The Fair Winds of Tuesday Night Trivia!

With just five days until World Series XVI, our Tuesday teams were cramming in one more night of trivia before the Big Game, as we welcomed 103 teams across 14 venues:


Tuesday’s opening round began with some astronomical chemistry, as most of our teams knew that the “gas giants” of our Solar System possess atmospheres composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.  We also discussed TV casts and this classic candy bar which dates back to the 1920s:

Charleston Chew

We closed the opening stanza with its most difficult bonus question.  While most of our teams knew that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “The Star Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812, only 13% of our teams knew the exact year in which he penned those words: 1814.  Yes, the war actually stretched across three calendar years, but “The War of 1812 Through 1814” just didn’t test well with focus groups.  As a result, only eight teams began their night with a perfect first round score.


Tuesday’s audio question dealt with the song stylings of music groups with five-letter names, as our teams proved that they were quite familiar with the songs of Train, Wings, and Cream.  Later, we asked about this recent film which may have surprised a few moviegoers by earning ONLY two Oscar nominations:

The Post Film

After a question on British slang, we closed the round with a question concerning this “Nature Boy”:

Ric Flair

Six teams had this reaction when they finished the second round with a perfect score of 36 points.  Four of those perfect scores were recorded at Greene Growlers!


Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of classic arcade games juxtaposed with a matching section on 21st century duets.  We saw an average score of 17.4 points, with 14% of our teams notching perfect scores.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the close of the first half:


The second half began with a question concerning these three Pro Football Hall of Famers:

While most of our teams knew the career exploits of Emmitt Smith and John Riggins, even our die-hard football fans were left saying “Who is Don Hutson?”.  While with the Green Bay Packers in the 1930s and 1940s, Hutson led the NFL in touchdowns scored in EIGHT different seasons!  Only seven teams across the board earned bonus points here.  We moved along with a look at Lenovo computers, the numerous roles of actress Anne Archer, and the difference between coriander and cilantro.  We closed the third round with this question on U.S. history:

–> Among the three men who wrote the Federalist Papers, which one went on to become President of the United States?

Only about half of our teams remembered that (along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay), this “Father of the U.S. Constitution” also penned the Federalist Papers:

James Madison

In addition to earning points with the correct response of James Madison, nine teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that the Federalist Papers consisted of 85 essays.  With a pair of difficult bonus questions, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


We opened the final round with a question on this “extra-terrestrial” teen drama:


Hey!  Is that Katherine Heigl?  Later, we learned about the scientific discipline of xylology, the proximity of Bermuda to the United States, and the characters from the novel “Pride and Prejudice” .  We closed with the most difficult wagering question of the round, as tonight’s Three Clues question dealt a blow to some teams looking to close out the final round with a perfect score:

CLUE 1: In 1967, she made her Broadway debut in “Fiddler On the Roof”.

CLUE 2: For her performance in “Hello Dolly!”, she won the most recent Tony Award  for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

CLUE 3: She is an Oscar shy of attaining the EGOT, but she did earn nominations for the films “The Rose” and “For the Boys”.

Even after hearing all three clues, only 27% of our teams earned wagering points here, with just nine teams earning two bonus points with this divine miss:

Bette Midler

The only perfect score of the final round was recorded by How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers).  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (22.1% success rate):

–> According to lore, this city was named for the fact that Spanish sailors were able to arrive here by the blessings of the Virgin Mary, who was said to have given them the “fair winds” to reach the coast of this city.  What is this current national capital city?

Just under one-quarter of our teams answered correctly with the Buenos Aires, whose name is literally translated as “good air”, hence the reference to the “fair winds”.  Congratulations to Capitol City Goofballs (Capitol City Brewing), How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers), Balls Out (Greene Growlers), and Misery 2: The Wrath of James Caan (Monkey La La), who each recorded the Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question.  Here are the highest overall scores from Tuesday night:

An honorable mention goes out to Thundercats from (Champion Billiards), who notched an impressive score of 168 points, but were playing “over the limit”.


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Capitol City Goofballs  (Next week’s first category: Winter Olympics History)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Crystal Methodists  (Next week’s first category: Sam Spells Stuff)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  PAX  (Next week’s first category: “Groundhog Day”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  The Fan Club ** 17 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: British Slang)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  South Street Crew  (Next week’s first category: Watergate)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Kellie’s Heroes  (Next week’s first category: Aerosmith)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  How Did I Get Here?  (Next week’s first category: German Candy)

P.I.G.S. BBQ in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons  (Next week’s first category: Cults)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows  (Next week’s first category: Tennis)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Misery 2: The Wrath of James Caan  (Next week’s first category: “Galaga”)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  I Heart Kiwis  (Next week’s first category: Belgium)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  True Wit  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  English Sympathizers  (Next week’s first category: Charles Harrelson)