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Happy 75th birthday, CBC Ottawa! Plus: a contest

By Trevor Pritchard on September 30, 2011

Photo by slimmer_jimmer on Flickr

UPDATE: We’ve got a winner! Thanks to all who played. And the correct answer to “How many points is ‘Lucy van Oldenbarneveld’ worth in a game of Scrabble?” is 36.

It’s kind of cliche to draw attention to how old someone is by pointing out all the quaint stuff that was happening when that person (or in this case, cultural institution) came into the world. For instance, I could point out how, when CBC Ottawa was launched 75 years ago, Vikings roamed the east coast and people were fawning over that new-fangled gizmo, the printing press. But I won’t. Besides, as you might be able to tell, I’m not very good with history anyways.

Instead, let’s just celebrate the present: specifically, with a contest! Some background: CBC Ottawa is opening the doors to its Sparks Street facility Saturday morning, and there will be tours and live music and all manner of fun stuff that day to kick off Culture Days. However! If you want to feel extra exclusive, we’re giving away four passes for a tour of the building at 9:30 a.m., before the madness gets underway. CBC hosts Adrian Harewood and Lucy van Oldenbarneveld will guide you through the newsroom, and you’ll also get two CBC 75th anniversary prize packages. (We tried to figure out what’s in there, but the contents are very top-secret.)

Anyways, as befits all great contests, there’s a skill-testing question. I’ve long thought that one of the two tour hosts has the best name in the history of Canadian media, so without further adieu: If you were to somehow play “Lucy van Oldenbarneveld” in a game of Scrabble, how many points would you get? (Just the tile value, please – English version, no blanks, no bonuses.) The first person to send the correct answer to apartment613 (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line “CBC contest” will get the passes.

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