Another crowded night at Land of a Thousand Hills Thursday night, with twelve teams competing. I sat next to Joel, and across from Kevin, Will, Michael, and Jon. We answered 13 of the first 14 questions correctly, and tied for the halftime lead. Had I not gotten the one question wrong, we would’ve led by ourselves. In the end, it didn’t matter.
MATH: How many EDGES does a cube have? Joel immediately scribbled an answer and prepared to hand it to Trivia-Master Erin, but Kevin quickly stopped him. After a short discussion, we answered correctly: TWELVE. Five points.
FOOD: Dave Thomas founded what national restaurant chain? WENDYS. Jon asked me how I knew. “I’m old!” Actually, Dave used to star in his own commercials, and I heard him speak at a graduation. Three points.
RADIO: Who retired in 2009 after hosting “American Top Forty” for 39 years? The team looked to me, and I answered Dick Clark. It was CASEY KASEM. My co-workers all knew. At least we only missed out on one point.
MOVIES: In the movie “Walk the Line” (one of
LITERATURE: What two fictional boy detectives lived in the fictional town of
RECREATION: A swimming pool must have a minimum of how many lanes to be considered Olympic-sized? We guessed correctly: EIGHT. One point.
COMIC STRIPS: The fictional characters Mom, Dad, Peter, Paige, and Jason Fox are featured in what comic strip? Joel knew: FOXTROT. Five points.
HALFTIME: Name the state capitals. Joel studied, and didn’t need help:
TELEVISION: What cable channel appropriately has its headquarters in downtown
GEOGRAPHY: What US state’s capitol is closest to the equator? Joel started drawing a map of the
COFFEE: What country is said to be where coffee was discovered? Joel knew: it was
HISTORY: At 42, what man became the youngest
POLITICS: According to American criminal law, what is the minimum number of people required to be considered a riot? We said two. It was three. A four point miss, and Joel was reeling.
TOYS: What type of dolls was so popular in 1983 that some sold for over $100.00? Having stood in line for hours to get the original, hand-made “Little People” dolls autographed by their creator, artist Xavier Roberts, I knew: CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS. Four points.
SPORTS: The largest football stadium in the
ACRONYMS: What does EPCOT stand for? Another Disney question that Kevin didn’t know. Only one team did.
FINAL: Name the four largest world religions, with a bonus for putting them in order. After a discussion, Joel submitted the right answer: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The Hustlers also got it right, so we finished in second.