It’s Award Time for Tuesday Night Trivia!

Our defending World Series champions made an unscheduled Tuesday night appearance, and it certainly went according to (their) plan.  Before we check out the details, we’d like to award our Team Name of the Week to Capital Hillbillies (Capitol City Brewing), who played last night under the team name Scaramucci, Scaramucci, Will You Do the Fandango?  Overall, Tuesday night featured 111 teams competing across 15 venues.  Onto the recaps!:


Our game began with a question on current TV commercials, as we asked about this spokesperson who recently appeared in new commercials, essentially doing the same job for a different company:

Sprint Verizon

Next up was our nightly Three Clues question, with tonight’s version dealing with a certain author:

CLUE 1: Though he is best known for fiction, this author also wrote non-fiction theological books such as “Miracles” and “Mere Christianity”.

CLUE 2: His death on November 22, 1963 might have made bigger headlines were it not for the Kennedy assassination.

We’ll admit it, we threw our teams a bit of a curveball here, as in addition to John F. Kennedy, British author Aldous Huxley also died on November 22, 1963.  But another notable British author also died on that same day, and this one was the correct answer we were looking for: C.S. Lewis.  One-third of our teams were not fazed by this misdirection, earning a two-point bonus on this question.  We closed the round asking about this hip hop star (and recent father of twins) who once again finds himself with the best-selling album in the country.

Jay-Z Beyonce

This question included the most difficult two-point bonus of the opening stanza.  Only 19% of our teams earned that bonus by knowing the title of Jay-Z’s newest album: “4:44”.  Overall, 12 teams began the night with a perfect first round score.


TV sitcoms were featured on our Tuesday night audio question, with most of the field having no issue recognizing clips from “Good Times”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, and “30 Rock”.  The wave of confidence quickly diminished for some teams with the second question of the round:

–> The musical numbers “Jacob and Sons” and “Song of the Kings” are featured in what Biblically-inspired Broadway show?

We saw a number of teams wager maximum points here, only to miss the correct answer by one word.  The EXACT title of the musical is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  We followed up with our most difficult bonus question of the second round, asking for the three bodies of water referenced in the name of the political forum called the Three Seas Initiative.  If only our teams could see a map of which specific countries are included in this group:

Three Seas

While most teams were able to come up with two of three correct answers, only 22% named all three: the Baltic (to the north), the Adriatic (to the southwest), and the Black (to the southeast).  The round concluded with a pair of easier questions, as most teams knew what the ‘O’ stands for in O. J. Simpson (Orenthal), as well as which Coen Brothers film was given a Chinese title translated as “Mysterious Murder in Snowy Cream”.  Yes, it was this Oscar-winning film, which features a notable scene involving a wood-chipper:


By knowing that Frances McDormand also won an Oscar for “Fargo”, about half of our teams earned a two-point bonus to close the half.  Ten teams scored a perfect 36 points in the second round, with six of those teams holding onto a perfect score through two rounds of play.


Tuesday night’s halftime page quizzed our teams on pictures of musical films and the dates on which U.S. states joined the Union.  Overall, halftime yielded an average score of 16.6 points, with seven teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s overall top scores after the first half:


The second half began with our own celebration of Shark Week, asking for the three largest species of shark.  While popular wrong answers included the tiger shark and the mako, the three correct answers (in order) were the whale shark, the basking shark, and the great white shark.  Only six teams earned bonus points here with three correct answers, making it our most difficult bonus question of the night.  This question did provide teams the chance to offer up some humorous wrong answers such as Sharktopus and Sharknado.  We followed with an equally difficult question, as only about one-third of our teams knew the country which is hosting next year’s FIFA World Cup:

FIFA World Cup Soccer

After questions on U.S. Presidential Elections and Brazil nuts, we concluded the round by asking about the cinematic work of this former Marine Corps drill sergeant:

Ermey Full Metal Jacket Kubrick

After the tough start to the round, only TWO TEAMS swept through the third round with a perfect score: Wingardium Triviosa (Quincy’s South) and Wonton Destruction (Monkey La La).


Only 15% of our teams earned six points on this query:

–> Michael Jackson co-patented a so-called “anti-gravity” hitching mechanism that creates an effect seen in which music video.

Michael Jackson Lean Smooth Criminal

The famous Michael Jackson lean was a bit of a trick, as seen in the music video for “Smooth Criminal”.


The final round started smoothly for most teams, as questions on “The Bachelorette” and the city of Memphis did not prove to be quite daunting.  That all changed with the fourth question of the round:

–> Involved with everything from electric cars to space flight, inventor Elon Musk earned much of his early fortune as the co-founder of, which eventually became what Internet company?

Only 27% of our teams earned points here with PayPal.  That question was just half of the one-two punch that concluded the round:

–> Over the last five years, Singaporean author Kevin Kwan published a trilogy of bestselling novels about high society in Asia.  Which word appears in each title within this trilogy?

Even with a crossword-style hint, this final question was answered correctly by only 19% of our teams, making it the most difficult wagering question of the night.  Apparently, most of our players were not familiar with these novels:

No team swept the fourth round with three correct bonus answers.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (41.9% success rate):

–> A nickname commonly used for the image orthicon tube provided the inspiration for the name of what annual award?

An image orthicon tube was once found inside your standard television set, and that object was sometimes called an ‘Immy’.  That nickname eventually became the name of this statuette:

Emmy Award

Congratulations to the four teams that scored the Perfect 21 tonight, notching correct answers on all wagering questions: Bad Hombres (Fireflies), Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Monkey La La), Dusty Baker School of Management (Senor Tequila’s), and Jim Vance Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s).

Here are Tuesday’s top scores on the night:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Show Me On the Doll  (Next week’s first category: “Bull Durham” Quotes)

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

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Like a Hobo on a Hot Ham Sandwich  (Next week’s first category: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD:  Fill Stick

Tonight was the final night of trivia at Orioles Nest.  Thanks for three great years!

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Dusty Baker School of Management  (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things”)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: “Alien” – original)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Adult Education  (Next week’s first category: “Pretty in Pink”)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Not So Little Women  (Next week’s first category: Foreign Food)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  The Bends  (Next week’s first category: Board Games)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Squid Worst  (Next week’s first category: “SpongeBob SquarePants”)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Clavins   (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Wonton Destruction  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Boy Bands – AUDIO)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Wingardium Triviosa  (Next week’s first category: Austrian Classical Music)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Tequila Mockingbird  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Hip Hop – AUDIO)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Oh S**t, I Don’t Know  (Next week’s first category: 1990s MLB)