Stand Tall (or Short) at Tuesday Trivia!

Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 173 teams across 22 venues.


Fresh off of Sunday’s World Series, our Tuesday teams faced several questions that were certainly on the same difficulty level as what they heard over the weekend.  To start, only eight teams earned the first two bonus points of the night by knowing that the Karnak Temple Complex in Egypt is located in an area that was once part of the ancient city of Thebes.  Next, we asked a rather difficult wagering question in the category of We Share a First Name:

  1. He played the titular villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse”.
  2. He wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest”.
  3. He is the highest scoring NBA player ever to wear the number 1 jersey.

About half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of Oscar, with most of those teams also earning bonus points by giving us all three surnames: Isaac, Wilde, and Robertson.  We closed the first round with a question concerning the use of the word ‘island’ in literary titles, followed by a look at Arctic geography.  Thanks to the first bonus question of the night, only two teams posted a perfect first round score: Hojo Mojo (Champion) and Cell Phony Baloney (Charlie’s).


Tuesday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three songs that featured hands clapping: “My Best Friend’s Girl” by The Cars, “Centerfield” by John Fogerty, and “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons.  Other second round topics included diarist Anne Frank, automotive executive Lee Iaococca, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, the latter of which provided the most difficult bonus question of the round.  Only 13% of the field knew that Ditka began his coaching career as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys (the same team with which he finished his playing career).  After closing the first half with a look at the TV comedy “Veep”, we saw four teams notch 36 points en route to a perfect second round: Comfortably Dum (Champion), Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s), and Fourth Floor Pirates (Dudley’s).


The top half of Tuesday’s halftime page depicted female advertising characters, while the bottom half asked for ten answers containing the word “SUPER”.  A dozen teams ran the table during the halftime round by posting 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.1 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:

  • Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s):  90
  • Bizarre, Interesting, Essential (Dudley’s):  89
  • Loyal Order of the Beefalo (Charlie’s):  89
  • Cell Phony Baloney (Charlie’s):  89


Our second half began with a question in the category of Last Word / First Word.  During most games, the announcement of this category draws the largest proportion of the potential five-point bonuses, despite that the fact that the actual topic is completely unknown.  Such was the case on Tuesday night, though many teams were immediately regretting that decision after hearing this question:

–> Which phrase would you have if a 2019 video game followed Cal Kestis, a young Jedi who fights his way through the Star Wars universe, as he joins forces with a group of literary characters that includes Kingsley Shacklebolt, Mad Eye Moody, and Remus Lupin?

Only 27% of our teams responded correctly with “Fallen Order of the Phoenix”.  We continued the third stanza with a look at The Beatles, the comedy film “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, and the work of Russian playwright Anton Chekov.  Just 12% of our teams tacked on the final two bonus points of the third round by knowing that Chekov’s last published work was “The Cherry Orchard”.  As a result, Hungry, Hungry Georgian Hippos (Dudley’s) and Stamp Collectors (Ramparts) posted the only perfect scores of Tuesday’s third round.


After visiting Miami in the 6-4-2 question, Tuesday’s final round began with a discussion of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and the geography of the Great Lakes.  We continued with a question regarding at U.S. Presidents, which included an incredibly difficult bonus uqery:

–> Which future U.S. President served as the Director of Central Intelligence during the 1970s?

BONUS: In what U.S. state was this man born?

After a majority of the field earned wagering points with the correct answer of George H. W. Bush, only nine teams knew that Bush 41 was born in Massachusetts.  We continued with everyone’s least favorite topic of NHL teams (that aren’t the Capitals), as only 22% of the field knew that the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver in the 1990s.  The final round closed with a Triple 50/50 question regarding the time frame of science fiction films, as we asked whether “Blade Runner”, “Avatar”, and “Soylent Green” were set before or after the year 2020.  Two teams ended their night with a perfect final round score: Scranton Stranglers (Charlie’s) and Paradigm Shift (Quincy’s Uptown).  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams after four rounds of play:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (27.8% success rate):

–> The two U.S. Presidential elections which featured the greatest disparity in height between the two leading candidates both featured losing candidates with what last name?

Just over one-fourth of our teams gave us the correct response of Clinton.  Donald Trump stands ten inches taller than Hillary Clinton, while 1812 Presidential loser DeWitt Clinton stood 11 inches taller than James Madison.  Congratulations to Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s) and Hungry, Hungry Georgian Hippos (Dudley’s), who each recorded a Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres   (Next week’s first category: Beetles)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Moons of Uranus   (Next week’s first category: “Napoleon Dynamite”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  How Did I Get Here?   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Losers)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Love Gun   (Next week’s first category: Automobiles)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Szechuan Chicken   (Next week’s first category: Bruce Springsteen)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Nat Pack   (Next week’s first category: “Scooby-Doo” Live Action Films)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Tonight’s Winner   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Civil War in Maryland)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  D.C. Swampers   (Next week’s first category: Medicare Part D)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Rural Jurors   (Next week’s first category: “Super Mario” Franchise)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Loyal Order of the Beefalo   (First category on Feb. 11: “The Sandlot”)


Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Witty Team Name  (Next week’s first category: Musical Notation)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: “Republic of Doyle”)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Wiley Coyotes   (Next week’s first category: “Shrek”)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Slime Puppies   (Next week’s first category: Parliament-Funkadelic)

Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria, VA:  Valley Girls   (Next week’s first category: “Sons of Anarchy”)

Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville, VA:  Beer Winners   (Next week’s first category: “Three’s Company”)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out   (Next week’s first category: Alfred Hitchcock Films)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  True Wit   (Next week’s first category: “Groundhog Day”)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Gone  (Next week’s first category: Chinese Language)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Twerking For Shots   (Next week’s first category: Before and After: Pasta and “The Little Mermaid”)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Mamba   (Next week’s first category: MLB Players)