Hooray for Tuesday Trivia!
With more than a few people expecting to take a snow day on Wednesday, we welcomed a large crowd of 132 teams across 20 venues, one of which was our newest venue partner: Funkstown Tavern!
It didn’t take long for Tuesday’s game to heat up, as the first bonus question of the night was also its most difficult. After most of our teams correctly named Michael Jordan as the winner of ten NBA scoring titles in the 12 years from 1987 through 1998, only TWO teams earned bonus points by naming these two stars as the only other players to win a scoring title in that stretch:
The opening round also featured questions about Sloppy Joe sandwiches and the world’s three most populous cities with the word “City” in their name (Mexico City, New York City, and Ho Chi Minh City). The two teams that scored bonus points on the basketball question cruised to a perfect first round score: CoMaNa (Cuginis) and Szechuan Chicken (Topgolf).
The difficult bonus questions continued into Tuesday’s second round. Our audio question featured three songs that all share the title “I Want You Back”, but only eight teams across the board earned bonus points by naming all three groups (The Jackson 5, *NSYNC, and 5 Seconds of Summer). We continued with a look at the Periodic Table, Ancient Roman history, and this competitive TV show:
Throwing another difficult question at the field, only six teams tacked on the last two bonus points of the first half by naming Drew Dreschel as the most successful contestant from the current season of “American Ninja Warrior”.
Bootleg movie posters and U.S. Presidents were the featured topics on Tuesday’s halftime page, which yielded nine perfect scores and an overall average of 16.5 points. Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Cheesetique): 86
- Indoor Kites (Charlie’s): 85
- Niels Bohring (Brass Tap): 84
- Five Dollar Vasectomy (The Block): 84
- Screaming Death Monkey (Quincy’s South): 84
Third round topics from Tuesday’s game included musical duos, Vidalia onions, and the Netflix documentary series “Conversations with a Killer”. We closed with everyone’s favorite category: African Geography! Our teams performed surprisingly well here, as 32% of the field named both Nigeria and Ethiopia as the two most populous countries on the continent. As a result, the third round proved to be the easiest of Tuesday’s four rounds, as eight teams posted a perfect score of 36 points.
Despite a slew of incredibly difficult first half bonus questions, our teams faced few speed bumps in terms of wagering questions. That changed with this query in the final round:
–> Which author won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction for his book “Armies of the Night”, nearly a decade before winning the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his work “The Executioner’s Song”?
Only 19% of the field responded correctly with Norman Mailer. Next, we kept things in the 1970s with a question concerning this disaster film:
After closing with a Three Clues question concerning the word Colonel, we saw just two teams run the table in the final round: Wiseacres (Champion Billiards) and Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s). Here is Tuesday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Niels Bohring (Brass Tap): 157
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 156
- Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Cheesetique): 154
- Duchess (Shuckin’ Shack): 154
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 151 POINTS
TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (65.2% success rate):
–> Constructed in 1923, which landmark is situated on Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains?
Nearly two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with the Hollywood sign. Congratulations to the four teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering all wagering questions correctly: Tom Brady is Overrated (Cuginis), How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s), Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Cheesetique), and Balls Out (Quincy’s South). These were your highest scoring teams at the close of Tuesday’s game:
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 164
- Rumble in the Bronx (Quincy’s South): 163
- Trivial Fur Suit (Outta the Way Cafe): 163
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 162
- Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Cheesetique): 161
- Ingenious Bastards (Champion Billiards): 161
- Wiseacres (Champion Billiards): 161
- Duchess (Shuckin’ Shack): 161
- Pearls of Wisdom (Shuckin’ Shack): 160
- Mud Duck Hunt Club (Champion Billiards): 159
- Screaming Death Monkey (Quincy’s South): 159
An honorable mention goes out to Pony Cyclone (Topgolf), who posted 163 points while playing ‘over the limit’.
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Ingenious Bastards (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – film)
Cuginis in Poolesville, MD: Tom Brady is Overrated (Next week’s first category: Cilantro)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: Nicole Kidman Films)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Duchess (Next week’s first category: Wild West History)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Bonesaw (Next week’s first category: 3-D Printing)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Five Dollar Vasectomy (Next week’s first category: Famous Film Cars)
Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Mean” Gene Okerlund)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Sloppy Seconds (Next week’s first category: “Gilligan’s Island”)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Juneau (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)
Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD: Half Nelsons (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: GEICO or State Farm?)
Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA: Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Next week’s first category: Beer Brands)
Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA: Indoor Kites (Next week’s first category: “Chariots of Fire”)
Bar19 at Worthington Manor in Urbana, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Arboriculture)
Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA: Cucky Charms (Next week’s first category: Meatballs)
Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD: Brown Wedge and the Boys (Next week’s first category: Montreal Expos)
Fat Daddy’s in Mansfield, TX: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: 1990s Rock Bands)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Famous Arthurs)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Balls Out (Next week’s first category: 1960s Films)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Why…? (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)
Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD: Niels Bohring (Next week’s first category: Potent Potables)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: Trivia Fur Suit (Next week’s first category: Radiohead)
Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL: Simple Minds (Next week’s first category: Crooners)