Happy Halloween!

Thanks to Halloween, Tuesday night featured a bit of an abbreviated schedule, with about half of our venues taking a night off for the holiday.  We managed to sprinkle in some Halloween-themed questions, as we welcomed 52 teams at seven venues:

ROUND 1:

Tuesday’s opening round started with a question on which chemical element (with atomic number 47) is traditionally used to combat this supernatural creature:

Werewolf

Not only did most of our teams answer correctly with silver, but most also earned two bonus points by knowing that its chemical symbol is Ag.  After questions on the Louisiana Purchase and the Houston Astros, we closed the opening round with a rather difficult film question, asking for the foreign countries which respectively produced the horror films “Ringu”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, and “The Babadook”.  Just under half of our teams earned their wagers with any two of these three correct answers: Japan, Spain, and Australia.  With only seven teams earning bonus points on this question, we saw just one perfect score during Tuesday’s first round: Bad Hombres, who were making a guest appearance at Capitol City Brewing.

ROUND 2:

Tuesday’s audio question featured the blood-curdling screams of rock stars Roger Daltrey, Jim Morrison, and Dave Grohl.  We also looked at the recent revival of this classic game show:

Joker's Wild Snoop Dogg

Once again, we closed the round with its most difficult bonus question.  Nearly every team knew the technological brand name behind this “spooky” logo:

Snapchat

But our bonus question asked for the name of the “smart glasses” sold by Snapchat’s parent company.  Only four teams gave us the correct response of Spectacles.  As a result, there were no perfect scores recorded in Tuesday’s second round.

HALFTIME:

Tuesday’s halftime page featured pictures children in Halloween costumes, as well as items dealing with the number 31.  Though the average score was 16.2 points, only one team managed to sweep the round with 20 points: Sofa King Smart from Quincy’s South.  I guess there weren’t many fans of country singer Jana Kramer playing trivia on Tuesday.  Here are your top scores after Tuesday’s first half:

ROUND 3:

Tuesday’s second half began with a question on this musical instrument:

Marimba

It may look like a xylophone, but it is actually a marimba.  We remembered our Catholic roots for a question on Confirmation, before asking our teams to give us the respective FIRST names of the title characters in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein”.  Only five teams earned bonus points here with the two correct responses of Victor (book) and Frederick (film).  Getting back to the musical theme, we discussed this pop superstar who will soon be making a return appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show:

Justin Timberlake Super Bowl

Sorry Janet, but it’s Justin Timberlake who will be headlining the show this year…  For the third round in a row, we saved the most difficult bonus question for last, as we closed with a three-part question on historic events that occurred on Halloween:

1)  In 1517, this German theology professor posted his 95 Theses (“THEE-SEES”) to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

2)  In 1864, this western U.S. state was admitted to the Union as the 36th state.

3)  In 2013, this former mayor of Newark became the first African-American U.S. Senator to serve New Jersey.

Our field performed very well with the bookend answers of Martin Luther and Cory Booker, but only four teams earned bonus points by also knowing that Nevada was admitted to the Union in 1864.  As a result, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.

6-4-2- QUESTION:

We stepped up to the bar for the six-point clue on Tuesday:

–> In addition to its flagship brand, which alcohol company owns Grey Goose vodka, Dewar’s Scotch whisky, Bombay Sapphire gin, and Martini & Rossi vermouth?

Seven teams answered correctly on the six-point clue with this brand that ALSO features a “spooky” logo:

Bacardi

ROUND 4:

Our final round opened in the realm of Sports Business, asking for either the NFL or the NBA team owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.  With Microsoft being closely associated with Seattle, most teams earned points with the Seahawks, but with Seattle’s NBA team having departed the city several years ago, that answer wasn’t quite as obvious.  Only 18% of the field earned two bonus points with this NBA squad:

Portland Trail Blazers

Our final question of the night proved to be the most difficult wagering question of the entire game:

–> Though she hasn’t appeared in a feature film since 2014’s “Lost River”, which 43-year-old actress has had supporting roles in “2 Fast 2 Furious”, “We Own the Night”, and “Training Day”?

Only 26% of the field answered correctly with this Hispanic beauty (and partner of Ryan Gosling):

Eva Mendes

After two rounds without any perfect scores, Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South) and The Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s) got the best of us in the final stanza, with each team posting 36 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (76.9% success rate):

–> Though it is commonplace today, which innovation was quite scandalous when it was unveiled on July 5, 1946 at Paris’s Piscine Molitor?

After two weeks of extremely difficult final questions, the field was on the mark this week, as more than three-quarters of our teams answered correctly with the bikini.  Congratulations to Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South), as the only team to earn the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: James K. Polk)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: “From Russia With Love”)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  The Fan Club  ** SIX WINS IN A ROW!  **  (Next week’s first category: 1980s New Wave Music)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Terminator 2”)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Miami  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Military History)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  ** EIGHT WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Hindu Festivals)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Discontinued Candy)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Zombie Fodder  (Next week’s first category: Tennis)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “X-Men”)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Star Wars” original trilogy)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:    (Next week’s first category: )