Tuesday Trivia Has the Last Word!

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We were up to 212 teams across 19 venues this past Tuesday with Pour House Trivia. Two Falls Church locations each had a 21-team game: Audacious Aleworks and Solace Outpost!


Another Tuesday opening round came and went with no question troubling too many teams. We celebrated Billy Joel‘s 74th birthday, sampled some beers from Hawaii‘s Kona Brewing Company, and mourned the loss of mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in 2016. At the end of this round, 38 teams still carried a perfect score!


Unlike the first round, Tuesday’s audio question proved to be tricky. We continued the Billy Joel birthday love with three artists covering the Piano Man’s songs; here, a game-low 7.5% of teams earned bonus points for recognizing Garth BrooksDolly Parton, and Ariana Grande. The round’s last question took us across the globe:

  • At an area of 52 square miles, what island located in the Indian Ocean was discovered by Europeans in late December of 1643?

This was the rare night in which our online Hint of the Day ended up hard to figure out. Just under 30% of the field correctly recognized Christmas Island. In between these bookends, teams handled queries on the scientific process of dissolvingRachel‘s fate at the beginning of Friends, and the legal term defamation. The only team to earn a perfect score in this round was Win or Booze (Audacious Falls Church).


Films with famous courtroom scenes comprised the top part of Tuesday’s puzzle page, while notable ad slogans were found in the bottom section. Only five perfect scores were recorded in this part of the game, which had an average score of 13.8 points. These teams were leading the pack at the halftime break:


Early in the second half, we blessed our teams with the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • Which sinister character was introduced in a Victorian penny dreadful titled A String of Pearls?

Sweeney Todd debuted in that work, but only 8.4% of teams were able to notch that correct answer. Later on, we gave this Academy Award question:

  • Renée Zellweger has won an acting Academy Award for which two films?

Only one of the films was necessary to get wagering points, but 11% of teams secured two extra points for naming both Cold Mountain and Judy. This round also featured a three-parter on the NFL Draft and questions about the Rorschach test and the Italian musical term crescendo. Another round with a lone perfect team score saw Donner Party People (Rhodeside) earn all 36 points.


For the 6-4-2, 33 teams were confident enough in North America being the third-largest continent on Earth to name it for all six points. After a query about Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, teams encountered a question about a certain shared name:

  • A title of a 20th Century work by Joseph Conrad and the name of the ship from the film Alien share which eight-letter name?

The word in question, Nostromo, was named by just over a quarter of the field. We later asked about the Lotus automaker and offered bonus points to any team that could name any of its three current public models; 10% did just that with the models of EletreEmira, and Evija. Unfortunately, a perfect score eluded our teams in this round. With four rounds in the books, these teams were on top of the standings:

FINAL QUESTION (20.28% success rate):

  • Under Last Word/First Word rules: In which 5-word stage musical would a video game character battle the evil Dr. Wily while singing The Impossible Dream?

About a fifth of our teams were able to link those titles together to get Mega Man of La Mancha. However, there were no Perfect 21 teams able to earn wagering points for every question in Tuesday’s game. At the end of the night, the top three teams all represented the same venue:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: John Triviolta  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sports Gambling)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Peanut Nem Nems  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Villains)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Original Star Wars Trilogy)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Picklebacks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s TV Sitcom Mothers)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mystery Science Theater 3000)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Woof  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pitch Perfect)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1983 Baltimore Orioles)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Deep Fried Pickle Ricks  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Alien)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Quizzy McTriviaface  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Troy)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Technical Difficulties  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Way Off Base  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON MAY 23: NBA Playoffs)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: True Wit  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Evil Mothers)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Robert De Niro’s Other Kids  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Robert De Niro’s Children)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Just Us  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Scott Pilgrim vs the World (film))

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Billy Crystal Balls  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders)

The Garden in Alexandria, VA: Trivia Newton John  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Fierce Female Lawyers)

Bukom Restaurant & Lounge in Washington, DC: Bukom Cafe  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stephen King Films)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Pen Island  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Church of Latter-Day Saints)