Tuesday Trivia is in the Funny Pages!

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Sixteen venues played host to Tuesday’s edition of Pour House Trivia, while 169 teams attended looking to prove their trivia mettle. Shoutout to Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA, which brought in 20 teams for its game!


A tricky bonus question kicked things off on Tuesday, as a question about the formation of the United Nations saw only 14% of teams earn extra points for knowing the UN establishing charter was signed in San Francisco. Two questions later, this proved to be the toughest wagering try of the first half:

  • Modeled after a prehistoric monument, which roadside attraction located in Nebraska was the subject of the 2005 documentary Genius or Junk?

Carhenge was named by 43% of the field. A game-high 17 teams recorded perfect scores in the first round.


After an audio question featuring songs with beverages in the title, we moved on to discuss the Denis Leary FX series Rescue Me and some Idris Elba on-screen roles. The most difficult wagering question in this round came on this currency bit:

  • Referenced in the phrase two-bit hustler, what amount of American money is considered to be the equivalent of two bits?

Since a bit was equal to 12.5 cents, two bits equaled a quarter; 47% of teams got that one right. Finally, a question about former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens ended up as the hardest way to earn bonus points all night. On a bonus question about the team Owens last played for in the NFL, only 11% of the field submitted a correct answer of the Cincinnati Bengals. Four teams were perfect here: Trivia Tots (Dudley’s), Marshfellows (Outpost FC), Dynamite (Smoketown), and Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s).


Tuesday’s halftime page was a tough one for our squads. We started with ten famous people with a hidden theme (they were all Nobel Prize winners). The bottom section supplied nine brand names and asked teams to tell us whether or not the current official name includes an apostrophe. On average, teams scored just 14.3 points out of 20, and no teams put together a perfect halftime page. We reached Tuesday’s intermission with these top-scoring teams:


A geography question started the second half of play, which proved to be a stumper:

  • Which two countries border both Austria and Ukraine?

Naming both Hungary and Slovakia earned bonus points, which was the case for 14% of our teams. Three Clues about literary figure T.S. Eliot preceded the most difficult wagering chance of Tuesday’s game:

  • Which 1971 police drama was the first R-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?

Just under two-fifths of the field knew that film was The French ConnectionBalloonstruck (Outpost FC) rose high to earn this round’s only perfect score.


Seventeen teams correctly named the animated TV series King of the Hill from one clue to get all six points in the 6-4-2. The final round of the night began with a question about the stolen base in baseball, and 12% of teams earned extra points for knowing 2022 MLB steals leader Jon Berti played for the Miami Marlins. Next came this wagering question about biochemistry:

  • Collagen, insulin, and hemoglobin are all examples of which macromolecule that you normally equate with nutrition?

Those are all proteins, named by a round-low 58% of teams. Other topics in this round included video game-turned-HBO series The Last of Us, the Congressional Medal of Honor, and a three-parter about the term Aquarius. This was the only round in which no perfect scores occurred. After four rounds, these teams were ahead:

FINAL QUESTION (27.56% success rate):

  • The creator of which comic strip is now the namesake for three species of animals: a louse, a beetle, and a butterfly?

Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side, has earned the honor of being a namesake in the animal kingdom! Only one team took home Perfect 21 honors for Tuesday’s game: Dynamite (Smoketown) had correct answers for all 21 of our wagering questions. The game came to a close with these overall top point-getters:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: BASEketball)

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

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Irish Wristwatch  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Gosh  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Newspapers)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Balloonstruck  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Empire)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: T.S. Eliot)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Heart Diseases)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Cheeky Bastards  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: New Girl)

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

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Hoos Squad  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: University of Virginia)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON FEB. 21: Midnights (Taylor Swift album))

Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Peele and Eat  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON FEB. 21: The Legend of Zelda)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Three Sheets to the Wind  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Wolfenstein)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: Redrum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars (original trilogy))

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: WTF  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1960s British Invasion)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Arrowski  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mythbusters)