The 112th Semi-Annual Williams Trivia Contest

May 12–13, 2023, brought to you by:


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 WHOPPER WHOPPER WHOPPER WHOPPER, 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 days before the contest:

  1. Pick a righteous team name. Any name will do, but the best team names are answers to trivia questions.*
  2. Before 10:00PM Eastern Time on May 12th (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 that everyone knows the team password.

Just before 10:00:

  1. If you’re in Williamstown, tune into WCFM. If you’re elsewhere, 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.

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 111 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 lms6 [ at ] williams [ dot ] edu. We look forward to grading your answers and laughing with/at your Action Trivia on Friday, May 12th!

*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.