Sunday, February 11, 2007

Trivial Pursuit - Original Genus Edition Updates and Corrections

You've caused us to strain our brains, argue with our best friends,
And travel in circles so much we wanted Depends.

You've made us Roll again more than a hot craps shooter in a gambling den
And dance around the center hexagon wishing we could Roll again again.

You've frustrated us with twisted pie slices wedged inextricably
And totally guessable answers that we've missed inexplicably.

Yet for all the trials and tribulations you've put us through,
Happy 25th Anniversary, Trivial Pursuit®, we still love you!

[The Trivia Why's Guy, 2007]

Trivial Pursuit Genus Editions - Updates and Corrections to the Original Game

The following updates and corrections for the original Genus Edition of Trivial Pursuit® are intended for historical purposes only. If you are still playing this version, please join the 21st century by pointing your web browser over to Hasbro or visiting your favorite local toy store and buying a newer edition (Genus V, 20th Anniversary, Sixth, and 1990's editions are the currently available genus versions).

This information is to the best of my knowledge as of February 11, 2007. My major sources include In Further Pursuit of Trivial Pursuit (Joseph A. DeBartolo, 1984), Winning at Trivial Pursuit (Jeff Rovin, 1984), the Google Usenet News Archive, Wikipedia, and hundreds of random web sites found through Google. Additions and comments are most welcome at, or just post them in the comments section of this blog article. Please do not copy this list elsewhere without a link back to this blog as the data will be updated as necessary.

Definitions of the columns in the main table:

  • Original Status - Status of the question and answer in 1982 (see next table).
  • Current Status - Status of the question and answer now (see next table).
  • Original Answer - The answer printed on the original card in 1982.
  • Current Answer - The corrected answer. Empty quote marks indicate that the original answer is still correct.
  • Abbreviated Question - The trivia question in short.
  • Notes - Explanation of the update.

Definitions of the seven possible answer statuses:

Answer StatusCorrect Answer?Description
OkayYesAnswer was correct in 1982 and is still correct now (typos, spelling errors, and quote paraphrases ignored).
AdjustedYesAnswer is correct, but the question needs a tweak to be completely accurate. In some cases, even though the question is bad, the answer required is clear.
HistoricalYesAnswer isn't arguable but refers in the present tense to something that no longer exists.
PartialMaybeAnswer is one of two or more possible correct answers.
DebatableMaybeAnswer is arguable because it is difficult to determine or the question is vague.
IncorrectNoAnswer was already incorrect in 1982.
ChangedNoAnswer was correct in 1982 but is incorrect now.

Below are the updates and corrections, sorted by the original answers. Note that different versions have been released with corrections, which I would also like to track if possible. The box I have says © 1981 Horn Abbot Ltd. (which still owns the rights to Trivial Pursuit today) even though it was distributed by Selchow and Righter in 1983 or later (it also says "No. 7", which might be the update number).

Original AnswerCurrent AnswerAbbreviated QuestionNotes
PartialPartialAce, two, three, four, sixAce, two, three, four, six or ace, two, three, four, fiveLowest possible five-card poker hand with aces lowBoth six-low and five-low are played. In two of the popular poker variations, Omaha Hi-Lo and Razz, five-low is standard.
OkayChangedAdams, Harrison, Johnson, RooseveltAdams, Harrison, Johnson, Roosevelt, and BushFour surnames shared by multiple U.S. presidentsGeorge H.W. Bush was the 41st President, and George W. Bush was the 43rd President.
PartialPartialAdvantageAdvantage, 40-30, or 30-40Point scored immediately before deuce in tennisThe question really should have asked about the point after deuce.
OkayChangedAeroflotAmerican AirlinesLargest airline in the worldRussia's Aeroflot was the largest beginning in the late 1930s, but American Airlines is now the largest.
OkayChangedAgatePearl, alexandrite, or moonstoneJune's birthstoneAgate is no longer commonly considered to be the birthstone.
OkayChangedAlaskaWyomingU.S. state with the smallest populationAs of the 2000 U.S. Census, Wyoming is the least populous state with 494,000 people. Alaska also passed Vermont and North Dakota and sits at 47th with 627,000 people.
OkayDebatableAlbania, Andorra, AustriaAlbania, Andorra, Austria, [and Azerbaijan]Three European countries beginning with the letter AAzerbaijan is sometimes considered part of Europe now.
IncorrectIncorrectAlbert Blake DickThomas EdisonInventor of the mimeograph machineEdison received patents in 1876 and 1880 for his process. Dick coined the term "mimeograph" in 1887.
IncorrectIncorrectAldous HuxleyWilliam ShakespeareAuthor whose Miranda exclaimed, "Oh brave new world that has such people in it"Shakespeare's character Miranda first spoke the line in The Tempest. Aldous Huxley borrowed from it to name his novel Brave New World and his Savage quotes her twice. [FIXED] My version says Shakespeare.
IncorrectIncorrectAnchors Aweigh"Eternal Father, Strong to Save"U.S. Navy hymn"Eternal Father, Strong to Save" is the official hymn, while "Anchors Aweigh" is the official song.
OkayChangedAnimal, vegetable, mineralAnimalia, plantae, fungi, protista, archaebacteria, eubacteriaThe three kingdoms of natureCarolus Linnaeus created the three ancient divisions in 1735, and more were added to reach six. Another system uses three domains instead: eukarya, archaea, and bacteria.
OkayHistoricalApartheid""South Africa's racial policyThe country ended its racist policy in 1994.
OkayAdjustedThe Arabian""Sea that Bombay is onBombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995.
OkayDebatableArchie MooreArchie Moore or George ForemanOldest man to hold a world boxing title, at 44Moore actually held the Light Heavyweight title until he was 45 or 48 years old (his birth year is either 1913 or 1916). If the latter, then Foreman edged him, holding the heavyweight title just shy of his 46th birthday.
OkayHistoricalArkansas""Only Southwest Conference football team not based in TexasArkansas left the conference in 1991 before the SWC disbanded in May 1996.
OkayAdjustedAsia""Continent that's home to half the world's peopleAsia has over 60% of the world's population (3.9 billion out of 6.4 billion) as of 2004, so while the question is still correct, it could be phrased more precisely.
AdjustedAdjustedThe Atlantic Ocean""Body of water Ridgway and Blyth were the first to row acrossGeorge Harpo and Frank Samuelson accomplished the feat in 55 days beginning on June 7, 1896, beating John Ridgway and Chay Blyth by 70 years.
OkayChangedThe Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, ArcticThe Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and SouthernThe world's four oceansFive oceans are recognized now, including the Southern Ocean, which was officially named by the International Hydrographic Organization in 2000.
AdjustedAdjustedAustralia""Country originally known as Terra Australis IncognitaThe Dutch called it New Holland earlier, in the late 1600s. Terra Australis was really meant to refer to Antarctica, but it hadn't been discovered yet when Matthew Flinders gave the name to Australia.
OkayPartialAustralia, Britain, CanadaAustralia, Britain, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, etc.Only three countries to have challenged the U.S. for yachting's America's CupNew Zealand joined the fray in 1983 and won in 1995 and 2000, Italy reached the final in 1992 and 2000, and Switzerland won in 2003.
OkayHistoricalAustria""Only European country that uses schillingsAustria officially switched from the Austrian schilling to the euro in 1999 and stopped using schillings altogether in 2002.
OkayChangedBabe RuthBarry BondsBaseball player who walked the most timesBonds finished the 2006 season with 2,426 career walks, 364 more than Ruth. Bonds also broke Ruth's season record (170 in 1923) with 177 in 2000 and 198 in 2002.
IncorrectIncorrectA baseballA softballHeavier of the two: a baseball or a softballA standard 12-inch softball weighs about 7 ounces, while a baseball weighs only 5.25 ounces. A 16-inch softball is even heavier, at a minimum of 9 ounces.
PartialPartialBaseball and bridgeBaseball, bridge, table tennis, tennis, etc.Two games that have a rubber and a grand slamThe surface of table tennis paddles is called a rubber, and Davis Cup matches are called rubbers. Both sports have Grand Slams.
OkayHistoricalBelgrade""Capital of YugoslaviaYugoslavia split into Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.
OkayPartialBen HoganBen Hogan or Bobby JonesOnly golfer whose life story was made the subject of a movieBobby Jones: Stroke of Genius hit the big screen in 2004 to go along with Follow the Sun in 1951.
OkayPartialBen HurBen-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingFilm that won the most Academy Awards, 11The 1997 movie Titanic and the 2003 movie The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King both tied the record.
AdjustedAdjustedBig Mac""Item described as "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun"The phrase ended, "on a sesame seed bun", not "and a sesame seed bun".
OkayChangedBillie Jean KingMartina NavratilovaWoman who won the most Wimbledon tennis championshipsKing won six singles crowns. Navratilova tied the mark in 1985, passed it in 1986, and finished with a ninth in 1990. If you include doubles and mixed doubles, they tied with 20 each (King: 6, 10, and 4; Navratilova: 9, 7, and 4).
AdjustedAdjustedBilly the Kid""Infamous pseudonym of William BonneyWilliam Bonney was also a pseudonym for the outlaw born as Henry McCarty.
IncorrectIncorrectBjorn BorgWilliam RenshawFirst player to win five straight Wimbledon singles tennis titlesRenshaw capture the title every year from 1881 to 1886. Lawrence Doherty also won five straight, from 1902 to 1906, before Borg's 1976 to 1980 run.
OkayChangedBlackAny that doesn't match the ballColor of the shirts table tennis players must wear in official competitionCurrent International Table Tennis Federation rules allow clothing to be any color that does not match the ball's color.
OkayHistoricalBlack, red, gold""The three colors on the West German flagThis is still correct but now historical since West Germany and East Germany reunited on October 3, 1990.
AdjustedAdjustedBlindman's buffBlindman's bluffGame known in various countries as blind fly, blind cow and blind buckThe given answer is the U.K. spelling, while the corrected answer is the standard U.S. spelling.
OkayPartialBob MathiasBob Mathias and Daley ThompsonOnly man to have won the Olympic decathlon twiceGreat Britain's Daley Thompson captured the decathlon gold in both 1980 and 1984.
OkayAdjustedBombay""Largest city in IndiaBombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995.
OkayHistoricalBonn""Capital of West GermanyThis was correct from 1949 to 1990.
AdjustedAdjustedThe brassiere""Otto Titzling's inventionThe 1971 book Bust-Up: The uplifting tale of Otto Titzling and the development of the bra fabricated this story.
PartialPartialBret and BartBret, Bart, and BrentFirst names of the Maverick brothersRobert Colbert played brother Brent on the Maverick television series.
OkayChangedBridgePokerMost popular card game in the English-speaking worldPoker, with Texas Hold 'Em being the most-played variation, and possibly solitaire have surpassed bridge in popularity.
OkayChangedBritain, China, France, the USSR and U.S.Britain (United Kingdom), China, France, Russia and U.S.The five permanent members of the United Nations Security CouncilThe USSR was replaced by Russia.
OkayHistoricalBritish Airways and Air France""The two airlines that fly the ConcordeOperation of the Concorde ceased in 2003 after 34 years.
OkayChangedCaliforniaMinnesotaU.S. state that raises the most turkeysAs of 2005, the top six states in order were Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri, and California.
AdjustedAdjustedCamels""Animals crucial to Lawrence of Arabia's campaigns in the 1924-1928 warThe war was World War I, so the years should be 1914-1918.
OkayOkayCanadaCanada or Russia and its predecessorsCountry with the most Olympic hockey gold medalsThe Soviet Union and Unified Team have won 8 gold medals in men's hockey, while Canada has won 7. However, Canada's women have also won 2 gold medals to bring their total to 9.
PartialPartialCaptain James T. KirkCaptain Jonathan Archer, Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk, Willard Decker, Spock, John Harriman, Rachel Garrett, and Jean-Luc PicardCommander of the Starship EnterpriseKirk was the captain in the original Star Trek television show, while others have served as captain of one of the seven Enterprises in spinoffs and movies.
OkayHistoricalCaspian Sea""Lake between the Soviet Union and IranThe Caspian Sea lies between Russia and Iran since the Soviet Union split in 1991.
DebatableDebatableChangChang or MohammadMost common surname in the worldSome sources say Mohammad, but it's debatable.
HistoricalHistoricalChicago""Location of the Union StockyardsThe stockyards have been gone since 1971, and the area now holds the Stockyards Industrial Park.
OkayDebatableChicago'sunknownCity whose bus terminal boasts the world's busiest pay phone, at 270 calls a dayThe number of calls is certainly way down since cell phones became popular.
AdjustedAdjustedChile""Country where Magallanes, the world's southernmost city, isMagallanes is a region, not a city.
OkayChangedChina, India, the Soviet Union, and the U.S.China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, [Brazil and Pakistan]Four countries with half the world's populationThe U.S. is now the third most populous country, and Indonesia is fourth. The top four account for 45.3% of the world's population as of 2004 (add in Brazil and Pakistan to get over half).
PartialPartialCleveland""City whose newspaper is called The Plain DealerAlthough it is Ohio's largest newspaper, other newspapers across the country share the name.
OkayChangedCoca-ColaUnited Postal ServiceCompany with the world's second-largest truck fleetWal-Mart is now number one. Number two may be the United Parcel Service or the U.S. Postal Service.
OkayChangedCoin collectingGardeningMost popular hobby in AmericaGardening, genealogy, coin collecting, and even PC use now stake claims to the title.
AdjustedAdjustedCollege football bowl games""What the Liberty, Gator, Hula, Pecan, and Bluebonnet areThe Liberty, Gator, and Hula bowls still exist, but the Pecan existed only from 1964 to 1970 and the Bluebonnet lasted from 1959 to 1987.
OkayHistoricalCraig Claiborne""Food editor of the New York TimesClaiborne passed away in 2000, and the New York Times no longer has a food editor.
OkayChangedCrapsSlot machinesBiggest money-making game for Las Vegas casinosSlot machine revenue makes up well over two-thirds of all game revenue. Craps also brings in less money than blackjack now.
IncorrectIncorrectCrapsBlackjackLas Vegas casino game with the best oddsIf you count cards in blackjack, you can get favorable odds in the long run, although the casino may also throw you out.
OkayChangedCzechoslovakiaCzech RepublicCountry where a true Bohemian livesOn January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
OkayHistoricalCzechoslovakia""Country abbreviated as C.S.S.R.This is historical now since Czechoslovakia split up.
OkayChangedCzechoslovakiaCzech RepublicCountry that forms all of Hungary's northern borderOn January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Austria and the Ukraine also touch Hungary in the north.
PartialPartialThe DeerslayerThe Deerslayer, Pathfinder, Hawkeye, or LeatherstockingWhat James Fenimore Cooper character Natty Bumppo is also known asThe colonists called him Leatherstocking, while the Native Americans called him Deerslayer, Pathfinder, or Hawkeye.
IncorrectIncorrectDelawareFloridaU.S. state with the lowest highest elevation, at 60 feetDelaware has the lowest mean elevation (60 feet), but Florida has the lowest peak (Britton Hill is 345 feet above sea level).
OkayHistoricalDenver""Location of Mile High StadiumThe former home of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies closed in 2001 and was demolished the following January.
OkayPartialDiamondDiamond or quartzApril's birthstoneQuartz, or rock crystal, is a cheaper alternative.
OkayAdjustedDinar""Unit of currency used in Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, and YugoslaviaYugoslavia split into Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.
DebatableDebatableDolphinDolphin, Chimpanzee, etc.Most intelligent creature on earth after manThis is basically an unanswerable question since there are so many ways to define "intelligent".
AdjustedAdjustedDouble Doody""Howdy Doody's twin brotherDouble Doody was actually just the nickname given to Howdy Doody's backup and "stunt double" puppet.
OkayAdjustedDungarees""Overalls named for Dungri, a suburb of BombayBombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995.
OkayChangedDuPontBASFWorld's largest chemical companyBASF ranks first in both revenue and market capitalization. DuPont is third in revenue, also behind Dow Chemical, and second in market cap.
OkayHistoricalEast Berlin""Capital of East GermanyThis was true from 1961 to 1990.
OkayChangedEast GermanyGermanyLocation of Leipzig, Dresden and MagdeburgThe country has been called Germany since reunification in 1990.
AdjustedAdjustedEddie Arcaro""Five-time winner of the Kentucky Derby who lost his first 250 racesThe two-time Triple Crown winner only lost his first 45 mounts.
OkayAdjustedEggs""What the typical American eats 263 of each yearDespite cholesterol concerns, this number hasn't dropped much. United Egg says the number of eggs produced divided by the population equaled 255 in 2005. Even taking into account breakage, non-food uses, and so on, the number is still probably over 200.
PartialPartialEightEight or nineNumber of reindeer that pull Santa's sleighClement Moore's 1823 poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" has eight, and Robert May added Rudolph in 1937.
PartialPartialEight minutesEight minutes and eighteen secondsAmount of time it takes sunlight to reach EarthSince the granularity of the answer wasn't specified, the given answer is correct enough.
IncorrectIncorrectElizabeth ISt. Ursula and her 11,000 virginsQueen whom the Virgin Islands were named for in 1627Christopher Columbus named them in 1493 for St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins (not a queen, so the question as stated has no correct answer).
OkayPartialEmeraldEmerald or chrysopraseMay's birthstoneChrysoprase, a variety of chalcedony containing nickel, is an alternative.
OkayChangedEnglish, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, French, Spanish, and ChineseThe four most widely-used languages in North AmericaChinese is now the third most popular language in both the U.S., where Italian has dropped all the way to eighth, and Canada.
OkayChangedEuropeAsiaContinent with the most people per square mileAsia is now number one by far, with 203 people per square mile to Europe's 134.
AdjustedAdjustedThe eyes""What it's impossible to keep open while sneezingIt's possible but not recommended.
OkayAdjustedThe F.A. Cup soccer final""Event played at Wembley Stadium, London, every MayThe original Wembley Stadium was built in 1924 and demolished in 2002. A new Wembley is set to open in June 2007, so Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has been the site since 2001.
OkayChangedThe Federation CupThe Fed CupWomen's tennis equivalent to the Davis CupThe name was officially truncated in 1996.
OkayPartialThe fifteenthThe fifteenth or thirdCrystal AnniversaryCrystal is the fifteenth on the traditional anniversary gift list and third on the modern list.
OkayPartialThe fifthThe fifth or sixthWood AnniversaryWood is the fifth on the traditional anniversary gift list and sixth on the modern list.
PartialPartialThe final outThe final out or it's overWhen a baseball game is never over untilThe original answer isn't true when the home team wins in its final at-bat. Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over 'til it's over."
PartialPartialFiveFive or four and a half if the home team is winningNumber of innings needed for an official baseball gameIf the home team has the lead, four and a half innings are sufficient if rain or other conditions end the game.
PartialPartialFiveFive or threeNumber of sets in a full-length men's championship tennis matchGrand Slam tournament finals and some Masters series finals are best-of-five sets, while most other tournaments are best-of-three.
IncorrectIncorrectFlorida and HawaiiFlorida and AlaskaTwo states with the farthest-separated points in the U.S.Florida and Alaska have more distant points, but not by much.
AdjustedAdjustedThe flush toilet""Great and proud claim to fame of Thomas CrapperCrapper neither invented the flush toilet nor originated the verb that sounds like his name. He was a plumber who helped popularize the toilet however.
IncorrectIncorrectFortyAlmost sixtyNumber of times more than the brain that the human body typically weighsAlthough the average adult human brain still weighs around three pounds, the average human body continues to get heavier (153 pounds in 1960 to 178 pounds in 2002).
PartialPartialForty-eightForty-six or forty-eightNumber of stars on the U.S. flag in 1912Arizona and New Mexico joined the union that year, so there were 46 stars until July 4, 1912 and 48 stars after.
AdjustedAdjustedThe fountain pen""Lewis E. Waterman inventionWaterman only improved the fountain pen, which had been invented somewhere between two and eight centuries earlier.
PartialPartialFourFour or fiveMen's par on a 455-yard golf holeThere is a maximum yardage for each par level, but the ranges overlap.
OkayDebatableFourthThird or fourthU.S. rank among world countries in areaThe U.S. is third if you subtract some disputed regions from China's total. India also claims Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.
OkayChangedFranceUkraineLargest country in Europe after the Soviet UnionThe Ukraine is now considered the largest European country. The Russia, Turkey, and Greenland are larger than France but none are truly in Europe.
OkayChangedFranceJapanCountry with the third-most satellites in orbitBoth Japan and China had overtaken France as of 2006, trailing only the U.S. and Russia.
IncorrectIncorrectFred PerryWilliam RenshawFirst man to win three consecutive Wimbledon singles tennis titlesRenshaw capture the title every year from 1881 to 1886. Reginald Doherty, Lawrence Doherty, and Anthony Wilding also won at least three straight before Perry.
IncorrectIncorrectFrenchDutch or FlemishMost commonly-spoken language in BelgiumDutch, also called Flemish, is the number one language (59%, to 40% for French).
OkayAdjustedThe French Foreign Legion""Fighting unit headquartered in CorsicaAlthough the military unit is still mostly located on the island, the headquarters are now in Aubagne, France.
OkayPartialGarnetGarnet or rose quartzJanuary's birthstoneRose quartz, symbolizing friendship, is a less expensive alternative.
OkayHistoricalGene Autry""Cowboy star who is part-owner of the California Angels baseball teamThe California Angels became the Anaheim Angels in 1997, a year before Autry passed away.
PartialPartialGentlemen, start your engines[Lady or Ladies and] Gentlemen, start your enginesWords that signal the start of the Indianapolis 500The variation spoken depends on the number of female drivers in the race.
AdjustedAdjustedGeorge S. Patton Jr.""U.S. general who died Dec. 10, 1945, when his jeep collided with a truckThe general's accident occurred on December 9 and his death on December 21.
PartialPartialGoldGold or silverMetal that Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's nose was made ofAs a 20-year-old, Brahe got the worse of a sword fight with a classmate and had to wear artificial bridges for the rest of his life.
PartialPartialGold and silverGold and silver or nickel or palladium or platinum or zincTwo metals in the alloy white goldWhite gold can be made with gold and a number of other metals.
PartialPartialGolf and tennisGolf, tennis, squash, racketball, table tennis, volleyball, etc.Two ball sports that use the term aceMany sports that involve serving have aces.
AdjustedAdjustedA golf ball""Object with 336 dimplesThere is no standard number of dimples on a golf ball anymore. Most balls now have more.
AdjustedAdjustedThe Good Ship Lollipop""Plane that Shirley Temple sang about in the 1934 film Bright EyesThe "Lollipop" was not an airplane. Temple was singing about the pillow on her bed while flying in an airplane.
OkayChangedGordie HoweWayne GretzkyNHL's all-time leading goal scorerThe Great One finished his career with 894 goals, 108 more than Howe.
AdjustedAdjustedGorgeous George""Person who had Chanel No. 5 sprayed in the ring before he wrestledThe perfume was Chanel No. 10.
OkayChangedGreaseThe Phantom of the OperaPlay with the longest run on BroadwaySeveral plays have broken this record, most recently The Phantom of the Opera, which passed Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 9, 2006.
IncorrectIncorrectThe Great Wall of China""Only manmade structure visible from spaceDepending on how you define "manmade structure" and where in "space" you are, some other answers are possible. None are visible from the moon or even more than a few thousand miles away.
AdjustedAdjustedThe GreatestThe Greatest: My Own StoryMuhammad Ali's autobiographyRichard Durham helped Ali write the 1975 book.
OkayChangedGreeceBulgaria and RomaniaLast country to join the European Economic CommunitySpain and Portugal joined in 1986; Austria, Finland, and Sweden in 1995; Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia in 2004; and Bulgaria and Romania in 2007. Now called the European Union.
PartialPartialHank KetchamHank Ketcham (U.S.) or David Law (U.K.)Creator of Dennis the MenaceAmazingly, an unrelated U.K. strip also named Dennis the Menace debuted just three days after the U.S. comic in March 1951.
OkayChangedHawaiiThailandPlace where three quarters of the world's pineapples are grownAs of 2001, Thailand led the world in pineapple production, with 13.9% of the total 14.22 million tons. Hawaii managed only 300,000 tons (which had slipped to 200,000 by 2005). Dole shut down its canning operation in 1991.
AdjustedAdjustedHenry Kissinger""Person who knelt in prayer with Richard Nixon in the final hours of WatergateKissenger claims he didn't.
OkayHistoricalHong Kong""Britain's possession on the Chinese mainlandChina took back control on July 1, 1997, when its 99-year lease ended.
OkayAdjustedHong Kong""British colony with a famed jade market on Canton RoadHong Kong is no longer a colony, and the market moved to the corner of Kansu and Battery streets in 1984.
OkayChangedHorse racingMajor League BaseballMost attended sport in the U.S.According to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, over 31 million people attended horse racing events in 2004, while Major League Baseball drew 73 million fans in 2004.
PartialPartialHypoxemia, or lack of blood to the brain""The cause of every human deathThe question really should say "almost every", since exceptions like death by atomic bomb certainly exist.
PartialPartial"I see nothing, I know nothing""I see nothing, I know nothing" or "I know nothing"Sergeant Schultz's standard cop-outThe German spoke the shorter phrase more often.
OkayPartialImpossible Missions ForceImpossible Missions Force or International Music FeedWhat TV's IMF stood forMission: Impossible probably had more fans, but AT&T created its International Music Feed in 2005.
OkayAdjustedImpotence""Sexual problem that's grounds for divorce in 24 U.S. statesAlmost all states now either allow divorce because of impotence or permit no-fault divorces.
OkayPartialIndia rubberRubberWhat a lacrosse ball is made ofNone of the official rules state what type of rubber the balls must be made from.
OkayChangedIngemar JohanssonWladimir KlitschkoLast white man to hold the world heavyweight boxing championshipWladimir Klitschko defeated Chris Byrd on October 14, 2000 to become WBO World Heavyweight Champion, and he added the IBF and IBO titles in 2006.
OkayHistoricalIntourist""The Soviet Union's state-run travel agencyThe Russian agency was privatized in 1992, a year after the Soviet Union was split up.
PartialPartialThe Irish WolfhoundThe Irish Wolfhound or Great Dane (tallest) or St. Bernard (heaviest)World's largest dogThe Irish Wolfhound is the tallest breed on average, a Great Dane holds the individual height record, and the St. Bernard is the heaviest.
OkayChangedItalyLuxembourgCountry that consumes the most wine per capitaAs of 2003, the leader was Luxembourg at 66.1 liters per drinking-age person, ahead of France's 48.5 and Italy's 47.5. Luxembourg has been number one since about 1997.
OkayChangedItalyU.S.Country with the most Contract Bridge world championshipsThe United States currently leads Italy 17 to 14, including a North American victory with Canada in 1970.
OkayChangedJai AlaiGolfSport featuring the fastest-moving ballGolf technology has advanced so far that drives can come off the tee up to 170 miles per hour, faster than the 150 mph a jai alai ball can travel.
AdjustedAdjustedJames Earl Ray's""Person whose life is depicted in George McMillan's The Portrait of an AssassinThe correct title of the 1976 book is The Making of an Assassin: The Life of James Earl Ray.
OkayChangedJapan'sEuro?Country whose currency is considered the most difficult to counterfeitPolymer banknotes with extra security were first used in Australia in 1988. The euro was supposed to be very difficult to counterfeit, but the bad guys only needed four years to crack it (2002 to 2006).
OkayChangedJersey Joe WalcottEvander HolyfieldBoxer who lost the most heavyweight title fightsEvander Holyfield failed to defend his heavyweight crown six times, two times more than Walcott. Holyfield lost to Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer twice, Lennox Lewis twice, and John Ruiz.
OkayChangedJersey Joe WalcottGeorge ForemanOldest man to have held the world heavyweight boxing titleOn November 5, 1994, Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in the tenth round to win the heavyweight crown at the age of 45 years and 9 months.
AdjustedAdjustedJohn F. Kennedy's""Person whose last words were, "My God, I'm hit"Special agent Roy H. Kellerman claimed this, but other possible last words were "Is it bad? Please don't. Don't lift me" or something before he was shot by the first bullet, which struck his larynx.
PartialPartialJose FerrerJose Ferrer (movie) or Henry Fonda ( play)Actor who defended the Caine mutineersHenry Fonda played Lt. Barney Greenwald in the play in 1954, the same year the movie was released. More recently, David Schwimmer has played the role on stage.
AdjustedAdjustedKhrushchev's shoe-pounding""Cause of an adjournment of the 25th anniversary session of the United Nations General AssemblyThe date was September 29, 1960, only fifteen years after the United Nations was formed.
OkayDebatableKodakunknownCompany that's the world's largest user of silverKodak may still lead the way, but the company discontinued making film cameras in 2004 and produces less film every year.
DebatableDebatableLake OntarioLake Ontario or Lake ErieSmallest of the Great LakesLake Ontario is the smallest in area, while Lake Erie is the smallest in volume.
OkayHistoricalThe Leaning Tower of Pisa""Object predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020Work in 2001 stabilized the landmark for at least the next 300 years.
OkayChangedLeningradSaint PetersburgRussian city with the Hermitage MuseumThe city reverted to its original name in 1991 after going by Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad since then.
DebatableDebatableLightningVolcanoesNatural phenomenon that kills more people than any otherLightning kills about 2,000 people around the world each year, while the Toba eruption claimed an estimated five to six million lives. Floods, earthquakes, cyclones, and tsunamis probably also rank above lightning.
PartialPartialThe llamaThe llama or alpacaBranch of the camel family found only in the AndesAlpacas are smaller than llamas and, like sheep with long necks, are raised for their wool.
PartialPartialLondonKew or London or EnglandLocation of Kew GardensSince the question doesn't specify what level of detail is desired, the answer is correct, but the town is called Kew, the county Greater London, and the region London.
OkayChangedLos Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, St. LouisLos Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, St. Louis, AtlantaFour North American cities that have hosted the Summer OlympicsLos Angeles hosted a second time in 1984, and Atlanta joined the ranks in 1996.
OkayPartialManuel Benitez Perez, or El CordobesManuel Benitez Perez (El Cordobes) or Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli)Bullfighter who earned more than $3 million a year at the height of his careerJulian Lopez Escobar, El Juli, appears to be the currently highest-paid bullfighter, at around $200,000 per fight.
OkayChangedThe martiniThe margaritaMost popular cocktail in the U.S.The margarita stakes its claim partly thanks to Jimmy Buffett, and number two is probably the cosmopolitan, thanks to Sex and the City.
IncorrectIncorrectThe MediterraneanThe South China Sea or Caribbean SeaWorld's largest seaThe South China Sea, a marginal sea, is usually considered the biggest, and the Caribbean Sea is also larger.
OkayPartialMelbourneMelbourne and SydneyOnly Australian city to have hosted the Olympic GamesSydney hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics, 44 years after Melbourne had the honors.
OkayPartialThe Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, and Denver BroncosTeam that lost the most Super BowlsThe Vikings and Bills are both 0-4, while the Broncos are 2-4 in NFL's grand finale.
DebatableDebatableThe MississippiThe Mississippi or MissouriLongest river in the U.S.Depending on where you measure from, the Missouri River is sometimes considered longer. Hydrologically, the Red Rock/Missouri/Mississippi system is the longest and is referred to as the Mississippi.
OkayHistoricalMonopoly®""Board game banned in the Soviet UnionMonopoly® is no longer banned in Russia.
OkayPartialMonty HallMonty Hall or Billy BushHost of "Let's Make a Deal"A short-lived incarnation in 2003 with Billy Bush bombed.
OkayAdjustedMorocco""African kingdom ruled by Hassan IIHassan ruled until his death on July 23, 1999. Mohammed VI is the current king.
IncorrectIncorrectMosesJoshuaProphet who led the children of Israel into the Promised LandAlthough Joshua wasn't a prophet, he completed the mission after Moses was killed.
PartialPartialThe MousetrapThe Mousetrap or MacbethPlay with more performances than any other in British theaterThe given answer assumes consecutive performances, but the question doesn't state that.
OkayHistoricalMuhammad AliunknownPerson who claims to be the most recognized person in the worldNobody claims this right now, as far as I can tell.
PartialPartialNepalNepal and ChinaCountry where Mount Everest isThe mountain borders Nepal and Tibet.
OkayChangedThe New York Daily NewsThe New York TimesNewspaper with the largest Sunday circulation in North AmericaThe Times has 1.6 million Sunday subscribers, easily besting The Los Angeles Times. Neither USA Today nor the Wall Street Journal publishes on weekends. (In Further Pursuit shows the correct answer. Was this broken?)
OkayDebatableNevadaNevada, Arizona, or New MexicoU.S. state with the least rainfallThis varies from year to year, with Arizona and New Mexico also vying for the honors.
OkayOkayNine""Number of Oscars won by Gone with the WindThe omitted award was probably the Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment".
DebatableDebatableNineNine, Eight, Seven, etc.Number considered to be the luckiest number worldwideEight is the luckiest number in Chinese culture, seven in American, and so on.
PartialPartialThe nine of heartsmanyPlaying card that's the symbol of loveThe nine, queen, & king of hearts, and several of the clubs (cups in a Tarot deck) all symbolize love.
OkayChangedNorth DakotaVermontMost rural state in the U.S.According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 61.8% of Vermont's population is rural, ahead of Maine at 59.8%, West Virginia at 53.9%, and Mississippi at 51.2%. North Dakota was only 44.2%.
OkayOkayThe North Pole""Pole that gets more sunlight: the North Pole or the South PoleSpring and summer (when the North Pole is tilted toward the sun) are about five days shorter than fall and winter (when the South Pole is) in the Northern Hemisphere.
OkayChangedNorway, Sweden, the Soviet UnionNorway, Sweden, Russia, and Estonia (water border)Three countries that border FinlandEstonia and Russia now border Finland instead of the Soviet Union. Norway, Sweden, and Russia are the only countries with land borders.
IncorrectIncorrectThe nose and pawsThe pawsOnly two places where dogs have sweat glandsMoisture comes from the nose, but there are no sweat glands there.
OkayChangedO.J. SimpsonLaDainian TomlinsonPlayer who holds the NFL record for most touchdowns in a seasonSimpson's record of 23 in 1975 was initially broken by John Riggins with 24 in 1983. Tomlinson set the current records with 28 rushing touchdowns and 31 combined touchdowns in 2006.
OkayOkayOct. 29, 1929""Date known as Black TuesdayThe original answer is significantly more commonly used than September 11, 2001, which was dubbed Black Tuesday by some but is mostly known as 9/11 now.
OkayChangedOklahomaNew MexicoU.S. state with the largest Indian populationNew Mexico is now number one, followed by South Dakota and Oklahoma. And the question should specify American Indians, or preferably Native Americans.
PartialPartialOne and seventeenOne and seventeen or negative one and negative seventeenOnly two numbers that divide into 17 evenlyNegative numbers work too. The question should specify "positive integers".
OkayOkayOne day""What you gain by crossing the international date line to the eastBecause the line zig zags around various islands, the difference can sway by an hour or two, but the given answer is accurate enough.
AdjustedAdjustedOne jack and four fivesThe jack of nobs and four fivesThe five cards in a perfect Cribbage handThe jack of the starter suit and all four fives gives you 12 points in pairs, 16 points in fifteens, and 1 point for nobs for a total of 29 points.
PartialPartialPaper, stone, and scissorsPaper, stone, and scissors; or rock, paper, scissors; or Rochambeau; etc.Game where the winner strikes the loser's wrist with two extended fingersThe given answer is the usual British name, sometimes in stone-paper-scissors order.
IncorrectIncorrectA par fiveA par five or a par fourOnly kind of golf hole you can shoot a double eagle onA hole-in-one is a double eagle on a par four, while holing out in two strokes nets you a double eagle on a par five.
OkayAdjustedParis""Location of the famed Crazy Horse Saloon, telephone number 255-6969The saloon's current phone number is 01-47-23-32-32.
OkayChangedParkMainMost common street in AmericaAs of 2002, the number one street was Main, well ahead of Washington, Park, and Broadway.
OkayChangedPeanutsGarfieldWorld's most-read comic stripCharles Schulz passed away on February 12, 2000, and only reruns have been printed in papers since shortly thereafter, greatly lowering circulation. According to in 2005, Garfield appears in over 2,500 newspapers worldwide.
PartialPartialThe penguinThe penguin, cassowary, or emuBird that can swim but can't flyCassowaries are good swimmers, while emus can swim if necessary.
OkayChangedPeruBoliviaCountry with the world's highest golf courseThe 14,335-high Tuctu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru has been closed. The current 18-hole leader appears to be the La Paz Golf Club, 10,800 feet up in Bolivia.
IncorrectIncorrectPhilipFrankColumbo's first nameThis question helped get Trivial Pursuit's distributors sued for $300 million (unsuccessfully), as Fred L. Worth planted this misinformation in his The Trivia Encyclopedia. Columbo's first name was debatably revealed on the first DVD release.
IncorrectIncorrectPinkCreamColor of yak's milkA female yak is called a nak, and its milk is not pink.
OkayHistoricalPittsburgh""Location of Three Rivers StadiumThe Pittsburgh Pirates stopped using the stadium in 2000, and it was demolished on February 11, 2001.
OkayAdjustedPluto""Planet that travels around the sun every 248 yearsThe International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from full-fledged planet to dwarf planet or minor planet status on August 24, 2006.
AdjustedAdjustedPluto""Planet that Percival Lowell discoveredLowell (incorrectly spelled "Lovell" on the card) didn't find Pluto. Clyde Tombaugh did.
OkayChangedPoodleLabrador RetrieverMost popular registered dog in AmericaLabs have been number one every year from 1992 to 2006.
OkayChangedPrice-WaterhousePricewaterhouseCoopersCompany that tabulates the ballots in voting for the Academy AwardsPrice Waterhouse merged with Coopers & Lybrand in 1998.
OkayChangedPrincess AnneSandy PfluegerWho Captain Mark Phillips is married toMark Phillips and Princess Anne divorced in 1992. Princess Anne married Timothy Laurence later in the year, while Phillips married Sandy Pflueger in 1997.
IncorrectIncorrectThe Queen ElizabethFreedom of the SeasLargest passenger liner ever builtSeveral ships have claimed this record, most recently Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas, launched in 2006. The QE2 was probably the intended answer.
OkayChangedReader's DigestAARP BulletinSecond-biggest selling magazine in AmericaAs of 2005, AARP the Magazine and the AARP Bulletin held the top two spots, each going out biweekly to over 22 million subscribers. Reader's Digest is third at 10 million (monthly), and TV Guide is fourth at 8 million (weekly).
DebatableDebatableRhode Island and Providence PlantationsRhode Island or North/South CarolinaU.S. state with the longest nameIf we're talking about common names, then the Carolinas are 14 letters each. The question should have specified that it was referring to the official names.
PartialPartialRhubarb and asparagusRhubarb, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, cassava, sweet potato, taro, yam, etc.The only two perennial vegetablesAt least forty different vegetables are perennial.
AdjustedAdjustedRobert Fulton""Person who called his steamboat the ClermontFulton registered his boat as the North River Steam Boat. Only later was it nicknamed for its sailing port in New York.
PartialPartialRuffRuff (U.S.) or Gnasher (U.K.)Name of Dennis the Menace's dogAmazingly, an unrelated U.K. strip also named Dennis the Menace debuted just three days after the U.S. comic in March 1951.
OkayChangedSeveriano BallesterosTiger WoodsYoungest golfer to have won the MastersSeve won at age 22 in 1979, while Tiger was 21 in 1997.
IncorrectIncorrectShirley TempleLord MenuhinYoungest person listed in Who's WhoViolinist Yehudi Menuhin was the youngest at age 15, and he was born in 1916, a dozen years before Temple, so she never held the record.
OkayAdjustedSirhan Sirhan""Assassin due for release on Feb. 28, 1986Parole for Robert F. Kennedy's assassin has been denied 13 times through 2006.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry that owns October Revolution IslandThe Arctic island is now part of Russia.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussia and ChinaCountry that borders the most othersRussia and China both now border 14 countries, while the Soviet Union had bordered 12.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry with the most movie theatresRussia has the most now.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry saddled with the 10 coldest major citiesMost of the cold, northern parts of the Soviet Union were in Siberia, now part of Russia. The actual number in the top ten is arguable, with Ulan-Bator in Mongolia challenging for a spot.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry with the most time zones, 11Despite the breakup, Russia still has 11 time zones.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionCubaCommunist country closest to the U.S.The corner of the former Soviet Union near Alaska is now in Russia, which is now a semi-presidential federal republic.
IncorrectIncorrectSt. Peter's, Vatican CityCathedral Church of St. John the DivineWorld's largest cathedralTechnically, St. Peter's isn't just a cathedral. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City is probably the largest actual cathedral.
PartialPartialStalemateStalemate (draw) or checkmate (loss)Chess outcome when a player has no legal moveIt's stalemate and a draw if the player isn't in check and checkmate and a loss if the player is.
IncorrectIncorrect"The Star of India""Abraham Lincoln" sapphireWorld's largest sapphireThe Star of India is the world's largest star sapphire, but other shapes have been larger, including a 2,302-carat Australian gem that was carved into a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
AdjustedAdjustedStraw""What Rumpelstiltskin's daughter spun into goldRumpelstiltskin was a dwarf who helped a miller's daughter perform the task in exchange for her first-born child.
OkayPartialStudents for a Democratic Society""What SDS stood forThere are many other expansions of this TLA, but the given answer is still probably the common even though the organization dissolved in 1969.
PartialPartialSurfersSurfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, wakeboarders, etc.Type of sportsmen divided into naturals and goofy-footsAlmost all boardsports use the terms.
OkayPartialSweet, sour, salt, bitterSweet, sour, salt, bitter, umamiFour tastes a human can distinguishUmami was first identified in 1908 in Tokyo by Kikunae Ikeda.
PartialPartialThe Taj MahalThe Taj Mahal or various military sitesWhat you are forbidden to fly an airplane over in IndiaThe Taj Mahal is the best specific answer, but it isn't the only answer.
PartialPartialTenTen or twoNumber of tentacles a squid hasA squid has two tentacles and eight arms, which are also sometimes referred to as tentacles.
PartialPartialTennisTennis, squash, racquetball, etc.Sport a player can double-fault inSeveral racquet sports allow the server two attempts to start a rally.
AdjustedAdjustedA Tequila SunriseA Freddie Fuddpucker or Cactus BangerDrink formed of tequila, orange juice, and GallianoA Tequila Sunrise uses grenadine instead of Galliano. [FIXED] My version of Trivia Pursuit says grenadine.
OkayPartialThe thirdThe third or ninthLeather anniversaryLeather is the gift of choice for the third wedding anniversary on the traditional gift list and for the ninth on the modern list.
OkayChangedThe thirty-fiveThe thirtyYard line NFL teams kick off fromThe line was moved back in 1994 to aid the offense.
DebatableDebatableThirty-sevenThirty-eightNumber of known plays William Shakespeare wroteThe Bard is usually credited with 17 comedies, 10 histories, and 11 tragedies, although many conspiracy theories abound.
IncorrectIncorrectThomas EdisonEdward A. CalahanInventor of the stock ticker in 1870Calahan invented the device in 1867, and Edison developed an improved version.
PartialPartialThreeAt least fourteenNumber of children Adam and Eve had togetherCain, Abel, and Seth are the only three mentioned by name in Genesis, but Jubilees talks about daughters Azura and Awan and nine other sons.
OkayOkayThree""Number of stars in Orion's beltThe middle star is actually a multiple star consisting of a double star and two other stars, but this is just counted as one star.
PartialPartialThreeThree or fourPar on a 245-yard golf holePar on a golf course is determined by more than just the distance from the tee to the hole.
OkayHistoricalTime""Weekly magazine with a column called "The Presidency"Hugh Sidey wrote the column from 1966 to 1996.
OkayPartialTopazTopaz, citrine, or turquoise November's birthstoneTopaz is the traditional birthstone, while citrine and turquoise are modern alternatives.
IncorrectIncorrectTorontoTaipei 101City with the tallest building outside the U.S.Taipei 101, completed in 2004, has the highest roof. Toronto's CN Tower does have a 335-foot antenna that makes it stick up higher, but even then the Petronius Platform in the Gulf of Mexico reaches higher.
AdjustedAdjustedThe Trapp familyThe Von Trapp familyFamily that Julie Andrews was governess to in The Sound of Music"Von" just means "of" in German, but it was part of the family name nevertheless.
PartialPartialTriviaTrivia or seedsWhat a spermologer collectsThe original dictionary definition was seeds, which morphed into gossip, and from there into trivia, although possibly by Trivial Pursuit's creators (or more likely, one of their sources).
AdjustedAdjustedTwenty""Number of times larger than life that the Statue of Liberty isLiberty is about twenty times taller than an average woman but thousands of times heavier and more voluminous. The question should say "taller than", but that's probably the reasonable interpretation anyway.
AdjustedAdjustedTwenty-oneTwenty-one or twenty-threeNumber of Johns who have been PopeIf you count John Paul I and John Paul II, the number is higher. Otherwise, there were twenty-one from John I to John XXIII, with John XVI called an antipope and John XX skipped erroneously.
OkayChangedTwoTenTons of gem diamonds mined every yearAbout twenty tons of diamonds are mined each year, half of which are gem-quality.
PartialPartialVenusVenus, Mars, and/or MercuryPlanet the Mariner spacecraft exploredMariners 2 and 5 visited Venus; Mariners 6, 7, and 9 visited Mars; and Mariner 10 visited both Venus and Mercury. Mars is the correct answer if "explore" means "orbit around".
IncorrectIncorrectVerrazano-Narrows BridgeAkashi-Kaikyo BridgeWorld's longest suspension bridgeThe Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan now has the world's longest main span at 6,529 feet. The Verrazano was the longest until 1981, when it was passed by Humber Bridge, but is now only seventh at 4,260 feet.
OkayPartialVida BlueVida Blue, Randy Johnson, and Roger ClemensOnly pitcher to start for both leagues in baseball's all-star gameRandy Johnson was the American League starter in both 1995 and 1997 and matched Blue's feat with a National League start in 2000. Clemens joined them in 2004.
OkayPartialVideo Display Terminal""What VDT stands forThere are many other expansions of this TLA, but the given answer is probably the most common, even though its use is dropping.
OkayAdjustedThe Volga's""River whose basin constitutes one-third of the European Soviet UnionThe Volga now runs through western Russia.
DebatableDebatableWaterunknownDrink that's the best thirst-quencherSports drink manufacturers will argue otherwise. Replacing the salt in the body is important, and drinking too much plain water can cause water intoxication and death.
OkayHistoricalWest Berlin""Location of Checkpoint CharlieThe booth was moved to a museum in October 1990.
OkayHistoricalWest Berlin""Free World city behind the Iron CurtainWest Berlin has been free, and known as Berlin again, since 1990.
OkayChangedWest GermanyGermanyCountry that borders Denmark to the southEast and West Germany reunited in 1990.
OkayChangedWest GermanyCzech Republic or IrelandCountry that's the largest per capita consumer of beerAs of 2003, the new leader was either the Czech Republic at 157.0 liters per person or Ireland at only 141.2 liters but more accurately measured. Germany ranked third and Austria fourth.
OkayChangedWest GermanyGermanyCountry that's home to the Dresdner BankEast and West Germany reunited in 1990.
OkayChangedWest GermanyGermanyLocation of the Black ForestEast and West Germany reunited in 1990.
PartialPartialWill RogersLeon Trotsky or Will RogersPerson credited with saying, "I never met a man I didn't like"Trotsky said it earlier, but he's not in the Entertainment field.
AdjustedAdjustedThe windshield wiper""Glass-cleaning device Mary Anderson invented in 1902Although Anderson obtained a U.S. patent in 1905 (not 1902) for the swinging-arm version, J. H. Apjohn had invented an up-and-down device two years earlier.
PartialPartialThe winners of the first and second raceThe winners of two specific races on the same dayWhat you have to pick to win a daily double at the trackThe more general definition is commonly accepted now.
IncorrectIncorrectWolfgang MozartJane Taylor (words) or Bouin (melody)Composer of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at the age of fiveMozart wrote neither the original tune nor the words. What he did was compose a dozen variations on the tune. There is no definitive answer to who first put Taylor's words together with Bouin's melody.
OkayHistoricalThe World Trade Center""New York City complex with 208 elevators and 43,600 windowsThe World Trade Center towers collapsed after being struck by terrorist-hijacked airplanes on September 11, 2001.
OkayPartialThe world's largest slot machineA slot machineWhat "Super Bertha", found in the Four Queens Casino in Las Vegas, isSeveral other machines now claim to be the world's largest, but "Super Bertha" once held the crown.
OkayHistoricalXaviera Hollander""Former New York madam who writes a column in PenthouseThe Happy Hooker began the column in 1972 and continued it for almost 35 years.
PartialPartialA yo-yoA yo-yo, top, or various electronic toysToy you can make sleepTops can also go to sleep, but it's not a common trick. Many electronic pets, beginning with the Tomagotchi in 1996, can also sleep.
PartialPartialYou ain't heard nothin' yet, folksWait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet, folksFirst words spoken on a film sound trackAl Jolson prefaced the given answer with "Wait a minute" in The Jazz Singer in 1927.
OkayChangedYugoslaviaSerbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and MacedoniaCountry that Serbs, Croats, Slovenians, and Macedonians call homeThe Yugoslavian melting pot split apart from 1991 (Croatia and Slovenia) to 2003 (Serbia) to 2006 (Macedonia).
OkayChangedYugoslaviaCroatiaCountry with the medieval seaport of DubrovnikCroatia declared its independence on June 25, 1991.
IncorrectIncorrect115 years116 yearsLength of the Hundred Years' WarThe war is considered to have begun on May 24, 1337, when Philip VI of France seized Gascony, and ended on July 17, 1453, when the French won the Battle of Castillon.
OkayChanged132137Number of rooms in the White HouseLynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, counted 137 in 2003.
OkayPartial212212, 347, 646, 718, and 917Telephone area code for New York CityNew York City is now split into five area codes.
OkayOkay213""Telephone area code for Los AngelesThe Greater Los Angeles area has been split into multiple area codes beginning in 1998, but the city itself still only uses 213.
OkayPartial312312 and 773Telephone area code for ChicagoChicago was split into two area codes in 1996 and 1997.
AdjustedAdjusted2001: A Space Odyssey""Film based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel Sentinel"The Sentinel" was a short story written in 1948 and published in 1951.

Summarized by answer status and category:

Geography918 (91.8%)11 (1.1%)15 (1.5%)7 (0.7%)8 (0.8%)8 (0.8%)33 (3.3%)
Entertainment983 (98.3%)3 (0.3%)0 (0.0%)10 (1.0%)0 (0.0%)2 (0.2%)2 (0.2%)
History980 (98.0%)9 (0.9%)2 (0.2%)2 (0.2%)0 (0.0%)4 (0.4%)3 (0.3%)
Art & Literature983 (98.3%)3 (0.3%)3 (0.3%)5 (0.5%)1 (0.1%)2 (0.2%)3 (0.3%)
Science & Nature949 (94.9%)12 (1.2%)0 (0.0%)20 (2.0%)5 (0.5%)7 (0.7%)7 (0.7%)
Sports & Leisure933 (93.3%)9 (0.9%)5 (0.5%)27 (2.7%)1 (0.1%)5 (0.5%)20 (2.0%)
TOTAL5746 (95.77%)47 (0.78%)25 (0.42%)71 (1.18%)15 (0.25%)28 (0.47%)68 (1.13%)

That final percentage in the lower-left corner of this table tells the amazing story... over 95% of Trivial Pursuit's original questions are still accurate 25 years later! Impressive. Almost 97% of the answers are still correct today (over 98% if you include the Maybes).

Happy Silver Anniversary, Trivial Pursuit, your legacy is golden! And a hearty thanks from the Trivia Why's Guy for inspiring me to write two Palm OS trivia games (Triv and QuizQuilt), four trivia books, and this trivia blog.


Chris said...

You have corrected the question "What communist country is closest to the US?" by replacing the USSR with Russia. However, modern Russia is not a communist state. I imagine that the correct answer is Cuba.

Trivia Why's Guy said...

The following corrections have been made to the above table mostly thanks to Mark Brader, with one from Chris (see comment above), and some of my own.

> Continent that's home to half the world's people
Added note in explanation that the original question is still correct.

> Country originally known as Terra Australis Incognita
Added information about Antarctica to explanation.

[Australia, Britain, Canada]
> Only three countries to have challenged for yachting's America's Cup
Put back missing "the U.S." after "challenged".

> Capital of Yugoslavia
Made note more relevant, referring to the end of Yugoslavia itself.

[Britain, China, France, the USSR and U.S.]
> The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council
Made updated answer parallel to the original answer.

> Country with the most Olympic hockey gold medals
Changed status to Okay since the question doesn't exclude women's medals even though it wasn't an event back then.

[Captain James T. Kirk]
> Commander of the Starship Enterprise
Added Christopher Pike and Willard Decker to the list of commanders and the number of ships to the note, and fixed the spelling of Jonathan.

> Unit of currency used in Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, and Yugoslavia
Made note more relevant, referring to the end of Yugoslavia itself.

[The final out]
> When a baseball game is never over until
Changed original and current status from Adjusted to Partial and added Yogi Berra's answer.

> Last country to join the European Economic Community
Added Cyprus (2004) and note about being renamed the European Union.

> Place where three quarters of the world's pineapples are grown
Added note about Dole shutting down its canning operation in 1991.

> Natural phenomenon that kills more people than any other
Changed updated answer to Volcanoes and explained more in note.

[The Mississippi]
> Longest river in the U.S.
Added Red Rock/Missouri/Mississippi system to note.

> Country where Mount Everest is
Corrected updated answer to say Nepal and China instead of Nepal and Tibet.

> Number of Oscars won by Gone with the Wind
Changed status from Incorrect/Incorrect to Okay/Okay and removed updated answer. The Technical Achievement Award is given by the Academy but isn't an Oscar.

[The North Pole]
> Pole that gets more sunlight: the North Pole or the South Pole
The original answer is correct, as explained in the new note.

[Norway, Sweden, the Soviet Union]
> Three countries that border Finland
Added note that Estonia's border with Finland is a water border.

[Oct. 29, 1929]
> Date known as Black Tuesday
The original answer is significantly more commonly used than September 11, 2001, which was dubbed Black Tuesday by some but is mostly known as 9/11 now.

[One day]
> What you gain by crossing the international date line to the east
Changed status from Partial/Partial to Okay/Okay. The difference can be an hour or two off from a day, but the given answer is accurate enough.

> World's most-read comic strip
Modified note to indicate that the strip is still being published.

> Columbo's first name
Added result of lawsuit to note.

> Planet that travels around the sun every 248 years
Added detailed information about Pluto's status. The given answer is accurate; just the term planet is debatable.

> Planet that Percival Lowell discovered
Changed note to give credit to Clyde Tombaugh.

[Rhode Island and Providence Plantations]
> U.S. state with the longest name
Added comment about "official names" in note.

[Shirley Temple]
> Youngest person listed in Who's Who
Made note clearer.

[The Soviet Union]
> Communist country closest to the U.S.
Fixed updated answer. Russia is no longer Communist.

> Chess outcome when a player has no legal move
Changed status from Debatable/Debatable to Partial/Partial since it can be either Stalemate or Checkmate.

[The Taj Majal]
> What you are forbidden to fly an airplane over in India
Fixed spelling of Taj Mahal.

> Number of tentacles a squid has
Changed status from Incorrect/Incorrect to Partial/Partial, since the arms are sometimes also called tentacles.

> Number of stars in Orion's belt
Changed status from Partial/Partial to Okay/Okay. Multiple stars are seen as one star.

> Number of times larger than life that the Statue of Liberty is
Changed status from Partial/Partial to Adjusted/Adjusted. The question should have specified "height", but it's a reasonable interpretation.

[Verrazano-Narrows Bridge]
> World's longest suspension bridge
Added "main span" to note.

[West Berlin]
> Location of Checkpoint Charlie
Changed current status from Changed to Historical as the booth is no longer there.

[A yo-yo]
> Toy you can make sleep
Added electronic pets to current answer and note.

> Country that Serbs, Croats, Slovenians, and Macedonians call home
Changed note to include Serbia's final split in 2003.

> Telephone area code for Los Angeles
Changed current status from Partial to Okay. The city's area code has not split although the Greater Los Angeles area's has.

me said...

I know this is an old post, but does that table contain all of the questions from the original genus edition? If not, are they online in some format somewhere?


Trivia Why's Guy said...

> I know this is an old post, but does that table contain all of the questions from the original genus edition? If not, are they online in some format somewhere?

No, the table only includes the questions that needed updating (and even these questions are summarized). The only company that could publish the complete questions and answers legally (at least in the U.S.) would be Hasbro, and they're not going to do it. Contact me directly at if you want to discuss this further.

Trivia Why's Guy said...

Thanks to Nick Adami for the latest correction! Regarding the name of the horse in "Jingle Bells", TP gives "Bobtail" as the answer, but the poem only meant that the horse's tail was bobbed, so the real answer is "The poem doesn't say". [Note: not added to table yet.]

DJ Marshall said...

"[The final out]
> When a baseball game is never over until
Changed original and current status from Adjusted to Partial and added Yogi Berra's answer."

Not entirely true. A game can be called after the 5th inning (or during the bottom of the 4th if the home team is ahead or has scored to tie the game) and still be considered an official game. No out is required to finish a game in this scenario.

Prosaic said...

My original genus edition also included the question "who was the captain of the Hispaniola" giving the answer Long John Silver - which has always been a source of deep irritation to me as Long John Silver was employed as a one legged cook who later mutinied and seized the ship briefly - until it was recaptured - the Captain of the Hispaniola in "Treasure Island" was of course Captain Smollett

Trivia Why's Guy said...

Nice find. The version I have has the same answer, but the question is "What peg-legged pirate had a parrot named Captain Kidd?", which is also wrong. His parrot was either Fleur Da Silva or Captain Flint.

doug said...

How many logarithmic scales are there on a slide rule? Just look at one - Scales A,B,C,D and K (at least!) are all logarithmic. Some slide rules have more. The TP answer "Two" seems very wrong to me, but even friends of mine who like me got their Math/Physics degrees before electronic calculators guess "Two" before i suggest that they pull out their old sliderules and count...

Trivia Why's Guy said...

Thanks to batmanis64 for the following two corrections from the same card:

"What two brothers lost a billion trying to corner the silver market in 1980?" has the mangled answer "Nelson and Bunker Hunt". The two brothers' names are Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt.

"What are the three cardinal virtues?" should be "What are the three Christian virtues?" if they wanted the answer "Faith, hope, charity". There are four cardinal virtues: prudence (wisdom), justice (fairness), temperance (restraint), and courage (fortitude).

Trivia Why's Guy said...

For the question, "What mammal lives the longest?" The answer should be the bowhead whale (200 years or more), not man. Source:; 211+ years, or 177-245 given the accuracy of measurement.

Thanks to M.C. for the correction.