Crank Up the Scoville Scale… Tuesday Trivia Was Hot!

The last Tuesday of Season XX welcomed 168 teams across 22 venues.


We took a trip through the Solar System to begin Tuesday’s game, as we discovered than many teams had forgotten that Pluto is no longer a planet.  The first round also featured questions concerning the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the animated TV series “Rick & Morty”, and items that share their names with those of Disney Princesses.  Sixteen teams broke out of the starting gate with a perfect first round score.


Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles mention methods of communication.  We listened to “Jive Talkin'” by The Bee Gees, “Message in a Bottle” by The Police, and “Telephone” by Lady Gaga.  Later, we discussed the Roman Pantheon, propped our legs up on an Ottoman, and visited the region of Wales.  The first half concluded with its most difficult bonus question.  After most teams earned wagering points by knowing that Yao Ming is the tallest player in the Basketball Hall of Fame, only 11% of the field also knew that 2002 was the year in which he was chosen first overall at the NBA Draft.  As a result, only three teams ran the table with 36 second round points: Comfortably Dum (Champion), Rural Jurors (Cheesetique), and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s).


Unique musical instruments and the current crop of Oscar-nominated films were the featured topics from Tuesday’s halftime page, which yielded a dozen perfect scores and an overall average of 17.2 points.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:


After opening the third round with a look at auto racing champions, we stumped a majority of the field with this spicy question:

–> Though varieties such as Dragon’s Breath or Pepper X may be spicier, they are not officially confirmed to have a Scoville rating higher than this pepper.  Identify this pepper that in 2013 was declared the hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records.

With the most popular answer being the ghost pepper, only 27% of our teams responded correctly with the Carolina Reaper.  Next, we asked a three-part question in which each answer contained the word “Edge”: the Bridget Jones film sequel subtitled “The Edge of Reason”, the Stevie Nicks song “Edge of Seventeen”, and the classic soap opera “Edge of Night”.  After discussing the work of Polish-born author Joseph Conrad, we concluded the third stanza with the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only seven teams knew that the most recent film in the “Jack Reacher” franchise is subtitled “Never Go Back”.  Thanks to that question, High School Prom (Vola’s) and Twerking For Shots (Union Jack’s) posted the only perfect scores of Tuesday’s third round.


After opening the final round by singing the classic folk tune “Monday, Monday”, we moved on to the two most difficult wagering questions of the night:

–> Currently being phased out by many fashion companies due to concerns about animal abuse, the luxury fiber mohair comes from the Angora breed of which animal?

–> Known as Akmola until it was renamed in 1998, the capital city of Astana was renamed again in March 2019 to honor its nation’s first President.  In which country is this city located?

For each of these questions, the success rate hovered at about 20%, as we were looking for the respective answers of goat and Kazakhstan.  Only a dozen teams earned wagering points on both of these questions.  The final round concluded with questions regarding the cable network C-SPAN and the nation of France.  One team survived the middle of the round and earned a perfect score of 36 final round points: Balls Out Varsity (Quincy’s South).  Here is Tuesday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (75.5% success rate):

–> Name either one of the two letters of the alphabet which are NOT found in any of the acceptable two-letter words in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Just over three-quarters of the field gave us either of the correct answers of C or V.  Even with a relatively easier final question, only one team recorded a Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly: Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s).  Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Jungle Fever   (Next week’s first category: Potent Potables)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  MoMo   (Next week’s first category: “The Irishman”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Capitals of Former Soviet Republics)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Megalmas   (Next week’s first category: 1970s TV)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Designated Drinkers   (Next week’s first category: “The Bachelor”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  The First Nut is the Deepest  (Next week’s first category: Over / Under – Calories in McDonald’s Menu Items)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Peary Boys   (Next week’s first category: 1970s Super Bowl Quarterbacks)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: European Tourist Destinations)

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

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Cell Phony Baloney   (Next week’s first category: Graffiti Art)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Witty Team Name   (Next week’s first category: Opera)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Northeastern U.S. Cities)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Muppet Films)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  I Am Smartacus   (Next week’s first category: Bigfoot)

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

Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria, VA:  Swedish Police on Vacation   (Next week’s first category: Katharine Hepburn)

Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville, VA:  Pho Q   (Next week’s first category: Marsupials)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out Varsity   (Next week’s first category: “Seinfeld”)

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

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Killer Kweens  (Next week’s first category: Musical Instruments)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Twerking For Shots   (Next week’s first category: “Cocktail” – film)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Poynter Pros   (Next week’s first category: AP Style Guide)