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 6 at the Old Pequliar on July 1, 2008.
Average score: 6.94/10 (17 teams who know quite a bit about Ms. Spears)
1) The Daniel Edwards sculpture “Monument to Pro-Life” depicts Britney doing what?
2) Spears won a Worst Supporting Actress Razzie for her appearance in what documentary, where she encouraged us to “trust our president in every decision he makes” and “be faithful in what happens”?
3) Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake sang about Britney cheating on him in what 2004 Grammy-winning song? (Arthur Hamilton’s 1953 song does not involve Ms. Spears, however)
4) “My baby is my religion,” declared Britney in 2006, adding that she no longer studied what practice that she was introduced to by Madonna?
5) Before she became a Mouseketeer, Britney competed as a singer on what television series?
6) Britney’s first two albums include what punctuation mark in their titles?
7) Curious, Fantasy, and Believe are the names of three of Britney Spears’ what?
8) Newsstand sales for what 150-year-old magazine took a nosedive when they put Britney on the cover of their April 2008 issue?
9) Britney took two of her favorite places and combined the abbreviations for them to create what four-letter name for what Manhattan restaurant that she opened in 2002?
10) “Easy, boy,” says what Viagra spokesman, calming down his dog at the climax of a commercial where Britney sings an ode to the joy of Pepsi?
Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on April 1, 2008.
Average score: 6.76/11 (21 teams)
1) What country is described in the Onion’s Our Dumb World atlas as “a shortcut with its own national anthem”?
2) What Pacific Northwest region centered around Spokane shares its name with a region in California, as well as a David Lynch film?
3) If someone asks “Will it play in Peoria?” what state are they concerned about?
4) Washington, Utah, California, Vermont, Kentucky, Cyprus, and Mars are each home to a mountain with what name?
5) The only Celtic Nation on the European mainland is what former kingdom and current French province?
6) The Dead Sea borders Israel and what other country?
7) Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, and Schiermonnikoog are four of the Frisian Islands that are part of what country?
8) For the first half of the civil war, Mesilla, New Mexico, was the capital of what Confederate territory?
9) Two US state mottoes are in French: Union, justice, et confiance and L’Ã©toile du Nord. For one point each, which states have those mottoes?
10) What Asian country is described by Our Dumb World as “where a kid can be a kid prostitute”?
1) Which suburb south of Seattle uses the slogan “More than you imagined”?
2) What’s the most densely populated city of 500,000 residents or more that’s west of the Mississippi?
3) By population, what’s the largest city in Canada?
4) What’s the most populous city in the US that starts with a vowel?
5) Cuba’s total land area is closest to which of these states: Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Wyoming?
6) The most populous city in the US named Springfield is located in which of these states: Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, or Oregon?
7) What country contains the easternmost point on the continent of Africa?
8) The Kingdom of the Netherlands is made up of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, and what Caribbean island?
9) The French call this region CÃ´te d’Azur. In English, we know it as what two-word phrase?
10) What city, incorporated on January 8, 1904, was annexed by Seattle on March 29, 1910, and is now a neighborhood?