Filling The Pub Trivia Void- Question Set 1 – March 16, 2020

Editor’s note: This is first in a series of trivia question sets I’m writing to help fill the trivia void left by local pub trivia companies having to cease operations during this COVID-19 crisis time. Answers will be provided in the comments. There will be two rounds of 10 questions each, two mystery rounds (no “visual” mystery round) and one final question. Hope you have fun!

Game One

1. NBA Players – Which NBA player  is one of seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic gold medal? He played for the Celtics for 13 years, and also served as coach for the Celtics, Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings.

2. Colors – What eight-letter word describes a specific shade of blue ranging between azure and sky blue?

3. Same Name – What four-letter word is the shared name for a book series about sentient oversized battle tanks penned by science fiction writer Keith Laumer – and a string tie?

4. 20th Century Authors – What 20th century author played himself in the 1986 comedy film Back To School – when he – playing himself – was hired to write papers for “senior” college student Thornton Mellon (played by Rodney Dangerfield)?

5. Characters – What actor has played the fictional character Ashley “Ash” Williams in several different films –  and in a premium cable series airing from 2016 to 2018? Nerd point – what cable network aired this series?

6. Speeches – In Ronald Reagan’s famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech in 1987, what Soviet leader does he mention by name?

7. TV – What TV series’ (premiering in 2019) title character – based on a DC comic character –  is played by actor Jack Bannon whom plays a character attempting to form his own security company in an an “alternate history” London during the 1950s and 1960s?

8. Games – What Hasbro game introduced in 1978 featured these lyrics in its commercials: “It’s a race, it’s a chase, hurry up and feed their face?”

9. ’80s Music – What band’s highest-charting hits – all in the 1980s – included “Kyrie,” “Broken Wings,” and “Is It Love?”

10. Cars – What Ford vehicle model was manufactured between 1984 and 1994, and was a “downsized” successor to the Ford Fairmont – and the Mercury Zephyr?

Mystery – Twisted Titles – Robert DeNiro Movies

Given the description of the following “fake” movie plots – name the Robert DeNiro movie title (with one letter changed).

M1 – DeNiro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale play longtime friends in this 1978 best picture winner involving their epic love of a foamy alcoholic drink.

M2 – DeNiro plays a talk-show host in this film centering on a villainous character whom names himself after a tool used in fireplaces

M3 – DeNiro and Harvey Keitel appear in this early 1970s film in which one of the title words is also a word describing a cut of meat without much fat in it.

M4 – DeNiro and Joe Pesci star in this black-and-white sports film about attempting to secure a large male bovine in a metal enclosure.

Game Two

1. Food – What specific type of meat is commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

2. Medicine – The pain reliever acetaminophen is commonly marketed under what brand name?

3. Battles – What doomed infantry assault named for a Confederate general – occurred on the last day during the Battle of Gettysburg?

4. Bands – What American disco/funk band formed in Florida in 1973 had several number 1 hits during the 1970s – including “I’m Your Boogie Man” and “That’s The Way (I Like It),” though their most recent highest-charting song was “Give It Up,” which hit #18 on the U.S. charts in 1983?


5. Actors – What actor plays the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the 2020 film? Nerd bonus, what character (pictured above) did this actor play in the TV series “Parks and Recreation?”

6. Sports – What American professional sports league – which has team names including Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks – announced recently it would cease its season after five weeks of play due to COVID-19 concerns?

7. ’90s Books – What is the  title of the controversial coffee table book written by Madonna and published in 1992?

8. Cartoons – What comic strip’s premise is that of a flapper marrying an heir to an industrial fortune – though he was disinherited by his parents for marrying her forcing the couple to live an ordinary suburban life?

9. Africa – What landlocked West African country’s capital is Ouagadougou?

10. Weapons – Give either of the common names of the two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries and is still the ceremonial weapon used by the Swiss Guard to protect the Pope?

Mystery – Before and After


M1 – Site of Pilgrim landing in 1620 and TV series airing from 1974 to 1980 starring James Garner.

M2 – British drama series debuting in 2010 and name of 11th studio album by the Beatles

M3 – Long-running U.S. crime drama series and four words ending the title of the fifth novel in the Harry Potter series (The words coming after Harry Potter And The…)

M4 – Full title of first book in author Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series and 1990 number 1 hit by singer Sinead O’Connor

Final Category – Number One Hits

Name both artists hitting #1 on back to back weeks in 1987 whose songs were both covers of songs by Tommy James and the Shondells.

One thought on “Filling The Pub Trivia Void- Question Set 1 – March 16, 2020

  1. Answers:
    1. Bill Russell


    3. bolo

    4. kurt vonnegut

    5. bruce campbell/STARZ

    6. Mikhail gorbachev (specifically mr. gorbachev)
    7.Alfred Pennyworth

    8. hungry hungry hippos

    9. ’mr. mister

    10. ford tempo

    M1 – the beer hunter

    M2 – poker

    M3 – lean streets

    M4 –caging bull
    Game Two

    1.corned beef


    3.pickett’s charge

    4. kc and the sunshine band

    5. ben schwartz/jean ralphio

    6. XFL


    8. Blondie

    9. Burkina Faso

    10. halberd/voulge swiss voulge also acceptable

    Mystery – Before and After

    M1 -plymouth rockford files

    M2 – downton abbey road

    M3 – law and order of the phoenix

    M4 – tales of a fourth grade nothing compares 2 u
    Final Category – Number 1 Hits

    tiffany and billy idol

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