Space Travel Isn’t Boring at Tuesday Trivia!
A dozen Pour House Trivia locations hosted a total of 113 teams ready to show their knowledge on Tuesday.
Surprisingly, the two most difficult bonus questions were found at the beginning of each round in the first half of Tuesday’s game. An opening query about the Shania Twain song Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? saw only six teams earn a pair of bonus points by identifying Twain’s highest-selling album, 1997’s Come on Over. Other first-round topics included po’boy sandwiches in Louisiana and the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays‘ decision to remove the word Devil from their name. Due in large part to the first bonus question, Wine Drunk (Olney) was the only team able to craft a perfect score in the round.
Turning to the second part of the 1-2 bonus question punch, Tuesday’s audio question involved three singers with last names that are also universities in the U.S.; specifically, James Brown, Damien Rice, and Chris Cornell. Just over half of the field earned wagering points by naming at least two but once again, bonus points were earned by only a half-dozen teams by identifying all three vocalists. After a question on the komodo dragon, teams encountered what ended up by far the most difficult wagering question of the game:
- The Missouri River flows through the capital of which U. S. state that is also home to the Mitchell Corn Palace?
While the Missouri flows through multiple state capitals, the Corn Palace is found in Mitchell, South Dakota. About 15% of teams earned their wagers by naming that state, while 8% of the field tacked on two bonus points by correctly answering Sioux Falls as its most-populous city. The round wrapped up after discussing the Whitewater political scandal of the 1990s and the Incredible Hulk television show. Perfect scores in the round were earned by Crusty Broads (Cuginis) and Straight Outta Reston (Solace Outpost).
On the halftime sheet, teams dealt with brand name products that start with the letter P, as well as pairs of songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the same calendar year. While the average score was an admirable 16.8 points, the only perfect halftime effort was achieved by GJ’s (Gentleman Jim’s). With the second half on its way, these were the top-scoring teams:
- Killer Snails (Olney): 89
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 87
- Straight Outta Reston (Solace Outpost): 86
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 86
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 84 POINTS
The third round once again began with a tough question, this time of the wagering variety; a three-parter on video games Mortal Kombat, Minecraft, and Overwatch brought wagering points to almost half the field, while only 20% nailed all three answers to get the bonus. As the third round went on, teams faced other questions about Vivien Leigh’s Oscar wins for Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, the herb cilantro, and the film-inspiring French location Moulin Rouge. Even with more successful bonus questions overall, perfect scores eluded the entirety of Tuesday’s players.
A 6-4-2 set of clues on the name Sarah was expertly played by five teams, each scoring the full six points by naming it after the first clue. The fourth round properly started with a query on the Sandinistas who overthrew the government of Nicaragua in 1979. The next question played toughest for our teams in the round:
- Which German astronomer of the early 17th century coined the term celestial physics when originating his theories regarding planetary motion?
That astronomer, Johannes Kepler, was correctly answered by about 48% of teams to score their wager. A Three Clues question on the TV show Scrubs came next, and just 12% of the field named it before the third clue for bonus points. Other questions on writer Mark Twain and former NBA player Alonzo Mourning wrapped up the round. A pair of teams aced the round with perfect scores: Quizzy McTriviaface (Antietam) and Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s). With only the final question remaining, this was the top of the leaderboard:
- Killer Snails (Olney): 160
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 157
- Straight Outta Reston (Solace Outpost): 156
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 155
- Dooderbugs (Antietam): 153
FINAL QUESTION (74.3% success rate):
- Each named as an acronym, the upcoming DAVINCI and VERITAS missions will explore which planet of our Solar System?
Set for launch toward the end of the 2020s, those missions will be exploring our sister planet, Venus; almost three-quarters of Tuesday’s field raised a V for victory on that question! The vaunted Perfect 21 was reached by a trio of teams in the game, with Our Defending Champions (Cuginis), Killer Snails (Olney), and Straight Outta Reston (Solace Outpost) able to correctly answer every wagering question in the game. You can find those teams on the final leaderboard along with these others:
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 169
- Straight Outta Reston (Solace Outpost): 168
- Dooderbugs (Antietam): 165
- Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s): 164
- Blood Legion (Gentleman Jim’s): 163
- Killer Snails (Olney): 161
- Poor But Potty Trained (Olney): 160
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 160
- Full Frontal Nerdity (Gentleman Jim’s): 159
- Misfits (Cuginis): 159
Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Husker Du (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scientific Names of Virginia Trees)
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Uranus)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Kentucky Derby)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Moms)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: NO GAME (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Sports)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Straight Outta Reston (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baseball Hall of Famers)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Federal Trade Commission)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Aristocrats (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sopranos)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Dooderbugs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings Showtunes)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pixar Films)
Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: Silent Z (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Western Films)
VFW Post 3285 in Frederick, MD: Pierce Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maritime Law)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Shenanigans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Conspiracy Theories)