Tuesday Trivia Climbs the Charts!

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Fifteen locations hosted Pour House Trivia on the first Tuesday of 2023 for a total of 156 teams.


The first half’s toughest bonus opportunity came early in the opening round on a question about the Whole Foods grocery chain; just under a third of the field knew the company was founded in Austin, Texas. The final question in the round was the most difficult, as we discussed some hunks of Hollywood:

  • Name the two most recent men named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, both of whom are current Marvel Cinematic Universe actors.

While about three quarters of our teams named one of them for wagering points, only 34% knew both Chris Evans and Paul Rudd received those honors most recently. Seven teams recorded perfect first-round scores.


We recapped the past year in music with a trio of number-ones from 2022: As It Was by Harry StylesHeat Waves by Glass Animals, and About Damn Time by Lizzo. After questions about conditions that affect the eyes and the HBO anthology series The White Lotus, we reached the hardest wagering chance in the first half:

  • Adapted from a novel written by Robert Waller, which film recounts a love affair between an Italian immigrant played by Meryl Streep and a professional photographer played by Clint Eastwood?

That film, The Bridges of Madison County, was named by 62% of the field. Che Guevara was the subject of the second round’s last question, and a round-low 33% of teams added bonus points for giving his birth country, Argentina. Ten teams had perfect scores here, the most of any round on Tuesday.


Illustrations from famous books and 2022 award recipients were served up on Tuesday’s halftime page. On average, teams earned 17.8 points on the sheet, but there were 27 perfect squads. At the halftime break, these were the best scores:


Tuesday’s third round was bookended by the toughest questions of the night. First up, Three Clues about the word Argo saw just 18% of teams name it early, which was the lowest bonus-answer success rate in the game. Questions about the New Mexico state flag, long-tenured NBA head coach Gregg Popovich, and the depiction of President Franklin Roosevelt in the film version of Annie made up the middle of the third round. However, the round’s final wagering question proved to be the hardest all game:

  • Once described by Truman Capote as an American geisha, which character was born in Texas with the real name of Lula Mae Barnes? You may name that character or the novella in which she first appeared.

Just 35% of teams had either answer (Holly Golightly and Breakfast at Tiffany’s), but 25% provided both answers for two extra points. This round’s three perfect squads were How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis), Marshfellows (Solace Outpost FC), and Way Off Base (Nighthawk).


James Bond actor Roger Moore was the subject of Tuesday’s 6-4-2, in which 18 teams were able to name him after one clue to earn all six points. Topics in the fourth round included the band Hanson‘s venture into craft beermaking, the reality show Hell’s Kitchen, and a three-parter about film blondes. The most difficult question in the round came late:

  • Which member of the fungus kingdom – one version of which is nicknamed reindeer moss – is grouped into divisions such as foliose, leprose, and crustose?

Lichen was successfully named by just over half of our teams. There were eight perfect scores in the fourth round. With all that finished, these were the highest scores before the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (14.43% success rate):

  • Which music group released a self-titled album during the 1990s that has since spent 691 cumulative weeks (or nearly 14 years) on the Billboard 200 album chart, and currently sits at #93?

You may know it as The Black Album, but that is officially the 1991 self-titled album by Tuesday’s final answer, Metallica. A pair of Perfect 21 teams had correct answers for all of our wagering questions: I’m Bringing Pickleback (Dudley’s) and Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside). These teams had the highest scores of the night:

Honorable mention to Our Defending Champions (Cuginis), which put up 179 points with more than the maximum seven players for prize eligibility.


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Drunk and Disorderly  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Little Nicky)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Morgan Station  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: I’m Bringing Pickleback  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Muppet Show)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: James Bond Winter Scenes)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Marshfellows  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Paul Rudd Films)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Disney Films)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Aristocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Archer)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: MJ  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Attack on Titan)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bears)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Way Off Base  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bread)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1920s NFL)

Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Cell Phony Baloney  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: South American Geography)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Speaker McWho  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: World Capitals)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Slippy Misses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: TV Dogs)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Speaker McWho  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Definitely Not Peter Gabriel  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fleetwood Mac)