Tuesday Trivia Means Business!

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After a long weekend, Pour House Trivia returned to action on Tuesday with 117 total teams across thirteen locations!


We got things going in the opening round with questions about Hawaiian Punch advertising mascot Punchy and fairy tale siblings Hansel and Gretel, but the last question ended up the most difficult wagering chance in the first half:

  • Who was organizing a march of striking sanitation workers in Memphis when he passed away in 1968?

That man was Martin Luther King, Jr., a correct answer submitted by 77% of Tuesday’s teams. At the end of the round, nine teams still carried perfect scores.


The most successful round overall began with Tuesday’s audio question, which played a medley of the song Landslide as recorded by Fleetwood MacSmashing Pumpkins, and The Chicks. An NFL question about the first two Super Bowl losers (the Chiefs and Raiders respectively) saw a round-low 83% of teams earn their wager by naming at least one of those teams. However, we saved the toughest bonus chance for the first half’s final question:

  • Which cable network currently airs the Shark Week programming block?

While 88% of the field knew that to be Discovery, just 7% earned two bonus points for getting within one year of Shark Week’s premiere way back in 1988. A triad of perfect scores were reached in this round, by Quiz-Anon (Dudley’s), Drinkin’ and Guessin’ (Gentleman Jim’s), and Brain Freeze (Gentleman Jim’s).


very cute halftime page asked teams to name the dog breeds of ten different puppies, then name book titles with the vowels removed. Teams weren’t distracted by the adorable pups either, since the average score was 19.1 and a total of 35 teams earned perfect 20-for-20s. A five-way tie topped the leaderboard at the halftime break:


The difficulty definitely ramped up for Tuesday’s second half, which began with a Three Clues question about MLB’s Oakland Athletics that saw 45% of teams get at least their wager and just 16% of the field name the team after two clues for bonus points. We moved on to queries about the yak and the ill-fated USS Indianapolis before getting to the third round’s hardest wagering question:

  • What is the sum of the number of red stripes on the US flag and the number of stars on China’s national flag?

Seven stripes and five stars equal a correct answer of 12, and just over one-third of our groups did their math right for that wager. Finally, the round ended with the second half’s hardest bonus question, provided to us by the Academy:

  • One for a Pixar film and another for a biographical film, the songwriting duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross earned nominations for Best Original Score for which two films at last year’s Oscar ceremony?

Approximately half of our teams named at least one of those films, Soul and Mank, but only nine percent were able to get both answers. A perfect score stayed out of reach of the field here in the third.


Only one team — Little Brains, Big Egos (Distilled) — correctly named Southern Comfort as Tuesday’s 6-4-2 topic after just a single clue for the full six-pointer. A question about Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea preceded the toughest wagering question in the game:

  • Debuting later this week on ABC, which quiz show featuring a wide age range among its contestants is based on a recurring segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live!?

Exactly one-third of Tuesday’s field named Generation Gap for wagering points. Other fourth-round subjects included expensive state-named Monopoly properties Pennsylvania Avenue and North Carolina Avenue and 2000s rockers Puddle of Mudd. Again, a perfect score was just a little too blurry for our teams in this round. At the final scoring break, these teams had the high scores:

FINAL QUESTION (16.2% success rate):

  • With about 215 million residents, what is by far the most populous current member of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties?

Nigeria was the correct answer here, as the most populous current OPEC member. This game’s lone Perfect 21 went to Just For Fun (Dudley’s) as the only team on Tuesday to answer all 21 wagering questions correctly. The final standings were led by these groups:


Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: High Rollers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shakespeare)

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

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Baltimore Orioles)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Martian (film))

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Just For Fun  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Knitting)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Bar Backs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: DC Comics)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: St. Joe’s  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Congressional Leadership)

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Mission: Impossible 2)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Aristocrats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ted Lasso)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob Marley (audio))

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Drinkin’ and Guessin’  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Grand Tour of Cycling)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Just the Sip  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Japanese Game Shows)

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

Chalkboard Wings & BBQ in Alexandria, VA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Barack Obama)