It’s Going Down with Tuesday Trivia!

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We continued adding to the Season XXIII playoff field, as Tuesday’s Pour House Trivia game was played by 249 teams at 22 locations.


In round one, we discussed Finland’s neighboring countries and the 58th birthday of supermodel extraordinaire Cindy Crawford. However, we followed that with Three Clues about a certain chemical element:

  • This is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.
  • This is the third-most abundant element in the universe.
  • It has an atomic number of eight.

These clues left a lot of our teams breathless, as it was actually oxygen; just under 30% of the field earned wagering points, but a game-low five teams submitted the right answer before the last clue for bonus credit. Two of those teams, Innovations (Dudley’s) and Bitch, Please (Rudy’s), were perfect in this round.


Three artists singing about sharks comprised the night’s audio questions, followed by subjects such as TV’s The Facts of LifeHelen and Paris‘s elopement which caused the Trojan War, and the 5th Avenue candy bar. The last question of the round, however, had a tricky bonus question:

  • In which 1990s comedy film did Jeff Daniels’s character work for the fictitious Mutt Cutts dog grooming service?
  • Bonus: What was his character’s last name in this film?

Most teams knew Mutt Cutts was a big name in Dumb and Dumber but for the teams that answered Samsonite for the bonus question, you were way off! About 13% of teams were right in getting Daniels’s character, Harry Dunne. There were eight perfect scores in the second round.


Halftime tasks on Tuesday included naming films from major props such as the titular Maltese Falcon, then matching colleges and universities to their respective athletic conference. There were 41 perfect 20-pointers at halftime, with the average squad earning 16.1 points. A two-way tie topped the halftime leaderboard:


The first question of the third round wasted no time with a difficult bonus chance:

  • About 25 years before earning a different sort of notoriety, the classic rock song (Don’t Fear) the Reaper became the first Billboard hit for which music group?
  • Bonus: Who sang lead vocals on (Don’t Fear) the Reaper? 

Blue Oyster Cult was identified by many teams, but just 5.22% knew the band’s lead singer, Buck Dharma. The round also featured this animal query:

  • Badgers, otters, and wolverines are members of the Mustelidae family, which is more commonly known by what other name that is the English translation of the Latin word mustela?

This barely slotted in as the least-successful wagering question of the night, as 28% of teams were correct to name the weasel. The only perfect team in this round was Not Eligible for Sur-Prizes (Gentleman Jim’s).


6-4-2 about badminton had 23 correct six-point guesses, but it saw over 46% of the field submit a wrong answer and receive zero points! For the fourth round, teams translated the phrase I think, therefore I am, took a ride on the chuck wagon of the Old West, and sorted a trio of shows into either Primetime or Daytime Emmy-winning territory. Eighteen teams were perfect in this round, the most of any on Tuesday. Before the final question, these were the top scores:

FINAL QUESTION (38.15% success rate):

  • Which major professional sports franchise takes its name from a French word meaning to descend?

As avaler can be translated into English as the aforementioned phrase, that team is the Colorado Avalanche! What Would Snake Do? (Dudley’s) submitted the only Perfect 21 effort on Tuesday, providing the right answer to each wagering question. These were the highest-scoring teams at the end of the night:

Honorable mention goes out to Second Place (Solace Outpost Falls Church) for scoring 163 points, but doing so with more than the eligible limit of seven players.


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Flags)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: The Bees  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Assassinations)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: TFTI  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Archer)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: DC Swampers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sam Waterston)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: What Would Snake Do?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wolverine (character))

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shaft) 

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Pink Flamingos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scranton, PA)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Bad PJs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: French Architecture)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Veep)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Baby Nora  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cobra Kai)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Not Eligible for Sur-Prizes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World’s Slowest Animals)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Phoebe  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Spells)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Hoof Hearted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Latin Phrases)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Tuesday Trivia Titans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Spanish Wines)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Atlantis Basket Weaving Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Al Yankovic Songs)

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hash House Harriers)

Creek Lodge Bar & Grill in Rockville, MD: Back of the Class  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Grateful Dead)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Jeopardy Rejects  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classical Composers)

Rudy’s Golf & Sports Bar in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s Music)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: CH4  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Homonyms)