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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 spring Almaniac starts in March and extends into May.

Each fall Almaniac starts on Halloween and extends into December.

To get you started, we'll send you the great big 1008-page 2017 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.

What kind of questions do we ask? Here are two from the spring 2016 event:

What is the only color that's been in the title of an Oscar-winning movie (Best Picture)?

What did Bubka break in 1994?

(Scroll down for the answers.)

Once you're underway, you'll have until the December 12 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.

Here are the spring 2016 answers:

It's green, for 1941's How Green Was My Valley, starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara and directed by John Ford. (2016 World Almanac pp. 274-76)

(Oscars have been won for acting in other 'colorful' movies, such as by Cate Blanchett in 2013's Blue Jasmine, but none of those films won as well for Best Picture.)

Sergey Bubka broke the outdoor pole vault record with 20' 1¾" [it still stands]. (2016 World Almanac p. 975)

Here's a question from the spring 2017 Almaniac:

Has the first American in space landed on the moon?

And here's its answer:

Yes; Alan Shepard has been the first American in space (Mercury 3 in 1961); 10 years later, in 1971, he was aboard Apollo 14 and, with Edgar D. Mitchell, landed on the moon.

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To receive an Almaniac brochure in the mail in October, in advance of the 2017 fall competition, just send The Old Maltese an email request mentioning the Almaniac, with your street mailing address, or mail a note to us at:

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