Rikki-Tikki-Tuesday Night Trivia!

Tuesday night’s game featured 87 teams at 14 venues.  Don’t forget that we will have an abbreviated schedule next week for Halloween.  Please check the end of this post for updates regarding your home location:


Tuesday’s opening round started very smoothly for most teams, with the most difficult question of the first round was a bonus question on the subject of Classic TV Sitcoms, as only 14% of our teams knew that Sherwood Schwartz created “The Brady Bunch”.  We closed the round with a question on this international landmark:

Taj Mahal

After one round of play, eight teams were sitting pretty with a perfect score of 36 points.


Tuesday’s audio question featured the music of “fruity” acts such as Chuck Berry (“Roll Over Beethoven”), Fiona Apple (“Criminal”), and Blind Melon (“Tones of Home”).  Later, we asked about the poetic genre of haiku, which inspired our host Zach to create this work:

If you wrote Haiku
Zach is very proud of you

We also asked our teams to name the two active NFL running backs with the most career rushing yards.  Our sports buffs did not disappoint here, with about one-third of our teams coming up with these two correct answers:

We closed the second round with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After a wagering question concerning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, we asked for the name of the character she portrayed in her Oscar-winning role.  Only five teams gave us the correct response of Velma Kelly (from “Chicago”).  That last question kept the perfect scores completely off the board in the second round.


Tuesday’s halftime page recorded an average score of 16.7 points, with 11 teams recording a perfect score.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after the first half:


Tuesday’s second half began with our nightly Three Clues question, which offered up these two clues in at attempt to entice a guess for two bonus points:

CLUE 1: In novels by Terry Pratchett, the character rides a horse named Binky and speaks in all capital letters.

CLUE 2: This character has been portrayed in films such as “The Seventh Seal”, “Last Action Hero”, and “The Book Thief”.

These clues were enough for some of our players, with 17% of the field earning an extra two points with the correct answer of Death (or the Grim Reaper):

Seventh Seal Chess

With few wrong answers given for the bonus, most of the field was successful after hearing this third and final clue:

CLUE 3: On the TV show “Family Guy”, this character has been voiced by both Norm MacDonald and Adam Carolla.

Later, we lightened the mood by asking about this popular toy of the 1990s:

Bop It

Once again, we did not see any perfect scores in the third round.

6-4-2- QUESTION:

–> Which TV comedy premiered on Thanksgiving Day in 1988 on KTMA-TV, a local Minneapolis station?

Seven teams answered correctly on the six-point clue with this cult favorite:



Our final round looked at these three books on U.S. Presidents:

We also asked about the career of Paula Abdul and the Auguste Rodin statue “The Thinker”.  Four teams closed the game with a perfect fourth round: Jungle Fever (Champion Billiards),  Give Us Your Beer Money (Primanti Brothers), Supernova (The Block), and Stink Floyd (Monkey La La).  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (6.9% success rate):

–> The meerkat is one of 34 species in the Herpestidae family.  Among the other 33 species, 29 of them are known by which common name?

For the second night this week, the correct answers were kept in the single digits on the final question, as only six teams gave us the correct answer of mongoose.  Needless to say, we did not have any teams earn the Perfect 21 by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Capitol City Goofballs  (Next week’s first category: Slavic Folklore)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Might Have a Clue  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Nov. 7: “Stranger Things”)

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

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: “Terminator 2”)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Donner Party  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Nov. 7: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Pi  (Next week’s first category: Spices)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek”)  ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! **

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Uncles With Benefits  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Nov. 7: Discontinued Candy)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows  (Next week’s first category: “Batman” Comics)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Nov. 7: “X-Men”)  ** FIVE WINS IN A ROW!  **

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Halloween Candy)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Virgine-ya is For Lovers  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on Nov. 7: “Star Wars” original trilogy)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  GDI  (Next week’s first category: Halloween)