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Trivia Hunt XI: October 23rd, 2021

Congratulations to our four fastest perfect-scoring teams. These teams earned the invitation to the end-of-the-year finale.
1st – Exotic Fruit Basket – 43 minutes
2nd – ProgChamps – 52 minutes
3rd  Trivial Fursuit – 52 minutes
4th – The Quick Wits – 66 minutes

Update – after correction, Trivial Fursuit has scored a perfect 20/20, and not 19/20, so four teams, not three, have earned a ticket to the big event. 

Our Recap

Trivia Hunt on Saturday evening and a lot of fun for friends and families who enjoy digging the internet for gold. Was your team among the best? Let’s find out. Of the 45 teams that have submitted their answers within the 2 hour limit, eighteen got all the 20 questions correct, one of which did so with just 40 seconds to spare! Many others came very close. The average score in the Hunt was over 92%. It has become increasingly difficult to fool you!

With the prize pool getting split evenly, all cash-earning teams will receive $105, and the fastest team, Exotic Fruit Basket, take a $200 bonus on top of it. Way to fund that basket!

Read on for stats, full list of winners and answers to all the questions.

Average Submission Time: 117 minutes (all teams); 93 minutes (winning teams)
Average Score: 18.5/20
Teams Winning Cash – 21

CLICK HERE FOR THE STANDINGS


The next Trivia Hunt is Trivia Hunt Express III! It’ll be held on November 11th at 9PM Eastern. Just like the first two, 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:

Welcome to Trivia Hunt XI!

One of the townships located in the alphabetically first Minnesota county shares its name with an alternative computer keyboard layout. If you were to type “LET” on the QWERTY keyboard, what word would you type using the same keys in the same order on that alternative keyboard layout?

A: ORB
Most Common Wrong Answer: IRB
Correct Percentage: 90%
Discovery Path: Aitken → Workman → Orb

Question #2:

What musician is described by all of the bullet points below?

– Played a 2021 concert in an MLB ballpark that opened in 2004.

– Their highest-charting single as a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 has a title that’s three-letters long.

– Acted as guest host on more than one episode of The Late Late Show. (any version)

– Was on the Time magazine 100 Most Influential People list in the same year that the US minimum wage increased to $5.85, up from $5.15.

Clarifier: The 2021 concert may have been as a solo act or part of a group.

A: John Mayer
Most Common Wrong Answer: Justin Timberlake
Correct Percentage: 98%

Question #3:

Several of the films that have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature have official titles that include colons. Of these, the one that grossed the most at the domestic box office (United States) was scored by a composer who also scored a film that was released the same year as the previously referenced animated movie. The non-animated film had its world premiere at a specific location that opened in what year?

Clarifier: Box office data gathered from https://www.boxofficemojo.com

A: 1969
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Quick Note: Alice Tully Hall was also accepted as the correct answer, since the wrongly bolded part of the question led a few teams astray. Apologies!

Question #4:

What is the name of the largest settlement on this Caribbean island?

A: The Settlement
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Anegada (British Virgin Islands) → The Settlement

Question #5:

Out of all the people who have competed on the US version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which contestant has the hometown that is farthest south? (Please answer with the contestant’s drag name.)

Clarifier: “Hometown” refers to where the contestant was living when they joined the cast, not necessarily their birthplace.

A: Kandy Ho
Most Common Wrong Answer: April Carrión
Correct Percentage: 95%
Quick Note: Puerto Rico was a small trap, and one most of you successfully dodged.

Question #6:

A non-hyphenated seven-letter word appears in the title of Chapter VI of the sixth novel by a non-American author, who was featured on the cover of Time magazine one day before his 60th birthday. What is the longest word made up of letters from that seven-letter word that is accepted by SOWPODS Scrabble (UK) rules, but not by TWL Scrabble (US) rules?

A: Cohab & Infeft
Most Common Wrong Answer: Boma
Correct Percentage: 76%
Quick Note: Intended discovery path was this: H.G. Wells → The War of the Worlds → The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road (Chobham) → Cohab. However, Book 2 of The War of the World also has a Chapter VI that includes word “fifteen”, so we’ve accepted “infeft” as the correct answer. Since it wasn’t specified if the letters can be reused, and a small number of teams answered with ‘bachcha’, we’ve accepted that answer as well.

Question #7:

Solve this simple math equation (find x):

x = (A-B)/C+D+E

A, B, C, D, and E are numbers appearing in the titles of the following songs, hinted by an audio clip and a trivia tidbit.

Listen to A song clip
A song trivia tidbit: This song won a music award at a ceremony held in Beijing’s Cadillac Arena.

Listen to B song clip
B song trivia tidbit: This song set the record for the most weeks at the top position on the French Singles Chart, at the time.

Listen to C song clip
C song trivia tidbit: This is a version of the song featured on a children’s TV show, which charted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Listen to D song clip
D song trivia tidbit: This song broke the record of the number of top 10 hits by an artist, at the time.

Listen to E song clip
E song trivia tidbit: A Pixar animated movie includes two renditions of this jazz standard.

A: 73
Most Common Wrong Answer: 0.2 or 1/5
Correct Percentage: 89%
Discovery Path: A – 22 (Taylor Swift), B – 7 Seconds (Youssou Ndour & Neneh Cherry), C – Mambo No. 5 (Bob the Builder version), D – 4 Minutes (Madonna), E – (Take Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Nat King Cole) → (22-7)/5+4+66 = 73

Question #8:

If you were to draw a straight line between the museums where the works of art linked below are commonly located, what is the longest river that line would cross? Picture1 and Picture2

A: Rhine River
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Composition with Grid VII, Piet Mondrian in Otterlo, Netherlands and Composition: Light Color Planes with Grey Contours, Piet Mondrian in Basel Switzerland → Otterlo – Basel → Rhine River

Question #9:

The actor who tweeted this gave voice to one of the characters in a 2018 live-action/animated movie. What is that character’s favorite food?

A: Acorns (Haycorns)
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Hopefully you spotted the Easter Egg link we’ve provided in our Trivia Hunt XI announcement!

Question #10:

The date when this newspaper was printed, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist was born. After working at a university, that scientist moved to a different research facility at age 39. Seven more people were Nobel laureates while working at that facility. Which of those laureates also won the National Book Award?

A: Salvador Luria
Most Common Wrong Answer: James Watson
Correct Percentage: 81%
Discovery Path: June 16, 1902 → Barbara McClintock → Cold Spring Harbor → Salvador Luria

Question #11:

A 1990s movie adapted from a Stephen King book shows a scene of a Bible carved out to fit a tool inside. The page to which the Bible is opened in that scene shows the beginning of a Bible book. 1:11 in that book mentions two cities. Name them.

A: Pithom and Raamses
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Most of you likely knew the movie right away!

Question #12:

This image shows the names of leaders and chiefs and their respective tribes. If you match all the pairs, one answer remains—which one?

A: Jutes
Most Common Wrong Answer: Līloa
Correct Percentage: 87%

Question #13:

The last time all the winners of the two official running and two official wheelchair race divisions at the oldest annual marathon in the world came from the same country, one of the winners formerly competed in a non-racing athletics discipline. What discipline did that athlete compete in, hoping to reach the final event of a Summer Olympic Games?

A: Pole Vault
Most Common Wrong Answer: Jim Knaub
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Boston Marathon → Jim Knaub → 1976 Olympics semifinals → Pole Vault

Question #14:

What Vermouth cocktail has the shortest name, as appearing in Tom Bullock’s book The Ideal Bartender?

A: L.P.W.
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 92%

Question #15:

What letter is repeated the most times in the name of the town where it is 21 degrees Celsius, as mentioned in this clip?

A: L
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Luckily, you didn’t have to spell the name yourself!

Question #16:

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021, the university with the highest percentage of foreign students among the top 10 listed which is located in the US offers a large number of courses/subjects. Some of those are represented by a number (i.e. Course 3), while others are marked with an acronym or an abbreviation. Find a course/subject that is abbreviated to the first three letters of the state where this university is located. What graduate subject within that course/subject (incl. those not offered regularly) has the shortest title with a repeated word, according to the Fall 2021 schedule?

Clarifier: The university in question refers to its topics available for study as both “courses” and “subjects,” hence the question using “courses/subjects” as a comprehensive term.

A: Learning Creative Learning & Engineering Health: Understanding & Designing Affordable Health Diagnostics
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 87%
Discovery Path: MIT → MAS (Massachusetts) → MAS.712 Learning Creative Learning

Update: As it has been brought to our attention that Learning Creative Learning only appears on the Fall 2021 schedule page, but is not actually offered this fall, we’ve decided to accept Engineering Health: Understanding & Designing Affordable Health Diagnostics as the answer as well.

Question #17:

What is the name of the mayor of the city where the company advertising a product in this commercial was founded?

A: Mark Herter
Most Common Wrong Answer: Randy Meyer
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Hillshire Farm → New London, WI → Mark Herter

Question #18:

Oh no! While erasing county names from this map, we’ve also removed a border between two Georgia counties. The names of those two counties can be combined to form a comic book artist’s name. What is his name?

A: Clayton Henry
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 99%

Question #19:

In the year in which full control of the Panama Canal was handed over to Panama, my name was among the top 50 most popular boy names in the US. It was not as popular 20 years later, but was still among the top 200. If you replace the letter “S” in my name with the letter “X,” you’ll get a similar name that was more popular, by at least 50 spots, on that more recent list. If you add the letter “X” next to the letter “S” in my name, you’ll get another name that was still more popular than mine (on that same more recent list), but by less than 50 spots. What is my name?

A: Jason
Most Common Wrong Answer: Jaxson
Correct Percentage: 99%

Question #20:

The following four individuals all share the same full name (first and last): two fictional characters—who made their first appearances in a 1981 film and a 2007 video game, respectively—and two professional soccer players. One of the athletes scored their first goal in the Premier League 38 years to the day after a country declared its independence. An animal is on the reverse of the most recent issue of the smallest banknote used by this country (in terms of monetary value, not physical size). What is the only country not on the same continent as the previous country with this animal living in the wild?

A: Colombia
Most Common Wrong Answer: India
Correct Percentage: 71%
Discovery Path: Ashley Williams -> 9/24/2011 -> 9/24/1973 Guinea-Bissau -> 500 francs -> Hippopotamus -> Colombia



As always, we sincerely appreciate your support of our humble Trivia Hunt! We hope to see you again on November 11th!


The Next Hunt – Trivia Hunt Express III
November 11th, 2021 – 9 PM Eastern
Tickets available here

 

 

 

 

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Trivia Hunt XI: October 23rd, 2021

Congratulations to our four fastest perfect-scoring teams. These teams earned the invitation to the end-of-the-year finale.
1st – Exotic Fruit Basket – 43 minutes
2nd – ProgChamps – 52 minutes
3rd  Trivial Fursuit – 52 minutes
4th – The Quick Wits – 66 minutes

Update – after correction, Trivial Fursuit has scored a perfect 20/20, and not 19/20, so four teams, not three, have earned a ticket to the big event. 

Our Recap

Trivia Hunt on Saturday evening and a lot of fun for friends and families who enjoy digging the internet for gold. Was your team among the best? Let’s find out. Of the 45 teams that have submitted their answers within the 2 hour limit, eighteen got all the 20 questions correct, one of which did so with just 40 seconds to spare! Many others came very close. The average score in the Hunt was over 92%. It has become increasingly difficult to fool you!

With the prize pool getting split evenly, all cash-earning teams will receive $105, and the fastest team, Exotic Fruit Basket, take a $200 bonus on top of it. Way to fund that basket!

Read on for stats, full list of winners and answers to all the questions.

Average Submission Time: 117 minutes (all teams); 93 minutes (winning teams)
Average Score: 18.5/20
Teams Winning Cash – 21

CLICK HERE FOR THE STANDINGS


The next Trivia Hunt is Trivia Hunt Express III! It’ll be held on November 11th at 9PM Eastern. Just like the first two, 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:

Welcome to Trivia Hunt XI!

One of the townships located in the alphabetically first Minnesota county shares its name with an alternative computer keyboard layout. If you were to type “LET” on the QWERTY keyboard, what word would you type using the same keys in the same order on that alternative keyboard layout?

A: ORB
Most Common Wrong Answer: IRB
Correct Percentage: 90%
Discovery Path: Aitken → Workman → Orb

Question #2:

What musician is described by all of the bullet points below?

– Played a 2021 concert in an MLB ballpark that opened in 2004.

– Their highest-charting single as a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 has a title that’s three-letters long.

– Acted as guest host on more than one episode of The Late Late Show. (any version)

– Was on the Time magazine 100 Most Influential People list in the same year that the US minimum wage increased to $5.85, up from $5.15.

Clarifier: The 2021 concert may have been as a solo act or part of a group.

A: John Mayer
Most Common Wrong Answer: Justin Timberlake
Correct Percentage: 98%

Question #3:

Several of the films that have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature have official titles that include colons. Of these, the one that grossed the most at the domestic box office (United States) was scored by a composer who also scored a film that was released the same year as the previously referenced animated movie. The non-animated film had its world premiere at a specific location that opened in what year?

Clarifier: Box office data gathered from https://www.boxofficemojo.com

A: 1969
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Quick Note: Alice Tully Hall was also accepted as the correct answer, since the wrongly bolded part of the question led a few teams astray. Apologies!

Question #4:

What is the name of the largest settlement on this Caribbean island?

A: The Settlement
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Anegada (British Virgin Islands) → The Settlement

Question #5:

Out of all the people who have competed on the US version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which contestant has the hometown that is farthest south? (Please answer with the contestant’s drag name.)

Clarifier: “Hometown” refers to where the contestant was living when they joined the cast, not necessarily their birthplace.

A: Kandy Ho
Most Common Wrong Answer: April Carrión
Correct Percentage: 95%
Quick Note: Puerto Rico was a small trap, and one most of you successfully dodged.

Question #6:

A non-hyphenated seven-letter word appears in the title of Chapter VI of the sixth novel by a non-American author, who was featured on the cover of Time magazine one day before his 60th birthday. What is the longest word made up of letters from that seven-letter word that is accepted by SOWPODS Scrabble (UK) rules, but not by TWL Scrabble (US) rules?

A: Cohab & Infeft
Most Common Wrong Answer: Boma
Correct Percentage: 76%
Quick Note: Intended discovery path was this: H.G. Wells → The War of the Worlds → The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road (Chobham) → Cohab. However, Book 2 of The War of the World also has a Chapter VI that includes word “fifteen”, so we’ve accepted “infeft” as the correct answer. Since it wasn’t specified if the letters can be reused, and a small number of teams answered with ‘bachcha’, we’ve accepted that answer as well.

Question #7:

Solve this simple math equation (find x):

x = (A-B)/C+D+E

A, B, C, D, and E are numbers appearing in the titles of the following songs, hinted by an audio clip and a trivia tidbit.

Listen to A song clip
A song trivia tidbit: This song won a music award at a ceremony held in Beijing’s Cadillac Arena.

Listen to B song clip
B song trivia tidbit: This song set the record for the most weeks at the top position on the French Singles Chart, at the time.

Listen to C song clip
C song trivia tidbit: This is a version of the song featured on a children’s TV show, which charted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Listen to D song clip
D song trivia tidbit: This song broke the record of the number of top 10 hits by an artist, at the time.

Listen to E song clip
E song trivia tidbit: A Pixar animated movie includes two renditions of this jazz standard.

A: 73
Most Common Wrong Answer: 0.2 or 1/5
Correct Percentage: 89%
Discovery Path: A – 22 (Taylor Swift), B – 7 Seconds (Youssou Ndour & Neneh Cherry), C – Mambo No. 5 (Bob the Builder version), D – 4 Minutes (Madonna), E – (Take Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Nat King Cole) → (22-7)/5+4+66 = 73

Question #8:

If you were to draw a straight line between the museums where the works of art linked below are commonly located, what is the longest river that line would cross? Picture1 and Picture2

A: Rhine River
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 97%
Discovery Path: Composition with Grid VII, Piet Mondrian in Otterlo, Netherlands and Composition: Light Color Planes with Grey Contours, Piet Mondrian in Basel Switzerland → Otterlo – Basel → Rhine River

Question #9:

The actor who tweeted this gave voice to one of the characters in a 2018 live-action/animated movie. What is that character’s favorite food?

A: Acorns (Haycorns)
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Hopefully you spotted the Easter Egg link we’ve provided in our Trivia Hunt XI announcement!

Question #10:

The date when this newspaper was printed, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist was born. After working at a university, that scientist moved to a different research facility at age 39. Seven more people were Nobel laureates while working at that facility. Which of those laureates also won the National Book Award?

A: Salvador Luria
Most Common Wrong Answer: James Watson
Correct Percentage: 81%
Discovery Path: June 16, 1902 → Barbara McClintock → Cold Spring Harbor → Salvador Luria

Question #11:

A 1990s movie adapted from a Stephen King book shows a scene of a Bible carved out to fit a tool inside. The page to which the Bible is opened in that scene shows the beginning of a Bible book. 1:11 in that book mentions two cities. Name them.

A: Pithom and Raamses
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Most of you likely knew the movie right away!

Question #12:

This image shows the names of leaders and chiefs and their respective tribes. If you match all the pairs, one answer remains—which one?

A: Jutes
Most Common Wrong Answer: Līloa
Correct Percentage: 87%

Question #13:

The last time all the winners of the two official running and two official wheelchair race divisions at the oldest annual marathon in the world came from the same country, one of the winners formerly competed in a non-racing athletics discipline. What discipline did that athlete compete in, hoping to reach the final event of a Summer Olympic Games?

A: Pole Vault
Most Common Wrong Answer: Jim Knaub
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Boston Marathon → Jim Knaub → 1976 Olympics semifinals → Pole Vault

Question #14:

What Vermouth cocktail has the shortest name, as appearing in Tom Bullock’s book The Ideal Bartender?

A: L.P.W.
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 92%

Question #15:

What letter is repeated the most times in the name of the town where it is 21 degrees Celsius, as mentioned in this clip?

A: L
Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 100%
Quick Note: Luckily, you didn’t have to spell the name yourself!

Question #16:

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021, the university with the highest percentage of foreign students among the top 10 listed which is located in the US offers a large number of courses/subjects. Some of those are represented by a number (i.e. Course 3), while others are marked with an acronym or an abbreviation. Find a course/subject that is abbreviated to the first three letters of the state where this university is located. What graduate subject within that course/subject (incl. those not offered regularly) has the shortest title with a repeated word, according to the Fall 2021 schedule?

Clarifier: The university in question refers to its topics available for study as both “courses” and “subjects,” hence the question using “courses/subjects” as a comprehensive term.

A: Learning Creative Learning & Engineering Health: Understanding & Designing Affordable Health Diagnostics
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 87%
Discovery Path: MIT → MAS (Massachusetts) → MAS.712 Learning Creative Learning

Update: As it has been brought to our attention that Learning Creative Learning only appears on the Fall 2021 schedule page, but is not actually offered this fall, we’ve decided to accept Engineering Health: Understanding & Designing Affordable Health Diagnostics as the answer as well.

Question #17:

What is the name of the mayor of the city where the company advertising a product in this commercial was founded?

A: Mark Herter
Most Common Wrong Answer: Randy Meyer
Correct Percentage: 94%
Discovery Path: Hillshire Farm → New London, WI → Mark Herter

Question #18:

Oh no! While erasing county names from this map, we’ve also removed a border between two Georgia counties. The names of those two counties can be combined to form a comic book artist’s name. What is his name?

A: Clayton Henry
Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 99%

Question #19:

In the year in which full control of the Panama Canal was handed over to Panama, my name was among the top 50 most popular boy names in the US. It was not as popular 20 years later, but was still among the top 200. If you replace the letter “S” in my name with the letter “X,” you’ll get a similar name that was more popular, by at least 50 spots, on that more recent list. If you add the letter “X” next to the letter “S” in my name, you’ll get another name that was still more popular than mine (on that same more recent list), but by less than 50 spots. What is my name?

A: Jason
Most Common Wrong Answer: Jaxson
Correct Percentage: 99%

Question #20:

The following four individuals all share the same full name (first and last): two fictional characters—who made their first appearances in a 1981 film and a 2007 video game, respectively—and two professional soccer players. One of the athletes scored their first goal in the Premier League 38 years to the day after a country declared its independence. An animal is on the reverse of the most recent issue of the smallest banknote used by this country (in terms of monetary value, not physical size). What is the only country not on the same continent as the previous country with this animal living in the wild?

A: Colombia
Most Common Wrong Answer: India
Correct Percentage: 71%
Discovery Path: Ashley Williams -> 9/24/2011 -> 9/24/1973 Guinea-Bissau -> 500 francs -> Hippopotamus -> Colombia



As always, we sincerely appreciate your support of our humble Trivia Hunt! We hope to see you again on November 11th!


The Next Hunt – Trivia Hunt Express III
November 11th, 2021 – 9 PM Eastern
Tickets available here