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The 31st Semi-Annual Williams College Trivia Contest, December, 1981
- (12:00) Superiors —
Listed were 136 underlings, from various realms of trivia. Teams had to
fill in the boss each flunky was subservient to.
- (4 AM) 1970s Death Audio
MP3 Posted November, 2009, only 28 years later!
— "This contest is best remembered for Charlie Singer's brilliant
music superbonus, done in a form since imitated many times: a 300
second tape sampling 100 songs of the 70's — teams were to
identify the songs and artists (I remember that one team got 98 of them
right; people had the hardest time with the last sample — the
closing gong from "Knights in White Satin")." It was assembled in the
days of reel-to-reel technology. Charlie spent something like 20 hours
in the WCFM studio grafting together little 2- and 4-inch slivers of
- Movie Photos (answers only) — Thirty still shots from various films were presented (plus an extra credit photo), and obviously, teams had to name the movies.
- Advertising Music Licensing — A 30-question bonus on the previously-popular songs that ad agencies rework to sell their sundry products. The two sections were "we give you the product, you give us the song," and vice versa.
- The Beatles
- Pitching — Twenty questions, every one about baseball pitchers and their glorious— or ghastly— deeds.
- Marlon Brando — Questions about Hollywood's, ahem, biggest star.
- Gilligan's Island — After getting the obligatory "give us their full names" question out of the way, another 18 questions about the absolutely deserted, uncharted island, and all those people that came through it week after week.
- Flight in Comics — Listing 25 different characters, the question for each was the same: what makes this person fly?