Tuesday Night Trivia! Featuring “That Guy” From “That Show”

We kicked off August with a full slate of 15 Tuesday night games and 107 teams hoping to get their name onto the top of the overall leaderboard.  There were a few speed bumps along the way, so let’s check out the recaps:


The opening round gave us very few surprises, with most of our teams performing admirably, even on the bonus questions.  One interesting tidbit that came up tonight was that the phrase ‘Seeing Eye Dog’ is actually a trademarked brand name, as it is the name of a private company which trains guide dogs.  Our teams also knew their current TV sitcom casts, as we rattled off the lists of performers who appear on “Veep”, “Brooklyn Nine Nine”, and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.   We closed the round asking about the NFL team that currently plays at this venue:

Ford Field

A majority of our teams also earned bonus points by knowing that the Lions used to play their home games at Tiger Stadium.  After the conclusion of the first round, 13 teams began the night with a perfect first score.


Our audio question had our teams identifying the musical acts behind three “Blue” songs.  While Elvis Presley (“Blue Christmas”) and Fats Domino (“Blueberry Hill”) were easily recognizable, our teams had a bit more difficulty coming up with Eiffel 65 (“I’m Blue (Da Be Di)”).  As a result, only 12% of our teams pulled off a two-point bonus here.  The round continued with a surprisingly difficult question:

–> The word “foodie” is often used in media as a conversational synonym of this French term which originated in the late 18th century in the name of one of the first restaurant guides.  Name this term which originally referred to a wine broker, but now colloquially names a classification of high quality cooking.

Some teams may have over-thought this one, as the correct answer was simply gourmet.  We followed up the foodie question with a Three Clues question on U.S. Presidents, with 22% of our teams earning bonus points by knowing that the second U.S. President to die in office was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready”.  It turned out to be this President that you absolutely do not care about:

Zachary Taylor

Yes, it’s Zachary Taylor.  You can go back to not caring about him anymore…

The second round ended with what turned out to be the most difficult question of the night:

–> Recently released in theaters, the romantic comedy “The Big Sick” is the first lead acting role for this Pakistani comedian who co-wrote the script along with his wife Emily Gordon.  Name this actor who can also be seen on a current HBO comedy series.

While many of our players could describe the man in question (“you know… that guy with the accent on the show about the computer geeks”), retrieving his actual name proved to be quite difficult.  In the end, only 16% of our teams arrived at the correct answer of Kumail Nanjiani:


Not surprisingly, there were no perfect scores turned in during the second round on Tuesday.


Tuesday night’s halftime page featured the hidden theme of Morgan Freeman films, as well as a matching section on baseball mascot races.  Overall, halftime yielded an average score of 17.2 points, with 13 teams earning a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s overall top scores after the first half:


The second half began with a question on the Jonathan Swift work “A Modest Proposal”, which actually includes the ridiculously long title of “A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to the Public”.  Moving on, our teams struck a pose as we asked about the celebrities who are name-dropped in this tune:

Madonna Vogue

After closing the round on South American geography, we had four teams sweep the third round with a perfect score of 36 points: Book Club Babes (Shuckin’ Shack), Scissor Kick Thunder Munchers (Fireflies), I Heart Kiwis (Quincy’s South), and Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South).


Our six-point question took us (well, some of us) back to our childhood:

–> This was the only live-action G-rated film of the 1990s to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, though it did feature extensive special effects.

Most of our teams had some good guesses for this answer, including “Jumanji” and “Charlotte’s Web” (and the not-so-good guess of “The Mighty Ducks”), but only nine teams earned the full six points here with this correct answer:



The final round began by asking about the only two women who have ranked at the top of the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Women since 2006.  Sorry folks, but there are women out there who are actually more powerful than Oprah (according to Forbes, anyway).  With the former talk show queen being a popular incorrect guess, most teams only arrived at only one of these two correct answers:

Michelle Obama Angela Merkel

We continued by asking about this food brand, as well as the musical instrument featured in its logo:


Finally, we concluded the round by asking about mythological twins, including Romulus and Remus, Castor and Pollux, and Apollo and Artemis.  With the difficult bonus questions, no team swept the fourth round with three correct bonus answers.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (48.6% success rate):

–> Airing from 1998 to 2002, what TV title character had a first name that is also a noun meaning “intense happiness”?

Just under half of our teams arrived at this correct response:


Unfortunately, no team scored the Perfect 21 tonight.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall final scores:


Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  Clueless  (NEXT GAME ON Sep. 5 – First category: Ancient Rome)

Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Menace to Sobriety  (Next week’s first category: “Fortitude”)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Pulpit Fiction  (Next week’s first category: Johnny Cash – AUDIO)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Drunk and Disorderly  (Next week’s first category: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Beer Pressure  (Next week’s first category: “South Park”)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA: Fun Squad  (Next week’s first category: French Opera)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Trivia Newton John  (Next week’s first category: Pro Sports Championships)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Not So Little Women  (Next week’s first category: Disney Films)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Shirts and Skins  (Next week’s first category: “Psych”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Kappa Crabs  (Next week’s first category: Mixed Martial Arts)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Clavins  (Next week’s first category: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (Next week’s first category: Original Versions of Famous Cover Songs – AUDIO)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Sofa King Smart  (Next week’s first category: “That Thing You Do”)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Who Doesn’t the AC Work in My Chevy Malibu?  (Next week’s first category: History of the National Park Service)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Gitchy Gloomies  (Next week’s first category: 1980s “Star Trek”: Films)