Complete the List writer's reference: the Grand Finales

Here, on a single page, are the Grand Finale categories and questions from each episode of Complete the List. This is intended to be a reference to writers of future categories; by searching within this page, perhaps it'll be easier to answer a question that I've had more than once: "has this been done before?"

The Grand Finale in Episode 50 was written by Ryan Vickers, Matthew Kimberlin, and Greg Peterson; Episode 70, in which Andy also was a contestant, was written by Jeremy Cahnmann; Episode 80, the James Bond themed game, was written by Andre Cormier. Otherwise, unless a listener submission is noted, all categories and questions were written by Andy Saunders.

Season 1

Episode 1 (June 15, 2017)
Category: The United States

As per the 2010 United States Census, what was the population of the United States?

Episode 2 (June 19, 2017)
Category: The Great State of Michigan

What is the listed capacity of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, also known as "The Big House"?

Episode 3 (June 22, 2017)
Category: Broadway

As of June 11, 2017, how many performances has The Phantom of the Opera had on Broadway?

Episode 5 (June 29, 2017)
Category: Television

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, how many episodes of The Simpsons have aired [through the end of its twenty-eighth season]?

Episode 4 (July 6, 2017)
Category: 2017 Politics

How many seats are there in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom?

Episode 6 (July 13, 2017)
Category: Baseball

The Chicago Cubs have played in more games than any MLB franchise, being a member of the National League since 1876. How many regular-season games have the Cubs played in their history (through June 14, 2017)?

Episode 7 (July 20, 2017)
Category: World Geography

It's just over five percent as populous as Wyoming. As per the CIA World Factbook's July 2016 estimate, what is the population of Monaco?

Episode 8 (July 27, 2017)
Category: Pop Music

What is the length, in seconds, of "American Pie" - the longest song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart?
(Full length of parts one and two, not radio edit.)

Episode 9 (August 3, 2017)
Category: Highways & Byways

To the nearest full mile, what is the length of Interstate 90, the longest Interstate Highway in the United States, running from Seattle to Boston?

Episode 10 (August 10, 2017)
Category: USA! USA! USA!

How many total medals did the United States win (gold, silver, and bronze) at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?

Episode 11 (August 17, 2017)
Category: U.S. Presidential Elections

He has received more lifetime electoral votes for President and Vice President than anyone else in U.S. history. How many lifetime electoral votes has Franklin Delano Roosevelt received?

Episode 12 (August 24, 2017)
Category: Basketball

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA record for scoring the most number of career regular season points. What is that record total?

Episode 13 (August 31, 2017)
Category: Television

The Guiding Light aired on CBS Television between June 30, 1952, and September 18, 2009. That is a total of over 57 years. How many episodes of The Guiding Light aired on television?

Episode 14 (September 7, 2017)
Category: The 2016 Election

How many votes did Hillary Clinton receive for President in 2016? (Popular votes, not electoral votes.)

Episode 15 (September 14, 2017)
Category: New York City

To the nearest foot, what is the height of the Statue of Liberty, from the pedestal foundation to the tip of the flame of the torch?

Episode 16 (September 21, 2017)
Category: Mountains

To the nearest foot, what is the height of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America?

Episode 17 (September 28, 2017)
Category: Reality Television

The U.S. version of Survivor, airing since 2000, has seen thirty-four different seasons. How many different people have competed on Survivor?
(As a hint, 91 of those people have competed on multiple seasons.)

Episode 18 (October 5, 2017)
Category: Know Your Canada

With a few million less than that of California, what is the population of Canada, as per the 2016 Canadian census?

Episode 19 (October 14, 2017)
Category: Television Franchises

The CSI franchise spawned four different television series, which ran for a combined thirty-six seasons. In total, how many episodes of the four CSI television series aired?

Episode 20 (October 16, 2017)
Category: North American Sports

What is the combined number of teams between Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the National Football League, and Major League Soccer?

Episode 21 (October 19, 2017)
Category: Geography

As the crow flies, what is the distance between Toronto, ON (Toronto City Hall) and Vancouver, BC (Robson Square) in kilometers?
(The crow flies using the great circle approximation.)

Episode 22 (October 30, 2017)
Category: Pop Music

The Imagine Dragons song "Radioactive" holds the record for the most number of total weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. How many weeks is that record?

Episode 23 (November 2, 2017)
Category: At the Movies

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had the highest domestic box office gross of any movie released in 2016. How much did that movie gross domestically, according to Box Office Mojo?

Episode 24 (November 6, 2017)
Category: Languages

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2015, how many Americans spoke Spanish as their native language?

Episode 25 (November 9, 2017)
Category: Baseball

Hank Aaron, while his home run record has been surpassed, still has more runs batted in than anyone else in Major League Baseball history. How many RBIs does Hank Aaron have?

Episode 26 (November 13, 2017)
Category: Baseball

In 1975, Bob Watson was credited with scoring baseball's one millionth run. According to Baseball Reference, how many runs have been scored in Major League Baseball games since 1876 through to the end of the 2017 regular season?

Episode 27 (November 16, 2017)
Category: The U.S. Presidency

William Henry Harrison spent the shortest time as U.S. President, that being 31 days. Franklin Roosevelt spent the longest time as U.S. President. For how many days was FDR president?

Episode 28 (November 23, 2017)
Category: Money Matters

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, what was the median household income in the United States in 2015?
(Income and Poverty in the United States, 2015, by Proctor, Semega, and Kollar.)

Episode 29 (November 30, 2017)
Category: Science

To five significant digits, what is the standard atomic weight of the element phosphorous?

Episode 30 (December 7, 2017)
Category: The City of Boston

How many years ago was the City of Boston founded?

Episode 31 (December 14, 2017)
Category: Sports Venues

It's the largest sporting venue in the United States not used for motor racing. What is the permanent seating capacity of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky?

Episode 32 (December 21, 2017)
Category: The Last Jedi? Not So Fast!
Listener-submitted by Lisa Wolfisch.

It's a number that is about 0.2% of Australia's population. According to their 2016 census, how many Australians identify their religion as "Jedi"?

Episode 33 (December 28, 2017)
Category: Long-Running Television Series

Owing to longer television seasons when it aired, Gunsmoke is still the longest running scripted U.S. primetime television series of all time, in terms of number of episodes aired. How many episodes of Gunsmoke aired?

Episode 34 (January 4, 2018)
Category: Game Shows

In their 33rd season - which ran from September 12, 2016 to July 28, 2017 - Jeopardy! aired two hundred non-tournament regular games. What were the combined winnings of the winners of those 200 games? (Do not count any consolation prizes.)

Episode 35 (January 8, 2018)
Category: Geographic Name's the Same

The United States has a pair of well-known cities known as Portland - one in Maine, one in Oregon. As the crow flies, how many miles apart are these two Portlands?

Episode 36 (January 11, 2018)
Category: Highways & Byways

Unsurprisingly, it's over the length limit for funding that was set aside for it. According to the Federal Highway Administration, how many miles of Interstate highway exist in the United States?

Episode 37 (January 15, 2018)
Category: Baseball

Assuming no tiebreaker games are required, and all playoff series go their maximum scheduled distance, how many regular-season and postseason Major League Baseball games are scheduled each season?

Episode 38 (January 18, 2018)
Category: 1990s Music

When it reached No. 3 in 1992, "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses became the longest song ever to chart inside the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40. According to Record Research, how many seconds long is "November Rain"?

Episode 39 (January 25, 2018)
Category: Chemistry

To four significant digits, what is the atomic weight of the noble gas neon?

Episode 40 (February 1, 2018)
Category: Literature

Ray Bradbury would not have won NaNoWriMo - that is, National Novel Writing Month - with his Fahrenheit 451. What was the word count of that famous Ray Bradbury work?

Episode 41 (February 8, 2018)
Category: From the U.S. Census Bureau
Suggested by Lisa Wolfisch.

It's the only state more populous than Canada. What is the population of California, as per the July 1, 2017 estimate as given by the U.S. Census Bureau?

Episode 42 (February 15, 2018)
Category: The NBA

The United Center is the largest arena by capacity currently in use in the NBA. What is the capacity for the United Center for Bulls home games?

Episode 43 (February 22, 2018)
Category: The Northeast

Amtrak's Acela Express train runs between Boston, MA and Washington, DC. As the crow flies, how many miles apart are Boston and Washington?

Episode 44 (February 26, 2018)
Category: TV Documentaries

Produced by WGBH Boston, NOVA has been airing scientific documentaries on PBS since 1974, producing as many as twenty-four episodes in some years. How many different episodes of NOVA have aired, including the most recent, which aired January 10, 2018?

Episode 45 (March 1, 2018)
Category: The Olympics

Edging out Norway by two total medals, the United States won the most number of total medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. How many medals did the United States win in Sochi?
(Disclaimer: this episode was taped before a number of Russian medals were reinstated just prior the PyeongChang Olympics.)

Episode 46 (March 12, 2018)
Category: Literature

It is the longest of the seven in its series by almost 60,000 words. What is the word count of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?

Episode 47 (March 15, 2018)
Category: Slowly I Turned

Of course, this is a reference to Niagara Falls. What is the vertical drop of Niagara Falls in feet?

Episode 48 (March 22, 2018)
Category: Major League Baseball

Dodger Stadium has the largest listed seating capacity of any Major League Baseball stadium at 56,000. However, what is the mean average listed seating capacity of Major League Baseball's thirty stadiums?

Episode 49 (March 29, 2018)
Category: The Oscars

The 74th Academy Awards presentation, on March 24, 2002, was the longest awards ceremony in the history of the Oscars. How many minutes did it run for?

Episode 50 (April 1, 2018)
Category: All-American Food

Name the number of hot dogs that Joey Chestnut ate in the 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition on July 4, 2017 to win the title.

Episode 51 (April 5, 2018)
Category: U.S. Cities

As per the U.S. Census Bureau, what was the population in 2016 of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metropolitan Statistical Area?

Episode 52 (April 12, 2018)
Category: The Cabinet

It's a post currently held by Jeff Sessions. How many people have served as United States Attorney General? Edmund Randolph was the first to hold the post from 1789 to 1794. When coming up with your count, do not count people were acting Attorneys General.

Episode 53 (April 16, 2018)
Category: Video Games
Listener-submitted by Choyon Manjrekar.

How many official games were released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America over the entire history of the console?

Episode 54 (April 19, 2018)
Category: Television

As of April 14, 2018, how many episodes of Saturday Night Live have aired over its forty-three seasons on television? Do not count any specials when coming up with your number.

Episode 55 (April 23, 2018)
Category: Competitive Riding
Listener-submitted by Matt Carberry.

The 42nd and most recent Canadian federal election in 2015 elected members from 338 electoral districts, or "ridings," to the House of Commons. What is the total number of ridings contested in all forty-two Canadian federal elections?

Episode 56 (April 26, 2018)
Category: The Spirit of '72
Listener-submitted by Matt Carberry.

In 1972, Bobby Fischer famously defeated Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship in a match staged in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík. What was the population of Iceland on January 1, 2018?

Episode 57 (April 30, 2018)
Category: Olympic Sports

What is the world record point total in the decathlon, as set by Ashton Eaton in 2015?

Episode 58 (May 3, 2018)
Category: Counting Counties
Inspired by a submission by Lisa Wolfisch.

Washington County is the most common county or parish, etc., name in the United States. In fact, more than half of the states of the U.S. have a Washington County. How many U.S. states have a Washington County or Washington Parish?

Episode 59 (May 7, 2018)
Category: Long Movies

1939's Gone with the Wind is considered by IMDb to be the longest running Best Picture Oscar winner. According to IMDb, what is the running length, in minutes, of Gone with the Wind? This time includes all musical interludes in the beginning, middle, and end of the film.

Episode 60 (May 10, 2018)
Category: Canadian History

How many years ago was the large Canadian city of Montréal founded?

Episode 61 (May 15, 2018)
Category: YouTube Videos
Listener-submitted by Josh Woo.

The music video for Psy's "Gangnam Style" was the most viewed video on YouTube when it surpassed the video for Justin Bieber's "Baby" in 2012, until it was surpassed by the video for Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again." For how many days did "Gangnam Style" hold the record for most viewed YouTube video?

Episode 62 (May 17, 2018)
Category: International Relations
Listener-submitted by Josh Woo.

The Inter-Korean Summit in April 2018 marked the first time a North Korean leader set foot on South Korean territory since the signing of the Korean armistice agreement in 1953. How many days have passed between the signing of the armistice and the Inter-Korean Summit?

Episode 63 (May 21, 2018)
Category: Happy Victoria Day!

As this episode is being released on Victoria Day, this question is about Queen Victoria. What anniversary of her birth will be celebrated on May 24, 2018?

Episode 64 (May 24, 2018)
Category: U.S. History

Idaho and Wyoming were both admitted to the Union in the same year. What anniversary of that event will they both be celebrating in 2018?

Episode 65 (May 29, 2018)
Category: An HBO Television Series
Listener-submitted by Choyon Manjrekar.

Over the course of the entire series, how many human deaths occurred in The Sopranos?

Episode 66 (May 31, 2018)
Category: Auto Racing

Back in 1996, Arie Luyendyk (yes, the father of the famous The Bachelor contestant) set the one-lap qualifying record in the Indianapolis 500, at 237.498 mph. How many seconds did it take Luyendyk to make one lap of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway? You may give your answer to three decimal places.

Episode 67 (June 4, 2018)
Category: Sports

The most attended Kentucky Derby in history took place in 2015, when how many people were at Churchill Downs?

Episode 68 (June 7, 2018)
Category: People

As per the Population Reference Bureau estimates of mid-2017, how many people have been born in the history of planet Earth?

Episode 69 (June 11, 2018)
Category: Mountains

Mount Logan is the tallest mountain in Canada and the second tallest in North America. How tall, in feet, is Mount Logan?

Episode 70 (June 14, 2018)
Category: Television

Since the original debuted on September 13, 1990, there have been five different scripted U.S. television series from Dick Wolf that have the words "Law & Order" in their titles. How many episodes of those five series have aired?

Episode 71 (June 18, 2018)
Category: Basketball

Including both regular season and playoffs, how many total games were played in the 2017-18 NBA season?

Episode 72 (June 21, 2018)
Category: Television

On May 14, 1998, the Seinfeld finale became the fifth most watched series finale in the history of American television. To the nearest 100,000 people, how many people watched the Seinfeld finale?

Episode 73 (June 25, 2018)
Category: The North
Listener-submitted by Matt Carberry.

Their total population is less than that of Canada’s least populous province, Prince Edward Island. What is the combined population of Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, per the January 2018 Statistics Canada estimate?

Episode 74 (June 28, 2018)
Category: U.S. Geography
Listener-submitted by Chloe McGuire.

How many lakes (defined as ten acres or more) are there in the U.S. state of Minnesota?

Episode 75 (July 2, 2018)
Category: Canada

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1, and the nation will celebrate its 151st birthday this year. How many different people have served as Prime Minister of Canada?

Episode 76 (July 5, 2018)
Category: The Western Hemisphere
Listener-submitted by Matt Carberry.

In Episode 6 of Complete the List, Brett Chandler, of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, was defeated by Bevan Narinesingh, originally from Trinidad and Tobago. As the crow flies, what is the distance between Whitehorse and Port of Spain (the capital of Trinidad and Tobago) in miles?

Episode 77 (July 9, 2018)
Category: Game Shows
Listener-submitted by Tristan Bauer.

Wheel of Fortune just finished its thirty-fifth season in syndication. How many episode encompass those thirty-five seasons?

Episode 78 (July 12, 2018)
Category: Around the World

This one is literally going around the world. What is the circumference of the Earth at the Equator, in miles?

Episode 79 (July 16, 2018)
Category: The Super Bowl

How many combined points have been scored by all teams over the fifty-two Super Bowl games?

Episode 80 (July 19, 2018)
Category: At the Box Office

According to Box Office Mojo, Skyfall is the highest grossing Eon Productions film in the James Bond film series, grossing $304,360,277 domestically, not adjusted for inflation. Dr. No is the lowest grossing Eon Productions film in the series, grossing $16,067,035 domestically, not adjusted for inflation. What is the total United States domestic gross of all twenty-four films in the Eon Productions James Bond film series?

Episode 81 (July 23, 2018)
Category: This Is a Hamilton Category

Hamilton is nearing its third birthday on Broadway. As of July 8, 2018, how many performances has Hamilton had on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre?

Episode 82 (July 26, 2018)
Category: Badges, or Badgers?

This one is going to be about badgers - Wisconsin Badgers, that is. What is the population of the U.S. state of Wisconsin, as per the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 population estimates?

Episode 83 (July 30, 2018)
Category: Movie: The Musical
Listener-submitted by Richard Wallace.

According to Broadway World, as of July 22, 2018, how much has The Lion King - the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time - grossed since it opened in October 1997 on Broadway?

Episode 84 (August 3, 2018)
Category: Literary Franchises
Listener-submitted by Tristan Bauer.

There were seven books in the Harry Potter series. How many pages make up those seven books? (This is based off the original U.S. editions.)

Episode 85 (August 6, 2018)
Category: To the Moon
Listener-submitted by Tristan Bauer.

What is the circumference of the Moon, at its equator, in miles?

Episode 86 (August 9, 2018)
Category: Game Shows

Including the three tournaments and all consolation prizes, how much in prize money was awarded to Jeopardy! contestants over the show's 34th season, which concluded on July 27, 2018?

Episode 87 (August 13, 2018)
Category: Young Adult Literature

How many books comprise the original Hardy Boys Mystery Stories series, published between 1927 and 2005?

Episode 88 (August 16, 2018)
Category: Music

According to the Chart History section of Billboard's website, as of August 16, 2018, how many different songs did Aretha Franklin chart (in any position, from No. 1 to No. 100) on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart?

Episode 89 (August 20, 2018)
Category: Football

Including regular season and playoffs, how many National Football League games are scheduled for this season, which begins on September 6, 2018?

Episode 90 (August 23, 2018)
Category: Fast Food
Listener-submitted by Tristan Bauer.

According to their official website, as of August 16, 2018, how many Subway restaurants operate in the United States?

Episode 91 (August 27, 2018)
Category: Geography

It's about 25% farther than Seattle to Miami. What is the distance, as the crow flies, between New York City and London, England, in kilometers?

Episode 92 (August 30, 2018)
Category: History

How many years ago did the country of Haiti declare its independence from France, on January 1 of that year?

Episode 93 (September 3, 2018)
Category: Populations

If it were a U.S. state, it would just edge Pennsylvania and Illinois for the fifth most populous U.S. state. However, this question does not have to do with a U.S. state, it has to do with a Canadian province. What is the population of the Canadian province of Ontario, as per the 2016 Census?

Episode 94 (September 6, 2018)
Category: Football

Tom Brady led the National Football League in passing yards in 2017. How many yards did he throw for?

Episode 95 (September 10, 2018)
Category: Mathematics

How many prime numbers less than 100 are there?

Episode 96 (September 17, 2018)
Category: North American History

It's September 13, and a pivotal battle in North American History, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, near Québec City, took place on this day. How many years ago did that battle take place?
(As stated in the episode notes, this episode was originally scheduled to be released on 2018-09-13; it was delayed four days due to changes in Andy's schedule.)

Season 2

Episode 1 (October 22, 2018)
Category: From the Census Bureau
Listener-submitted by Lisa Wolfisch.

What was the United States's median household income in 2017?

Episode 2 (November 26, 2018)
Category: Math History
Listener-submitted by Matt Carberry.

In 1995, mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles published the first conclusive proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. How many years elapsed between Pierre de Fermat formulating the theorem and the publication of Wiles's proof?

Episode 3 (November 29, 2018)
Category: Pokémon

The addition of two new Pokémon to Pokémon Go in 2018 means that there are now how many Pokémon in total, throughout all generations? As a clue, Generation 1 had 151, and only one of the succeeding six generations has added more to the total.

Episode 4 (December 3, 2018)
Category: 2017 Movies
Listener-submitted by Tristan Bauer.

According to Box Office Mojo, of all of the movies released in 2017 in theaters, how many made over $100 million at the domestic box office during their theatrical run?

Episode 5 (December 6, 2018)
Category: Board Games

What is the total face point value of a complete set of one hundred English language Scrabble tiles?

Because the usual tiebreaker was inconclusive (the two tied players gave the same response), a second Grand Finale question was used to break the tie.

Category: Weights and Measures
Listener-submitted by Matt Carberry.

A United States gallon, by definition, is equal to exactly how many cubic inches?

Episode 6 (December 10, 2018)
Category: The Spirit of Giving
Listener-submitted by Tristan Bauer.

In 2004, Oprah famously gave away a Pontiac G6 to everyone in her audience - a total of 276 cars. What was the combined sticker price, or cost, of all of those cars?

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