Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on Nov. 18, 2008
1) 43 companies in the 2008 Fortune 500 are headquartered in what city, the Fortune 500 home-base champ?
2) The Sunshine Factory, the Heart of Historic Route 66, and the Town Too Tough to Die are all nicknames for cities in which state?
3) Before Obama, the president born furthest west came from Yorba Linda, California. Who was he?
4) What body of water is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, which once covered the area now known as the Great Basin?
5) According to the 2000 census, what is the most commonly spoken Native American language in the US?
6) If you start in Georgia and walk the entire Appalachian Trail, you’ll end up at Mt. Katahdin in what state?
7) Sugar Land and Baytown are the two smaller cities in the metropolitan area that includes what Texas city?
8) Eight of the ten largest islands in the United States are located in what state?
9) The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve is stored in underground salt caverns at four sites located in what two states? (half point each)
10) The Bible Belt is bursting with Protestants. The Rust Belt is losing jobs in the steel industry. What’s the defining characteristic of the Jell-O Belt?
Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on Feb. 5, 2008
Average score: 3.78/10 (too hard!), 9 teams playing
1) Two cities have been among the 10 largest in America every census from 1790 to 2000. Name them both.
2) The Mackinac Bridge connects the cities of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City in what state?
3) What’s the only part of Arizona that observes Daylight Saving Time?
4) What city on the Black Sea is the largest port in Ukraine?
5) What national capital straddles the Han River?
6) What country launched Operation August Storm on August 8, 1945, invading Manchukuo?
7) It’s part of the Arab League and the Francophonie, but one African country does not belong to the African Union. Which one?
8) According to the 2007 Global Peace Index, what European kingdom is the most peaceful nation in the world?
9) What’s the most populous city in New England?
10) What Seattle suburb was founded as the town of East Seattle in 1904, but renamed itself in 1924 after an early settler?
Round 2 at the Old Pequliar on April 1, 2008
Average score: 6.48/10 (21 teams)
1) When members of U2 and R.E.M. played at Clinton’s inaugural festivities as Automatic Baby, what U2 song did they play?
2) China discovered it had a population of about 60 million people when its first-ever census concluded in what year? (Julian calendar)
3) According to the Greek poet Hesiod, how many gorgons were there before Medusa got her head lopped off?
4) In English, what’s the only number with a name spelled with exactly as many letters as the number itself?
5) How many pillars of Islam are there?
6) According to musical superstition, a composer will die shortly after completing how many symphonies?
7) What song was the biggest hit from Prince’s “love symbol” album?
8) If you’re raised Mormon, how old are you when you hit the age of accountability, when you know the difference between right and wrong in the eyes of God?
9) What Jimi Hendrix song, which turns a couple of numerals upside-down, was featured on the Easy Rider soundtrack?
10) What risquÃ© 1979 comedy was marketed as “a temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count”?