Tuesday Night Trivia Was a Real Thriller!
Tuesday’s game witnessed a unique statistical anomaly that we had not seen in nearly two years! Overall, Tuesday’s game welcomed 72 teams across 11 venues:
Tuesday’s first round featured a set of relatively easy wagering questions, but the bonus questions were a different story… Virtually every team knew that the term ‘gaggle’ refers to a group of geese (when they are on the ground), but the bonus question asked our teams to give us the scientific term for this formation:
Across the board, only TWO teams knew this formation is called a skein. We closed the first round with a question on NBA arenas, asking to our teams to name either one of the two teams that have played in arenas respectively named the Spectrum and the Spectrum Center. Though this bonus was slightly easier than the goose question, only 13% of the field came away with both correct answers of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets. For the first time in recent memory, the first round did not yield any perfect scores.
Tuesday’s audio question featured the Limp Bizkit cover version of the George Michael song “Faith”. Later, the difficult bonus questions continued with a look at this 1980s comedy film:
Only eight teams picked up bonus points by remembering that the ‘jock fraternity’ in the film “Revenge of the Nerds” was Alpha Beta. We asked an equally difficult bonus question to end the first half, as nine teams were able to name either one of the two shows (other than “The Voice”) to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race” and “Top Chef”. Once again, we did not see any perfect scores in the second round.
Tuesday’s halftime page featured pictures of beer labels and answers that “POP”. The overall average reached 15.2 points, which just four teams notching perfect scores. Here are Tuesday’s top scoring teams after the halftime break:
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 87
- Comfortably Dum (Champion Billiards): 87
- Pax (Cugini’s): 85
- My Favorite Team (Champion Billiards): 85
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 84 POINTS
Our teams performed very well during Tuesday’s third round, but once again an extremely difficult bonus question kept the perfect scores off the board. This time the culprit was our nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:
CLUE 1: Winning at age 21, she is the youngest recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress.
CLUE 2: She was the last person fired on Season 11 of “The Apprentice”, losing to country singer John Rich.
Very few teams even ventured a guess at this point, leading most to wait until the final clue which referenced this TV sitcom episode:
Only six teams earned bonus points here by knowing that deaf actress Marlee Matlin took home the Oscar at age 21 for the film “Children of a Lesser God”. We closed the third round with some U.S. Geography, as 15% of our teams were able to earn bonus points by naming the two most populous cities in South Dakota: Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Thanks to the Three Clues question, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.
Tuesday’s final round opened with questions on Greek mythology and the NCAA, before moving on to this query on the subject of business:
–> With about 1.5 million employees, which corporation is the largest single employer in 22 different U.S. states, including virtually the entire American southeast?
While most teams easily came up with the correct answer of Walmart, only 21% of the field tacked on two bonus points by knowing that the company’s stock symbol is WMT. We closed the final round with a three-part question on anagrams, asking our teams to decipher the TV show titles hidden in each of the following phrases: 1) “city life”, 2) “next day ethics”, and 3) “slow elimination, what a bore”. Only 14% of our teams worked quickly enough to come up with all three correct answers: “Felicity”, “Sex and the City”, and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”.
Tuesday’s game marked the first regular season game of Pour House Trivia in the last four seasons in which no perfect scores were recorded throughout the entire game. Here are Tuesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 159
- Comfortably Dum (Champion Billiards): 154
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 152
- Breadsticks (Upper Deck): 152
- Five Dollar Massage (The Block): 151
- Pax (Cugini’s): 151
FINAL QUESTION (72.6% success rate):
–> In 2009, which music video became the first to be added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress?
Nearly three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. In spite of the difficult bonus questions, we still saw six teams earn the Perfect 21 tonight with correct responses on all wagering questions. These were your highest overall scores from Tuesday night:
- How Did I Get Here? (Greene Growlers): 164
- MMMBop (Greene Growlers): 163
- Pax (Cugini’s): 162
- Kappa Crabs (The Block): 161
- Comfortably Dum (Champion Billiards): 161
- My Favorite Team (Champion Billiards): 160
- Scared Money Don’t Make Money (Champion Billiards): 160
- Why YZ (Champion Billiards): 159
- Five Dollar Massage (The Block): 158
- Bluth Frozen Banana Hammocks (Greene Growlers): 158
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dum (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “That’s Incredible” or “Real People”)
Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD: Pax (Next week’s first category: “Cool Hand Luke”)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: Downey Ocean Hon (Next week’s first category: The Beatles – AUDIO)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: 1990s Rock Lyrics)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Pi (Next week’s first category: U.S. Government Departments)
The Block in Annandale, VA: Kappa Crabs (Next week’s first category: “A Song of Ice and Fire” Novels)
Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: Brazilian Food)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Breadsticks ** SIX WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: The 2000 Baltimore Ravens)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Comana (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock Chronology)
Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL: Freebirds (Next week’s first category: Golden Age of Comics)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Randy Marsh)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “The Iliad”)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Virgine-ya is For Lovers (Next week’s first category: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: (Next week’s first category: