I Can’t Help Falling in Love with Tuesday Trivia…
Once again, the World Series provided an exciting backdrop to Tuesday trivia, as we welcomed 90 teams to one of 15 trivia games.
We wasted no time in challenging our Tuesday teams, as each of the first two bonus questions yielded very few correct answers. First, most of our teams knew that Harry Styles was once a member of the music group One Direction, but only nine teams could name any one of the four chart-topping albums from the band. Next, after the majority of the field earned wagering points on a question regarding the film “The Truman Show” (and its association with a psychological condition), only six teams successfully identified Burbank as the surname of the title character. The first round closed with easier questions regarding Alexander the Great and Caribbean islands, but none of our Tuesday teams swept the opening stanza with a perfect score.
Tuesday’s audio question featured fictitious songs from sitcoms, as we listened to “Let’s Go to the Mall” as sung by Cobie Smulders on “How I Met Your Mother”, “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” as sung by Tracy Morgan on “30 Rock”, and “5,000 Candles in the Wind” as sung by Chris Pratt on “Parks and Recreation”. Exactly one-fifth of the field earned a two-point bonus by giving us all three correct answers. After a question about the jerseys of the Golden State Warriors, another difficult question followed, as only seven teams knew that physicist Ernest Rutherford theorized the existence of the neutron in 19220. After closing the first half by enjoying a bowl of minestrone soup, we saw just one team earn a perfect second round score: Balls Out Varsity (Quincy’s South).
Tuesday’s halftime page featured pictures of musical artists who were recently nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in addition to a 50/50 section about countries that border either the Black Sea or the Red Sea. Our teams cruised through this halftime page, scoring an average of 18.4 points, with 28% of the field recording a perfect score of 20 points. These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:
- Balls Out Varsity (Quincy’s South): 90
- Soup Du Jour (Quincy’s Uptown): 86
- Twerking For Shots (Union Jack’s): 85
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 85
- Dynamic Duo (Olney Winery): 85
- Half Nelsons (Hometown Harvest): 85
- Szechuan Chicken (Topgolf): 85
Third round topics from Tuesday night included book titles that include the names of foods, the history of the Wu-Tang Clan, and the death of Captain Kirk. The last of those topics included the most difficult bonus question of the round, as only eight teams successfully identified Malcolm McDowell as the actor who portrayed the sinister character of Soran in the film “Star Trek: Generations”. After visiting Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and discussing the sports teams of North Carolina, we saw three teams run the table in the third round: Dino Amare (Senor Tequila’s), Stink Floyd (Monkey La La), and E = MC Hammer (Quincy’s South).
Tuesday’s final round included our nightly Three Clues question, during which dozens of teams coughed up a large wager after hearing these first two clues:
CLUE 1: The largest island in the Galapagos archipelago is named for this monarch.
CLUE 2: This monarch became the first female to appear on a U.S. postage stamp, appearing on seven stamps in the Columbian Exposition issue of 1893.
Teams that turned in an incorrect guess at this point focused too much on the date of 1893, giving us the incorrect response of Queen Victoria. Instead, it would have been better to focus on the word ‘Columbian’ and the fact that most of the Galapagos islands have Hispanic names. Only 11% of the field earned bonus points with the early correct answer of Queen Isabella. After a look at the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” and the wording of the Hippocratic Oath, we closed with a diabolical bonus question. After most of our teams knew that the TV shows “Episodes”, “Man with a Plan”, and “Top Gear” all featured actor Matt LeBlanc, NONE of our teams could identify Adam Burns as the name of LeBlanc’s character from the sitcom “Man With a Plan”. Obviously, the final round did not yield any perfect scores. Here is Tuesday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Balls Out Varsity (Quincy’s South): 163
- E = MC Hammer (Quincy’s South): 155
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 154
- Bucket of B.S. (Cuginis): 154
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 153
- Dynamic Duo (Olney Winery): 153
TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (43.9% success rate):
–> Formed in 1978, which band derived its name from the numbering used on unemployment benefit forms in their home country of England?
Just under half of our teams responded correctly with UB40. None of our teams answered every wagering question correctly on Tuesday night, thereby the Perfect 21 went unclaimed. The final overall leaderboard from Tuesday included these teams:
- E = MC Hammer (Quincy’s South): 167
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 165
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 161
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 159
- Balls Out Varsity (Quincy’s South): 158
- She’s McKeeping Him (Senor Tequila’s): 157
- Soup Du Jour (Quincy’s Uptown): 157
- Taco Tuesday (Topgolf): 157
- Szechuan Chicken (Topgolf): 157
- Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s): 156
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “Wayne’s World” – film)
Cuginis in Poolesville, MD: Bucket of B.S. (Next week’s first category: “Bloom County”)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Oliver Cromwell)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Taco Tuesday (Next week’s first category: “A League of Their Own”)
The Block in Annandale, VA: The First Nut is the Deepest (Next week’s first category: Poisons)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look (Next week’s first category: “M*A*S*H” – TV)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: D.C. Swampers (Next week’s first category: Gru and the Minions)
Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA: Carrot Cake (Next week’s first category: First Generation Pokemon)
Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Serial Killers)
Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA: Peele and Eat (Next week’s first category: “The Office”)
Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD: Spiritual Growth Hormone (Next week’s first category: “Cowboy Bebop”)
Dudley’s in Arlington, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: U. S. National Women’s Soccer Team)
Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD: Soup Du Jour (Next week’s first category: “Caddyshack”)
Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD: Zambookie (Next week’s first category: Red Wine)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Boba Fett)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: E = MC Hammer (Next week’s first category: Bill Sings Billy Joel)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: What Could Go Wrong? (Next week’s first category: Catherine the Great)
Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: China)
Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Twerking For Shots (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)
Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “SpongeBob SquarePants”)