Pulling Our Weight at Tuesday Trivia!
A big Tuesday for Pour House Trivia welcomed 148 teams to 14 venues around the region, with a big hello to the 17 teams that came out to play at our newest location, Nighthawk Pizza!
When I say the opening round on Tuesday was a good one, I’m not kidding. We had a perfect team for every week of the year! A total of 52 teams — a full 35% of the field — earned all 36 possible points in the round. Topics included Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi and the role’s original actor Alec Guinness, scientist Sir Isaac Newton, and the former reality show Dirty Jobs and its host Mike Rowe.
The first half’s most difficult bonus opportunity came on the audio question, which asked teams to identify three musical artists who were each found guilty of not paying their taxes. About four-fifths of the field correctly named two of them to earn wagering points, but less than 30% were able to identify the complete trio of Willie Nelson, Toni Braxton, and Ja Rule. The hardest wagering question in the first half came later:
- Located along the bank of a river, a landmark initially known as ‘La Petite Roche’ became the namesake for which current U.S. state capital?
Many teams went with the French name and thought Baton Rouge, but 54% of teams translated that name into English to get the actual right answer, Little Rock. Other second-round subjects included the Federal Emergency Management Agency better known as FEMA, Michigan football coach and pre-Peyton Manning Colts QB Jim Harbaugh, and the Princess Diaries literary and film series. Substantially fewer teams went perfect here: only Quiz La Tifa (Dudley’s) and Woof (Solace Outpost) earned every possible point.
For the second week in a row, the average halftime sheet score was 18.1 points! This time, teams had to identify MLB teams by their logos, then match TV bosses to their respective shows. Perfect scores were attained by 63 teams, more than two-fifths of the field. A top-heavy halftime leaderboard was led by these teams:
- Lake Okeechobee Gang (Dudley’s): 90
- Woof (Solace Outpost): 90
- Off in the Park (Solace Outpost): 90
- Quiz Khalifa (Solace Outpost): 90
- Quizzy McTriviaface (Antietam): 90
- Leaf on the Wind (Antietam): 90
- See Me After Class (Gentleman Jim’s): 90
The third round on Tuesday started with questions on actress Brandy’s 90s title roles in the TV series Moesha and TV movie Cinderella and Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain on Mars, before teams were launched head-first into the hardest question of the night. Here, teams had to identify three different Broadway musicals based on a pair of song titles from each; just under a third of the field knew at least two of Wicked, Anything Goes, and The Book of Mormon by the song titles given, while only 11 teams earned two bonus points for naming the trifecta. Two of those teams — Killer Snails (Olney) and Marshfellows (Solace Outpost) — got perfect scores in the third round.
Four teams earned the full six points at Tuesday’s 6-4-2 on actor and (maybe surprisingly considering his turn in Les Miserables) 80s teen pop singer Russell Crowe before the fourth round began. As for the round itself, the toughest go came at the start:
- All retiring within the last fifteen years, which three MLB players earned at least 99% of the possible votes for Hall of Fame induction from the Baseball Writers Association of America?
Mariano Rivera was the only unanimous selection, but Ken Griffey Jr. and Derek Jeter were oh so close at the 99% level. Just over half of the field knew two of those names, and 17.5% scored the bonus for naming all three Hall of Famers. Further fourth-round topics included General Sherman’s Savannah Campaign, European country Croatia, and a Julia Roberts quote from the rom-com Notting Hill. Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside) was the only perfect fourth-round team on Tuesday! The leaderboard was topped by these teams before the final question:
- Drunken Birds of Steele (Dudley’s): 163
- Killer Snails (Olney): 163
- Prop Shop (Dudley’s): 161
- Woof (Solace Outpost): 159
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (68.2% success rate):
- An image on the U.S. one dollar bill depicts the symbol for which sign of the Western zodiac?
On the front of the dollar bill, you’ll find a set of scales, which is the symbol for the Libra Zodiac sign; over two-thirds of our teams weighed their options correctly to earn their final wager. The only Perfect 21 on Tuesday came from Killer Snails (Olney) by correctly answering all 21 wagering questions! Check out all these points on the final leaderboard:
- Drunken Birds of Steele (Dudley’s): 175
- Prop Shop (Dudley’s): 173
- Killer Snails (Olney): 171
- Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (Dudley’s): 170
- Woof (Solace Outpost): 170
- Quiz La Tifa (Dudley’s): 168
- Off in the Park (Solace Outpost): 165
- See Me After Class (Gentleman Jim’s): 165
- Quiz Khalifa (Solace Outpost): 164
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 164
Also, we have to give a shoutout to Crusty Broads (Cuginis), who scored a fantastic 169 while playing ‘over the limit’ with more than seven players!
Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Crawfish Hands (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: LPGA Golfers)
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Trebek’s Rejects (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Garden Gnomes)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Chopped)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kevin James)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Drunken Birds of Steele (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cheers)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Bar Backs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Immunology)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Woof (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Ultimatum (Netflix series))
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Enough Already (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: John Harbaugh or Jim Harbaugh?)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: KSS (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek (original TV series))
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Quizzy McTriviaface (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings Queen)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: See Me After Class (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift)
Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Sitcoms)
VFW Post 3285 in Frederick, MD: Pierce Blue Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Medical Cannabis)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Quaranteam (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Child Actors)