Welcome to The Renaissance Fan’s weekend trivia (powered by Frank), your source for thought provoking trivia on a wide range of topics. Test yourself, challenge your family, or set up your own mini-trivia competition among your friends this weekend. There’s no wrong way to play. Could you just Google all the answers? Sure, but that would be dumb! You can make up your own rules, or use ours.
There are seven rounds, and the questions in each round increase in difficulty and point value (10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 points). The “Final Five” question asks you to list five things correctly. For each right answer you get 30 points, but for each wrong answer you lose 30 points.
Answers are listed at the very bottom of the page.
- DAVID BOWIE
10 points. What 1981 single can be found on both the 2002 Best of Bowie compilation and Queen’s Greatest Hits II?
20 points. Bowie’s 1969 hit “Space Oddity” tells the story of what fictional astronaut?
30 points. The Brazillian actor Seu Jorge performed several Portugese-language renditions of Bowie hits in what Wes Anderson film?
40 points. Bowie co-wrote and produced The Idiot and Lust for Life, two of the most acclaimed albums by what Michigan-born rocker?
50 points. Backup musicians Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, and Mick Woodmansey adopted what bandname during Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” phase?
10 points. In the year 2000, scientists at The University of Nebraska found that the components of what kind of soup inhibit neutrophil migration, which may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could hypothetically lead to temporary ease from symptoms of illness?
20 points. In 1962, what pop artist integrated the look of Campbell’s Soup cans into a series of silkscreens?
30 points. Which type of clam chowder is typically made with chopped clams and diced potatoes in mixed cream and milk base?
40 points. Gazpacho, a soup made of raw vegetables in a tomato base and served cold, is native to what European nation?
50 points. What popular Vietnamese street food consists of broth, linguine-shaped noodles, herbs and meat?
- COP DRAMA
10 points. Since 2002, David Caruso has played Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the CSI series set in what city?
20 points. What actor played Detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue from 1994 to 1998?
30 points. Actor and comedian Richard Belzer has played what fictional Detective on 122 episodes of Homicide: Life on The Street, 324 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 4 episodes of the original Law & Order, and single episodes of The X-Files, The Beat, The Wire, and Arrested Development?
40 points. (2 part answer) What two David Simon-created crime dramas were set primarily in Baltimore?
50 points. At one season of 13 episodes, what was the shortest-tenured Law & Order series?
10 points. Human beings can be host to three different types (hair, body, and pubic) of what parasitic insect?
20 points. Female widow spiders typically exhibit a red or orange marking in the shape of what item?
30 points. What name is given to a male honeybee that is the product of an unfertilized egg and whose primary task is to mate with a fertile queen?
40 points. With 286 deaths, the United States experienced one of the worst epidemics of what mosquito-borne virus in 2012?
50 points. The Banana Slug serves as mascot to what University of California campus?
10 points. What geographical region, host to the world’s largest terrestrial mammal migration, extends from northern Tanzania to southwestern Kenya?
20 points. With a population of more than 10.2 million citizens, what is the second-largest city in Africa and the largest city in the Middle East?
30 points. Afrikaans, a language evolved from the Dutch vernacular of South Holland, is the official language of what African country?
40 points. In what body of water does The Nile River terminate?
50 points. Lagos, the most populous city in Africa, is located in what country?
10 points. Tenor, alto, and baritone are the most common varieties of what reed instrument?
20 points. Jazz great Louis Armstrong was often referred to by what nickname?
30 points. Famously, Buddy Rich performed in a drum duel on a 1981 episode of what show?
40 points. What Jazz singer is often referred to as “The First Lady of Song?
50 points. The great saxophonist John Coltrane first rose to prominence playing with what other Jazz legend’s quintet?
10 points. In the James Bond series, what acronym is used by the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, terrorism, revenge, and extortion?
20 points. DOC, the acronym commonly written on prison jumpsuits, has what meaning?
30 points. What is the unabbreviated title for the non-profit association that organizes the athletic departments of 1,281 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada?
40 points. In 1990, the word that the A stands for in SAT (the test commonly used in college admissions) was changed from aptitude to what other “A” word?
50 points. In 2005, the P.E.O. sisterhood, having kept it a secret since 1869, announced that its title would publicly have what meaning?
FINAL FIVE What five instruments were played by the original Miles Davis quintet?
The original Law & Order series ran for how many episodes?
ANSWERS COMING UP
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
The Spiders From Mars
New England Clam Chowder
Homicide: Life In The Street/ The Wire
Law and Order: Trial By Jury
West Nile Virus
The Mediterranean Sea
The Muppet Show
Department of Corrections
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Philanthropic Educational Organization
Final 5: Trumpet, Saxophone, drums, bass, piano