Shear Madness at Tuesday Trivia!

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Thirteen venues welcomed a total of 165 teams for Tuesday’s edition of Pour House Trivia, including a 20-team game at Smoketown Creekside.


Tuesday’s game began with a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, a sip of orange juice, and a three-part Before or After question. However, we wrapped things up in the first round with the toughest wagering question before halftime:

  • Premiering next month, which film about Whitney Houston is named for one of her songs?

That film, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, was named by 53% of teams. This question also had the first half’s hardest bonus chance, as only 7.2% of the field knew that Stanley Tucci is portraying record producer Clive Davis in that film. In this round, nine teams recorded a perfect score.


Our audio question on Tuesday asked teams to name three musical acts being covered in a foreign language; exactly half of our teams had all three answers for bonus points. We moved on to topics such as guerrilla warfare, the Carol Burnett Show spinoff series of Mama’s Family, and Little Women author Louisa May Alcott. The last question in this round was its most difficult:

  • These two tennis stars were born just four years apart in the former Czechoslovakia. She won a record nine Wimbledon singles titles, while he won three consecutive U.S. Open singles titles in the 1980s.

Only one of those athletes, Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl, was needed for wagering points; about 71% did so, while 35% provided both names for extra points. A game-high 24 perfect scores were earned in this round.


Tuesday’s halftime tasks were giving last names of superhero alter egos and naming Dr. Seuss books by their quotes. While the average score was 16.5 points, there were sixteen teams able to score all 20 points here. The halftime standings were led by a perfect team:


Bonus points were hard to come by in Tuesday’s third round, beginning with a three-parter about former Soviet republics in which only 18% of teams provided all three correct answers. After that, we had the most difficult wagering query of the game, which came in the Last Word/First Word format:

  • What would the six-word group name if the country singer known for The Bones and My Church became the lead singer of the band known for their song Jungle Love on the Purple Rain soundtrack?

Smash those two musical acts together, and you’ll get Maren Morris Day and the Time; 30% of the field did just that for their wager. The very next question about U.S. First Ladies was the toughest bonus chance all night:

  • The woman born as Louisa Johnson in 1775 was the first foreign-born First Lady in U.S. history. Who was her husband?

To get two extra points, you had to give the right answer — John Quincy Adams — before a multiple-choice section was revealed. Just 5.9% of teams came in with a correct early guess on that question. The round concluded with a question about the Disney+ series Game Changers about the Mighty Ducks in which 11% of the field knew that Lauren Graham plays Alex Morrow in that show. With all those tough bonus tries, there were no perfect scores to be found here.


6-4-2 about Stephen Hawking was a giant 0-fer on Tuesday, as no team was able to figure out that right answer from the first clue. An early question in the A+B=C format provided the hardest wagering opportunity of the fourth round; see if you can give me the sum of these two parts:

  • A = Excluding jokers, the number of face cards in a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
  • B = the number of grid squares taken up by a battleship, in the Milton Bradley game Battleship.

If you got 16 as your total, congrats! You succeeded just as 55% of our Tuesday teams did. (There are 12 face cards in a standard deck, while a battleship takes up four spaces in the board game’s grid.) Other topics in the round included Brown University and the British RAF’s story about pilots eating a carrot-rich diet to improve their eyesight. Fourteen teams recorded a fourth-round perfecto. The overall leaderboard was closely-packed before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (71.1% success rate):

  • Named for the physiologist who introduced it in 1879, the Holmgren test was an early scientific test for which condition, where patients had to match different skeins of wool?

The Holmgren test was an early way to determine colorblindnessJust For Fun (Dudley’s) was the only team to record a Perfect 21 on Tuesday by getting points on each of our 21 wagering questions. The final Tuesday scoreboard was led by these teams:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gigli)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pickleball)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Bringing Pickleback  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NCAA Mascots)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Action Films)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Katmetal Saloon  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Naruto)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fall Out Boy)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Misheard Song Lyrics)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Quizzy McTriviaface  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Two Clues/One Cup)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Michigan or Ohio State?)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Shenanigans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Hanks Films)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs From the Album Midnights)

Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Cell Phoney Baloney  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wives of Henry VIII)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Washington Trivia Friends  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: FIFA Women’s World Cup)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Three Amigos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Three Amigos)