October 4, 2011

Click each question to reveal the correct answer.

Round 1

  1. In 1927, who was named Time magazine’s first Man of the Year?
    Charles Lindbergh
  2. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are the top three US producers of what fruit?
    Cranberries
  3. Name the three types of swords used in Olympic fencing.
    • Foil
    • Sabre
    • Épée
  4. This Asian disputed territory claimed in part by Pakistan, India, and China shares its name with a 1975 Led Zeppelin song.
    Kashmir
  5. Who holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night?
    Beyoncé (won 6 in 2010)
  6. This restaurant chain had over 1,000 locations in the 1970s, but today only the Lake George, Lake Placid, and Bangor, Maine restaurants remain.
    Howard Johnson’s

Round 2

  1. What is the one-word Latin motto of the state of New York?
    Excelsior
  2. Iran produces over 90 percent of the world’s supply of this, the most expensive spice in the world.
    Saffron
  3. What was the name of Captain Ahab’s whaling ship in the novel Moby Dick?
    The Pequod
  4. In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in this city, which hosted the Winter Olympics 70 years later.
    Sarajevo
  5. What is the longest suspension bridge in the United States, as measured by central span?
    Verrazano Narrows Bridge
  6. Name the five Space Shuttle orbiters that have been sent into space.
    • Columbia
    • Challenger
    • Discovery
    • Atlantis
    • Endeavour

Round 3

Listed below are the birth names of some famous people. Fill in the names by which they are better known. For example…

  1. Eric Arthur Blair
    George Orwell
  2. Dino Paul Crocetti
    Dean Martin
  3. Joseph Levitch
    Jerry Lewis
  4. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
    Lewis Carroll
  5. Richard Starkey
    Ringo Starr
  6. Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
    Michael Caine
  7. André Romelle Young
    Dr. Dre
  8. Reginald Kenneth Dwight
    Elton John
  9. Marion Robert Morrison
    John Wayne
  10. Laurence Tureaud
    Mr. T
  11. Jacob Gershowitz
    George Gershwin
  12. Charles Dennis Buchinsky
    Charles Bronson
  13. Truman Streckfus Persons
    Truman Capote
  14. Archibald Alexander Leach
    Cary Grant
  15. Farrokh Bulsara
    Freddie Mercury

Round 4

  1. What is the only U.S. city whose pro football, baseball, and hockey teams all share the same team colors?
    Pittsburgh (black and gold)
  2. Give the amendment number to the U.S. Constitution that established Prohibition, as well as the one that ended it.
    • 18th
    • 21st
  3. This fruit, also known as the Chinese gooseberry, was given a catchier name for marketing purposes in the mid-20th century.
    Kiwi
  4. The English word “geyser” is derived from what foreign language?
    Icelandic (Old Norse also acceptable as earlier root)
  5. Name the two types of creatures supporting the central shield in the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.
    • Lion
    • Unicorn
  6. This 17th-century French mathematician and philosopher has a triangle, a wager, and a unit of pressure named after him.
    Blaise Pascal

Round 5

  1. In 1875, the first recorded indoor ice hockey game was played in what city?
    Montreal
  2. What pizza chain was ranked the fifth-largest in the US when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2011?
    Sbarro
  3. This four-letter word can refer to a measurement of one-sixth of an inch, or an urge to eat non-food materials like clay, chalk, or dirt.
    Pica
  4. What form of pasta, translated literally from the Italian, is named “little pies”?
    Tortellini
  5. Name the smallest and largest U.S. state capitals by population.
    • Montpelier, VT
    • Phoenix, AZ
  6. Prior to decimalization of British currency in 1971, how many pence made up a pound?
    240 (12 pence per shilling × 20 shillings per pound)

Final question (Category: Travel)

What airline, which ceased operations in 1991, was the first to run passenger flights on the Boeing 747?
Pan American World Airways (a.k.a. Pan Am)