From Zee to Shining Zea at Tuesday Trivia!

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A total of 133 trivia teams showed up Tuesday evening for the latest in Pour House Trivia across 13 local venues.


Tuesday’s opening round of trivia started with a question about the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. After that, we went to the bar for a three-parter on alcohol brand countries of origin; a round-low 73% of teams knew two of the three right answers for wagering points, while just under one-third of the field got all three parts correct for the bonus. We wrapped things up with questions on the kidney and Big Al, the elephant mascot for the University of Alabama‘s athletic teams. A great effort all around was had in the first, with 17 teams earning perfect scores.


Tuesday’s audio question blew up big time, playing a trio of songs with explosive song titles. We followed that with recounting the pre-Chancellor days of Angela Merkel and the 1995 film version of Shakespeare’s Othello, in which only a fifth of the field tacked on bonus points for knowing Laurence Fishburne portrayed the title character in that film. The most difficult wagering question of the first half went to the Cajun kitchen:

  • Also known as Cajun rice or rice dressing, this Cajun dish is made from white rice cooked with chicken liver or giblets, giving it a distinctive dark color. This dish is best known by which unappealing name?

About 71% of teams knew that dish is known as dirty rice to earn wagering points. We ended the first half with a trip to alliteratively-named cities Corpus Christi, Texas and Newport News, Virginia. In all, 14 teams scored a perfect 36 points in the round.


Julia Roberts films and U.S. state tourism slogans were the topics of Tuesday’s halftime sheet, which saw five teams score the full 20 points. The average score across the area was 16.8 points. Here were the top teams at the halftime intermission:


To start off the second half of play, teams discovered the current playoff drought of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. From there, we went to the toy aisle for the round’s hardest wagering question:

  • Originally known as the Connecticut Leather Company, which corporation began selling video game consoles during the 1970s and Cabbage Patch Kids during the 1980s?

If you were able to piece the first two letters of each of that original name together, you’d get the company known as Coleco; just over half the field did so for their wager. Other topics in the third included author E.B. White and momager herself, Kris Jenner. Due to a couple of bonus questions bookending the round that played very tough, a perfect third round was not posted by any teams.


6-4-2 on the Nobel Prize for Physics was successfully answered after just one clue by eight teams on the evening before the fourth round began. Here, a very successful question about pre-Ruffalo film Hulks Eric Bana and Edward Norton preceded a very tough query, the hardest wagering question of the night:

  • Based on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, which production won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical?

Roughly 28% of the field earned their wagers by naming Hadestown as the musical in question. The rest of the round included topics such as periodontics and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The only teams able to run through the fourth with perfect scores were Shipwrecked (Smoketown Creekside) and No Drama Llama (Distilled). Heading into the final question, these were the point leaders:

FINAL QUESTION (50.4% success rate):

  • The westernmost province of the Netherlands is the namesake for which independent nation located about 11,000 miles away?

The Dutch province of Zeeland provided the inspiration for the nation now known as New Zealand. While almost exactly half of Tuesday’s field nailed that final answer, a Perfect 21 for correctly answering all 21 wagering questions eluded everyone this time. However, there were still many quality scores posted on the night, led by these teams:


Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Crawfish Hands  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battles of the Royal Navy)

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

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Stoopid  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pour House Trivia)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Shining – film)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Drunken Birds of Steele  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sesame Street)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Prestige Worldwide  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Veep)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grand Canyon)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Flaming Cheese  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maryland History)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Liver or Kidney?)

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

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees Hall of Famers)

Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: Thinky Thinkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Transformers – 1980s TV Cartoon)

VFW Post 3285 in Frederick, MD: Goobers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Muppets)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Bone Crushers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)