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60 Semi-Annual Events (and counting) . . .

Special: Click here for a sample Almaniac On-line Challenge


cover-to-cover competition in the World Almanac, with challenges of logic, alertness, and common sense

a variety of questions, covering all kinds of facts, testing not what you know, but what you can find out

This is how The Almaniac works:

Each fall Almaniac starts on Halloween -- the entry deadline is Thanksgiving -- and extends into December.

Each spring Almaniac starts in the first week of March -- the entry deadline is in late April -- and extends into May.

To get you started, we'll send you the great big 1008-page 2014 World Almanac plus the book of Almaniac instructions and questions, and then the fun begins.

You'll delve into the World Almanac, at your kitchen table or wherever you want, an hour or two at a time whenever you want, cruising through the index on your way to deciphering the clues.

The challenge will be to use the clues (there are clues) and avoid the tricks in tracking down the answers in the World Almanac.

You'll have until the answer sheet deadline to send us your answers.

After you've sent in your answers, we'll score your answer sheets and send you a complete set of results. To the top competitors will go custom-designed Almaniac awards.

Plus, local champion certificates will go to the best from each state, province, and country.

What kind of questions do we ask? Here are two from this past spring's event:

Which among these vegetables had the greatest percentage increase in annual per capita consumption in the U.S. from 1970 to 2011?

broccoli, carrots, or garlic

Who most recently won the Indianapolis 500 driving a Peugeot?

Gordon, Howdy, Jules, or Parnelli

(Scroll down for the answers.)

Once you're underway, you'll have until December 15, when it'll be time to send us your answers.

Following scoring, custom-designed awards will go to the top competitors, and the best from each state, province, and country will receive local champion certificates.

Are you ready for the answers to the spring 2014 questions?

Broccoli consumption increased over 500% from 1.5 pounds (frozen + fresh) in 1970 to 9.1 pounds in 2011. Garlic increased 375%, carrots 22%. (2014 World Almanac p. 95)

Howdy Wilcox won the 1919 Indianapolis 500 in a Peugeot EX5. (2014 World Almanac p. 957)

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To sign up for this fall's Almaniac, send a check (payable to 'Almaniac') for the entry fee to: Almaniac, P.O. Box 53, La Cañada, Calif. 91012.

We'll send you everything on Halloween.

The entry fee is $55. If in Canadian dollars, it's $55 also. For the U.K.: £40. Continental Europe: 50 Euros. Other overseas: $63 U.S.

Almaniac
P.O. Box 53
La Cañada, California 91012

- - and we'll be glad to enclose a gift announcement for you
in the competition package if you'd like
to give an entry as a gift