Up the River at Tuesday Trivia!

Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 137 teams across 23 venues.


Tuesday’s game began with a question regarding hockey legends Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky, before moving on to the nightly Three Clues question.  We offered a two-point bonus to any team that could identify the fitting both of these clues:

CLUE 1: This is the most populous city on the Mississippi River.

CLUE 2: This city shares its name with the first capital city of Ancient Egypt.

One-fourth of our teams passed up the final clue and picked up two bonus points with the early correct answer of Memphis.  We also discussed the nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy” and the upcoming departure of Adam Levine from the NBC show “The Voice”.  Though most of our teams answered all five wagering questions correctly, each of the three bonus questions yielded overall success rates under 30%, resulting in only six teams earning a perfect first round score.


Tuesday’s audio question featured clips from three films whose titles begin with the letter ‘C’: the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film “Commando”, the Olympic comedy “Cool Runnings”, and the animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.  Only 12% of the field picked up two bonus points with three correct answers.  Later, a question about the fast food chain Subway resulted in the most difficult bonus question of the first half, as only eight teams knew that Subway is headquartered in Connecticut.  We continued the second round by discussing the opening lyrics to the Bon Jovi song “Livin’ On a Prayer” and the details behind the Japanese term Shogun.  Thanks to two difficult bonus questions, the only perfect score of the second round was posted by Boy, That Escalated Quickly (Charlie’s).


Record label logos and foreign islands were the featured topics on Tuesday’s halftime page, which yielded ten perfect scores and an overall average of 16.7 points.  Here is your overall leaderboard at the halftime break:


Tuesday’s second half began with a hard fought two-point bonus asked in the form of a crossword-style science question:

–> Which long-chain polymer is the primary component in the exoskeleton of arthropods and the cell walls of fungi?

Very few teams ventured a guess at this point, deciding to play it safe and wait for the crossword-style hint.  Even after that hint was announced, just under half of our teams earned wagering points with the correct answer of chitin.  Only seven teams were brave (and knowledgeable) enough to go in early and pick up that elusive bonus.  We continued with a look at Sudoku puzzles, the siblings of Moses, and the wealth of Jay-Z.  The third round concluded with a Triple 50/50 question regarding Best Picture Oscar winners.  We threw our teams a bit of a curveball here by having all three answers be the same, “Citizen Kane”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Saving Private Ryan” failed to win the Best Picture Oscar.  With only 11% of the field tacking on two bonus points with three correct answers, the only perfect score of the third round was recorded by $5 Ahn Says “Hi, Single Ladies!” (The Block). 


After a quick look at the recent 13-0 World Cup blowout by the U. S. Women’s National Soccer Team, we asked the most difficult bonus question of the night, as only six teams knew both of the first names of the literary characters Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (respectively, it’s Henry and Edward).  The field was able to bounce back on a relatively easier three-part question concerning TV detectives, but only three teams swept the final round with 36 points: We’re Good With That (Topgolf), Pi (Topgolf), and Hungry Hungry Georgian Hippos (Dudley’s).  These were your highest scoring teams heading into Tuesday’s final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (22.8% success rate):

–> What is the only river in the world to cross the equator twice?

Just under one-quarter of our teams gave us the Congo River as the correct answer.  Four teams earned the Perfect 21 on Tuesday night after answering all wagering questions correctly: Ingenious Bastards (Champion), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Dudley’s), Doris Day and the Time (Monkey La La), and Hunchbacks of Notre Gone (Tommy Joe’s).  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:


Pop-Up Trivia in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Terminator: Genisys”)


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres   (Next week’s first category: Latin Dances)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Hundo   (Next week’s first category: American Revolution)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: TV Detectives)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: Czech Republic)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:   Critical Mass   (Next week’s first category: Poker Lingo)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  $5 Ahn Says “Hi, Single Ladies!”   (Next week’s first category: “Ewoks” – TV series)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  HoJo MoJo   (Next week’s first category: “Avatar”)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  DC Swampers   (Next week’s first category: James Bond Films)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  ON HIATUS   (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Barry”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Swing and a Swiss   (Next week’s first category: Potent Potables)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Boy, That Escalated Quickly   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – U. S. National Parks)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Peele and Eat  (Next week’s first category: Smal Dog Breeds)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Athletic Supporters   (Next week’s first category: NSYNC – AUDIO)

Casa Rico in Frederick, MD:  Tequila Mockingbird   (Next week’s first category: “The Twilight Zone”)

The Locker Room in Falls Church, VA:  Thankful Dead   (Next week’s first category: Video Games of the 2010s)

Dudley’s in Arlington, VA:  Hipster Fashion Consultants   (Next week’s first category: Foo Fighters)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Doris Day and the Time   (Next week’s first category: Craft Beer)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out   (Next week’s first category: “Ben-Hur”)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Pho Q   (Next week’s first category: July 4th)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Niels Bohring   (Next week’s first category: U. S. Naval Academy)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Dame   (Next week’s first category: Taylor Swift – AUDIO)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Gators   (Next week’s first category: Major League Baseball)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Alcoholics Unanimous   (Next week’s first category: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)