March 1, 2008

Chicagoans Compete in 2nd Annual Transatlantic Quiz on March 15

Contact: Mitchell Szczepanczyk

CHICAGO -- For the second consecutive year, Chicago's best trivia experts will participate in an international quiz competition along with other Americans against trivia experts in Canada and the United Kingdom. The event, the Second Annual Transatlantic Quiz, will feature participants in all three countries taking the same 240-question written test.

Chicagoans will take part in this quiz on Saturday March 15, beginning at 12 Noon, at the Albany Park Branch Library (5150 N. Kimball Ave. Chicago). At the same time, the same exact quiz will be given in Surrey, England, as well as in Ottawa, Canada, and in the following U.S. cities: Athens (Georgia), Austin (Texas), Boulder (Colorado), Lakeland (Florida), New York City, Phoenix, Sioux Falls (South Dakota), St. Louis, and Seattle.

The test will cover a wide array of topics -- culture, entertainment, history, lifestyle, media, sports, science, and the world. The questions for the quiz have been balanced between the three competing countries and developed from the USA by Ray Hamel, reference librarian and crossword puzzle constructor, NY Times Trivia Master, and Quiz writer for "Pages" magazine and Paul Bailey, president of the Game Show Congress. Questions from Canada have been developed by Paul Paquet, trivia writer through for clients such as Microsoft Encarta and MTV Europe, head writer for World Trivia Night, and a writer for merchandising of "1v100" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". The questions from the UK have been developed by Chris Jones, former civil servant and winner on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" who now works full-time for

The 2007 Transatlantic Quiz saw participants in nine cities across the United States, including Chicago, which came in second only to New York City in the number of participants from a single American city. Chicagoan Joshua Kreitzer finished second among all American participants in the 2007 Transatlantic Quiz.

The Transatlantic Quiz is free and open to anyone to participate. Advance registration is preferred but not necessary. The Transatlantic Quiz is a precursor for the World Quizzing Championships, which take place June 7, 2008.

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