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!
1. Video Games – What science fiction video game franchise created by Capcom was released for Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 – and featured a series of robot characters? It has since expanded to more than 50 different games on multiple systems. As of December 31, 2019, the game series has sold 35 million units worldwide and was known as “Rockman” in Japan.
2. College Basketball -Mateen Cleaves, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year for 1998 and 1999, played for which NCAA team?
3. Theme Songs – Though best known as a composer of big-budget film scores, who composed “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” for the 1984 Olympics? He also composed scores for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Schindler’s List (among doing the same for many, many other movies).
4. Fast Food – What fast-food chain previously offered a menu item called the “Big Easy Chicken Bowl?” Selling for $3.40 each – it combined white meat chicken with spicy Cajun gravy, red beans, rice and shredded cheese — plus optional hot sauce and sour cream.
5. Singers – James Hetfield has been the lead singer of what heavy metal band since 1981?
6. Populations – Name any two of the three most populous U.S. cities per 2018 population estimates that are NOT located in New York, California or Texas. Name all three for a bonus point.
7. Actors – What actor, born in Michigan’s Oakland County in 1975, has film credits including Employee of the Month, Idiocracy and Let’s Go to Prison?
8. Classic Novels – What American author wrote In Cold Blood, published in 1966? The book details the real-life murders of four members of the Clutter family in 1959.
9. Chemicals – What chemical element is called “brimstone” in the Bible? Bonus point if you know what singer/songwriter appeared in the 1982 film adaptation of Brimstone and Treacle.
10. Award Winning Actresses – Actress Laura Dern has been nominated for her acting roles in three different films – winning most recently for supporting actress in the 2019 film Marriage Story. Name any one of the other two films in she was nominated for acting roles.
Mystery Round: Second Bananas
Given the names of vice presidents and the years – ID the names of the presidents under which they served. WARNING: This ain’t gonna be easy…well, I think all of you should be able to get at least a couple of these! Good luck…
1. John C. Breckinridge, 1857-1861
2. George M. Dallas, 1845-1849
3. Lyndon B. Johnson, 1961-1963
4. Dan Quayle, 1989-1993
1. Comics – Canadian comic book entrepreneur Todd MacFarlane is best known for creating what character in 1992, whose “real” name is Albert Simmons? This comic was adapted into a 1997 film starring Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen and John Leguizamo.
2. Beverages – What citrus beverage debuting in 1963 started out offering only one flavor – orange – but has since expanded to include the following flavors – Smooth Orange, Orange Strawberry, Orange Mango, Orange Peach, Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Peach, Mango, Blue Raspberry, Cherry Limeade, Lemonade, and Orange Pineapple?
3. Hit Songs – This is TOO FUNNY! The original question from this 2013 recap was about the Eminem song “Berserk,” which I asked about not too long ago. We got the question wrong when we had the question in 2013. Now to ask a different question (I think I’ll make it a ’90s music question just for Kim):
Hit Songs – What group released the single “No Scrubs,” from their third album “Fan Mail” in 1999?
4. Authors – What American author published the “Ramona” series of books?
5. Medicine – The pain reliever acetaminophen is commonly marketed under what brand name and is also a component of some cold/cough/flu medicines?
6. European Capitals – What Eastern European country’s capital is Zagreb?
7. Superheroes – The superhero character “Shazam’s” name is made up of the first letters of the names of various mythological heroes whose names begin with S, H, A, Z, A and M respectively. Name any three of those people.
8. TV Love Interests – Jillian, voiced by Drew Barrymore, was a love interest of what character on “Family Guy?”
9. Universities – Founded in 1865, which of the “Ivy League” universities in the United States was founded most recently? I think I have been on an “Ivy League’ kick with some of these questions lately…but it is one of “my” categories I try to stay on top of for trivia…so there’s that! Also, my friend Sam graduated from this university!
10. Child Stars – Name the “Corey” actor playing one of the “Frog Brothers” in the 1987 comedy/horror film The Lost Boys.
Visual Mystery – Everyone Loves a Clown
Identify the TV shows or movies (franchise names OK) for the following images featuring…clowns
Final Category: Animated Films
Final Question – Name two of the three films released by Disney Animation Studios during the decade of the 1960s.