TriBond Twelve Trivia #6

This trivia game is inspired by Tim Walsh’s classic game TriBond (Tim’s also an author; he wrote, among others, the great book Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them — and don’t miss his terrific YouTube channel), and my friend James Torr, who knows how to put together a killer trivia night.

Each set of three in the image above has something in common. What is it?

(If you’re reading this on the front page of my website, click through for hints and answers. Otherwise, scroll down.)

SPOILER ALERT: Three hints follow.

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Hint #1: Each row is also a TriBond, and you’ll get bonus points for figuring out the row-based TriBonds. The bonus points are pretty easy this week, so don’t overthink them.

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Hint #2: For the third row (#7, #8, and #9), focus on U.S. states.

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Hint #3: For the second row (#4, #5, and #6), think about superlatives. And remember that the Caspian Sea is often classified as a lake.

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SPOILER ALERT: The complete lists of bonus points and answers follow (in that order).

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BONUS POINTS:

  • +1 if you figured out the first row is all authors.
  • +1 if you figured out the second row is all related to geography.
  • +1 if you figured out the third row is all college team names (or mascots).
  • +1 if you figured out the fourth row is all television shows.

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ANSWERS:

  1. Agatha Christie
  2. Franz Kafka
  3. Jane Austen
  4. Largest countries in the world by area (depending how you count, the third on this list could be China)
  5. Smallest countries in the world by area
  6. Largest lakes in the world by surface area
  7. College team names in California (University of California, U.C. Santa Cruz, Whittier College)
  8. College team names in North Carolina (N.C. State, University of North Carolina, Gardner Webb)
  9. College team names in Pennsylvania (Temple, Lebanon Valley College, University of Pittsburgh)
  10. Parks & Rec
  11. The Drew Carey Show
  12. Arrested Development

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 16

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