260. Exam Time

All the students I know seem to be undergoing various forms of interrogation known as “final exams”.  

We should share their pain.  It’s the least we can do.  If you want to climb aboard, put your thinking cap on and plunge into the following questions.

This is called the “Test For People Who Know Everything.”

The test-makers suggest that we should be able to correctly get answers to at least three of the questions, but you have to be a genius to get all 10.  Question (2) is especially tricky.

(1) There’s one “sport” in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?

(2) What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

(3) Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? (Biennials don’t count.)

(4) Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

(5) What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

(6) Only three words in standard English begin with the letters “dw.” They are all common.  Name two of them 

(7) There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?

(8) Where are the lakes that are referred to in the “Los Angeles Lakers?”

(9) It’s the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh.  What is it?

(10) Name six (or more) things that you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter “S.” 


1. Boxing. (Possibly Ice Skating)

2. Niagara Falls. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

3. Asparagus and rhubarb.

4. Baseball.

5. Strawberry.

6. Dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.

7. Period (full stop), comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses. 

8. In Minnesota. The team was originally known as the Minneapolis Lakers and kept the name when they moved west.

9. Lettuce.

10. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, snowshoes, stockings.

Well, now you know! Feel any smarter? If not, at least now we know how the kids feel. I don’t know how they put up with it!

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One Response to 260. Exam Time

  1. Rene' Melchior says:

    OMGosh, Dylan knew all but one!!

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