Tuesday Night Trivia Always Delivers!

Tuesday featured TWO opening night games on opposite ends of the country, as the PHT family welcomed Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD and Escape Craft Brewery in Redlands, CA.  With at least ten teams at each of these two new games, Tuesday included a PHT record crowd of 161 teams across 23 venues!


Hopes of a perfect first round were quickly dashed for many teams after the first bonus question, asked in the Three Clues format:

CLUE 1: This novel was published 68 years ago today, on July 16, 1951.

CLUE 2: Its final line is “It’s funny. Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you’ll start missing everybody.”

A smattering of teams were bold enough to attempt an early answer, but only 11% of the field cashed in on two bonus points with the correct answer of “The Catcher in the Rye”.  Though not quite as difficult, the next bonus question also had many teams scratching their heads, as only 15% of our teams knew that Alexander Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis. After imitating Tom Cruise by popping on our Ray-Ban sunglasses, we saw four teams kick off their Tuesday game with a perfect first round score: Wiseacres (Champion), Fan Club (Senor Tequila’s), $5 Ahn Says “Hi Single Ladies!” (The Block), and California Gurls (Quincy’s South).


Tuesday’s audio question featured ‘dreamy’ songs such as “Running Down a Dream” by Tom Petty, “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey, and “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry.  We continued with a look at the homophones cygnet and signet, the TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal”, Heinz ketchup, and casino games featured in James Bond films.  With a much easier trio of bonus questions, a dozen teams ran the table by posting 36 second round points.


Tuesday’s halftime page depicted ten celebrities whose surnames are also the names of U.S. state capitals, while the bottom half required matching literary characters to their respective novels.  This halftime page yielded nine perfect scores and an overall average of 14.7 points.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:


We began Tuesday’s second half with questions concerning the Colossus of Rhodes and the former professional boxer known as “Butterbean”.  After a three-part question regarding shades and tints of various colors, we moved on to the most difficult wagering question of the night, which was asked in everyone’s least favorite category of World Geography:

–> The Orinoco River, the Orange River, and the Ogowe River all flow into what large body of water?

Even with a select number of possible answers, only 23% of the field responded correctly with the Atlantic Ocean, as the Orinoco River flows through Colombia and Venezuela, the Orange River flows through South Africa, and the Ogowe River flows through Gabon.  The final question of the third stanza dealt with the unrelated Broadway composers of Lorenz Hart and Moss Hart.  Only two teams managed to post a perfect third round score: Killer Snails (Olney Winery) and Tequila Mockingbird (Hometown Harvest).


Tuesday’s final round began with a discussion of MLB sluggers Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, before continuing to questions regarding the late Swedish DJ Avicii, the Bush family, and the disease hemophilia.  Lastly, the final round included a three-part question concerning the fictional settings for three works of fiction: “The Green Mile”, “Orange is the New Black”, and “Cars”.  Four teams earned a perfect final round score: How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s), My Black Hole Just Exploded (Dudley’s), Breadsticks (Upper Deck), and Balls Out JV (Quincy’s South).  After four rounds of play, these were your highest scoring Tuesday teams:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (73.7% success rate):

–> Which U.S. agency employs over 640,000 active workers and operates over 210,000 vehicles, making it the operator of the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world?

Nearly three-quarters of our teams gave us the correct answer of the U.S. Postal Service.  Congratulations to the eight teams that earned the Perfect 21 on Tuesday by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is Tuesday’s final overall leaderboard:


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

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  MoMo   (Next week’s first category: “Hamilton” Soundtrack)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Opening Lines of Songs)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: Frank Ocean)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:   Taco Tuesday   (Next week’s first category: Competitive Eating)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  $5 Ahn Says “Hi, Single Ladies!”   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Woodstock ’94 or Woodstock ’99?)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Breadsticks   (Next week’s first category: Maryland Breweries)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Killer Snails   (Next week’s first category: Woody Harrelson)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Barry”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Rural Jurors   (Next week’s first category: “Mad Men”)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  We Don’t Have one   (Next week’s first category: “Vanderpump Rules”)

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

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Athletic Supporters   (Next week’s first category: “Friday Night Lights” – TV)

The Locker Room in Falls Church, VA:  Jonathan Swift Daycare and BBQ

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  My Black Hole Just Exploded  (Next week’s first category: Arlington Public Schools)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  Doing Our Duty   (Next week’s first category: Hot Chiles)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: “Stranger Things”)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Doris Day and the Time   (Next week’s first category: “The Fifth Element”)

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

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  True Wit   (Next week’s first category: British Open Golf)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  D’oh!   (Next week’s first category: “Toy Story 4”)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Killer Kweens   (Next week’s first category: “My Cousin Vinny”)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Big Brain   (Next week’s first category: Prime Numbers)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Barside   (Next week’s first category: “Dragonball Z”)