Tuesday Night Trivia was Filled with Mayhem!

Though most of the Tuesday night house championships had already been decided, we still hosted several jam-packed games of trivia tonight, as we welcomed 107 teams across 14 venues:


Tuesday’s opening round began with a question concerning the Presidential characters represented in this smash Broadway sensation:

Hamilton Musical

Much to the surprise of some teams, Alexander Hamilton never served as U.S. President, but the three Commanders-in-Chief who do appear in the musical “Hamilton” are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison (suck it, Adams!).  After quizzing our teams on the work of the late Chris Cornell and the locations of several island nations, we saw seven teams earn perfect first round scores.


Tuesday’s second round began with an audio question on notable film scores, specifically “Psycho”, “Chariots of Fire”, and “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” .  Later, we looked at the derivation of the slang term limey and the scientific concept of heredity.  After a quick question on Pittsburgh sports stadiums, we closed the round asking our teams to name the various co-hosts of Kelly Ripa, with most of our teams earning bonus points by naming all three of these celebrities:

Live with Kelly Regis Strahan Seacrest

In one of the easiest rounds in recent memory, 19 teams earned the maximum 36 points during Tuesday’s second stanza.


Tuesday’s halftime round featured pictures of Pop Funko dolls.  Despite a rather high average of 17.3 points, only five teams notched a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores at the close of the first half:


With the overall confidence level riding high, the second half proved to be quite a challenge for our Tuesday teams, as we began with a question on the Cleveland suburb named for the “father of geometry”.  Sorry, Pythagoras fans, we were looking for this Ohio city:


Next up, a rather difficult question on the subject of Country Music, as we asked our teams to name the singer who became the youngest male artist to top the Billboard Country chart with his 2012 song “Wanted”.  Only 23% of the field earned points here with the correct response of Hunter Hayes:

Hunter Hayes

After questions on Modern Art and the Faraday Cage, we closed the third round with its most difficult bonus question.  The wagering question asked our teams to identify the NFC team which set a franchise record this season with 13 losses.  While most of the field knew that it was a rough year for the New York Giants, only 19% of our teams could also name the head coach who was fired after Week 12 this season.  It was an especially rough year for Ben McAdoo.  Only three teams earned perfect third round scores: Five Dollar Candy (The Block), Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South), and Rehab is For Quitters (Quincy’s South).


We moved quickly from one difficult bonus question to another, as we began the final round with the most difficult bonus question of the night.  Most of our teams knew that the “Face That Launched a Thousand Ships” referred to Helen of Troy, but after being told that the quote first appeared in the literary work “Doctor Faustus”, only nine teams could name Christopher Marlowe as the author of “Doctor Faustus”.  The final round also included our most difficult wagering question, in the form of the Three Clues format.  Even after hearing all three of these clues, only 22% of our teams earned any points:

CLUE 1: In a courtroom, this word is legally defined as “maliciously disfiguring or disabling another person”.

CLUE 2: The one-word name of a fictional character portrayed by actor Dean Winters.

CLUE 3: A former pay-per-view event from World Championship Wrestling, which later became the namesake for an Electronic Arts video game.

This would certainly be one instance where a picture of the character would have been mighty helpful:


We closed the round with a question on the numerous roles of this actress who is unrelated to a certain American political family:

Sophia Bush

Yes, that’s Sophia Bush, who has appeared on TV shows such as “One Tree Hill” and (currently) “Chicago P.D.”.  After our teams were racking up high scores all night, the final round did not yield any perfect scores.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after four rounds of play:

FINAL QUESTION (37.3% success rate):

–> In the 1930s, Germany called its government the Third Reich.  For your wager, which political entity was considered to be the First Reich?

Just over one-third of our teams answered correctly with the Holy Roman Empire.  Congratulations to Capitol City Goofballs (Capitol City Brewing), Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South), and Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South), as the only teams to earn the Perfect 21 tonight by correctly answering every wagering question.  Here are the highest overall scores from Tuesday night:


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Capitol City Goofballs  (Next week’s first category: Infamous Scientists)

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

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  You Just Got Shawshanked  (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  The Fan Club ** 16 WINS IN A ROW! **  (Next week’s first category: Niagara Falls)

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

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Kellie’s Heroes  (Next week’s first category: “Parks and Recreation”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Candy  (Next week’s first category: Akira Kurasowa Films)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  Bluth Frozen Banana Hammocks  (Next week’s first category: S**thole Countries)

P.I.G.S. BBQ in Frederick, MD:  Chicken McThuggets  (Next week’s first category: “Drumline”)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Freebirds  (Next week’s first category: Beer Labels)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd  (Next week’s first category: Fungi)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: “Will and Grace”)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Why…?  (Next week’s first category: “Bob’s Burgers”)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Burning Loins  (Next week’s first category: Classical Marches)