This coming weekend, I’ll participate in The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM. As per tradition, this week is filled with idle reminiscing about memorable answers in past years. Or rather, in past year. Every one of these answers figured in the 2016 edition of the contest.

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While The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM is dominated by the kind of topics that would be immediately recognizable and comfortable to anyone who has spent time conjuring up answers at the quiz night at their favorite purveyor of adult beverages, there are a few peculiarities. For instance, I’m not sure how many other major trivia battles devote quite so much time to the vagaries of print advertising. But the commerce come-ons that make magazines fiscally viable — if just barely — are invoked a lot in our endeavor.

We’ve tried different methods of gathering relevant print ad Trivia fodder over the years, including, for a time, heading to the local Barnes & Noble to raid their magazine shelves and feverish take notes on the material is as many titles as we could, trying to stay at least one step ahead of irritated staff members asking us, “Are you going to buy any of those?”

We write things down so we don’t have to remember things. That’s how our contest works. So when a question came across the speakers last year, urging players to call up and identify the television show once promoted in print advertising with the phrase “Skate. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.,” I immediately assumed it would require skillful web-hunting to retrieve the answer. Instead, someone around our assembled tables announced we had it.

There it was, in six-year-old notes: Zeke and Luther. Like yesterday’s “Trivia Answer of the Day,” the question wasn’t worth a dazzling amount of points. But having long-gone effort paying off in an answer held its own satisfaction.

 

More info about 90FM’s Trivia can be found at its official website or at the radio station’s online home. There’s also a feature documentary about the contest, but it’s fairly hard to come by these days. To see how my team is faring over the weekend, Twitter is probably the best bet.

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