Tuesday Night Trivia: Fit For a Billionaire!
Tuesday night brought a new meaning to the phrase ‘tough crowd’. Despite having 15 Pour House Trivia venues in action last night, five of the eight highest scoring teams went toe-to-toe at the SAME VENUE! Which bar brought in these stellar teams? Read on to find out:
The night began with a question on U.S. geography, as most teams knew that the Savannah River divides Georgia and South Carolina. After the nightly Three Clues question dealt with the month of February, we moved on to an unexpectedly difficult question for the opening stanza:
–> The style of mustache worn by Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin is usually known by what name, referring to the common household object which it resembles?
Apparently, it was not so obvious that the tuft of hair resembles a toothbrush, as only 44% of our teams answered this question correctly. Maybe we should have referenced this awful fashion choice instead:
With numerous teams forced to burn off their one-point wager on this question, we saw a lot of squads put up 35 points in the opening round, but seven teams did sweep the round with a perfect score.
Our audio question dealt with music groups whose names included common first names, and most of our teams had no issue recognizing the works of Pink Floyd (“Money”), Jane’s Addiction (“Jane Says”), and Jimmy Eat World (“The Middle”). After questions on TV characters and MLB expansion teams, we headed over to math class for this query:
–> Written as the numeral four followed by an exclamation point (4!), the mathematical concept of four factorial is equal to what number?
Most of our teams were able to delve into their middle school brains by coming up with the correct answer of 24 (or 4 x 3 x 2 x 1). We closed the round with a question on this literary animal:
The second round played slightly easier than the first, as 12 teams across the board notched a perfect score of 36 points, with two teams rolling through the entire first half without dropping a point: Wiseacres (Champion Billiards) and Bad Hombres (Fireflies).
Soup was on for Tuesday night’s halftime page, as teams had to match the names of soups to pictures depicting each recipe. Overall, this halftime page was slightly easier than normal, yielding an average score of 17.4 points, with 14 teams earning a perfect score of 20 points. Here are Tuesday’s top scores after the first half:
- Wiseacres (Champion Billiards): 92
- Bad Hombres (Fireflies): 92
- Better Than Jeff King (Quincy’s South): 91
- Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South): 91
- SIX TEAMS TIED WITH 90 POINTS
With most scores higher than normal, confidence was riding high as we entered the second half. But we quickly bombarded our teams with the toughest wagering question of the night:
–> In 2002, this rap star wrote and recorded his debut single after his jaw had been surgically closed following a car accident. Name this musician who would later earn a Grammy nomination for the song.
Believe it or not, it has been nearly 15 years since this man’s debut single was released:
Only 27% of our teams earned their wager here, with about half of those also earning a two-point bonus by knowing the title of that debut single: “Through the Wire”. The third round continued with another difficult question, asking for the name of this device often attached the shoes of mountaineers:
Only 34% of our teams arrived at the correct answer of crampon. Having not been familiar with the term, host Katie at Fireflies said that the name makes it sound “like a female torture device”. No comment… We concluded the third round by asking for the three most valuable American sports franchises (according to Forbes magazine). Our teams performed very well on this query, with virtually every team coming up with correct answers of the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees. Earning the two-point bonus was much more difficult, as the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Boston Red Sox were certainly good guesses. But third on the list was actually the New England Patriots, which led to just 18% of our teams earning an elusive two-point bonus. I guess that’s just another reason to hate the Patriots. Round three concluded with two teams earning a perfect score: Second Place (Champion Billiards) and Wiseacres (Champion Billiards).
Our six-point question was one of the most difficult questions we’ve asked:
–> Along with “You Can’t Take it With You”, what is the only other Pulitzer Prize-winning play that was adapted into a film which won the Oscar for Best Picture?
Across 15 venues, only ONE TEAM earned the full six points here, with this late 1980s film:
Congrats to Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Monkey La La)!
The final round began with a question on U.S. Presidents, as we asked for the three most recent Commanders-in-Chief who had served in the U.S. Navy. The majority of the field was able to earn wagering points by naming two out of the three correct answers, but only 9% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford. According to host Bill at Quincy’s South, the reading of the answers led Screaming Death Monkey to ask “Does Gerald Ford even count as a President?” Sadly, yes… The most difficult question of the final round was asked in the category of Upcoming TV Debuts:
–> In his first recurring live-action TV role, which animator will appear in the science-fiction comedy “The Orville”, set to debut next month on the Fox network?
Even if you are not yet familiar with this upcoming series, it is possible to make a plausible guess every time you hear the words “animator” and “Fox network” in the same sentence. Indeed, this new series will feature Seth MacFarlane in the lead role:
With both the U.S. Presidents question, and the fact that only 29% of our teams answered correctly on the TV question, it meant that no team was able to sweep the final round with a perfect score of 36 points. Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:
- Second Place (Champion Billiards): 160
- Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South): 159
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 159
- Screaming Death Monkey (Quincy’s South): 158
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 156 POINTS
FINAL QUESTION (74.2% success rate):
–> When the Revenue Act of 1935 took effect, its highest income tax bracket was a whopping 75 percent. Believe it or not, this bracket only included one American! Name this magnate whose peak net worth (adjusted for inflation) reached nearly 350 billion dollars.
Nearly three-quarters of our teams arrived at the correct response of John D. Rockefeller. It was easy to tell which venue had the toughest crowd tonight. Across the board, only three teams scored the Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question. ALL THREE of those teams were playing at Quincy’s South: Uncle Jack, Balls Out, and Screaming Death Monkey.
Here are Tuesday’s top overall final scores:
- Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South): 171
- Balls Out (Quincy’s South): 171
- Screaming Death Monkey (Quincy’s South): 170
- Beer Pressure (Senor Tequila’s): 168
- Second Place (Champion Billiards): 168
- Quizlamic State (Quincy’s South): 168
- Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Monkey La La): 167
- Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South): 167
- Five Sure (Top Golf – Ashburn): 165
- Taco Tuesday (Top Golf – Ashburn): 164
Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA: God Complex Particles (Next week’s first category: “1776” – musical)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Second Place (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones” – current season)
Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD: MoMo (Next week’s first category: Jackie Kennedy)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: Beer Pressure (Next week’s first category: Whiskey)
Fireflies in Alexandria, VA: Bad Hombres (Next week’s first category: “Heathers”)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird (Next week’s first category: Portuguese Food)
Top Golf in Ashburn, VA: Five Sure (Next week’s first category: Clothing Brands)
Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD: Bosom Buddies (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Kappa Crabs (Next week’s first category: MLB All-Stars)
Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL: Quiz Knows (Next week’s first category: Major League Baseball)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Love in the Time of Cthulhu (Next week’s first category: Pandas)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Uncle Jack (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Bruce Campbell or Glen Campbell?)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Who Doesn’t the AC Work in My Chevy Malibu? (Next week’s first category: 20th Century Women’s History)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: White Limo (Next week’s first category: Local Microbreweries)