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Dec. 30, 2006 — 185 right, 128 wrong

Today, the last question on my Trivial Pursuit Page-A-Day calendar came up:

How many of every 10 members of Harvard’s Class of 2002 graduated “with honors”?

My guess was one, and it was an answer borne of personal experience; back in 1988, it was pretty hard to get “cum laude.” But thanks to grade inflation and other factors, the answer was nine.

It was the last of 313 questions in the calendar. For the year, I answered 185 correctly, a 59.1 percent rate, an improvement on last year’s calendar when I answered 53.3 percent right.

Yep, I keep score.

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