Tuesday Trivia Towers Above!
A full slate of 15 area venues showcased Pour House Trivia on Tuesday for 164 total teams. We also welcomed our newest venue to the PHT family: Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA!
A pretty successful first round started with Three Clues about the word mustard and a question about the menorah. We followed up with a query about the mandible, which is the lower part of the human jaw; this was the hardest bonus chance in the round, as only 26% of the field knew the upper part of the jaw is called the maxilla. For the most difficult wagering question, we went to the late-night airwaves:
- Among the six different men to have served as the official host of NBC’s Tonight Show, which two men respectively held the longest and shortest tenures as host?
Johnny Carson served as host for 30 years, while Conan O’Brien did so for just eight months. About 88% of teams named one of those men, while 52% had both answers for bonus points. Perfect rounds were recorded by 25 teams.
Tuesday’s audio question ended up the toughest bonus opportunity in the first half. Teams were asked to identify the title Sledgehammer from three songs that shared it, but naming all three musical acts was not easy; only ten teams were able to get Fifth Harmony, Rihanna, and Peter Gabriel. After a viewing of Disney’s Big Hero 6 and a tour of the massive stadiums in the Big Ten college football conference, we reached the first half’s most difficult wagering question:
- After Spiro Agnew resigned, which man was sworn in as the 40th U.S. Vice-President exactly 49 years ago today?
Tuesday was the 49th anniversary of Gerald Ford‘s swearing in as VPOTUS; about 71% of teams got that right. There were six perfect scores in this round.
Teams had to identify musical groups in LEGO form to start Tuesday’s halftime page, then figure out whether various colleges and universities are private or public institutions. On average, teams scored 16.1 points and there were 18 perfect pages. These teams led the rest at halftime:
- I Don’t Know (Elo’s): 91
- Way Off Base (Nighthawk): 90
- Redneck Triviera (Smoketown Creekside): 90
- Mr. Manager (Nighthawk): 89
- Baby Nora (Antietam): 89
The third round’s hardest bonus try came at the start, on a three-parter where teams had to use their math skills to figure out equations based on literary titles; 17% of teams got all three answers right for extra points. Later in the round, we had its most difficult wagering question:
- Also familiar to you herringbone weavers, if you are out sailing the open seas and are executing a maneuver known as tacking, your boat would be traveling on which type of path?
Tacking would be going in a zigzag path, which was correctly identified by 73% of the field. Other topics in this round included cartoon pollution fighter Captain Planet and psychologist Ivan Pavlov. This round’s perfect scores were earned by How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis), Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s), and I Don’t Know (Elo’s).
There were 42 teams able to name the Austrian city of Vienna early enough to get all six points in Tuesday’s 6-4-2. The night’s fourth round provided the two toughest wagering queries, first on this World Cup question:
- In one of the most shocking upsets in World Cup history, which Asian country upset Argentina 2-1 in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup?
Roughly 43% of teams knew that Saudi Arabia scored that upset over Argentina. The next question, regarding the Oregon Trail’s eastern terminus in Missouri, was by far the toughest bonus chance all night; only four teams got within two years of the Oregon Trail computer game’s debut in 1974. Finally, we ended with this music question:
- Which two songs — the former theme song to Hell’s Kitchen and a song covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the Beavis & Butthead Do America film soundtrack — are both originally number one hits for the 70s funk band Ohio Players?
Those songs, respectively, are Fire and Love Rollercoaster; 52% of teams got at least one of those titles, while 14% named both for two bonus points. There were no perfect teams in this round. Scores looked good heading into the final question anyway:
- I Don’t Know (Elo’s): 164
- Mr. Manager (Nighthawk): 161
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 160
- Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s): 159
- Sexual Chocolate (Upper Deck): 158
FINAL QUESTION (65.2% success rate):
- On March 1, 1954, a hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll accidentally contaminated the crew of a nearby fishing boat. This incident inspired the creation of which iconic film character introduced into theatres later that year?
That accident inspired the creation of Godzilla! Seven teams put together a Perfect 21 on Tuesday by getting points on each of our 21 wagering questions. A four-way tie, including three from the same venue, topped the final Tuesday leaderboard:
- Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (Antietam): 169
- Cheeky Bastards (Antietam): 169
- Baby Nora (Antietam): 169
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 168
- Mr. Manager (Nighthawk): 168
- See You Next Tuesday (Ramparts): 168
- Nova Compensators (Nighthawk): 167
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 167
- In Last Place (Antietam): 167
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 166 POINTS
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: How I Met Ronnie (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Former U.S. Sports Champions)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Sexual Chocolate (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Civil War)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: I’m Bringing Pickleback (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: It’s a Wonderful Life)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: See You Next Tuesday (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Quantum Physics)
Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Marshfellows (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Firefighting)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Dynamite (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard?)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Street Sharks (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Slippery Rock, Slippery Roll (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Elf)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Han and Chewy (NO GAME NEXT WEEK — FIRST CATEGORY ON DEC. 20: Star Wars)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Mr. Manager (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Cold War)
Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Parliament-Funkadelic)
Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Psych)
Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: Wet and Wild Warriors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Military Theorists)
Audacious Aleworks in Fairfax, VA: We’re Number Onesies (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bjork)
Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Team Poop (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: European Geography)