Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 17)

Welcome back to Tuesday Travel Trivia, the Web’s most difficult ten-question, travel-related, weekly trivia quiz. Let’s just pretend there are other competitors for that title.

Congrats to trivia regular Eva, the winner of last week’s brutally hard round, who answered an impressive six out of ten questions correctly.

Think you can replace her as champ this week? Check out the following ten brain-busting questions and leave your answers in the comments. Come back next Tuesday for the answers. No Googling, would-be cheaters!

  1. Which two European countries are the world’s largest producers of wine?
  2. Which car rental company features the advertising slogan “We Try Harder”?
  3. Khmer is the official language of what Asian country?
  4. To expatriate is to leave one’s homeland in order to live abroad. What similar-sounding word describes the process of coming back to one’s native country after living abroad?
  5. Ecuador uses one of the world’s most well-known currencies. What is it?
  6. Which two countries resumed sending mail back and forth to each other earlier this decade after 50 years of refusing to do so?
  7. The Kentucky Derby is held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in what city? (No points for guessing the state, Captain Obvious.)
  8. Name two guidebook publishers whose names begin with the letter “L”.
  9. If you’re traveling with your child on an airplane and circumstances force you to use oxygen masks (sorry for the morbid question), whose mask are you supposed to put on first: yours or your child’s?
  10. In what Central American country can you find the towns of Hopkins, Placencia, San Ignacio, and Dangriga?

Check out the answers to last week’s questions below the fold…

  1. Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling book Kitchen Confidential warned restaurant patrons from ordering fish on which day of the week? Answer: Monday
  2. Which non-bordering country is closest to the continental United States? Answer: The Bahamas
  3. Which US airport has been the country’s busiest for at least the last ten years? Answer: Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
  4. In Spanish, what second-person, plural pronoun is used almost exclusively in Spain and not in the rest of the Spanish-speaking world? Answer: Vosotros
  5. Fill in the name of a northern European city to complete the lyrics to a song from the 1952 film Hans Christian Andersen: “Wonderful, wonderful __________ / Friendly old girl of a town / ‘Neath her tavern light / On this merry night /Let us clink and drink one down.” Answer: Copenhagen
  6. What were the names of the two main characters in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road? Answer: Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty
  7. Which travel blog provoked a reader backlash this past summer by setting its focus on the Hamptons? Answer: Gridskipper
  8. If ever you’re in the mood for sitting in a chair and watching grass grow, follow the crowd to the largest public park in Paris. What is the name of this “Garden”? Answer: Luxembourg Gardens
  9. What’s the name of the world’s largest passenger jet? Answer: A380
  10. What is the significance of the order of this list of world nations? Monaco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuvalu, Jordan, Nauru, Congo (Kinshasa), Slovenia, Togo, Iraq, Belgium. [Thanks to Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings for this question.] Answer: They’re listed in order of smallest coastlines.