Q: Use 1-3 of these words correctly in a sentence: chicanery, burgeon, astute (judged on a 1-5 scale with one point for each word used correctly and two possible points for style).
Q: Which of these words means "timepiece"?
Q: Of the words testaceous, horniculate, and acuminate, one means "pointed," one means "hard-shelled," and one is made up. Which is which?
Q: Of the words ditrentic, biduous, and autarkic, one means "two-day long," one means "self-sufficient," and one is made up. Which is which?
Q: Words that sound obscene but aren't: which word is a type of kitchen knife?
Q: Words that sound obscene but aren't: which word means the metal covering of a rocket or aircraft?
Q: Using the letters in "THEATERS," give me a four-letter word for a type of bird. A five-letter word for "laconic"? A six-letter word for an English or Irish dog?
Q: Using the letters in "SAINT PATRICK," please construct a four-letter word for "treaty." A five-letter word for "a short job or period of work"? A six-letter word for "winter coats"?
Q: During my life I have used 230 total candles on my birthday cakes (assuming one cake on every actual birthday); one for each year, plus one extra each year for good luck. How old am I?
Q: Sammy has a bag of french fries, 13 of which are fresh and 7 of which are rotten. If Sammy grabs 3 french fries from the bag at random, what is the probability that all 3 are rotten?
Q: What is your mom's age when she had you, plus your age, divided by your mom's age now, minus your mom's age to the 0th power?
Q: You have 1000 friends. 400 of them like The Jonas Brothers. 300 of them like Miley Cyrus. 500 of them like Nine Inch Nails. 800 of them like A-Ha. What is the largest possible number of your friends who could like both Miley Cyrus and Nine Inch Nails but NOT like either of The Jonas Brother or A-Ha?
Q: As President, you just passed a $7 trillion stimulus package. 20% of the package is for public works, 30% of the package is for healthcare, 40% of the package is for education, 5% is for energy and 5% is for finance. Half of the public works, energy and finance money will go to needless pork, one third of the healthcare money will go to needless pork, and three-quarters of the education money will go to needless pork. How much money will NOT go to needless pork?
Q: You're flying an airplane that will work properly as long as fewer than 100 pounds of bird have crashed into its motors. Suddenly, a 15 pound crashes into its motors. Then a 14 pound bird. Then a 13 pound bird and so on. Assuming this pattern continues, which is the bird that causes the plane to go down (ie "the first bird"? "the second bird"? etc)?
Q: If there is a 1 in 10 chance you’ll be fatally run over by the A train, and a one in 5 chance you’ll be fatally stabbed in front of your local bodega, what are the chances that you will EITHER be fatally hit by the A train OR be stabbed to death?
Q: You have slept with 19 people. You told your mother you have slept with only 3. You told some people in a bar you have slept with 35. When you went in for an AIDS test, you decided only to count things that have happened since your last AIDS test, so you put down the number as 16. By how much is the average of your lies off from the truth?
Q: Name as many state capitals as you can that begin with the letter "M." (Three possible points)
Q: The shortest sea route between England and mainland Europe is between Calais, France, and what English port?
Q: After Irish and English, which is the most widely spoken language in Ireland?
Q: City Geography: What NY landmark is located on Central Park West at 79th Street?
Q: Demonyms: What do you call a person from Barbados? (i.e., a person from Uganda is a "Ugandan," but a person from Burkina Faso is a "Burkinabe.")
Q: Anagram: What country can be spelled by rearranging the letters in "MEAT IN TRUNKS"?
Q: Domain Extensions: To what country does the .eg extension belong?
Q: Using the whiteboard, please draw Argentina and label its capital.
Q: Using the whiteboard, please draw the flag of Puerto Rico.
Team Trivia consists of two rounds of 25 questions each, plus one bonus question at the end, the answer to which is usually in the form of a list. The questions may be on any topic, but we try to have a mix of current events, academic, and pop cultural topics. While the questions below are actual questions from previous games, the questions generally come in themed groups of five.
Q: What is the rarest blood type?
Q: Who is the only New Yorker to sign the Constitution?
Q: Name the first and last stops on the 5 train.
Q: Who was Thomas Jefferson’s second vice-president, who shares a name with an American musician who is the principal architect of P-Funk?
Q: Barack Obama has won two Grammy awards. In what category?
Q: What are the only two nations in the world whose names begin with the letter Z?
Q: What Middle Eastern country’s name includes the name of its first ruler?
Q: What distance can an average healthy slug cover in one day, to the nearest 10 yards?
Q: How many pairs of legs does a shrimp have?
Q: Where on the human face is the muscle known as the corrugator?
Q: What part of the human body is the axilla?
Q: What was the name of the actress who played “Blossom” on the early 1990s sitcom of the same name?
Q: What recording artist described love as a "battlefield"? A "cannibal"? A "contact sport"?
Q: What shortbread cookie is named for the heroine of a 19th century English novel?
Q: In the Beatles song “Taxman,” what does the taxman threaten to tax should you take a walk?
Q: In the 1840 presidential campaign, whom did Martin Van malign as "a man who wore corsets, put cologne on his whiskers, slept on French beds, rode in a British coach, and ate with golden spoons from silver plates"?
Sample Bonus Question: When Baskin-Robbins first opened, it offered 21 flavors of ice cream. Name as many of them as possible. You may not take more than 21 guesses.