parter about sci-fi film gadgets. This was the only round on Tuesday in which no perfect scores were recorded. At the break after round four, these were the top scores:

FINAL QUESTION (11.23% success rate):

  • With a maximum capacity of over 72,000 people (when used for concerts), what is the most recent venue to host the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Final Four that is not a current NFL home stadium?

We again hovered around a 10% success rate with this Tuesday’s final question, which asked about the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Our only third-round perfect team ended the night as the sole squad to record a Perfect 21Good Enough for Government Work (Nighthawk). That team also ended up comfortably ahead of the rest at the end of the night:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Alexa, Siri, and Google Walk Into a Bar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schoolhouse Rock)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: My Best Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Types of Beer)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Bad News Beers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Rap)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Pterodactyl  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mindy Project)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ghostbusters (original film))

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: John Wick (film series))

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Mailbag  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Postal Service)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: African Rivers)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Nathan Fillion)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Quizzy McTriviaface  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rivers)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Battery Benders  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Pasta or Composer?)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Good Enough for Government Work  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: War of 1812)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: True Wit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB Opening Day)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Best Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pete Davidson’s Girlfriends)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Just Us  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Last of Us)

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Last Word/First Word (Science))

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: A Dingo Ate My Baby  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: History of Arlington)