The answers to the final round:
Q: What is a mixture of 75% potassium nitrate, 15% charcoal and 10% sulfur?
Q: What is the 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean was both justified and inevitable?
A: Manifest Destiny.
Q: Sonic, Sega's iconic main character, is what kind of animal?
The final standings are all posted on our Trivia page. I want to thank all the teams for your participation and patience. We are separate by necessity, but isolation is a choice and hosting trivia certainly reminded me of the vibrant community I live in. I hope it did the same for you. And without further ado... drum roll please...
- Our overall third place winner is: Chinook Trailers! They win a $10 gift certificate and private shopping spree at The Local Bookie in Conway!
- In second place is: The Trivia Twerps representing North Conway Public Library! They win a gift certificate $25 to White Birch Books, reopening soon or shop online!
- And in first place for with outstanding participation and consistently the highest number of correct answers is Jackson's own: Border Patrol! They win a socially distanced sunset cruise on Silver Lake this summer provided by my friend and yours Clay Groves of The Fish Nerds!
As you know, I had some trouble figuring out how to fairly score the winning Library. My original intent was straight points, but with such a big variation between each Library's number of teams, average score seemed to be a bit more fair. I decided to award both. Their teams won North Conway Public Library 479 total points and the teams playing for the Fryeburg Public Library had the highest average points at 75. They will both get a hardcover book of their choice with a bookplate inside listing their team names!
I will be in touch with all the winners. These three businesses generously donated these prizes to our little game: White Birch Books, The Local Bookie, and The Fish Nerds Guide Service. Please support them in return! They are all owned by incredible community members and friends.
Tamworth Library's beloved Chinook Trailers swept the the Pyramid Round with a perfect score. Right behind them was Jaybird, also representing Tamworth, and our own Border Patrol. The rest of you should be very proud and if I ever get a chance to name a motorcycle, you are my first call. Here are my favorites: Superhawk, Hawk Wing, Roadhawk, Silverhawk, and Skyhawk. Aren't those wonderful!?
The Pyramid Round was a hawk theme, but I did not accept simply 'hawk' for any of the answers. You know me better than that by now, friends! Here are the answers:
Q: American alternative country and country rock band whose biggest songs are Waiting for the Sun and Blue? (Five points)
A: The Jayhawks
That was a really hard question. If you're one of the five teams who answered correctly, I tip my hat to you.
Q: What pro sports team plays at the State Farm Arena? (Three points)
A: Atlanta Hawks
Q: What is the Iowa State University nickname? (Three points)
Eagle-eyed Border Patrol pointed out that actually the mascot of Iowa State is The Cyclones and it's actually the University of Iowa who are the Hawkeyes. Indignant, I looked into it and, GASP, they are correct. I accepted both answers... though no one put Cyclones either. I am ashamed.
A: Hawkeyes OR Cyclones
A: This handsome fellow is a Nighthawk.
A: This handsome fellow is Ethan Hawke.
A: This handsome fellow is a Red Tailed Hawk.
Q: American retired pro skateboarder? (One point)
A: Tony Hawk. Puts me right back to my Gleaming the Cube days... if only I weren't so scared to actually learn to ride one. I hate pain.
A: Honda Nighthawk. Mine was a 750cc. It was way too big for me. I had to wear high heeled boots to reach the ground and balance it. I loved that ride, though.
Q: What is a single-handled axe resembling a hatchet? (One point)
Q: English theoretical physicist? (One point)
A: Stephen Hawking.
And with that, we close our week of trivia. If you were one of the winners, I will be in touch privately. Thanks to everyone for playing!