March 21, 2017

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Round 1

  1. What five-letter command was registered by IBM as a trademark in 1936?
    Think
  2. According to the U.S. Post Office, among the five most common street names in the United States are two named for what types of trees?
    • Maple
    • Oak
    Top 5, in order: Main, Second, Maple, Oak, Park
  3. What is the English translation of the compound word Fahrvergnügen used by Volkswagen in an early ’90s ad campaign?
    “Driving enjoyment”
  4. What are the names of the four natural gaits exhibited by horses?
    • Walk
    • Trot
    • Canter
    • Gallop
  5. The magazine The Economist maintains a statistic measuring international currency strengths based on the price of what widely available food item?
    McDonald’s Big Mac
  6. What four-word motto is carved into the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC?
    Equal Justice Under Law

Round 2

  1. What computer programming language, created in 1958, shares its name with a certain type of speech impediment?
    Lisp
  2. What are the informal names of Major League Baseball’s spring training leagues in Florida and Arizona?
    • Grapefruit League
    • Cactus League
  3. If you’ve bought furniture from IKEA, it might be made entirely or in part out of MDF, which stands for what?
    Medium-density fiberboard
  4. Rather than constructing a precise definition, Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart in 1964 simply said “I know it when I see it”, referring to what?
    Obscenity/pornography
  5. The world’s cheapest production car, originally priced in 2009 at the equivalent of about USD 2,000, is manufactured by what Indian company?
    Tata
  6. What two-word term, applied to some types of whiskey, refers to the re-use of a portion of the grain from a previous batch when starting a new fermentation?
    Sour mash

Round 3

Name the cities depicted in the following map excerpts. North is up on each map, but map scales vary. Roads shown crossing water may be bridges or tunnels.

United States cities

  1. Dallas, TX
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. New Orleans, LA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Detroit, MI
  6. Pittsburgh, PA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Charleston, SC

Cities outside the United States

  1. London
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Montréal
  4. Istanbul
  5. Venice
  6. Paris
  7. Dubai
  8. Toronto

Round 4

  1. What is the only name shared by four consecutive English monarchs?
    George
  2. What fictional brand of cigarettes appears in several Quentin Tarantino movies?
    Red Apple
  3. What common household product is chemically known as sodium hypochlorite?
    Bleach
  4. A five-foot wooden sculpture in the House of Representatives chamber of the Massachusetts State House depicts what?
    A codfish
  5. On March 17, 2017, Hasbro announced that in addition to the thimble, what two player pieces would be retired from upcoming editions of the board game “Monopoly”?
    • Wheelbarrow
    • Shoe
  6. What was the name of the hacker (or hacker group) who leaked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee to Wikileaks in mid-2016?
    Guccifer 2.0

Round 5

  1. A Chopin étude in G-flat major has what name shared with a two-person rock band formed in 2001?
    Black Keys
  2. What basketball player was the first professional athlete to have a guest appearance on “The Simpsons“?
    Earvin “Magic” Johnson
  3. Mister Rogers got his start in television at a PBS affiliate station in what U.S. city?
    Pittsburgh
  4. Ancient Roman military units carried banners with what four-letter abbreviation referring to the Roman Republic?
    SPQR
  5. What Japanese word meaning “I’ll leave it up to you” is used at sushi restaurants to request a chef’s tasting menu?
    Omakase
  6. What model of electric guitar, manufactured by Gibson since 1958, shares its name with an aircraft formation?
    Flying V

Final question (Category: Food/drink)

What fish was so abundant in the Hudson River in the 19th century that it became known colloquially as “Albany beef”?
Sturgeon