Can’t Lose at Tuesday Night Trivia!

Don’t forget to check the end of this blog to see the status of your venue’s game for next week!  Meanwhile, tonight’s games featured 103 teams at 14 venues:


Tuesday’s first round dealt with a little rhyme time while also reminding our teams that there are some not-so-beloved Christmas films:

Jingle All the Way

The final question of the round also included the most difficult two-point bonus.  Just over half of our teams knew that the NBA has played games on Christmas Day virtually every year since 1947, but only six teams also knew that the only year in the last 70 which did NOT feature a Christmas Day NBA game was 1998, as a lockout by owners extended past Christmas Day, pushing the first game of the season into late January.  Only one team began the night with a perfect score of 36 points: Walking Talking Stephen Hawking (FireFlies).


Tuesday’s audio question quizzed our teams on the holiday voice work of Run-DMCNSYNC, and Ariana Grande.  Not surprisingly, the second song was the hardest to pin down, as the nondescript boy band voices of NSYNC were easily confused for both New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys.  Later, we looked at the special Christmas episode of this former NBC sitcom:


Yes, that is the stop-motion animation version of the show “Community”.  After a quick science lesson on atmospheric pressure, we closed with a question on this classic Nintendo game:

Duck Hunt Nintendo

The first bonus question set the tone for the remainder of the round, as only four teams rolled through the second round with perfect scores: Five Dollar Candy (The Block), The Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s), How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers), and Stink Floyd (Monkey La La).


Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of films released on Christmas Day, while the bottom half matched up 2017 honors and awards with their respective recipients.  We saw an overall average of 16.4 points, with eight teams earning the full 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the close of the first half:


Tuesday’s second half began with a Three Clues question on the name Rebecca, with only 14% of our teams earning bonus points by knowing that it was the title of a film (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) which won the Best Picture Oscar.  Later, we discussed this North American sports trophy:

Grey Cup

Once again, only 14% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup was most recently awarded to the Toronto Argonauts.  After closing the round with questions on Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and the Sarah Silverman show “I Love You, America”, we saw three teams earn perfect third round scores: Lightfoot (Cugini’s), Uncles With Benefits (The Block), and Blumpkin Spice Latte (Quincy’s South).


Tuesday’s final round included a question on the Hollywood controversy that caused this recent change in film casting:

Plummer Spacey

We also touched on the bankruptcy of Death Row Records, and closed the round with a Triple 50/50 question on Holiday Geography, as many teams learned that the U.S. city names of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Santa Claus, Indiana; and North Pole, Alaska are all real places:

Santa Claus Indiana

The final round eased up on our teams a bit, as 11 squads notched perfect scores of 36 points.  These were your top scoring teams heading into Tuesday’s final question – it’s pretty easy to see where the brain power was on this night:

FINAL QUESTION (33.2% success rate):

–> Which 1990 non-fiction novel from H.G. Bissenger was adapted into both a 2004 film and a TV series that ran for five seasons starting in 2006?

Just under one-third of the field arrived at this correct answer:

Friday Night Lights

In a slight departure from the norm, seven teams earned the Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question.  Here are the top overall scores from Tuesday night:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Capitol City Goofballs  ** NO GAME NEXT WEEK **  (First category on Jan. 2nd: “Hamilton”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: “Goldfinger”)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  You Just Got Shawshanked  (Next week’s first category: “The Shawshank Redemption”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  The Fan Club (13 WINS IN A ROW!)  ** NO GAME NEXT WEEK **  (First category on Jan. 2nd: 2000s Video Games)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  No Talent Ass Clowns


Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party  (Next week’s first category: Vocabulary)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Pi  (Next week’s first category: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  ** NO GAME NEXT WEEK **  (First category on Jan. 2nd: “Arrested Development”)

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

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Clavins  (Next week’s first category: Diseases)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd  ** 12 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Drugs)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Sofa King Smart  (Next week’s first category: “It’s a Wonderful Life”)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Just Us  ** NO GAME NEXT WEEK  **  (First category on Jan. 2nd: Sherlock Holmes)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Quiz in My Pants  (Next week’s first category: Hollywood History)