Tuesday Trivia Will Have What She’s Having!
On a beautiful Tuesday evening, 122 area teams enjoyed a game of Pour House Trivia across 13 venues.
The game started off strong, with the vast majority of teams correctly answering questions on current box office champ Doctor Strange, 50/50s on U.S. geography, and Japan‘s Nikkei 225 stock market index. By far, the most difficult wagering question came at the end of the round:
- From 1959 to 1973, which team reached the NBA Finals ten times, but only won a single league championship during that stretch?
Losing seven NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics and two others to the New York Knicks in that time, the Minneapolis-turned-Los Angeles Lakers were that ill-fated bridesmaid. Wagers were earned by 44% of the field on that question, while about 27% of teams got their bonus points by knowing the Lakers now play in the Crypto.com Arena. Eleven of those teams put up perfectos in the opening round.
We had a little extra Mothers Day love out there for the audio question with three songs about moms, followed by a query on the terminology behind the weather term typhoon. A question about SNL alum and birthday boy Kenan Thompson proved to be the easiest wagering question but the most difficult bonus chance of the round; only 10% of teams knew that Kenan got his feature film start in the Mighty Ducks series. That was followed by the toughest wagering question of the first half:
- What is the only U. S. state whose name appears in the title of a published novel written by Mark Twain?
About 42% of Tuesday’s field were right to guess the title state of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. We ended the first half on a question about the U.S. Department of Defense. A pair of teams got through the round perfectly: Crusty Broads (Cuginis) and Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s).
The top half of Tuesday’s halftime page had Time Person of the Year recipients, while the bottom half dealt with matching TV shows to their respective theme song titles. This was a little tougher than usual: the average team scored 13.8, but five went above and beyond with perfect 20-point scores. Going into the halftime intermission, this were the leaders of the pack:
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 90
- Crusty Broads (Cuginis): 88
- Stamp Collectors (Ramparts): 88
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 87
- FIVE TEAMS TIED WITH 86 POINTS
As has been the case lately on Tuesday evenings, a toughie started the second half. In this case, both the hardest wagering and bonus questions came on the baseball field:
- Prior to reaching the 2019 World Series, which team became the first MLB franchise in 17 years to have two pitchers each record at least 300 strikeouts in the same season?
While the Washington Nationals did win that year’s World Series and boasted strikeout artists of their own, it was actually the Houston Astros who boasted two 300-strikeout pitchers that season. Just under 30% of the field answered correctly for wagering points, and only seven teams earned bonuses for naming both Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole as the strikeout kings. We proceeded through the rest of the third by eating some arugula, wearing Versace, and taking a trip back to the year 2005. A perfect score eluded the entirety of the field in the third round on Tuesday.
This evening’s 6-4-2 on singer Billie Eilish saw 13 teams get all six points off just one clue about her much-longer birth name. The fourth round began with a question about the late Joan Rivers and her turn on the E! show Fashion Police, then a scientific query on the term inert and Three Clues about the number 2. The latter was the hardest of the round to earn a wager, with 57% correctly answering before the final clue. Bonus points were toughest to earn at the end of the fourth, a question about children’s author Beverly Cleary; 13% of the field tacked on two extra points by naming her first novel, Henry Huggins. Despite the round being fairly successful overall, only How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis) was able to build a perfect fourth round score. A pre-final question scoreboard was topped by these teams:
- How I Met Ronnie (Cuginis): 156
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 155
- Stamp Collectors (Ramparts): 155
- Smartinis (Antietam): 151
- Shenanigans (Nighthawk): 150
FINAL QUESTION (25.4% success rate):
- Ranked at #33 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest film quotes in history, a quote from which 1980s film was spoken by a performer who had no other lines in the entire film?
Director Rob Reiner’s mother Estelle provided the laughs with the line I’ll have what she’s having in the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally…, and a quarter of Tuesday’s field knew that for their wagers. However, a Perfect 21 was out of reach of all our teams this evening, as no teams correctly answered all 21 wagering questions. The top of Tuesday’s scoreboard looked like this:
- Stamp Collectors (Ramparts): 167
- Fan Club (Gentleman Jim’s): 157
- Shenanigans (Nighthawk): 156
- Supernovas (Dudley’s): 155
- Killer Snails (Olney): 154
- Austikee (Olney): 154
- Smartinis (Dudley’s): 154
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 154
- Full Frontal Nerdity (Gentleman Jim’s): 153
- Lush Puppies (Olney): 152
- Pink Flamingos (Solace Outpost): 151
The standings would’ve been officially topped by Drunken Birds of Steele (Dudley’s) and their 161-point game, but they played with more than the maximum seven players and had to settle for pride and an honorable mention here!
Vibrissa Beer and Kitchen in Front Royal, VA: Husker Du (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: True Crime)
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Crusty Things)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Fabulous Killjoys (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Friends)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Killer Snails (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Jon Sings Johnny Cash)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: Supernovas (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Top Gun — original film)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Stamp Collectors (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Whiskey)
Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Pink Flamingos (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Africa)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Flop Tarts (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Competitive Swimming)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: In Dead Last (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Disney Soundtracks)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: Smartinis (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Whales of SeaWorld)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: Fan Club (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pre-1950 Oscar-Winning Films)
Epiq Food Hall in Woodbridge, VA: Trivia and Corn (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Twilight Saga)
VFW Post 3285 in Frederick, MD: Pierce Balls (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: MLB Stadiums)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Shenanigans (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pixar Films)