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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:

This spring's Almaniac starts as soon as we hear from you, between now and the 242nd anniversary of the Shot Heard Round the World (April 19) and extends until the 93rd birthday of Terry Southern and Art Fleming, May 1.

Each fall Almaniac runs from Halloween to early December.

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

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Note: Entries for the spring 2017 Almaniac closed on April 19.

The fall Almaniac will begin on Halloween. Scroll to the bottom regarding receiving advance information in October.

Meanwhile, please check out our Independence Day Fireworks map rally, coming up on the Fourth of July.

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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 last spring's 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)

And here's a question on this spring's Almaniac:

Has the first American in space landed on the moon?

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To receive an Almaniac brochure in the mail next 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