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Columbo Sports Quiz #1

Columbo seems to enjoy games (even though he never has time for them) and throughout the series, various sports and activities were worked into the episodes. I've tried to come up with a quiz relating to some of these episodes. Give it a try and see how well you do. I'll be working on a second quiz for later.

Two ways to play: (1) Post your answers here individually, taking a shot at only one answer at a time in order to save some for everybody else. (2) Keep score at home and post a complete scoreboard later with a disclaimer.

Scoring: 1 pt = Name the correct episode
1 pt = Name the sport/activity
Bonus Point = Name the character who said it.


1. "I'm gonna forget about the lesson, cause I could never learn this game."

2. "He says, get there before everybody and you kind of catch the fish off guard."

3. "You know what we should do. It's such a beautiful night... we should row out to the center of the lake..."

4. "It's a whole different attitude."

5. "If I reach the finals, I could still be in Palm Springs."

6. "I can't miss a shot."

7. "Well, that's not bad, Doc. I mean, it's not far, but it's straight."

8. "They're on the 10, sir."

9. "No problem, Lieutenant. Bet the winners. I always bet the winners."

10. "As for tomorrow, well for me, it's just one more match."

11. "Ah, fuhgettaboutit, I'm standing on the dock, I couldn't hit the water."

12. "It's just that I don't get my arm back in time."

Re: Columbo Sports Quiz #1

ill take 2 of them

#1. That was from Death lends a hand. When Columbo was with archer at the golf course showing that he could hit the golf ball a long way. But he's going to forget about the lesson because he can't learn the game.

#8 is from The Most Crucial Game. Columbo had Paul Hanlon so rattled that he did not know where the team was.

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#5 is Wayne Jennings, “Murder in Malibu,” talking about his celebrity tennis tournament!

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#2 is what Columbo said to General Hollister when he was fishing off his dock early in the morning when Hollister pulled in the boat slip after dumping the body.

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Meant to say in Dead Weight for #2

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Number 4 is when Columbo is torturing Milo Janus about his new health program: No more cigars, giving up chili, etc. As Milo noticed later, it didn’t last long.

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9. "No problem, Lieutenant. Bet the winners. I always bet the winners."

I think this was Graham McVeigh in Strange Bedfellows.

When I think back about that episode, for some reason I always think that's John Goodman!

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I'm pretty sure 6 is "Greenhouse Jungle." The game is pool, and Columbo says it to Jarvis Goodland.

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I'm pretty sure 6 is "Greenhouse Jungle." The game is pool, and Columbo says it to Jarvis Goodland.
the only episode I remember Columbo playing pool is How to Dial a Murder.

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3. Lily la Sank and Cassidy MURDER BY THE BOOK
DR. Kepple on the fairway in DOUBLE EXPOSURE

Columbo Sports Quiz # 1 ANSWERS

1. DEATH LENDS A HAND - Golf - Columbo to Ken Archer (Correct)
2. DEAD WEIGHT - Fishing - Columbo to Gen. Hollister (Correct)
3. MURDER BY THE BOOK - Swimming - Ken Franklin to Lily LaSanka (Correct)
4. EXERCISE IN FATALITY - Exercise (treadmill, in this case) - Columbo to Milo Janus (Correct)
5. MURDER IN MALIBU - Tennis - Wayne Jennings (Correct) - I thought this one would be hard, but I was wrong! Good job!
6. GREENHOUSE JUNGLE - Pool - Columbo to Jarvis Goodland (Correct)
7. DOUBLE EXPOSURE - Golf - Columbo to Dr. Kepple (Correct) - love this scene
8. MOST CRUCIAL GAME - Football - Columbo to Paul Hanlon (Correct)
9. UNEASY LIES THE CROWN - Horse Racing - Wesley Corman to Columbo (Incorrect)
10. MOST DANGEROUS MATCH - Chess - Emmit Clayton to reporter (Not answered)
11. IDENTITY CRISIS - Shooting - Columbo to Shooting Gallery operator (Not answered)
12. BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER - Tennis - Jennifer Williamson to Elliot Markham just before she discovers Bo's hat (Not answered)

Congrats! I'll try to post Quiz #2 later this week.

Re: Columbo Sports Quiz # 1 ANSWERS

Those were good questions. It’s hard to stump a fanatic, but you got me on a couple.

Re: Columbo Sports Quiz # 1 ANSWERS

Haha- Thanks, Pete! I wanted to make it a little challenging without being too obvious on too many.

I've been a bit busy this week, but I'm working on Quiz#2 and should have it out in a couple of days.