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33 teams compete in Team Trivia Bingo

February 05, 2006|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

tiffanya@herald-mail.com

The question: What are baby gorillas called?

"Whatever they want to be called," said science teacher Kevin Seburn to teammates before scribbling a final answer of "cubs" on a scratch piece of paper.

Baby gorillas are called infants.

Seburn's team, the "Tech High Techies" of Washington County Technical High School, was among the 33 teams competing in The Herald-Mail Co.'s second annual Team Trivia Bingo.

The competition was a fundraiser for the paper's Newspapers in Education Program (NIE). Each team paid $100 to enter a team of up to four players, said event host Dave Elliott, the newspaper's human resources director.

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Elliott said last year's competition provided 40,000 newspapers to area schools. Teachers have requested more than 520,000 papers this school year.

Teams competed in three bingo rounds, where the first two bingo winners advanced to the championship round. This year's bingo champions, the "Williamsport High School Wizards," won $400 - $100 per player.

A prize also was issued to the team with the most correct answers (points). The same team of Herald-Mail reporters from last year's competition, known this year as "The Herald Angels of Anaheim and Hagerstown," finished with the most points, 105.

Elliott, who was on "Wheel of Fortune," and co-host Bob Fleenor, a copy editor and five-time "Jeopardy!" champion, came up with the questions that favored those able to name the original Starburst flavors and those who knew that Sophocles wrote "Oedipus Rex."

Gidget Maffitt's team, named "Linda Stevens and Family" after her mother, were ready for the pop-culture questions.

"I don't know my neighbors, but I know the celebrities' names," said Linda Stevens, of Hagerstown.

The Stevens family, however, did not make it to the final six.

Members of the "Less Than Mensa Society" said their strategy was to not study.

"It's all up here," said the team's unofficial leader, Mike Anderson, of Hagerstown.

Contrary to his teammate's prediction that they would "make fools of themselves," team Mensa finished fourth in the final round and ended up with 92 points.

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