It's not too late for brain games

It's not too late for Brain Games, if you're up for the challenge

It's not too late for Brain Games, if you're up for the challenge

March 29, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

If you're a lover of trivia, Brain Games might be your March Madness.

The 12th annual Brain Games trivia competition will be held today at Shepherd University. You can still register a team today to participate.

But if you'd rather be challenged in the comfort of your own home, here's a short Brain Games-esque quiz.

1. Which country won the most medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

2. Who is New York's current governor?

3. Who won the 2008 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament?

4. Which male actor has received the most Academy Award nominations?

5. The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded in 2008 to Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien for the discovery and development of a protein first observed in the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. Name that protein.


6. In regards to the corporation making recent headlines, what does AIG stand for?

7. Who was the only Major League Baseball player to be a teammate of both former MLB home-run record holder Hank Aaron and world home-run record holder Sadaharu Oh?

8. What U.S. capital has only one syllable?

9. Who does Marianne end up marrying in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"?

10.In what state was U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd born?

Answers to our Brain Games sample questions.

1. U.S.: 110 medals to China's 100. (

2. David A. Paterson (

3. Kansas Jayhawks (

4. Jack Nicholson, 12 (Academy Awards Database,

5. Green fluorescent protein, aka GFP. (

6. American International Group Inc. (

7. Davey Johnson (April 27, 2008, New York Daily News article and Aug. 8, 2007, article)

8. Pierre, S.D. (pronounced "pir") (Webster's New World College Dictionary)

9. Col. Brandon

10. North Carolina (Sen. Byrd's Eastern Panhandle office)

If you go ...

WHAT: Brain Games XII, a trivia tournament fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of The Eastern Panhandle

WHEN: Today. Tournament starts promptly at 1 p.m. Team registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Ram's Den, across from Scarborough Library on Shepherd University campus, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: $30 per person at the door; $25 if you register online at

MORE: Maximum of six members per team.

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