Tuesday Trivia is Down for the Count!

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Tuesday evening’s edition of Pour House Trivia was attended by 232 teams across 20 locations. We also welcomed the newest Pour House venue into the fold: Rebellion on the Pike in Arlington, VA!

FIRST ROUND:

The game began with a three-parter with T.D. initials, then a trip to the islands of Scotland and the many AFC Championship appearances of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. The last question of the round took us back to a 1980s comedy:

  • Exactly 35 years ago, which film about a prince from the fictional African nation of Zamunda was enjoying its 3rd straight week atop the box office? 
  • For a two-point bonus: Which actor makes an appearance as an armed robber in this film?

Coming to America was named by most of our teams, but only about 34% remembered that Samuel L. Jackson also appeared in the film. A night-high 37 teams earned a perfect score in this round.

SECOND ROUND:

The audio question on Tuesday played clips from a trio of TV sitcoms. At the midpoint of the round, we dealt this science question to our teams:

  • With an atomic number of 22, which chemical element that can burn in pure nitrogen is often used in fireworks to create silver sparks?

Even with a multiple-choice component, this was the least-successful wagering chance of our four main rounds. Just 18% of teams earned their wager with the correct answer, titanium, while 8.1% did so before the options were revealed for bonus credit. Other topics in this round included the Greek deity Apollo and Taylor Swift’s Taylor’s Version albums FearlessRed, and Speak Now. This round’s perfect teams were Dynamite (Smoketown) and Cheeky Bastards (Antietam).

HALFTIME:

On the halftime sheet, teams had to identify fictional pigs and match notable Americans to the states they represent at National Statuary Hall. Even though the average score was 15.5 points, only two teams went the full 20-for-20: Flaming Cheese (Smoketown) and Cheeky Bastards (Antietam). Before the second half, these were the leading teams:

THIRD ROUND:

The third round contained several tough wagering questions. Early in the round, we toyed with our teams:

  • Deriving its name from a word meaning one billion, which toy brand features characters such as Compu Kitty, Digital Doggie, and Komputer Koala?

90s kids may have remembered the Giga Pets, but only 34% of our field also did so. Later on, we gave this question:

  • Among former Yugoslavian republics, which is currently the largest in terms of BOTH land area and population?

Roughly 38% of our teams correctly named Serbia. We also had a three-parter about chicken and looked back at the perfect 10 gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Six teams had a perfect score in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

There were 29 teams able to identify the swimming pool early enough to get all six points on Tuesday’s 6-4-2. Questions on the washboard musical instrument, the origins of the word algebra, and the short-lived Dixiecrat political party kicked off the night’s last round. The second half’s most difficult wagering question dealt with a more recent film:

  • Which film, which is not a sequel, has earned the most revenue at the 2023 domestic box office?

The Super Mario Bros. Movie was named by 31% of teams. This round had seven perfect team scores. These teams had the highest scores going into the final question:

FINAL QUESTION (6.9% success rate):

  • In which 1970s novel, ranked among the top 100 best-selling novels of all time, does the chapter entitled Dea Ex Machina stand out as the sole chapter written from the perspective of humans? 

While many teams leaned toward novels with robotic characters, it was actually the rabbits of Watership Down who carry the narrative. A very tough final put an end to any team’s Perfect 21 hopes on Tuesday. The final standings were led by these teams:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Spilled Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Female World War II Spies)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Redrum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Animal House)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Fat Batman  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Harry Potter Spells)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Morgan Station (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maui Tourist Attractions)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: What Would Snake Do?  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Summer Blockbuster Films)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Bar Backs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Hockey League)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Pink Flamingos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wizard of Oz)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Randy Johnson)

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

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Cheeky Bastards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s New Wave Music (audio))

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Automotive History)

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

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Hoof Hearted  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pink Floyd)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. State Capitals)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Not So Little Women  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sandwiches)

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Heavy Metal Parking Lot  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Led Zeppelin)

The Garden in Alexandria, VA: Trivia Newton John  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cats (animal))

Bukom Restaurant & Lounge in Washington, DC: Beth  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Action Figures)

XCAL Shooting Sports & Fitness in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: You Know Nothing, Rhodeside  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Silly Songs with Larry (VeggieTales))

Rebellion on the Pike in Arlington, VA: Forty and Up  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Eggs)