Tuesday Night Trivia. There is No Substitute.

Season XVI kicked off at our Tuesday venues with some big crowds and several VERY impressive scores.  We welcomed 109 teams across 14 venues, including the Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, where the staff had the place up and running for trivia night despite last weekend’s hurricane.  Now that’s dedication!

ROUND 1:

Tuesday’s opening round did not phase many of our teams, especially when asked to identify the oldest current player in the NFL outside of kicking specialists.  Nearly all of our teams knew that it was this All-Pro QB (well, he wasn’t an All-Pro last week…) who recently turned 40 years old:

Tom Brady

Even the normally difficult category of World Geography was a breeze for the field, as we asked our teams to name any two of the three countries which border Luxembourg.  About half of our teams named all three, earning themselves a two-point bonus:

Luxembourg

Across the board, we saw 16 teams earn a perfect score of 36 points in the first round.

ROUND 2:

Most of our teams hit a roadblock with Tuesday’s audio question concerning film clips.  Tonight, we looked at the work of two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.  Despite being one of the finest actresses in film history, her film resume contains very few big budget films.  So, our teams struggled a bit when attempting to identify our three answers: “Elizabeth (The Golden Age)”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.  Admittedly, no one should admit to having seen the last Indian Jones film…  Nonetheless, we did see 15% of our teams earn a two-point bonus here.  Moving on, we asked about the most recent hit song from this pop superstar:

Taylor Swift

Our most difficult wagering question of the first half followed in the category of U.S. History:

–> Prior to his death at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, Davy Crockett served which state in the U.S. House of Representatives?

Only 44% of our teams knew that the “King of the Wild Frontier” served Tennessee in the U.S. House.  Despite a noticeable increase in difficulty, we still saw seven teams sweep the second round with a perfect score.

HALFTIME:

Tuesday night’s halftime page featured pictures of people and characters in top hats, while our teams also matched historic figures to the performers that portrayed them.  A bit on the easier side, the halftime page played to an average score of 18.2 points, with 19 teams notching a perfect score of 20 points.  After two rounds, it was clearly evident which venue was going to give our teams the toughest path to victory.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after the first half:

ROUND 3:

The second half began with a beer!  Well, actually it began with a question about Fat Tire Amber from New Belgium Brewing in Colorado.  We followed up with our nightly Three Clues question, with Tuesday’s version dealing with a specific word:

CLUE 1: In the nursery rhyme “Little Bunny Foo Foo”, the good fairy threatens to turn the bunny into this if he doesn’t behave.

CLUE 2: In the “Popeye” cartoons, the character of Alice was this type of creature.

While many of our teams could remember what the cartoon character Alice looked like, remembering what type of creature she was proved to be a more daunting task.  Most of our teams waited for the third and final clue, which discussed a little-known sports film…

CLUE 3: As a reference to a type of hockey player, this was the title of a 2011 film starring Seann William Scott.

Alice PopeyeGoon

Even after all three clues, only about half of our teams earned their wager with the correct answer of “Goon”, with just 12 teams tacking on a two-point bonus by answering correctly after just two clues had been read.  After finishing the round with a question on Impressionist artist Claude Monet (and his home at Giverny), we saw just four teams earn a perfect third round score: Merb’s Herbs (Capitol City Brewing), Lightfoot (Cugini’s), Stink Floyd (Monkey La La), and Bucky, Not Madge (Quincy’s South)

6-4-2 QUESTION:

Our Tuesday’s six-point clue was rather simple, but enticed numerous wrong answers:

–> Unadjusted for inflation, what is the highest grossing film featuring actor Bruce Willis?

Obviously, there are many possible answers as Mr. Willis has starred in numerous blockbuster films.  But only ONE TEAM was able to answer correctly and earn six points.  Congratulations to Kappa Crabs from The Block, who knew it was this film which topped the list:

Sixth Sense

ROUND 4:

It seemed as though Tuesday’s game saved all of the hardest questions for the final stanza, which began with a rather difficult bonus question.  While most of our teams knew that the island of Cyprus is essentially divided into Greek and Turkish controlled areas, only 14% of our teams earned bonus points by recalling that Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus.  We followed that up with our most difficult wagering question of the night:

–> On the TV series “Boy Meets World”, William Daniels portrayed George Feeny, the eventual principal at what high school which was perhaps named for a character that Daniels played in a musical film from the 1970s?

Here’s William Daniels as John Adams in the film “1776”:

John Adams 1776

Only 19% of our teams earned points on this question.  We concluded the round with the always popular Over / Under question, which asked whether or not each of these answers was over or under 100:

1)  The number of named characters found in the Leo Tolstoy novel “War and Peace”.

2)  During the 2016 regular season, Larry Fitzgerald led the NFL with this many receptions.

3)  If the six interior angles of a hexagon are all congruent, this is the number of degrees in each angle.

We’ll admit it… we threw our teams a bit of a curveball on this question, as all three answers were OVER: “War and Peace” has a whopping 559 named characters, Larry Fitzgerald recorded 107 receptions last year, and a regular hexagon has interior angles of 120 degrees.  Only 12 teams answered all three questions correctly, earning a final two-point bonus on the night.  Not surprisingly, the final round produced the fewest perfect scores with only Stink Floyd (Monkey La La) notching 36 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (44.9% success rate):

–> What company’s logo combines the crest of the city of Stuttgart with a portion of the coat of arms from the former Württemberg Kingdom?

The answer…

Porsche

Congratulations to the four teams that answered every wagering question correctly to score the Perfect 21 tonight: Uncles With Benefits (The Block), Kappa Crabs (The Block)Valley Girls (Capitol City Brewing), and Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Team (Quincy’s South).  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores:

TONIGHT’S WINNERS:

Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Valley Girls  (Next week’s first category: The Ventures)

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

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Might Have a Clue  (Next week’s first category: “Hogan’s Heroes”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club  (Next week’s first category: Red Hot Chili Peppers – AUDIO)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Bad Hombres  (Next week’s first category: Paul Simon – AUDIO)

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

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Mind Benders  (Next week’s first category: British Food)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Give Us Your Beer Money  (Next week’s first category: Washington Redskins)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Kappa Crabs  (Next week’s first category: Disney Channel Original Movies)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows  (Next week’s first category: Country Music – AUDIO)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Spontaneous Gender Reassignment  (Next week’s first category: Periodic Table Word Play)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Sofa King Smart  (Next week’s first category: “12 Monkeys” – Film)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Why Did Jared Go Hiking on Trivia Night?  (Next week’s first category: Pixar Films)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  GDI  (Next week’s first category: History of Halloween)