The 108th Semi-Annual Williams Trivia Contest

May 14–15, 2021, brought to you by:

Too Early for Flapjacks

What the heck is Williams Trivia?

Trivia is a glorious and time-honored Williams tradition dating back to 1966. Once in January and once in May, all Williams students—and anyone else who wants to, for that matter—are invited to stay up way too late for a night of music, goofy acting, and things-you-know-but-can't-quite-remember. It's the final exam for everything you never learned at Williams College.

We are Too Early for Flapjacks, the team who won the last regular contest. That is the prize for winning trivia: more trivia. If you win this contest, you have the privilege and requirement of running the next one.

What you'll need:

In the week before the contest:

  1. Pick a dope team name. Any name will do, but the best team names are answers to trivia questions.*
  2. Before 10:00PM on May 14th (10:00PM is like the latest, sign up as soon as you can), go to and register your team.
  3. Set your team picture to be either a photo of your team or something evocative of your team's name. (Worth one point!)
  4. Make sure everyone knows the team password.

Just before 10:00:

  1. Find the link to the audio stream, and open that. That's how you'll hear questions. (Make sure your computer runs it without issue.)
  2. Also click on the link to your team's chat room in the upper-left corner of the homepage.
  3. Click on the link to the Zoom meeting. Then click on Breakout Rooms, and join your team's breakout room.

What will happen:

But wait, there's more!

More Info

Be sure to read the official contest rules for all the nuts and bolts.

Almost all the trivia from the past 107 contests is online in the Trivia archive at If you want to see what questions and boni are like, go there.

The Trivia mailing list is where you can hear scathing reviews of the contest afterward, and also post your own postmortem (highly recommend, the trivia community is great). To join, go to


So start forming your team and planning your snacks as soon as possible. Send any questions you have to me at mconger [ at ] umich [ dot ] edu. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom and laughing with/at you in action boni on Friday, May 14th!

*Click here to see the origins of the names of all past winning Trivia teams. The reason the best Trivia team names are answers to trivia questions is that the answer to the first question in the contest is, by tradition, the name of the host team. So you've got that going for you.