Order round results & Map round posted

Team Tyrol from Jackson handily won this round with 17 out of 21 possible points. It was a tough outing for lots of you. Overall Madison's Logix is holding onto their lead after the Order Round and Jackson's Boarder Patrol stays in second. We have a new contender on the Board from Madison in the third position. Welcome to Silver Lake Literary and Shepard's Pie SocietyAll standings are up.

The Order Round is always a tricky one. Here is the correct order for each:

Put these athletes in order from tallest to shortest.

  • Zdeno Chara is 6' 9"
  • Jayson Tatum is 6' 8"
  • Chris Sale is 6' 6"
  • Jared Stridham stands 6' 3"

Put these events in order from earliest to latest.

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion 4/17/1961
  • John Glen, first man in orbit 2/20/1962
  • Kennedy Assassination 11/22/196
  • Beatles on Ed Sullivan 2/09/1964

[Put these events in order from earliest to latest.] This was an error. When I copied over the question, I forgot to change this. It should have asked for the books in order of publication. I will give credit for the events too.

  • The Hobbit 1937
  • Fellowship of the Rings 7/1954
  • Two Towers 11/1954
  • Return of the King 1955

Put these places in order from largest to smallest.

  • Maine 35,385 sq miles
  • Denmark 16,577
  • Sicily 9927
  • Lake Ontario 7320

Put these island chains in order (all of them) from most to least.

  • British Isles 6289
  • Thousand Islands 1884
  • Florida Keys 1700
  • Aleutian Islands 300

Next up is the Map Round due tomorrow 5/7 by 7pm.

Picture Round Answers

I had an email in the middle of the night challenging either my understanding of doctrine or my counting or both on yesterday's answers. The charge was that bearing false witness against a neighbor would violate the eighth commandment and not the ninth. Being the well-trained librarian I am I went straight to the library databases to settle the issue. I searched in Ebsco's MasterFILE Premier, my favorite one for general knowledge for popular consumption. What do you know? The magazine U.S. Catholic had published a whole article. It turns out that "different religious traditions divide the seventeen verses of Exodus 20:1–17 and their parallels in Deuteronomy 5:4–21 into ten "commandments" or "sayings" in different ways... Some suggest that the number ten is a choice to aid memorization rather than a matter of theology." (Thanks for the handy quote, Wikipedia.) SO, since I did not specify which tradition I was asking about, I amended the scores for the Numbers Round to give you a point for identifying either eight or nine as the commandment against bearing false witness.

I thought I would turn up the heat on the Music Round - due tomorrow by 7pm, kiddos! As usual the standings are posted, but I haven't finished awarding all the half points so they are not final.

Here are the answers for the Picture Round:

Mr. Bigglesworth or Ted Nude-gent

Mr. Bigglesworth. If anyone had known the cat-actor's name is Ted Nude-gent, I would have given you an extra half point... and then asked for your friendship.




Bobcat or Lynx

This cutie gave me some trouble. I was looking for Bobcat but upon reflection and research, I think I have to settle for Lynx as well.

Kitty Kelley

Kitty Kelley



Mr. Mistoffelees

Mr. Mistoffelees. It's clear to me that the poor reviews of the recent movie reached us here in the Valley. For what it's worth, I enjoyed it but I knew what to expect. If you were looking for a movie, you would have been disappointed. It's an interpretation of the musical. I gave a half point for any Cats reference.

JinxyJinxy from Meet the Parents

Stimpy Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy.... Happy Happy Joy Joy

Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat Goldthwait. Lots of teams guessed Cat Stevens which I wish I had thought of. Lyrics would have been a great clue.

Villanova Wildcats

Villanova Wildcats. Half point awarded for half an answer.

Kitty Carlisle

Kitty Carlisle

Shere Khan
Shere Khan

Simon's Cat If you are one of the 3 teams who got Simon's Cat you should be very proud. One just answered Simon. Half an answer gets half a point. If you have never watched Simon's Cat, I encourage you to do so. You'll be the hippest in your hood.


This is another that caused some trouble. The answer is Bobcat or anything that includes that. Caterpillar was not accepted as they are totally different companies.



Catnip or Catmint

Catnip or Catmint. Since catnip is in the mint family, I gave half a point. Funny story, though, I once mistook it for mint and served pitcher after pitcher of it at a party. It didn't matter much after the first one.

Round Two with round one answers

Jackson Library Trivia reigning champs, Border Patrol, swept this round. I am most impressed they knew about the 13-Story Treehouse, one of my kids' favorite series. Breathing down their necks are Logix in 2nd and Silver Lake Literary and Shepard's Pie Society 3rd place.

We had one team drop out 10 no-shows! It was a beautiful day so I understand. If you missed this round, I hope you'll rejoin. The final round can change everything.

All the team standings have been updated on the Town Battle Trivia page and answers to this round are below. It's time to bear down too, because the Local Bookie offered a couple prizes today. I'm working on a nice grand prize - up go the stakes.

Round two is the picture round - You learned something about picture rounds in the Warm-Up... remember? Answers are due tomorrow at 7pm.

Numbers Round answers:

  • “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” is the Ninth commandment.
  • Suicide Six is the Vermont ski area located near Woodstock.
  • The GIECO gecko says "15 minutes could save you 15% on car insurance."
  • The 13-Story Treehouse is the first book in a popular series by Terry Denton & Andy Griffiths.
  • Twelfth Night, or As You Like It is the  Shakespearean romantic comedy about two shipwrecked twins and arguably his best play ever. Don't miss the wonderful movie version with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh - I'm ashamed to discover JPL doesn't have it.
  • There are eight Beatitudes and I hope I am not the only person who had to look up what that is.
  • Celtics great Bob Cousy’s wore uniform number 14. I thought a Bob Cousy is the sleeve that keeps my beverage cold. See how much you learn in trivia?
  • Tom Brady wore the 10 in college.
  • The atomic number of Nitrogen is seven.
  • In one of the best scenes in cinematic history - and judging from the number of you that got it correct, I am not the only person who thinks so - Spinal Tap turns their amps to 11.
  • You would take US route four to drive from East Greenbush, NY to Portsmouth NH.
  • The first amendment guarantees us freedom of speech.
  • There are two moons orbiting Mars.
  • Five for Fighting sings the songs 100 Years and Superman. I gave the point if you answered Maroon Five since they are basically the same band anyway... also the number is the same and sometimes we are right for the wrong reason, right?
  • The DC-3 was the propeller​-driven ​​airliner​ which had a lasting effect on the​​ airline Industry and was initially used in the 1930s/1940s and ​​World War II​. Built by Douglas.
  • It's a myth that George Washington had wooden teeth so the correct answer here was zero. It's true too, I looked it up. Again with the learning.

Warm-Up Answers & Round 1

Impressive showing from Jackson's ABC123 team with nine correct answers out of ten. It would have been a perfect score but for the fact that Boy George aka George O'Dowd played in the band Culture Club and I wanted the band name. Don't take it too hard, friends, it doesn't count toward the final scoring. The leaderboard is online along with a link to the next round.

We have an extraordinary 37 teams signed up, which is far more than I imagined and so exciting. I hope this activity will help with our missing sense of community. White Birch Books has generously donated a prize for the winning team and a prize for the winning library. Any other prize donations out there would be gratefully accepted.

I know you are dying to know so here are the answers to the Warm Up Round:

  • What superhero does Mr. Benny Krupp become when hypnotized?
    • Captain Underpants
  • What is the name of the rat in Charlotte's Web?
    • Templeton
  • How did Georgie Porgie make the girls cry?
    • He kissed them, naturally!
  • Rebecca De Mornay
    • Rebecca De Mornay
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
    • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Rebecca Lobo
    • Rebecca Lobo
  • Rebecca Hall
    • Rebecca Hall
  • Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of what band?
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Chris Martin is the lead singer of what band?
    • Coldplay
  • George O’Dowd is the lead singer of what band?
    • Culture Club (Yes, his stage name is Boy George, but that's not the band name!)

Now, the moment we have all been waiting for *drum roll*... Round One is the Numbers Round! Answers are numbers 0-15, none are repeated and they are worth one point each. The window to answer will slam shut at 7pm tomorrow night Sunday May 3rd. Good luck!


A digital gift to you

Most of you know that we have been working hard over the last weeks to re-organize the library in order to bring you services while still keeping everyone safe. One of the things we have done is invested a bit more in what we are offering via Overdrive, our downloadable book service.Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang now available in Overdrive

Digital books are pricey, usually between $60 and $80 per copy. And even those are often 'metered' meaning they expire after a certain amount of time or certain number of check-outs so it's usually tricky to justify buying them over paper.  When I buy them, though, they are for the exclusive use of Jackson card holders.

In order to stretch our dollars as far as possible, I have been running lots of reports to see what Jackson patrons have on hold in Overdrive, and then buying those titles. When I do that, Jackson folks are boosted to the top of the hold list. I've also been watching sales closely and buying titles at a deep discount. This month it is children's material.

I hope this small offering can help keep your your social distance a bit less lonely. As always, I am here to answer any questions you may have.


jacksonlibrary.org gets new togs

Since everything is different anyway, I figured now was the right time to launch a new website! I’ve been threatening it for years, yes years. Also, the website host we have been using is shuttering. He warned me months ago and then emailed me last week to ask me politely when I would be moving my website. I protested that I had until April! *awkward pause*

Long story short…. we have a new website – Surprise! We’ll be improving it as time goes on and then again when we are able to reopen. Thank you for your ongoing kindness and patience.