Standing Tall at Tuesday Trivia!
Fourteen locations around the Mid-Atlantic hosted a Tuesday evening of Pour House Trivia, welcoming a total of 143 teams. That included a solid 20-team game at Smoketown Creekside!
Another Tuesday, another fantastic showing by our teams in the first round. This time, we asked questions on topics such as The Flintstones, the Sbarro pizza chain, and the oxygen supplied by your lungs. Right answers came as easy as breathing, too, as 67 teams (46.8% of the field!) had perfect first-round scores.
The audio question this time referenced three songs with the word go in their titles, which was pretty easy going for our teams. After that, we tackled topics like the Macbeth theater superstition, new 3,000-hit king Miguel Cabrera, and the children’s magazine Highlights. The round ended with the hardest wagering question of the first half and one of the two toughest bonus questions of the night:
- Based on a story from Quentin Tarantino, which violent 1990s drama featured a young married couple named Mickey and Mallory Knox as its lead characters?
It wasn’t directed by Tarantino, but Natural Born Killers came from a Tarantino screenplay. About 56% of teams got that right, while just 11% earned bonus points by knowing Rodney Dangerfield took an unlikely turn as Mallory’s father in the film. With that, we shrunk the perfect score totals from 67 in the first to just two in the second: Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside) and Second to Last (Gentleman Jim’s) were the only teams to pull down the maximum 36 points here.
This Tuesday’s halftime page dealt with animated rabbits and U.S. presidential documents. Teams averaged 15.3 points out of 20, while 11 teams were able to achieve a perfect score on the page! After halftime, these were the top Tuesday teams:
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 92
- Trivianators (Smoketown Creekside): 91
- Leaf on the Wind (Antietam): 90
- Enough Already (Smoketown Creekside): 90
- Baby Nora (Antietam): 90
- Second to Last (Gentleman Jim’s): 90
Surprisingly, wagering questions didn’t go too poorly in the third round! The bonus questions, however, told a different story. We opened with a three-parter on geographical terms that start with the letter A, and 12.5% of teams got all three parts right for their bonus points. The other hard bonus came two questions later on a question about the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Only 11% of the field knew that Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam was honored with that medal last year. The hardest wagering question came after that:
- Who is the only 20th century U.S. President whose last name ends with a vowel other than Y?
You’d have to go almost a full century back to get Calvin Coolidge as that president, which about 53% of teams successfully did to get their wager. The only perfect score in the round went to That’s So Clavin (Antietam).
Before the fourth round, 40 teams earned the maximum six points on the 6-4-2 question by naming the fruit orange after just one clue related to the doom it brings to characters in the Godfather films. Round four began with questions about pop singer Harry Styles and the feng shui system of harmonization before getting into the round’s most difficult bonus question. While a little under 70% of teams knew that Mars and Jupiter were the planets immediately outside our solar system’s asteroid belt, just over one-fifth of the field named the belt’s largest object, Ceres, for two extra points. The hardest wagering question of the whole game followed:
- Which ancient Greek philosopher was also one of the first people to study the concepts associated with modern physics, in fact writing a book titled Physics in the fourth century B.C.?
The correct philosopher, Aristotle, was named by 44% of the field for wagering points. Tuesday’s sole perfect fourth round was achieved by See Me After Class (Gentleman Jim’s). Heading into the final question, the leaderboard looked like this:
- That’s So Clavin (Antietam): 164
- Moose Killers (Solace Outpost): 162
- Drunken Birds of Steele (Dudley’s): 161
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 160
- See Me After Class (Gentleman Jim’s): 160
- Full Frontal Nerdity (Gentleman Jim’s): 160
FINAL QUESTION (65.7% success rate):
- After construction was completed in 1930, which New York City skyscraper became the tallest man-made structure in the world, but only held that title for about a year?
The Empire State Building quickly stole this building’s thunder, as the Chrysler Building wasn’t even the tallest for an entire year. It only held the title from May 27, 1930 to May 1, 1931! A couple of Perfect 21 scores were earned on Tuesday, as Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside) and Smartinis (Antietam) correctly answered every wagering question in the game. Another great night of scoring saw these teams end up on top:
- Full Frontal Nerdity (Gentleman Jim’s): 172
- See Me After Class (Gentleman Jim’s): 172
- Drunken Birds of Steele (Dudley’s): 170
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 169
- Supernovas (Dudley’s): 169
- Quiz in My Pants (Dudley’s): 168
- Bottom Third (Smoketown Creekside): 166
- Flaming Cheese (Smoketown Creekside): 166
- That’s So Clavin (Antietam): 166
- Moose Killers (Solace Outpost): 166
An honorable mention for How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis), putting up 168 points while playing with more than the maximum prize limit of seven players!
Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: G-Unit (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Milan)
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Hundo (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Early 2000s Films)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dungeons and Dragons)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: DC Swampers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Simpsons)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Drunken Birds of Steele (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MAY 10: TV Moms)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: The A-Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Sports)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Moose Killers (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bravo (TV network))
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cape Cod and the Islands)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: KSS (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychological Disorders)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wizard of Oz (film))
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Full Frontal Nerdity (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Hair Bands)
Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: Here for the Food (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sopranos)
VFW Post 3285 in Frederick, MD: Momentary Lapse of Reason (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Northern Ireland)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Jumbo Shrimps (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: German Literature)