facts in five  

Updated 11/21/2010

2010 WBC Report    

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Richard Meyer, MA

2009-10 Champion

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Event History

Year  Champion         Total
1993  Luke Kratz          23
1994  Eric Olin           25
1995  Chuck Foster        24
1996  Luke Kratz          25
1997  Stephanie Greenwood 19
1998  Caleb Cousins       29
1999  Shantanu Saha       17
2000  Randy Cox           31
2001  Aaron Silverman     34
2002  Doug Hoylman        48
2003  Aaron Silverman     43
2004  Doug Hoylman        31
2005  Sean McCulloch      40
2006  Rich Meyer          37
2007  Winton LeMoine      43
2008  Paul Bean           36
2009  Richard Meyer       50
2010  Richard Meyer       35

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Richard Meyer      MA    10     72
  2.  Richard Irving     CA    10     46
  3.  Aaron Silverman    FL    03     44
  4.  Doug Hoylman       MD    04     42
  5.  Paul Bean          MA    08     40
  6.  Randy Cox          SC    03     31
  7.  Ted Drozd          IL    10     28
  8.  Winton LeMoine     CA    07     28
  9.  Eric Brosius       MA    08     26
 10.  Shantanu Saha      NY    10     24
 11.  Pitt Crandlemire   MA    02     24
 12.  Rob Winslow        NY    10     20
 13.  Sean McCulloch     OH    05     20
 14.  Francis Spencer    MD    09     14
 15.  Roderick Lee       CA    07     14
 16.  Natalie Beach      MD    10     12
 17.  Steve Cameron      PA    00     12
 18.  Matt Amitrano      VA    08      8
 19.  Debbie Bell        MD    01      8
 20.  Caleb Cousins      ME    01      8
 21.  Sean Cousins       ME    01      8
 22.  James Hopkin       CA    00      8
 23.  Stephany Greenwood MD    99      8
 24.  Dave Burkey        PA    09      6
 25.  Ed Kendrick        uk    08      6
 26.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    05      6
 27.  Roy Pettis         VA    03      6
 28.  Ted Simmons        NJ    07      4
 29.  Jason Arvey        VA    06      4
 30.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    05      4
 31.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    05      4
 32.  Luke Kratz         ID    04      4
 33.  Donna Balkan       on    01      4
 34.  Andy Maly          MD    99      4
 35.  Gordon Elgart      CA    02      1

2010 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists 

Natalie Beach, MD

Ted Drozd, IL

Rob Winslow, NY

Shantanu Saha, NJ

Richard Irving, CA

Past Winners

Luke Kratz, ID
1993, 1996

Eric Olin, CT

Chuck Foster, TX

Stephanie Greenwood, MD

Caleb Cousins, ME

Shantanu Saha, NY

Randy Cox, SC

Aaron Silverman, NJ
2001, 2003

Doug Hoylman, MD
2002, 2004

Sean McCulloch, OH

Rich Meyer, MA
2006, 2009-10

Winton LeMoine, CA

Paul Bean, MA


Hey, I came here to get away from school and tests.

Eyes on your own papers, please.

A Real Trivial Pursuit

Despite a 30% reduction in players perhaps due to an earlier starting time than usual, a wide array of players pitted their sleep-deprived recollections against a wide range of trivia once again. After the annual hilarity of the rules announcement, contestants got down to puzzle solving. As always, the G.M. provided the total possible correct answers and kicked off the evening with the easiest puzzle.

The first round had 63 possible answers in the categories: Stephen King Books pre-2000; pavilions in EPCOT; TONY Award Best Musicals; Pixar Movies Pre 2010; and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices across the letters C, F, M, T and R/U. In a new twist this year, the G.M. permitted a correct answer to begin with either R or U. Reigning champ Rich Meyer was joined by perennial challenger Ted Drozd and Roy Pettis with scores of 14. Five players were close behind with 12 correct answers including Natalie Beach, who alone provided several correct answers for some tough squares, still earning only one point per block, but garnering much respect in the process.

The second puzzle saw former GM and frequent contender Richard Irving make his move to the top of the pack with a score of 13 in the categories: Mayors of New York City post-1900; George Clooney movies; Rivers in Britain ending in the North Sea; Names of Popes and Gettysburg Generals (either side) across the letters B, G, H, O/S and T/W. He was closely followed by Shantanu Saha and Gregory Schmittgens, who each scored 11. Saha was only one of two people who remembered Mayor Wagner.

Puzzle 3 proved easier. Categories were: Appollo astronauts who flew to the moon; U.S. Secretaries of State post-1905; Major Bahamian Islands; Political Regions of Italy and Sovereign States which are Islands across A, C, E, S and I / L. This time, Saha, Beach and Pettis led the scoring with 11 correct answers each. As always, it pays to guess in Facts in Five, which helps you get answers like Australia, Long Island, Sicily, Armstrong. Fortunately, Meyer, who forgot Clinton was a Senator last year, benefitted from the experience and did recall she is Secretary of State this year.

Puzzle 4 challenged many people, but Meyer soared to the night's high score of 16. Categories were: Artists or Groups at Woodstock (first names allowed); U.S. Secretaries of Defense; Band members in Yes (Jon Anderson); U.S. Military Ranks and Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) Album Titles across A, B, M, R and W.

When the tests had been graded, Rich Meyer had successfully defended his title with 43 correct answers edging out Natalie Beach at 42, and Ted Drozd and Rob Winslow with 41 each to become the first three-time champ.

The G.M. appreciated the many supportive comments and offers for help finding new categories. One contestant asked why there were no sports categories such as "pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals". Since there are not less than 67 pitchers starting with the letter B, it would take at least 15 minutes just to read the more than 200 correct possible answers for that single category. This is a hard game to play. It is a much harder game to G.M. and find five categories with a limited number of answers but a sufficient amount to correlate with four others alphabetically.

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