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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On Jan. 21, 1789, the novel “The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature” by William Hill Brown – thought to be the first American novel – was first published in what city?
  2. Can yodeling trigger an avalanche?
  3. To make sugar on snow, to what stage is maple syrup boiled: thread, soft ball or hard crack?
  4. On Jan. 22, 2021, what pro baseball player died who had ended his career with 755 home runs?
  5. Years ago, where in Massachusetts would you have found the wooden roller coaster called the Cyclone, which was once the tallest roller coaster ever built?
  6. What mythical winged horse was Mobil’s trademark?
  7. January 23 is National Pie Day; what two flavors predominate in grasshopper pie?
  8. Why was the Baltimore NFL team named the Ravens?
  9. Historically, what ingredient separated Boston baked beans from other baked beans?
  10. On Jan. 24, 1848, gold was discovered in El Dorado County in what state?
  11. What novel set in Salem, Mass., has a first chapter titled “The Old Pyncheon Family”?
  12. Why are the Olympics held every four years?
  13. What is the largest National Park in the continental United States?
  14. On Jan. 25, 1961, what dog-centric film was released in the USA?
  15. When did the first commercial rice cooker for home use debut: 1933, 1945 or 1962?
  16. On Jan. 26, 1802, what group created one room for all government books and established the oldest U.S. Joint Committee, the Joint Committee on the Library?
  17. How do frogs hibernate in winter?
  18. How are Auric Goldfinger, Baby Jane Hudson and Cruella De Vil similar?
  19. How many children did Paul Revere have: four, eight or 16?
  20. On Jan. 27, 1813, what book by Jane Austen with the characters Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy was published?
  1. Boston
  2. No
  3. Soft ball
  4. Hank Aaron
  5. Revere Beach
  6. Pegasus
  7. Mint and chocolate
  8. “The Raven” is the name of a poem by Boston native Edgar Allan Poe, who died in Baltimore.
  9. Molasses
  10. California (the first California gold claim to be endorsed by the President, James Polk)
  11. “The House of the Seven Gables” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  12. Because the ancient games at Olympia, Greece, were held every four years.
  13. Death Valley
  14. “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”
  15. 1945
  16. The U.S. Congress
  17. Many go below water in ponds and obtain oxygen through the skin
  18. They are film villains.
  19. 16
  20. “Pride and Prejudice”

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