The Tuesday Trivia Trio!

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Tuesday’s edition of Pour House Trivia was played at 23 locations by a total of 246 teams.

FIRST ROUND:

The game began with questions about Florida cities Tampa and TallahasseeThree Clues about the number 500, and a use of the stethoscope. We hit the night’s hardest bonus chance early on:

  • A 700-year-old folk tale describes how which alliteratively named character was hired to eliminate a rat infestation in the German town of Hamelin, only to eventually rid the town of its children as well?
  • Bonus: Whose version of this tale appeared in the 1842 collection Dramatic Lyrics?

Most of our teams earned their wager for naming the Pied (or PanPiper, but only four teams were able to tack on two extra points for knowing Robert Browning authored the version of the tale in question. Two of those teams ended the first round with a perfect score: Blue Fog (Nighthawk) and Trivia Bear (Creek Lodge).

SECOND ROUND:

Three songs with traditional anniversary gifts in the title were played in the audio question; 10.9% of teams knew all three of Prince’s Diamonds and PearlsCotton Eye Joe by Rednex, and Gold on the Ceiling by the Black Keys. This round also contained the night’s two most difficult wagering queries. We hit a 2020s film first:

  • Carey Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination for which film featuring her character seeking forgiveness and vengeance?

Promising Young Woman was known by 25.6% of the field. Two questions later, we went to war:

  • Referring to a series of conflicts fought between England and France, the term Hundred Years War is actually a bit of an understatement. For your wager, name ANY ONE of the 117 calendar years during which the Hundred Years War was fought.

Even with 117 correct answers, just 25.2% of teams submitted any year from 1337 to 1453. This was the only round with no perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

University logos and famous city municipal parks were featured in the evening’s halftime round. It was a very successful round at that, as 112 teams (45% of the field) earned all 20 points and even the average team scored 17.9 points. At the halftime intermission, one team hit 90 points:

THIRD ROUND:

In the third round, we gave subjects such as the astronomical apogee and perigee, various island groups of Greece, and animated film scores by 80th-birthday boy Randy Newman. The last question of the round dealt with a certain children’s literature series:

  • No Brainer is the most recent release in which children’s book series from author Jeff Kinney?
  • Bonus: What is the first name of the protagonist in this series?

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series was named by the majority of the field, but only 17% knew the protagonist of the series is Greg Heffley. A game-high nine perfect scores were reached in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

The historic figure Augustus Caesar (or Octavian) was named by 54 teams for all six points in the 6-4-2. Speaking of which, we opened the fourth round with a three-parter all about Romans:

  • 1)  He has been the WWE Universal Champion for almost 1,200 consecutive days. 
  • 2)  Roman Brady is a fictional character in this long-running soap opera. 
  • 3)  Denzel Washington played this title character in a 2017 legal drama.

In order, we asked about the Tribal Chief himself, Roman Reigns, the soap opera Days of Our Lives, and Roman J. Israel Esq.; roughly 36% of the field received their wager, but 7.3% had all three answers for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included various minor league hockey franchises, James Bond authors after creator Ian Fleming’s death, and the Auto-Tune music processor that had its first hit with Cher’s Believe. This round had five perfect teams. Before the final question, these were the highest scores:

FINAL QUESTION (10.98% success rate):

  • After the completion of its first season in 2005, which show earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series?

Felicity Huffman won the award, but Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross were also nominated for their work on the first season of Desperate Housewives. Tuesday’s game ended with no Perfect 21 teams. The top level of teams were closely packed in the final leaderboard:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: We Should’ve Stayed Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boxing Day)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: L7s  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Oceanography)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Some Regulars  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Game Shows)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: MSTs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special))

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Here for the Tacos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: How I Met Your Mother) 

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bad Santa)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Marshfellows  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Rock Bands)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Better Off Dead)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Office)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Baby Nora  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jersey Shore)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: While You’re Down There  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Battle of Gettysburg)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Blue Fog  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Twilight Saga)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Riggins Riggs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2010s Rap Songs)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Best Guessers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Soup)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special))

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Lone Strangers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Classic Cocktails)

The Garden in Alexandria, VA: Edgar Allan Hoes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. National Parks)

Bukom Restaurant & Lounge in Washington, DC: Fab Fems  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychology)

Creek Lodge Bar & Grill in Rockville, MD: Trivia Bear  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Gemstones)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Four Dudes, One Van  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Kentucky Bourbon)

Rudy’s Golf & Sports Bar in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Flags)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: O.J.’s Glove  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Iowa Hawkeyes Quarterbacks)