Tuesday Trivia Sets Sail!

alt text

On Tuesday, 21 venues and 258 teams played Pour House Trivia, which included a 22-team event at Solace Outpost – Navy Yard.

FIRST ROUND:

Tuesday’s game began with a three-parter with answers each beginning with the phrase This Is, then moved on to the Plymouth Colony and the holiday film Bad Santa. The round’s last question dealt with a certain NHL franchise:

  • Winner of the 2007 Stanley Cup, which west coast NHL team plays its home games in an arena appropriately nicknamed The Pond?
  • Bonus: What is the current official name of that arena?

Most teams were able to get their wager by answering with the Anaheim Ducks, but only 10.5% received bonus points for knowing the Ducks play at the Honda Center. This round’s perfect scores were recorded by Pancakes (Solace Outpost FC),  Coco (Gentleman Jim’s), and Blue Fog (Nighthawk).

SECOND ROUND:

A very tough audio question proved to be the hardest way to earn wagering points. Teams had to name the artist for each of a trio of Christmas songs: Frank Sinatra (Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!), Blues Traveler (Christmas), and Gwen Stefani (Jingle Bells). However, the wagering rate was only 21%, with a game-low eight teams knowing all three for bonus credit. The last question in this round also carried a difficult bonus question:

  • Founded in 1901, which chain of upscale department stores also operates an off-price clearance chain known as Rack stores? 
  • Bonus: Referencing the initials of its founder, what is this company’s stock ticker symbol?

The Nordstrom brand was named by most teams, but just 6.25% knew its stock ticker symbol is JWN. Only one perfect score was earned in this round, by Urban Achievers (Audacious Fairfax).

HALFTIME:

NBA franchise names and national food dishes were ordered up at Tuesday’s halftime round. There were 66 perfect scores here, on a page that averaged a score of 17.9. A two-way tie for first spotlighted the leaderboard at the halftime break:

THIRD ROUND:

The second half kicked off with a question about M-named countries that border Algeria:  MoroccoMali, and Mauritania. We followed that with this acting question:

  • The TV character of Alan Shore appeared on the TV series Boston Legal and The Practice. Which actor earned Emmy Awards for portraying Shore on both of those two shows?

Actor James Spader was identified by 36% of the field, the lowest success rate of any second-half query. Other topics in this round included jazz musician Duke Ellington and Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, a character inspired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. A game-high 18 perfect scores occurred in this round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Singer and upcoming Super Bowl halftime act Usher was named by 59 teams at the 6-4-2‘s six-point clue. Tuesday’s last round began with questions about FDR’s Good Neighbor Policy and the 2023 Tour de France which happened in July. We celebrated the anniversary of a movie midway through the round:

  • Exactly 52 years ago, director Stanley Kubrick premiered which film that ultimately was given an X rating due to its explicit scenes?
  • Bonus: This film was based on a book from which author?

Many teams were able to name Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, while a little over 10% knew the novel was written by Anthony Burgess. This was the only round with no perfect team scores. However, we rolled into the final question with these top teams:

FINAL QUESTION (61.54% success rate):

  • In which 19th century American literary work would you have found the protagonist and his crew leaving for an ill-fated voyage on Christmas Day?

That voyage can be found in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. That answer left another trio of Perfect 21 teams on Tuesday: Killer Snails (Olney), What Would Snake Do? (Dudley’s), and Blinded by the Wine (Branch). At the end of the evening, these were the highest scores:

A couple of honorable mentions, both playing over the limit of seven players: Blinded by the Wine (Branch) (166 points) and Enough Already (Distilled) (165 points).

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: We Should’ve Stayed Home  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bourbon)

Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: No Puns to Give  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Black Hole of Cheese)

Audacious Aleworks in Falls Church, VA: Wayne Road Blues  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stephen King Novels)

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

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

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Here for the Tacos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elf) 

Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1930s Films)

Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Skomra  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: San Diego Padres)

Idiom Brewing in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Airplane!)

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

Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: NO GAME  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

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

Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Blue Fog  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 2: Transformers: Prime)

Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Reacher (season 2))

Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Quizzer Me Timbers  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 2: Current Premier League Managers)

The Branch in Leesburg, VA: Just Us  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Revenge of the Sith)

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, VA: Alex Trebek’s Mustache  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Christmas Films)

Bukom Restaurant & Lounge in Washington, DC: Jacob  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 2: West African Literature)

Creek Lodge Bar & Grill in Rockville, MD: Flux Capacitors  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Love Island)

Craftworx Taproom in Gainesville, VA: Three Fifes and a Drum  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Vietnam War Aircraft)

Rudy’s Golf & Sports Bar in Alexandria, VA: Bitch, Please  (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON JAN. 2: Dead Rock Stars)

Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Tipsy Yinzers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Songs About Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriends)