The Fall Classic of Tuesday Trivia!
With a slightly important sporting event taking center stage on Tuesday night, we hosted a slightly abbreviated schedule of trivia games, as we welcomed 96 teams across 17 venues.
After opening Tuesday’s game with a Three Clues question regarding the wolf, we quizzed our teams on topics such as the animated film “Kung Fu Panda”, the North Dakota city of Bismarck, and religious buildings. With few surprises in the opening stanza, we saw 15 teams cruise to a perfect first round score.
The difficulty level increased sharply in the second round, starting with the audio question. We played three songs whose titles share a common word. Most teams easily recognized “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, but only 13% of our teams earned bonus points by also recognizing “Space Cowboy” by country singer Kacey Musgraves. In spite of the low success rate, that was actually the easiest bonus question of the second round. We continued with a crossword-style question regarding liquor brands:
–> Currently a brand of Diageo, which London dry gin was established in 1830 by its namesake, a clergyman’s son who chose not to follow the family calling and instead opened a distillery in London?
At this point, we offered teams a two-point bonus to forgo the crossword-style hint and turn in an answer immediately. Very few teams chose that option, leading to just TWO teams earning bonus points with the correct answer of Tanqueray. Another difficult bonus question concluded the round, as only six teams knew that author Jean Rhys penned “Wide Sargasso Sea”, the supposed prequel to the classic novel “Jane Eyre”. Thanks to these two wicked questions, Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s) posted the only perfect score of Tuesday’s second round.
Tuesday’s halftime page dealt with films scenes that include fire, as well as a 50/50 section on Nobel Prize winners from the United States. Though the overall scoring average tends to be higher than normal on a 50/50 halftime round, recording a perfect score is actually more difficult than usual. Such was the case last night, as How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s) earned the only perfect score of Tuesday’s halftime round. These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:
- Breadsticks (Upper Deck): 90
- Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s): 90
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 90
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 89
- MoMo (Cuginis): 87
- I Am Smartacus (Quincy’s Uptown): 87
The slew of difficult bonus questions continued into the second half, as we began the third round with a three-part question regarding centenarian actors. Needless to say, this is not what most of our teams would call a ‘wheelhouse category’. Less than half of our teams earned wagering points with at least two correct answers, but thanks to the inclusion of obscure actor Norman Lloyd, only ONE team (What Was the Question Again? from Senor Tequila’s) snagged two bonus points by giving us all three correct answers. Things got slightly better from there, as six teams picked up points on the next bonus question by knowing that Pete Sampras is married to actress Bridgette Wilson. Though we closed the third round with a relatively easier question concerning the rock band The Cars (and its late lead singer Ric Ocasek), we did not see any perfect scores in Tuesday’s third round.
Before starting Tuesday’s final round, most of our teams lost out on potential points during the 6-4-2 question, thanks to this four-point clue:
–> Which nation’s flag consists of a white Nordic cross laid over a red background?
Dozens of teams overlooked the word ‘Nordic’ in this question, leading to many incorrect responses of Switzerland. Instead, we we were looking for the nation of Denmark:
After that hiccup, the field recovered nicely during the final round, rolling through questions on topics such as the TV show “Survivor”, the human eardrum, and the “Mad Monk” Gregori Rasputin. After a barrage of nearly impossible bonus questions in the middle of tonight’s game, seven teams ran the table by posting 36 points in Tuesday’s final round. Here is your overall leaderboard after four rounds of play:
- Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s): 162
- Breadsticks (Upper Deck): 158
- MoMo (Cuginis): 156
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 155
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 154
- D.C. Swampers (Olney Winery): 154
TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (50.0% success rate):
–> There are three separate and recognized Latin etymologies for this six-letter word. It was the grouping of the subjects of grammar, logic, and rhetoric within the liberal arts; it was the intersection of three roads in ancient Rome; and it referred to something ordinary or useless. What is this six-letter word?
We’ve probably never asked a final question in which the correct answer is literally right in front of our players. Maybe a few teams used their scoresheets as a hint, as exactly half of the field earned points on this final question with the correct answer of trivia. Three teams answered every wagering question correctly on Tuesday night to earn the Perfect 21: D.C. Swampers (Olney Winery), Irish Beer Mafia (Funkstown Tavern), and Balls Out (Quincy’s South). Here is your final leaderboard from Tuesday night:
- Breadsticks (Upper Deck): 170
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 165
- D.C. Swampers (Olney Winery): 163
- MoMo (Cuginis): 163
- Steve Holt! (Upper Deck): 160
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 159
- The Hand of the King… (Hometown Harvest): 159
- Gotta Have ‘Em (Cuginis): 159
- Irish Beer Mafia (Funkstown Tavern): 158
- Half Nelsons (Hometown Harvest): 158
- Bonesaw (Topgolf): 158
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category: “Wayne’s World” – film)
Cuginis in Poolesville, MD: MoMo (Next week’s first category: Salem Witch Trials)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: MLB World Series)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category: Oliver Cromwell)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Bonesaw (Next week’s first category: Homeschool Curriculum)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Better Late Than Pregnant (Next week’s first category: “Survivor”)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Breadsticks (Next week’s first category: “Better Call Saul”)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: D.C. Swampers (Next week’s first category: Agatha Christie)
Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA: You Forgot Blueberries (Next week’s first category: “The Bachelor”)
Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category: Serial Killers)
Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA: Peele and Eat (Next week’s first category: Washington D.C. History)
Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD: Irish Beer Mafia (Next week’s first category: Dracula)
Dudley’s in Arlington, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category: U. S. National Women’s Soccer Team)
Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD: Wiley Coyotes (Next week’s first category: Christmas Films)
Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD: The Hand of the King… (Next week’s first category: Frederick Breweries)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Anakin Skywalker)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Balls Out (6:30p START TIME NEXT WEEK – First category: Bill Sings Broadway)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Pho Q (Next week’s first category: U.S. Army Bases)
Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Hunchbacks of Notre Gone (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category: China)
Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Twerking For Shots (Next week’s first category: Information Technology)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category: The Beatles)
Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL: Not Knows (NEXT GAME NOV. 5 – First category “SpongeBob SquarePants”)