Tuesday Night Trivia Wrap-Up!

Tuesday night featured 15 games of pub trivia and 111 teams…


Our game began with a question asking for both names (former and current) of the tallest mountain in North America.  With most teams able to name both, we then explored our colorful side as we asked teams to identify which color includes shades such as colors periwinkle, ultramarine, and cerulean.  Here they are (in that same order):


Our first difficult bonus question of the round was in our Three Clues category, asking for the one word that fits these clues:

CLUE 1: It was the nickname of TV sitcom character Ernie Pantusso.

CLUE 2: Last month, this luxury fashion house announced it would purchase Kate Spade New York for 2.4 billion dollars.

I’m guessing that the teams that earned the two-point bonus on this question were more sitcom buffs than experts in the field of fashion brand commerce, as they knew this comedic character was Ernie Pantusso:

Cheers TV Coach

Nearly all of our teams who waited until the third clue (referencing a class of ticket on airliners) were successful in coming up with the correct answer of Coach.  Across the board, the first round proved to be fairly easy for our teams, as 16 teams swept the round by correctly answering all three bonus questions en route to a perfect score.


It was karaoke time for our audio question, as our teams were quizzed on the instrumental versions of three popular songs.  Many teams breezed through this question, with about half of the field naming all three songs for a two-point bonus: “Ruby Tuesday” (Rolling Stones), “Been Caught Stealing” (Jane’s Addiction), and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (Beyoncé).  After a quick beer question (hooray!  beer!), we asked about the noted maniac played a string of bad guy roles in action films such as “Lethal Weapon”, “Drop Zone”, and “Under Siege”, before recently appearing on “The Celebrity Apprentice”.  Yes, it was everyone’s favorite chemically unbalanced celebrity, Gary Busey!  I’m not even going to try to explain what this is:

Gary Busey

It turns this maniac actually has an Oscar nomination on his resume, and about half of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing that he earned that Oscar nod for portraying this classic rocker:

Gary Busey Buddy Holly

Ooh-Eee-Ooh!  He looks just like Buddy Holly!  Apparently, there are many teams who think Billie Holiday is a male, or at least was a female portrayed by Gary Busey.  Moving along, we closed the round with a question on colleges and universities.  While most teams know that Stanford is the alma mater of Rachel Maddow, Sigourney Weaver and Tiger Woods**, only 22% of the field earned a two-point bonus by knowing that this U.S.  President attended school there:

Herbert Hoover President

** Tiger never graduated, but we still counted it as his alma mater.

Once again, exactly 16 teams scored a perfect 36 points in this round, with five teams keeping the dream alive of a perfect game as they headed to the halftime puzzle page.


The halftime puzzle page dealt with some HOT logos (Miami Heat, Hot Wheels, Mozilla Firefox, Calgary Flames, etc.) and a list of ten seemingly unrelated items.  Our teams performed well here, deciphering the answers on the bottom half of the page (Ace, Hook, Albatross, Snowman, Gimme, Slice) to come up with the common theme: golf terms!  Unfortunately, it appears as though no one had heard of the energy drink Burn.  Because of that, no team earned a perfect score of 20 points, but there were plenty of 19s across the board, and an overall average of 16.7 points.   Here are the top five overall scores after the halftime page:


The third round kicked off with our teams trying to figure out the three highest-paid TV actresses for 2016.  Even with the hint that these women respectively star on current sitcoms which air on ABC, CBS, and Hulu, only about half of our teams were able to earn their wager by naming two out of these three correct answers:

TV Sitcom Actress

In order, the top three were Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), and Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”).  Just 12% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by knowing all three.  We continued with a question from the NBA record books, asking for either one of the two most recent players to hold the league’s single-season record for most triple-doubles.  Most teams knew that Russell Westbrook broke that record this past season, and that (“The Big O”) Oscar Robertson had held the record for over 55 years.  Moving along, we asked our teams which type of vehicle is the Flying Pigeon, of which more than 500 million have been sold worldwide.  This was our most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 31% of our teams knew that the Flying Pigeon is this two-wheeler originating from China:

Flying Pigeon Bicycle

We closed the third round with a question on the Marvel Comic superhero who is unrelated to the militant African-American organization of the same name.  Despite the fact that the superhero and the organization were created just months apart in 1966, the Black Panther has nothing to do with the Black Panthers.  We awarded bonus points to only 8% of our teams here who knew that Chadwick Boseman will portray the title character in an upcoming blockbuster film next year:

Black Panther

Apparently, the most popular wrong answer on this bonus question was Kevin Hart.  So close, yet so far…  Because of the rather difficult bonus questions, no team posted a perfect score of 36 points in the third round.


On our 6-4-2 question, the six-point clue asked for the U.S. city of about 260,000 residents whose name is thought to have been derived from a mispronunciation of a French phrase meaning beautiful river.  Those players that were well-versed in the French language were able to recall the phrase beau fleuve, which sounds an awful lot like Buffalo.  Points were hard to come by here, as only seven teams earned six points, while only eight other teams earned four points.  More than 80% of our teams were content with their two points.


We began the fourth round with some Surname Rhyme Time, asking a three-part question about folks such as author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, film director Danny Boyle, and 18th Century gaming expert Edmond Hoyle.  After a quick question about the Shakespearean characters killed by Romeo, we continued with a question on the ridiculous names for ridiculously sized wine bottles:

According to several websites, an unopened 18-liter Melchior bottle of wine weighs about 72 pounds.

We closed with a question in the topic of Country Music, asking for the co-ed trio which recently released the album “Heartbreak”. Though we offered multiple choice,  30% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by foregoing the choices and answering correctly with this group:

Lady Antebellum

Overall, most of our teams earned their wager with the correct response of Lady Antebellum.  Here are the top five overall scores after the fourth round:

FINAL QUESTION (59.7% success rate):

–> Which statesman penned the autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, which includes chapter titles such as “Outcaste” and “Fasting”?


Congratulations to Valley Girls, Uncle Jack, and Sofa King Smart, who all scored the Perfect 21 tonight by answering correctly on all 21 wagering questions.  Here are the top ten scores overall:



Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Valley Girls  (First category for July 11: Germany)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Comfortably Dum  (First category for July 11: Sam Sings / Raps Descriptions of Current Movies)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Drunk and Disorderly  (First category for July 11: “Independence Day”)

Orioles Nest #331 in Frederick, MD:  Fill Stick  (First category for July 11:”Futurama”)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club  (First category for July 11: “Yacht Rock”)

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Bad Hombres  (First category for July 11: “Magnum P.I.”)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Cher’s Zombie Army  (First category for July 11: Stephen Schwartz Musicals)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Mind Benders  (First category for July 11: The Beatles)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Slapsgiving  (First category for July 11: “The Office”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Uncles with Benefits  (First category for July 11: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Quiz Knows  (First category for July 11: British Music – AUDIO)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Love in the Time of Cthulhu  (First category for July 11: NASA)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Uncle Jack  (First category for July 11: Triple 50/50: Crows or Ravens?)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Thundercats  (First category for July 11: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Knuckles  (First category for July 11: Sea Creatures)