Indy Trivia Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Indy trivia contest at last week’s book launch party! I loved chatting with Indy enthusiasts about their favorite things to do in the Circle City. But if you missed the party, it’s not too late to challenge yourself. Here’s a copy of the quiz. Can you beat the current best score of eight points? No cheating!

  1. What is the name of the car that won the first Indy 500 in 1911?
  2. Name the architect who planned the original Mile Square section of downtown Indianapolis.
  3. This famous singer performed his last concert here in Indianapolis in June 1977.
  4. The new Indy Eleven soccer team plays its home games at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium, but the team’s fans refer to the stadium by a nickname. What is it?
  5. This old-school Indianapolis restaurant is known for its smashed burgers and onion rings.
  6. Every Thanksgiving, a little bronze statue appears on top of the old L.S. Ayres clock at the corner of Washington and Meridian streets. What does the statue depict?
  7. Name the Hoosier author who won two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction—one of only three people to do so.
  8. If you order a fresh baked good at Hubbard & Cravens, you’re probably eating a treat from what Hoosier bakery?
  9. Name the fictional character who appears in several of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, and whose name is reminiscent of a fish.
  10. Where in Indianapolis would you find three statues called “The Races of Man”?
  11. Indianapolis is a popular city for conventions—which means we have lots of hotels connected by climate-controlled skywalks. In all, how many Indy hotel rooms are connected by these tubes?
  12. Butler University was originally located in what Indianapolis neighborhood?

You’ll find the answers in the comment section below!

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One thought on “Indy Trivia Contest

  1. 1. The Marmon “Wasp”
    2. Alexander Ralston
    3. Elvis Presley
    4. “The Mike”
    5. Workingman’s Friend
    6. A cherub
    7. Booth Tarkington
    8. Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse
    9. Kilgore Trout
    10. “The Ruins” at Holliday Park
    11. 4,717 (Give yourself a point if your guess was within 1,000 of this number!)
    12. Irvington

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