We Were Told There Would Be No Math…

A winter wonderland forced us into a slightly smaller schedule on Tuesday night, but 77 teams still braved the snow and ice to take in a game of trivia at one of 12 PHT venues, including one team that was certainly firing on all cylinders:


Topics from Tuesday’s opening round included poetry, Presidential families, and this ancient king:

King Tut

After closing with a look at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, we saw four teams start their game with 36 first round points: Wiseacres (Champion Billiards), Dr. Leo Marvin and Associates (Charlie’s), Adam’s Family (Charlie’s), and The Golden Globe Goes to Glenn Close (Quincy’s South).


Tuesday’s audio question included clips from three musical acts who have appeared as featured performers at Super Bowl halftime shows.  Our teams had no problem recognizing the work of Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott, and Cee Lo Green.  We followed with the most difficult wagering question of the first half, which quizzed our teams about this brand of pickles:

Mt. Olive Pickles

Only 27% of the field knew that the North Carolina company Mt. Olive is the second best-selling brand of pickles in the country.  After a quick trip to Denmark, we closed the first half with a question about the former TV drama “Bones”.  As the most difficult bonus question of the first half, only nine teams knew that Seeley was the first name of the character portrayed by David Boreanaz.  As a result, only two teams notched a perfect second round score: Holy Shirts and Pants (Upper Deck) and The Golden Globe Goes to Glenn Close (Quincy’s South).


Five-letter film titles and foreign mountains were the featured topics on Tuesday’s halftime page.  Seven teams posted a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average landed at 14.9 points.  Here are your highest scoring first half teams from Tuesday night:


Tuesday’s second half began with a Three Clues question concerning the nation of Albania.  Though the TV sitcom “Cheers” wasn’t referenced in this particular question, every question we ask about Albania reminds me of this scene:


With most of the field earning points here, the third round continued with a one-two punch that put most of our teams to the canvas.  First up, this question regarding feminist authors:

–> Which author is credited with starting the second-wave feminist movement in the U.S. with her 1963 book “The Feminine Mystique”?

The incorrect response of Gloria Steinem was a far more popular answer than the actual author of Betty Friedan.  Next, we asked our teams to name either one of the two players involved in this controversial play which occurred near the close of last week’s NFC Championship game:

Saints Rams

This infamous (and apparently legal) style of pass coverage involved Tommylee Lewis of the New Orleans Saints and Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams.  On each of these questions, less than one-quarter of our teams earned wagering points.  The final question of the third round gave us the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After a relatively easier question regarding the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion”, only six teams tacked on two bonus points by remembering the name Galatea.  Not surprisingly, the third round did not yield any perfect scores.


Tuesday’s final round topics included the planets of our solar system, the recent misadventures of Kevin Hart, and the potent beverage depicted in these works of art:

Absinthe Impressionist

Only five teams earned bonus points by knowing that the painting on the right is considered the first original work created by Edouard Manet.  Our fourth round closed with a look at the family of William Tecumseh Sherman and the stately song work of John Denver.  None of our Tuesday teams swept the final round with a perfect score.  Here are your highest scoring teams heading into Tuesday’s final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (51.4% success rate):

–> Who was the first person to become U.S. President as a result of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution?

Just over half of our teams responded correctly with Gerald Ford.  After a masterful performance, The Golden Globe Goes to Glenn Close (Quincy’s South) answered every wagering question correctly to record the only Perfect 21 on Tuesday night.  We’ll be back with a full schedule next week!  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Hojo Mojo  (Next week’s first category: “La Bamba” – film)

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Tom Brady)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Patriots Super Bowl Victories)

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

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Dangerous Business  (Next week’s first category: “Frasier”)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: “Battlestar Galactica” – 2004 series)

Greene Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD:  ON HIATUS  (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: “Mean” Gene Okerlund)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  White Ford Bronco  (Next week’s first category: Washington Wizards Players)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Reformed Theology)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  S&M&M’s  (Next week’s first category: “The Social Network”)

Cheesetique in Fairfax, VA:  Gouda ‘Nuff For Me  (Next week’s first category: Lighthouses)

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Dr. Leo Marvin and Associates  (Next week’s first category: “Anchorman”)

Bar19 at Worthington Manor in Urbana, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Arboriculture)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Missouri Compromise  (Next week’s first category: Bourbon)

Fat Daddy’s in Mansfield, TX:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Texas History)

Bareburger in Atlanta, GA:  ON HIATUS  (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: 1980s Heavy Metal)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd  (Next week’s first category:  )

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  The Golden Globe Goes to Glenn Close  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek”)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Pho Queues  (Next week’s first category: “Ozark”)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Cobra Kai  (Next week’s first category: Tiger Woods)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Units of Measurement)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Simple Minds  (Next week’s first category: Classic Rock – AUDIO)