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Game Night reveals ‘smarts’ at Faith Lutheran

Game Night reveals ‘smarts’ at Faith Lutheran

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 6:49 pm

The Messenger, April 7, 2011
Five tables of smart teams made for a very close game night at Faith Lutheran Church in Union City recently. 
There were the youth themselves who, exposed to life mostly through film, books and television, put up a good fight against their elders who had lived most of the questions involving events, names  and places that occurred back in the 20th century.
There were family and friends’ tables who came together in a friendly battle to support the teens.
And there was the collegiate crowd, teachers and scholars who are exposed to modern study and tools used by students currently attending the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The games continued through a tense and fast-paced three hours, broken only by a 15-minute intermission.
Bell ringer for “time-up” was Barbara Darroch.
 Questions for the game night were purposely selected to challenge everybody, regardless of background, age, creed or national origin, a spokesman said.
Loosely based on the board game Trivial Pursuit, game night involves eight rounds of categories with 10 questions each. The questions were read out only twice by host Michael Elling.
He is a scholar of the University of Alabama Class of 1974. 
After Elling read the question twice, the teams had only 30 seconds to agree on a correct answer.
After the completion of each round, the team captain had only 60 seconds to take the completed set of answers to the judge, Ricka Blackwell, who graded the answers and kept the scores. 
Misspelled answers, especially the Biblical ones, resulted in disqualification.
 The eight rounds featured questions on the following topics: numbers, state capitals, sports, language, U.S. presidential trivia, bad guys and gals, spelling and left overs (a potpourri of unrelated topics that could be anything about everything.)
The latter are considered the hardest questions of all because they include those unbound by range and time. For instance:
• What does the acronym M.A.D.D. stand for?”
• Which actor received an Academy Award Oscar with the name Dick Tracey?”
• How long is the Tour de France bicycle race? 
The correct answers to these questions are: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Spencer Tracey and three weeks. 
This round typically results in the lowest scores.
Spelling is another “groaner” because the modern English language is made up of many terms and words borrowed from other languages.
“Geisha,” “sylvannite” and “chrysanthemum” were among the challenging questions.
 The winning table, which emerged victorious after a longer three-question sequence in an overtime run-off contest, included Will Carnes, Kimberly Frantz, Jordan Hernandez, Kimberly Hernandez, Cindy McWilliams and Tom McWilliams. 
Sales of tickets and food and donations amounted to $133.25 that will go to the congregation’s youth fund.
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 2012 East Reelfoot Ave. in Union City.

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