We Gotta Go Now… to Tuesday Trivia!
With World Series XIX less than three weeks away, Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 151 teams across 23 venues.
Monday’s game began with a question concerning the film tagline “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water”. The most difficult bonus question of the first round was asked as part of a three-part question about sports trophies. Only 11% of the field knew that since 1882, the national cricket teams of Australia and England have competed for The Ashes trophy. Later, a clever question asked our teams to identify either one of the two countries that border both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean AND have ‘A’ as the only vowel in their names. Nearly half of our teams tacked on two bonus points by naming both correct answers of Canada and Panama. Eight teams earned a perfect first round score on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s second stanza opened with one of the most difficult audio questions of the season. Despite being given the hint that each of three song titles contained the letters “DIG”, only 23% of the field earned wagering points by identifying any two of these three songs: “Dig a Pony” by The Beatles, “Digging in the Dirt” by Peter Gabriel, and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet. For most teams, the Beatles song was certainly recognizable, but remembering the exact title proved to be a challenge… Our teams recovered nicely on questions about Robert Kennedy and the “Final Fantasy” video game series. A query about the “Captain Underpants” series of children’s books also presented a difficult bonus question, as only 11% teams successfully named Dav Pilkey as the author of these books. As a result, Comfortably Dum (Champion) posted the only perfect score of the second round.
A recurring trend over the last several weeks has been halftime pages which have played more difficult than expected, and Tuesday night was no exception. The top half of the page featured pictures of Broadway playbills, while the bottom half was presented as a 50/50 section regarding the relative weights of items. The highest score was just 18 points, while the overall average reached 12.3 points. Here is Tuesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 87
- Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential (Dudley’s): 87
- Comfortably Dum (Champion): 84
- We Love Trivia 3000 (Dudley’s): 84
- Inconceivables (Dudley’s): 84
We began Tuesday’s second half with a three-part question about homophonic pairs (e.g. “Lyme lime”, “beat beet”, and “current current”). We also looked at Blackberry devices, the Black Hole of Calcutta, and the MLB record of Orel Hersheiser…
The third round actually presented three of Tuesday’s easier bonus questions, as a dozen teams earned a perfect score of 36 points.
The final round examined the unintelligible lyrics of the classic rock song “Louie Louie”, the Japanese island of Honshu, and the wisdom of contemporary philosopher Ron Swanson. We closed Tuesday’s game with our nightly Three Clues question, which looked at an award-winning actress:
CLUE 1: She made her feature film debut in the 1932 film “A Bill of Divorcement”.
CLUE 2: She wrote the book “The Making of the African Queen: Or How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind”.
Our Hollywood experts jumped at the chance to pick up two bonus points with the early answer of Katharine Hepburn. Nine teams ran the table in the final round. These were your highest scoring teams heading into Tuesday’s final question:
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 162
- Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential (Dudley’s): 160
- We Love Trivia 3000 (Dudley’s): 159
- Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Cheesetique): 158
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 157
TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (77.2% success rate):
–> When appearing in German words, which letter is most commonly pronounced like the one that precedes it in the alphabet?
Just over three-quarters of our teams responded correctly with ‘W’, which is pronounced like a ‘V’ in words such as Wagner and Wiesbaden. How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s) earned the only Perfect 21 on Tuesday night by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:
- Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential (Dudley’s): 172
- We Love Trivia 3000 (Dudley’s): 171
- A Neutron Walks Into a Bar (Outta the Way Cafe): 165
- Boy, That Escalated Quickly (Charlie’s): 165
- D’oh! (Brass Tap): 165
- Stink Floyd (Monkey La La): 165
- Cell Phony Baloney (Charlie’s): 164
- SuperNOVA (The Block): 164
- Harsh Reality (Casa Rico): 163
- Tequila Mockingbord (Casa Rico): 163
- How Did I Get Here? (Senor Tequila’s): 163
- Niels Bohring (Brass Tap): 163
Pop-Up Trivia in Hagerstown, MD: That’s How We Roll (Next week’s first category at 28 South: 1990s Pop Songs – AUDIO)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Comfortably Dum (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50: Sean Connery or Roger Moore?)
Cuginis in Poolesville, MD: Tom Brady is Overrated (Next week’s first category: Muscle Cars)
Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD: How Did I Get Here? (Next week’s first category: Saturday Morning Cartoons)
Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Topgolf in Ashburn, VA: Mindbenders (Next week’s first category: Korean War)
The Block in Annandale, VA: SuperNOVA (Next week’s first category: “30 Rock”)
Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD: Steve Holt (Next week’s first category: Slasher Films)
Olney Winery in Olney, MD: Power Hour (Next week’s first category: “Game of Thrones”)
Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD: Half Nelsons (Next week’s first category: “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”)
Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA: Gouda ‘Nuff For Me (Next week’s first category: Beer)
Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA: Boy, That Escalated Quickly (Next week’s first category: MLB Stadiums)
Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA: Cucky Charms (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Before or After Roe v. Wade?)
Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD: Arrested Intelligence (Next week’s first category: Pie)
Casa Rico in Frederick, MD: Tequila Mockingbird (Next week’s first category: “Funny Girl”)
The Locker Room in Falls Church, VA: Jonathan Swift Daycare and BBQ (Next week’s first category: U.S. State Capitals)
Dudley’s in Arlington, VA: Bizarre, Interesting, and Essential (Next week’s first category: “The Royal Tenebaums”)
Delirium Cafe in Leesburg, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (Next week’s first category: Ethiopian Food)
Monkey La La in Frederick, MD: Stink Floyd (Next week’s first category: Doris Day)
Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD: Balls Out (Next week’s first category: One-Hit Wonders)
Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA: Pho Q (Next week’s first category: “The Handmaid’s Tale” – TV)
Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD: D’oh! (Next week’s first category: )
Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD: Acapulco Gold (Next week’s first category: Internet Memes)
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD: A Neutron Walks Into a Bar (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – First category on June 4: Dad Jokes)
Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL: Suck It Trebek (Next week’s first category: 1990s Alternative Rock)