What kind of shape is your trivia knowledge in?

News-DemocratMay 4, 2014 

Contestants squared off recently in a battle of the minds during St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises' trivia night.

In fact, squares made up one entire category during the 11th annual affair. What 1980 film is named for Kubla Khan's legendary square-shaped capital? ("Xanadu") What president gave us the Square Deal as his domestic program? (Theodore Roosevelt) What St. Louis native ran Twitter and then developed Square Inc.? (Jack Dorsey)

Also keeping trivia-lovers' in square were plenty of questions on famous parents, Greek letters, TV -- even a quiz about quiz shows.

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1. Cartoon lovers recently marked the 115th birthday of Walter Lantz. Which animated character did he create in 1940?

2. Which Kurt Vonnegut novel is named for the popular game played with string that physicist Felix Hoenikker was playing when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima?

3. In what 1960s drama would the lead spies take their orders from a character they called Mother?

4. In 1976, who became the first female co-host on a network evening news program?

5. What well-known fraternal organization uses a carpenter's square and two compasses joined together as its symbol?

6. What kind of radiation was Bruce Banner exposed to that turned him into the Hulk?

7. Who was the father of the literary characters Biff and Happy?

8. What game-show host was Betty White once married to and what game is he most famous for emceeing?

9. Jupiter has the Great Red Spot, but what planet has The Great White Spot? The Great Dark Spot?

10. At age 13, who became the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum with her "Voice of an Angel" album?

11. Although she lived back in the 1700s, Mary Wollstonecraft is known as a mother of modern feminism. What horror classic did her daughter write?

12. Whom did Majority Leader Mike Mansfield pick to chair the Senate Watergate Committee?

13. On "Seinfeld," who was the actress who couldn't "spare a square" of toilet tissue for Elaine in the women's restroom. She now stars in ABC's "The Neighbors."

14. What famous person is symbolized by superimposing the Greek letters chi and rho -- a capital P over a capital X?

15. It's the name of a popular avenue in St. Louis -- and the Father of Geometry.

16. Robert Redford's 1994 movie "Quiz Show" is based on the real scandal uncovered on what 1950s game show?

17. What is the world's largest single structure made of living organisms, stretching more than 1,400 miles?

18. What's the only extraterrestrial planet mentioned in Elton John's hit song "Rocket Man"?

19. What Polish hero of the American Revolutionary War is known as the father of the American cavalry?

20. Which of King Henry VIII's wives gave birth to the king who would succeed her husband?


1. Woody Woodpecker. Lantz reportedly got the idea of the annoying bird from a woodpecker that irritated him on his wedding night.

2. "Cat's Cradle"

3. "The Avengers"

4. Harry Reasoner didn't like it, but Barbara Walters joined him from 1976 to 1978.

5. Freemasonry

6. Sing along now: "Dr. Banner, belted by gamma rays, turned into the Hulk, ain't he unglamo-rays?"

7. Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman"

8. Allen Ludden of "Password"

9. Saturn has the Great White Spot; Neptune, the Great Dark Spot.

10. Charlotte Church

11. Mary Shelley published "Frankenstein" the year Illinois became a state -- 1818.

12. Sam Ervin

13. Jami Gertz

14. Jesus Christ

15. Euclid

16. Howard Stempel and Charles Van Doren were fed answers on "Twenty-One."

17. Great Barrier Reef off Australia

18. "Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids ... "

19. Casimir Pulaski

20. Jane Seymour gave birth to King Edward VI -- and then died 12 days later from medical complications.

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