Giving Credit Where Credit is Due at Tuesday Trivia…

Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 157 teams across 22 venues.


Tuesday’s game began with a surprisingly difficult question on the topic of foreign politics:

–> In what country is the prime minister and head of government known as the Taoiseach, derived from a proto-Celtic word meaning ‘chief’?

Only about half of our teams earned points with the correct answer of Ireland.  We continued with a question regarding chemical compounds, during which many teams learned that ‘chloride’ is not the name of an element.  Later, we discussed the awards won by the TV show “Sesame Street” and the recent statistical achievements of NBA star Russell Westbrook (an alumnus of UCLA).  Five teams earned a perfect first round score.


Tuesday’s audio question featured three pop songs which derive their melodies from Broadway showtunes such as “The Sound of Music”, “Fiddler On The Roof”, and “Wicked”.  The second round also looked the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian, the novel “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and caribou.  The first half concluded with a rather difficult question concerning the births of U.S. Presidents:

–> Name either one of the two future U.S. Presidents who were born in Ohio in 1822.

Figuring that these two men must have served as Commander-in-Chief during the 1870s or 1880s, most of our teams gave us one correct answer in the form of Ulysses S. Grant.  Only 11% of the field tacked on two bonus points by knowing that his successor Rutherford B. Hayes also fit this description.  Five teams earned a perfect second round score.


The top half of Tuesday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify the logos of non-profit organizations, while the bottom half featured a matching section featuring films that won exactly one Oscar.  An impressive 14% of our teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.4 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:


We kicked off Tuesday’s second half with a look at the current TV shows spun off from the sitcom “Black-ish” and the concept of a Pidgin language.  Next, we asked one hell of a bonus question.  After most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Ansel Adams was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, we offered two bonus points to any team that could give us the correct answer to this query:

–> This photographer [Ansel Adams] co-created which alpha-numerically named group of San Francisco area photographers in the early 20th century?

Unfortunately, NONE of our 157 teams gave us the correct response of Group f/64.  We continued with a discussion of the novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and asked a Three Clues question regarding the company AT&T.  Naturally, none of our Tuesday teams posted 36 points in the third round.


The arts and literature questions continued into the final round, as we began with a Triple 50/50 question asking whether or not the following paintings depicted people:

  1. “The Third of May 1808” by Francisco Goya
  2. “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali
  3. “Las Meninas” by Diego Velazquez

Oddly, more than two dozen teams gave us all three correct answers (respectively: YES, NO, YES) while wagering only one point!  Sometimes you know more than you think you know…  Other final round topics included he work of martial arts actor Bruce Lee, the Arizona Cardinals, and Legionnaire’s Disease.  We closed with a rather difficult bonus question, asking our teams to identify either one of the two albums for which Taylor Swift has won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.  While most teams remembered her more recent win for “1989”, only 9% of our teams earned bonus points by also giving us “Fearless”.  As a result, the only perfect scores of Tuesday’s final round were posted by Bob’s Burgers (Charlie’s) and Trail Mix (Ramparts).  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Tuesday’s final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.4% success rate):

–> A formula created in 1989 by the data analytics firm Fair, Isaac and Company has become the standard throughout the banking and finance industries to calculate what figure?

Just under two-thirds of our teams answered correctly with the credit rating (or FICO score, which derives its name from that of the aforementioned film).  Congratulations to the five teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  See You Next Tuesday   (Next week’s first category: “The Mandalorian”)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Bucket of B.S.   (Next week’s first category: “Galaxy Quest”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  How Did I Get Here?   (Next week’s first category: “His Dark Materials” – TV)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: “Gilmore Girls”)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Kelvin   (Next week’s first category: Members of the Royal Society)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Make Trivia Great Again   (Next week’s first category: Mnemonic Devices)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Breadsticks   (Next week’s first category: Maryland Geography)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  D. C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: “A Christmas Story”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Provolone and Unafraid   (Next week’s first category: NASA Space Shuttles)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Fawn Liebowitz’s Pallbearers   (Next week’s first category: Impeachments)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Peele and Eat   (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Battle of Antietam)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA:  Hungry Hungry Georgian Hippos   (Next week’s first category: Nation of Turkey)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  I Am Smartacus   (Next week’s first category: Backstreet Boys – AUDIO)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Tequila Mockingbird   (Next week’s first category: “Atypical”)

Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria, VA:  Owls Aren’t What They Seem   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Nickelodeon Shows)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  E = MC Hammer   (Next week’s first category: Navy SEALS)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Pho Q   (Next week’s first category: Washington Redskins History)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Gone   (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – First category on Dec. 3: Disney+)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Twerking For Shots   (Next week’s first category: “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Girl Power   (Next week’s first category: Ice Cream Flavors)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  $1 Polar Pops   (Next week’s first category: Adam Sandler Films)