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Trivia Hunt XIV: April 30, 2022

It was an event-full Saturday in Sporcleverse, where Hunters from across the world converged to discover interesting facts and navigate the internet alleys in the most fun search for the facts! Together, we celebrated the anniversary of the internet, relived the magic of Tiger Woods and learned about Lewis’s and Clark’s struggles to spell Native American names. We appreciate the time spend with us and we hope you had as much fun as we did while preparing these questions for you!

This Hunt was a bit easier than the previous, with teams averaging 16.5 correct answers. There is also more winners – eleven teams scored perfect rounds of 20/20 and will share the prize. Fourteen more came within a single answer, so it was exciting and dramatic. Congratulations to the fastest team – Exotic Fruit Basket – who finished the Trivia Hunt XIV in just 44 minutes! Well done by one of our regular contestants!

The next Trivia Hunt is Trivia Hunt XV! It’ll be held on June 11th at 8PM Eastern. Just like this one, it will have 20 questions, with a two-hour prize time limit. Tickets can be purchased here.

It will be followed by a Trivia Hunt Express (10 questions in an hour) on August 4th, and the major event of the year, the in-person Trivia Hunt Hits Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. – learn more about it at the SporcleCon 2022 page.

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

Average Submission Time: 133 minutes (all teams); 91 minutes (winning teams)
Average Score: 16.5/20
Teams Winning Cash – 11

Easiest Question: Question 10 (Answer: Canada (Justin Trudeau was also accepted), 100%)
Hardest Question: Question 13 (Answer: That, 52.4%)


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. If your team answered a question differently than shown below, please email us to explain it before we do the scoring on Monday.  Slight misspellings are accepted. Thank you!

Question 1

Happy birthday to Oscar-winning director Jane Campion!

What is the longest word that appears in all the following things?

a) the title of a feature-length movie directed by Jane Campion

b) the title of a tune included in the original release of a Paul McCartney album released on this date (April 30)

c) the name of a Montana county seat

Clarifier: The word has to stand alone in all three cases. Partials will not be accepted.

Discovery Path: Cut (In the Cut, Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands of Love/Power Cut, Cut Bank)

Answer: Cut

Most Common Wrong Answer: Philipsburg, Power
Correct Percentage: 83%

Question 2

Today, we are also celebrating 33 years since the World Wide Web (WWW) was first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee! According to a ranking website scheduled to shut down its website and services tomorrow (on May 1), what is currently the most visited website in the world beginning with the letter ‘L’?

Discovery Path: Alexa ranking →


Most Common Wrong Answer:
Correct Percentage: 94%

Question 3

This video shows an incredible shot played at a certain hole. The name of this hole comes from a plant whose scientific name refers to a world country. That plant is also an official symbol of one U.S. state. Within two miles, what is the distance between the capital of that country and the capital of that U.S. state?

Discovery Path: 2005 Masters, Tiger Woods chip shot at 16th hole → Redbud→ Cercis canadensis (Canada) → Oklahoma → Ottawa to Oklahoma City = 1,331.5 miles

Answer: 1,331.5 miles (all reasonably close answers were accepted)

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 70%

Question 4

What two words have been removed from this plot description?

Discovery Path: Netflix → Old Enough → Persimmon orchardist

Answer: Persimmon orchardist

Most Common Wrong Answer: Orchardist when
Correct Percentage: 99%

Question 5

Name either of the two most populous U.S. cities that contain at least one of every vowel (A, E, I, O, U)?

Clarifier: City proper, according to 2020 U.S. census data. GDPs are disregarded. Not including the state name.

Answer: Port Saint Lucie or Huntington Beach

Most Common Wrong Answer: Sunrise Manor
Correct Percentage: 96%

Question 6

This image shows four combined former and current logos (one in each quadrant) of a company that was founded in an Eastern Hemisphere country. On the 50th anniversary of the ratification of this country’s constitution, who served as chief executive (or a precursor title) of this company?

Discovery Path: Commonwealth Bank of Australia → Jan 1, 1900 → Jan 1, 1950 → H.C. Coombs

Answer: Herbert Cole Coombs

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 88%

Question 7

What is the longest Scrabble-accepted word that can be formed from the letters used by either Lewis or Clark in their various attempts to spell Sacagawea’s name in their writings?

Clarifier: Each different spelling is a unique set of letters to use. Two sets of letters from different spellings cannot be combined. No rack limitations. Standard TWL dictionary.

Discovery Path: Sahkahgarwea, Sahcahgagwea, Sarcargahwea, Sahcahgahweah, Sahcahgahwea, Sahcahgarweah, Sahcargarweah, Sahcahgar Wea → Chargers (8 letters)

Answer: Chargers

Most Common Wrong Answer: Awakes
Correct Percentage: 84%

Question 8

This image shows a snippet of a state flag. Three rivers form some of the boundaries of this state. In the county in which the shortest of the three rivers has its source, find the largest town. Only one NBA player has been born in that town. What is the career high in points scored in a single NBA game by that player?

Clarifier: The career high was achieved in a game that was played in March.

Discovery Path: Arkansas → Red River of the South, St. Francis River, Mississippi River → St. Francis River → Iron County → Ironton → Chris Carr → 24 points

Answer: 24

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 84%

Question 9

Find the movies that have won Academy Awards for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Among the awarded persons, one took part in a TV show that premiered on ABC in 2005. Now find the date of the season premiere of that show’s season with the fewest episodes. On that date, a new animal species was discovered. Which celebrity was the namesake for the new species?

Discovery Path:  A Streetcar Named Desire, From Here to Eternity, Sayonara, West Side Story, The Last Picture Show, Julia, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Fighter → Cloris Leachman → Dancing With the Stars → Season 26 → April 30, 2018 → Grouvellinus leonardodicaproi → Leonardo DiCaprio

Answer: Leonardo DiCaprio

Most Common Wrong Answer: John Cleese
Correct Percentage: 77%

Question 10

This image is a recreation of a music album. The original cover art includes words other than the artist’s name and the album title. One of those words refers to a fixed-date holiday. On that date, and in the year this album was released, a prime minister of which country was born?

Discovery Path: Aqualung by Jethro Tull, 1971 → Christmas → Dec 25, 1971 → Justin Trudeau → Canada

Answer: Canada (we decided to be lenient here and accept Justin Trudeau)

Most Common Wrong Answer: –
Correct Percentage: 100%

Question 11

According to the brand and logos guidelines found on the official website of the company, what is the hex code of the primary blue color of the U.S. airline that is ranked highest on the 2021 top airline rankings made by Skytrax?

Discovery Path: Delta Airlines → #003366

Answer: #003366

Most Common Wrong Answer: #003a70
Correct Percentage: 83%

Question 12

What is the most populated island in the same time zone as the most remote location (from the host city) of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games?

Clarifier: While each Olympics is awarded to a city, not all events actually happen in that city. Some venues could be hundreds of miles (or more) away from it.

Discovery Path: Paris, France – Teahupo’o, French Polynesia (dist. 15,716 km / 9,765 mi) → UTC -10 → Oah’u, Hawai’i

Answer: Oah’u

Most Common Wrong Answer: Tahiti
Correct Percentage: 72%

Question 13

This video shows a part of a trailer for an upcoming movie. A cast member in this movie whose birth name begins and ends with the same letter plays a real-life person in the movie. That real-life person had a number of singles charting as a solo act. Name all the words that begin and end with the same letter that appear in the lyrics of their highest-charting song.

Clarifier: An example of a name that begins and ends with the same letter is Steve Jobs. Angelina Jolie would not count, as the entire name is considered.

Discovery Path: Elvis → Yola Quartey → Sister Rosetta Tharpe → Strange Things Happen Every Day

Answer: That

Most Common Wrong Answer: None
Correct Percentage: 52%

Question 14

A country that gained independence in 1960 has had only two presidents to date. That country is divided into a number of regions. Only three of those regions have capitals that don’t have three consecutive vowels in their names. Which of those three capitals is the closest to the Equator?

Discovery Path: Cameroon → Bamenda, Ebolowa, Bafoussam → Ebolowa

Answer: Ebolowa

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 99%

Question 15

The name printed alongside the manufacturer’s name on the headstock of this specific guitar model is also the title of a song that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. What is the title of the oldest single that was inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year in which the aforementioned song was inducted?

Discovery Path: Lucille → 2002 → Sonny Boy (1928)

Answer: Sonny Boy

Most Common Wrong Answer: Billie’s Bounce
Correct Percentage: 79%

Question 16

The 42nd novel Stephen King released under his own name takes place in a town that shares its name with a European capital. That capital lies on a river that’s over 500 miles long. The longest bridge on this river is named after a historical person. A work of literature focusing on a fantastic interpretation of that historical person’s main achievement is widely regarded as a definitive work of that person’s home nation. What is the title of this piece?

Discovery Path: 11/22/63 → Lisbon, ME  → Lisbon, Portugal → Tagus → Vasco da Gama Bridge → Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads)

Answer: Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads)

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 83%

Question 17

Of the women who played for the national soccer teams of both the United States and one of its neighboring countries, find the one who played more total international games for the two nations she represented. In her rookie year, she was named a finalist for the NWSL Rookie of the Year Award, along with a teammate of hers and a third player. That third player was a member of the USWNT World Cup roster and scored two goals against the same opponent. What was the score at the time just before she scored her first goal?

Clarifier: Give the active result one second before she scored the first of her goals, not the result with her goal counted.

Discovery Path: Veronica Zepeda Cashman, Sofia Huerta → Sofia Huerta → Sam Mewis → 2019 WC vs Thailand → 3-0

Answer: 3-0

Most Common Wrong Answer: 1-1
Correct Percentage: 76%

Question 18

What word would you get in the green cells of this acrostic grid if you were to fill in all the rows with words from the names of U.S. national monuments, as follows:

1. _____ Cave, UT
2. _____ Bridge, UT
3. _____ Cliffs, AZ
4. _____ Island, AK
5. _____ Pima, AZ
6. Newberry _____, OR
7. Fort _____, MD
8. _____ Volcano, NM
9. Cascade-_____, OR

Discovery Path: Timp(A)nogos, Rai(N)bow, Verm(I)lion, Admir(A)lty, Hoho(K)am, Vol(C)anic, Mc(H)enry, C(A)pulin, Sis(K)iyou → Aniakchak

Answer: Aniakchak

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 93%

Question 19

Eliminate all U.S. presidents who were inaugurated on the same day and month as another U.S. president. Of the remaining presidents, which president got inaugurated on a date (MM/DD/YYYY) with the largest sum of all digits comprising it (M+M+D+D+Y+Y+Y+Y)?

Discovery Path: G. Washington 4/30/1789, J. Tyler 4/6/1841, M. Fillmore 7/10/1850, A. Johnson 4/15/1865, C. Arthur 9/20/1881, T. Roosevelt 9/14/1901, C. Coolidge 9/3/1923, H. Truman 4/12/1945, L. Johnson 11/22/1963, G. Ford 8/9/1974 → Gerald Ford (38)

Answer: Gerald Ford

Most Common Wrong Answer: Lyndon Johnson
Correct Percentage: 85%

Question 20

What is the largest school by enrollment that finished a men’s or women’s NCAA Division I basketball tournament as the unofficial “wooden spoon” in the 2020s?

Clarifier: The “wooden spoon” is the team that lost in the first round to a team that lost in the second round to a team that lost in the Sweet 16 to a team that lost in the Elite Eight to a team that lost in the Final Four to a team that lost in the Finals.
For enrollment statistics, please use 2020 data.

Discovery Path: Jackson St (7,250), Boise St (25,504), Middle Tennessee St (21,631), Georgetown (19,204) → Boise State

Answer: Boise State

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 63%