A Real Trivial Pursuit
Hey, I came here to get away from
school and tests.
Eyes on your own papers, please.
Once again players competed in five challenging puzzles with
a possible perfect score of 125. There was much mirth
from the 50 contestants, who set an alltime attendance record
during the new evening timeslot before Slapshot, on the
reading of the rules to set the tone for this festive trivia
contest. Continuing the GM's tradition, several of
the night's categories were based on other games played at WBC. As
in prior years, a good showing on several puzzles proved sufficient
Puzzle 1 categories: U.S. National Parks; Heisman Trophy Winners
from 1960 forward; Woody Allen Film Titles; U.S. Army 4-star
Generals 1900-1954; and Jethro Tull album titles across the letters
A, C, P, S and T. Ted Drozd led the pack with
13 correct answers, hotly followed by former champion Richard
Meyer with 12. Facts in 5 expert (and former
GM) Richard Irving managed to get nine correct.
Puzzle 2 improved Irving's score considerably when he managed
17 correct answers in the categories: Canada Provinces or capitals;
James Bond movie Titles; Mexican States; Bridges in or to New
York City and Civil Air Patrol Phonetic Alphabet on the letters
C, M, O, Q and T. Your GM was extremely proud of incorporating
a Q into a puzzle! Defending champ Paul Bean
tied Irving's 17, sharing the honors for high score of the night.
Irving did it again in Puzzle 3 where he knew 16 of the following:
Films winning both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Film;
Shakespeare plays; Seas; Current N.H.L. Team Nicknames and Polar
Explorers on letters A, C, L, M and P. But Rich Meyer
was hot on his heals with a 14. At this point, Irving led Meyers
in total score by just two points.
Meyers was joined at the top in Puzzle 4 by Rob Winslow with
both scoring 13 in categories: Dickens Novels; German Battleships;
Beatles' White Album Song Titles; U.S. Constitution Signers;
and 2008 N.A.T.O. Nations (B, D, G, H, P). The Beatles
category stymied Irving, while Winslow was the only one to know
all the NATO nations.
Meyer only needed to tie Irving in the last puzzle to win,
which sought: Old Testament Books; Sondheim major stage works;
song titles on Who's Tommy; James Bond villains; and female U.S.
Senators (C, D, G, M and S). Amazingly, Meyer could
remember four Bond villains and Sweeney Todd and Micah and Cousin
Kevin, but could not remember the Bible begins with the book
of Genesis or that Hillary Clinton is a senator! Still,
he squeaked out a 12, which edged Irving's 11. Final
scores were Richard Meyer 65, Richard Irving 62, Ted Drozd 59,
David Burkey 53, Francis Spencer 52, and Rob Winslow 51.