facts in five [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report    

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Rich Meyer, MA

2006 Champion

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Event History

Year  Champion         Total
1993  Luke Kratz          23
1994  Eric Olin           25
1995  Chuck Foster        24
1996  Luke Kratz          25
1997  Stephanie Greenwood 19
1998  Caleb Cousins       29
1999  Shantanu Saha       17
2000  Randy Cox           31
2001  Aaron Silverman     34
2002  Doug Hoylman        48
2003  Aaron Silverman     43
2004  Doug Hoylman        31
2005  Sean McCulloch      40
2006  Rich Meyer          37


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Aaron Silverman    FL    03     44
  2.  Doug Hoylman       MD    04     42
  3.  Randy Cox          SC    03     31
  4.  Richard Meyer      MA    06     30
  5.  Richard Irving     CA    04     24
  6.  Pitt Crandelmire   MA    02     24
  7.  Paul Bean          MA    06     20
  8.  Sean McCulloch     OH    05     20
  9.  Shantanu Saha      NY    99     20
 10.  Ted Drozd          IL    06     12
 11.  Steve Cameron      PA    00     12
 12.  Francis Spencer    MD    04     10
 13.  Roderick Lee       CA    05      8
 14.  Winton LeMoine     CA    04      8
 15.  Debbie Bell        MD    01      8
 16.  Caleb Cousins      ME    01      8
 17.  Sean Cousins       ME    01      8
 18.  James Hopkin       CA    00      8
 19.  Stephany Greenwood MD    99      8
 20.  Jason Arvey        VA    06      6
 21.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    05      6
 22.  Roy Pettis         VA    03      6
 23.  Eric Brosius       MA    06      4
 24.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    05      4
 25.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    05      4
 26.  Luke Kratz         ID    04      4
 27.  Donna Balkan       ON    01      4
 28.  Andy Maly          MD    99      4
 29.  Matt Amitrano      VA    06      2
 30.  Gordon Elgart      CA    02      1

2006 Laurelists

Ted Drozd, IL

Paul Bean, MA

Jason Arvey, VA

Eric Brosius, MA

Matt Amitrano, VA

Past Winners

Luke Kratz, ID
1993, 1996

Eric Olin, CT

Chuck Foster, TX

Stephanie Greenwood, MD

Caleb Cousins, ME

Shantanu Saha, NY

Randy Cox, SC

Aaron Silverman, NJ
2001, 2003

Doug Hoylman, MD
2002, 2004

Sean McCulloch, OH

A Real Trivial Pursuit

38 people turned out to play Facts in 5 at 5 pm on Saturday. This time slot was opposite the huge game of Ticket to Ride, which significantly reduced attendance. It is recommended next year the game start at 11 pm or in one of the other 'down time' slots. The GM promised everyone they would be finished in one hour to allow them to make any of the huge number of heats, semis or finals starting at 6 pm on Saturday. Unfortunately, this caused the event to be more rushed than I would have liked. Nevertheless, there was still some time for crowd entertainment and the event was great fun.

The first puzzle categories were: Tall Sailing Ship Parts; Mexican States; Van Damme Movie Titles; Revolutionary War Battles; Canadian Provinces and Capitals. Letters were B, C, M, Q and T. Jason Arvey led the pack, getting 16 correct answers for a score of 107.

For puzzle 2, players had to name USA Military Ranks; Old Testament Books; Bahamas Islands; Dow Jones 30 Industrials and 2005 Commercial Passenger Airlines. Letters were A, C, E, P and S. Incidentally, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is not a rank; it is a job. Even a Corporal may be named to it. One person wrote Staff Sergeant, and it was quite humorously pointed out by a player that simply sergeant would have satisfied. Matt Amitrano got 18 right answers for a high score of 146.

Puzzle 3 sought: The O.C. Characters; Knights of the Round Table; Shakespeare Plays; 20th Century British Prime Ministers and Gettysburg Generals using the letters A, H, L, M and T. (Lee and Meade were 'gimmes' for the last category, as were Major and Thatcher for the British P.M.s and Arthur, Lancelot and Mordred in the Knights. Eric Brosius and Ted Drozd tied with scores of 122, but Ed Kendrick of England led the pack with a score of 138.

Puzzle 4 asked for: Napoleon's Marshals; Counties of England; Secular Nobility Titles; U.S. Constitution Signers and Common Non-Brand Cocktail Names with the letters D, G, K, L and M. Paul Bean, Ed Kendrick and Eric Brosius again scored well.

Several players had to leave for other games and could not stay for the Final Puzzle. Of those who qualified, Jason Arvey, Matt Amitrano, Paul Bean, Ted Drozd, Rich Meyer and Eric Brosius remained. Special mention is made of Eric, who led the pack at this point with a gross score of 483. Just failing to make the cut were Ed Kendrick, Bill Beckman and Roderick Lee.

Six padvanced to the Final round with all scores re-set to 0. Categories were: Penguin Breeds; Declaration of Independence Signers; Kentucky Derby Winners, Cruise Lines and Rolling Stones Albums over the letters A, E, F, M and R. This puzzle was much harder, since several slots had only a single correct answer, such as 'Epirotiki' for cruise lines. When the pencils came to rest and the brain cells recovered, Richard Meyer managed to squeak out a win. He got seven correct for a score of 40. Although Richie didn't know much about any category, he did manage to get at least one right in each column. All six knew Adams signed the Declaration, but only three remembered Ben Franklin did too! Oddly, only three of them thought to write "Rolling Stones" as an album title for the Stones. Only Meyer could name two Derby winners, getting Affirmed and Ferdinand. Sadly for Eric, who needs to vacation a bit more, he couldn't name a single cruise line.

Next year, I may cut it to three qualifying puzzles to ease the time crunch on the excellent assistant GM­Kate Taillon, who was trying to score at light speed. Great effort was made to keep the categories varied and interesting. Each puzzle contained a wargaming category, a general knowledge category and a pop culture category. Letters were chosen that had both multiple answers for one letter and only a single answer for another to let everyone get some score, but make a perfect answer difficult. Very little argument about answers took place, since the answers were relatively finite. This helped speed the game, but it still needs to be at 11 pm earlier in the week to increase attendance and allow time for fun and individual scoring. I look forward to doing it again.

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