Opposites Attract at Tuesday Trivia!
The first Tuesday of April brought 192 teams out for the night’s edition of Pour House Trivia, hosted at 17 venues. Our newest location also joined the PHT fray, as Gabriella hosted opening night at Junction Bistro & Bar in Fairfax, VA!
After each venue’s Winner’s Choice question, the opening round on Tuesday featured a question about the 48th anniversary of Microsoft‘s founding by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. From there, teams had a three-parter on zoological phrases such as pigs in a blanket and jumping the shark, a trip to B.B. King’s Blues Club and Rum Boogie Cafe in Memphis, and some Kurt Russell films. An uncomplicated round saw 54 teams run the table.
While earning points on the audio clue wasn’t terribly difficult, only 17% of teams got bonus points for naming all three musical acts performing songs with Everything or Everywhere in the title: Johnny Cash (I’ve Been Everywhere), Three Days Grace (I Hate Everything About You), and Michelle Branch (Everywhere). The end of the round featured the most difficult bonus chance of the night, which was attached to this question:
- What is the name of the mathematical formula that states that the sum of the squares of the lengths of the first two sides of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse?
Most teams knew that formula is the Pythagorean theorem, but just 6.7% of teams knew that formula was stated incorrectly in The Wizard of Oz. Other topics in the round included the three teams that beat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl and the osprey that lends its name to the military V-22 aircraft. Perfect scores in this round were recorded by Redrum (Audacious Fairfax), Billy Crystal Balls (Dudley’s), Quiz in My Pants (Dudley’s), and Quizzy McTriviaface (Antietam).
At halftime, teams had to identify fictional primates such as Grape Ape and King Louie, then link Nobel-winning authors to the correct country of origin. There were only nine perfect scores on this page, which carried an average score of 15.1 points. At the halftime intermission, these were the high scores:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Dudley’s): 93
- Picklebacks (Dudley’s): 90
- Quiz in My Pants (Dudley’s): 90
- Quizzy McTriviaface (Antietam): 90
- Fabulous Killjoys (Upper Deck): 89
It took until the end of this round to reach Tuesday’s hardest wagering question:
- From 1973 to 1988, which two tennis players squared off in 80 singles matches, including 14 Grand Slam finals?
Roughly 23% of teams were able to name either Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, but 19% of the field received two extra points for getting both names. Before that, the third round featured topics such as Armenian surnames, Three Clues about surrealist painter Salvador Dali, and the Amaretto liqueur found in a Godfather cocktail. A half-dozen teams were perfect in this round.
A 6-4-2 about North Korea granted six points to the 40 teams that named the country from a single clue. Tuesday’s final round began with a question about The Gong Show hosted by Chuck Barris; a round-low 15% of teams earned bonus points for knowing Sam Rockwell portrayed Barris in 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Halfway through the round, we discussed some reality TV celebrities:
- Due to the success of their best-selling product, the Robertson family gained celebrity status as reality stars with the show Duck Dynasty. For your wager, you can either give me the name of their company or identify the musical act who sang the theme song to that reality show.
About 31% of the field named at least one of the correct answers: the Duck Commander company and band ZZ Top. A three-parter on birthday boy Robert Downey Jr.’s filmography brought back a bonus success rate of 18%. This round’s perfect squads were Picklebacks (Dudley’s), Second Place (Solace Outpost FC), and Blood Legion (Gentleman Jim’s). After four rounds of trivia, these were the leading teams:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Dudley’s): 168
- Picklebacks (Dudley’s): 166
- Pterodactyl (Upper Deck): 161
- Comfortably Dum (Smoketown): 161
- Redrum (Audacious Fairfax): 160
FINAL QUESTION (50.52% success rate):
- The name of which U.S. state is comprised of two antonyms which are separated by a single letter?
Just over half of our teams recognized Connecticut as that state, with the words connect and cut featured within. Three teams reached Perfect 21 status on Tuesday: Picklebacks (Dudley’s), Off in the Park (Solace Outpost FC), and Baby Nora (Antietam). A couple of teams came close to perfection in Tuesday’s game:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Dudley’s): 180
- Picklebacks (Dudley’s): 178
- Quiz in My Pants (Dudley’s): 170
- Second Place (Solace Outpost FC): 167
- Supernovas (Dudley’s): 166
- I’m So Indicted (Rhodeside): 165
- Blood Legion (Gentleman Jim’s): 164
- Redrum (Audacious Fairfax): 163
- Arrowski (Rhodeside): 162
- Off in the Park (Solace Outpost FC): 162
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schoolhouse Rock)
Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Redrum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Films)
Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: NROs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Northern Virginia Breweries)
Junction Bistro & Bar in Fairfax, VA: Socrates (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quentin Tarantino)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Billy Crystal Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (True or False: Florida Man Stories))
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: April 19 in History)
Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Second Place (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chicago Cubs)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Burger Chef)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dolls)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Baby Nora (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SNL Celebrity Jeopardy!)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Biochemistry)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: I FOD G-Tars (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Conspiracy Theories)
Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: True Wit (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)
Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Baja Bears (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Joint Chiefs of Staff)
The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Just Us (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons & Dragons)
Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Here for the Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Current U.S. Nuclear Weapons)
Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: I’m So Indicted (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kazakhstan)