Hit the (Interstate) Highway for Tuesday Night Trivia!

As the Summer Fling season begins to wind down, the chase to reach the September 23 finals is heating up, as Tuesday’s games featured 105 teams playing at 14 PHT venues:


Tuesday’s first round was a breeze for most teams, even as we covered such diverse topics as military weapons, world religion, and TV dramas.  On our nightly Three Clues question, most of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that the word ‘tank’ can refer to the M1 Abrams or a type of gaming character also known as a ‘meat shield’.  Later, we asked out the origin story regarding this popular toy:


We concluded the first round with a question on the recent CBS drama “The Good Wife”, with about half of our teams earning a two-point bonus by knowing the Bad Husband was portrayed by former “Law & Order” actor Chris Noth:

Good Wife

After the first round, 18 teams topped with the overall leaderboard with a perfect score of 36 points.


The second round audio question featured the original versions of three songs which would later become more popular thanks to cover versions.  While most of our teams earned their wagers on this question, only 15% of the field also earned a two-point bonus, thanks to this little-known tune:

This is the 1971 song “Sepheryn”, as recorded by the folk duo Curtiss Maldoon.  About 30 years later, it would form the basis for the Madonna song “Ray of Light”.  We continued with a question on NFL History:

–> Played with a wind chill of minus 48° F, the 1967 NFL Championship Game is popularly known by what nickname?

About three-quarters of our teams knew that this classic matchup is commonly known as the “Ice Bowl”, but only 21% earned bonus points by remembering which two teams played in this game:

NFL Ice Bowl

What night of trivia would be complete without a “Star Wars” reference?  The final question of the second round featured this “vile gangster”:

Jabba the Hutt

Only two teams managed to sweep the second round with a perfect score: Have You Ever Been to a Turkish Prison? (FireFlies) and Stinky Poops (Casa Tequila).  Based on that name, I have a feeling that second team is comprised entirely of eight-year olds.


Tuesday night’s halftime page featured pictures of real-life tattoos depicting the likenesses of celebrities.  Overall, this halftime page played to an average score of 18.4 points, with 14 teams notching a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after the first half:


The second half began with the not-so-popular topic of African Geography, but our teams performed very well after being asked to name any two of the three African countries whose names begin with the letter ‘L’.


(Map courtesy of ontheworldmap.com)

Most of our teams easily named Libya and Liberia, but only 31% of the field earned a two-point bonus by remembering that Lesotho is the nation which is completely surrounded by South Africa.  Two subsequent questions in the third round featured the topic of marine animals (well, sort of…):

–> Represented by about 800 species within the order Anguilliformes, which fish is known as an elver before it is fully grown?

Though there is a slight linguistic connection, only 23% of our teams earned points here with the correct answer of eel.  We continued with a question on some animated marine animals:

–> What first name is shared by Mr. Krabs’s daughter on “SpongeBob SquarePants”, Wilma’s mother on “The Flintstones”, and a pink octopus in the “Finding Nemo” film series?

This proved to be the most difficult wagering question of third stanza, with only 19% of our teams coming up with the correct response of Pearl.  As a result of these two questions, no team swept the third round with a perfect score.


Tuesday’s six-point question challenged our ancient history buffs:

–> Which city of about 2.3 million residents was once a Roman city called Lutetia?

Earning six points here was a daunting task, as only nine teams knew that we were talking about Paris.


The final round offered up our most difficult bonus question of the night, as we asked about the current American culture and fashion magazine which takes its title with an 1848 novel written by William Thackeray.  Though some of us may have seen the feature film version starring Reese Withespoon, I doubt that many have actually the read the book:

Vanity Fair

The kicker here was the bonus question, as we asked for the 17th century novel in which the phrase “Vanity Fair” first appeared.  Only three teams knew that the phrase first appeared in the John Bunyan work “Pilgrim’s Progress”.  The round continued with what would be our most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Not surprisingly, American tennis players have won the most U.S. Open singles titles, with 176 combined among both genders.  Which country is second on this list with 24 combined singles titles?

Despite a very short list of possible answers, only eight teams came up with correct response of Australia!  I guess our teams forgot about tennis legends such as Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, and Margaret Court, or perhaps they just don’t care about professional tennis…  Either way, teams recovered nicely on the following question, which asked for the automobile brands mentioned in the lyrics of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” (Corvette, Mercedes-Benz, Honda).  Thanks to the first two questions, no team scored 36 points in the final round.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (46.2% success rate):

–> Among the 15 U.S. states through which Interstate 95 passes, which TWO states are each home to at least 300 miles of the highway?

Just under half of our teams answered Tuesday’s final question correctly with Florida and Maine.  Congratulations to the two teams that answered every wagering question correctly to score the Perfect 21 tonight: Have You Ever Been to a Turkish Prison? (FireFlies) and Houston Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s).  Here are Tuesday’s top overall final scores:

An honorable mention goes out to Valley Girls from Capitol City Brewing, who had the fourth highest score of 166 points tonight, but we were playing “over the limit”.


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Pilsners of Azkaban  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Biblical Quote or Shakespearean Quote?)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Guys Being Dudes  (Next week’s first category: “Point Break” – original)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Houston Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones” – Season 7 Finale)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Have You Ever Been in a Turkish Prison?  (Next week’s first category: “Airplane!” film series)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Trivia Newton John  (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Mindbenders  (Next week’s first category: Hawaii)


Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  No Brians Here  (Next week’s first category: Cybersecurity)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Kappa Crabs  (Next week’s first category: Contagious Diseases)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Clavins  (Next week’s first category: Michigan State Sports)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Rocky or Rambo)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  A Team Has No Name  (Next week’s first category: “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Stinky Poops  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Handshoes and Horse Grenades  (Next week’s first category: Lords of Acid)