Tuesday Trivia Gets Satirical!

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Tuesday night’s edition of Pour House Trivia was featured at 15 venues for a total of 161 teams. That included two big games: a 24-teamer at Solace Outpost – Falls Church and 20 other squads at Smoketown Creekside!


A question about the Domino’s Pizza logo started Tuesday strong, but some teams weren’t paying attention in the most difficult question in the first round:

  • It is currently which night of Hannukah?

Tuesday night was the third night of the holiday, which three quarters of the field got right. Three Clues about the word polo was easily the toughest bonus try in Tuesday’s game, as only two teams named it on the early clues (about actress Teri Polo and the former New York stadium known as the Polo Grounds) for two extra points. This was the rare first round in which no teams earned a perfect score.


A trio of artists performing Christmas songs brought us into the second round; this time, we handed the mic to Britney SpearsLudacris, and Michael Buble to do the honors. From there, we covered Futurama‘s main setting of New New York, Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Greg MadduxTom Glavine, and John Smoltz, and Jason Segel’s film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The end of this round provided the first half’s toughest wagering question:

  • Divided into odd-toed and even-toed, which group of animals takes its name from Latin words meaning hoofed animal?

This was eventually a crossword-style hint but 12% knew the ungulate group of animals before we provided the extra clue; 47% of teams earned at least their wager on this one. Six teams recorded perfect scores in the second round.


At halftime on Tuesday, teams had to name actors who portrayed Santa Claus on screen, then answer questions about other holiday-themed personalities. While the average score was 15.6 points, 31 teams put up a perfect score. We reached the halftime break with these top scores:


We bookended halftime with the toughest first-half wagering question and then this, the hardest wagering query of the night:

  • Identify either the official title or the author of the 19th century poem commonly known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

That official title is A Visit From Saint Nicholas, written by Clement C. Moore; 32% of teams had either of those answers, but a little more than 10% provided both correct answers for two extra points. Other topics in this round included fictitious band Spinal Tap, Vermont capital Montpelier, and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. The latter topic was also a tricky bonus ask, as just 13% of teams knew Leonard lost in his final pro fight to Hector CamachoHundo (Cuginis), Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers (Solace Outpost FC), and Marshfellows (Solace Outpost FC) each earned all 36 points in this round.


There were 13 teams able to get all six points on Tuesday’s 6-4-2 about the Kool-Aid Man by knowing the advertising mascot appeared with Lil Jon in the song All I Really Want for Christmas (oh yeah!). We started things off in the fourth with the House of Commons and House of Lords in the British Parliament, the kwanza national currency of Angola, and the Tom & Jerry alcoholic eggnog variant. The latter question was the hardest bonus chance of the round, as just 11% of teams were within five years of the animated duo Tom & Jerry’s debut in 1940. For the toughest wagering chance in the round, we blasted off again:

  • Excluding the Moon, the brightest natural object in the night sky is not a star, but which planet?

Venus was named by 68% of the field. A three-parter about holiday films ElfGremlins, and Eight Crazy Nights capped off the round, in which seven teams recorded perfect scores. These were the highest scores after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (31.7% success rate):

  • Created by a Scottish author in the early 20th century, which literary character was partially intended to be a satire of an earlier character created by Herman Melville?

J.M. Barrie devised Captain Hook in part to satirize Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick. There were a quarter of Perfect 21 teams on Tuesday: How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis), I’m Bringing Pickleback (Dudley’s), Just For Fun (Dudley’s), and Enough Already (Distilled). At the end of the night, these teams had the high scores:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: How I Met Ronnie  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Soap (TV show))

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Demented and Sad but Social  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Yellowbeard or Blackbeard?)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: I’m Bringing Pickleback  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lord of the Rings)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Buffalo Sports)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Kid Free Zone  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Adam Sandler Films)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s New York Yankees)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Year’s Traditions)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Baby Nora  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Magic: The Gathering)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Blood Legion  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Is It Mentioned in We Didn’t Start the Fire?)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: NoVa Compensators  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s TV Cartoon Theme Songs)

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

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

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Navy Yardigans  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Now That’s What I Call Music!)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Very Freaking Merry  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Schitt’s Creek)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: We’re Not Gouda At This  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Brady Bunch)