Tuesday Trivia Asks the Right Questions!
A 13-team game at our newest venue, Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA hosted by Kathy, put Pour House Trivia on the board for another Tuesday attendance record! In all, 18 locations hosted a total of 220 teams.
The night’s Three Clues question came early and it was a tricky one for those who wanted to earn the bonus. Teams had to name a certain animal with these clues:
- Until the 16th Century, this animal was referred to as a sea dog.
- This animal is depicted in a 2004 film as a character named Don Lino.
- Two-thirds of this aquatic animal’s brain is dedicated to smell, and many species can detect a tiny drop of blood from a mile away.
Only 5.9% of teams knew that was a shark before the third clue was read, meaning this was the hardest bonus chance on Tuesday. After that, coincidentally enough, we hit upon the most difficult wagering question of the night:
- Found within the Alpha Centauri system, this star was discovered in 1915. At a distance of 4.24 light years, it is the closest known star to our Sun. Name that star.
Proxima Centauri was correctly named by just 27% of the field. Other topics in this round included China and the United States, the largest carbon dioxide providers on Earth, and the Who Shot J.R. cliffhanger on the primetime soap opera Dallas. This was the hardest round to get a perfect score on, as the only teams to do so were Heisenberg (Distilled) and Arc (Lost Dog).
The only real hangup for our teams in the second round was in the audio question, which asked players to name a trio of song titles, each of which mention a type of container. About 30% of teams earned bonus points for getting all three right: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown, Man in the Box by Alice in Chains, and Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri. From there, we moved on to cover subjects such as the grammatical homonym, early-2000s bro film Dude, Where’s My Car? and former NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant. A game-high 14 teams earned perfect scores in this round.
Tuesday’s halftime page asked teams to name celebs who have been frequent plastic surgeon clients, then provide nine-letter answers to various clues. The average team scored 17.7 points on this page, but 48 squads went the extra mile to get all 20 points. These were the top scores at the halftime intermission:
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 91
- Billy Crystal Balls (Lost Dog): 90
- Alexa, Siri, and Google (Cuginis): 89
- Peele and Eat (Elo’s): 89
- Off in the Park (Solace Outpost FC): 89
We started the second half with a question about former cartoonist Johnny Hart’s famous comic strips B.C. and The Wizard of Id, followed by a query about the Knights Templar of the Middle Ages. The trickiest bonus opportunity of the second half came midway through this round, on a three-parter in which each answer had the initials T.B.:
- 1) Charlaine Harris wrote The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a literary series adapted into which former television drama?
- 2) Which man did Mike Tyson defeat to become the youngest WBC Heavyweight champion?
- 3) In stage productions of the early 20th century, which character created by J. M. Barrie was depicted by a darting light?
Bonus points were earned by 18% of teams, each able to give the complete set of correct answers: True Blood, Trevor Berbick, and Tinker Bell, in that order. The round’s hardest wagering query came at the end, where we asked about a current Billboard hit single:
- Which two singers are featured on the current Billboard Hot 100 hit Die for You?
Exactly 40% of the field earned their wager by naming at least one of those singers, The Weeknd and Ariana Grande. In this round, seven teams recorded perfect scores.
A 6-4-2 about the name Ronald McDonald saw 53 teams get all six points for knowing that is the real name of Rob McElhenney’s character on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Early in the last round on Tuesday, we reached the second half’s least-successful wagering question:
- With a name meaning White City, which current capital of Serbia was also the capital of the former Yugoslavia?
The city of Belgrade was correctly named by 37% of our teams. A three-parter about literary duos was the round’s hardest bonus chance, with a success rate of 31%. In other topics, teams discussed the origins of badminton, the neapolitan ice cream flavor, and Oscar-winning actors Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan’s roles in the 1990s comedy film Encino Man. Ten teams were able to get all 36 points in this round. One team had a comfortable lead in the overall standings before the final question was read:
- Billy Crystal Balls (Lost Dog): 168
- Sexual Chocolate (Upper Deck): 161
- Way Off Base (Nighthawk): 160
- Stamp Collectors (Ramparts): 160
- Shenanigans (Nighthawk): 158
- Blood Legion (Gentleman Jim’s): 158
FINAL QUESTION (9.55% success rate):
- The episode of Jeopardy! which aired on September 21, 2001, included a notable omission, marking the first time since the show’s 1983 revival that it did not appear on screen. For your wager, what was missing?
We dipped under the 10% mark on this one, as only 21 teams remembered the hullabaloo around the shearing of Alex Trebek’s moustache for the first time in almost two decades! Two teams notched a Perfect 21 for answering each wagering question correctly on Tuesday: Shenanigans (Nighthawk) and Billy Crystal Balls (Lost Dog). As it turned out, they ended the night with the two best scores:
- Shenanigans (Nighthawk): 170
- Billy Crystal Balls (Lost Dog): 169
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 168
- Blood Legion (Gentleman Jim’s): 164
- Alexa, Siri, and Google (Cuginis): 163
- Roll Gate (Rhodeside): 162
- Dynamite (Smoketown): 161
- Heisenberg (Distilled): 161
- Prestige Worldwide (Ramparts): 160
- The Ocho (The Branch): 159
- Stamp Collectors (Ramparts): 159
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Balls of Fury)
Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Redrum (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)
Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Wayne Road Blues (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Villains)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pterodactyls)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Quiz in My Pants (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ghostbusters (original film))
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Prestige Worldwide (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Calculus)
Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Which Bear is Best? (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reston)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Daisy Jones & The Six)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Heisenberg (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Washington Capitals)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Baby Nora (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Travis Sings Mariah Carey)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: King of the Hill)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Shenanigans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TBD)
Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: March Madness)
Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Peele and Eat (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Legend of Zelda)
Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Girls Who Don’t Shower (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Host Choice)
The Branch in Leesburg, VA: The Ocho (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eternals (film))
Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Billy Crystal Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Roll Gate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB World Series MVPs)