Tuesday Trivia is a Ratings Hit!

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There were 147 teams ready for some Pour House Trivia this past Tuesday as we hosted a game at 17 locations.


Our game began with a question about chemical elements tungsten and tin which both start with the letter T but don’t feature that letter in their chemical symbol. The most difficult wagering query in this round went to this morning pick-me-up:

  • Which portmanteau (or blended word) is the name of an instant coffee brand produced by the Swiss corporation that is the world’s largest food company?

Nestle’s own Nescafe brand was that brand, which was given by 65% of Tuesday’s teams. A crossword-style question about the respective U.K. and Alabama cities named Birmingham brought with it the end of the opening round, in which 11 teams had perfect scores.


Duos named in song titles was the subject of Tuesday’s audio question, and only 15% of the field knew all three titles — Jack and Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp, Ball and Chain by Social Distortion, and Lady Gaga’s You And I — for bonus points. The toughest wagering question of the night came next:

  • Which day of the week is mentioned in the title of the nursery rhyme often concluding with the line the child who is born on the Sabbath day is fair and wise and good in every way?

That nursery rhyme is titled Monday‘s Child, and our teams had a case of the Mondays with that one; only a quarter of the field got that one right. A question later about the memoir-turned-film Girl, Interrupted also brought about a tough bonus opportunity, as 17% of our teams knew that Whoopi Goldberg played a nurse named Valerie in that film. Glory Wholes (Distilled) had the only second-round perfect score.


The top half of Tuesday’s halftime sheet had a secret theme: on-screen works with the word house in the title. For the bottom half, teams had to determine whether ten works of art were each either sculptures or paintings. There were 11 teams that aced the page and earned all 20 points, while the average score was 16.3 points. Halftime high scores were earned by these teams:


Another third round with some killer bonus chances started with Three Clues about the word French, where a night-low 6.8% of the field knew the word on an early answer for two extra points. Ironically, this wagering question with the lowest success rate of the round had the most correct bonus answers:

  • Both born during the 1640s, which two Europeans are equally credited as the inventor of modern calculus?

A little more than two-thirds of our teams named either of Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, but 16% had both names for bonus credit. The last question in the round asked teams to name either of the two U.S. presidents currently buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and 10% named both William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy. Another round with only one perfect score saw Killer Snails (Olney) get all 36 points.


A rough 6-4-2 had only one six-point team: QE3 (Olney) named American Express after one clue, the only right answer among a sea of wrong Western Union guesses. Topics in the fourth round included the thumbindex, and pinky fingers used in the ASL sign for I love youEncanto‘s run on top of the Billboard 200 album chart thanks to songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the Assassin’s Creed video game series. A final three-parter to commemorate the anniversary of Billie Jean King‘s win over Bobby Riggs in the tennis Battle of the Sexes was the hardest question of the round, with 57% of the field earning wagering points and 8.8% adding bonus points. Killer Snails (Olney), Comfortably Dumb (Smoketown Creekside), and I Don’t Know (Chalkboard) recorded perfect fourth-round efforts. The highest-scoring teams as we reached the final question are listed below:

FINAL QUESTION (29.9% success rate):

  • During its original run on the Fox network, which television show led the overall season-ending Nielsen ratings in eight straight years?

American Idol was top of the charts for those eight years in the 2000s. Tuesday’s Perfect 21 teams were Comfortably Dumb (Smoketown Creekside) and Enough Already (Distilled), the two squads that answered every wagering question correctly. These were Tuesday’s scoring leaders:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Hundo  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Constellations)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Dumber Than We Look  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pickleball)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: QE3  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Smartinis  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Braves)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2022 Horror Films)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Current Netflix Shows)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Woodys)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Enough Already  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: VeggieTales)

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

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Brain Freeze  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (1990s Celebs: Dead or Alive?))

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

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Music)

Chalkboard Wings & BBQ in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

The Zone in Ashburn, VA: Bee Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Great British Baking Show)

Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Talichostas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Sopranos)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Joey Triviani  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Original 151 Pokemon)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Cream Team  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disaster Films)