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I run a trivia night at a local bar and I have to come up with eight categories every week. I do ten questions in each category, generally multiple choice.

What would be some good categories to try? We have a mostly younger crowd (18-35) that attends, so I try to keep myself to about 60% pop culture and 40% general knowledge.



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excellent idea, Pieman! I may use that one tonight! I've already done the other two



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Multiple choice? That's a little TOO easy!

"Was on tonight's news" or "Was on today's front page" usually shows up about two-thirds of the 18-35 pub trivia crowd ;-)

"Are they local?" only works if you define a large enough metropolitan area as "local" (I have no idea where your part of Virginia might rate)

"Name this mascot"

"Which of these songs hit #1 in Billboard's Hot 100?" and then you include a bunch of #1 R&B and #1 Dance songs to make everyone annoyed

"Who had the first line in (movie)?"

I'm sure I'd have more if I had more time...

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Give them acronyms and make them figure out all the words in it. That always caused much groaning at our trivia nights.



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There's a category we hate, but our trivia guy busts it out at least once a month: Name the year. Usually it will have a theme, where its either people who were born this week, or famous events that happened this week in history, and we have to write down what year it happened.

Our trivia guy is also cheap with his "Totally Random Trivia" category. He always leads off with that.



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The pub quiz I run has the usual suspects of categories - a general knowledge multiple choice to start (basically a sheet of paper left on the tables for teams to start on as and when they arrive) and then regular questions read out over the mic on things like TV & Films, Sports & Pastimes, Music & The Arts, etc.

But then we finish with a Specialist Subject where I ask five questions on sometimes really bizarre topics with a different subject each month. Recently we've done Bumble Bees (though the previous quizmaster was responsible for that), Motorways, Flags, Hanna Barbera cartoons, New Zealand, Celebrities Real Names and the London Underground.

People usually groan when I read out that month's subject name, but you'd be surprised what good marks teams get at the end of it.

We've also done Name the Year (previous quizmaster again) where he read out six years and then five events you had to match up to them - the one 'spare' just makes it a little more difficult.
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The Hooters near me used to have WWE trivia and 80's music trivia nights that were really fun to go to.



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    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    excellent idea, Pieman! I may use that one tonight!


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Analogies! Or other word games like 'Which of these is a real word?' (Balderdash)

Trivia for your particular state (state bird, state rock, state tree, state motto, etc.).

Capital cities for different states, or for countries (on that theme--you could do a 'name that country' or 'name that state' category)



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    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    excellent idea, Pieman! I may use that one tonight!

Did you use it and what was the result if you did?







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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by The King of Keith
      excellent idea, Pieman! I may use that one tonight!

    Did you use it and what was the result if you did?


Didn't use it yet...I actually have to do research on that category since I remember absolutely nothing on it.

I can't do Pro Wrestler Dead or Alive b/c one of the people that plays is the biggest wrestling nerd alive. I may do a general Dead/Alive category tonight, because those are easy to write and I don't have to read very much.

I really appreciate everyone's help here, and when I get in a bind I look here for categories. I used Spider Man, First Line in a Movie, and Virginia trivia. I do believe I'm going to go with a state capitals category tonight.





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