Tuesday Trivia’s Weekend in New England!
Tuesday evening featured another game of Pour House Trivia, this time hosted by 14 venues with a total of 144 teams.
The game began with our teams remembering the Alamo, snapping into a Slim Jim with the Macho Man Randy Savage, and relaxing on the loveseat. The last question in the opening round was its hardest, Three Clues that started with this duo:
- CLUE 1: This word appears in the title of an H. G. Wells novel featuring a protagonist named Griffin.
- CLUE 2: This is the first word in the title of the novel for which Ralph Ellison won a National Book Award.
While 27% of teams didn’t need a third and final clue to figure out the word Invisible, wagering credit went out to the 80% which got the correct word at any point in the question. We had 21 perfect teams in this round.
Tuesday’s toughest way to earn bonus points came in the night’s audio question, which asked teams to name a trio of TV spinoffs from their respective theme songs. Only an eighth of the field knew all three shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Melrose Place, and Angel. After questions about bananas and the Westminster Dog Show, we reached the most difficult wagering query of the first half:
- Which 1990s family film, which may be the source of a common misconception, starred Shaquille O’Neal as a genie who emerged from a boombox?
While many people seem to remember comedian Sinbad (or Shaq, for that matter) as a genie named Shazam, that film is actually called Kazaam; about 45% of teams resisted the Mandela Effect to get that correct answer. One last question in this round was also tough in the bonus department: we asked about the superhero Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and just 22% knew that members of the band U2 provided music and lyrics to the theatrical work. Our only two perfect teams in this round were Just For Fun (Dudley’s) and NoVa Compensators (Nighthawk).
Athletes who appeared on The Simpsons and two-word phrases with the initials R.M. were the orders of the day for the halftime sheet. On this one, the average score was 17.1 points with 19 squads achieving a perfect 20-point effort. One perfect team and some close competition made up the top of the halftime standings:
- NoVa Compensators (Nighthawk): 92
- Just For Fun (Dudley’s): 91
- I’m Bringing Pickleback (Dudley’s): 90
- Marshfellows (Solace Outpost – FC): 90
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 89
We led off the second half with Algeria and Zimbabwe, alphabetical bookends among countries in Africa. The toughest third-round query went to this one:
- Which line of non-carbonated soft drinks owned by PepsiCo was once offered in varieties such as Rain, X-Factor, and Fierce?
Roughly 62% of the field correctly named Gatorade for credit. A musical question followed, featuring an artist’s return to the Billboard charts:
- What is the one-word stage name of the singer currently listed on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song Lift Me Up?
Rihanna returned to the studio with that track, and she was named by 68% of teams. Perfect scores here were earned by 11 teams.
Tuesday’s 6-4-2 dealt with former FLOTUS Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and 21 teams provided her name at the earliest possible opportunity to earn all six points. The last round of the night began with the hardest question in Tuesday’s game:
- In addition to coaching nine different NBA franchises, who is the only head coach in history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA championship?
Former head coach Larry Brown has that honor, doing so with Kansas and the Detroit Pistons respectively; about two-fifths of the field named Brown, while 18% named either of his championship teams for bonus points. Other subjects in this round included the squeegee, 90s film Single White Female, and three people named Marty. Seven teams were more good than lucky, putting up a perfecto in this round. A few of our venues took over the leaderboard before the final question:
- I’m Bringing Pickleback (Dudley’s): 168
- Just For Fun (Dudley’s): 167
- NoVa Compensators (Nighthawk): 163
- Comfortably Dumb (Smoketown Creekside): 161
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 160
- Just Good Enough (Smoketown Creekside): 160
FINAL QUESTION (39.6% success rate):
- At a distance of 41 miles, which two U. S. state capitals are geographically closest to each other?
The traffic between them may be bad enough at times to make you think they’re farther apart, but those two capitals are Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. Tuesday’s Perfect 21 teams were I’m Bringing Pickleback (Dudley’s) and Comfortably Dumb (Smoketown Creekside), each taking their shot and earning points on each of our 21 wagering questions. Fittingly, they are also the overall point leaders in Tuesday’s game:
- I’m Bringing Pickleback (Dudley’s): 180
- Comfortably Dumb (Smoketown Creekside): 173
- Just Good Enough (Smoketown Creekside): 172
- Dynamite (Smoketown Creekside): 172
- Marshfellows (Solace Outpost – FC): 171
- In Last Place (Antietam): 169
- Smartinis (Dudley’s): 169
- Off in the Park (Solace Outpost – FC): 169
- C’mon, It’s Still Good Podcast (Gentleman Jim’s): 169
- Our Defending Champions (Cuginis): 168
Cuginis Restaurant in Poolesville, MD: Our Defending Champions (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Ishtar (film))
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Hucksters (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: U.S. Military)
Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA: I’m Bringing Pickleback (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: SNL Thanksgiving Sketches)
Ramparts Tavern & Grill in Arlington, VA: Bar Backs (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Music Theory)
Solace Outpost – Falls Church in Falls Church, VA: Marshfellows (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pharmacology)
Smoketown Creekside in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dumb (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Family Guy)
Distilled in Frederick, MD: Enough Already (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving)
Antietam Brewery in Hagerstown, MD: In Last Place (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 1990s TV Sitcoms)
Gentleman Jim’s in Gaithersburg, MD: C’mon, It’s Still Good Podcast (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Romania)
Nighthawk Pizza in Arlington, VA: Always Early (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Taylor Swift Songs)
Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville, VA: True Wit (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Thanksgiving Traditions)
Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Cell Phoney Baloney (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Star Trek)
Solace Outpost – Navy Yard in Washington, DC: You’ve Qatar Be Kidding Me (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: FIFA World Cup Geography)
Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA: Fresh Off the U-Haul (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Irish History)