Stuck in the Middle (East) with You at Tuesday Trivia…

We kicked off the month of October by welcoming Union Jack’s Pub in Gaithersburg as our newest venue partner.   For this special occasion, we even pulled Denny out of retirement to host opening night!  Overall, we hosted 141 teams across 21 venues.


Tuesday’s game began with a Three Clues question regarding the blockbuster film “Avatar”.  We doled out our fair share of bonus points on that question, but followed it up with the most difficult bonus question of the first half.  After the vast majority of teams earned wagering points on a question concerning hibernation, we asked the field to identify the term defined as a long period of dormant behavior which takes place during the summer.  Only nine teams tacked on two bonus points by giving us the correct answer of aestivation.  Keeping with the ‘bear’ theme, we discussed the constellation Ursa Major before closing the round with a look at U.S. Presidential impeachments.  The aestivation question was the sticking point for most of the field, as seven of the nine teams that earned those bonus points completed a perfect first round.


Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles include the word “Down”.  We listened to “Down on the Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down” by 311, and “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy.  Other second round topics included the various uses of the word jerk, the Beijing stadium nicknamed the “Bird’s Nest”, and the 1980s primetime TV soap opera “Dynasty”.  The final bonus question of the round was also its most difficult, as only 17% of the field knew that the lead characters from “Dynasty” shared the surname Carrington.  Just as in the first round, seven teams earned a perfect second round score.


Teams were asked to identify films with ‘familial’ titles on Tuesday’s halftime page (e.g. “Uncle Buck”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “Mother!”).  Five teams earned a perfect score of 20 points while the overall average reached 16.4 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:


We opened Tuesday’s second half with a pair of questions related to France.  After quizzing our teams on French overseas territories, we followed up with this artistic query:

–> Derived from the French word meaning ‘to glue’, which term describes a visual art technique in which a work is created by assembling multiple parts, thus creating a new whole?

For many teams, the answer was a toss-up between the terms collage and decoupage.  While the two terms are certainly similar in nature, the etymology of decoupage doesn’t fit here as it means ‘to cut out’ in French.  Later, we discussed the classic TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch”, the religious temple Ankgor Wat, and Disney adaptations of short stories.  With all three bonus questions yielding success rates of under 15%, we did not see any perfect third round scores.


Tuesday’s final round opened with the most difficult bonus question of the night.  Nearly every team earned wagering points on a question regarding the chemical herbicide Agent Orange, but only four teams added two bonus points by also knowing that the operation which sprayed Agent Orange in the forests of Southeast Asia was known as Operation Ranch Hand.  Other final round topics included MLB Rookies of the Year, the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”, and lyrics from the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams after four rounds of play:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (4.3% success rate):

–> What is the two-word description given to the region first officially recognized by the U.S. Government in a speech by President Eisenhower in January of 1957, in which he outlined a doctrine that offered military and economic support for the containment of Soviet influence?

We received a wide array of different answers, but the Eisenhower Doctrine focused exclusively on the Middle East.  Across the board, only six teams gave us this correct answer.  Not surprisingly, none of our Tuesday teams earned the Perfect 21, thanks largely to this final question.  Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:


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

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Bucket of B.S.   (Next week’s first category: “Calvin and Hobbes”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  What Was the Question Again?   (Next week’s first category: “The Great Race”)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Captain’s Crew   (Next week’s first category: Harry Potter)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  SuperNOVA   (Next week’s first category: “Jurassic Park” Films)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Steve Holt   (Next week’s first category: Washington Nationals Playoff History)

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

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Just Impeachy   (Next week’s first category: Fast Food)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: 1990s Video Games)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Peele and Eat   (Next week’s first category: Musical Instruments)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Bob Wills Songs)

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential   (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Wily Coyotes   (Next week’s first category: J. R. R. Tolkien)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Tequila Mockingbird   (Next week’s first category: “Meatballs” – film)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Ya Done Messed Up A-A-Ron   (Next week’s first category: “Calvin and Hobbes”)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Quiz Masters   (Next week’s first category: Island Nations)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Pho Q   (Next week’s first category: Alabama Song Lyrics)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Gone   (Next week’s first category: “The Simpsons” Characters)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: “Calvin and Hobbes”)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Trumball   (Next week’s first category: 1980s Music)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Magnificent Seven   (Next week’s first category: Ohio)