It’s Always Sunny at Tuesday Trivia!

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We welcomed yet another venue to the PHT lineup on Tuesday night, as our newest host Charles kicked off our tenure at Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge.  Overall, Tuesday’s game welcomed 95 teams across ten venues.

FIRST ROUND:

We wasted no time challenging our Tuesday teams, as the first round featured two difficult bonus questions.  After most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Tuesday marked the 28th anniversary of the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only 16% of our teams tacked on the first two bonus points of the night by also knowing that she replaced Byron “Whizzer” White on the bench.  Other opening round topics included college football alma maters, the Greek goddess Nike, and the competitive reality show The Masked Singer, the latter of which included another difficult bonus question.  Only 14% of our teams knew that Nick Lachey won the most recent season of The Masked Singer, which is odd considering that Lachey is (supposedly) a former professional singer.  Thanks to those two bonus questions, Southpaws (Solace Outpost) posted the only perfect first round score on Tuesday night.

SECOND ROUND:

Tuesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three songs with ten-letter titles.  Bonus points were doled out to most of the field thanks to the songs Centerfold by The J. Geils Band, Waterfalls by TLC, and Chandelier by Sia.  We continued with the topics of Fireball whisky and the psychological phenomenon of Stockholm Syndrome.  The final two questions of the first half kept nearly all of the perfect scores off the board.  First, we asked this question regarding one of the lesser-known films of Chevy Chase:

  • What is the alliterative title of the 1980s comedy in which Chevy Chase plays a New York City sportswriter who moves to a small Vermont town with to write a novel, much to the chagrin of the residents?

Less than one-third of the field knew that this plot describes the comedy film Funny Farm.  Finally, we asked our teams to identify either one of the two former names of the Russian city of St. Petersburg.  Most teams earned wagering points by remembering Leningrad, but only a dozen teams snagged the last two bonus points of the first half with the second correct answer of PetrogradMoose Killers (Solace Outpost) and Woof (Solace Outpost) ran the table in the second stanza by earning 36 points.

HALFTIME:

Notable works of art and fictional bosses from television were the featured topics on Tuesday’s halftime page.  In one of the easiest halftime pages in recent memory, the field averaged 17.7 points, with about one-third of our teams scoring a perfect 20 points.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

As expected, Tuesday’s third round was by far its most difficult.  We began by awarding bonus points to just nine teams who knew (prior to being given multiple choice) that the Gridiron Club of Washington comprised a group of journalists.  Next, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • According to an urban legend involving the Roman goddess Venus, the shape of tortellini pasta was meant to mimic which part of the human body?

Maybe our teams forgot that unlike other pub trivia companies, we run a strict PG-rated game, so perhaps we should have included a hint that the correct answer was located ‘above the hips’.  Less than one-fourth of the field responded correctly with the belly button.  The third round also looked at fictional law firms, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the grunge rock band Alice in Chains.  Once again, the final question of the round included its most difficult bonus question, as only TWO teams knew that Facelift is the title of the debut album from Alice in Chains.  Not surprisingly, none of our Tuesday teams posted a perfect third round score.

FOURTH ROUND:

The questions took a turn to the easier side in Tuesday’s final round, as we discussed topics such as titles that include the word Final, the former television sitcom Wings, the upcoming biographical film Respect, and the business phrase five and dime.  In a significant break from the ordinary, more than a dozen teams earned a perfect final round scores of 36 points.  Here is Tuesday’s overall leaderboard heading into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (65.3% success rate):

  • As the tallest U.S. building located outside of New York or Chicago, the Comcast Technology Center is found in which Eastern Time Zone city?

Nearly two-thirds of our teams responded correctly with Philadelphia.  Congratulations to Enough Already (Distilled), who earned the only Perfect 21 of Tuesday night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly.  Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bowling)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alfred Hitchcock)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Quiz in My Pants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wyoming)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: We Could Be Binging Below Deck  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Big Time Rush)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Woof  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Survivor Champions)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Villainous Robots)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Arcade Games)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Archived!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Warren Zevon)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hooch)

Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: Blue Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NBA Finals)