I love game shows.  And when I’m playing in my living room by myself, I’m unstoppable.  I routinely win both showcases on The Price is Right.   I consistently double my money in Final Jeopardy and I always get big bucks and no whammys.  Card Sharks, Family Feud, Match Game…Game over!

But the only problem is, when you turn off your TV to read another awesome blog post by yours truly, you don’t have the chance to win a fabulous genuine simulated-wood dining room set, or a spacious waterbed, or a trip to exciting Acapulco.  Well, that’s about to change.  I’m giving you a chance to test your knowledge of Pittsburgh.  Will you shine or will you be the weakest link?  It’s time to find out on…..Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, or a 1st Grader for that Matter?  (Cue the fancy music and lighting effects!)

Ok, actually there are no 5th graders who could possibly get any of these questions right, but I needed a title.  Here we go:

1.  In square feet, what is Western Pennsylvania’s biggest shopping center?
Answer:  This is a tricky one.  You’re probably thinking the traditional mall route like Ross Park Mall or Pittsburgh Mills.  Well, the answer is The Waterfront which has 1.5 million square feet.  To me, it feels like the inside of Dave & Busters is 1.5 million square feet.

2.  What does the beacon on top of the Grant Building in downtown Pittsburgh spell at night?

Answer:  Before we get to the answer, here’s what it doesn’t spell; 

Cleveland Sucks

Go Stillers

Give me more fireworks

James Harrison is god

I love chipped ham

Damn it’s cold up here

And the answer is…P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H.  The building has been sending the signal since it opened in 1927.

3.  Who was the host of WTAE-TV’s Bowling for Dollars?

Answer:  You remember Bowling for Dollars right?  I remember loving this show as a kid and I’m surprised no one has tried to bring it back.  Maybe not bowling, maybe Jarts for Dollars or Curling for Cash would be better.  Anyhoo, the host of Bowling for Dollars was Nick Perry.  You also may remember Mr. Perry for something else but I won’t get into that here.

4.  How many panes of glass are in the six building complex at PPG headquarters downtown?

Answer:  This is an easy one and I can’t believe you haven’t answered yet!  Want a hint?  The answer is between 19,749 and 19,751.  Yes!  You got it!  There are 19,750 panes of glass.  I have always wanted to do a pick-up game of baseball in that courtyard.

5.  Ok, here’s an easy one.  The submarine USS Requin is docked on the Allegheny River next to the Carnegie Science Center.  Is it longer or shorter than a football field?

Before I tell you the answer, Dave and & were actually kicked off that sub for fencing.  Yes, you read that correctly, fencing.  In our defense, there was no sign.  Ok, the answer is, it is longer than a football field – 11 feet, 8 inches longer than a football field.  But, if you can’t fence on the sub, you probably can’t play football either.

How’d you do?  Well, tomorrow I’ll give you a chance to redeem yourself.

Alex Trebek was not harmed in any way during the writing of this blog.  –  Dave R