Make Some Room For Tuesday Night Trivia!

The break in the awful weather gave our Tuesday night attendance a bit of a boost, as we welcomed 116 teams across 14 venues, one of which was OPENING NIGHT at P.I.G.S. BBQ in Frederick.  Tonight’s game featured a number of twists and turns, so let’s see who rolled with the punches to end up on top:


Tuesday’s opening round included a three-part sports question, which was a bit of an anomaly for the opening round, but more than half of our teams earned bonus points with three correct answers.  After our teams cleaned up on a question about the soap brand Irish Spring, we closed with a query on this U.S. government official and the woman that portrays her on “Saturday Night Live”:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

While most of the field knew that the current White House Press Secretary is Sarah Huckabee Sanders, only 23% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing this she is regularly lampooned by Aidy Bryant.  Tuesday’s first round yielded 14 perfect scores.


Tuesday’s second round began with three ‘canine’ song titles: “Hound Dog” (Elvis Presley), “Hair of the Dog” (Nazareth), and “Dog Days are Over” (Florence and the Machine).  This proved to be the most difficult bonus of the first half, as only 19% of the field recognized all three songs to earn those extra two points.  We continued by getting to ‘tensies’ while playing this playground game:


Later topics included the human kidney and the work of TV host Tom Bergeron, as well as a question on these devious Disney characters:

Lion King Hyenas

Most of the field knew that hyenas named Shenzi, Bonzai, and Ed were characters from Disney’s “The Lion King”, while 31% of our teams could also name any one of the three celebrities who voiced these characters: Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, or Jim Cummings.  With teams off to bit of a rough start in this round, only six teams earned a perfect second round score.


Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of folks named Wayne (either first or last name), while the matching section covered national nicknames.  With a slightly lower average of 15.8 points, only five teams notched a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the close of the first half:


After beginning the second half with questions on U.S. Tourist Attractions and the work of the ancient poet Virgil, we offered up this intriguing question on the topic of Chemistry:

–> The alloy pewter most often includes a mixture of these two elements, both of which have chemical symbols that begin with the letter ‘S’.

We threw our teams a bit of a curveball on this question.  While both of the answers were elements whose symbols which begin the letter ‘S’, neither of them had names that began with ‘S’, as pewter is generally comprised of tin (Sn) and antimony (Sb).  Later, we looked at this technology brand named for a fruit (NO, not that one…):


We concluded the round with a question on Sam Houston, who is the only man to be elected Governor of two different U.S. states (Texas and Tennessee).  Four teams managed to avoid the speed bumps to post a perfect third round score: Wiseacres (Champion Billiards), SuperNOVA (The Block), How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers), and Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South).


With the National Championship game fresh in everyone’s memory, we offered up this six-point clue in the field of college sports:

–> Which Division I college sports conference includes member schools with the athletic nicknames of Lions, Tigers, and Bears?

Oh my!  Only nine teams earned the full six points with the correct response of the Ivy League:

Ivy league


Tuesday’s final round began with a question on the work of classic film director Frank Capra, which also included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  Only eight teams knew that Mr. Capra earned his first Oscar for the classic comedy “It Happened One Night”:

It Happened One Night

Later, we asked our teams to name any two of the three musicians who will soon become the three newest “American Idol” judges when the show returns in March.

Exactly one-quarter of our teams earned bonus points by providing us with all three correct answers: Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry.  A typo led to a bit of humor at some of our venues, as tonight’s list of questions mentioned that Lionel Richie once fronted a band called the Commodes.  We ended the final round with our nightly Three Clues question, with Tuesday’s edition dealing with a certain athlete:

CLUE 1: This athlete born in 1989 has two younger brothers, both of whom are also professional athletes.

CLUE 2: After a brief stint at Central Michigan University, he earned All-American honors after transferring to the University of Wisconsin.

Eleven teams earned two bonus points by turning in the correct answer after just two clues had been read, and I’m sure each of them had this reaction:

JJ Watt

Meanwhile, the rest of the field waited for the third and final clue, which mentioned three NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards and a 2017 season which was cut short by a fractured tibia.  By then, most of our teams tacked on wagering points with the correct response of J.J. Watt.  Thanks to the opening question on Frank Capra, only two teams closed their night with a perfect final round: How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers) and Bad Martha (Quincy’s South).  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (32.7% success rate):

–> Later adapted into a film which earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination, which novel featured oddly capitalized words like Bed, Kitchen Table, Wardrobe, and Sink?

Just under one-third of the field turned in the correct response of “Room”.  Congratulations to No Talent Ass Clowns (The Block), as the ONLY team to earn the Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question.  Here are the top overall scores from Tuesday night:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Pilsners of Azkaban  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Coast Guard)

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

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  You Just Got Shawshanked  (Next week’s first category: “King of the Hill”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  The Fan Club ** 15 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Greek Deities)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Trivia Newton John  (Next week’s first category: Breakfast Cereals)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Taco Tuesday  (Next week’s first category: Teenage Tragedy Songs)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  No Talent Ass Clowns  (Next week’s first category: Gilbert Gottfried)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  How Did I Get Here?  (Next week’s first category: Baseball Hall of Famers)

P.I.G.S. BBQ in Frederick, MD:  Crystal Methodists  (Next week’s first category: Steve Martin)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows  (Next week’s first category: HOST CHOICE)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Probably Worth a Google  (Next week’s first category: Chemical Symbol Wordplay)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Sofa King Smart  (Next week’s first category: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  True Wit  (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl History)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Schweddy Balls  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Politics)