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Trivia Hunt X: September 18th, 2021

Congrats to our three fastest perfect-scoring teams, earning the invitation to the end-of-the-year finale.
1st – ProgChamps – 46 minutes – $325
2nd – Well anyway – 54 minutes – $125
3rd – The Quick Wits – 63 minutes – $125

Our Recap

We hope you enjoyed Trivia Hunt X, with a change of pace and 20 questions in 2 hours. Plenty of teams took their time and submitted their answers right at the deadline. Sixteen teams submitted a perfect sheet – one of whom were first-timers. Many others came very close. The average score in the Hunt was 91.5%. Incredible job! 

With the prize pool getting split evenly this time around, all cash-earning teams will receive $125, and the fastest team, ProgChamps, take a $200 bonus on top of it.

The questions played fairly easy for most teams, except for a few traps that some teams failed to avoid. All but four questions were correctly answered by more than 90 percent of the teams.

Average Submission Time: 114 minutes (all teams); 88 minutes (winning teams)
Average Score: 18.3/20
Teams Winning Cash – 16

CLICK HERE FOR THE STANDINGS


The next Trivia Hunt is Trivia Hunt Express II!
It’ll be held on October 5th at 9PM Eastern. Just like the first one, this will have just 10 questions, with a one-hour prize time limit. Tickets can be purchased here.


A quick note about the questions and how we go about them: when we write each question, we test it in a small group, re-write them, and try again. A different group does a test run 2-3 days before the hunt, and again, we revise. Even with all that, we sometimes don’t discover an additional answer or a possible wording issue. We certainly do our best, and our intent is never to trick you. We want you to get them right, but we also want them to be a challenge. With that said, there are sometimes questions where there were multiple accepted answers.

Question #1:

There are three singles by Adele that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 that have the full titles of full-length Pixar films in their lyrics, appearing as standalone words. Two of those songs are “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Someone Like You” which both have the word “Up” in their lyrics. Name the third single along with the Pixar film mentioned.

Clarifier: “Love in the Dark”, which has the word “Brave” in it, was not released as a single.

A: Rolling in the Deep / Soul
Most Common Wrong Answer: –
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Cars also appears in Rolling in the Deep, but as a part of another word – scars.

Question #2:

The oldest male winner and the oldest female winner of Dancing with the Stars (US version) never appeared in a movie together. However, they’ve both appeared with an actress who played an assistant to a famous TV character. In what play did the actor starring as that TV character make his Broadway debut?

Clarifier: The oldest winners at the time of winning.

A: The Normal Heart
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 76%
Discovery Path: Donny Osmond, Jennifer Grey → Margo Harshman → Sheldon Cooper → Jim Parsons → The Normal Heart

Question #3:

This image is showing the titles of the first six episodes of a web series. In one of the other episodes in the series, a character is criticized for not getting a haircut. That character shares their first name with a journalist and conservationist who is acclaimed for protecting a natural region. That journalist wrote a nonfiction book on the matter that was published as a part of a publisher’s series in 1947. Another book in the same series is written by an author with the same first name, but spelled differently. What is the title of that book?

A: The Saskatchewan
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Spoons, Friends, Nettles, Cage, Picnic, Present → Salad Fingers → Marjory Stewart-Baxter → Marjory Stoneman Douglas → The Everglades: River of Grass → Rivers of America → Marjorie Wilkins Campbell → The Saskatchewan

Question #4:

Of the two actors heard speaking in this clip, one was born almost five months before the other. The older actor has been nominated for acting awards at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards for the same three film roles, earning a fourth Golden Globe nomination for playing a real-life person in a different film. This person was also portrayed in a 2020 series that first aired on a television network with an abbreviated name that is the same as an airport’s IATA code. In the year in which this airport first opened, who was the only woman winner of a Nobel Prize?

A: Pearl S. Buck
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 92%
Discovery Path: Viggo Mortensen → Sigmund Freud → Freud (2020) → ORF → Norfolk Airport → 1938 → Pearl S. Buck

Question #5:

RIP Charlie Watts. At the Rolling Stones concert that this ticket stub was for, they played songs from several albums. Only one studio album had three songs performed at this concert. On that album, there is only one song with an alliterative title. What five-letter fruit is mentioned in the lyrics of that song?

A: Lemon
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Let It Bleed → Monkey Man → Lemon

Question #6:

What is the only European country name that contains another country’s name?

Clarifier: English short form names only, so it’s China, and not People’s Republic of China. The letters have to be consecutive and in order. The country in question may or may not be in Europe.

A: Romania (Oman)
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: A few teams answered Oman, which was accepted as correct. A friendly reminder to read the question carefully before answering, as we can’t always be as lenient.

Question #7:

Each row in this word grid contains a 9-letter name of a video game that has been shifted to the right anywhere from 0 to 8 places. The names cycle back at the beginning of the same row. Reposition each name so that the name is correctly spelled out. The green color marks the positions of the letters to collect once you reposition the names. The green color does not move —you’ll need the last letter of the row 1 game name, the second-to-last letter of the row 2 game name, etc. Those letters, unscrambled, give the name of another one-word video game. The company that developed that game contains two animals in its name that were also combined in the company’s logo. What are those two animals?

A: Bull & Frog
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Quick Note: Of course, bullfrog itself is an animal species in its own right.

Question #8:

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera on recently joining MLB’s 500 Home Run club! There is only one last name to appear on both the MLB 500 HR club and NBA 20,000 Point club. That last name is shared by the lead singer of a band whose debut studio album came out in 1990. That album’s initials are SYMM. What is the only Major League Baseball team whose name appears in the title of one of the songs on that album (i.e. “Pirates”)?

A: Angels
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Robinson (Frank & David) → Black Crowes → Shake Your Money Maker → Angels (She Talks to Angels)

Question #9:

It’s July 20, 2021, 11 AM locally, and you’re here. What time is it here?

A: 2:00 AM
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Novi Sad, Phoenix -> 2:00 AM

Question #10:

The first Republican to serve as United States Secretary of the Interior has the same initials as a major TV network. In the Annual Grammy Awards ceremony that was first broadcast live by that network, there were a number of performers. Of the solo artists who performed then, three have had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 or Top 100 chart that was not performed during that ceremony. Of the three, the performer who has been nominated for most Grammys recorded a studio album the same year that ceremony was held. What was the title of that album?

Clarifier: For Billboard’s Top 100 years, all top-charting songs in each of the categories count — Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played by Jockeys,  Most Played in Jukeboxes and Top 100.

A: Solitaire
Most Common Wrong Answer: Playin’ Favorites
Correct Percentage: 51%
Discovery Path: Caleb B. Smith → CBS → 15th Grammys (1973) → Helen Reddy, Andy Williams, Don McLean → Andy Williams → Solitaire

Question #11:

The banknote in this image has been the target of a defacement trend, wherein the person depicted is made to look like a fictional character. The second person to portray this character in a feature film has a first name that is the same as that of a Catholic pope. The only pope with this name ascended to the papacy on a date in December on the Gregorian calendar. Two dates are possible, but either will work for the purposes of this question. If you convert either of these dates to the equivalent one on the Islamic (Hijri) calendar, you get a date that occurred during a year that is a three-digit number. This number is the first word read at the beginning of a classic book, referring, in context, to a location. What is the most recently published novel with a one-word title that was written by the same author of that book?

A: Home
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Spock → Zachary Quinto → Pope Zachary → 3/5 December 741 → 124 → Beloved → Toni Morrison → Home

Question #12:

What is the only word that begins and ends with the same letter that appears as a part of:

– a character name in Jess Nevins’s Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes

– a Keanu Reeves movie title (full feature movies, credited roles only)

– a song title from a Black Sabbath studio album (UK version if various versions were released; no re-releases, bonus tracks, deluxe editions)?

Single-letter answers are not acceptable.

A: Neon
Most Common Wrong Answer: Edge
Correct Percentage: 93%
Quick Note: Neon the Unknown (superhero), The Neon Demon (movie), Neon Knights (song)

Question #13:

Of the cartoon characters who have their faces shown in this image, some control powers that have the same names as the flavors of the ’90s drinks shown in this image. (Note: the names of the flavors have been removed from the photo.) Of the characters whose powers match, one has a name that’s also the first of the two rhyming words in the title of a TV show that’s in its 17th season in 2021. One of the two people who appeared in most episodes on the show has a name that includes a name of a world country. Who was the oldest athlete from that country to win an individual gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, while competing in a sport that involves a ball?

A: Ma Long
Most Common Wrong Answer: Gong Lijiao (we can see how Shot Put can be considered a ‘ball’ sport, but Ma Long is still older).
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Planeteers → Kwame and Wheeler → Wheeler Dealers → Edd China → Ma Long

Question #14:

The name of the character pictured here shares his first name with an actor who has hosted a major US game show and has appeared as a character named Christine in an FX series that ran for four seasons. The primary city that that show was set in is home to 15 real-life high schools. Which of those 15 high schools’ official mascots is called a Scot?

A: Highland High
Most Common Wrong Answer: The Galloway School
Correct Percentage: 99%
Discovery Path: Gooey Louie → Louie Anderson → Baskets → Bakersfield, CA → Highland High

Question #15:

Back in 2009, the first-ever Motor City Trivia (now Sporcle Events) pub trivia show took place at Liberty Street Brewing Company in Plymouth, MI. Liberty Street runs east to west and is intersected by less than ten north/south roads. Of those roads that intersect Liberty Street, what is the only road that shares its name with a type of sunglasses you can buy from Oakley?

One of Motor City Trivia’s founders, Ryan, just purchased Liberty Street Brewing Company and is renaming it to the Bearded Lamb. Check it out if you’re ever in the area. Good luck Ryan!

A: Holbrook
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Sporcle Live was recently rebranded to Sporcle Events

Question #16:

One of the modern architectural marvels from this image is located in the city where the designer of all four was born. That designer won a prestigious award in 1992, becoming only the second person from their country to be awarded. The person of the same nationality who won the same award earlier co-designed a building that is within half a mile of one of the buildings from the image. What telephone number is listed on the contact page of the official website of that second venue (that is co-designed by the person who won the award earlier)?

Clarifier: That second venue has its own website – don’t get lost looking at the contact page of a touristic organization of that country, or another website that includes this venue as a part of a larger bid.

A: (+34) 96 047 06 47
Most Common Wrong Answer: +34 96 197 46 86
Correct Percentage: 86%
Discovery Path: Santiago Calatrava → Valencia → Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers → Félix Candela → Oceanografic.org → (+34) 96 047 06 47

Question #17:

School’s back, so we need to check your math. In the Academy Awards ceremony held in the year X, where X = (A+B*C)*D-E, who won the Academy Award for the Best Director (Comedy Picture)?

 A – First word in the title of the 2008 movie directed by Anne Fletcher

 B – Number of MCU Infinity Saga movies directed by the Russo brothers

 C – Number of Martin Scorsese Best Director Oscar nominations

 D – Age of Quentin Tarantino at the time Pulp Fiction, a movie he wrote and directed, was released

 E – First word in the title of the 2017 movie directed by Brian Smrz

A: Lewis Milestone
Most Common Wrong Answer: 1929
Correct Percentage: 92%
Quick Note: This award for Comedy Picture was only given once, so if you knew or spotted that, all the math in the question was actually just a smokescreen. Sorry!

Question #18:

A cartoon character that debuted on October 4, 1950, and the first word of FC Barcelona home stadium combine to form the name of themed areas of four different US theme parks. Of the four states where the headquarters of those parks are located, which two of them share the same state bird?

A: Ohio & North Carolina
Most Common Wrong Answer: Illinois and Ohio
Correct Percentage: 99%
Quick Note: Carowinds, as a park, is located in both North and South Carolina. Technically, the Camp Snoopy at Carowinds is in the South Carolina part of the park, but the park is headquartered in NC.

Question #19:

In the episode of a famous sitcom in which one of the main characters gifts his father a car, another main character falls in love with an Oscar-winning actress. That actress was nominated for a major theater award in the 2000s. The year she was nominated, a granddaughter of a famous filmmaker was also nominated. That filmmaker’s filmography includes a movie based on a coming-of-age novel, written by an author whose initials are B.S.. That novel ends with the protagonist going to a college. What is the nickname of the most athletic teams representing that college?

A: Wolverines
Most Common Wrong Answer: Bulldog
Correct Percentage: 99%
Discovery Path: Seinfeld → Marisa Tomei → Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in Play (2008) → Zoe Kazan → Elia Kazan → A Tree Grows in Brooklyn → U of Michigan → Wolverines

Question #20:

In the 2020 Human Development Report, 26 independent world countries have been given a HDI value (2019) of 0.900 or better.

Of those 26, eliminate countries with capital city names that end in the letter ‘A’ in English.

Of the remaining countries, eliminate those that border each other.

Again, of the remaining countries, eliminate the two most populous and the two least populous.

Less than half a dozen remain. Eliminate all but the one that gained independence most recently.

What country would you end up in if you were to dig a straight tunnel through the Earth from the capital of that country? (In other words, in what country is the antipode of the capital of the remaining country?)

Clarifier: Land borders only (including borders over rivers and lakes). HDI value is from 2019, but it’s included in the report from 2020. For population, use World Factbook estimations for 2021. For independence, the most recent declaration counts.

A: Ecuador
Most Common Wrong Answer: Peru
Correct Percentage: 63.4%
Discovery Path: Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Austria, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Czechia → Norway, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, France → Iceland, Singapore, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea → Singapore, Israel → Singapore → Ecuador



As always, we sincerely appreciate your support of our humble Trivia Hunt! We hope to see you again on October 5th!


The Next Hunt – Trivia Hunt Express II
October 5th, 2021 – 9 PM Eastern
Tickets available here

 

 

 

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Trivia Hunt X: September 18th, 2021

Congrats to our three fastest perfect-scoring teams, earning the invitation to the end-of-the-year finale.
1st – ProgChamps – 46 minutes – $325
2nd – Well anyway – 54 minutes – $125
3rd – The Quick Wits – 63 minutes – $125

Our Recap

We hope you enjoyed Trivia Hunt X, with a change of pace and 20 questions in 2 hours. Plenty of teams took their time and submitted their answers right at the deadline. Sixteen teams submitted a perfect sheet – one of whom were first-timers. Many others came very close. The average score in the Hunt was 91.5%. Incredible job! 

With the prize pool getting split evenly this time around, all cash-earning teams will receive $125, and the fastest team, ProgChamps, take a $200 bonus on top of it.

The questions played fairly easy for most teams, except for a few traps that some teams failed to avoid. All but four questions were correctly answered by more than 90 percent of the teams.

Average Submission Time: 114 minutes (all teams); 88 minutes (winning teams)
Average Score: 18.3/20
Teams Winning Cash – 16

CLICK HERE FOR THE STANDINGS


The next Trivia Hunt is Trivia Hunt Express II!
It’ll be held on October 5th at 9PM Eastern. Just like the first one, this will have just 10 questions, with a one-hour prize time limit. Tickets can be purchased here.


A quick note about the questions and how we go about them: when we write each question, we test it in a small group, re-write them, and try again. A different group does a test run 2-3 days before the hunt, and again, we revise. Even with all that, we sometimes don’t discover an additional answer or a possible wording issue. We certainly do our best, and our intent is never to trick you. We want you to get them right, but we also want them to be a challenge. With that said, there are sometimes questions where there were multiple accepted answers.

Question #1:

There are three singles by Adele that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 that have the full titles of full-length Pixar films in their lyrics, appearing as standalone words. Two of those songs are “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Someone Like You” which both have the word “Up” in their lyrics. Name the third single along with the Pixar film mentioned.

Clarifier: “Love in the Dark”, which has the word “Brave” in it, was not released as a single.

A: Rolling in the Deep / Soul
Most Common Wrong Answer: –
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Cars also appears in Rolling in the Deep, but as a part of another word – scars.

Question #2:

The oldest male winner and the oldest female winner of Dancing with the Stars (US version) never appeared in a movie together. However, they’ve both appeared with an actress who played an assistant to a famous TV character. In what play did the actor starring as that TV character make his Broadway debut?

Clarifier: The oldest winners at the time of winning.

A: The Normal Heart
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 76%
Discovery Path: Donny Osmond, Jennifer Grey → Margo Harshman → Sheldon Cooper → Jim Parsons → The Normal Heart

Question #3:

This image is showing the titles of the first six episodes of a web series. In one of the other episodes in the series, a character is criticized for not getting a haircut. That character shares their first name with a journalist and conservationist who is acclaimed for protecting a natural region. That journalist wrote a nonfiction book on the matter that was published as a part of a publisher’s series in 1947. Another book in the same series is written by an author with the same first name, but spelled differently. What is the title of that book?

A: The Saskatchewan
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Spoons, Friends, Nettles, Cage, Picnic, Present → Salad Fingers → Marjory Stewart-Baxter → Marjory Stoneman Douglas → The Everglades: River of Grass → Rivers of America → Marjorie Wilkins Campbell → The Saskatchewan

Question #4:

Of the two actors heard speaking in this clip, one was born almost five months before the other. The older actor has been nominated for acting awards at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards for the same three film roles, earning a fourth Golden Globe nomination for playing a real-life person in a different film. This person was also portrayed in a 2020 series that first aired on a television network with an abbreviated name that is the same as an airport’s IATA code. In the year in which this airport first opened, who was the only woman winner of a Nobel Prize?

A: Pearl S. Buck
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 92%
Discovery Path: Viggo Mortensen → Sigmund Freud → Freud (2020) → ORF → Norfolk Airport → 1938 → Pearl S. Buck

Question #5:

RIP Charlie Watts. At the Rolling Stones concert that this ticket stub was for, they played songs from several albums. Only one studio album had three songs performed at this concert. On that album, there is only one song with an alliterative title. What five-letter fruit is mentioned in the lyrics of that song?

A: Lemon
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Let It Bleed → Monkey Man → Lemon

Question #6:

What is the only European country name that contains another country’s name?

Clarifier: English short form names only, so it’s China, and not People’s Republic of China. The letters have to be consecutive and in order. The country in question may or may not be in Europe.

A: Romania (Oman)
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: A few teams answered Oman, which was accepted as correct. A friendly reminder to read the question carefully before answering, as we can’t always be as lenient.

Question #7:

Each row in this word grid contains a 9-letter name of a video game that has been shifted to the right anywhere from 0 to 8 places. The names cycle back at the beginning of the same row. Reposition each name so that the name is correctly spelled out. The green color marks the positions of the letters to collect once you reposition the names. The green color does not move —you’ll need the last letter of the row 1 game name, the second-to-last letter of the row 2 game name, etc. Those letters, unscrambled, give the name of another one-word video game. The company that developed that game contains two animals in its name that were also combined in the company’s logo. What are those two animals?

A: Bull & Frog
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Quick Note: Of course, bullfrog itself is an animal species in its own right.

Question #8:

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera on recently joining MLB’s 500 Home Run club! There is only one last name to appear on both the MLB 500 HR club and NBA 20,000 Point club. That last name is shared by the lead singer of a band whose debut studio album came out in 1990. That album’s initials are SYMM. What is the only Major League Baseball team whose name appears in the title of one of the songs on that album (i.e. “Pirates”)?

A: Angels
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Robinson (Frank & David) → Black Crowes → Shake Your Money Maker → Angels (She Talks to Angels)

Question #9:

It’s July 20, 2021, 11 AM locally, and you’re here. What time is it here?

A: 2:00 AM
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Novi Sad, Phoenix -> 2:00 AM

Question #10:

The first Republican to serve as United States Secretary of the Interior has the same initials as a major TV network. In the Annual Grammy Awards ceremony that was first broadcast live by that network, there were a number of performers. Of the solo artists who performed then, three have had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 or Top 100 chart that was not performed during that ceremony. Of the three, the performer who has been nominated for most Grammys recorded a studio album the same year that ceremony was held. What was the title of that album?

Clarifier: For Billboard’s Top 100 years, all top-charting songs in each of the categories count — Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played by Jockeys,  Most Played in Jukeboxes and Top 100.

A: Solitaire
Most Common Wrong Answer: Playin’ Favorites
Correct Percentage: 51%
Discovery Path: Caleb B. Smith → CBS → 15th Grammys (1973) → Helen Reddy, Andy Williams, Don McLean → Andy Williams → Solitaire

Question #11:

The banknote in this image has been the target of a defacement trend, wherein the person depicted is made to look like a fictional character. The second person to portray this character in a feature film has a first name that is the same as that of a Catholic pope. The only pope with this name ascended to the papacy on a date in December on the Gregorian calendar. Two dates are possible, but either will work for the purposes of this question. If you convert either of these dates to the equivalent one on the Islamic (Hijri) calendar, you get a date that occurred during a year that is a three-digit number. This number is the first word read at the beginning of a classic book, referring, in context, to a location. What is the most recently published novel with a one-word title that was written by the same author of that book?

A: Home
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Spock → Zachary Quinto → Pope Zachary → 3/5 December 741 → 124 → Beloved → Toni Morrison → Home

Question #12:

What is the only word that begins and ends with the same letter that appears as a part of:

– a character name in Jess Nevins’s Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes

– a Keanu Reeves movie title (full feature movies, credited roles only)

– a song title from a Black Sabbath studio album (UK version if various versions were released; no re-releases, bonus tracks, deluxe editions)?

Single-letter answers are not acceptable.

A: Neon
Most Common Wrong Answer: Edge
Correct Percentage: 93%
Quick Note: Neon the Unknown (superhero), The Neon Demon (movie), Neon Knights (song)

Question #13:

Of the cartoon characters who have their faces shown in this image, some control powers that have the same names as the flavors of the ’90s drinks shown in this image. (Note: the names of the flavors have been removed from the photo.) Of the characters whose powers match, one has a name that’s also the first of the two rhyming words in the title of a TV show that’s in its 17th season in 2021. One of the two people who appeared in most episodes on the show has a name that includes a name of a world country. Who was the oldest athlete from that country to win an individual gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, while competing in a sport that involves a ball?

A: Ma Long
Most Common Wrong Answer: Gong Lijiao (we can see how Shot Put can be considered a ‘ball’ sport, but Ma Long is still older).
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Planeteers → Kwame and Wheeler → Wheeler Dealers → Edd China → Ma Long

Question #14:

The name of the character pictured here shares his first name with an actor who has hosted a major US game show and has appeared as a character named Christine in an FX series that ran for four seasons. The primary city that that show was set in is home to 15 real-life high schools. Which of those 15 high schools’ official mascots is called a Scot?

A: Highland High
Most Common Wrong Answer: The Galloway School
Correct Percentage: 99%
Discovery Path: Gooey Louie → Louie Anderson → Baskets → Bakersfield, CA → Highland High

Question #15:

Back in 2009, the first-ever Motor City Trivia (now Sporcle Events) pub trivia show took place at Liberty Street Brewing Company in Plymouth, MI. Liberty Street runs east to west and is intersected by less than ten north/south roads. Of those roads that intersect Liberty Street, what is the only road that shares its name with a type of sunglasses you can buy from Oakley?

One of Motor City Trivia’s founders, Ryan, just purchased Liberty Street Brewing Company and is renaming it to the Bearded Lamb. Check it out if you’re ever in the area. Good luck Ryan!

A: Holbrook
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Sporcle Live was recently rebranded to Sporcle Events

Question #16:

One of the modern architectural marvels from this image is located in the city where the designer of all four was born. That designer won a prestigious award in 1992, becoming only the second person from their country to be awarded. The person of the same nationality who won the same award earlier co-designed a building that is within half a mile of one of the buildings from the image. What telephone number is listed on the contact page of the official website of that second venue (that is co-designed by the person who won the award earlier)?

Clarifier: That second venue has its own website – don’t get lost looking at the contact page of a touristic organization of that country, or another website that includes this venue as a part of a larger bid.

A: (+34) 96 047 06 47
Most Common Wrong Answer: +34 96 197 46 86
Correct Percentage: 86%
Discovery Path: Santiago Calatrava → Valencia → Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers → Félix Candela → Oceanografic.org → (+34) 96 047 06 47

Question #17:

School’s back, so we need to check your math. In the Academy Awards ceremony held in the year X, where X = (A+B*C)*D-E, who won the Academy Award for the Best Director (Comedy Picture)?

 A – First word in the title of the 2008 movie directed by Anne Fletcher

 B – Number of MCU Infinity Saga movies directed by the Russo brothers

 C – Number of Martin Scorsese Best Director Oscar nominations

 D – Age of Quentin Tarantino at the time Pulp Fiction, a movie he wrote and directed, was released

 E – First word in the title of the 2017 movie directed by Brian Smrz

A: Lewis Milestone
Most Common Wrong Answer: 1929
Correct Percentage: 92%
Quick Note: This award for Comedy Picture was only given once, so if you knew or spotted that, all the math in the question was actually just a smokescreen. Sorry!

Question #18:

A cartoon character that debuted on October 4, 1950, and the first word of FC Barcelona home stadium combine to form the name of themed areas of four different US theme parks. Of the four states where the headquarters of those parks are located, which two of them share the same state bird?

A: Ohio & North Carolina
Most Common Wrong Answer: Illinois and Ohio
Correct Percentage: 99%
Quick Note: Carowinds, as a park, is located in both North and South Carolina. Technically, the Camp Snoopy at Carowinds is in the South Carolina part of the park, but the park is headquartered in NC.

Question #19:

In the episode of a famous sitcom in which one of the main characters gifts his father a car, another main character falls in love with an Oscar-winning actress. That actress was nominated for a major theater award in the 2000s. The year she was nominated, a granddaughter of a famous filmmaker was also nominated. That filmmaker’s filmography includes a movie based on a coming-of-age novel, written by an author whose initials are B.S.. That novel ends with the protagonist going to a college. What is the nickname of the most athletic teams representing that college?

A: Wolverines
Most Common Wrong Answer: Bulldog
Correct Percentage: 99%
Discovery Path: Seinfeld → Marisa Tomei → Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in Play (2008) → Zoe Kazan → Elia Kazan → A Tree Grows in Brooklyn → U of Michigan → Wolverines

Question #20:

In the 2020 Human Development Report, 26 independent world countries have been given a HDI value (2019) of 0.900 or better.

Of those 26, eliminate countries with capital city names that end in the letter ‘A’ in English.

Of the remaining countries, eliminate those that border each other.

Again, of the remaining countries, eliminate the two most populous and the two least populous.

Less than half a dozen remain. Eliminate all but the one that gained independence most recently.

What country would you end up in if you were to dig a straight tunnel through the Earth from the capital of that country? (In other words, in what country is the antipode of the capital of the remaining country?)

Clarifier: Land borders only (including borders over rivers and lakes). HDI value is from 2019, but it’s included in the report from 2020. For population, use World Factbook estimations for 2021. For independence, the most recent declaration counts.

A: Ecuador
Most Common Wrong Answer: Peru
Correct Percentage: 63.4%
Discovery Path: Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Austria, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Czechia → Norway, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, France → Iceland, Singapore, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea → Singapore, Israel → Singapore → Ecuador



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The Next Hunt – Trivia Hunt Express II
October 5th, 2021 – 9 PM Eastern
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Trivia Hunt X: September 18th, 2021

Congrats to our three fastest perfect-scoring teams, earning the invitation to the end-of-the-year finale.
1st – ProgChamps – 46 minutes – $325
2nd – Well anyway – 54 minutes – $125
3rd – The Quick Wits – 63 minutes – $125

Our Recap

We hope you enjoyed Trivia Hunt X, with a change of pace and 20 questions in 2 hours. Plenty of teams took their time and submitted their answers right at the deadline. Sixteen teams submitted a perfect sheet – one of whom were first-timers. Many others came very close. The average score in the Hunt was 91.5%. Incredible job! 

With the prize pool getting split evenly this time around, all cash-earning teams will receive $125, and the fastest team, ProgChamps, take a $200 bonus on top of it.

The questions played fairly easy for most teams, except for a few traps that some teams failed to avoid. All but four questions were correctly answered by more than 90 percent of the teams.

Average Submission Time: 114 minutes (all teams); 88 minutes (winning teams)
Average Score: 18.3/20
Teams Winning Cash – 16

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The next Trivia Hunt is Trivia Hunt Express II!
It’ll be held on October 5th at 9PM Eastern. Just like the first one, this will have just 10 questions, with a one-hour prize time limit. Tickets can be purchased here.


A quick note about the questions and how we go about them: when we write each question, we test it in a small group, re-write them, and try again. A different group does a test run 2-3 days before the hunt, and again, we revise. Even with all that, we sometimes don’t discover an additional answer or a possible wording issue. We certainly do our best, and our intent is never to trick you. We want you to get them right, but we also want them to be a challenge. With that said, there are sometimes questions where there were multiple accepted answers.

Question #1:

There are three singles by Adele that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 that have the full titles of full-length Pixar films in their lyrics, appearing as standalone words. Two of those songs are “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Someone Like You” which both have the word “Up” in their lyrics. Name the third single along with the Pixar film mentioned.

Clarifier: “Love in the Dark”, which has the word “Brave” in it, was not released as a single.

A: Rolling in the Deep / Soul
Most Common Wrong Answer: –
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Cars also appears in Rolling in the Deep, but as a part of another word – scars.

Question #2:

The oldest male winner and the oldest female winner of Dancing with the Stars (US version) never appeared in a movie together. However, they’ve both appeared with an actress who played an assistant to a famous TV character. In what play did the actor starring as that TV character make his Broadway debut?

Clarifier: The oldest winners at the time of winning.

A: The Normal Heart
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 76%
Discovery Path: Donny Osmond, Jennifer Grey → Margo Harshman → Sheldon Cooper → Jim Parsons → The Normal Heart

Question #3:

This image is showing the titles of the first six episodes of a web series. In one of the other episodes in the series, a character is criticized for not getting a haircut. That character shares their first name with a journalist and conservationist who is acclaimed for protecting a natural region. That journalist wrote a nonfiction book on the matter that was published as a part of a publisher’s series in 1947. Another book in the same series is written by an author with the same first name, but spelled differently. What is the title of that book?

A: The Saskatchewan
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Spoons, Friends, Nettles, Cage, Picnic, Present → Salad Fingers → Marjory Stewart-Baxter → Marjory Stoneman Douglas → The Everglades: River of Grass → Rivers of America → Marjorie Wilkins Campbell → The Saskatchewan

Question #4:

Of the two actors heard speaking in this clip, one was born almost five months before the other. The older actor has been nominated for acting awards at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards for the same three film roles, earning a fourth Golden Globe nomination for playing a real-life person in a different film. This person was also portrayed in a 2020 series that first aired on a television network with an abbreviated name that is the same as an airport’s IATA code. In the year in which this airport first opened, who was the only woman winner of a Nobel Prize?

A: Pearl S. Buck
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 92%
Discovery Path: Viggo Mortensen → Sigmund Freud → Freud (2020) → ORF → Norfolk Airport → 1938 → Pearl S. Buck

Question #5:

RIP Charlie Watts. At the Rolling Stones concert that this ticket stub was for, they played songs from several albums. Only one studio album had three songs performed at this concert. On that album, there is only one song with an alliterative title. What five-letter fruit is mentioned in the lyrics of that song?

A: Lemon
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Let It Bleed → Monkey Man → Lemon

Question #6:

What is the only European country name that contains another country’s name?

Clarifier: English short form names only, so it’s China, and not People’s Republic of China. The letters have to be consecutive and in order. The country in question may or may not be in Europe.

A: Romania (Oman)
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: A few teams answered Oman, which was accepted as correct. A friendly reminder to read the question carefully before answering, as we can’t always be as lenient.

Question #7:

Each row in this word grid contains a 9-letter name of a video game that has been shifted to the right anywhere from 0 to 8 places. The names cycle back at the beginning of the same row. Reposition each name so that the name is correctly spelled out. The green color marks the positions of the letters to collect once you reposition the names. The green color does not move —you’ll need the last letter of the row 1 game name, the second-to-last letter of the row 2 game name, etc. Those letters, unscrambled, give the name of another one-word video game. The company that developed that game contains two animals in its name that were also combined in the company’s logo. What are those two animals?

A: Bull & Frog
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Quick Note: Of course, bullfrog itself is an animal species in its own right.

Question #8:

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera on recently joining MLB’s 500 Home Run club! There is only one last name to appear on both the MLB 500 HR club and NBA 20,000 Point club. That last name is shared by the lead singer of a band whose debut studio album came out in 1990. That album’s initials are SYMM. What is the only Major League Baseball team whose name appears in the title of one of the songs on that album (i.e. “Pirates”)?

A: Angels
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Robinson (Frank & David) → Black Crowes → Shake Your Money Maker → Angels (She Talks to Angels)

Question #9:

It’s July 20, 2021, 11 AM locally, and you’re here. What time is it here?

A: 2:00 AM
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Discovery Path: Novi Sad, Phoenix -> 2:00 AM

Question #10:

The first Republican to serve as United States Secretary of the Interior has the same initials as a major TV network. In the Annual Grammy Awards ceremony that was first broadcast live by that network, there were a number of performers. Of the solo artists who performed then, three have had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 or Top 100 chart that was not performed during that ceremony. Of the three, the performer who has been nominated for most Grammys recorded a studio album the same year that ceremony was held. What was the title of that album?

Clarifier: For Billboard’s Top 100 years, all top-charting songs in each of the categories count — Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played by Jockeys,  Most Played in Jukeboxes and Top 100.

A: Solitaire
Most Common Wrong Answer: Playin’ Favorites
Correct Percentage: 51%
Discovery Path: Caleb B. Smith → CBS → 15th Grammys (1973) → Helen Reddy, Andy Williams, Don McLean → Andy Williams → Solitaire

Question #11:

The banknote in this image has been the target of a defacement trend, wherein the person depicted is made to look like a fictional character. The second person to portray this character in a feature film has a first name that is the same as that of a Catholic pope. The only pope with this name ascended to the papacy on a date in December on the Gregorian calendar. Two dates are possible, but either will work for the purposes of this question. If you convert either of these dates to the equivalent one on the Islamic (Hijri) calendar, you get a date that occurred during a year that is a three-digit number. This number is the first word read at the beginning of a classic book, referring, in context, to a location. What is the most recently published novel with a one-word title that was written by the same author of that book?

A: Home
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Spock → Zachary Quinto → Pope Zachary → 3/5 December 741 → 124 → Beloved → Toni Morrison → Home

Question #12:

What is the only word that begins and ends with the same letter that appears as a part of:

– a character name in Jess Nevins’s Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes

– a Keanu Reeves movie title (full feature movies, credited roles only)

– a song title from a Black Sabbath studio album (UK version if various versions were released; no re-releases, bonus tracks, deluxe editions)?

Single-letter answers are not acceptable.

A: Neon
Most Common Wrong Answer: Edge
Correct Percentage: 93%
Quick Note: Neon the Unknown (superhero), The Neon Demon (movie), Neon Knights (song)

Question #13:

Of the cartoon characters who have their faces shown in this image, some control powers that have the same names as the flavors of the ’90s drinks shown in this image. (Note: the names of the flavors have been removed from the photo.) Of the characters whose powers match, one has a name that’s also the first of the two rhyming words in the title of a TV show that’s in its 17th season in 2021. One of the two people who appeared in most episodes on the show has a name that includes a name of a world country. Who was the oldest athlete from that country to win an individual gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, while competing in a sport that involves a ball?

A: Ma Long
Most Common Wrong Answer: Gong Lijiao (we can see how Shot Put can be considered a ‘ball’ sport, but Ma Long is still older).
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Planeteers → Kwame and Wheeler → Wheeler Dealers → Edd China → Ma Long

Question #14:

The name of the character pictured here shares his first name with an actor who has hosted a major US game show and has appeared as a character named Christine in an FX series that ran for four seasons. The primary city that that show was set in is home to 15 real-life high schools. Which of those 15 high schools’ official mascots is called a Scot?

A: Highland High
Most Common Wrong Answer: The Galloway School
Correct Percentage: 99%
Discovery Path: Gooey Louie → Louie Anderson → Baskets → Bakersfield, CA → Highland High

Question #15:

Back in 2009, the first-ever Motor City Trivia (now Sporcle Events) pub trivia show took place at Liberty Street Brewing Company in Plymouth, MI. Liberty Street runs east to west and is intersected by less than ten north/south roads. Of those roads that intersect Liberty Street, what is the only road that shares its name with a type of sunglasses you can buy from Oakley?

One of Motor City Trivia’s founders, Ryan, just purchased Liberty Street Brewing Company and is renaming it to the Bearded Lamb. Check it out if you’re ever in the area. Good luck Ryan!

A: Holbrook
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Sporcle Live was recently rebranded to Sporcle Events

Question #16:

One of the modern architectural marvels from this image is located in the city where the designer of all four was born. That designer won a prestigious award in 1992, becoming only the second person from their country to be awarded. The person of the same nationality who won the same award earlier co-designed a building that is within half a mile of one of the buildings from the image. What telephone number is listed on the contact page of the official website of that second venue (that is co-designed by the person who won the award earlier)?

Clarifier: That second venue has its own website – don’t get lost looking at the contact page of a touristic organization of that country, or another website that includes this venue as a part of a larger bid.

A: (+34) 96 047 06 47
Most Common Wrong Answer: +34 96 197 46 86
Correct Percentage: 86%
Discovery Path: Santiago Calatrava → Valencia → Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers → Félix Candela → Oceanografic.org → (+34) 96 047 06 47

Question #17:

School’s back, so we need to check your math. In the Academy Awards ceremony held in the year X, where X = (A+B*C)*D-E, who won the Academy Award for the Best Director (Comedy Picture)?

 A – First word in the title of the 2008 movie directed by Anne Fletcher

 B – Number of MCU Infinity Saga movies directed by the Russo brothers

 C – Number of Martin Scorsese Best Director Oscar nominations

 D – Age of Quentin Tarantino at the time Pulp Fiction, a movie he wrote and directed, was released

 E – First word in the title of the 2017 movie directed by Brian Smrz

A: Lewis Milestone
Most Common Wrong Answer: 1929
Correct Percentage: 92%
Quick Note: This award for Comedy Picture was only given once, so if you knew or spotted that, all the math in the question was actually just a smokescreen. Sorry!

Question #18:

A cartoon character that debuted on October 4, 1950, and the first word of FC Barcelona home stadium combine to form the name of themed areas of four different US theme parks. Of the four states where the headquarters of those parks are located, which two of them share the same state bird?

A: Ohio & North Carolina
Most Common Wrong Answer: Illinois and Ohio
Correct Percentage: 99%
Quick Note: Carowinds, as a park, is located in both North and South Carolina. Technically, the Camp Snoopy at Carowinds is in the South Carolina part of the park, but the park is headquartered in NC.

Question #19:

In the episode of a famous sitcom in which one of the main characters gifts his father a car, another main character falls in love with an Oscar-winning actress. That actress was nominated for a major theater award in the 2000s. The year she was nominated, a granddaughter of a famous filmmaker was also nominated. That filmmaker’s filmography includes a movie based on a coming-of-age novel, written by an author whose initials are B.S.. That novel ends with the protagonist going to a college. What is the nickname of the most athletic teams representing that college?

A: Wolverines
Most Common Wrong Answer: Bulldog
Correct Percentage: 99%
Discovery Path: Seinfeld → Marisa Tomei → Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in Play (2008) → Zoe Kazan → Elia Kazan → A Tree Grows in Brooklyn → U of Michigan → Wolverines

Question #20:

In the 2020 Human Development Report, 26 independent world countries have been given a HDI value (2019) of 0.900 or better.

Of those 26, eliminate countries with capital city names that end in the letter ‘A’ in English.

Of the remaining countries, eliminate those that border each other.

Again, of the remaining countries, eliminate the two most populous and the two least populous.

Less than half a dozen remain. Eliminate all but the one that gained independence most recently.

What country would you end up in if you were to dig a straight tunnel through the Earth from the capital of that country? (In other words, in what country is the antipode of the capital of the remaining country?)

Clarifier: Land borders only (including borders over rivers and lakes). HDI value is from 2019, but it’s included in the report from 2020. For population, use World Factbook estimations for 2021. For independence, the most recent declaration counts.

A: Ecuador
Most Common Wrong Answer: Peru
Correct Percentage: 63.4%
Discovery Path: Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Austria, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Czechia → Norway, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, France → Iceland, Singapore, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea → Singapore, Israel → Singapore → Ecuador



As always, we sincerely appreciate your support of our humble Trivia Hunt! We hope to see you again on October 5th!


The Next Hunt – Trivia Hunt Express II
October 5th, 2021 – 9 PM Eastern
Tickets available here