Difficult Trivia Questions And Answers

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30 Most Difficult Trivia Questions

Question 1: The rod on a sundial indicates the time via the shadow it casts. What name is given to this rod?

Question 2: What does the word “fugacious” mean?

Question 3: Who composed the orchestral poem “A Night on the Bare Mountain”?

Question 4: What term, from the French for “balance scale”, is used to describe a bridge that is operated via a counterweight and winch?

Question 5: Naxos is the largest of which Greek island group?

Question 6: On which island of Japan is the capital Tokyo located?

Question 7: How many playing cards are there in a piquet deck?

Question 8: What was the name of the first woman to travel in space?

Question 9: What kind of animal is a kudu?

Question 10: Into how many departments is France divided?

Question 11: “I’ll pheeze you in faith” is the opening line of which Shakespeare play?

Question 12: From which ballet does “The Waltz of the Flowers” come?

Question 13: In which year did the first ever 24 Hours of Le Mans race take place?

Question 14: Libreville is the capital city of which country?

Question 15: Who was the Greek goddess of sea monsters?

Question 16: Bosc and concorde are varieties of which fruit?

Question 17: In which French abbey was Eleanor of Aquitaine buried next to her husband Henry the II and son Richard the Lionheart?

Question 18: What is an opisometer used to measure?

Question 19: What is a shebeen?

Question 20: Which Dutch athlete, known as “the flying housewife”, won four of the nine available women’s gold medals at the 1948 London Olympics?

Question 21: What is a deodar?

Question 22: What is a quisling?

Question 23: Who led the Greek forces at the Battle of Thermopylae?

Question 24: Who painted “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”?

Question 25: Who was the last Danish King of England?

Question 26: In heraldry, what color is Gules?

Question 27: What name is given to the thin leather strap used to tether a falcon or hawk in falconry?

Question 28: What are the three degrees of Freemasonry?

Question 29: Kublai Khan founded which ruling dynasty of China in the 13th century?

Question 30: What is the currency of the Seychelles?


1. Gnomon.

2. Fleeting or transient.

3. Modest Mussorgsky.

4. A bascule bridge.

5. The Cyclades.

6. Honshu.

7. 32 cards.

8. Valentina Tereshkova.

9. An antelope.

10. 101 departments – 96 mainland and 5 overseas departments.

11. The Taming of the Shrew.

12. The Nutcracker.

13. 1923.

14. Gabon.

15. Ceto.

16. Pears.

17. Fontevraud Abbey.

18. The length of curved lines.

19. An unlicensed liquor house (especially in Ireland).

20. Fanny Blankers-Koen.

21. A large evergreen tree.

22. A traitor who collaborates with an enemy occupying force.

23. King Leonidas I of Sparta.

24. El Greco.

25. Harthacnut.

26. Red.

27. Jess.

28. Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.

29. The Yuan dynasty.

30. The rupee.

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