Badge challenges that require wins at random quizzes in Trivial Pursuit Daily 20 are often met with a lot of hand-writing and concern, and it’s not just because the questions can be hard. In addition to that, Trivial Pursuit can’t be paused to look up the correct answer, the questions are completely random so there’s no way to get a list of answers like we have for the daily Trivial Pursuit quizzes, and for all of that effort you won’t get any tokens since random quizzes don’t award tokens like the daily quizzes do.
These annoyances aside, these badges are not impossible. You can do it, as you can with any tough Pogo badge: with patience and persistence. Here are a few little tricks you can use to make your slog through a random quiz badge in Trivial Pursuit just a little bit easier (including my new favorite “phone a friend” tip):
Make sure you’re selecting the Random Quiz button, not “Play Today’s Daily Quiz”.
Set aside some time, perhaps break it up over several days. Each quiz takes about 10 minutes to complete, so if you’ve got a badge that requires 20 wins, it’ll take you several hours. You don’t have to do all of the quizzes all in one sitting (with the exception of the Pie for a Pie Badge in the Road to Happiness PBA that’s got a 2-hour timer on it). For example, if you’re doing the Random Slice Badge to win 17 quizzes in a week, and you’ve got 6 days left, aim to win at least 3 quizzes a day to earn the badge before the week ends.
Double up on these badges. Since they can be time-consuming and frustrating, you might as well activate as many as you can at once. Remember, you can activate one weekly, one personal, one Mix-n-Match, and one PBA badge in the same game at the same time.
And as always, make sure you activate your badge! If you’re doing a non-weekly badge, like a Mix-n-Match or one from a PBA, you can wait until you’ve earned 1100 points on your first quiz to activate it to get yourself the most time out of the badge. This is a great tactic for the 2-hour Pie for a Pie badge.
Practice Makes Perfect
The first thing you need to know is that the random quizzes are made up of questions asked previously in daily quizzes and that the questions repeat fairly often. Even if you can’t win a game, pay attention to the correct answers! You’re learning the answers to the questions you didn’t know before and over time you’re likely to see them again. Players who do the daily quizzes (even using the answers) often say the random quizzes are not as hard as they expected them to be because some of the questions were already familiar to them from their daily play.
Know the Score and Wait It Out
Understanding how the scoring works in this game is essential to saving time on these random quiz badge.
First, you only need to earn 1100 points out of its 20 questions to “win” a quiz. This means you do not need to get every question correct, and even better, you can wait — though, at the cost of points — to make a more educated guess if you need to.
Also, as the time on a question ticks down, the game will remove the incorrect choices one by one, and the points you receive are based on how quickly you answer. Of course, if you know the answer or think you do, it’s probably worth it to select your answer right away. However, if you’re just blindly guessing, your odds are better if you wait 10 seconds until there are only 2 answers:
- Answer in the first 5 seconds = 100 points (1 in 4 chance of guessing correctly)
- Answer after 5 seconds but before 10 seconds = 75 points (1 in 3 chance)
- Answer after 10 seconds but before 15 seconds = 50 points (1 in 2 chance)
- Points for questions 10 and 20 are doubled
You can also use this knowledge to gauge whether or not you’ll be able to win the quiz. For example, if you finish question 15 and have less than 500 points, you’ll be unable to win even if you get every remaining question right within the first 5 seconds.
Phone a Friend: Ask Siri, Google, Cortana
If you have a smartphone, try reading the question to it. Players have reported that they’ve had plenty of time to read the Trivial Pursuit question to Siri on an iPhone, and her responses were often good enough to get a win on the quiz. Asking Cortana in Windows 10 or Amazon’s Alexa might work too.
I tried this with Siri and my iPhone. When the game started, I long-pressed the home button until Siri started listening, then asked the first question in Trivial Pursuit. For each successive question I tapped the microphone icon as the category cards were displayed and read the question almost word-for-word. Almost every time, the results came back before the game removed the first incorrect answer. Siri failed me on a few questions but I’m pleased to report I was able to get my 1100 points with the 12th question. Siri might just be my new best friend.
Or, just Google it! If you don’t have access to a voice-to-search tool, try quickly typing a keyword or keywords from the question into another browser window at Google. As long as you’re not hunting and pecking, you should be able to do the search, scan the results, and get the answer before time runs out.
- It might take some time, but you can do it!
- As you play, pay attention to the correct answers. You’re likely to see repeated questions.
- You do not need to get every question in a quiz correct, just enough to earn 1100 points.
- If you don’t know the answer, wait. The game will remove incorrect answers — when there are 2 left you’ve got a 50/50 shot at guessing the right answer.
- Try reading the question to Siri or typing keywords into Google.
Home-spun Pursuits Badge – Mix-n-Magic/Mix-n-Match – 50 random quizzes
Enormous Pie Badge – Candy Land PBA – 20 random quizzes
Qwizard Badge – Weekly Badge – 15 random quizzes
Random Sample Badge – Mix-n-Magic/Mix-n-Match – 10 random quizzes
Brain Power Badge – Mix-n-Match – 70 random quizzes
Thanksgiving 2010 Badge – Limited Edition – 25 random quizzes
Quiz Show Badge – Mix-n-Match – 15 random quizzes
Pie for a Pie Badge – Road to Happiness PBA – 4 random quizzes in 2 hours
Pasta-bilities Badge – Family Classics PBA – 10 random quizzes
Random Slice Badge – Upcoming Weekly: February 1, 2017 – 17 random quizzes
Do you have any other strategies for tackling random quiz badges in Trivial Pursuit Daily 20? Share them in a comment below.