20 Intellectual Trivia Questions to Get Your Wheels Turning

Enter a realm where facts intertwine with fun and intellect meets challenge. These 20 trivia questions have been meticulously crafted to engage your brain, testing not just what you know, but also how you think. Perfect for aficionados who relish a good challenge, each question promises to push the boundaries of common knowledge.

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1. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Neptune: Put them in order, largest to smallest.

2. Which two real-life historical figures were title characters in films that won the Best Picture Oscar in the ‘90s?

3. What adjective meaning “open” becomes its own antonym when you add a “c” to the beginning?

4. Approximately 25% of American households have at least one, though most of those homes have more than one. A household spends about $1,000 on each one per year. What are we talking about?

5. What rock band’s best-known song—one of the biggest hits of 1982—mentions the group’s name in the chorus?

6. A 58,000-person municipality in Westchester County right outside New York City, a mountain range in the Midwest: Their names are antonyms of each other. What are those names?

7. Chef Boyardee, Mrs. Butterworth, Marie Callender, Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines: Which two food personages were not, at some point, real people?

8. A Himalayan city in northeast India; the 1830s English prime minister credited with abolishing slavery in the British Empire; the Chinese word for “black dragon”; a shade of yellow; and the first meal of the day in Manchester: What type of beverage unites them all? 

9. What are the only two states that don’t border each other, but whose names have the same number of syllables and end with the same four-letter sequence?

10. Put the conquerors in order of when they conquered, earliest to latest: Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Napoleon. 

11. Even though it’s not a lizard, what reptile’s name is derived from the Spanish for “the lizard”? 

12. In 1997, from March 22 to September 27, all but one of the No. 1 hits on the U.S. charts were either written or produced by what 26-year-old African-American man?

13. “9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom”: In 1967, the General Conference of Weights and Measures defined that as one single what? 

14. In 1950, a TV sitcom called The Hank McCune Show, which wasn’t filmed in front of a studio audience, was the first show to utilize what?

15. Baseball! There are currently 30 Major League teams. Among them, they hail from how many of the 50 states? 

16. Fill in both BLANKs: The landmark event at which Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” was officially titled “The March on Washington for BLANK and BLANK.” 

17. His namesake was born in the 14th,, not 15th century: Which was the only one of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who wasn’t named for a High Renaissance Italian artist. 

18. Relating to television, what pair of initials completes this sequence: SA, JP, JC, JL, CO, JL…?

19. In a 2004 Canadian Broadcast Company poll, a guy named Tommy Douglas was voted the greatest Canadian of all time, thanks to his popular status as “The Father of” what?

20. You have absolutely heard of it: What word, a past-tense verb meaning “removed by violence,” is also the name of a major hit musical seen on Broadway within the past 20 years?


1. Neptune, Earth, Venus, Mars, Mercury 

2. Oskar Schindler (“Schindler’s List”), William Shakespeare (“Shakespeare in Love”)

3. Overt (“covert”)

4. Cats

5. Survivor (the song is “Eye of the Tiger”)

6. White Plains, Black Hills 

7. Mrs. Butterworth, Betty Crocker 

8. Tea (Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Oolong, Jasmine, English Breakfast)

9. Alaska, Nebraska 

10. Alexander (4th c. BC), Caesar (1st c. BC), Attila (5th c. AD), Genghis Khan (13th c.), Napoleon (19th c.)

11. Alligator (“el lagarto”)

12. Sean Combs/Puffy/Puff Daddy/etc. 

13. Second

14. A laugh track 

15. 17 

16. Jobs, Freedom

17. Donatello 

18. JF (Jimmy Fallon; hosts of “The Tonight Show”)

19. Socialized health insurance/medicine/Medicare 

20. Rent

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