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Bad Answers At The Speed of Sound

Here’s a superb bad answer from the other week at the Newsroom.

In the double-or-bust round, question 5 asked in which year Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight.

You had to get within 10 years of the correct answer and I thought that was a wide enough envelope for most teams to warrant a guess.

Then this got handed in:

bad trivia answer
Forty years before planes were invented, some quiz teams were already flying faster than the speed of sound.

Most teams who answered did get near enough the correct answer (1947) to earn the points.

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