- I21 - Sports
- What sports stadium was built on Coogan's Bluff?
- I20 - Culture
- Life gets more exciting with each passing day,
and love is either in your heart or on its way.
If you should survive to a hundred and five,
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive.
Fairy tales can come true.
It can happen to you.
If you're _______________________?
- I19 - History
- The "Warrior Pope" hired Donato Bramante. What job did he hire him to do?
Who was the "Warrior Pope"?
- I18 - Religion
- When Cyrus the Persian was King of Babylon, he worshipped an idol called
Bel. Bel was said to eat each day twelve bushels of fine flour, forty sheep,
and fifty gallons of wine. Daniel told the King, "This Bel of yours is only
clay inside and bronze outside, and has never eaten anything." The King, of
course, did not believe Daniel. How did Daniel prove his point? Where did
all the food go? Specifically, where do we find this story?
- I17 - History
- In 1873 Henry Wickham arrived in the Amazon River basin. He was on a
secret mission for the British government. Why was he in Brazil? Was his
mission a success?
- I16 - Literature
- One of the few American authors to win the Nobel prize for literature, he
had a poodle named Charley. Who was he? For what work did he win the prize?
Name two other Americans who also won the Nobel prize for literature.
- I15 - History
- In the middle of the night large bands of armed men on horseback called
"night riders" raided farms burning barns and beating farmers and their
families. They captured towns in western Kentucky and burned warehouses.
This was part of an episode in American history known as the "Black Patch"
war. When did this occur and what was the cause of the "Black Patch" war?
- I14 - Literature
- Author of "Man with a Bull Tongue Plow" and "Taps for Private Tussie"?
- I13 - Poetry
- "I wanted the gold, and I sought it;
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy--I fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it--
Came out with a fortune last fall--
Yet somehow life's not what I thought it,
and somehow the gold isn't all.
Name the poem and the poet?
- I12 - Math
- Joe flips a quarter. Harry bets him a dime even money that it will land
heads. It lands heads. Harry wins. They make the same bet again and the
same thing happens.
After Harry wins the third toss, Joe begins to think. "The coin has landed
heads three times in a row. It is very unlikely that a coin tossed would land
heads four times in a row. (The actual odds are 1 in 16.) I have lost 30
cents. I need to regain my losses."
Joe says to Harry, "I will bet you one dollar against your 50 cents that the
coin will not land heads again."
Should Harry take the bet? Explain?
- I11 - History
- He would have been murdered in his bed by a committee of his townspeople.
But in September 622 he and Abu Bekr arrived in this town as a result of the
Hegira. Who was he? Where did they arrive? What town did they flee?
- I10 - Sports
- Explain the "infield fly rule", its purpose, and the circumstances under
which it applies.
- I9 - Literature
- In the city on the hill the King, Priam, reigned with Hecuba, his Queen.
Below on the plain where the river, Scamander, flowed to the sea, Agamemnon,
son of Atreus and King of Argos, laid siege with his army. What story is
this, in what book, written by whom? Who won the battle? How? Why the heck
had Agamemnon come there with his army in the first place?
- I8 - Sports
- Who were the only two pitchers to ever pitch no-hitters through nine
innings in the same baseball game?
- I7 - History
- Darius the Great, King of Persia, had an army which suffered only one
defeat. 30,000 Persian soldiers were defeated by an army of 7,000 soldiers in
490 B. C. Who were the victors and what was the name of the battle and how
far did the victors have to travel to return home from the battle.
- I6 - Sports
- What was "Merkle's Boner" and what was its effect?
- I5 - History
- The information revolution and the first dirt trail of what was to become
the information super highway could be said to have had its beginnings in
- I4 - Literature
- Who wrote "After Many a Summer Dies the Swan"? Name one other book
written by this author.
- I3 - Literature
- Rima, bird girl of the Amazon jungle, was a creation of what author in what novel?
- I2 - History
- Who was the famous son of Phillip of Macedonia?
- I1 - History
- What was "Seward's Folly"?
- II15 - Culture
- A South African film with a cult following, it is about the quest of an
aborigine named Ki to throw a Coke bottle off the edge of the world. What is
the name of the movie and why did Ki want to get rid of the Coke bottle?
- II14 - History
- In the nineteenth century Fisk and Ramsey fought from Albany to Binghamton.
Eventually Ramsey won. Over what did they fight?
- II13 - History
- The original Drug Czar was Lin Tse-hsü. When and where?
- II12 - Culture
- It is the late 1950s. You are approached by a stranger. He introduces
himself. He is Michael Anthony. He gives you a tax free check for
$1,000,000.00. He says it is from an anonymous benefactor and that the money
is yours to do with as you wish subject to two conditions. You can tell no
one the amount of the gift or where you got it. If you do you will forfeit
whatever amount remains. Who is your anonymous benefactor?
- II11 - Sports
- A league leading pitcher, he was the second major league baseball player
ever to throw a perfect game. After his pitching arm went bad he became the
best shortstop of his era. He invented the pitcher's mound and the
intentional walk. He earned a law degree from Columbia University and was the
President of the Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players. Who was this
- II10 - Sports
- The only player in Major League Baseball to die as a result of an injury
suffered on the field during a Major League baseball game was a batter hit by
a pitch. Who was the batter? Who was the pitcher? In what year did this
occur? What teams were involved?
- II9 - History
- He unified his warrior people in the 13th century and by the time of his
death had established the largest empire the world has ever seen. Feared as a
barbarian, he was known for his cruelty. He is said to have slaughtered at
least 39 million people. He nonetheless is considered to have been the
founder of a basis for a cultural awakening, expanded trade, and freedom of
religion in a time of religious repression. Who was this mighty conqueror?
- II8 - Mythology
- The Norse Goddess of love and beauty, she was also a warrior goddess. Who
was she? What animals pulled her chariot? How did she acquire her precious
- II7 - Literature
- His father was Mudjekeewis, the West-Wind. His mother was Wenonah,
daughter of Nokomis. When his father deserted his mother she died of anguish,
so he was raised by his grandmother, Nokomis. When he reached manhood he
sought and found his father on the gusty summits of the Rocky Mountains.
His father said,
"Welcome, to the kingdom of the West-Wind!
Long have I been waiting for you!
Youth is lovely, age is lonely,
Youth is fiery, age is frosty;
You bring back the days departed,
You bring back my youth of passion,
And the beautiful Wenonah!"
Who was this fictional boy of nature and environmentalist?
Who wrote what epic poem in which we read of his life?
- II6 - History
- On April 12th and 13th, 1861, Confederate troops under Brigadier General
Beauregard bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The
fort was defended by Union troops under Major Robert Anderson. The fort was
burned and later surrendered. In spite of the heavy artillery fire from both
sides during the two day battle no one was killed on either side. However,
two union soldiers were killed and three wounded the next day during the
formal ceremony of surrender. They were firing their cannon in salute to the
American flag when a pile of cartridges exploded prematurely. What is the
connection between this battle and the game of baseball?
- II5 - Literature
- Alec Leamas, George Smiley and Liz Gold were characters from what novel
written by what English diplomat who was once an Intelligence officer in
- II4 - Literature
The Devil, we're told, in hell was chained,
And a thousand years he there remained,
And he never complained, nor did he groan,
But determined to start a hell of his own
Where he could torment the souls of men
Without being chained to a prison pen.
So he asked the Lord if he had on hand
Anything left when He made the land."
Well it happened that the Lord did have plenty on hand but he told the devil
that "the stuff is so poor, I don't think you could use it in hell any more."
But the devil went down to look at the truck,
And said if it came as a gift, he was stuck;
For after examining it careful and well
He concluded the place was too dry for hell.
So in order to get it off his hands
God promised the devil to water the lands.
Where was this God forsaken place?
- II3 - Literature
- A prolific writer she spent most of her life in her house until her death
in 1886. She had a very close (some said romantic) relationship with her
brother's wife. Who was this well known author?
- II2 - Culture
- That toddling town that Billy Sunday could not shut down?
- II1 - History
- It started on a late Saturday night in September in a baker's shop on
Pudding Lane. The fire was spread by a dry wind and burned the bridge across
the river on Sunday. By the time it burned itself out on Wednesday, it had
destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, a custom house, a post office and a
cathedral. Where was this great fire and in what year did it occur?
- III5 - History
- In the early 17th century the Pope gave him permission to write a book
discussing both Aristotelian and Copernican theories. The permission
granted contained two conditions: he would not take sides and he would
come to the conclusion that man could not determine how the world worked
because God could bring about any effects he wanted in ways unimagined by
man, who could not place restrictions on God's omnipotence. The book was
published in 1632 and was immmediately greeted throughout Europe as a literary
and philosophical masterpiece. The Pope then regretted permitting the book
to be published and brought the author before the Inquisition. Who was this
famous author and what was the title of his book?
- III4 - Science
- When Einstein formulated the General Theory of Relativity he added a so-
called, ``cosmological constant''. Einstein later said, "The cosmological
constant was the greatest mistake of my life." Why did he add it and what
discovery proved it to be a mistake?
- III3 - Mathematics
- Give examples of and discuss transcendental numbers?
- III2 - Agriculture
- My soil test results report recommends 300 pounds of 5-10-15 per acre on
my 30 acre pasture field. How many pounds each of 34-0-0, 18-46-0 and 0-0-60
must I mix to spread on my field to satisfy the soil test recommendations?
- III1 - History
- In 1842 Alexander Cartwright and his Knickerbockers began play in Madison
Square in New York. What were they playing?
- IV14 - Music
- Song Lyrics:
Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
For its coat to turn to green
Who or what?
Speaks to me of flowers
That will bloom again in spring
When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me
That's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life's
The thing that I can't win
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- IV13 - Culture - Song lyrics
- A popular song:
Although I know it's strictly taboo
When you arouse a need in me
My heart says, "Yes, Indeed" in me
Proceed with what you're leading me to
It's such an ancient pitch
But one that I'd never switch
For there's no nicer _________ than you.
Fill in the blank (one word).
I've got no defense for it
The heat is too intense for it
What good would common sense for it do?
What is it? (It's the name of the song.)
- IV12 - Music
- With four hungry children and a crop in the field, who did what?
Click here for an audio clue.
- IV11 - History
- For about 250 years Tokugawa ruled in Edo. When did this occur? Where
- IV10 - Literature
- From the same work:
Beware the ides of March.
Why? What may happen then?
He has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
Who is the speaker?
- IV9 - History
- What is this?
- IV8 - Games
- The playing board for an old game looks like this.
What is the game?
- IV7 - History
- Among all the records kept by Indians of North America in the 19th century
and particularly in the pictographic "winter counts" kept by the Sioux there
is a common theme in referring to the winter of 1833/1834. What happened then
that seemed so significant to the Indians?
- IV6 - Art
- It has been said that in the 1920s one in four American homes contained a
copy of a painting or illustration by this American artist born in 1870. His
works included "Moonrise" and the mural, "Old King Cole" painted in 1895 for
the Mask and Wig Club. He had a yearly calendar contract with Edison Mazda
(General Electric). Who was this famous artist?
- IV5 - Art and Literature
- Two Part question on related themes.
Name the work and the artist?
From my youth upwards
My spirit walk'd not with the souls of men,
Nor look'd upon the earth with human eyes;
The thirst of their ambition was not mine;
The aim of their existence was not mine;
My joys, my griefs, my passions, and my powers,
Made me a stranger; though I wore the form,
I had no sympathy with breathing flesh,
Nor midst the creatures of clay that girded me
Was there but one who- but of her anon.
I said with men, and with the thoughts of men,
I held but slight communion; but instead,
My joy was in the Wilderness, to breathe
The difficult air of the iced mountain's top,
Where the birds dare not build, nor insect's wing
Flit o'er the herbless granite; or to plunge
Into the torrent, and to roll along
On the swift whirl of the new breaking wave
Of river-stream, or ocean, in their flow.
In these my early strength exulted; or
To follow through the night the moving moon,
The stars and their development, or catch
The dazzling lightnings till my eyes grew dim;
Or to look, list'ning, on the scatter'd leaves,
While Autumn winds were at their evening song.
These were my pastimes, and to be alone;
For if the beings, of whom I was one,-
Hating to be so,- cross'd me in my path,
I felt myself degraded back to them,
And was all clay again.
Name the work and the author? Where was the character when he said these words?
- IV4 - History
- According to a recent column by a popular newspaper columnist, during its
history of nearly half a century, only one member of NATO has ever had its
territory invaded by the armed forces of another nation. What two nations
were involved, when, and what was the outcome?
- IV3 - History
- When he conquered Kalinga in 225 B.C., he was disgusted by what he saw of
the cruelties and horrors of war. He declared that he would no longer seek
conquest by war, but by religion, and the rest of his life was devoted to the
spreading of Buddhism throughout the world. Who was this, the only military
monarch on record who abandoned warfare after victory?
- IV2 - Science?
- Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny. Huh?
- IV1 - Literature
When the hurlyburly's done,
Who will do what in thunder, lightning or in rain? Where? With whom?
When the battle's lost and won.
Ere the set of sun.
- V6 - Math - Topology
- The first one-sided surface (pictured below) was discovered in the early
nineteenth century and is named for its discoverer. What is it called?
- V5 - Literature
- How could he possibly be?
"At once a cook, and a captain bold,
And the mate of the Nancy brig,
And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig."
- V4 - Literature
- Name the work and the author?
Were you ever out in the great alone, when the moon was awful clear,
And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear;
With only the howl of a timber wolf, and you camped there in the cold,
A half-dead thing in the stark, dead world, clean mad for the muck called gold;
While high overhead, green, yellow and red, the North Lights swept in bars --
- V3 - Math
- Radio station A is 312 miles directly north of station B. Shortly before
noon both stations receive distress signals from a ship, C. The bearing of C
from A was found to be South 65 degrees 28 minutes East and the bearing of C
from B was North 75 degrees 18 minutes East. If a plane left B at noon flying
at 280 mph, at what time did it reach the ship? Explain your calculations.
- V2 - History
- What happened from October 5 through October 14, 1582?
- V1 - History
- Barefooted, clad in a coarse garment, riding on an ass, and bearing a huge
cross, this man travelled about France and Germany, and everywhere harangued
vast crowds in church or street or market-place. He led great unruly mobs of
people to their massacre in Hungary and across the Bophorus. Who was this
character of the end of the first century of the present millennium and what
movement did he help to initiate?
- V8 - Literature
- She was a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Her cheeks were like
halves of a pomegranate. Her two breasts were like two fawns that feed among
He was as an apple tree among the trees of the wood. He was like a gazelle or
a young stag. He pastured his flock among the lilies.
The voice of the turtledove was heard in the land.
Where do we read of this couple? (Hint: Its not in the Starr Report.)
- V7 - Math
- Water flowing from two pipes into a vat can fill the vat in 2 hours. It
takes the smaller pipe alone 3 hours longer than the larger pipe. One day
both pipes were opened simultaneously. At the end of 2 hours it was
discovered that one pipe had become clogged and the vat was only half full.
How many hours would each pipe alone require to fill the vat? Which pipe
became clogged and how long was it clogged?
- V9 - Music
- Song Lyrics:
This land is mine, God gave this land to me
This brave and ancient land to me
And when the morning sun reveals her hills and plain
Then I see a land where children can run free
So take my hand and walk this land with me
And walk this lovely land with me
Though I am just a man, when you are by my side
With the help of God, I know I can be strong
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- V10 - Math
- Lewis Carroll's Problem
As cited by M. Gardner in his Mathematical Circus.
A bag contains a counter, known to be either white or black. A
white counter is put in, the bag is shaken, and a counter is drawn
out, which proves to be white. What is now the chance of
drawing a white counter?
- V11 - Literature
- For Halloween:
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog.
What are these
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on 't?
Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
Identify the work and the author?
- V12 - Science
- What is the purpose of the "Fly's Eye" in the Utah desert?
- V13 - Logic
- A recent murder case centered around the six men, Clayton, Forbes, Graham,
Holgate, McFee, and Warren. In one order or another these men were the
victim, the murderer, the witness, the policeman, the judge, and the hangman.
The facts of the case were simple. The victim had died instantly from the
effect of a gunshot wound inflicted at close range. The witness did not see
the crime committed, but swore to hearing an altercation followed by a shot.
After a lengthy trial the murderer was convicted, sentenced to death, and
What role did each man play in this unfortunate melodrama?
- McFee knew both the victim and the murderer.
- In court the judge asked Clayton to give his account of the shooting.
- Warren was the last of the six to see Forbes alive.
- The policeman testified that he picked up Graham near the place where the body was found.
- Holgate and Warren never met.
- V14 - Literature
- His epic poem told about the legendary founding of the Roman nation by
survivors of the destruction of Troy. It also contained an explanation for
the historical animosity between Carthage and Rome. Who was this poet and
what was the name of his poem named for his heroic Trojan character?
- V15 - Logic
- Four men and four women are shipwrecked on a desert island. Eventually
each one falls in love with one other, and is himself loved by one person.
John falls in love with a girl who is, unfortunately, in love with Jim.
Arthur loves a girl who loves the man who loves Ellen. Mary is loved by the
man who is loved by the girl who is loved by Bruce. Gloria hates Bruce and is
hated by the man whom Hazel loves. Who loves Arthur?
- V16 - History
- What was the compromise of Camillus (367 B.C.)?
- V17 - Math
- Supply the missing number in the following sequence:
- V18 - History
- He was called "Little Boots" in Latin. What was his real name?
- VI1 - Agriculture
- When my dad sowed grass in our farm fields he would sow a grass such as
fescue or orchard grass or timothy and legumes, usually ladino clover and red
clover. He would give me a large tub along with the clover seeds, a container
of water and a package of fine black powder. My job was to pour the seeds
into the tub, moisten them with water, and then thoroughly mix the black
powder in until it was sticking to all the seeds. After this job my hands
were covered with a wet slime of black powder. What was the black powder and
why did my dad want it on all the clover seeds before he sowed them?
- VI2 - Math
- A man in a boat 5 miles from the nearest point of a straight beach wishes
to reach in the shortest possible time a place 5 miles from that point along
the shore. If he can run 6 miles an hour, but can row only 4 miles an hour,
where should he land?
- VI3 - Music
- Song Lyrics:
The game of life is hard to play
I'm going to lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
And this is all I have to say,
The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I'm beat
And to another give a seat
For that's the only painless feat,
The sword of time will pierce our skins
It doesn't hurt when it begins
but as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger - watch it grin
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What is the NAME of the song? (not where is it from.)
- VI4 - Math
- A genius came to a narrow railroad bridge and began to run across it. He
had crossed three eighths of the distance when a whistle behind him warned of
an approaching train. Being a genius, he instantly evaluated his
alternatives. If he were to run back to the beginning of the bridge at his
speed of 10 mph, he would leave the bridge at precisely the moment the train
entered it. If he kept on running to the end of the bridge, the train would
reach him just as he left the bridge. At what speed was the train moving?
(If you wonder how he would know that, remember, he was a genius.)
- VI5 - History
- He turned back the Allied invasion at Gallipoli in 1915 and expelled the
Greeks from Izmir in 1919. Who was this young Turk, founder of modern Turkey?
- VI6 - Logic
- If you have a balance scale, what is the minimum number of weights that
can be used to weigh any number of pounds from one to forty? What are the
- VI7 - Agriculture
- My soil test results report recommended that my 2 acre tobacco field
should have an application of 1 ton (2000 pounds) of 5-10-15 fertilizer per
acre and that the source of potassium should be sulfate of potash to prevent
curing and quality problems from excess cloride if muriate of potash were
applied. At the fertilizer plant where they mix bulk fertilizers for the
analysis required by local farmers they have available:
Muriate of potash 0-0-60
Ammonia nitrate 34-0-0
Sulfate of potash 0-0-50
If they mix my bulk fertilizer from DAP, Urea, and Sulfate of potash,
how much actual material will be applied to my 2 acre tobacco patch?
- VI8 - Math
- Where must I divide a straight line so that the ratio of the length of the
entire line to the length of the longer segment is equal to the ratio of the
length of the longer segment to the length of the shorter segment? When you
find the larger of the two numbers which can answer this question please tell
its significance and give a web reference.
- VI9 - Literature
- Where did Alph, the sacred river, run through caverns measureless to man
down to a sunless sea? Who decreed that what would be built there?
- VI10 - Logic
- Two men are talking. One says to the other, "I have three sons whose ages
I want you to ascertain from the following clues. Stop me when you know their
The sum of their ages is thirteen.
The product of their ages is the same as your age.
My oldest son has one ear pierced."
"Stop," says the second man. "I know their ages."
What are they?
- VI11 - Culture
- Now here's to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever stand
And always be remembered through the courts throughout the land
His earthly race is over, now the curtains round him fall
How will we carry him home to victory?
- VI12 - Logic
- You have two hourglasses -- a four minute glass and a seven minute glass.
You want to measure nine minutes. How do you do it?
- VI13 - Culture
- According to the lyrics, identify the three bells in the life of Jimmy
- VI14 - History
- What significant thing did Lieut. Frank P. Lahm do on September 9, 1908?
- VI15 - Mathematics and Physics
- Many people are not really proficient in math and physics. That may
explain why people have been known to celebrate special occasions by firing
guns into the air. Suppose a soldier, in celebrating the end of a war, fires
his rifle straight up into the air, not realizing that a bullet shot straight
up will come straight down and will be traveling at about the same velocity
when it returns as when it left the barrel of the gun. Suppose the muzzle
velocity of the bullet is 400 feet per second. The distance in feet, s, a
body will fall from rest in t seconds is given by the formula s=16*t*t. If
the soldier does not move, what is his life expectancy? What will be the
maximum height reached by the bullet? Ignore the air resistance in your
- VI16 - History
- He hid rolls of 35mm film in a hollowed out pumpkin in his pumpkin patch.
These were developed and used as evidence in a famous spy case. Who hid the
film? Who was the alleged spy? When did this occur? This case raised the
public profile of a politician who would later become President of the United
States. Name him.
- VI17 - History
- Where is the Sea of Moscow?
- VI18 - History
- In the largest man-made non-nuclear explosion ever, over 2,000 people were
killed, over 9,000 were injured and half a city was destroyed. When, where
and what was the cause?
- VI19 - Math
- A man buys a string 25,000 miles long and sets out to stretch it around
the circumference of the earth. When he reaches his starting point, he
discovers that the string is, in fact, 25000 miles and one yard long. Rather
than cut the string, he decides to tie the ends together and distribute the
extra 36 inches evenly around the entire circumference. How far does the
string stand out from the earth because of the extra yard? (Disregard the
length of the string used to tie the knot. And, yes, you can assume that the
circumference of the earth is exactly 25,000 miles.)
- VII1 - Math
- If a hobo can make one cigar to smoke from five cigar butts, how many
cigars can he make and smoke if he finds twenty-five cigar butts?
- VII2 - Culture
Straight overhead the orb of noon
Beat down with brimstone breath:
The desert wind from south and west
Was blistering flame and death.
We feasted high there
And had much milk and meat.
The tables groaned to give us power
Wherewith to save the wheat.
Our beds were sweet alfalfa hay
Within the barn-loft wide.
The loft doors opened out upon
The endless wheat-field tide.
I loved to watch the windmills spin
And watch that big moon rise.
I dreamed and dreamed with lids half-shut,
The moonlight in my eyes.
For all men dream there
By noonday and by night,
By sunrise yellow, red and wild,
And moonrise wild and white.
The wind would drive the glittering clouds,
The cottonwoods would croon,
And past the sheaves and through the leaves
Came whispers from the moon.
Who wrote these words describing what place?
- VII3 - Math
- On New Year's morning, January 1, 2000, I received a phone call from a
local businessman. He said that his computer failed to recognize the year
2000 and as a result the scheduling program on which his business depended
gave incorrect calendar pages and was therefore useless. I explained that if
he set the year properly in the twentieth century, his calendar pages would be
correct though the year would be wrong. He said that this solution would work
fine because he could simply instruct his employees to ignore the year. I
then told him the latest year in the twentieth century which he could use.
Fortunately his computer accepted that year and he was able to continue using
the computer and the program. What year did I tell him to use and what are
the three latest years before that one that had the same calendar pages?
- VII4 - Math
- In most scientific calculators pressing the following keys:
(4 + 5) * 6 =
will give the answer 54.
I get the same answer by pressing these keys:
4 [ENTER] 5 + 6 *
What type of calculator am I using?
- VII5 - Culture
- He is credited with directing the following movies among many others:
Boy Meets Girl 1994
Burn Hollywood Burn 1998
With Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan O'Neal, Jackie Chan
Catchfire (aka Backtrack) 1991
With Dennis Hopper & Jodie Foster
Death of a Gunfighter 1969
With Richard Widmark
Dune 1984 TV version
Fade In (aka Iron Cowboy) 1968
Ghost Fever 1987
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline 1996
Since 1967 he has been credited with over 50 movies and TV shows. Who is
this, not so famous, director and when was he born?
- VII6 - History/Math
- Before 200 BC, Eratosthenes figured out the size of the earth, and he was
right within about 10%. How did he do that?
- VII7 - Math
- Joe and Sam are at a party. Joe says,"I don't know these people but I
just counted the number of people here and there are 25 besides myself. That
means that if you asked them to group themselves by the month of their birth
there would be an average of about two people in each group. Nevertheless I
will bet you $50.00 even money that at least two of the people in this room
have the same birthday, month and day."
Assuming that the people at the party are also strangers to Sam, should Sam take
Joe's bet? Why or why not?
- VII8 - History
- If you win a victory at a cost to you in resources that is more than you
can afford you may say, "One more victory like that and I am lost." Such a
victory is called a pyrrhic victory. Why?
- VII9 - Math
- Suppose ten marbles are inserted into a box based on the tosses of an
unbiased coin, a white marble being inserted when the coin turns up heads and
a black one when the coin turns up tails. Suppose someone who knows how the
marbles were selected but not what their colors are selects ten marbles from
the box one at a time at random, returning each marble and mixing the marbles
thoroughly before making another selection. If all ten examined marbles turn
out to be white, what is the probability to the nearest percent that all ten
marbles in the box are white?
- VIII1 - Geography
- Which State has the longest coastline: Texas, California, Michigan, or
- VIII2 - Culture
- Where is this?
A law was made a distant moon ago here
July and August cannot be too hot
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot
By order summer lingers through September
The rain may never fall till after sundown
By eight the morning fog must disappear
The snow may never slush upon the hillside
By nine PM the moonlight must appear
- VIII3 - Math
- This puzzle appeared in a newspaper in 1930.
Joe Simmons of New York married his second wife in 1900. His age in whole
years at his death was one twenty-ninth of the year of his birth. In the year
he died he had already celebrated his birthday. How old was he at his second
- VIII4 - History
- What is the place in American history and the claim to fame of this Tennessee cattle buyer?
- VIII5 - Math
- A rectangular piece of tin three fourths as wide as it is long is made
into a box by cutting out a 2-inch square from each corner and turning up the
sides. Cutting out a 3-inch square from each corner would diminish the volume
of the box by 12 cubic inches. What are the dimensions of the piece of tin?
- VIII6 - Literature
Where the old Flotilla lay:
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!
- VIII7 - Math
- An equilateral triangle has its base, which is 10 inches long, lying in a
horizonal plane. The plane of the triangle meets the horizonal plane at an
angle of 47 degrees 12 minutes. Find the shortest distance from the opposite
vertex of the equilateral triangle to the horizonal plane.
- VIII8 - Math
- A man offered me a motorcycle two years ago for $1,024.00; a year later
his price was $640.00; a little while after he asked a level $400.00; and last
week he was willing to sell for $250.00. The next time he reduces the price I
shall buy. At what price will I purchase if he makes a consistent reduction?
- VIII9 - Culture
- Oh mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the ? ? ? ? ?
- VIII10 - Agriculture
- When I was growing up on a farm in Kentucky in the 1960s we had several
dairy cattle including holsteins, jerseys, guernseys and a brown swiss.
Sometimes when we would return to the house from milking the cows in the
morning my dad would place a phone call to a local technician. Later that day
or the next day the man called would arrive in our driveway in a white truck
with an enclosed bed and the letters "KABA" on the doors. He would get out
and he and my dad would examine a catalog the technician brought. Afterward
he would open a stainless steel container in the back of the truck and a fog
of evaporating liquid nitrogen would emerge. The technician would then remove
a labeled strawlike glass tube containing a milky looking frozen liquid. My
dad would write a payment check and give it to the technician and we would go
into the barn to take delivery of the product purchased. What was my dad
purchasing? (Not necessary for credit, but do you know, or can you guess,
what the letters, "KABA" meant?)
- VIII11 - History
- Where and when in history might we find helots, perioeci and Spartiates?
- VIII12 - Math
- Given a square whose side is 2. The middle points of its adjacent sides
are joined by straight lines forming a second square inscribed in the first.
In the same manner, a third square is inscribed in the second, a fourth in the
third, and so on indefinitely. Find the sum of the perimeters of all the
- VIII13 - History
- On a winter night in 373 B.C. an earthquake caused a tidal wave that
caused an entire city to sink beneath the sea and all the people were said to
have perished. For several centuries after the disaster writers reported that
the ruins of the city could still be seen on the sea floor, just offshore.
Then all traces of the city disappeared from history. Recently archaeologists
think that they have discovered the location of the city. What city is this
and where, in general terms, is it located?
- VIII14 - Agriculture
- What is this food plant that becomes much in demand during the holiday season?
- IX1 - Math
- Steve takes three identical blank cards. He makes a red mark on each side
of one. He makes a black mark on each side of another. On the third he marks
red on one side and black on the other. He then mixes the cards in a hat and
has Joe draw a card and place it on the table in such a way that no one sees
the bottom side of the card. The upper side of the card drawn has a red
mark. Steve says to Joe, "Obviously we are not dealing with the black-black
card. That one is clearly still in the hat. We definitely have either the
red-black card or the red-red card. We shuffled fairly and drew at random, so
it is just as likely to be one of these as the other. I will therefore bet
you even money that the other side is red." Should Joe take this bet? Why
or why not?
- IX2 - Math
- How does Simpson's Paradox apply to the December 18 meeting of the
Electoral College in the United States to elect the President of the country?
- IX3 - History
- According to legend what is the connection among Pope John VIII, the
sella stercoraria and Via Sacra, the street avoided by popes?
- IX4 - Biology
- According to Hoyle and Wickramasinghe, what may be the origin of life on
- IX5 - Logic
- You are blindfolded before a table. On the table are a very large number of
pennies. You are told 100 of the pennies are heads up and the rest are tails
up. How can you create two subgroups of pennies, each with the same number of
heads facing up? The subgroups will not necessarily be the same size. Assume
you cannot tell if a penny is heads up by feel. (You are wearing gloves.)
- IX6 - Culture
- Who was this novice artist, songwriter and singer?
Click here for a Real Audio clue.
- IX7 - Math
- Find the product of the following: (x-a)(x-b)(x-c) . . . (x-z)?
- IX8 - Geography
- Which one of these does not belong and what is the name given to the rest as a group?
- Clingman's Dome
- Carstensz Pyramid
- IX9 - Logic
- Three business men - Smith, Robinson, and Jones - all live in the Leeds-
Sheffield district. Three railwaymen of similar names live in the same
district. The business man, Robinson, and the guard live at Sheffield; the
business man, Jones, and the stoker live at Leeds; while the business man,
Smith, and the railway engineer live half-way between Leeds and Sheffield. The
guard's namesake earns $100,000 per annum, and the engineer earns exactly 1/3
as much as the business man living nearest to him. Finally, the railwayman,
Smith, beats the stoker at billards. What is the engineer's name?
- IX10 - Culture
- Why did the Tennessee Stud's green eyes turn blue?
- IX11 - Culture
- What is the relationship between Galatea and Eliza Doolittle?
- IX12 - History
- When and where was the BMAC civilization?
- IX13 - History
- If I decide to put a pukao atop my moai, where am I and approximately when?
- IX14 - Math
- A customer at a 7-11 store selected four items to buy, and was told that
the cost was $7.11. He was curious that the cost was the same as the store
name, so he inquired as to how the figure was derived. The clerk said that he
had simply multiplied the prices of the four individual items. The customer
protested that the four prices should have been ADDED, not MULTIPLIED. The
clerk said that that was OK with him, but, the result was still the same:
What were the prices of the four items?
- IX15 - Culture
- Ten years ago on a cold dark night there was someone killed beneath the town hall light.
The Judge said, "Son, what is your alibi? If you were somewhere else then you won't have to die."
I spoke not a word though it meant my life.
Why not? Where was I?
- IX16 - Culture
- Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote of a man, son of Utherpendragon,
whose half sister was Morgana and whose nemesis was Mordred.
Who was he?
- IX17 - Math
- What is this?
- IX18 - Math
- A number consists of three digits which are in arithmetic progression.
The number divided by the sum of its digits is equal to 26. If the number is
increased by 198, the digits in the units and hundreds places will be
interchanged. Find the number.
- X1 - Literature
- Who speaks these words?
Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights:
Yond ...... has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Specifically where, in what literary work?
- X2 - History
- How much time elapsed from the time the Soviet Union joined the war
against Japan in World War II to the day the Japanese surrendered?
- X3 - Math
- A man had nine children, all born at regular intervals, and the sum of the
squares of their ages was equal to the square of his own. What was the age of
each? Every age was an exact number of years greater than zero.
- X4 - Literature
- Which one of the following does not belong and why?
- Robert Penn Warren
- Jesse Stuart
- Janice Holt Giles
- Harriet Simpson Arnow
- Henry David Thoreau
- Harry Caudill
- Barbara Kingsolver
- Wendell Berry
- John Fox, Jr.
- X5 - Literature
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
I have a great deal of company in my house;
especially in the morning, when nobody calls.
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong,
as when you find a trout in the milk.
I had three pieces of limestone on my desk,
but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily,
when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still,
and threw them out the window in disgust.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- X6 - Math
- A man is approaching the Washington Monument, 555 feet high, walking on
level ground at the uniform rate of 5 feet per second. At what rate is he
approaching the top of the monument when he is 100 feet from its base?
- X7 - Math
- If this is the decimal notation system,
-7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, . . ., 19
What is this?
11 1, 110, 111, 1 1, 10, 11, 1,
1, 1 1, 10, 11, 1 1 1,
1 10, 1 11, . . ., 1 101
- X8 - History
- Born in 1783, this man became the national hero of five countries. What
was his name?
- X9 - Logic
- What is the missing number in this series?
73, 12, 6, 3, 5, ___, 4, 4
- XI1 - Logic
- It will be 110 years before another year has a certain property in common
with this year (2002). What property?
- XI2 - Math
- A man went into a bank to cash a check. In handing over the money the
cashier, by mistake, gave him dollars for cents and cents for dollars. He
pocketed the money without examining it, and spent a nickel on the way home.
He then found that he possessed exactly twice the amount of the check. He had
no money in his pocket before going to the bank. What was the exact amount of
- XI3 - Culture
- Sara Daugherty
Alvin Pleasant Carter
- XI4 - Math
- A box whose capacity is to be 160 cu. ft. is to have a square base and
top. If the bottom costs 4 cents a square foot, the top 6 cents a square
foot, and the sides 2 cents a square foot, find the dimensions of the box that
will make the cost a minimum. What will be the cost?
- XI5 - History
- Born in 1703, he taught that all accretions to Islam after the 3d cent. of
the Muslim era-i.e., after c.950-were spurious and must be expunged. He was
driven from Medina for his preaching but later converted the Saud tribe. Who
was this true believer whose followers have caused much death and misery in
the world during the last three centuries and until today?
- XI6 - Culture
- Which one does not belong and why?
- Ricky Skaggs
- Loretta Lynn
- Bill Monroe
- Dolly Parton
- Wynona Judd
- Billy Ray Cyrus
- Tom T. Hall
- Dwight Yoakam
- XI7 - Agriculture
- If it has a cria and kushes, what is it?
- XI8 - Culture
- According to the song, who "beats the belles of Tennessee"?
- XI9 - Math
- In 1984 February had five Wednesdays. That has not occurred since. What
is the next year in which February will have five Wednesdays?
- XII1 - Math
- Al, Bob and Charlie need to make a journey of 40 miles. Al can walk at 1
mile per hour. Bob can walk at 2 miles per hour. Charlie rides in a donkey
cart at 8 miles per hour.
They all start together, with Bob on foot and Al riding with Charlie in the
donkey cart. After a while, Charlie drops off Al and Al walks the rest of the
way. Charlie immediately goes back to pick up Bob (who has been walking the
whole time). Bob rides with Charlie the rest of the way. Al, Bob and Charlie
all complete the trip at exactly the same time.
How long did the trip take?
- XII2 - Logic
- Complete the blanks below, to make each sentence true.
The number of times the digit 0 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 1 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 2 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 3 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 4 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 5 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 6 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 7 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 8 appears in this puzzle is ______.
The number of times the digit 9 appears in this puzzle is ______.
- XII3 - Math
- You are driving by car to a particular destination, and our only
assumption is that you are free to drive at any speed you choose - no traffic
jams or anything like that. For the first half of the journey (i.e. half the
distance) you drive at 20 miles per hour. You then realise that this is all
taking much too long, and that you are going to be late. You therefore decide
that you will increase your speed so that your overall average speed for the
whole journey will be 40 miles per hour. How fast do you have to drive for the
remaining part of your journey in order for your average speed for the whole
journey to be 40 miles per hour?
- XII4 - Logic
- There are no tricks - this is a straight forward problem. This is supposed
to be one of the questions which potential Microsoft employees are asked.
U2 have a concert that starts in 17 minutes and they must all cross a bridge
to get there. All four men begin on the same side of the bridge. You must help
them across to the other side. It is night. There is one flashlight.
A maximum of two people can cross at one time. Any party that crosses the
bridge, either 1 or 2 people, must have the flashlight with them. The
flashlight must be carried back and forth, it cannot be thrown, etc. Each band
member walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the rate of
the slower man's pace:
* Bono: - 1 minute to cross
* Edge: - 2 minutes to cross
* Adam: - 5 minutes to cross
* Larry: - 10 minutes to cross
For example: if Bono and Larry walk across first, 10 minutes have elapsed by
the time they get to the other side of the bridge. If Larry then returns with
the flashlight, a total of 20 minutes have passed and you have failed the
There is no trick to this. It is a simple movement of resources in the
appropriate order. There are two known answers to this problem. Microsoft
expects you to answer this question in under 5 minutes!
- XII5 - Logic
- If 2 of the following statements are false, what chance is there that the egg came first?
Round to the nearest whole percent.
Note: If any part of a statement is false, then the entire statement must be false.
- The chicken came first.
- The egg came first.
- 1 is false, & 2 is true.
- XII6 - Logic
- There are 5 houses, each is a different colour
In each house lives a person of a different nationality.
These 5 owners all drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
No owner has the same pet, smokes the same brand of cigar or drinks the same drink as another owner.
The question is: WHO KEEPS FISH?
- The Briton lives in a red house.
- The Swede keeps dogs as pets
- The Dane drinks tea
- The green house is on the left of the white house (they are also next door to each other)
- The green house owner drinks coffee
- The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds
- The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill
- The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk
- The Norwegian lives in the first house
- The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats
- The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill
- The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer
- The German smokes Prince
- The Norwegian lives next to the blue house
- The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.
- XII7 - Literature
- The northern lights have seen queer sights!
The queerest they ever did see was the night on the marge of Lake LaBarge when
what happened? Give references?
- XII8 - Words
- Which anagram does not belong and why?
- XIII1 - Geography
- Which one does not belong and why?
There are at least two correct answers to this question.
- XIII2 - Math
- What is the next number in the series? Why?
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377 610 ....
- XIII3 - Logic
- What is a fraction whose numerator is less than its denominator, but
which, turned upside down, will remain of the same value?
- XIII4 - Literature
- "Babies, like tough steaks, or the modern Greek olive trees, are invariably the
better for beating- but, poor woman! she had the misfortune to be left-handed,
and a child flogged left- handedly had better be left unflogged. The world
revolves from right to left. It will not do to whip a baby from left to right.
If each blow in the proper direction drives an evil propensity out, it follows
that every thump in an opposite one knocks its quota of wickedness in. "
The baby in question was Toby Dammit, he who lost his head.
How did he lose it and who tells us this story?
- XIII5 - Math
- Andy and Barney set off on a fishing trip driving to the old fishing hole
in a lake upstate. On the trip to the lake Andy drives the first 40 miles and
Barney drives the rest of the way. On their return after a successful fishing
expedition Andy drives the first part of the trip and Barney drives the last
50 miles. Which fisherman drove the longest distance and by how many miles?
- XIII6 - Math
- What is the missing number? Why this number?
- XIII7 - Math
- Andy and Barney set off on a fishing trip driving to the old fishing hole
120 miles away in a lake upstate. On the trip to the lake Andy drives and,
being the laid back soul he is, takes it easy averaging 40 miles per hour. On
their return after a successful fishing expedition Barney drives and, being
anxious to return home, averages 60 miles per hour. Barney says, "We both
drove the same distance and since we averaged 40 miles per hour going and 60
miles per hour returning, our overall average speed was 50 miles per hour."
They drove a total of five hours, three hours there and two hours back. At an
average speed of 50 miles per hour driving for five hours they should have
driven 250 miles, but the total round trip distance was only 240 miles. What
- XIII8 - History
- Before becoming isolationist in the 15th century, China was a seafaring
nation. The head of the Chinese armada of treasure ships was a Muslim, a
eunuch and a warrior. He vastly outdid his approximate contemporaries, the
Western naval heroes who helped define the global Age of Exploration. His
armada of giant junks was several times bigger than any of the fleets Columbus
commanded nearly a century later. And his ships were five times longer than
those of the celebrated Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. With more than 300
oceangoing vessels and a crew of nearly 30,000 men, He helped transform
China into the region's, and perhaps the world's, 15th century superpower. He
exacted tribute, brought Sultans to their knees and opened up trade routes
that helped develop the enduring taste abroad for Chinese porcelain and silk.
Born in 1371, He died in 1433. Between 1405 and his death in 1433 during six
major voyages, He and his men found the:
ostrich in Oman,
the giraffe in Kenya,
the Tooth of the Buddha in Sri Lanka,
the Rhinoceros in Sumatra,
the riding elephant in Java,
and the water buffalo in Viet Nam.
What was the name of this man who, some argue, may have even discovered
America for the Chinese before Columbus?
- XIII9 - Literature
- Add at least two names to this list and name the author for each.
- C. Auguste Dupin
- Sergeant Cuff
- Lord Peter Wimsey
- Miss Jane Marple
- Ellery Queen
- Philip Marlowe
- Hercule Poirot
- XIII10 - Math
- The distance between Cairo and Damascus is 1000 miles. Your mission is to
move a 10,000 kilograms load of grass from Cairo to Damascus using your camel,
but you have two problems:
The camel won't budge unless you let it to continuously chew grass - it consumes 1 kilogram of grass per mile.
The camel's maximum load is 1000 kilograms.
Can you manage to get ANY of the grass to Damascus?
What is the maximum amount of grass that you can get there?
- XIII11 - History
- The first battle of the modern age featured Gustavus Adolphus
with Lennart Torstensson on artillery, Johan Baner on Calvary and
Gustav Horn leading infantry. The opposite team saw Tilly's tercios
supported by Pappenheim's calvary. Where and when did this occur?
Who won? What features of this battle made it the first of the modern age?
- XIV1 - History
- In the context of the picture below, what does A.E.I.O.U. stand for?
What is this picture?
- XIV2 - Culture
- What is the title of this painting and who is the artist?
- XV1 - History
- America's worst harbor explosion:
New York Times headline:
Blasts and Fires Wreck City of 15,000; 300 to 1,200 Dead; Thousands Hurt, Homeless; Wide Coast Area Rocked, Damage in Millions
Much of the boom industrial city of 15,000 population was destroyed or damaged. Property loss will run into millions of dollars.
Fires followed the blasts. Poisonous gas from exploding chemicals was reported to be filtering through the area.
The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing.
Where and when?
- XV2 - Math
- Of 6000 apples harvested, every third apple was too small, every fourth
apple was too green, and every tenth apple was bruised. The remaining apples
How many perfect apples were harvested? Please explain your reasoning.
- XV3 - Math
- Let P be a point inside a square S so that the distances from P to the
four vertices, in order, are 7, 35, 49, and x. What is x?
- XV4 - Literature
- Please divide this list into two groups and explain your reasoning.
- Atlas Shrugged
- Battlefield Earth
- The Fountainhead
- We the Living
- Mission Earth
- XV5 - Literature
- Who wrote these words in what work?
Well, that mockingbird's gonna sail away,
We're gonna forget it.
That big, fat moon is gonna shine like a spoon,
But we're gonna let it,
You won't regret it.
- XV6 - Literature
- A circus performance is witnessed by 120 people who have paid a total of
$120. The men paid $5, the women $2, and the children 10 cents each. How
many of each went to the circus?
- XV7 - Literature
- Where do we read the story of Dolores Haze? Who wrote the story? What
was the redundant name of Delores' step-father?
Officer, officer, there they are--
Dolores Haze and her lover!
Whip out your gun and follow that car.
Now tumble out and take cover.
- XV8 - Art
- This "brazen snake" picture is found where? Painted by what artist?
- XV10 - Culture
- Name the artist most associated with each of the songs below:
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- Kiss an Angel Good Morning
- Ring of Fire
- Candle in the Wind
- Three Coins in the Fountain
- Coal Miner's Daughter
- XV11 - Math
- Andy walks down an up-escalator and counts 150 steps. Barney walks up the
same escalator and counts 75 steps. Andy takes three times as many steps in a
given time as Barney. How many steps are visible on the escalator?
- XV12 - Agriculture
- In September I planned to sell 200 calves in November. I estimated that
the calves would average weighing 750 pounds each at sale time. To hedge my
sale price I paid $725 for two puts for November at 94 cents per pound. The
puts mature on November 20. I sold the calves in late October for 96 cents per
pound. On November 20 the published feeder cattle price was $1.02 per pound.
How much money did I make or lose on the two puts? If I had fully hedged all
my calves, how much would I have made or lost on the puts?