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"Elvis Needs Boats"

The 59th Semi-Annual Williams College Trivia Contest December, 1995



  1. (12:00): 7x7 (Scavenger Hunt) -- A matrix of 49 blanks, each representing a single word, formed a question. Seven equations, with between 5 and 13 variables, provided phone numbers. Recorded instructions on these extensions led players to locations around campus by which they might piece together the missing words of the Super Question, and solve it. Except for evidence of poor innocents being phoned at 3 AM by teams that hadn't quite managed 100% accuracy on the equations, this intricate little devil challenged the typical trivia mentality of ordered chaos.
  2. (4 AM): Bad Taste


  1. (12:00): Literature (partial answers)
  2. (1 AM): Comic Books (questions only)
  3. (2 AM): Heaven and Hell audio
  4. (3 AM): Internet
  5. (4 AM): Potent Potables -- Murky vials of odd-smelling, brackish mystery. As each cap was removed, teams wondered: would the liquid within be a zesty taste sensation-- or would it remove those hard-to-get-out stains? (actually, all the liquids were safely drinkable, though several flavors put that to the test) Only the alchemists of Elvis knew for sure.
  6. (5 AM): Time Travel
  7. (6 AM): Atari Games Audio (answers only)
  8. (7 AM): Lists -- Anal? Well, as Annie Hall said, that's the polite way of saying it. 385 -- three hundred and eighty-five-- ONE ANSWER EVERY 9.3 SECONDS!-- blank slots on 18 lists. Yow! Elvis gleefully ignored the words of their namesake-- "Don't be cruel."


  1. Come down and do Scooby-Doo featuring Fox Muldur and Dana Scully
  2. Come down and perform either "Annie" or "Fiddler on the Roof" as directed by Quentin Tarantino.
  3. Come down and stage a fight to the death between two PBS characters
  4. Come down and show us what happens when a Williams a capella group lands on Gilligan's Island
  5. Come down and re-enact a headline from the Weekly World News
  6. Come down and do either Hannibal Lecter meets Yakko, Wakko, and Dot or McDonaldLand Mortal Kombat
  7. Come down and recreate the Reverend Jim gets his license scene from "Taxi" or show us William S. Burrows at the DMV