One For the Money, Two For Tuesday Trivia!

In addition to the playoff atmosphere at Nationals Park, you could say there was a playoff atmosphere at many of our venues, as the difficulty of last night’s Pour House Trivia game was certainly at the level of a post-season tournament match.  Our Tuesday teams faced a slew of several incredibly difficult questions, as we welcomed 109 teams across 20 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

The first of many difficult bonus questions began Tuesday’s game, as only 14% of the field knew that the title of the novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was borrowed from lyrics penned by Julia Ward Howe for the song “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  We followed with an even more difficult bonus question, asked in the form of the nightly Three Clues question:

CLUE 1: One variety of this fruit is known as a ‘Winter Banana’.

CLUE 2: In Greek mythology, Atalanta chased these fruits during a race against Hippomenes.

Very few teams even ventured a guess at this point, opting to hold out for the third and final clue.  Only six teams were bold enough to turn in the early correct answer of apple, thereby earning two bonus points.  The opening round also touched on the Grammy-winning song “Shallow” and the various nicknames of Shaquille O’Neal.  What Was the Question Again? (Senor Tequila’s) posted the only perfect score of Tuesday’s first round.

SECOND ROUND:

Tuesday’s audio question featured three bands who are named for members other than the lead singer.  While some teams may have been expecting a song from Van Halen, we instead played clips from Santana, J. Geils Band, and The Alan Parsons Project.  We continued with a look at South American geography, the “Halo” video game series, and Tourette’s Syndrome.  The first half closed with a question regarding British history, as we asked our teams to name any two of the three British monarchs who reigned during the Year of Three Kings in 1936.  About one-third of our teams earned wagering points with two correct answers, while only 11% of the field tacked on two bonus points with all three correct answers: George V, Edward VIII, and George VI.  Two teams earned 36 points en route to a perfect second round score: Bucket of B.S. (Cuginis) and How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s). 

HALFTIME:

Red characters and “sharp” things highlighted Tuesday’s halftime page.  Falling on the more difficult side, the average score reached a relatively low 14.1 points.  While several teams notched a score of 19 points, a perfect halftime score eluded the entire field on Tuesday night.  Here is your Tuesday leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

Most of our Tuesday teams faced numerous obstacles immediately after the halftime break.  The opening question of the third round dealt with the nation of Monaco, but only 12% of our teams earned bonus points by knowing that Grimaldi is the name of its current ruling house.  We continued with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> What is the shared surname of the two brothers who were both defensive ends in the NFL: one spending his entire career with the Green Bay Packers, while the other playing for several teams before becoming the co-host for “American Ninja Warrior” and an analyst for the NFL Network?

Obviously, this name does not simply roll off the tongue, as we were looking for (Kabeer and Akbar) Gbaja-Biamila.  Only 10% of our teams earned wagering points on this question.  With most teams still reeling, we asked another incredibly difficult bonus question.  On a query regarding the fictional film character of Miss Moneypenny, we asked our teams to give us the oddly appropriate surname of the actress who portrayed this character in four films starting in 1995.  Only four teams gave us the correct answer of Bond, Samantha Bond.  Thanks to these questions, Tuesday’s third round did not yield any perfect scores.

FOURTH ROUND:

The barrage of difficult questions continued into the fourth round, as only five teams earned the first bonus points of the final stanza by knowing that Johannes Brahms composed “A German Requiem” in the 1860s.  Next, this head-scratcher in the category of advertising taglines:

–> As seen in a advertising spoof in the film “Wayne’s World”, the tagline “Little, Yellow, Different” was used by which ibuprofen product?

As the most difficult wagering question of the night, only ten teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Nuprin.  From there, the final round progressed relatively smoothly, as our teams largely breezed through topics such as “Magnum, P.I.” and the novel “Frankenstein”.  But none of our teams ran the table to earn a perfect final round score.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams after four rounds of play:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (77.8% success rate):

–> A barbershop in Arkansas now acts as a museum dedicated to which person, who received a haircut there on March 25, 1958, one day after reporting for duty at nearby Fort Chaffee?

More than three-quarters of our teams responded correctly on this final question with Elvis Presley.  With each of our teams missing at least one wagering question, the Perfect 21 went unclaimed on Tuesday night.  Here is your final leaderboard from Tuesday night:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Wayne’s World” – film)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Bucket of B.S.   (Next week’s first category: “Friends”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  How Did I Get Here?   (Next week’s first category: Adirondack Mountains)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Oliver Cromwell)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Pi   (Next week’s first category: MLB World Series)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Dissin’ Terry   (Next week’s first category: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Breadsticks   (Next week’s first category: Settlers of Catan)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: 20th Century Science Fiction Authors)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Birthdays   (Next week’s first category: Lacrosse)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:   Cell Phony Baloney   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Serial Killers)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Panic! at the Trivia   (Next week’s first category: Zombie Films)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: World War II Battles)

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: U. S. National Women’s Soccer Team)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Wiley Coyotes   (Next week’s first category: Tom Hanks Films – AUDIO)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: Disney on Broadway)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: Washington D.C. Sports Champions)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out   (6:00p START TIME NEXT WEEK – First category: New Wave Music)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  True Wit   (Next week’s first category: U.S. State Capitals)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Gone   (Next week’s first category: Washington D.C. Private High Schools)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Twerking For Shots  (Next week’s first category: Metric System)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  88’s   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: The Beatles)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Slow Robots   (Next week’s first category: Startups)