What the ‘H’ Went Down at Tuesday Trivia?

Tuesday’s game of Pour House Trivia welcomed 116 teams across 20 venues:


For the second night in a row, the first bonus question of the night proved to be its most difficult.  To begin the game, we asked our teams to name the chemical elements with the shortest and longest names.  Offering wagering points for either answer, about two-thirds of the field knew that the only element with a three-letter name was tin.  Coming up with the longest elemental name was a daunting task, as only six teams earned bonus points by also giving us the 13-letter Rutherfordium.  Other opening round topics included Virginia cities, celebrities named Glover, and the recent scandal featuring this former “Desperate Housewife”:

Thanks to the first bonus question of the game, Rumble in the Bronx (Quincy’s South) posted the only perfect score of the opening stanza.


Tuesday’s audio question looked at the film work of Jennifer Lawrence, as about one-third of our teams recognized all three films: “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Joy”, and “Passengers”.  We opntinued with a discussion about Emmental cheese, the University of Pennsylvania, and this sports legend:

With a slightly easier trio of bonus questions, eight teams swept the second round with 36 points.


Punctuation marks were featured on Tuesday’s halftime page, which yielded perfect scores to 11% of the field and an overall average score of 14.9 points.  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams at the halftime break:


We began Tuesday’s second half with the nightly Three Clues question, as nearly half of our teams picked up bonus points with the early correct answer of Paul Ryan.  We also looked at TV chef Ina Garten (also known as the “Barefoot Conetssa”), the Canadian island of Newfoundland, and Halley’s Comet.  We closed the third round with a rather difficult bonus question about this book:

Only seven teams earned the final two bonus points of the third round by knowing that Norman Juster penned the children’s novel “The Phantom Toolbooth”.  Only two teams ran the table in the third round, but both were playing at the same venue: Rumble in the Bronx (Quincy’s South) and Balls Out (Quincy’s South) each notched 36 third round points.


Tuesday’s final round included a pair of difficult bonus questions.  Only nine teams knew that the classic movie tune “Que Sera Sera” was featured in the Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much”.  Keeping with the musical theme, only nine teams knew that Ohio’s official state rock song of “Hang On Sloopy” was recorded by the McCoys.  Other final round topics included quotes from the Shakespearean drama “Julius Caesar” and the current stars of this NBA team:

Based on the fact that only 17% of our teams earned points on this question about the Chicago Bulls, the term “stars” might not be accurate.  Two teams closed their night with a perfect fourth round score: Balls Out (Quincy’s South) and Quiz in My Pants (Outta the Way Cafe).  These were your highest scoring Tuesday teams heading into the final question:

TUESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (23.7% success rate):

–> Which letter of the alphabet is being defined in the following excerpt from Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language: “[It] is scarcely ever mute at the beginning of a word, or where it immediately precedes a vowel, [though] where it is followed by a consonant, it has no sound…”?

Nearly one-quarter of our teams responded correctly with the letter ‘H’.  Congratulations goes out to MoMo (Cuginis), who earned the only Perfect 21 on Tuesday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final Tuesday leaderboard:


Pop-Up Trivia in Hagerstown, MD:  Save the Clock Tower   (Next week’s first category at 28 South: Pizza)

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

Cuginis in Poolesville, MD:  MoMo   (Next week’s first category: Pickleball)

Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD:  Fan Club   (Next week’s first category: Ian Sings Journey)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  Pearls of Wisdom   (Next week’s first category: Kendrick Lamar – AUDIO)

Topgolf in Ashburn, VA:  Mindbenders   (Next week’s first category: British Prime Minsters)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Five Dollar Vasectomy   (Next week’s first category: “Firefly”)

Upper Deck in Mount Airy, MD:  Sloppy Seconds   (Next week’s first category: “The Brady Bunch”)

Olney Winery in Olney, MD:  Mexico Will Pay Our Tab   (Next week’s first category: Horse Breeds)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Urbana, MD:  Half Nelsons   (Next week’s first category: NCAA Wrestling Championships)

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

Charlie’s On the Avenue in Alexandria, VA:  Cell Phony Baloney   (Next week’s first category: “Bob’s Burgers”)

Vola’s Dockside Grill in Alexandria, VA:  Red Five   (NO GAME NEXT WEEK – FIRST CATEGORY ON APRIL 9: Triple 50/50 – Mike Tyson Quote or Yogi Berra Quote?)

Funkstown Tavern in Funkstown, MD:  Tobey   (Next week’s first category: English Royalty)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Stink Floyd   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Jonathan Swift or Jonathan Taylor Thomas?)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Rock the Cash Bar   (Next week’s first category: Cuba)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Just Us   (Next week’s first category: “Blue Bloods”)

Brass Tap in Annapolis, MD:  Niels Bohring   (Next week’s first category: James Bond Films)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  Quiz in My Pants   (Next week’s first category: MLB Teams)

Miller’s Ale House in St. Petersburg, FL:  Simple Minds   (Next week’s first category: “SpongeBob SquarePants”)