Your Back-to-School Edition of Tuesday Night Trivia!

It looks like some of our parents in the crowd needed a break after just one day of school, as Tuesday’s games featured 95 teams across 14 venues.  Let’s see which teams topped the overall leaderboard on this post-Labor Day evening:


Our first round threw our teams an expected curveball in the category of U.S. History, asking for the Constitutional Amendment which features the quote: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.  I guess it’s time to open those old history textbooks, as less than half of our teams answered correctly with the First Amendment.  We continued with a couple of questions about this memorable film scene:

Pulp Fiction

Remembering the title of the film (“Pulp Fiction”) was certainly easier than remembering the fictitious restaurant from which that tasty burger was purchased, but 18% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by remembering it was Big Kahuna Burger.  We concluded the round with a Triple 50/50 question, with tonight’s version asking if the following phrases were either the title of a card from the game Magic: The Gathering, or the title of a Death Metal album: “Effigy of the Forgotten”, “Empty the Pits”, and “Tomb of the Mutilated”.  The second of the three phrases was the only one which was the title of a Magic: The Gathering card.  Only 12% of our teams earned a two-point bonus here by answering all three parts correctly, which meant that four teams swept the first round with a perfect score: Thinkin’ Kraken (Capitol City Brewing), Taco Tuesday (Top Golf – Ashburn), Uncles With Benefits (The Block), and Parasites by the Dashboard Light (Monkey La La).


The second round audio question turned out to be one of our most difficult questions of the night, as we played three songs with an identical three-word title.  About one-third of our teams were able to come up with “All My Life”, with just eight teams earning a two-point bonus by also recognizing all three musical acts: Kenny Rogers, K-Ci & JoJo, and the Foo Fighters.  Next, we discussed the work of this American illustrator and ornithologist:


Most of our teams remembered that John James Audubon’s most notable work is Birds of America.  We got a bit sneaky on the next question, as we (secretly) stayed with this ornithological theme for our next question, which was asked in the Three Clues format:

CLUE 1: On the TV series “Mad Men”, the character of Herman Phillips was known by this nickname.

CLUE 2: On the classic game show “You Bet Your Life”, this animal would drop from the ceiling when someone said the secret word.

Exactly one-quarter of our teams earned a two-point bonus on this question by forgoing the last clue and coming up with this correct answer:


After finishing the round with questions on pesto sauce and Olympic cities, we had just one team record a perfect score in the second stanza: Uncles With Benefits from The Block.


Tuesday night’s halftime page featured some rhyme time, while the bottom half had our teams matching foreign-born U.S. politicians to their respective nations of birth.  Overall, this halftime page played to an average score of 15.7 points, with 12 teams notching a perfect score of 20 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top scores after the first half:


The second half began with a question concerning this embarrassing moment which occurred almost exactly eight years ago:


While we all remember this incident, only 19% of our teams earned a two-point bonus by remembering BOTH of the music videos which were “involved” in this award presentation: “You Belong With Me” (the winner) and “Single Ladies” (the greatest video of all time).  Most of the teams who managed to secure these bonus points breezed through the rest of the round, as further questions on Michelangelo and Citgo were answered by the majority of our teams.  The third round actually featured the most perfect scores on Tuesday night, as a total of 12 teams registered 36 points in this round.


The final round offered up a three-part question on World Geography, asking for the respective current names of the territories formerly known as Siam, Ceylon, and Formosa.  This was a “sink-or-swim” question, as we saw about 80% of our teams either answer all three correctly (earning a two-point bonus) or miss their wager altogether.  The respective answers we were looking for were Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan.  We continued with this question on the Academy Awards:

–> In addition to numerous technical awards, the original “Star Wars” film also earned Oscar nominations for both Best Picture and Best Director, but lost both of these races to what comedy film?

As one of the few romantic comedy films in Oscar history to take home Best Picture, this Woody Allen classic earned that honor over “Star Wars”:

Woody Allen Annie Hall

We closed the final stanza with a question on Ichiro Suzuki, and while the former Japanese star holds the record for most career hits as a professional baseball player (if you include his time in Japan), he still falls short of the MLB record for hits, held by this hard-nosed player:

Pete Rose

Just as in the previous round, the final round proved to be on the easier side for our teams, as nine teams closed out the game with a perfect score of 36 points.  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores after the final round:

FINAL QUESTION (62.9% success rate):

–> In the board game Risk, which is the only territory that is also a single U.S. state?


Congratulations to the three teams that answered every wagering question correctly to score the Perfect 21 tonight: Have You Ever Been to a Turkish Prison? (FireFlies), Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South), and Parasites by the Dashboard Light (Monkey La La).  Here are Tuesday’s top overall scores:


Whole Foods Market in Ashburn, VA:  One’s All You Need  (NEXT GAME ON OCTOBER 3 – First category: 1990s Music)

Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA:  Menace to Sobriety  (Next week’s first category: Harlem Hellfighters)

Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD:  Wiseacres  (Next week’s first category: Lyrics of “Waltzing Matilda”)

Cugini’s in Poolesville, MD:  Like a Hobo On a Hot Ham Sandwich  (Next week’s first category: “Pulp Fiction”)

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

Fireflies in Alexandria, VA:  Have You Ever Been in a Turkish Prison?  (Next week’s first category: Insane Clown Posse)

Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD:  NO GAME THIS WEEK  (Next week’s first category: Dog Breeds)

Top Golf in Ashburn, VA:  Five Sure  (Next week’s first category: Foreign Currency)

Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD:  Oops, We Did It Again  (Next week’s first category: Britney Spears’ 2007 Meltdown)

The Block in Annandale, VA:  Uncles With Benefits  (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Beatles #1 Billboard Hot 100 Songs)

Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL:  Clavins  (Next week’s first category: “Star Trek”)

Monkey La La in Frederick, MD:  Parasites By the Dashboard Light  (Next week’s first category: “Twin Peaks” – Season 3)

Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD:  Uncle Jack  (Next week’s first category: Indianapolis Colts)

Casa Tequila in Lovettsville, VA:  Just Us  (Next week’s first category: Barbra Streisand)

Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, MD:  GDI  (Next week’s first category: Superstitions)