DIXON – As trivia contests go, the final match at Saturday’s Stupor Bowl was a real nail-biter: Team KSB vs. Team Washington Elementary, locked in a battle for the big gold trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
Washington’s five-member team was down by 15, up by 5, down 10, tied, up, down, up down .... and finally, with the very last question of the day (a four-parter), emerged victorious, triumphant, even jubilant. Team KSB was gracious in defeat.
The final score: 205-190.
The real winners? The kids, of course.
This year’s bowl, held in the Reagan Middle School cafeteria, raised about $10,700 for the Dixon Public School District Foundation, which uses the money to buy educational tools for students and their classrooms.
As expected, questions covered trivia topics such as math, science, technology, geography, literature, entertainment, pop culture ...
Event founder Tom Wadsworth, a foundation board member, and fellow board member Pat Kleinmaier and her husband, Bruce, took great pains to fashion challenging questions in the tradition of all great quiz bowls.
Some of the toughest were in the local category. For those who’d like to play along, those 12 questions follow (and some will be delighted to know, neither Reagan nor Crundwell are the answers to any.)
You’ll find the answers below.
Want to reward Wadsworth & company for their efforts? Send a little sumpun sumpun to the foundation.
Go to www.dixonschools.org/index.php/district/district-foundation or call 815-284-7722 to learn more about or to donate to the Dixon Public School District Foundation.
Call Tom Wadsworth, 815-285-3861, go to www.dixonstuporbowl.com or find the Stupor Bowl on Facebook to learn more about the usually annual trivia contest.
The local questions:
-- A new retail store opened in 2013 on North Galena Avenue in Dixon, between Angelos III and Mr. Tequila. Name it.
-- On Interstate 88, also known as the Reagan Tollway, the exits have numbers that correspond to mile markers on the tollway. What is the exit number for Dixon?
-- Name the local optometrist whose office is at 511 Palmyra in Dixon.
-- Who is the president of Sauk Valley Community College?
-- If you drove on Galena Avenue from Plum Hollow to the tollway entrance, how many traffic lights would you pass through?
-- This north-south road runs through the Green River Industrial Park and is the road for Allied Locke’s street address. It is named after a famous 1942 World War II battle and island at the entrance to Manila Bay in the Philippines.
-- If you drive east on state Route 38 from the Dixon Airport to Nachusa Road, you will pass five north-south roads that intersect with 38. Name four of them.
-- Several buildings are named after a notable local person. Here’s the building and city, provide the last name of the person identified with it:
1. The civic center in Sterling.
2. The community building in Dixon.
3. The recreation center in Oregon.
4. The memorial library in Franklin Grove.
-- Name the state park 2 miles north of Morrison that surrounds Lake Carlton.
-- Vintage Dixon has become a popular Facebook page, regularly posting historic images of Dixon. Name the person who is primarily responsible for creating and maintaining the page. He also is president of the Dixon Park District Board.
-- Identify the following local cemeteries:
1. Between Emmons Avenue and the Hennepin Canal in Rock Falls.
2. Next to Ballou Park and South Dement in Dixon.
3. Next to Rocky Ford Road in Amboy.
4. In Sterling, next to Sinnissippi Park and the Rock River.
Here are the names of four local restaurants. Identify the towns in which they are located: (The question that took Washington over the top.)
1. The Long Branch Saloon.
2. The Friendship House (now defunct, alas.)
3. The Railside Bar and Grill.
4. Three Sisters Cafe and Catering.
New business: Liquor N Wine.
Exit number: 54.
Optometrist: Tom Lawless.
Sauk president: George Mihel.
Traffic lights: 10.
Road through the industrial park: Corregidor.
Route 38 intersects with: Sink Hollow, Burkett, Mount Union, Red Brick and Maples.
Local buildings: Grandon, Loveland, Nash and Knox.
State park: Morrison-Rockwood. (And no, Rockwood alone will not suffice.)
Vintage Dixon creator: Ron Pritchard.
Cemeteries: Oddfellows, Oakwood, Prairie Repose, Riverside.
Restaurants: Amboy, Rock Falls, Nelson, Byron.