Tuesday Trivia Takes a (County) Seat!
Eighteen locations — including our latest venue, Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC — provided Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia to a total of 147 teams.
This round was an easy breezy time for our teams on an overall basis. They handled topics like Best Picture Oscar winners by their initials, Alabama and Mississippi‘s short Gulf of Mexico coastlines, Sheldon Cooper’s Bazinga catchphrase, and John Madden’s highly-successful run as head coach of the NFL’s Raiders. Speaking of highly successful, there were 37 perfect scores in the first round!
Jimmy Fallon impersonations of classic rock stars provided the basis for Tuesday’s audio question, with a first-half-low 31% of our teams able to name all three musicians he was imitating. Tom Wolfe book The Right Stuff and the burger offerings of the Checkers fast-food chain were next, followed by the first half’s hardest wagering question:
- The Broström procedure is a surgery to repair the anterior talofibular ligament (or ATFL) that is located in which specific part of the human body?
Tasks at halftime on Tuesday included naming eight U.S. cities with names beginning with the letter T, then matching 12 late musicians to their corresponding music group. We had 40 perfect scores on the halftime sheet, with 17.4 points being the average team score. At the halftime intermission, we were led by a perfect squad:
- Shipwrecked (Smoketown Creekside): 92
- Sexual Chocolate (Upper Deck): 91
- Full Frontal Nerdity (Gentleman Jim’s): 90
- Dumber Than We Look (Upper Deck): 90
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 89
Three Clues about rock band Blink-182 provided the start to Tuesday’s third round, and 17% of the field successfully named the band before the final clue for two bonus points. The next question was the hardest of this round:
- Which brand of miniature cars made by Galoob ran commercials featuring actor John Moschitta, who at the time was considered the world’s fastest talker?
Galoob got into the toy car business with the Micro Machines brand, correctly named by 38% of our teams. A three-parter on 50th-birthday girl Cameron Diaz came next, with a bonus success rate of just 14% for getting all three answers right. While the first two bonus questions in this round were difficult, we saved the toughest for last: a question about sports mascot Youppi supporting the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens after the MLB’s Expos moved to Washington, D.C. saw only 13% of teams get within two years of 1993, the last year the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. With a trio of hard bonus chances, no teams were able to get through this round with all 36 points.
Tuesday’s 6-4-2 about the state of Michigan provided a six-point boost to 19 teams. We talked about Best Comedy Series Emmy winners Modern Family and Veep, then the Aspen tree to start this round. However, we saved the two hardest wagering questions for the middle of the fourth. First up, this doozy:
- Convoked by Pope Paul the 3rd, a certain council that opened in 1545 was called in part to counteract Protestant teachings. This council is named for which Italian city?
That was the Council of Trent; this question came with a bonus crossword-style clue. A night-low 27% of teams got wagering points on that question, while just eight teams named it early for a two-point bonus. Next was this literary wonder:
- Two con men known only as the King and the Duke are found in which late 19th Century American novel sequel, which was widely criticized for its racist language?
About 29% of the field were right with an answer of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We did recover well with the last question, a three-parter on words that begin with the letters ant, but no teams earned a perfect score in this round. We reached the night’s final question with a three-way tie across three venues:
- Full Frontal Nerdity (Gentleman Jim’s): 158
- Shipwrecked (Smoketown Creekside): 158
- Way Off Base (Nighthawk): 158
- Enough Already (Distilled): 156
- Pho Q (Coach’s Corner): 156
FINAL QUESTION (27.9% success rate):
- There are 24 counties in the U.S. sharing what name, making it the most common name among counties NOT named for U.S. Presidents?
Those are all named Franklin County, which was correctly named by a little more than a quarter of Tuesday’s field. However, none of them got a Perfect 21, since no team provided correct answers to each of our wagering questions on this night. Final scores looked like this:
- Shipwrecked (Smoketown Creekside): 170
- Blinded by the Wine (Coach’s Corner): 164
- A-Team (Dudley’s): 163
- Cell Phony Baloney (Elo’s): 161
- That’s So Clavin (Antietam): 161
- Little Brains, Big Egos (Distilled): 160
- BMC (Nighthawk): 159
- Quizzy McTriviaface (Antietam): 159
- Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (Antietam): 159
- Flaming Cheese (Smoketown Creekside): 157
Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Six Appeal (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baking)
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Crusty Broads (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Stiletto Heels)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hurricanes)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Austikee (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s Major League Baseball)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: A-Team (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: NFL Quarterbacks)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Mental Fog (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Hanks Films)
Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Off in the Park (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Yellowstone National Park)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Shipwrecked (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift Albums)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Little Brains, Big Egos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1980s Toys)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: That’s So Clavin (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Maryland Counties)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Full Frontal Nerdity (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: American Muscle Cars)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: BMC (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Tom Hanks Films)
Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Blinded by the Wine (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Prescription Medication)
Chalkboard Wings & BBQ in Alexandria, VA: Pure Luck (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Authors)
The Zone in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ice Cream)
Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Cell Phony Baloney (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Voiceover Actors)
Ledo Pizza in Chambersburg, PA: Rail Splitters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Baltimore Orioles Shortstops)
Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Joey Triviani (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Republican U.S. Senators)
Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Zero to Hero (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Basic Science)