Head to the Badlands for Tuesday Trivia!

With an influx of new venues throughout the summer, Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia has repeatedly broken the record for our largest weeknight game ever.  This week was no exception, as 171 teams joined in the trivia fun at 22 venues.


Tuesday’s opening round featured questions concerning TV sitcoms, breakfast cereal advertising mascots, and the city of Chicago.  A pair of difficult bonus questions kept most of our teams from securing a perfect first round score.  First up, only 15% of the field remembered that Charlie Sheen’s character from the TV sitcom “Two and a Half Men” bore the last name of Harper.  Later, we closed the first round with a question about the stage musical “West Side Story”, but only 8% of our teams knew that Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the production.  As a result, only three teams began their night by scoring 36 first round points: Doris Day and the Time (Monkey La La), Balls Out (Quincy’s South), and their “overflow” team: Balls Out JV (Quincy’s South).


Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles begin with the phrase “Wish You Were…”.  We listened to two songs entitled “Wish You Were Here”, by Pink Floyd and Incubus, as well as the recent hit “Wish You Were Gay” by Billie Eilish.  We continued the second round with a look at Agatha Christie, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Queen Noor of Jordan, and the Hope Diamond, the latter of which gave us our most difficult bonus question of the first half.  Only ten teams knew that Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Museum after owning it for nearly a decade.  Hungry Hungry Georgian Hippos (Dudley’s) earned the only perfect score of Tuesday’s second round.


Pez dispensers and bodies of water were featured on Tuesday’s halftime page.  Our stellar teams cruised through these topics with ease, as 23% of the field notched a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 18.3 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:


We began Tuesday’s second half with a three-part question regarding rock bassists.  While most of our teams knew the bands to which Flea and Geddy Lee belonged, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath was certainly much more difficult to pin, leading to just 12% of our teams earning two bonus points with three correct answers.  We immediately followed with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> The father was considered one of the foremost American illustrators, providing illustrations for books such as “Treasure Island”, while his son was considered one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, creating realist works such as “Christina’s World”.   Which last name did they share?

Only 22% of our teams responded correctly with Wyeth.  We continued the third round with a look at former Soviet republics, mushrooms, and the connection between Elton John and actor Taron Egeerton, which extends beyond the film “Rocketman”.  Three teams ran the table in the third round by posting 36 points: $5 Ahn Says “Hi, Single Ladies!” (The Block), Doris Day and the Time (Monkey La La) and Why Men…? (Casa Tequila).


Topics from Tuesday’s final round included Al Capone’s vault (and Geraldo Rivera’s embarrassing TV special), the work of Nobel Prize winner Ivan Pavlov, the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the life of Richard Nixon.   After a slew of difficult bonus questions stumped most of our players, the final round eased up a bit on the field, as 10% of our teams recorded a perfect final round score of 36 points.  Here is Tuesday’s pre-final leaderboard:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (57.4% success rate):

–> On November 2, 1889, which two states were added to the Union, becoming the only two states to join on the same day?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with North Dakota and South Dakota, which officially joined the Union simultaneously.  U.S. President Benjamin Harrison intentionally shuffled and obscured the official documents before signing them, so no one would know which state was actually first.  Congratulations to the eight teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Tuesday’s game:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres   (Next week’s first category: Famous Geezers)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Tom Brady is Overrated   (Next week’s first category: “West Side Story” – film)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Rock Bassists)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – HGTV Hosts)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:   Pi   (Next week’s first category: Broadway Musicals)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  $5 Ahn Says “Hi, Single Ladies!”   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Dakota Johnson or Dakota Fanning?)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Dumber Than We Look   (Next week’s first category: Glasgow Coma Scale)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  DC Swampers   (Next week’s first category: Jon Sings “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Songs)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Barry”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Moose Killers   (Next week’s first category: Moose)

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

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:   Red Five   (Next week’s first category: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Athletic Supporters   (Next week’s first category: NFL Preseason)

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  Hungry Hungry Georgian Hippos  (Next week’s first category: Former Soviet Republics)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Winners By Default   (Next week’s first category: Disney Films)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterbacks)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Doris Day and the Time   (Next week’s first category: Toni Morrison)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out JV   (Next week’s first category: Heisman Trophy Winners)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Why Men…?   (Next week’s first category: “Queer Eye” – Netflix version)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Niels Bohring   (Next week’s first category: Houston Astros)

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

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Quiz in My Pants   (Next week’s first category: Ballet Dancers)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Timeshare Pitches   (Next week’s first category: Pool Scenes in 1980s Films)