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, with the exception of mystery rounds, which are at my discretion). So these aren’t questions involving things “only I would know,” LOL!
Note: the trivia game on which these categories are based was a venue tournament game in July, 2016. Also, some of these questions may be a bit tougher than what you’re used to…I’ll provide hints for some of these. Just try to have fun! Remember – it’s only trivia!
1. Spices – What spice beginning with the letter “c” is considered to be the third most expensive spice in the world – behind vanilla and saffron? Native to India, its small seed pods are the parts harvested – and used for heavily spiced dishes such as curries; while the green variety is pricier by weight and is used to spice the sweet dishes and add flavor to coffees, teas and baked goods. Hint: it’s NOT cinnamon – or clove.
2. Mountains – Within one, through how many different U.S. states do the Rocky Mountains pass?
3. Animals – The Tuatara, endemic to New Zealand, is what type of animal? Multiple choice- salamander, mammal, reptile or bird? Brad, I’m pretty sure you know this one without the multiple choices!!!
4. Spice Girls – Name any one of the two Spice Girls whose first names were Melanie. Both for a bonus point.
5. Sports Rituals – The “haka” is a war cry/dance commonly performed before rugby matches involving the New Zealand national team – and is a tribute to what group of indigenous people?
6. ’70s Movies – Before The Godfather made him a household name – and earned him an Oscar for best director – filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola also received an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for what historical film released in 1970? He shared the credit with one other writer.
7. Samples – The 2013 Eminem single “Berserk” – from his album “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” – contains samples of three different singles charting in 1981, 1987 and 1996 respectively. Name either the artists or the names of any one of those sampled songs.
8. Smart Phones – Beginning with the letter “C” representing “cupcake,” several Google Android operating systems were named for different desserts based on different letters of the alphabet. This system stopped in 2019 with what letter simply being called “Android 10?”
9. The Simpsons –What are the rhyming names of the twin girls whom were both voiced by actress Russi Taylor until she died in 2019?
10. Historic Firsts – Within five, in what year was the first cellular call placed by a Motorola employee in Manhattan? I’m not going to give any “hints” here other than what I say when we have these kinds of questions in trivia games… it’s always earlier than you think.
Mystery: Born on this Day
Identify the famous people born on the listed years based on the descriptions below:
1.1958– Actor who played twelfth doctor on “Doctor Who”
2. 1977 – Actress playing Kendall Hart on “All My Children” (seen above) and also star of Cruel Intentions and I Know What You Did Last Summer
3. 1995 – First overall draft pick (quarterback) in 2018 for the Cleveland Browns
4. 1996 – Actress with credits including Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland and the “Scream Queens” television series.
1. Actresses – What actress (pictured above) – was previously married to filmmaker John Carpenter and played Maude’s divorced daughter Carol on “Maude,” and also appeared in the 1980s sci fi/horror films The Fog, Creepshow and Swamp Thing? This question is for YOU, Brad!
2. Olympics – The 2020 Olympics has been postponed because of COVID-19 and is scheduled to take place in Tokyo in 2021. When was the first year Tokyo was an Olympic host city?
3. Social Media Firsts – Chris Messina, a social technology expert, is credited to have come up with the very first hashtag – hashtag “barcamp” – doing so on what social media site in 2007?
4. U.S. Presidents – Which president was the only one to have spoken English as a second language?
5. Country Music – What group released the 1981 hit song “Elvira?” Rest assured, folks! I’m never going to make country music questions too difficult!
6. Extinction – On what African island nation did the dodo make its last stand before becoming extinct in the 1600s? Bonus point for naming the family to which these birds belonged (scientific name not required).
7. Emmy Awards – What veteran TV actor won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding guest actor on TV series “Dexter” in 2010 while playing the character Arthur Mitchell? Yes…I’m binge watching this series right now, so don’t be surprised if a couple of “Dexter” questions come up in the next week or so!
8. Candy – Name any two of the original five flavors of “Life Savers” candy when it was introduced in 1935.
9. Board Games –What strategy board game for two players – in production since 1961 – is played on a board of 10×10 squares with each player controlling 40 pieces representing individual officer and soldier ranks in an army?
10. Transportation – What was the preferred mode of transportation for Pee-Wee in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure?
Mystery – Song lyrics with “hold” – Identify the following songs based on the descriptions below in which the word “hold” is in the lyrics or title.
1. 1964 Beatles song
2. Thompson Twins single peaking at #3 on U.S. charts in 1984
3. 1990 Wilson Phillips single
4. 1975 Ted Nugent single
Final Category – Presidents and Sports
Name two of the three most recently born U.S. presidents whose birth state does not currently have at least one “Big Four” sports team (as of April, 2020).