2 winners, 1 tough challenge

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Monday, January 24, 2011

First off, KidsPost wants to apologize. We didn't realize we were creating the HARDEST NEWS QUIZ EVER.

But that's apparently what we did. In our eight previous year-end news quiz, as many as 30 kids got all of the answers correct. This year, nobody got all of the answers right and just two kids - Zach Blank of Potomac and Andrew Hay of Arlington - missed only one question. All of the other kids who entered, more than 130 in all, missed two or more questions.

So before we reveal the answers (questions 2 and 10 tripped most kids up), here's what Zach and Andrew had to say about how they came away winners. (Each boy will receive a gift basket with books, including "Guinness World Records," games, a stuffed lion from the National Zoo and a KidsPost T-shirt.)

Zach, 10, a fourth-grader at Georgetown Day School, says, "I usually read the KidsPost every day and I just remembered" the answers. Was he surprised when he heard he had won? "I felt pretty confident" he had gotten them all right, he said.

And 10-year-old Andrew's key to success? "I looked [the answers] up on the computer!" said the bubbly fourth-grader from Tuckahoe Elementary.

1. Where is Rebecca Stead's Newbery Medal-winning novel, "When You Reach Me," set?

A. New York in the 1970s.

2. What shape are all snowflakes?

A. Hexagons (it's true that no two snowflakes are alike, but they all start out as six-sided figures).

3. Why was February 4 an important day at the National Zoo?

C. It was Tai Shan's last day at the zoo.

4. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, right, is the world's tallest building. It is . . .

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