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

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

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.

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Scroll to the bottom for entry information.

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You'll have until Tammy Wynette's birthday (May 5) 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 last spring's event:

Who first flew around the world in a hot-air balloon?

Piccard, Fogg, Verne, or Fossett

Who is the only Jean to have won an Oscar for Acting?

Jean Arthur, Jean Simmons, or Jean somebody-else

(Scroll down for the answers.)

Once you're underway, you'll have approximately 2 months before it's 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 last spring's questions?

Piccard. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones did so in 1999. (2013 World Almanac p. 356)

Jean somebody-else. Jean Dujardin won the 2011 Best Actor Oscar for The Artist. (2013 World Almanac pp. 302-04)

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To sign up now for the spring 2014 Almaniac, send a check (payable to 'Almaniac') for the entry fee to: Almaniac, P.O. Box 53, La Cañada, Calif. 91012.

The entry fee is $55. If in Canadian dollars, it's $55 also. For the U.K.: £40. Continental Europe: 47 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