The Only Thing We Have to Play is… Tuesday Trivia!

Tuesday’s crowd was one of the biggest in PHT history, as we welcomed 141 teams across 20 venues:


Dice games and Tyler Perry films highlighted Tuesday’s opening round.  We also looked the recent State of the Union address and this sitcom punchline:

The Office

The field was clearly on point at the start of tonight’s game, as 16% of our teams kicked things off with a perfect first round score.


With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we got a little romantic in Tuesday’s audio clue with three “kissing” songs: “Then He Kissed Me” by The Crystals, “Kiss On My List” by Hall & Oates, and “This Kiss” by Faith Hill.  Later, we looked at the geography of Vietnam, the history of the NHL, and this Biblical story:

Magi Three Wise Men

Nine teams ran the table with 36 points in the second round, including four teams that were still perfect heading into Tuesday’s halftime round.


The top half of Tuesday’s halftime page depicted items whose names end in the letters “IUM”, while the bottom half featured a 50/50 round which asked our teams to determine whether a given name was a “Lord of the Rings” character or a prescription medication.  Seven teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 17.2 points.  Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:


Tuesday’s second half began in a flash, as we opened with a Three Clues question regarding the word ‘flash’.  Other topics included the United Nations, South American geography, and this comedy film (which is now 35 years old!):

Risky Business Tom Cruise

In a break from standard practice, the third round offered up three relatively easy bonus questions, leading to 13% of our teams posting a perfect score of 36 points.  We made up for that anomaly in the 6-4-2 question, which began with this clue:

–> As a standalone word, this was the shortest word ever to be the winning final word at the National Spelling Bee.

Only four teams earned the full six points with the correct answer of luge.


Tuesday’s final round opened with a look at the novel which became this blockbuster film:

Jaws Movie Trivia Alexandria

After discussing the recent projects of Jordan Peele, we asked our players a basketball question which featured the most difficult bonus of the night.

–> Name either of the only two players in NBA history that were drafted first overall without playing high school or college basketball in the United States.

The majority of our teams earned wagering points with the correct response of Yao Ming, but only seven teams also knew the second correct answer of Italian player Andrea Bargnani.  After closing the round with questions concerning Greek mythology and rap groups, only two teams posted a perfect fourth round score: Szechuan Chicken (Topgolf) and Drunk and Disorderly (Cuginis).  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams heading into the final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.8% success rate):

–> In a 1933 speech, which two-word phrase was described by the speaker as “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”?

Just under one-quarter of our teams responded correctly with “Fear itself”.  Congratulations to the three teams that recorded the Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering all wagering questions correctly: Niels Bohring (Brass Tap), Nasty Neutrons (Outta the Way Cafe), and Balls Out (Quincy’s South).  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (Next week’s first category: “Armageddon”)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Tom Brady is Overrated  (Next week’s first category: “The Last Kingdom”)

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

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom  (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Szechuan Chicken  (Next week’s first category: “The Green Table”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Vasectomy  (Next week’s first category: “Boogie Nights”)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  ON HIATUS  (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Mean” Gene Okerlund)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Scott Thot’s  (Next week’s first category: “The Office” References)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Fun With Kegels  (Next week’s first category: “My Big Fat Fabulous Life”)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  Weasels  (Next week’s first category: The Beatles)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Gouda ‘Nuff For Me  (Next week’s first category: The Mediterranean)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Happy Little Trees  (Next week’s first category: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”)

Bar19 at Worthington Manor in Urbana, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Arboriculture)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Cucky Charms  (Next week’s first category: Abdicated British Monarchs)

Fat Daddy’s in Mansfield, TX:  Cliff’s Big Brain  (Next week’s first category: 1990s Rock Bands)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd  (Next week’s first category: Alan Rickman)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out  (Next week’s first category: 1940s Films)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Fake News  (Next week’s first category: Chicago Sports)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Niels Bohring  (Next week’s first category: Physics)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Nasty Neutrons  (Next week’s first category: Trigonometry)

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