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The first Tuesday of Season XXIV went off at 22 venues for a total of 243 teams! That included a 25-team event at Dudley’s as well as 20 other teams playing at Solace Outpost – Navy Yard.


For the opening round, teams received questions on leaguewide retired numbers (42 for Jackie Robinson in MLB and 99 for Wayne Gretzky in NHL), the 25th anniversary of the teen comedy film She’s All That, and a three-parter full of P.C. initialed answers. A game-high 35 perfect scores were recorded in this round.


Tuesday’s audio question played three songs with days of the week in their title: Manic Monday by the Bangles, Sunday Morning by Maroon 5, and Freaky Friday by Lil Dicky. We then split our travels between Oregon and Maine to visit each Portland, all tried to find the guy who wrote the question about Tim Robinson’s I Think You Should Leave, and celebrated Lent with a Filet-O-Fish. Another round with no truly difficult questions ended with 12 perfect teams.


For halftime, teams named celebrities who love hats and submitted answers that featured the ONO letter string. While the average score was 18.2 points, there were 67 perfect efforts. We hit the halftime break with three teams tied for the highest score:


It took until the end of the third round for a question to throw our teams into disarray:

  • The town of Talkeetna was supposedly the inspiration for Cicely, Alaska on what ensemble early ’90s CBS show?
  • Bonus: Who was the lead actor in this show?

Northern Exposure was named correctly by most teams, but only 10.6% added bonus points for also identifying actor Rob Morrow. Before that, we covered topics such as a three-parter on men’s underwear, Scottie Pippen‘s draft-and-trade from Seattle to Chicago in 1987, and the chemical element boron. This round had six perfect scores.


Twelve teams were able to figure out the word Kodiak from the six-point clue in Tuesday’s 6-4-2, which mentioned a six-letter word that named the second-largest island in the U.S. However, 36% of the field submitted a wrong guess, as many teams incorrectly guessed Hawaii (the largest American island) from the six-point clue. The last round of the night began with a question about Tyler Perry’s Madea character, in which a game-low 7% of the field earned bonus points for knowing Madea’s first film was Diary of a Mad Black Woman. A couple of wagering questions later on proved to be a solid one-two punch, starting with the night’s Three Clues about a body of water:

  • Europe’s longest river empties into this body of water.
  • Four of the five nations that border this body of water were members of the former Soviet Union.
  • Its name is a bit of a misnomer since it is actually a lake, and it happens to be the largest lake in the world.

Even with all three clues, only 17% of teams correctly named the Caspian Sea. That wasn’t the most difficult question of the game, however, as the very next query took that crown:

  • Vespasian was the final Roman Emperor in the year 69 AD, which is also known as the year of how many emperors?

That was the year of Four emperors, a number submitted by 14.8% of the field. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there were no perfect scores in this round. However, our tie from halftime got larger as now four teams shared the overall lead after four rounds:

FINAL QUESTION (24.69% success rate):

  • Be Still Stop Chattering, a light-hearted mini opera written by Johann Sebastian Bach, has a plot that revolves around addiction to what specific consumable?

Bach wrote that opera about addiction to coffeeHowever, that wasn’t enough to grant any team the Perfect 21 effort on Tuesday. Only two teams tied for first at the end of the night, and they both played at the same venue:

Honorable mention goes out to Tuesday Trivia Titans (Solace Outpost Navy Yard) for scoring 162 points, but doing so with more than the eligible limit of seven players.


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

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: John Triviolta  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Justin Bieber)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Grossly Negligent Guessing  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Police (band))

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Kinetic Misery  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Will Ferrell Quotes)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Back to School (film))

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Little Caesar’s Big Surprise  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: League of Legends)

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

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Texas Hold’em)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: The Gang Plays Bar Trivia  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny)

Distilled in Frederick, MD: Bonkers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Dog Breeds)

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: In Last Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Wars Legends (books))

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: While You’re Down There  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: PCU (film))

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Phoebe  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: College Mascots)

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

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

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Blinded by the Wine  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Virginia Civil War Battles)

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Diamond Dogs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psychology)

Creek Lodge Bar & Grill in Rockville, MD: Stone Roses  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: British Pop Music)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Candy Andy  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Microbiology)

Rudy’s Golf & Sports Bar in Alexandria, VA: I Think, They Drink  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Periodic Table)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: CH4  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Appalachian Trail)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Judge Judy’s Phat Ass  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bioluminescent Bodies of Water)