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: These game categories were taken from a finals game in December, 2018, though I may have made slight revisions…also, there are THREE mystery rounds (one of them visual)
1. Spring Break – Punta Cana – located in which Caribbean nation – was listed as the fourth most popular Spring Break destination by the American Automobile Association in a 2018 article (the most recent AAA source I could find)?
2. Legal TV – Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar played the title characters in what 2011 TNT comedy series focusing on the lives of two unconventional lawyers – which aired for four seasons?
Actor Harry Hamlin had nothing to do with this series. But his photo was in the recap from which I copied and pasted the other recap and I felt like leaving him in here! Did you know he was voted People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1987?
3. Art – What art term involves using a series of small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading?
4. High Honors – What Latin term translates into English as “with highest praise” and can describe graduates in the top 1%, 2%, or 5% of their class?
5. Seals – The animal grouping Pinniped includes sea lions, fur seals, earless seals and also includes the extant family Odobenidae, whose only living member is what tusked marine mammal?
6. Recent Commercials – What 11-letter word beginning with the letter “c” has recently begun appearing in a variety of advertisements for restaurants offering food delivery to its customers? The word typically describes simply leaving the food in a safe place for the customer to pick up rather than handing the food to the customer directly.
7. Capitals – Which southern U.S. capital city boasts the largest metropolitan area population of all of the U.S. state capitals with 5.94 million people living in its greater metropolitan area per 2018 population estimates?
8. Music Lawsuits – In March, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin – after the band Spirit alleged that the melody of their 1968 song “Taurus” was stolen and used in instrumental portions of what 1971 Led Zeppelin song?
9. Stadiums – Globe Life Field was originally scheduled to be opened in March, 2020 and will – when open – serve as the home field for which American League West division team – making it the newest MLB stadium?
10. Scientists – Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming discovered what commonly used antibiotic in 1928?
Mystery – If they were alive – given the names and ages of celebrities when they died, within two years – how old would they be if they were alive today? I’m leaving this category as it is…just replacing it with other celebrities…
M1 – Janis Joplin, 27
M2 – Ritchie Valens, 17
M3 – Elvis Presley, 42
M4 – Natalie Wood, 43
1. Grammar – Which specific part of speech was described in a “busy” short presented by “Schoolhouse Rock” in 1993 – making it one of the most recent “Schoolhouse Rock” shorts?
2. Stars – Within two, how many stars were on the U.S. flag when Theodore Roosevelt left office in 1909?
3. Creators – Joss Whedon has been credited with creating three TV series that have aired more than 100 episodes. Name two of those series – give yourself a scratch and sniff sticker if you pick the most recent of those series.
4. Buildings – The Cologne Cathedral is considered an example of what type of architecture?
5. Science Terms – Herpetology is the study of what types of animals?
6. NBA Teams – What NBA team’s most recent NBA finals appearance was in 1974, when they won the conference championship? This team won its most recent finals in 1971 – at the time, their roster included stars such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief and Oscar Robertson.
7. Children’s Books – What 1981 book by Chris Van Allsburg appears on the New York Public Library’s “100 Great Children’s Books – 100 Years” list? This book – and its 2002 sequel Zathura – has been adapted into films released in 1995, 2005, 2017 and 2019. Kirsten Dunst and Robin Williams starred in the original film.
8. Actresses – Which Australian actress has played the following characters in films that have grossed more $9.87 billion at the worldwide box office – Veronica Guerin, Magdalena Gilkeson and Jane Winslett-Richardsdon? Don’t they ask questions like this in just about every Sporcle Live tournament? Find the most obscure characters actors/actresses have played and ding the teams who didn’t bother watching those movies – but saw the “big” ones that the actors were in? Shoe’s on the other foot? I almost felt “evil” writing this question!!!
9. For Pets – What company acquired Ralston-Purina in 2001 for $10.3 billion? This company’s main pet foods included the “Friskies” line of pet foods when it merged with Ralston-Purina and the present company’s headquarters are in St. Louis, MO.
10. Words – What 11-letter word beginning with “r” means “to throw or pour back or out from or as if from a cavity?”
Mystery – Before and after – all correct answers will have either the word “before” or “after.”
M1 – Popular mnemonic device involving the order of two different vowels in a word
M2 – 1989 hit duet featuring Peter Cetera and Cher
M3 – Figure of speech advising people to not give items of value to those who don’t appreciate it
M4 – Maureen McGovern song winning Oscar for best original song from 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure
BONUS MYSTERY ROUND – Creepy Kids (Or Kids in Creepy Settings…or Kids with Creepy People)
Identify the TV shows or movies in which you would see these “creepy” kids (OK to name franchises and not specific films):
FINAL CATEGORY – STREAMING MUSIC
Name three of the four Queen songs – released in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1980 respectively – to be the most streamed songs for those release years, according to Spotify.
Note – the original question we had in the tournament was also about Queen – I tried to stay as close as possible to the question…