Cutting Down the Nets at Tuesday Trivia!
The first Tuesday in April brought a total of 141 teams to 13 Pour House Trivia locations.
Topics covered in the opening round on Tuesday included author Stephen King, the former Fox drama House M.D., and the toucan found in the Lovely Day for a Guinness beer ads. The first round was an absolute breeze for our Tuesday squads, with no question proving to be a challenge to a large percentage of teams. In fact, 47 teams — more than a quarter of the field! — put up a perfect score to start their Pour House evenings.
As usual, the audio question kicked off the second round; this time, teams had to name three songs with prime numbers in the title. About 36% of teams earned two bonus points for naming the entire trio of Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks, Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5, and 7 Rings by Ariana Grande. Questions on the Too Big to Fail theory, the Islamic crescent and star found on the flags of several nations, and saliva followed, before we ended with the hardest wagering and bonus questions of the first half:
- Which North American sports league began play in 1996 with teams such as the Tampa Bay Mutiny, the Dallas Burn, and the San Jose Clash?
Major League Soccer began play with ten teams in 1996, and 56% of our teams earned their final wager of the round by getting that right. Only 13 teams got two bonus points on it, though, by knowing that New York City FC were the 2021 MLS Cup champions. Killer Snails (Olney) and Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts) were both able to record perfect second-round scores on Tuesday.
Teams were feeling alright, alright, alright at halftime on Tuesday, where the 20-point sheet included Matthew McConaughey films and a list of characters that each had to be matched to their corresponding stage musical. The average score on the halftime page was 18.2, while 25 teams earned all 20 possible points. Going into the halftime intermission, here were your leading teams:
- Killer Snails (Olney): 92
- Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (Antietam): 91
- Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts): 91
- EIGHT TEAMS TIED WITH 90 POINTS
The second half began with a good bit of success, with teams doing well on topics like the November birthstone topaz and the films Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which were the only two films from 1977 nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards. After that, we saw the hardest question of the night:
- Before establishing the International System of Units in 1960, most scientists used a system of measurement known as the MKS system. What were the three units of measurement referenced by the abbreviation MKS?
Teams needed to get all three of those units correct for the points, and just under one-third of the field did so by answering with meter, kilogram, and second. Killer Snails (Olney) and Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts) were joined by Fantastic Five (Epiq) this time among the ranks of perfect third-round teams.
Before the fourth round began, a lucky 13 teams got the maximum six points on the 6-4-2 question about the number three. In the final round on Tuesday, we had questions about Troy McClure and Sideshow Bob, ex-husbands of Selma on The Simpsons, as well as NBA coach and 11 Rings author Phil Jackson. The most difficult bonus chance of the night came on the fourth round’s final question, which was our Three Clues category. Only eight teams were able to name the constellation Virgo after the first two clues in the set. Killer Snails (Olney) racked up another perfect round here, the only team to do so on Tuesday. Your leaderboard going into the final question was as follows:
- Killer Snails (Olney): 170
- Fantastic Five (Epiq): 161
- William Shaqspeare (Smoketown Creekside): 160
- Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts): 160
- Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (Antietam): 160
FINAL QUESTION (46.8% success rate):
- Due to the length of time needed for recovery, the frequency of which medical procedure increases by as much as 50% in the days leading up to March Madness?
The downtime after a vasectomy aligns well with the length of the March Madness tournament, and a little under half of the field correctly guessed that to be the case. Killer Snails (Olney) and Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts) earned the Perfect 21 by correctly answering all 21 wagering questions. The final leaderboard on Tuesday looked like this:
- Killer Snails (Olney): 173
- Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (Antietam): 172
- Drunken Birds of Steele (Dudley’s): 170
- Moose Killers (Solace Outpost): 170
- Second to Last (Gentleman Jim’s): 169
- Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts): 169
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 169
- Stamp Collectors (Ramparts): 168
- Comfortably Dumb (Smoketown Creekside): 168
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 168
An honorable mention goes out to Lonza at Distilled in Frederick. Playing Pour House Trivia for the first time ever, this team posted an impressive score of 172 points! Unfortunately, we can’t post it on the “official” leaderboard since the team included more than seven players. Nonetheless, this performance is certainly worthy of congratulations!
Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Wade’s Daddies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Front Royal, Virginia)
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foreign Currency)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Muscle Cars)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: CB Lingo)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Drunken Birds of Steele (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Celebrity Big Brother)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Prestige Worldwide (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Anchorman)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Moose Killers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1972 U.S. Presidential Election)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Wiseacres (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mythology)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grunge Music (audio))
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Second to Last (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffalo Sabres)
Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: Fantastic Five (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elton John)
VFW Post 3285 in Frederick, MD: O. F. (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Waterfowl)