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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 on March 8 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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Scroll to the bottom for spring 2017 Almaniac entry information.

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

The entry fee is $59. If in Canadian dollars, it's $79. For the U.K.: £49. Other overseas: $69 U.S.

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

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