Quiz question ideas - sportsnotsports edition
January 21, 2018 2:34 PM   Subscribe

We're devising a quiz round in which the answers all contain the name of a sport, but the questions are not about sports. Help us come up with more!

So we are looking for things like...

What is the common name for the condition lateral epicondylitis? Tennis elbow
What do Salman Rushdie, Harry Flashman, Lewis Carroll and Rupert Brooke have in common? They all went to Rugby school
What was the title of the 1998 film about high-stakes poker players, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton? Rounders

Lovely MeFites, we need more ideas!
posted by Heloise9 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What city has the tallest building in the Florida Keys? Marathon.
posted by nkknkk at 3:03 PM on January 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: What is the common name for a member of the Gryllidae family of insects? Cricket
posted by trialex at 3:09 PM on January 21, 2018

Best answer: What holiday do some people celebrate the day after Christmas? Boxing Day.
posted by gideonfrog at 3:19 PM on January 21, 2018

Tonsil hockey.
posted by kevinbelt at 3:25 PM on January 21, 2018

Best answer: What's the common name for the fruit of the Cucurbita vine? Squash

Which public university in Ohio counts Eva Marie Saint among its alumni? Bowling Green

Which conventional front-engine hatchback replaced the best-selling air-cooled car of all time in 1974? Volkswagen Golf
posted by Polycarp at 3:27 PM on January 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: What do you call a line chart in which a sharp increase or decrease occurs over a period of time? Hockey stick chart
posted by KateViolet at 3:27 PM on January 21, 2018

Which three day horse trial I held by the Duke of Beaufort? Badminton
posted by KateViolet at 3:30 PM on January 21, 2018

Parliamentary ping-pong is a phrase used to describe a phenomenon in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, in which a bill appears to rapidly bounce back and forth between the two chambers like a ping-pong ball bounces between the players in a game of table tennis. [not sure if your quizzers would recognise "ping-pong" over "table tennis" though...]

There are some bands named after sports, but none of them are probably well-known enough. Maybe an album?
posted by Pink Frost at 3:35 PM on January 21, 2018

Jimney Cricket!
posted by DarlingBri at 3:38 PM on January 21, 2018

What Japanese orange was originally known by the brand name Dekopon? Sumo.
posted by FencingGal at 3:51 PM on January 21, 2018

Q: What hair-styling tool might some Olympians use?
A: The curling iron.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:29 PM on January 21, 2018 [2 favorites]

"I sure am grateful for my ______ if I didn't have it, I'd be gelatin." Skeleton
posted by nkknkk at 4:58 PM on January 21, 2018

Best answer: Spalding Gray's monologue about his experiences in Southeast Asia became this 1987 film.
Swimming to Cambodia.

Literary lions Matthew Arnold, Arthur Ransome, and Lewis Carroll walked the same halls of this English school.

In which song was Jethro Tull on thin ice?
Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day.

Might be a pair of cold-weather boots, or a city in Wisconsin.
Lacrosse (OK, cheating, but only a bit)


When an organization defers an important decision again and again, they do this.
Kick the can down the road. (I'll argue for this one as game, subset of sport)

When the farmer with the new John Deere rescues the farmer with the old Allis Chalmers from the mud it's stuck in.
Tractor pulling.

The patient was ill, but he's making a strong comeback. You might say he's...

You can't buy a horse on this high-end retail stretch, but you can shop at Gucci, Tiffany's, and Hermes. What's the street name?
Rodeo Drive. (All right, a small cheat)
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:08 PM on January 21, 2018

Best answer: What's a word meaning "ne plus ultra"?

When the pilot filed a flight plan to fly low and close over the natural cereal factory, he intended to...
Buz(z) Kashi.

According to this song, your mind become fast as lightning because everybody was...
Kung-fu fighting.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:30 PM on January 21, 2018

Best answer: Which aphorism about the aftermath of a flood is attributed Madame Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV?
“Après nous, le déluge."

This foppish person isn't a bird, but he is terribly vain about his plumage.
A popinjay.

What do you call it when co-workers place bets on who's going to win the game?
The office pool.

Maybe you got drunk. Maybe you got fooled. Either way, you were...

What's a term for an easy-to-answer interview question?
A softballl.

My child is groaning at me, so I'll stop. But this is a fun Ask, Heloise9. Thanks!
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:17 PM on January 21, 2018

You put this up to keep your cattle on your property... Fencing

When you struggle to solve a problem you are Wrestling with it.

If one of your fingerless gloves has a hole in it you could be said to have a Badminton.

If your map has been rolled you may have to weight the edges to keep it from Curling.
posted by BoscosMom at 8:39 PM on January 21, 2018

Occuping oneself suddenly and enthusiastically with (a meal, or an engrossing subject or activity)

Hours spent poking around on the internet is called...Surfing.

A set of regular and repeated actions that are done by a machine as part of a longer process is called...Cycling
posted by BoscosMom at 9:05 PM on January 21, 2018

Best answer: What is the 2000 romance film starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps?
Love and Basketball

What is the nickname of the briefcase that allows the President of the United States to authorize a nuclear attack while away from fixed command centers?
The nuclear football
posted by Rock Steady at 11:52 AM on January 22, 2018

Best answer: What was the nickname of the winner of the Best Actor Oscar award in 1952 (for his role in The African Queen)? Humphrey"Bogey" Bogart

What character did Warwick Davis portray in Return of the Jedi? Wicket [W. Warrick]

What "pony car" model did AMC introduce in 1967 (for the 1968 model year) to compete with the Ford Mustang? AMC Javelin

What is the model name of Mercedes-Benz's light duty, commercial van? Mercedes Sprinter

What is the name of the reflexive raising of the arm after a concussive trauma? Fencing response

Which 90's hip-hop group's members included MC Serch, Prime Minister Pete Nice, and DJ Richie Rich? 3rd Bass

In 2017, In-N-Out sued rival burger chain Smashburger, claiming that one Smashburger's burger names too closely resembled one of their own. What was the Smashburger buger name in dispute? The Triple Double
posted by mhum at 12:12 PM on January 22, 2018

Best answer: What is the name of the 2005 Woody Allen film starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Match Point

What American indie pop group is formed by husband-wife team Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley? Tennis

Which Marvel comics villain's real name is Wilson Fisk? Kingpin

What British confection was introduced by McVitie and Price in 1927 and named after a variety of orange? Jaffa Cakes

What British colloquialism can be used to describe patrons of both bookmakers and prostitutes? Punter

Which Huey Lewis and the News album featured the singles "Heart and Soul" and "I Want a New Drug"? Sports

Traditionally, the toppings on a Chicago Dog include what type of peppers? Sport peppers
posted by mhum at 1:14 PM on January 22, 2018

Which former treasurer under the Abbott government is the current Australian ambassador to the United States? Joe Hockey

Which former UK Labour MP famously accidentally tweeted out a tweet consisting of only his own name on April 28, 2011? Ed Balls

Who was the first woman to head a major television studio? Lucille Ball

What Wild West personage associated with Wyatt Earp became a columnist for the New York Morning Telegraph in his later years? Bat Masterson

What actress portrayed Dorothy in the 1985 film Return to Oz and Nancy in the 1995 film The Craft? Fairuza Balk

What character from A Midsummer Night's Dream is describes himself as "that merry wanderer of the night"? Puck

What name is David Rainey, cast member of The Real World: San Francisco, better known by? Puck

What character did Mark Sailing portray on Glee? Puck
posted by mhum at 3:13 PM on January 22, 2018

Best answer: What 1976 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier features Nazi war criminals, stolen diamonds, and unwanted dental work? Marathon Man

What 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Conchita Alonso features a deadly, dystopian future TV game show? The Running Man

What 2014 film is an adaption of a Broadway musical featuring the musical group, The Four Seasons? Jersey Boys

What 2012 film starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson features a plethora of a capella singing? Pitch Perfect

What 1981 Brian de Palma film starring John Travolta is a remake of a 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni? Blow Out

What 2000 film starring Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment featured a chain of do-gooders? Pay It Forward

What American reality TV show has featured winning contestants Sasha Velour, Jinkx Monsoon, and Bianca Del Rio? RuPaul's Drag Race
posted by mhum at 5:00 PM on January 22, 2018

Oh no. I misread the question. I didn't realize that the answer had to contain an actual sport and not just sports-related terms. :(
posted by mhum at 5:44 PM on January 22, 2018

Response by poster: Thanks everyone - superb suggestions
posted by Heloise9 at 11:04 PM on January 22, 2018

Ok, I know it's late, but here are a few more (and all adhering to the original requirement, more or less).

What is the name of the venue that hosts the annual Coachella music festival? Empire Polo Club

What American car model introduced by Buick in 2004 was renamed in Canada due to the original name being French-Canadian slang for masturbation? Buick LaCrosse

What idiomatic expression is used to describe a shameful secret? Skeleton(s) in the closet

What is name of the elongated car body style resembling a station wagon but typically with only two doors instead of four? Shooting brake

What actor, best known for portraying Billy Loomis in the movie Scream, currently portrays FP Jones on the TV show Riverdale? Skeet Ulrich

What American rapper made is debut in 2016 with the single "Broccoli"? Lil Yachty

What is the technical/engineering term for disconnecting then reconnecting a piece of equipment from its power source (e.g.: "try turning it off and then on again")? Power cycling

In some circumstances, medical professionals can treat a heartbeat irregularity by dunking the patient's face in ice cold water. What is the name of the physiological phenomenon that makes this work? Diving reflex

What Marvel comics villain derives his name from a pre-historic feline? Sabretooth

What is the common name for premium cards featuring a shinier, glossy finish in the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game? Foil cards

What round-bodied, striped, freshwater fish native to South America and popular among aquarium keepers is represented by the genus Symphysodon? Discus
posted by mhum at 12:18 PM on January 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

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