Sic Semper Tuesday Triviannis!
Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 92 teams across ten venues.
Opening round topics from Tuesday night included the ancient cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, homophones, the ingredients of the French salad Mesclun, and the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Our stellar Tuesday teams breezed through the first round, with 14 squads storming out of the gate with a perfect score of 36 points.
Tuesday’s second stanza began with the audio question, as our teams were asked a three-part question based on the theme song from the sitcom Full House. From there, we discussed human intestines, NBA star Udonis Haslem, and the city of Walla Walla, Washington. The second round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night. About two-thirds of our teams earned wagering points by knowing that Tyra Banks was the first African American to appear in the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, but only six teams also knew that she made her feature film debut in the 1990s drama Higher Learning. As a result of that bonus question, Supernovas (Dudley’s) posted the only perfect score of Tuesday’s second round.
The top half of Tuesday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify celebrities whose familiar names include their first and middle initials (e.g. W. C. Fields and J. K. Rowling), while the bottom half matched current adult actors with films in which they appeared as children. Falling on the more difficult side, this page yielded an average score of just 12.3 points, with Supernovas (Dudley’s) notching the only perfect score. These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:
- Supernovas (Dudley’s): 92
- In Omnia Paratus (Epiq): 88
- Enough Already (Distilled): 86
- Birds of Steel (Dudley’s): 86
- Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s): 85
We opened Tuesday’s third round with a look at NFL quarterbacks and the European leaders of World War I, before delving into a Three Clues question regarding the name Hannibal. Next up, we asked what was easily the most difficult wagering question of the night:
- Scarlett O’ Hara’s mother and two sisters were each infected with which disease that in real life claimed thousands of lives during the U.S. Civil War?
Apparently, most of our teams were expecting this to be a trick question, as the most common incorrect answer was scarlet fever. It appears that very few of our players have actually read Gone With the Wind (granted, it is a ridiculously long book), as only nine teams responded correctly with typhoid. On a related note, did you know the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in the heart of downtown Frederick? Based on the success rate of that question, we’re assuming that you did not. After closing the third stanza with a question concerning country music singer Kelsea Ballerini and her song Peter Pan, we did not see any perfect third round scores on Tuesday night.
After snacking on some marshmallows in the 6-4-2 question, the final round featured questions regarding U.S. Presidents, film titles, and Pottery Barn. Most of our teams were off to a great start in this round until this European geography question halted that progress:
- The northern Italian city of Turin is the largest city situated along which river?
Only 24% of the field responded correctly with the Po River. That query was the only sticking point for most of the field, as it kept all of the perfect scores off the board in the final round. Here is Tuesday’s leaderboard heading into the final question:
- Studweisers (Solace Outpost): 150
- Supernovas (Dudley’s): 148
- Wiseacres (Distilled): 147
- In Omnia Paratus (Epiq): 147
- Killer Snails (Olney Winery): 146
- Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s): 146
FINAL QUESTION (39.1% success rate):
- Along with “Stonewall” Jackson, this man was in attendance for the execution of abolitionist John Brown. As a result, he was led down a path that would ultimately lead to his own death about five years later.
About two-fifths of the field responded correctly with John Wilkes Booth. Thanks to a nasty case of typhoid, none of our Tuesday teams recorded a Perfect 21 on Tuesday night by answering all 21 wagering questions correctly. Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:
- Supernovas (Dudley’s): 160
- In Omnia Paratus (Epiq): 159
- Wiseacres (Distilled): 155
- Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s): 154
- Southpaws (Solace Outpost): 154
- Quiz in My Pants (Dudley’s): 154
- Wish You Were Beer (Antietam): 152
- Rocketship to Awesomeland (Dudley’s): 152
- I Feel God in This Dudley’s Tonight (Dudley’s): 150
- That’s So Clavin (Antietam): 150
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Muscle Cars)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rolling Stones – AUDIO)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Supernovas (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New York Yankees Hall of Famers)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Bar Backs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Comics)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Southpaws (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1970s Sitcom Spinoffs)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: General Chow’s Chicken (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ancient Rome)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Wiseacres (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Assassins)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Wish You Were Beer (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Borat – original film)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Robber Barons)
Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: In Omnia Paratus (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iron Man)