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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published January 5th 2015
Have a bit of fun while testing your knowledge
A short while ago I had an article published in WeekendNotes on what I thought were "The 5 Best Board Games". In no particular order the games were Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Rummikub and Monopoly.

Not long after that a friend of mine asked me why I didn't include Trivial Pursuit. I couldn't answer him as Trivial Pursuit is one of those great board games, so maybe I should have made it "The 6 Best Board Games".

After talking to a number of people, Trivial Pursuit is one of those games that you either love playing it or you absolutely hate it with a passion.

It's a game that is played all over the world and it is found in so many variations that it would be impossible to count how many there are. I did carry out a bit of research into what variations of Trivial Pursuit there are and after about five minutes I gave up looking for any more, because there were so many.

Here are some of the ones that I found:

The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (2009)
Trivial Pursuit Team (2009)
Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It (2010)
Trivial Pursuit Master Edition I (2010)
Trivial Pursuit - The Rolling Stones (2010)
• Trivial Pursuit - Disney For All (2011)
• Trivial Pursuit - Classic Rock (2012)
Trivial Pursuit - Welcome to America Edition (1985)
Trivial Pursuit - Sports Edition (1987]
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - Rock & Pop (1987)
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - Sports (1987)
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - The Good Life (1987)
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - War & Victory (1987)
Trivial Pursuit - Edition France (1989)
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - Hollywood Flicks (1989)
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - TV (1989)
Trivial Pursuit Mini Pack - Wild Card (1989)
Trivial Pursuit - The Vintage Years (1989)
Trivial Pursuit Master Game - Genus Edition (Original) (1981)
Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

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Not only can Trivial Pursuit be played as a board game, it can be played by having a MC reading out questions to an audience and then they write down the answer that they think it is. You can also play this game On Line. There are games shows on ESPN and other TV shows and if you wish and there are even games played on YouTube.

Trivial Pursuit is a game in which winning is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge questions on just about everything I could possibly think of. This is why I am not very good at it by myself, but I go really good when I am in a team, especially when I have my wife Leanne with me as I can bounce so many things off her.

So for just a bit of fun I have put together 100 Trivial Pursuit question together. They are spread over 20 different categories, some of which come under the Hub Tiles of Hub Garden for which I am one of the many writers who put articles together for the web site.

Now what do you get from reading this article and playing my Trivial Pursuit game. Maybe you will learn something new? You might go so far as to get totally bored. Maybe you will get nothing out of it and think what a waste of time that was! Or maybe you will find something interesting at the end of the article about Trivial Pursuit.

To help you along a bit I have added a picture for each category that may or maynot help you answer the questions.

So, if you feel up to it why don't you have ago at some of the questions in your favourite category and send in the answers via the comment box.

THE 20 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES

1. AUSTRALIAN
2. LITERATURE
3. MOVIES
4. SPORTS
5. ENTERTAINMENT
6. KIDS
7. PLANTS
8. FOOD
9. MUSIC
10. POETRY
11. BRISBANE
12. LONDON
13. CELEBRITRIES
14. ANIMALS
15. TRAVEL
16. HEALTH
17. CRAFT
18. TV
19. CHOCOLATE
20. HOTELS


AUSTRALIAN
The original Wiggles

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1. Which pop star played the title role in the 2006 film, Hating Alison Ashley?

2. What do the letters of the television network SBS stand for?

3. What is the name of the original yellow Wiggle?
4. What finished second to 'Advance Australia Fair' in the 1977 referendum to choose a national song?

5. What natural disaster killed 13 people in Newcastle on December 28, 1989?

LITERATURE
The Elphant House Cafe in Edinburgh is where Rowling wrote the first part of Harry Potter

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1. Which prolific British children's author wrote the Noddy books?

2. Who wrote One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest?

3. What was the first book in the Harry Potter series titled?

4. Which writer created the fictional secret service agent, James Bond?

5. Where is William Shakespeare buried?

MOVIES
Dame Juile Andrews played a major part

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1. Which one of these three films won best picture at the Academy Awards: Roman Holiday, American Graffiti or The French Connection?

2. What is the name of film director Baz Luhrmann's wife?

3. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling starred in which 2004 weepy movie?

4. Which Bond film was released first: A View to a Kill, Licence to Kill or The Living Daylights?

5. What is the name of the family featured in the musical The Sound of Music?

SPORTS
Investec Loyal won in 2011

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1. Who won the Wimbledon men's title in 2008?

2. Which sporting great was dubbed "the boy from Bowral?"

3. Who was named Australia's Sports Performer of the Year in 2008 and what was his or her sport?

4. Which famous yacht race starts on Boxing Day each year?

5. What three movements are required for an athlete to successfully complete a triple jump?

ENTERTAINMENT
Elvis birth place in Tupelo, Mississippi

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1. What was the name of the character played by Candice Bergen in a '90s comedy set around a TV news show?

2. Name the actress who counts Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller as her ex-husbands.

3. What Memphis mansion was opened to the public in 1982?

4. Which Bond film was released first: A View to a Kill, Licence to Kill or The Living Daylights?

5. What is the name of film director Baz Luhrmann's wife?

KIDS
Robin Hood statue in Nottingham

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1. In Jungle Book what kind of animal is Baloo?
2. What is the name of Peppa Pig's brother?
3. What type of animal is Bullseye in the Toy Story films?
4. What was the name of the monk in the Robin Hood legend?
5. Who was created by Gepetto the woodcarver?

PLANTS
What plant is this?

1. Commonly found in arid regions, which is the largest family of succulent plants (with fleshy stems and leaves swollen with water-storage tissues)?
2. Hybrid tea, floribunda, miniature and climbing are all species of which garden plant?
3. In The Winter's Tale, which plant did Shakespeare describe as 'the fairest flowers o' the season'?
4. Which parasitic plant was venerated by the Druids, who cut it ceremonially from their sacred oak with a golden knife?
5. On its mutinous voyage, the Bounty had spent five months in Tahiti where it had been sent to gather what type of plants for the West Indies?

FOOD
A flock of sheep

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1. Which citrus fruit, possibly a combination of sweet lime and sour orange, grows predominantly in Italy and is used in Earl Grey tea and eau de Cologne?
2. Which powder includes Turmeric, fenugreek, chillies and cumin?
3. What fruit do you get when you cross a Raspberry with an American dewberry?
4. What traditionally forms the covering of a haggis?
5. Which liqueur is said to be made to Bonnie Prince Charlie's secret recipe?

MUSIC
My son is very good at playing one of these

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1. Who released the following No 1 albums in the UK in 1970?
a. Get yer ya ya's out,
b. Atom Heart Mother
c. Cosmo's Factory
d. A Question of Balance

2. Name the singer-songwriter who wrote Dave Edmunds hit 'Girls Talk'.

3. Which music commemorates the Battle of Borodino?

4. Canadian born singer songwriter Andy Kim had a mega hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1974 with the song 'Rock Me Gently'. His biggest hit however was a song he wrote for another band years earlier. The song was the 'Billboard single of the year' in 1969 and also spent eight weeks at number 1 in the UK charts. Can you name the tasty ditty?

5. The name of which music style translated means 'new wave'?
POETRY
Christmas time

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Who wrote the following poems?
1. The Soldier
2. Paradise Lost
3. Don Juan
4. Twas the night before Christmas
5. The Charge of the light brigade

BRISBANE
Big Ben in London

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1. The Brisbane City Hall clock is modeled on the design of:
A. Big Ben in London.
B. St Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy.
C. The clock on the top floor of the Queen Victoria building, Sydney.
D. A really unusual fob watch.

2. In 1901, the governor of Queensland, Baron Lamington, read the proclamation of the federation of the Australian Commonwealth from:
A. The bar at the Breakfast Creek.
B. The upper floors of Queensland's Parliament House.
C. A balcony on the William St side of the Treasury Building.
D. The screen of his iPhone.

3. The steps leading up to Anzac Square Shrine are split into a first row of 19 steps and second row of 18 steps, signifying the end of World War I in 1918. The shrine itself, in another significant number, has:
A. 20 columns, to mark the century.
B. 14 columns, marking the start of the war.
C. 18 columns, marking the end of the war.
D. Three columns, for the army, navy and air force.

4. Artist Donna Marcus had 7000 replica vegetable steamers made for her sculpture Steam in Reddacliffe Place that is made up of:
A. Eight geodesic spheres.
B. 10 geodesic spheres.
C. 12 geodesic spheres.
D. 15 geodesic spheres.

5. St John's Cathedral is home to a coin collection dating back to:
A. The first years of European settlement in Queensland.
B. Captain Cook's voyage of discovery in 1770.
C. 1000 years.
D. The time of Christ.

LONDON
Canadian Pacific Railway

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1. Which famous London hotel is served by Britain's only street where traffic drives on the right?
a) The Savoy. b) The Dorchester. c) Brown's. d) The Waldorf.
2. What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden during the Great Fire?
a) His wife. b) His cheese. c) His purse. d) His silverware.

3. Which well-known building stands on the site of St Benet Fink?
a) The Royal Exchange. b) The Bank of England. c) Buckingham Palace. d) The Royal Festival Hall.

4. Which London dock was the first to be served by rail?
a) The Royal Albert. b) Poplar. c) West India Import. d) King George V.

5. On which line on the Underground is the longest section of continuous tunnel?
a) Central. b) Jubilee. c) Northern. d) Piccadilly.

CELEBRITRIES
Madonna on tour in 1987

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1. Who was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg?
2. How many wives had Humphrey Bogart had before Lauren Bacall?
3. Which perfume house did Madonna advertise in the late 1990s?
4. Which celebrity restaurants do Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger own?
5. Who wrote the music for An American In Paris?

ANIMALS
Tailor have sharp teeth

1. Do reptiles, fish, or mammals have the most teeth?
2. What kind of animal can be a minke, grey, or bowhead?
3. What kind of animal is called a razorshell?
4. An abalone is what kind of animal?
5. What type of fish is the world's largest fish?

TRAVEL
The Golden Hall and 5 storey pagoda

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1. Klagenfurt international airport is in what country?
2. What state is Oakland international airport located in?
3. In what country is Osaka international airport?
4. What name is given to the methods for making an aircraft hard to detect?
5. What was the name of the German airship that crashed and burned in New Jersey in 1937?

HEALTH
You need to look after these

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1. Which medical tool was developed by Sanctorius in 1612?
2. The first false teeth made from what?
3. Where is your zygomatic bone located?
4. What is a plessor?
5. Hypermetropic people are what?

CRAFT
My Mum had one of these

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1. What do you call the 'art of folding paper'?
2. What do 'pinking shears' do?
3. What is 'Kumihimo'?
4. What is 'repoussage'?
5. What do you call the hole in a needle where you push the thread through?

TV
We were the first family in our street to get one of these

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1. Which American multiple Emmy-winning hospital drama stars Hugh Laurie?
2. Did I Make the Most of Loving You?' is the theme song of which television series?
3. Craig Phillips was the first winner of which television series?
4. Which actor took over the role of minder from Dennis Waterman?
5. Lovers Alan and Celia's late-blooming courtship was entitled 'Last Tango' in which British city?

CHOCOLATE
A chocolate chip cookie

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1. Which chocolate is the healthiest, Milk, Dark or White?
2. How many milk chocolate bars (1.5 ounce) would you have to eat to get the caffeine in one cup of coffee?
3. Why is white chocolate white?
4. Centuries ago, doctors used chocolate to treat?
5. What is Dutch-process chocolate?

HOTELS
I have been to this hotel in London

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1. Who wrote and recorded the hit song and album Hotel California?
2. Which hotel and in which town in England was bombed by the IRA during a Tory party conference?
3. Of which hotel did Elvis famously sing?
4. Which Torquay hotel was immortalised on television?
5. Which hotel connects Greta Garbo and John and Lionel Barrymore on film?

PLACES WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE TRIVIAL PURSUIT.

• MYERS
• BBC SHOP AUSTRALIA
• TARGET
• BOOKWORLD ONLINE
• TOYS R US
• ANGUS & ROBERTSON
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It is good to know I can answer at least some of those questions.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11900) 1288 days ago
One of my favourite word games/board games is Boggle. Another favourite board game is Chinese Checkers. Favourite card game is UNO. Your choices are definitely in the top ten.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1288 days ago
To help everyone along with the answers to my Trivial Pursuit quiz I have posted the answers in for the first question to every section.

Why don't you have ago at answering some?

It's just a bit of fun.

ANSWERS

AUSTRALIAN

1. Which pop star played the title role in the 2006 film, Hating Alison Ashley?
Delta Goodrem

LITERATURE
1. Which prolific British children's author wrote the Noddy books?
Enid Blyton

MOVIE
1. Which one of these three films won best picture at the Academy Awards: Roman Holiday, American Graffiti or The French Connection?
The French Connection

SPORTS
1. Who won the Wimbledon mens title in 2008?
Rafael Nadal

ENTERTAINMENT
1. What was the name of the character played by Candice Bergen in a '90s comedy set around a TV news show?
Murphy Brown

KIDS
1. In Jungle Book what kind of animal is Baloo? A BEAR

PLANTS
1. Commonly found in arid regions, which is the largest family of succulent plants (with fleshy stems and leaves swollen with water-storage tissues)? CATUS

FOOD
1. Which citrus fruit, possibly a combination of sweet lime and sour orange, grows predominantly in Italy and is used in Earl Grey tea and eau de Cologne? BERGAMOT

MUSIC
1. Who released the following No 1 albums in the UK in 1970?
a. Get yer ya ya's out, ROLLING STONES,
b. Atom Heart Mother, PINK FLOYD,
c. Cosmo's Factory, CCR,
d. A Question of Balance MOODY BLUES

POETRY
Who wrote the following poems?
1. The Soldier RUPERT BROOKE

BRISBANE
1. The Brisbane City Hall clock is modeled on the design of:
A. Big Ben in London.
B. St Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy.
C. The clock on the top floor of the Queen Victoria building, Sydney.
D. A really unusual fob watch.

LONDON
1. Which famous London hotel is served by BritainĂ¢â‚¬â„¢s only street where traffic drives on the right?
a) The Savoy. b) The Dorchester. c) Brown's. d) The Waldorf. A

CELEBRITRIES
1. Who was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg? WOODY ALLEN

ANIMALS
1. Do reptiles, fish, or mammals have the most teeth? MAMMAL.

TRAVEL
1. Klagenfurt international airport is in what country? AUSTRIA.

HEALTH
1. Which medical tool was developed by Sanctorius in 1612? THERMOMETER

CRAFT
1. What do you call the 'art of folding paper'? ORIGAMI

TV
1. Which American multiple Emmy-winning hospital drama stars Hugh Laurie? HOUSE

CHOCOLATE
1. Which chocolate is the healthiest, Milk, Dark or White? DARK

HOTEL
1. Who wrote and recorded the hit song and album Hotel California? THE EAGLES
by Gary Brown (score: 2|494) 1285 days ago
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