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MacGyver MacGyverisms Quiz
by Staff
On the popular '80s TV show, MacGyver solved countless dangerous challenges with ingenious workarounds. How much do you know about these MacGyver fixes?

Which versatile tool does MacGyver use for many of his amazing fixes?

  • Swiss Army knife
  • super glue
  • switchblade

Which combustive item is NOT part of the harpoon gun that MacGyver uses to escape from an attic in Season 1?

  • gasoline
  • moth balls
  • household cleaner

In Season 3, what does MacGyver use to activate the hydraulic landing gear on a plane?

  • orange juice
  • mustard
  • compressed oxygen

To escape trouble once, in Season 2, how does MacGyver use rosary beads?

  • to call for help
  • to burn through a rope
  • to pray for the safety of his friends

In Season 4, how does MacGyver escape an airplane that's been buried by an avalanche?

  • He builds a bulldozer.
  • He starts a fire.
  • He makes a bomb.

In the same episode, what's the liquid MacGyver uses to ignite that oxygen tank?

  • kerosene
  • vodka
  • gasoline

In "Easy Target," Episode 17 of Season 4, which explosive substance does MacGyver use to escape from captivity?

  • rocket fuel
  • gasoline
  • C4

In Season 6, MacGyver fills a rubber glove with which substance, causing it to explode and stop a bad guy?

  • bleach
  • gas
  • oil

In the pilot episode, how does MacGyver stop a missile from detonating?

  • He shorts it with a strip of aluminum foil.
  • He shoves a paper clip into it.
  • He jabs it with a ballpoint pen.

In Season 1, what contraption does MacGyver make from a rubber mat, candlesticks and a microphone cord?

  • speaker
  • defibrillator
  • laptop computer

To make a small bomb in Season 2, MacGyver uses alcohol, nitroglycerin tablets and what everyday item to keep everything together?

  • metal shavings
  • paper clips
  • napkins

In Season 4, MacGyver mixes drain cleaner with phenolphthalein solution to create what type of distraction?

  • fake blood
  • motor oil
  • glue

In Season 7, MacGyver exercises mind control over what type of animal, leading the animal to free him before being blown up by dynamite?

  • dog
  • cat
  • bird

What kitchen staple is NOT one of the key ingredients for the homemade tear gas that MacGyver concocts in Season 3?

  • vinegar
  • cayenne pepper
  • baking powder

MacGyver uses part from what household item to pick a door lock so that he can escape from a mental ward?

  • light bulb
  • dental fixture
  • drywall supports

What creates a tube for a homemade telescope that MacGyver makes at the beginning of Season 2?

  • doll parts
  • newspaper
  • shoelace

In MacGyver's first season, which of the following becomes a critical piece of the frame for a hang glider that he throws together?

  • satellite
  • telescope
  • moon rocks

In Season 5, what hardware-store staple is critical do a DIY spark plug that MacGyver fabricates?

  • a paper clip
  • a metal cross
  • a nail

In the first episode of Season 1, what does MacGyver fashion out of a lawnmower engine and a tent, among other parts?

  • a small plane
  • a boat
  • a hot air balloon

In Season 7, what does MacGyver create using a beer keg and ductwork?

  • a missile
  • an explosive distraction
  • a wild party

In Season 2, what does MacGyver use to seal the radiator of a damaged Jeep so that he can escape the bad guys?

  • egg whites
  • tin foil
  • duct tape

In Season 3, MacGyver conceals himself from an infrared motion detector by creating a fog from ammonia and what other chemical?

  • acetic acid
  • bleach
  • hydrochloric acid

Near the end of Season 1, what does MacGyver create using an alarm clock, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope?

  • lie detector
  • heart monitor
  • MRI machine

In the fourth episode of Season 1, which object does MacGyver repeatedly manipulate into different shapes to solve multiple problems?

  • a map
  • a compass
  • a sharp stick

What component is NOT part of the hot air balloon that MacGyver cobbles together in Season 3?

  • bicycle handlebars
  • corrugated metal
  • gas canisters

In the 11th episode of Season 1, MacGyver uses a gum wrapper to create what object?

  • bandage
  • fishing lure
  • solar panel

When he encounters a scary sulfuric acid leak, what treat does MacGyver use to halt the acid's spread?

  • chocolate
  • duct tape
  • jelly

When he's trapped by (another) avalanche in Season 2, what does MacGyver use to shoot a signal into the air?

  • ski pole
  • flare
  • ski goggles

In one episode, how does MacGyver fix a hot air balloon after it is punctured by bullets?

  • human skin
  • saliva and hair
  • duct tape

In Season 1, what component is NOT part of the cart that MacGyver uses as a decoy to avoid heat-seeking guns?

  • electric hand mixer
  • suit of armor
  • heating pad