I think the answer is obvious: give clues that aren’t easily searched because they are neither textual nor clean digital files.
Examples: (1) name this tune - that you just whistle - Shazam can’t help with that, or (2) what team did this person play for - with a photo you hold up on a printed sheet in front of the web cam - reverse image search can’t help ...
This answer is meant to supplement PartyHatPanda's and Arturo's answers as it only focuses on the logical deduction of the grid (as requested by the OP in the question's comments). For the actual answer, refer to those contributions instead.
Building from PartyHatPanda's answer,
they form the answer:
(New account, but I've been a lurker for months in the PSE. Solved the grid independently but from this computer it's hard to share a photo with the final solution).
Large rodent native to Central and South America (6)
Wading bird sacred to the Ancient Egyptians (4)
Shrek, Shaun or Dolly? (5)
Feathers McGraw, Chilly Willy or Pingu? (7)
Captain Nemo's submarine in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (8)
Shakespeare play, The Taming of the _____ (5)
Favourite food of Obelix in the Asterix ...
One way to make searching basically Google-proof is what my parents (teachers) did with their tests: Don't ask for a piece of information, ask for combining two pieces of information.
(They weren't doing this to Google-proof, but to test understanding. Their questions normally involved applying facts to concepts. If you forgot the fact part you could look ...
While you can't use any of the ones that have already spread online, you can take inspiration from memes/hashtags like "Describe a film poorly" since a lot of the fun of the meme is in avoiding any of the words that would normally appear in an explanation of the plot. But if you can make up your own, then you can put forward clues like "...
Lot of credit to @Stiv for this who got the final answer when I was turning down a large rabbit hole (see edits for a laugh).
Logic at the bottom for the starting point, though I think it was almost impossible before the hints.
These are all relating to:
20 (compared to 350)
20 (compared to 3)
20 (when scored by the NY ...
You provide an answer to trivia question, and ask your participant "What is the question for this answer?"
You can tune the obscurity of the 'answer' so that participants can come up with the questions. To limit possible (and perhaps correct, but unintended) questions, you can narrow down by category, year, or other hints. I find it ...
My friends and I did quizzes for about four months, and these are my favourite rounds we did that fit your criteria:
Bad film reviews
There are aggregated lists of film reviews that are baffling and terrible - read your friends the review, and have them guess which movie it's for.
Q: Why is he wearing jeans in the ocean? - 1 star
One strategy would be to allow Google searches. Then write questions that you need to know trivia to know what search terms to use.
Or let them solve that problem for you. Have them write the questions. If you want to avoid them just writing ridiculously hard questions, you can have a Dixit-style scoring system.
You will never be absolutely sure that no one cheated, but when I've done these, I made the prizes to not have enough monetary value to bother. Like top prize was a $25 amazon certificate. Big enough to make it interesting, not big enough to be ruthless. I state the rules up front -- no electronics, no Google, using the honor system. If you're worried ...
A fundamental issue with hosting a 'trivia' contest online, is that when players have the ability to search the internet for answers, information being obscure isn't enough for it to make a good question. Also, typing into Google isn't the only issue you're facing - the two examples provided in the question can be cheated through reverse image search and the ...
Here are some things you could try:
A rebus is a puzzle device that combines the use of illustrated pictures with individual letters to depict words and/or phrases. You can draw the pictures on Paint or something similar but a popular device I've seen recently is to use emojis to represent TV shows, movies, songs, etc.
For example the following is a TV ...
To solve Luigi's riddle we must:
If we do this as Luigi intends, we will end up with:
It works out as:
Doubtless, Luigi intends this as a reference to:
Now enjoy your free meal and wine and please come back to Luigi's again! Buona notte!
From left to right, top to bottom, these images represent:
These can then be categorised thus:
The additional group members we need to choose are:
Finally, a film from the year 2000 which features characters by all of these names is:
I think the word is
And will likely never have a crush.
My prefix is young.
Is also a clipping.
My suffix is well known and multiply defined in mathematics.
It is defined in Geometry, Arithmetic operations, Group Theory and Topology
You can see my whole in many of the world's addresses!
My whole is a French word which some fancy English typographers ...
This appears to be a bunch of references to semi-related concepts, clued by partial names and loosely interlinked.
Russ and Kess are chatting. Russ says he saw Kess cracking away on his computer and wondered "what is the significance of 23986?".
Kess said "it might make your analogy true, but will it cause my syndrome?"
Russ said "...