We Don’t Have a Problem with Tuesday Trivia!

Our Tuesday teams returned to action after their holiday break, but a light snowstorm kept a few of those teams waiting one more week, as we welcomed 111 teams across 17 venues.

FIRST ROUND:

After opening Tuesday’s game with a look at the film “Legally Blonde”, we asked a surprisingly difficult first round question:

–> Which active quarterback has defeated all 32 current NFL franchises at some point in his career?

Unfortunately, we saw dozens of teams turn in the incorrect answer of Tom Brady.  While Brady has certainly defeated 31 of the 32 current NFL teams, he has obviously never defeated the Patriots.  Instead, we were looking for a veteran quarterback who has been traded at least once in his career, giving us the correct answer of Drew Brees.  Later, we discussed the animated films set within the “Star Wars” universe before closing the round with a three-part question regarding foreign governments.  Six teams earned a perfect first round score.

SECOND ROUND:

Tuesday’s audio question featured three songs whose titles begin with the word “Hey”.  We listened to “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White T’s, “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At the Disco.  Plenty of bonus points were doled out on this question, but that was certainly not the case later in the round, as we asked our teams to identify either one of the English writers whose characters are namesakes for the moons of Uranus.  About half of our teams earned wagering points with the easier correct answer of William Shakespeare, but only two teams scored bonus points with the other correct answer of Alexander Pope, as the moons of Umbriel and Belinda are named for characters from the poem “The Rape of the Lock”.  Another difficult bonus question closed the first half, as only eight teams correctly named “Daisy Girl” as the common title of the controversial political advertisement created by the 1964 Presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater.  Thanks to these two questions, the second round did not yield any perfect scores.

HALFTIME:

In one of the easiest halftime rounds of the season, our teams breezed through the topics of fictional domestic servants and foreign delicacies.  More than one-third of our teams notched a perfect score of 20 points, as the overall average reached 18.7 points.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams after the first half:

THIRD ROUND:

The wicked bonus questions continued into the second half, as we began the third round with a three-part question regarding shared college nicknames.  Our teams easily recognized the schools that use nicknames such as Bears or Bulldogs, but only 12% of the field earned bonus points by also knowing that Northern Arizona, Stephen F. Austin State, Humboldt State all share the nickname Lumberjacks.  After a look at some of the highest charting songs of the past 12 months, we moved on to the most difficult wagering question of the night, asked in the category of Change a Letter:

–> If you change one letter among these two words, you’ll go from the name of the mythical island where the sword Excalibur was forged to the name of the magical kingdom ruled by teen princess Elena Castillo Flores.

The answers here were Avalon and Avalor, with the latter referencing the animated TV series “Elena of Avalor”, currently airing on Disney Junior.  Since teams needed to give us both words to earn wagering points, only 16% of the field responded correctly.  As if that wasn’t enough, the next question featured the second bonus question of the night to yield just two correct answers.  Most of the field earned wagering points by knowing that Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but only two teams knew that former Secretary of State Elihu Root was the second American winner of that honor.  As a result, we did not see any perfect scores from Tuesday’s third round.

FOURTH ROUND:

Before starting the final round, we took a trip to Rio de Janeiro in the 6-4-2 question to see the statue that some people apparently refer to as “Brazil Jesus”.  Topics from Tuesday’s fourth stanza included the supernatural film “The Witches of Eastwick”, the anise-flavored liqueur Sambuca, and the Bermuda Triangle.  Once again, two of the three bonus questions in this round were particularly diobolical.  First, we asked the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: This was the last name of a character named Allen in a live action Nickelodeon show of the 1990s.

CLUE 2: This was the middle name of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

Very few teams were bold enough to venture a guess before hearing the final clue, leading to just eight teams picking up two bonus points with the early correct answer of ‘Strange’.  Later, for the third time in Tuesday’s game, a bonus question yielded exactly two correct responses, as only a pair of teams knew on a weather map, lines connecting points of equal sunlight are known as isohels.  Not surprisingly, none of our teams recorded a perfect score in Tuesday’s final round.  Your overall leaderboard after four rounds of play included these teams:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (53.4% success rate):

–> What is the most populous U.S. city with precisely three combined teams in the ‘Big 4’ professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL)?

Just over half of the field knew that the city of Houston (and its 2.3 million residents) has never been the home of an NHL team.  None of our Tuesday teams earned a Perfect 21 last night by answering every wagering question correctly.  These were your highest scoring teams on this snowy Tuesday night:

TUESDAY’S WINNERS:

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Panther Pit   (Next week’s first category: Astronauts)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  Bucket of B.S.   (Next week’s first category: Pineapples)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  How Did I Get Here?   (Next week’s first category: 2020 Golden Globes)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Glee”)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Taco Tuesday   (Next week’s first category: “Schitt’s Creek”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “The Witcher”)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Steve Holt!   (Next week’s first category: Baseball Films Other than “The Natural”)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Han Style   (Next week’s first category: Super Bowl Winners)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  New Cheese Revolution   (Next week’s first category: Department of Homeland Security)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Fawn Liebowitz’s Pallbearers   (Next week’s first category: Upstate New York)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Galactic Guerrilla Syndicate   (Next week’s first category: Foreign Governments)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Spiritual Growth Hormone   (Next week’s first category: Cities of the Pacific Northwest)

Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Arlington, VA:  Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential   (Next week’s first category: “Succession”)

Quincy’s Uptown in Damascus, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Billy On the Street”)

Hometown Harvest Kitchen in Frederick, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: “Cats” – 2019 film)

Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria, VA:  The Owls Are Not What They Seem (Next week’s first category: U.S. Civil War Generals)

Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville, VA:  I Am Smartacus  (Next week’s first category: Human Anatomy)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Balls Out   (Next week’s first category: Maryland Terps Men’s Basketball)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: “Mad” Magazine)

Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD:  Hunchbacks of Notre Gone  (Next week’s first category: David Bowie)

Union Jack’s in Gaithersburg, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK   (Next week’s first category: Gynecology)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Poynter Pros   (Next week’s first category: “Jaws” – film)