Tuesday Trivia Reached the Big Sky!

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Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 122 total teams to one of 15 locations.


Our first half started with a three-parter on words that contain the letters port within, followed by questions on General Motors and actor Idris Elba. A Three Clues question about the sport of swimming became the most difficult way to get points in the first round. Four-fifths of our teams named it at some point to get the points they wagered, but only 17% did so before the third clue was read for a two-point bonus. There were eight perfect team scores in the first round on Tuesday.


This game’s audio clue presented college football marching band covers of hit songs, and played very well overall with our teams. However, this wagering query later on proved to be the hardest in Tuesday’s first half of play:

  • The Cassini Division is located closest to which planet that was once explored by the Cassini space probe?

Just under half of our teams put a ring on it with a correct answer of Saturn. The round ended with a question about the Divergent young-adult book series; about 69% of the field earned their wager by naming either author Veronica Roth or its setting of Chicago, while a round-low 18% knew both answers for bonus points. In this round, perfect scores were recorded by Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers (Solace Falls Church), That’s So Clavin (Antietam), Bury the D (Dudley’s), and Soccer? I Hardly Know Her! (Solace Navy Yard).


Tuesday’s halftime topics were films were the main character dies (spoiler alert!), followed by matching fast food menu items to the appropriate restaurant chain. We had 19 perfect scores on this page, while teams scored 16.8 points on average. A two-way tie topped the halftime standings:


When it comes to the start of round three, I’d like to say you liked it (you really liked it!). However, this Academy Awards question tripped up almost the entire field:

  • Who is the only living woman to have won three Academy Awards for Best Actress?

While the vast majority of teams gave Meryl Streep as their answer (with many not only using their 9-point wager, but losing their bonus category in the process), she only has two wins on 17 nominations. The correct answer, Frances McDormand, was given by only eight teams for a correct answer rate of 6.5%. All eight teams also got their two-point bonus for naming Nomadland as the film for which McDormand most recently won Best Actress. A couple of questions later in this round weren’t as heavy-hitting, but still landed some stinging blows. A three-parter on Broadway musicals by character list saw 45% of teams get their wager and 10% earn a two-point bonus, while this wagering question followed up:

  • While there is no formal definition for this literary genre, the Nebula Awards for science fiction limit entries in which category to 7,500 words or fewer?

Roughly 43% of the field got their wager with the correct answer of short story. This round did eventually come to an end, and one team made it through with all 36 possible points: Just For Fun (Dudley’s).


A half-dozen teams identified Philadelphia after a single clue about its Philharmonic’s work on Disney’s Fantasia to get all six points in the 6-4-2. We dove into the fourth round with a question about Romanov family member and Russian leader Peter the Great. The next question was the hardest of this round:

  • Which musical comedian chronicled his life in seclusion during the pandemic with a Netflix special titled Inside?

Bo Burnham was the mind behind that streaming special, and he was correctly named by 57% of our teams. Other topics here included Jacques Cousteau‘s book-turned-documentary The Silent WorldAntarctica‘s claim to fame as the locale of the world-record longest golf drive, and Nicki Minaj‘s recent hit single Super Freaky Girl which samples Rick JamesSupernovas (Dudley’s), See Me After Class (Gentleman Jim’s), and Tell Your Dog I Said Hi (Ramparts) had this round’s perfect scores. Venues for the top three scores before the final question didn’t change from those at halftime, but a pair of the teams did:

FINAL QUESTION (41.8% success rate):

  • Which contiguous U. S. state borders three Canadian provinces?

While the question was short and sweet, the correct answer was big: Montana borders British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Another Tuesday game went by without a Perfect 21, but there’s always next time to attempt correct answers to each of our 21 wagering questions! These teams ended Tuesday with the highest scores:


Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Crusty Rods  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Empire Strikes Back)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: National Spelling Bee Winning Words)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Austikee  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jeopardy!)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Just For Fun  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 30 Rock)

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

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

Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Kamikazes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 20th Century Italian Horror Films)

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

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: In Last Place  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Human Body)

Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: While You’re Down There  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Films)

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Real Team of Genius  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Presidents)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Pro Wrestling)

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

The Zone in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cupcakes)

Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Great Minds Drink Alike  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian History)

Ledo Pizza in Chambersburg, PA: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles Shortstops)

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Soccer? I Hardly Know Her!  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Women’s Soccer)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Power of Two  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Horror Films)