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 July 1, 2008.
Average score: 6.29/11 (17 teams)
1) What country does the Onion’s Our Dumb World atlas describe as the “Nobel Prize Winner for Great Cheekbones”?
2) Seven Seattle streets are named for members of the Denny Party who arrived at Alki Point on November 13, 1851. Other than Denny Way, name one street for one point, or three streets for 2 points. (Don’t write down more than 3 answers!)
3) The Three Gorges Dam is under construction on what river?
4) The Helium Capital of the World, the Execution Capital of the World, and the Live Music Capital of the World are nicknames for three cities in what state?
5) What’s the most populous US state with a Democratic governor?
6) What South American country, one of two that doesn’t border Brazil, is the world’s leading exporter of bananas?
7) If you’re visiting scenic Zanzibar, you’re in what African nation?
8) What’s the most populous city in a country that was a member of the Warsaw Pact?
9) What Asian nation’s name means “land of the pure” in Urdu, its national language?
10) Bailey Peninsula in Lake Washington is entirely taken up by what Seattle park?
1) Metro Transit is to King County as Community Transit is to what?
2) What state has been the nation’s leading producer of milk since 1993?
3) In 1282, which neighboring country was the first future member of the UK to be conquered by England: Ireland, Scotland, or Wales?
4) What two countries occupy the vast majority of the Iberian Peninsula?
5) If you flew to the busiest airport in the country named after someone who’s still alive, what state would you be in in?
6) If you want to visit the site of the Battle of Waterloo, what country do you need to visit?
7) What country, the most populous member of the European Union, also contains its geographic center?
8) Four Asian countries belong to La Francophonie, a group of countries whose culture, language, and history have been influenced by France. Name two of them.
9) Iraq called it their 19th province. What do we call it?
10) Which Seattle neighborhood is named after a chief of the Nisqually tribe who was hanged for murder in 1858 but exonerated by a Historical Court of Inquiry in 2004?
Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on Sept. 4, 2007.
1) There are two King Counties in the US. We’re in one of them. The other is one of the 254 counties in which state?
2) 48 US states are divided into counties. Louisiana is divided into parishes. Which state is divided into boroughs?
3) Which of these cities is closest to Tokyo, as the crow flies: San Francisco, Portland OR, Seattle, or Vancouver BC?
4) The Minoan civilization, one of the oldest in Europe, originated on which Mediterranean island?
5) What Russian city is the world’s northernmost city with a population greater than 1,000,000?
6) By population, what country is the world’s largest constitutional monarchy?
7) What island nation, conquered by the Japanese in 1942, was renamed Shonanto until the British repossessed it in 1945?
8) The Blue Nile and White Nile rivers meet to form the Nile in what country south of Egypt?
9) What city, recaptured by the Union in 1862, was the most populous in the Confederate States of America?
10) If you start in Bellevue and drive north on I-405, what’s the next city you’ll come to?
Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on August 7, 2007. Average score (out of 18 teams): 4.72 Continue reading