Tuesday Trivia Names a Running Mate!

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Fifteen venues played host to Tuesday’s edition of Pour House Trivia, and 139 teams showed up ready to show off their trivia skills!


Once again, the first round proved to be a solid one for Tuesday’s squads. We handled topics like a three-parter about words with ‘ox‘ contained within, John Brown’s Fort at Harper’s Ferry, and recent #1 overall NBA draft pick Paolo Banchero. The latter question proved to be the toughest way to earn bonus points, as 41 percent of the field knew both that he played college ball at Duke and got drafted by the NBA’s Orlando Magic. In the opening round, 25 teams had perfect scores.


Tuesday’s audio clue was out of this world, as teams heard theme songs for three alien-focused TV shows. A couple of bonus questions in this round brought a majority of the field back down to Earth. A question on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter granted bonus points to just 15% of teams that also knew the name of Hester Prynne’s newborn child, Pearl. The end of the round featured the hardest wagering question of the first half:

  • The number pi is alternately known the constant of which ancient Greek mathematician who also studied buoyancy?

Archimedes was named by 52% of teams. However, only 13 teams in all got their bonus for knowing he was born in Syracuse, which was the lowest bonus success rate of the game. Because of those rare point chances, no teams had a perfect score in the second round.


Baseball films were the featured topic on the top half of Tuesday’s halftime sheet, while the bottom section tasked teams with matching world nations to their respective longest rivers. Teams averaged a score of 14.4 points, and 16 teams were able to go the full 20-for-20. The halftime standings were led by these teams:


After an opening Three Clues set on the state of Illinois, we had questions about artist Grandma Moses, as well as ten-time Oscar-nominated foreign-language films Roma and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This was another round in which the most difficult wagering question came at the end; this time, we hit the stage:

  • The lead character in the recent Tony-winning musical A Strange Loop shares his name with a real life R&B singer known by which one-word stage name?

That lead character is named Usher, something that gave wagering points to 43 percent of the field; 18% added two bonus points for getting the singer’s last name of Raymond. Perfect scores were reached in this round by Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s) and Little Brains, Big Egos (Distilled).


Eight teams in all earned six points on Tuesday’s 6-4-2 about the game Jenga from just the first clue about the Swahili origin of the word. The fourth round kicked off with questions about the upstart LIV golf tour and multiple uses of the name Monte Carlo. However, the second half’s hardest bonus question came next on what was otherwise a very successful wagering chance. More than three-quarters of the field named either radium or polonium as the elements discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie, but only 11% named both for the two-point bonus. We followed that with Tuesday’s toughest wagering question of all:

  • Less than one year after releasing the album Certified Lover Boy, which solo artist dropped the album Honestly, Nevermind earlier this month?

About 42% of our teams successfully named Drake as the artist in question here. Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s) and Sexual Chocolate (Upper Deck) scored a perfect 36 points in this round. With just the final question remaining, these teams were leading the pack:

FINAL QUESTION (13.7% success rate):

  • On August 29, 2008, whose Wikipedia page set a record (at the time) for the most views in one day for an article about a living person?

The date in question was the day U.S. presidential candidate John McCain officially announced his running mate (and the answer to our question), Sarah Palin. We again had a Tuesday game with only one team earn a Perfect 21 by correctly answering every wagering question in the game; this time, Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s) earned that honor. Unsurprisingly, they are the top-scoring team of the night with these teams also earning top-tier scoreboard marks:


Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Low Rollers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lord of the Rings)

Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Crusty Broads  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Titmice)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Whatever  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Brady)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dog Breeds)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Hipster Fashion Consultants  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tyrannosaurus Rex)

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cricket (sport))

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

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Field of Dreams)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50 (Audio: Original or Cover Version?))

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Offbeats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Foo Fighters)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Great American Novels)

Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: My Bitches


Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Busy BZs  (FIRST CATEGORY: Atmospheric Science)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Educated Guessers  (FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)

Chalkboard Wings & BBQ in Alexandria, VA: H.R. Puff ‘n’ Stuff  (FIRST CATEGORY: Barack Obama)