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$2,000 - Question 6
What legendary woman is said to have committed suicide by allowing a poisonous snake to bite her?
A: Lady Guinevere
B: Helen of Troy
C: Cleopatra
D: Mary Magdalene

$4,000 - Question 7
A cowcatcher is a metal grill that is commonly found on the front of what type of vehicle?
A: Sailboat
B: Sports car
C: Motorcycle
D: Train

$8,000 - Question 8
What major artery, located in the upper arm, is commonly monitored to check a person's blood pressure?
A: Iliac
B: Brachial
C: Femoral
D: Carotid

$16,000 - Question 9
At 1,670 feet, Hawkeye Point is the tallest spot in what US state?
A: Alabama
B: Montana
C: Iowa
D: Maine

$25,000 - Question 10
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the son of a blacksmith, was the surprise victor in what country's 2005 presidential election?
A: Iran
B: Syria
C: Jordan
D: Pakistan ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these famous structures was built as a tomb?
A: Great Pyramid
B: Parthenon
C: Eiffel Tower
D: The Alamo

$4,000 - Question 7
The only word in English that ends with the letters "mt" is a past tense form of what verb?
A: Gleam
B: Dream
C: Transform
D: Swim

$8,000 - Question 8
The 2005 movie "Good Night, and Good Luck" takes its name from the signature signoff of what newsman?
A: Walter Winchell
B: David Brinkley
C: Edward R. Murrow
D: Walter Cronkite

$16,000 - Question 9
Which of these healthy edibles is a type of algae?
A: Kelp
B: Wheatgrass
C: Chard
D: Kale

$25,000 - Question 10
The Latin abbreviation "cf." is typically used to mean what?
A: Confidentially
B: Correction
C: Created by
D: Compare ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
The federal Witness Security Program is run by what US department?
A: Interior
B: Justice
C: Treasury
D: Labor

$4,000 - Question 7
Since the 1940s, In-Sink-Erator has been a leading brand of which of these appliances?
A: Garbage disposals
B: Microwave ovens
C: Dishwashers
D: Blenders

$8,000 - Question 8
In the Catholic Church, what is the term for the meeting held by the cardinals to elect a new pope?
A: Conclave
B: Chancery
C: Consecration
D: Colloquium

$16,000 - Question 9
Before it became a US territory, the island of Guam was ruled for centuries by what country?
A: Great Britain
B: Germany
C: France
D: Spain ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In 2005, W. Mark Felt revealed himself to be "Deep Throat," the long-anonymous source in what scandal?
A: Watergate
B: Iran-Contra
C: Whitewater
D: JFK assassination

$4,000 - Question 7
What does the "T" stand for in "TRO," the abbreviation for a type of restraining order?
A: Traditional
B: Temporary
C: Time-sensitive
D: Testimonial

$8,000 - Question 8
On Season One of "Desperate Housewives, "Gabrielle has a fling with a hunky 17-year-old who works as her what?
A: Pool cleaner
B: Dog walker
C: Gardener
D: Handyman

$16,000 - Question 9
Which of these countries lies partly in Europe and partly in Asia?
A: Greece
B: Czech Republic
C: Hungary
D: Turkey

$25,000 - Question 10
Winning numerous titles in the 1950s, Althea Gibson was groundbreaking African-American athlete in what sport?
A: Gymnastics
B: Tennis
C: Long-distance running
D: Ice skating ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Ed McMahon's 2005 book "Here's Johnny!" chronicles the TV veteran's 30 years appearing on what show?
A: Saturday Night Live
B: The Price Is Right
C: The Tonight Show
D: American Bandstand

$4,000 - Question 7
The first phase of the popular South Beach Diet requires a drastic reduction in the consumption of what nutrient?
A: Carbohydrates
B: Fats
C: Protein
D: Salt

$8,000 - Question 8
What casino game allows gamblers to make an "insurance" bet against losing to the house?
A: Craps
B: Roulette
C: Poker
D: Blackjack

$16,000 - Question 9
Petrology is the study of what natural resource?
A: Forests
B: Lakes
C: Rocks
D: Sunlight

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these popular "Peanuts" characters has rarely seen little brother named "Rerun"?
A: Snoopy
B: Linus
C: Charlie Brown
D: Pig Pen ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
A Darwinist is, by definition, a believer in what concept?
A: Communism
B: Desegregation
C: Evolution
D: Reincarnation

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these cartoon characters is a type of flightless bird?
A: Woody Woodpecker
B: Chilly Willy
C: Tweety Bird
D: Daffy Duck

$8,000 - Question 8
In 2005, what former presidential hopeful was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee?
A: Richard Gephardt
B: Wesley Clark
C: Joseph Lieberman
D: Howard Dean

$16,000 - Question 9
On the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," what is Mr. Kotter's first name?
A: Gabe
B: Arnold
C: Nate
D: Ed

$25,000 - Question 10
Commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1357, the Charles Bridge is a popular tourist spot in what European city?
A: Istanbul
B: Venice
C: Prague
D: Berlin ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Under US law, a person is usually considered a minor until her or she turns what age?
A: 12
B: 14
C: 16
D: 18

$4,000 - Question 7
Mather Point and Yavapai Point are two of the most popular overlooks at what US tourist spot?
A: Yellowstone
B: Death Valley
C: Grand Canyon
D: Mount McKinley

$8,000 - Question 8
Believed to be the first European born in the New World, Snorri Thorfinnsson was the son of parents from what country?
A: Spain
B: Iceland
C: Great Britain
D: The Netherlands

$16,000 - Question 9
What classic Broadway musical opens with a group of aspiring performers singing "God I hope I get it! I hope I get it"?
A: Follies
B: A Chorus Line
C: 42nd Street
D: Gypsy

$25,000 - Question 10
What dog breed gets its name from a German word meaning "to splash around in water"?
A: Schnauzer
B: Beagle
C: Collie
D: Poodle ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Trapezoids and parallelograms are geometric figures that each have how many sides?
A: 3
B: 4
C: 5
D: 6

$4,000 - Question 7
Prepatellar bursitis is a painful medical condition also known as "Housemaid's" what?
A: Knee
B: Thumb
C: Elbow
D: Shoulder

$8,000 - Question 8
What hip-hop star used to wear a Band-Aid on his cheek to show solidarity with his incarcerated brother?
A: 50 Cent
B: Ludacris
C: Nelly
D: Jay-Z

$16,000 - Question 9
Named for botanist William Forsyth, forsythia is an early-blooming shrub known for bearing what color flowers?
A: Yellow
B: Red
C: Blue
D: Purple

$25,000 - Question 10
Name "Uluru" by local inhabitants, Ayers Rock is a distinctive geological formation located in what country?
A: India
B: Australia
C: South Africa
D: Brazil ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
The charter for what US colony specified that it be named after the King of England who granted it?
A: New York
B: Pennsylvania
C: Georgia
D: Delaware

$4,000 - Question 7
What mode of transportation lends its name to a well-known brand of playing cards founded in 1885?
A: Scooter
B: Bicycle
C: Canoe
D: Toboggan

$8,000 - Question 8
What 1980s newsmaker's last name has become a verb meaning "to block confirmation of a political appointment"?
A: Ivan Boesky
B: C. Everett Koop
C: Robert Bork
D: Admiral John Poindexter

$16,000 - Question 9
Due to its unique natural setting, "Ithaca is gorges" is a popular slogan at what Ivy League school?
A: Cornell
B: Brown
C: Princeton
D: Dartmouth

$25,000 - Question 10
What element makes up about 70 percent of the mass of the sun?
A: Oxygen
B: Helium
C: Carbon
D: Hydrogen ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
A detail of what famous painting appears on the cover of the bestseller "The Da Vinci Code"?
A: Mona Lisa
B: Starry Night
C: American Gothic
D: The Scream

$4,000 - Question 7
By definition, what type of musical composition is meant to evoke scenes of idyllic, rural life?
A: Requiem
B: Etude
C: Pastoral
D: Fugue

$8,000 - Question 8
What day of the week is referred to as "Dies lunae" in Latin?
A: Monday
B: Tuesday
C: Wednesday
D: Thursday

$16,000 - Question 9
By definition, a cataract is what type of natural formation?
A: Ice floe
B: Deep crevice
C: Underground cavern
D: Waterfall ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In 2004, what TV host confirmed rumors that he was dating Julie Berry, a contestant he met on "Survivor: Vanuatu"?
A: Phil Keoghan
B: Ryan Seacrest
C: Jeff Probst
D: Ty Pennington

$4,000 - Question 7
A traditional English specialty, shepherd's pie consists of meat baked in a "crust" made from what hearty side dish?
A: Macaroni and cheese
B: Mashed potatoes
C: Creamed corn
D: Bread pudding

$8,000 - Question 8
What information that "'They' Don't Want You To Know About" is the subject of a controversial 2004 best-seller by Kevin Trudeau?
A: Ways to get rich
B: Alien contacts
C: Secrets about women
D: Natural cures

$16,000 - Question 9
When it redesigned its combat uniform in 2004, the US Army dropped what color from its camouflage patterns?
A: Gray
B: Black
C: Green
D: Tan

$25,000 - Question 10
"Hectopascals" and "millibars" are the units commonly used to measure what weather-related property?
A: Air pressure
B: Wind chill
C: Dew point
D: Relative humidity ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these games is traditionally played with tiles that have Chinese characters on them?
A: Backgammon
B: Parcheesi
C: Cribbage
D: Maj-jongg

$4,000 - Question 7
How many US states have the letter "X" in their names?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 3
D: 4

$8,000 - Question 8
In 2005, an edited Arabic version of what TV show debuted, starring a soda-guzzling dad named Omar and his son Badr?
A: Frazier
B: According to Jim
C: The Simpsons
D: Two and a Half Men

$16,000 - Question 9
Which of these words was originally defined as "the final shot in an archery contest"?
A: Potshot
B: Longshot
C: Upshot
D: Snapshot

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these Balkan nations was not once part of the former nation of Yugoslavia?
A: Croatia
B: Bulgaria
C: Macedonia
D: Slovenia ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
What country's royal daughter, Princess Sayako, said good-bye to palace life in 2005 in order to marry a commoner?
A: Denmark
B: Japan
C: Australia
D: Belgium

$4,000 - Question 7
Because it is an herbal tea, which of these popular varieties of tea usually has no caffeine?
A: Chamomile
B: Earl Grey
C: Darjeeling
D: English Breakfast

$8,000 - Question 8
In "The Addams Family" TV theme song, which of these words is not used to describe the Addams?
A: Creepy
B: Shocking
C: Mysterious
D: Kooky

$16,000 - Question 9
A two-year hiatus in the space shuttle program ended with what shuttle's launch in July 2005?
A: Enterprise
B: Endeavor
C: Atlantis
D: Discovery

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these US agencies is not part of the Department of Homeland Security?
D: Secret Service ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
What pesky insect's name is Spanish for "little fly"?
A: Tarantula
B: Termite
C: Cicada
D: Mosquito

$4,000 - Question 7
A plaque inscribed with a sonnet by 19th-century poet Emma Lazarus is on permanent display at what US landmark?
A: Golden Gate Bridge
B: Statue of Liberty
C: White House
D: Jefferson Memorial

$8,000 - Question 8
In 2005, what TV drama adopted an unusual format in which two sets of lead actors alternate from one episode to the next?
A: Cold Case
B: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
C: CSI: Miami
D: Without a Trace

$16,000 - Question 9
Able to travel over 7,000 m.p.h., the world's fastest aircraft is a NASA jet known by what name?
A: Zoomjet
B: Zipjet
C: Scramjet
D: Whizjet

$25,000 - Question 10
What Broadway musical's director-choreographer, Gower Champion, passed away on its opening night?
A: A Chorus Line
B: La Cage Aux Folles
C: Dreamgirls
D: 42nd Street ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these sitcom titles is an example of a declarative sentence?
A: Who's the Boss?
B: Everybody Loves Raymond
C: Curb Your Enthusiasm
D: Malcolm in the Middle

$4,000 - Question 7
On the Great Seal of the United States, the eagle holds in its beak a scroll bearing what Latin phrase?
A: Sic semper tyrannis
B: Annuit coeptis
C: E pluribus unum
D: Novus ordo seclorum

Michelle uses the Phone a Friend lifeline.

$8,000 - Question 8
Seen in many still life paintings, a ewer is a decorative type of what household object?
A: Mirror
B: Candlestick
C: Pitcher
D: Lamp

$16,000 - Question 9
In 2005, what fast food chain bucked health trends by introducing the 740-calorie Enormous Omelet Sandwich?
A: Wendy's
B: Jack in the Box
C: Dunkin Donuts
D: Burger King ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In geometry, which of these lines is curved instead of straight?
A: Hypotenuse
B: Diameter
C: Parabola
D: Radius

$4,000 - Question 7
In the late '80s, what country tried to fix its struggling economy with a program called "perestroika"?
B: Czechoslovakia
C: Yugoslavia
D: East Germany

$8,000 - Question 8
In the "Peanuts" comic strip, which character usually wears a shirt with vertical stripes on it?
A: Linus
B: Schroeder
C: Peppermint Patty
D: Sally

$16,000 - Question 9
"God is dead" is a widely-quoted line taken from the works of what famous philosopher?
A: René Descartes
B: Blaise Pascal
C: Immanuel Kant
D: Friedrich Nietzsche

$25,000 - Question 10
In a 2005 broadcast via satellite, Paul McCartney treated two orbiting astronauts to a performance of what Beatles tune?
A: Good Day Sunshine
B: A Day in the Life
C: Ticket to Ride
D: Nowhere Man ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
"Pilling" is an irksome problem that most commonly occurs with which of these clothing items?
A: Gold necklace
B: Wool sweater
C: Blue jeans
D: Leather boots

$4,000 - Question 7
Before he took the name Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla was the archbishop of what European city?
A: Milan, Italy
B: Munich, Germany
C: Salzburg, Austria
D: Krak"w, Poland

$8,000 - Question 8
U2's hit song "Vertigo" begins with the line "Uno, dos, tres, catorce," which is Spanish for "one, two, three" what?
A: Six
B: Twelve
C: Fourteen
D: Eighteen

$16,000 - Question 9
In RCA's classic logo, what breed of dog is shown attentively listening to a phonograph?
A: Basset hound
B: Boxer
C: German shepherd
D: Fox terrier

$25,000 - Question 10
In 2004, who became the first Senate party leader to fail to get reelected in 52 years?
A: Tom Daschle
B: Arlen Specter
C: Christopher Dodd
D: Barbara Boxer ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In the 2005 Wes Craven thriller "Red Eye," the heroine has the misfortune of sitting next to a psychopath where?
A: At the doctor's office
B: On a plane
C: In a movie theater
D: On a subway

$4,000 - Question 7
From its founding in 1746 until 1896, Princeton University was known as the College of" what state?
A: New Jersey
B: Pennsylvania
C: Connecticut
D: Rhode Island

$8,000 - Question 8
In 2005, National Geographic sponsored a CT scan of what figure's remains to reconstruct his appearance?
A: Julius Caesar
B: Christopher Columbus
C: Aristotle
D: King Tut

$16,000 - Question 9
The hugely successful TV show "American Idol" is based on a British program called what?
A: Hit Idol
B: English Idol
C: Chart Idol
D: Pop Idol

$25,000 - Question 10
Tablature is a system of notation commonly used to teach someone to do which of the following?
A: Use Morse code
B: Play a guitar
C: Draft blueprints
D: Knit ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
"What is ... Cliff Clavin?" is the title of a classic "Cheers" episode in which Cliff appears on what TV show?
A: The Price Is Right
B: The People's Court
C: Jeopardy!
D: Love Connection

$4,000 - Question 7
In Maryland, restaurants commonly provide a small hammer to help you eat what signature food?
A: Roasted chestnuts
B: Steamed crabs
C: Raw oysters
D: Peanut brittle

$8,000 - Question 8
"Parting is such sweet sorrow" is a line from Shakespeare that offers an example of what literary device?
A: Oxymoron
B: Allegory
C: Personification
D: Analogy ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
What US state's capital is named after Joseph Juneau, a gold prospector who struck it rich in the 1880s?
A: Oregon
B: Washington
C: Alaska
D: California

$4,000 - Question 7
In 2005, Britain's Daniel Craig was selected as the sixth actor, and first blond, to play the lead in what movie series?
A: Superman
B: James Bond
C: Indiana Jones
D: Mission: Impossible

$8,000 - Question 8
Which of the following is not the name of one of Microsoft's Windows operating systems?
A: Windows 92
B: Windows 95
C: Windows 98
D: Windows 2000

$16,000 - Question 9
In cooking, the process of heating butter to remove its milk solids is called what?
A: Coddling
B: Curing
C: Caramelizing
D: Clarifying

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these recent bestsellers is best described as a "roman a clef"?
A: A Million Little Pieces
B: America (The Book)
C: The Devil Wears Prada
D: He's Just Not That Into You ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In Greek mythology, Arachne is a boastful maiden whom the goddess Athena changes into a what?
A: Constellation
B: Olive tree
C: Waterfall
D: Spider

$4,000 - Question 7
In math, what is the more common name for the multiplicative inverse of a number?
A: Exponent
B: Factor
C: Reciprocal
D: Square root

$8,000 - Question 8
Because he was the 42nd US president, whose presidential library features an eatery named Café 42?
A: Jimmy Carter
B: Ronald Reagan
C: George H.W. Bush
D: Bill Clinton

$16,000 - Question 9
Imitating Tom Cruise, what actress jumped up on the couch on "Ellen" in 2005 while discussing her beau, Stuart Townsend?
A: Halle Berry
B: Charlize Theron
C: Uma Thurman
D: Keira Knightly

$25,000 - Question 10
Marcel Duchamp's famous 1917 sculpture "Fountain" consists of what solitary object?
A: Urinal
B: Leaky faucet
C: Syringe
D: Garden hose ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these fractions is highest in value?
A: 4/7
B: 3/5
C: 2/3
D: 5/8

$4,000 - Question 7
During their first year of mass production, Henry Ford's cars were only available in what single quick-to-dry paint color?
A: White
B: Black
C: Red
D: Brown

$8,000 - Question 8
Because she plays a domestic diva on TV, what star appeared on the premiere of Martha Stewart's talk show?
A: Lisa Kudrow
B: Marcia Cross
C: Jane Kaczmarek
D: Kelly Ripa

$16,000 - Question 9
What author's previously unknown play, "Beat Generation," was found in a New Jersey warehouse in 2004?
A: Ralph Ellison
B: Allen Ginsburg
C: William S. Burroughs
D: Jack Kerouac
$2,000 - Question 6
The popular MTV series "Pimp My Ride" features craftsmen performing elaborate makeovers upon what?
A: College dorm rooms
B: Run-down cars
C: Disorganized closets
D: Urban playgrounds

$4,000 - Question 7
Supermarket scanners typically use what type of technology to read the bar codes on products?
A: Microwaves
B: Laser beams
C: Sonar
D: Radio waves

$8,000 - Question 8
Most papers, including the New York and L.A. Times, run their most difficult crossword puzzle on what day of the week?
A: Monday
B: Wednesday
C: Thursday
D: Saturday

$16,000 - Question 9
On January 27, 2003, what Fortune 500 company changed its name to Altria Group?
A: Philip Morris
B: Citigroup
C: Pfizer
D: Proctor & Gamble

$25,000 - Question 10
Immortalized by presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, "Sic semper tyrannis" is what state's motto?
A: Alabama
B: New York
C: Pennsylvania
D: Virginia ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
He'eholua, a sport informally known as "lava sledding," is an ancient tradition in what US state?
A: Utah
B: Hawaii
C: Arizona
D: Alaska

$4,000 - Question 7
In 2005, Cindy Sheehan set up camp outside President Bush's Texas estate to confront him on what topic?
A: War in Iraq
B: Same-sex marriage
C: Global warming
D: Stem cell research

$8,000 - Question 8
Which of these famous movie quotes is an example of an interrogative sentence?
A: I see dead people.
B: Hasta la vista, baby!
C: E.T., phone home.
D: You talkin' to me?

$16,000 - Question 9
In the U.S., a standard stick of butter is equal to how many cups?
A: 1/4
B: 1/2
C: 3/4
D: 1

$25,000 - Question 10
NASA's 1998 discovery of what mineral on Mars supports the theory that water once existed on the planet?
A: Feldspar
B: Gypsum
C: Hematite
D: Shale ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
When spelled out, which of these numbers has two consonants that are silent?
A: 5
B: 6
C: 7
D: 8

$4,000 - Question 7
When accepting an Oscar for acting in 2006, what triple nominee joked “All right, so I’m not winning director”?
A: Philip Seymour Hoffman
B: George Clooney
C: Terrence Howard
D: Paul Giamatti

$8,000 - Question 8
Due to gas prices, bike sales in 2005 approached records set during the Arab oil embargo of what decade?
A: 1990s
B: 1980s
C: 1970s
D: 1960s

$16,000 - Question 9
What TV drama shares its title with a 1965 hit song popularized by R&B singer Fontella Bass?
A: Rescue Me
B: Without a Trace
C: One Tree Hill
D: Big Love ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Because it is thought to be easier than other sciences, what college course is nicknamed “Rocks for jocks”?
A: Physics
B: Psychology
C: Geology
D: Microbiology

$4,000 - Question 7
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn first began denying they were an item while working together on what 2006 movie?
A: Friends With Money
B: The Lake House
C: Just My Luck
D: The Break-Up

$8,000 - Question 8
A Sinologist specializes in the study of what nation’s history, language, and culture?
A: China
B: India
C: Italy
D: France

$16,000 - Question 9
Immensely popular among the preschool set, The Wiggles are an enthusiastic musical quartet from what country?
A: Canada
B: Australia
C: Ireland
D: Sweden

$25,000 - Question 10
Potentially used to make nuclear weapons, processed uranium ore produces a powder known by what nickname?
A: Yellowcake
B: Meringue
C: Tart
D: Sugarsnap ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
What adjective is commonly used to describe water that contains only small amounts of minerals?
A: Light
B: Simple
C: Soft
D: Pale

$4,000 - Question 7
When the year "2006" is written in Roman numerals, what letter is not used?
A: V
B: D
C: I
D: M

$8,000 - Question 8
Outraged at its depiction of Scientology, Isaac Hayes abruptly left what TV show in 2006 after nine years as the voice of Chef?
A: The Simpsons
B: King of the Hill
C: Family Guy
D: South Park

$16,000 - Question 9
Fort Hood, the U.S.'s largest army base and home to over 45,000 soldiers, is located in what US state?
A: California
B: South Carolina
C: Texas
D: Florida

$25,000 - Question 10
The National Onion Association recommends that you do what to onions before cutting them so you won't cry as much?
A: Store them in sunlight
B: Chill them
C: Store them in brown bags
D: Soak them ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
A recent addition to Webster's, a "civil union" is defined as a legally recognized union between whom?
A: Same-faith partners
B: Same-age partners
C: Same-sex partners
D: Same-race partners

$4,000 - Question 7
In 2005, what pop star tied a record set by Elvis Presley with the single "Hung Up," her 36th Top 10 Billboard hit?
A: Shania Twain
B: Madonna
C: Mariah Carey
D: Celine Dion

$8,000 - Question 8
On the front of a US Social Security card, what images appear on the left and right hand edges?
A: Classical columns
B: Flagpoles
C: Oak trees
D: Eagles

$16,000 - Question 9
Excluding end zones, approximately how many football fields must be placed end to end to measure one mile in length?
A: 6
B: 12
C: 18
D: 24

$25,000 - Question 10
On a 2006 episode of "The Sopranos," what silver screen legend appears as herself as the unlikely victim of a mugging?
A: Sophia Loren
B: Debbie Reynolds
C: Elizabeth Taylor
D: Lauren Bacall ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
What continent's sub-Saharan region is home to the majority of its countries?
A: Europe
B: Asia
C: Africa
D: South America

$4,000 - Question 7
In 2006, what legendary axeman was whisked to a New Zealand hospital after reportedly falling out of a coconut tree in Fiji?
A: Keith Richards
B: Eddie Van Halen
C: Pete Townshend
D: Jimmy Page

$8,000 - Question 8
Which of these historic years in American history is a prime number?
A: 1492
B: 1776
C: 1861
D: 1945

$16,000 - Question 9
The Ambassador Bridge is a major border crossing that connects Windsor, Ontario to what US city?
A: Buffalo
B: Detroit
C: Green Bay
D: Cleveland

$25,000 - Question 10
What US author pitched his first novel to a publisher by saying "It's about a kid in New York during the Christmas holidays"?
A: Norman Mailer
B: F. Scott Fitzgerald
C: J.D. Salinger
D: Ralph Ellison ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
A white English bulldog named Uga is the official mascot of what university?
A: Ohio State
B: Duke
C: Virginia Tech
D: University of Georgia

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these fractions is closest in value to the number pi?
A: 5/4
B: 11/6
C: 22/7
D: 54/11

$8,000 - Question 8
"Not Ready to Make Nice" was the first single off the 2006 album "Taking the Long Way" by what country music group?
A: Rascal Flatts
B: Big & Rich
C: Lonestar
D: Dixie Chicks

$16,000 - Question 9
George Mallory gave the famous reply "Because it's there" upon being asked why he wanted to do what?
A: Climb Mount Everest
B: Sail across the Pacific
C: Swim the English Channel
D: Reach the South Pole

$25,000 - Question 10
The FOX drama "Prison Break" is set at a fictional state penitentiary named what?
A: Fox Heights
B: Fox Valley
C: Fox Cove
D: Fox River ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Toffee is a signature ingredient in what popular candy bar?
A: Heath
B: Baby Ruth
C: Milky Way
D: Mounds

$4,000 - Question 7
In geometry, which of these shapes’ interior angles always add up to 360 degrees?
A: Triangle
B: Square
C: Hexagon
D: Octagon

$8,000 - Question 8
In 2005 what celebrity ended a 16-year-old “feud” with David Letterman by finally appearing on his late night show?
A: Bill Cosby
B: Oprah Winfrey
C: Jay Leno
D: Barbara Walters

$16,000 - Question 9
The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak is the nemesis of what children’s cartoon character?
A: Strawberry Shortcake
B: Rainbow Brite
C: My Little Pony
D: Smurfette

$25,000 - Question 10
A chemical compound known as DHA is a common active ingredient in what beauty product?
A: Lip balm
B: Whitening toothpaste
C: Nail polish
D: Self-tanner ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of the following drugs is an active ingredient in the painkiller Advil?
A: Aspirin
B: Naproxen
C: Acetaminophen
D: Ibuprofen

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of the following is not an abbreviation for a standard time zone located in the U.S.?

$8,000 - Question 8
In classical French cuisine, béchamel, velouté, and demi-glace are types of what?
A: Sauces
B: Pastries
C: Cheeses
D: Soups

$16,000 - Question 9
Created under FDR, the Tennessee Valley Authority primarily provides what service to its region?
A: Emergency medical care
B: Electrical power
C: Telephone service
D: Highway construction

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these US cities’ social elite were commonly known as “Brahmins” in the 19th century?
A: Boston
B: Philadelphia
C: Charleston
D: Richmond ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
The period before recorded history, prehistory is commonly divided into what three "ages"?
A: Steel, brass, and nickel
B: Platinum, gold and silver
C: Water, earth, and wind
D: Stone, bronze, and iron

$4,000 - Question 7
If you have 75 cents in dimes and nickels and twice as many dimes as nickels, how many dimes do you have?
A: 2
B: 4
C: 6
D: 8

$8,000 - Question 8
Which of these candles is traditionally the shortest in height, typically under an inch?
A: Votive
B: Tealight
C: Taper
D: Pillar

$16,000 - Question 9
Celeb baby Shiloh Jolie-Pitt shares her first name with a famous Civil War battlefield in what US state?
A: Tennessee
B: North Carolina
C: Virginia
D: Pennsylvania ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
The last two characters mentioned in the "Gilligan's Island" theme song are "the Professor and" what other castaway?
A: The Skipper
B: Thurston Howell III
C: Mary Ann
D: The Movie Star

$4,000 - Question 7
What common household object did feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton describe as "that one-eyed demon of destruction"?
A: Corkscrew
B: Clothespin
C: Potato peeler
D: Sewing needle

$8,000 - Question 8
Developed by an elementary school teacher, Airborne is a popular herbal remedy that aims to do what?
A: Alleviate jet lag
B: Fight off colds
C: Cure insomnia
D: Curb appetite

$16,000 - Question 9
According to estimated by the Census Bureau, the US population will reach what number in October 2006?
A: 250 million
B: 275 million
C: 300 million
D: 325 million

$25,000 - Question 10
"Cow's Skull with Calico Roses" and "Horse's Skull with White Rose" are two celebrated pieces by what US painter?
A: Frederic Remington
B: Jasper Johns
C: Georgia O'Keeffe
D: Roy Lichtenstein ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Maria "Money Honey" Bartiromo was the first journalist to provide live daily reports from what storied New York locale?
A: Empire State Building
B: Stock Exchange floor
C: Times Square
D: Lincoln Center

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these destinations is also known as the "Holy See"?
A: Jerusalem
B: Vatican City
C: Luxembourg
D: Andorra

$8,000 - Question 8
Legendary blues musician Muddy Waters is best known for playing what instrument?
A: Guitar
B: Saxophone
C: Trumpet
D: Piano

$16,000 - Question 9
When a custom wedding dress is being fitted, the mock-up dress is commonly made out of what material?
A: Rayon
B: Chenille
C: Damask
D: Muslin ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
The US Department of Justice is headed by an appointed official who holds what title?
A: Attorney General
B: Surgeon General
C: Postmaster General
D: Solicitor General

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of the following is an example of a "mixed number"?
A: 0.5
B: 4/12
C: 3 3/4
D: 80%

$8,000 - Question 8
Voiced by Bruce Willis, the thieving main character of the 2006 movie "Over the Hedge" is what kind of animal?
A: Weasel
B: Rat
C: Fox
D: Raccoon

$16,000 - Question 9
What Yiddish word, popularized by Mike Myers in his "Coffee Talk" skits on "SNL," means "all choked up"?
A: Haimish
B: Zaftig
C: Verklempt
D: Meshuggenah ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these US states lies in the Pacific time zone?
A: Nebraska
B: Washington
C: Utah
D: Wyoming

$4,000 - Question 7
What international organization was formed in 1960 to stabilize the market for oil around the world?

$8,000 - Question 8
Commonly called "Dracula's Castle," Bran Castle is a tourist attraction in what European country?
A: Romania
B: Slovakia
C: Turkey
D: Bulgaria

$16,000 - Question 9
In July 2006, Avril Lavigne married fellow Canadian Deryck Whibley, the frontman of what pop-punk group?
A: Sum 41
B: Good Charlotte
C: Simple Plan
D: New Found Glory

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these bottled waters comes from the same municipal water supplies that are used for tap water?
A: Fiji
B: Evian
C: Dasani
D: Perrier ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these famous works of art depicts two people as its subject?
A: The Thinker
B: American Gothic
C: The Mona Lisa
D: Venus de Milo

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of the following are commonly placed inside a salt shaker to absorb moisture and prevent clumping?
A: Grains of rice
B: Peppercorns
C: Sunflower seeds
D: Cornflakes

$8,000 - Question 8
Sunk by the Japanese during WWII, the US Naval ship PT-109 was skippered by what future president?
A: Lyndon B. Johnson
B: Richard Nixon
C: Gerald Ford
D: John F. Kennedy

$16,000 - Question 9
"Adult Swim" is a popular block of TV shows that airs at night on what cable network?
A: VH1
B: Comedy Central
C: Cartoon Network
D: Nick at Nite.

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these music groups never featured members who were actually brothers?
A: The Doobie Brothers
B: The Isley Brothers
C: The Allman Brothers
D: The Everly Brothers ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these prefixes literally means "occurring together"?
A: Megalo-
B: Pseudo-
C: Thermo-
D: Synchro-

$4,000 - Question 7
Aimed at protecting homeowners, "Make My Day" laws are named after what movie character's best-known line?
A: Harry Callahan
B: John Rambo
C: Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
D: Martin Riggs

$8,000 - Question 8
Weighing close to three tons, one million pennies is equal to how many dollars?
A: 100
B: 1,000
C: 10,000
D: 100,000

$16,000 - Question 9
Popular in France, a croque-monsieur is a heated sandwich traditionally filled with what?
A: Tuna fish
B: Chocolate
C: Liver and onions
D: Ham and cheese

$25,000 - Question 10
One of the world's oldest airlines, KLM is the official carrier of what European country?
A: The Netherlands
B: Norway
C: Italy
D: Spain

$2,000 - Question 6
Painter Cassius Marcellus Coolidge is best remembered for his renderings of dogs sitting around a table playing what?
A: Backgammon
B: Chess
C: Poker
D: Cats’ cradle

$4,000 - Question 7
In May 2006, seven-year-old Braxton Bilbrey became one of the youngest people swim from Alcatraz Island to what city’s shore?
A: San Francisco
B: Seattle
C: San Diego
D: Los Angeles

$8,000 - Question 8
Featuring new colors and an Alexander Hamilton watermark, what redesigned US bill was issued in March of 2006?
A: $10
B: $20
C: $50
D: $100

$16,000 - Question 9
On the TV series “The Simpsons,” Marge has the same maiden name as what First Lady?
A: Hillary Clinton
B: Jacqueline Kennedy
C: Nancy Reagan
D: Mary Lincoln

$25,000 - Question 10
In 1928, anthropologist Margaret Mead published her landmark study titled “Coming of Age in” what country?
A: Micronesia
B: Fiji
C: Samoa
D: New Zealand ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
A fledgling career as a hip-hop singer helped earn what celebrity's husband the tabloid-friendly nickname "K-Fed"?
A: Britney Spears
B: Angelina Jolie
C: Jennifer Garner
D: Gwyneth Paltrow

$4,000 - Question 7
Patented in 1979, IBM's "System for Automatically Proofreading a Document" innovated what word processing tool?
A: Word Count
B: Spell check
C: Cut and paste
D: Mail merge

$8,000 - Question 8
To complement its devil-themed plot, the horror flick "The Omen" had what symbolically appropriate release date in 2006?
A: May 31
B: June 6
C: July 4
D: August 8

$16,000 - Question 9
In chemistry, what element has an atomic number of 1?
A: Carbon
B: Helium
C: Oxygen
D: Hydrogen

$25,000 - Question 10
When Mount Rushmore is viewed from the front, what president appears farthest to the right?
A: Abraham Lincoln
B: Thomas Jefferson
C: George Washington
D: Theodore Roosevelt ________________________________________
$1,000 - Question 5
A Fortune 500 company got its start in 1837 when candlemaker William Procter teamed up with a soapmaker named what?
A: James Gamble
B: Charles Merrill
C: Alvah Roebuck
D: S.E. Johnson

$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these animal names, when used as verbs, are synonyms?
A: Goose and snake
B: Rat and squirrel
C: Ferret and carp
D: Ape and parrot

$4,000 - Question 7
A scratch test is an exam given by a physician to determine whether or not a patient has what ailment?
A: Ulcers
B: Arthritis
C: Allergies
D: Diabetes

$8,000 - Question 8
In the "X-Men" comics and movies, what is the natural skin color of the shape-shifting Mystique?
A: Green
B: Blue
C: Red
D: Orange

$16,000 - Question 9
What country's main airline was originally named Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services?
A: Canada
B: Ireland
C: Australia
D: India

$25,000 - Question 10
Which of these Founding Fathers did not attend the 1787 Constitutional Convention?
A: Thomas Jefferson
B: George Washington
C: James Madison
D: Benjamin Franklin ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Rolo candies are individual chocolate pieces filled with what?
A: Almonds
B: Peanut butter
C: Caramel
D: Vanilla crème

$4,000 - Question 7
A villain from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" shares his name with what member of The Monkees?
A: Davy Jones
B: Mike Nesmith
C: Peter Tork
D: Micky Dolenz

$8,000 - Question 8
The overall leader of what famous sporting event usually gets to wear a yellow jersey?
A: Iditarod sled dog race
B: Ironman triathlon
C: Masters tournament
D: Tour de France

$16,000 - Question 9
For the most part, what imaginary geographical line follows the 180th meridian?
A: International Date Line
B: Tropic of Cancer
C: Equator
D: Arctic Circle

$25,000 - Question 10
The Spanish name "Paco" is the equivalent of what name in English?
A: Jim
B: Tom
C: Frank
D: Pete
________________________________________$2,000 - Question 6
Rotini is a popular type of pasta shaped like a what?
A: Bow tie
B: Corkscrew
C: Tube
D: Shell

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these characters from the TV series "Lost" shares his name with a prominent 17th century philosopher?
A: John Locke
B: Jack Shephard
C: Michael Dawson
D: Charlie Pace

$8,000 - Question 8
What US state has the longest coastline?
A: Florida
B: California
C: New York
D: Alaska

$16,000 - Question 9
In 2006, what religious leader made the dubious claim that, when he was nearly 73, he could leg press 2,000 pounds?
A: Billy Graham
B: Jerry Falwell
C: Pat Robertson
D: Jimmy Swaggart.

$25,000 - Question 10
Spoken by a character named Bonasera, the first line of "The Godfather" is "I believe in" what?
A: Vengeance
B: America
C: Family
D: Honor ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
By definition, an abcdarium is a children's book that is used to teach what elementary subject?
A: Colors
B: The solar system
C: Parts of the body
D: Letters of the alphabet

$4,000 - Question 7
Former nurse Debbie Rowe had two children named Prince and Paris while married to what popular performer?
A: Michael Jackson
B: Billy Joel
C: Ozzy Osbourne
D: Ricky Martin

$8,000 - Question 8
What is the term for the unique geographical formation that makes up the nation of Panama?
A: Isthmus
B: Panhandle
C: Atoll
D: Fjord

$16,000 - Question 9
What exiled leader's brief return to power is often referred to by historians as the "Hundred Days"?
A: Julius Caesar
B: Napoleon
C: Alexander the Great
D: Joseph Stalin

$25,000 - Question 10
In honor of its longtime coach, what college's basketball team plays its home games on "Coach K Court"?
B: Stanford
C: Duke
D: Arizona State
$2,000 - Question 6
Because direct exposure to light will decompose it, what household chemical is commonly sold in brown plastic bottles?
A: Rubbing alcohol
B: Nail polish remover
C: Hydrogen peroxide
D: Ammonia

$4,000 - Question 7
Featuring former Vice President Al Gore, the 2005 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" tackles what heavily debated issue?
A: Global warming
B: Sex education
C: Immigration
D: Stem cell research

$8,000 - Question 8
In 1988, midwesterners Mark Badgley and James Mischka joined forces to become famous names in what industry?
A: Interior design
B: Fashion
C: Cosmetics
D: Advertising

$16,000 - Question 9
What tiny country, which claims to be the oldest republic in Europe, is entirely surrounded by Italy?
A: Liechtenstein
B: San Marino
C: Monaco
D: Luxembourg

$25,000 - Question 10
With its acronym fully spelled out, which of these frequently used terms does not use the same word twice?
A: ATM machine
B: IRA account
C: NASA astronaut
D: PIN number ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In its written form, which of these languages has over 50,000 characters but no alphabet?
A: Russian
B: Hebrew
C: Arabic
D: Chinese

$4,000 - Question 7
Since 1982, who has co-hosted the tabloid TV program “Entertainment Tonight”?
A: Mary Hart
B: Paula Zahn
C: Deborah Norville
D: Leeza Gibbons

$8,000 - Question 8
The popular “Americanized” version of Sicilian pizza is known for what characteristic?
A: Rectangular shape
B: No tomatoes
C: Thin crust
D: Topped with ricotta cheese

$16,000 - Question 9
At the end of the 2005 film “Batman Begins,” Batman is presented with the calling card of what unseen villain?
A: Two-face
B: Catwoman
C: The Joker
D: The Penguin

$25,000 - Question 10
Under FDA regulations, a food labeled “low fat” may contain a maximum of how much total fat per serving?
A: 1 gram
B: 3 grams
C: 5 grams
D: 7 grams ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
President Reagan was famous for beginning his answers to questions with what one word?
A: Gee
B: So
C: Okay
D: Well

$4,000 - Question 7
A standard 9x9 Sudoku puzzle requires filling in a grid with all but which of these numbers?
A: 0
B: 1
C: 5
D: 6

$8,000 - Question 8
In a departure from past animation conventions, the 2006 movie “Cars” features cars with “eyes” located where on their “bodies”?
A: Front grille
B: Windshield
C: Headlights
D: Front tires

$16,000 - Question 9
The official website for the National Speleological Society can be found at what address?
A: volcanoes.org
B: icebergs.org
C: caves.org
D: waterfalls.org

$25,000 - Question 10
The classic TV series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was filmed at the WQED studios located in what U.S. city?
A: Pittsburgh
B: Minneapolis
C: Boston
D: Cleveland ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Often attributed to Mark Twain, an old-fashioned joke states that "Denial ain't just a river in" what country?
A: China
B: Egypt
C: Germany
D: Brazil

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these animals is a member of the biological order Carnivora?
A: Moose
B: Buffalo
C: Kangaroo
D: Coyote

$8,000 - Question 8
Creator of a famous sportswear brand, Rene Lacoste was a French champion in the 1920s in what sport?
A: Tennis
B: Long distance running
C: Swimming
D: Cycling

$16,000 - Question 9
Which of these 2006 movies is not a remake of a 1970s horror classic?
A: The Hills Have Eyes
B: The Omen
C: When a Stranger Calls
D: Silent Hill

$25,000 - Question 10
Since 1994, the U.S. Air Force has maintained a fleet of pilotless remote-control planes called what?
A: Hornets
B: Tomcats
C: Predators
D: Warthogs ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In math, what number is the reciprocal of the fraction 1/6?
A: 0.11
B: 6
C: 15
D: 61

$4,000 - Question 7
What country hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup, soccer's premier international competition?
A: France
B: Brazil
C: England
D: Germany

$8,000 - Question 8
In 2006, fashion designer Tommy Hillfiger made headlines after engaging in an unlikely nightclub brawl with what rock star?
A: Axl Rose
B: Ozzy Osbourne
C: Mick Jagger
D: Gene Simmons

$16,000 - Question 9
Which of these words cannot be formed by consecutively joining the postal abbreviations of three U.S. states?
A: Candor
B: Candle
C: Condor
D: Candid

$25,000 - Question 10
In 2005, what drama kept fans guessing about the identity of a spooky psychopath known as "The Carver"?
A: Nip/Tuck
B: The Shield
C: Medium
D: Cold Case ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Until 1979, what country was ruled for centuries by leaders known as "shahs"?
A: Iran
B: India
C: Turkey
D: Jordan

$4,000 - Question 7
In 2006, the ubiquitous song "Bad Day" gained massive exposure as the unofficial anthem of what reality show?
A: Project Runway
B: American Idol
C: Dancing with the Stars
D: Survivor ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
Which of these pastas typically has a meat or cheese filling?
A: Capellini
B: Fettuccine
C: Tortellini
D: Linguine

$4,000 - Question 7
"SMS," or "short message service," is a popular cell phone feature commonly known as what?
A: Text messaging
B: Voice mail
C: Call waiting
D: Ringtones

$8,000 - Question 8
The perch for Little Miss Muffet in a classic nursery rhyme, a "tuffet" is a what?
A: Bale of hay
B: Patch of grass
C: Boulder
D: Tree stump

$16,000 - Question 9
Since 1947, what two nations have struggled over control for the largely Muslim region of Kashmir?
A: Israel and Lebanon
B: Egypt and Sudan
C: Iran and Syria
D: India and Pakistan

$25,000 - Question 10
After playing Gopher on "The Love Boat," Fred Grandy served four terms in Congress as a representative from what state?
A: California
B: Florida
C: Oklahoma
D: Iowa ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
According to its closing credits, what 2005 blockbuster is dedicated to "the original adventurers of Skull Island"?
A: War of the Worlds
B: The Chronicles of Narnia
C: King Kong
D: Batman Begins

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these natural resources do scientists consider renewable rather than nonrenewable?
A: Petroleum
B: Wood
C: Coal
D: Natural gas ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In the legend of King Arthur, what is the occupation of King Arthur’s trusted advisor Merlin?
A: Blacksmith
B: Court jester
C: Butcher
D: Magician

$4,000 - Question 7
“Dancing with the Stars” runner-up Jerry Rice is also regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of what sport?
A: Baseball
B: Hockey
C: Football
D: Basketball

$8,000 - Question 8
Who was the only U.S. president to take his oath of office on an airplane?
A: Herbert Hoover
B: Harry Truman
C: Lyndon B. Johnson
D: Gerald Ford

$16,000 - Question 9
In the U.S., a bottle labeled “86 Proof” contains what percentage of alchohol?
A: 86%
B: 4.30%
C: 8.60%
D: 43%

$25,000 - Question 10
The outermost layer of the earth, made up of the crust and the upper mantle, is called the what?
A: Lithosphere
B: Stratosphere
C: Thermosphere
D: Troposphere ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
What classic movie monster sports a giant scar on his forehead, the result of a brain transplant gone wrong?
A: Dracula
B: Frankenstein
C: King Kong
D: Godzilla

$4,000 - Question 7
In English, the French phrase “s’il vous plait” means what?
A: Goodbye
B: Hello
C: Thank you
D: Please

$8,000 - Question 8
Performed by star Kelsey Grammer, the theme song of the sitcom “Frasier” is titled “Tossed Salads and” what?
A: Scrambled Eggs
B: Chocolate Shakes
C: Pretzel Twists
D: Lima Beans

$16,000 - Question 9
A small fire purposely set by firefighters to help restrain a larger blaze, is called a what?
A: Backdraft
B: Firewall
C: Backfire
D: Smoke screen ________________________________________$2,000 - Question 6
In a dictionary, what number often includes "a phonograph record" and "a pistol" as additional definitions?
A: Twenty-one
B: Forty-five
C: Sixty-nine
D: Eighty-eight

$4,000 - Question 7
Popular with teens, what website bills itself as "an online community that lets you meet your friends' friends"?
A: eBay
B: MySpace
C: Yahoo
D: Encarta

$8,000 - Question 8
In 1800, the capital of the United States moved permanently to Washington, D.C. from what city?
A: Philadelphia
B: Boston
C: New York City
D: Baltimore

$16,000 - Question 9
In the 2006 movie "The Da Vinci Code," a dying man arranges his body in a pose that evokes what Da Vinci work?
A: The Last Supper
B: Vitruvian Man
C: St. John the Baptist
D: Portrait of a Musician

$25,000 - Question 10
The term "bourse" is commonly used to refer to an event at which what collectibles are sold or exchanged?
A: Ceramic figurines
B: Sports memorabilia
C: Postage stamps
D: Comic books
________________________________________$2,000 - Question 6
Of the over 40,000 species of crustaceans, most live in what type of natural habitat?
A: Ocean
B: Desert
C: Tundra
D: Rainforest

$4,000 - Question 7
In 2006, a former star of what 1990s teen drama resurfaced in the cheeky VH1 show "So NoTORIous"?
A: Felicity
B: Beverly Hills 90210
C: My So-Called Life
D: Party of Five

$8,000 - Question 8
In a 2006 deal worth $7.4 billion, Disney acquired what computer animation studio, home of Buzz Lightyear and Lightning McQueen?
A: Industrial Light and Magic
B: Blue Sky
C: Aardman
D: Pixar

$16,000 - Question 9
In physics, the term "escape velocity" refers to the speed an object needs to reach in order to do what?
A: Become magnetic
B: Convert into energy
C: Spontaneously combust
D: Break free of gravity

$25,000 - Question 10
In the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," the tomboy narrator "Scout" has what lesser-known name?
A: Abigail
B: Jean Louise
C: Helen
D: Ida Mae
________________________________________$2,000 - Question 6
In the classic Gershwin tune "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," the lyrics playfully debate what?
A: Spelling
B: Pronunciation
C: Grammar
D: Punctuation

$4,000 - Question 7
In 79 A.D., what major catastrophe resulted in the burial of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum?
A: Volcanic eruption
B: Meteor shower
C: Tidal wave
D: Tornado

$8,000 - Question 8
Separate is Not Equal was a Smithsonian exhibit celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court case about what?
A: School prayer
B: Capital punishment
C: School segregation
D: Flag burning

$16,000 - Question 9
In 2006, what 1980s heartthrob returned to TV's "General Hospital" to reprise his role as Dr. Noah Drake?
A: John Stamos
B: Rick Springfield
C: Lorenzo Lamas
D: Richard Dean Anderson

$25,000 - Question 10
After emigrating to the U.S. in 1933, Albert Einstein lived in what college town until his death?
A: Hanover, NH
B: Berkeley, CA
C: Ann Arbor, MI
D: Princeton, NJ ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In English, the letter "b" is normally silent when it is directly followed by what other letter?
A: T
B: L
C: Y
D: R

$4,000 - Question 7
In the U.S., the Continental Divide runs through which of these time zones?
A: Eastern
B: Central
C: Mountain
D: Pacific

$8,000 - Question 8
The Nextel Cup is a major championship title won by competitors in what professional sports league?

$16,000 - Question 9
Prominent in the night sky, the constellation Orion is nicknamed what?
A: The Swimmer
B: The Hunter
C: The Blacksmith
D: The Serpent Bearer
$25,000 - Question 10
For her tales about Nebraska settlers, what U.S. author was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1986?
A: Harriet Beecher Stowe
B: Edith Wharton
C: Willa Cather
D: Zora Neale Hurston ________________________________________
$2,000 - Question 6
In the 2006 comedy "Nacho Libre," a mustachioed monastery cook becomes an unlikely hero in what sport?
A: Roller derby
B: Race car driving
C: Wrestling
D: Polo

$4,000 - Question 7
Which of these grammatical errors can often be corrected through the addition of a semicolon?
A: Double negative
B: Run-on sentence
C: Split infinitive
D: Dangling participle

$8,000 - Question 8
What country's coastal regions consist mostly of "polders," drained land that was once underwater?
A: Sweden
B: Ireland
C: Greece
D: The Netherlands

$16,000 - Question 9
The phrase "Put a sock in it!" originated from the practice of using a sock to decrease the volume of what device?
A: Phonograph
B: Telephone
C: Radio
D: Television

$25,000 - Question 10
In the novel "A Christmas Carol," the Ghost of Christmas Present reveals what two figures beneath his robe?
A: Hope and Charity
B: Ignorance and Want
C: Despair and Greed
D: Salvation and Death
$2,000 - Question 6
In 2005, what famous work became available in a text message version that starts with the phrase "In da Bginnin"?
A: The Iliad
B: The Bible
C: Dante's Inferno
D: Canterbury Tales

$4,000 - Question 7
At the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006, what film defeated heavy favorite "Brokeback Mountain" to win Best Picture?
A: Capote
B: Munich
C: Crash
D: Good Night, and Good Luck

$8,000 - Question 8
Somalia, Ethiopia, and several other East African countries occupy a peninsula known as the what?
A: Mouth of Africa
B: Eye of Africa
C: Crown of Africa
D: Horn of Africa ________________________________________

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