Editor’s note: This is part of 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!
Just to ensure there is a good category mix, all of these categories mirror categories from a previous Sporcle Live game (or are very, very similar). So these aren’t questions involving things “only I would know,” LOL!
1. Marriages – Actress Julia Roberts was married to what singer from 1993 to 1995?
2. Islands – What African island nation has been also called “Maurice” by the French?
3. Comedies – Who played the title character in the 1996 film adaptation called Sgt. Bilko?
4. TV Terms – What three-word phrase – which originated in a season 5 episode of “Happy Days” – has been used to describe gimmicky attempts to lure viewers (usually in TV shows)?
5. Books – Joseph Heller wrote what 1961 satirical war book?
6. Computers – In the 1983 film Wargames, a teen hacker played by Matthew Broderick breaks into a defense computer system using what password -which is a boy’s given name? The name translates from Hebrew as “The Lord is my Salvation.”
The guy in the next question briefly dated Winona Ryder…but seriously – who DIDN’T date her in the 1990s?
7. Lead Singers – David Pirner (born in 1964) is the lead singer and frontman for what alternative rock band?
8. NBA Stars – What retired NBA player had the nickname “Round Mound of Rebound” among many other nicknames?
9. Elements – When put in order of atomic weight, which one of the “noble gases” on the Periodic Table of Elements is the heaviest?
10. Logos – What item is depicted with the dog in the “His Master’s Voice” EMI record label logo? Bonus, what is the name of that dog?
Mystery: This Day in History
1. What president signed the Hawaii statehood bill in 1959?
2. “Poppin’ Fresh” – the plump mascot for what company – was introduced in 1965
3. Members of this British rock band were each fined $5 for public urination in 1965
4. “She Works Hard for the Money” singer gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.
1. Commercials – For what insurance company does actor Dennis Quaid currently serve as a pitchman?
2. Flowers – Which western U.S. state’s official state flower is the Rocky Mountain Columbine?
3. Movie Songs – Name one of the two songs from the 1985 drama film White Nights that were nominated for the Academy Award for best original song? Bonus – name both.
4. Statues – A bronze statue of what “Happy Days” character can be found on the Milwaukee Riverwalk?
5. Actors – What English actor’s birth name was Maurice Micklewhite?
6. Racing – Within one, in what decade did the very first NASCAR race occur?
7. Outlaws – What was the last name of the outlaw brothers who operated as the pro-Confederate guerrilla gang called the Bushwhackers during the U.S. Civil War?
8. Fears – Coulrophobia is the fear of what common subject of horror films?
9. TV Actors – Dirk Benedict played the leader of what rogue group of TV characters in an 1980s TV series?
10. Rivers – A series of murders perpetrated by serial killer Gary Ridgway were associated with what major U.S. River?
Mystery: First name starts with H – identify the first and last name of people based on the following descriptions.
1. Actress born in 1966 whose film credits include Wings of Dove, Room With a View and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2. British archaeologist whom discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922
3. American actress known for TV roles on “T.J. Hooker,” “Dynasty” and “Melrose Place”
4. American actor born in 1939 with film credits including “Mean Streets,” “The Piano” and “Pulp Fiction”
Final Category: Magazines
Who was the only person named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” who also has won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award?