Cracking the Code at Tuesday Trivia!

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Due to four venues having at least 18 teams, including a 23-team game at Solace Outpost, this was the biggest Tuesday in Pour House Trivia history! A giant crowd of 178 teams showed up at one of our 18 venues to test their knowledge.


Things were good overall in Tuesday’s first round of play, with our teams tackling topics like the LASER and the Carfax company. The most difficult wagering (and bonus) question came at the end of the round:

  • Each named for holidays, what were the last three films to be directed by Garry Marshall before his death in 2016?

All teams needed to do to get their wager was name two of Valentine’s DayNew Year’s Eve, and Mother’s Day; 63% did just that, while just over one-fifth of the field secured the bonus with all three film titles. Unfortunately, no team was able to get a perfect score here.


The audio question was another dose of karaoke instrumentals; exactly half of our teams knew at least two of the songs played for wagering points, but only 16% got all three for the bonus. After questions on the formerly-named Vietnamese city of Saigon, the play Death of a Salesman, and the soap opera Days of Our Lives soon to be moved to the Peacock streaming service, we reached the end of the round and the toughest wagering query of the first half:

  • Though it failed to reach the conference finals, which team recorded the best record in the NHL last season?

Those Florida Panthers were successfully named by 42% of the field, while a game-low 15.1% knew they play in the suburb of Sunrise, Florida. The only perfect score in the second round was earned by Flaming Cheese (Smoketown Creekside).


Olympic disciplines by their official pictogram and films by the time period they were set in were the themes of the game’s halftime page. Teams averaged 16.9 points on this one, and 29 teams scored all 20 points. The top scores at the halftime intermission were evenly spread out across many locations:


A three-parter on submarines in film and a question on Henry David Thoreau‘s Walden eased our players into the second half, before we hit upon the game’s toughest wagering query:

  • Named in reference to a quote from Winston Churchill, which jazzy classic rock group first reached the Billboard charts with the song You’ve Made Me So Very Happy?

A little under one-third of our teams knew that answer, Blood Sweat & Tears, and 15.7% added bonus points for naming either of that band’s other highest-charting singles, And When I Die and Spinning Wheel. We concluded with questions about the Iroquois tribe’s original name of Five Nations and Sparky Anderson‘s feat of becoming the first MLB manager to win a World Series in the American League and National League. When it was all said and done, four teams had perfect scores in the third: Killer Snails (Olney), Off in the Park (Solace Outpost), BYOB (Smoketown Creekside), and Quizzy McTriviaface (Antietam).


Nineteen teams correctly guessed helium from the first 6-4-2 clue to get all six points. Early round topics included the final Peanuts comic strip in February 2000 and Three Clues about cornbread. We made up with this, the most difficult wagering question of the round:

  • Clinique and La Mer are two of the brands manufactured by which cosmetics company?

A tad less than two-fifths of the field named Estee Lauder for their wagering points. This round had the most perfect scores of any on Tuesday, with eight teams getting all 36 points. Before the final question, these teams were in the lead:

FINAL QUESTION (29.8% success rate):

  • Despite being one of the five most commonly used consonants, which English letter does not begin any three-letter public airport code in the contiguous United States? 

As it turns out, no airport codes in the lower 48 states begin with the letter N! That letter also starts the word no, as in no teams reached a Perfect 21 on Tuesday with correct answers for all 21 of our wagering questions. These were the top scores in Tuesday’s final standings:


Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Low Rollers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aesop’s Fables)

Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pete Rose)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Contagious Diseases)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elvis Presley (audio))

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Drunken Birds of Steele  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Pittsburgh or Philadelphia?)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Portuguese History)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Marco  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Personal Finance)

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

Distilled in Frederick, MD: KSS  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Aeronautics)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: In Last Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Films)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 Baltimore Orioles)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Nova Compensators  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fermentation)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: True Wit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Battleships)

Chalkboard Wings & BBQ in Alexandria, VA: Radar  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Cinema)

The Zone in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Trinidad, Colorado)

Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Cell Phony Baloney  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mystery Writers)

Ledo Pizza in Chambersburg, PA: Kilroy is Back  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Futurama)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Sapphire  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tombstone (film))