Radio: What Is a Bicuspid?

What makes the moon light up? What is a bicuspid? If you had a buck rabbit, would Nellie be a good name for it?

In radio studios in 13 U.S. cities last week, alert young fourth, fifth and sixth graders perched on the edges of their chairs and strained for the answers to such posers. Each studio was jammed with soprano cheering sections from competing schools. Teachers, who had coached their hopefuls for competition, watched nervously. The program was Quizdown, an interschool contest conducted on old-fashioned spelling-bee lines.

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