By Lisa Pett
Teams are registering for Trivia 46: Guardians of the Contest and at press, copies of The New Trivia Times are being distributed.
TNTT contains all the official rules for the contest as well as picture clues for contest questions and the instructions for a unique part of the Trivia experience: The Trivia Stone clues.
The Trivia Stone clues are part trivia, part expedition as players follow carefully-worded but obscure directions to local sites where they can find the answers and gain extra points for their respective teams.
The slow lines of traffic are usually routed through residential neighborhoods and side streets to keep the bulk of cars off main routes through town, according to Jim “Oz” Olivia.
The Trivia Stone was included as part of the contest in 1979. It ran continuously with the exception of a span of about four years as Oz reworked the Trivia Stone clues for safety.
“People love being in their cars, ” said Olivia. “There are people who come from out of town to play in this contest specifically for the Trivia Stone clues.”
Oz split the clues into two groups, so registered teams have their members split into group “A” or “B”. He said it reduces the number of cars near certain clues helps prevent traffic snarls.
The Trivia Stone clues have also been suspended when inclement weather made it unsafe to be on the roads.
The clues run all times of day and night during the 54-hour contest, but the answers are easy to spot, Oz added.
He also urged players and other drivers to be patient, obey all laws and to stay safe when out and about.