Playing Brain Games at Tuesday Trivia!

Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 146 teams across 21 venues.


In terms of overall difficulty, Tuesday’s first round was certainly out of the ordinary compared to most nights.  The game began with a relatively easy question concerning foreign language versions of the TV sitcom “The Office”, but the difficulty level increased dramatically on the next question:

–> In which video game series are there three main factions called Zerg, Terran, and Protoss?

Less than half of our teams gave us the correct response of “StarCraft”, though most of those teams were able to add two bonus points by knowing that the game was created by Blizzard Entertainment.  After a quick look at the superstitions behind the “Scottish Play”, we closed with an even more difficult question on the topic of sports.  We asked our teams to identify a shared nickname based on the descriptions of three professional athletes.  Only 35% of the field correctly answered “Rocky”, as the question described boxer Rocky Marciano, running back Rocky Bleier, and pro wrestler Rocky Johnson (father of Dwayne).  After an unusually difficult first round, only three teams recorded a perfect score of 36 points: Comfortably Dum (Champion), Fawn Liebowitz’s Pallbearers (Charlie’s), and Slightly Alive (Hometown Harvest).


Tuesday’s audio question was a breeze for most teams, as we listened to three songs with the word “Sunday” in the title: “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2, and “Lazy Sunday” by The Lonely Island.  Later, we threw an incredibly difficult bonus question at the field, as only eight teams correctly identified the Raffles Hotel as the site at which the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented.  Despite closing the first half with relatively easier questions concerning the scientific abbreviation ‘AU’ and the Rat Pack of the early 1960s, we saw just one team run the table the second round, as Comfortably Dum (Champion) completed an amazing first half by posting two of the only three perfect scores.


NFL fans in face paint was the featured topic on Tuesdays halftime page.  As the easiest halftime page of Season XX (so far), the average score reached a healthy 18.4 points, as 27% of the field earned 20 points by turning in a perfect sheet.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:


Topics from Tuesday’s third round included the work of physicist Pierre Curie, the versatile music of Trent Reznor, and the history of the Spanish Inquisition.  We also asked this question on the topic of Olympic sports:

–> Introduced as an official medal event during the 1988 Summer Games, which Olympic sport features a piece of equipment that measures five feet by nine feet and is two and a half feet above the ground?

Though it sounds like a piece of gymnastics equipment, the given dimensions refer to a ping pong table.  Yes, it is indeed an Olympic sport.  We saved the most difficult bonus question of the night for the end of the third round, asking our teams to name the composer who created “The Hebrides Overture”, named for a group of Scottish islands.  Only five teams gave us the correct response of Felix Mendelssohn.  That stumper kept all of the perfect scores off the board in Tuesday’s third round.


After a slew of difficult questions, the start of the final round seemed to ease up a bit on the field, as we looked at topics such as “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, the namesakes behind Mercedes-Benz, and the French dessert sorbet.  Just as our teams were building their self-confidence, we asked the most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> Which Asian country was known as “Cathay” in medieval Europe, so named from a semi-nomadic people who conquered its northern part in the 10th century A.D.?

Only 22% of our teams gave us the correct response of China.  Four teams swept Tuesday’s final round by posting 36 points: Liquid Almonds (Topgolf), Half Nelsons (Hometown Harvest), What Could Go Wrong? (Casa Tequila), and Ya Done Messed Up A-A-Ron (Monkey La La).  Here is Tuesday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (28.7% success rate):

–> Comprised of about 60% fat tissue, what is the ‘fattest’ organ of the human body?

About one-fourth of our teams responded correctly with the brain.  Congratulations to Bad Hombres (Charlie’s), who ran the table on wagering questions to earn the only Perfect 21 on Tuesday night.  These were your highest scoring teams from this third Tuesday of Season XX:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Phoebe Buffay or Bobby Boucher?)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Gotta Have ‘Em   (Next week’s first category: “Sex Education” – Netflix series)

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

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Adult Education   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Jonas Brothers or Osmond Brothers?)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Liquid Almonds   (Next week’s first category: Famous Women)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Dissin’ Terry   (Next week’s first category: “Rambo: First Blood Part II”)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Dumber Than We Look   (Next week’s first category: Grateful Dead)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Fearsome Foursome   (Next week’s first category: James Joyce)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Bad Hombres   (NO TRIVIA NEXT WEEK – First category on Oct. 8: 1990s Video Games)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Peele and Eat   (Next week’s first category: “The Golden Compass”)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: “Rip Van Winkle”)

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential   (Next week’s first category: D.C. United History)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Soup du Jour   (Next week’s first category: “Corner Gas”)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: “The Shawshank Redemption”)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Screaming Death Monkey   (Next week’s first category: Yoga)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Beer Winners   (Next week’s first category: “The Love Boat”)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Niels Bohring


Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Gone   (Next week’s first category: Grateful Dead – AUDIO)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Terricloth   (Next week’s first category: College Mascots)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Not Knows   (Next week’s first category: Motown)