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Trivia Challenge

  1. On April 29, 1899, what bandleader was born whose theme song became “Take the “A” Train”?
  2. What must an appliance have to be considered a rotisserie?
  3. On April 30, 1844, what young man accidently set fire to the Concord Woods?
  4. What is the nickname of the right field foul pole in Fenway Park?
  5. May 1 is May Day; in the 1800s who wrote a children’s book called “Jack and Jill: A Village Story” with a chapter called “May Baskets”?
  6. What is the state flower of Massachusetts?
  7. What Salem, Mass., native wrote the short story “The May-Pole of Merry Mount,” which was published in “Twice-Told Tales” in 1837?
  8. What is a pinsetter?
  9. On May 2, 2005, what play about spelling opened on Broadway?
  10. The world’s oldest identified plant is a Great Basin bristlecone pine in what U.S. state?
  11. What puppet lives in a trash can?
  12. What fictional character is a news director on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and, in a spinoff of that show, a city editor of the fictional Los Angeles Tribune?
  13. May 3 is World Press Freedom Day; what constitutional amendment protects freedom of the press?
  14. What fictional character resides in Metropolis and is a journalist for the Daily Planet?
  15. What 1941 film is about the life of fictional newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane?
  16. What bay is the song “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” about?
  17. On May 4, 1780, what state founded the American Academy of Arts and Sciences?
  18. What online encyclopedia’s name includes a Hawaiian word for quick?
  19. What two words were used to create name of the meat product spam?
  20. May 5 is Cinco de Mayo; what event does the holiday commemorate?
  1. Duke Ellington
  2. A spit
  3. Henry David Thoreau
  4. “The Pesky Pole” (named after shortstop Johnny Pesky)
  5. Louisa May Alcott
  6. Mayflower (trailing arbutus)
  7. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. An automated device (or person) for that arranges bowling pins and returns balls
  9. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
  10. California
  11. Oscar the Grouch
  12. Lou Grant
  13. The first
  14. Clark Kent (Superman)
  15. “Citizen Kane”
  16. San Francisco Bay
  17. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  18. Wikipedia (wiki)
  19. Spice and ham
  20. The 1862 Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war

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