Trivia Hunt XVI: November 5, 2022


After more than twenty Trivia Hunts in various formats, it’s a bit sad to say farewell to this popular game. As you have been briefly notified, we’re removing this product from our standard offer, in order to make way to other ideas and games that we have been working on. Trivia Hunt will have a special place in our hearts, and we will be including it as a part of big events, special occasions, and SporcleCon. When we started doing Trivia Hunts, it was a new way to connect people virtually, during the pandemics, so we tried to find something to appeal you and entertain you, all while being locked inside your homes. We have received many emails from you, where you explain what Trivia Hunt meant to you, your families and friends, which is why we have kept it going for two years. But as this chapter closes, we’re excited about the future, and we hope that you’ll all enjoy other Sporcle product as much as you loved hunting with us.

Trivia Hunt XVI was more challenging than the previous two. As we always do, we tried our best to prepare a diverse, entertaining and educational content. Also, we provided clarifiers and warnings, and email help during the Hunt, as we wanted you to succeed. It was a challenge, but the reward for navigating is high.

Only one team completed the Hunt with a perfect score – Exotic Fruit Basket, who have proven to be the very best team in the competition multiple times over these past two years. Four additional teams came close to sharing the prize, scoring 19/20, each making a mistake on a different question. Average score was 14.2, significantly down from the previous 20 question Hunt, when the teams had 17.7 correct answer on average.

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

Average Submission Time: 130 minutes (all teams); 93 minutes (winning team)
Average Score: 14.2/20
Teams Winning Cash – 1

Easiest Question: Question 19 (Answer: Pink, 94%)
Hardest Question: Question 15 (Answer: Two (2), 31%)


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

Find the British prime ministers who served during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Eliminate those who were born in the Western Hemisphere and those who have London listed as their birthplace. Of the remaining, who served the longest as the PM?

Discovery Path: Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss → Edward Heath, Theresa May → Edward Heath

Answer: Edward Heath

Most Common Wrong Answer: Margaret Thatcher
Correct Percentage: 67%

Question 2

The first mention of the character/symbol with the Unicode code of U+00A9 in a US law act happened in 1909. Find the section where it appears in this act (it only appears once). Within the text of this section, find all the words that are numbers, written out. Each separate word is to be treated as a separate number, regardless of the context. Each hyphenated word is to be treated as a single word. For example, if it were to say “two thousand six hundred and thirty-three,” the numbers found would be 2, 1000, 6, 100, 33 (and NOT 2633). Add up all the separate numbers you find and subtract this sum from 1909. What number did you get?

Clarifier: Ordinal numbers (first, second, …) and footnotes/sidenotes should be ignored.

Discovery Path: © Copyright Act of 1909, section 18 nine, five, one, one, eighteen, hundred, seventy-four 1909 – (9+5+1+1+18+100+74) = 1701 → 1701

Answer: 1701

Most Common Wrong Answer: 1703
Correct Percentage: 51%

Question 3

Three days after posting the YouTube video from which this screenshot was taken, a viral group announced that an “orange era” would begin the next day. The new era also includes a change of the group’s logo. This logo features an animal that has previously been associated with the group. What is the name of the pet animal of this type from DuckTales (both the original TV series and reboot)?

Discovery Path: Try Guys → Triceratops → Tootsie

Answer: Tootsie

Most Common Wrong Answer: Rhinokey
Correct Percentage: 90%

Question 4

The landmark partially shown on this stamp was built for an event that happened 60 years ago. At that event, a gasoline company that named its brand after a significant year in US history showcased its first rotating gas station sign. The company that currently owns this brand has been the sponsor of a national competition in an Olympic sport for over 40 years. Name this competition.

Discovery Path: Space Needle → 1962 World Fair → 76 → Phillips 66 → US Swimming Nationals

Answer: United States Swimming National Championship (variants, or simply ‘swimming’ will be accepted)

Most Common Wrong Answer: Big 12 Conference (Basketball)
Correct Percentage: 72%

Question 5

What is the only first name that is shared by:

a) an MLB player who ranks among the top 30 players who allowed the most earned runs in a single postseason

b) an NFL player who has had at least 4 fumbles during a single postseason

c) an NBA player who ranks among the top 20 players with the most turnovers in a single postseason?

Answer: Patrick (Corbin, Mahomes, Ewing)

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 68%

Question 6

Add the total number of stars found on the current national flags of Brazil, Uzbekistan, Dominica, Cook Islands, and Tuvalu. Find the city that hosted the Grammy Awards that year (assume its 19XX, with XX being the number of flag stars). Find the current largest employer in that city (NOT counting its state as an employer). On the homepage of that employer’s website, how many “walk-in” locations does it say it has?

Discovery Path: (27+12+10+15+9)=73 → 1973 → Nashville → Vanderbilt University Medical Center → 26

Answer: 26

Due to varied answers on other pages, we decided to accept 11 or 12 for the answer here.

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 89%

Question 7

Only one pair of siblings shown in this image hasn’t appeared together in a feature-length film. Find the oldest feature-length film either of those siblings appeared in, and the name of its director. That director is also credited as the executive producer of over 100 episodes of a TV series. What is the title of the episode from that show that shares its title with a movie this person directed?

Clarifier: Movie shorts, documentaries and TV movies are to be disregarded.

Discovery Path: Kate & Oliver Hudson → Desert Blue → Morgan J. Freeman → Teen Mom OG → Homecoming

Answer: Homecoming

Most Common Wrong Answer: New Year’s Eve
Correct Percentage: 82%

Question 8

Tobin, Karla, Andy, and Mick are characters in the seventh episode of a TV series. Among the people who appeared in the first two seasons of this series, which person has the highest percentage of vowels in their name (as credited in the series)?

Clarifier: For the purpose of this question, only A, E, I, O, and U are considered vowels.

Discovery Path: Modern Love → Olivia Cooke (0.636)

Answer: Olivia Cooke

Most Common Wrong Answer: Ellie Mae Siame
Correct Percentage: 74%

Question 9

This image presents a list of anthropomorphic literary characters created by seven authors. Which character remains after going through the given elimination steps below?

Step 1: Eliminate all the characters who don’t have exactly four legs, and all the characters on red buttons who don’t have the same type of animal appearing on a green button.

Step 2: Eliminate all the characters who are animals from a genus that has a name that is a homophone of Rex Brown’s music band.

Step 3: Eliminate all the characters who are ungulates and appear on a green button.

Step 4: Eliminate all the characters created by the authors who were born in the 20th century.

Step 5: Eliminate all the characters who are depicted on the cover of the first edition of the book they first appear in.

Answer: Baloo

Most Common Wrong Answer: Mr. Fox
Correct Percentage: 72%

Question 10

What are the athletic nicknames of the two University System of Ohio schools with main campuses that are the furthest apart (as the crow flies)?

Discovery Path: Cincinnati and Youngstown State (~246 miles) → Bearcats and Penguins

Answer: Bearcats and Penguins

Most Common Wrong Answer: RedHawks, Penguins
Correct Percentage: 74%

Question 11

Condé Nast Traveler magazine recently released a list of the 10 best cities in the world in its 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards report. In which of those cities does the sun set the earliest on this day (Nov 5), based on the local time of that city?

Clarifier: If the sun were to set at 21:05 Eastern Time in New York and at 20:56 Pacific Time in Seattle, the answer would be Seattle, regardless of the fact that the sunset already happened in New York.

Discovery Path: Mumbai, Cape Town, Québec City, Mérida (Mex), Tokyo, San Sebastián (Spa), Bangkok, Victoria (Can), Singapore, San Miguel de Allende → Tokyo

Answer: Tokyo

Most Common Wrong Answer: Québec City
Correct Percentage: 56%

Question 12

This video shows a recreation of a famous planned explosion that never happened. During the original event, one of the main figures used an alliterative pseudonym. This pseudonym is the real name of a Harvard professor. This professor won an award in 2012 and is one of more than 200 people from Harvard to achieve this feat since the award was established. Several of the winners of this award have also won a Nobel Prize. Among the people who have won both awards, who is the most recent Nobel Prize winner in a scientific field (Physics, Chemistry, or Physiology or Medicine)?

Warning: Don’t rely solely on Wikipedia to find the answer, as at least one of the relevant articles contains incomplete, misleading, or inaccurate information.

Discovery Path: The Gunpowder Plot → John Johnson → Sloan Fellowship → Carolyn Bertozzi (2022)

Answer: Carolyn Bertozzi

Most Common Wrong Answer: David MacMillan
Correct Percentage: 39%

Question 13

What country would you reach first by traveling directly east from the location shown in this image, not counting the country where this geologic formation is located?

Discovery Path: Fish River Canyon, Namibia South Africa

Answer: South Africa

Most Common Wrong Answer: Spain
Correct Percentage: 67%

Question 14

Which of the people from the paintings found at the location with the geohash code sr2y7kjncxf9 is most closely associated with forming acrostics?

Discovery Path: Sistine Chapel Erythraean Sibyl

Answer: Erythraean Sibyl

Due to ambiguity of the question, we decided to accept David and Jeremiah, who, in their own ways, can also be associated with acrostics.

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 83%

Question 15

Find the US state with the most electric vehicles that has an above-average ratio of EVs to charging ports, according to September 2021 data provided by According to, one location in this state has exactly 40 stations. How many Scrabble-accepted (TWL) anagrams of the name of that location are possible to make using all of its letters?

Discovery Path: Georgia Rome 2 (more and omer)

Answer: Two (2)

Most Common Wrong Answer: Zero (0)
Correct Percentage: 31%

Question 16

An actress who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and who starred in a lead role in two Best Picture-winning movies with titles that begin and end with the same letter also had a role in two other movies that begin and end with the same letter. Which of those four movies grossed the most worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo?

Clarifier: Each separate movie title needs to begin and end with the same letter. Those letters could be different between the movie titles.

Discovery Path: Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, The Turning Point, Steel Magnolias Terms of Endearment

Answer: Terms of Endearment

Most Common Wrong Answer: Titanic
Correct Percentage: 85%

Question 17

Five singers joined forces to sing the song from which this audio clip was taken. One of them performed as the title character at an opera premiere on September 14, 2003. This premiere took place at a venue that hosts another opera today. Which professor of music is hosting the pre-show talk?

Discovery Path: All For Love Nancy Gustafson (Nicholas and Alexandra) Los Angeles Opera Omar Dr. Tiffany Kuo

Answer: Dr. Tiffany Kuo

Most Common Wrong Answer: Dr. Amy Zigler
Correct Percentage: 83%

Question 18

Seven cast members of a recent crime drama are mashed up in this image. Of those seven, the initials of only one of them make up a symbol of a chemical element. Reverse the digits in this element’s atomic number, and remove the smallest digit. You’ll get a new atomic number of a different chemical element. According to the Mineral Commodity Summaries 2022  US Geological Survey report, what country had the fourth-most reserves of this second chemical element?

Clarifier: For the person(s) with more than two names, all the names’ initials are accounted for (ie. Tommy Lee Jones initials are TLJ).

Discovery Path: EP (Evan Peters), DB (Dyllon Burnside) , RJ (Richard Jenkins), PAM (Penelope Ann Miller), NN (Niecy Nash), ML (Michael Learned), MR (Molly Ringwald) → Dubnium (Db) → 105 → 51 → Antimony → Kyrgyzstan

Answer: Kyrgyzstan

Most Common Wrong Answer: India
Correct Percentage: 54%

Question 19

This audio clip contains the first part of an animated TV series’s theme song. In the pilot episode of this show, the protagonist first deals with a henchman whose hair is what unusual color?

Discovery Path: Inspector Gadget → Pink

Answer: Pink

Most Common Wrong Answer: Various
Correct Percentage: 94%

Question 20

What word is the name of all of the following:

a 2010 video game

a song by Rush

a Caribbean dance

an anti-submarine weapon

a mountain in Nevada?

Answer: Limbo

Most Common Wrong Answer: Xanadu
Correct Percentage: 85%