Night and Day

JUDGE READS TO STUDENTS: (Do not read numbers or phrases in parenthesis.)

1. You will have one minute to think and three minutes to respond. Questions count against your thinking time.

2. You will receive one point for each common response. Highly creative or humorous responses will receive three points. This will be a subjective opinion of the judge and the judge's decision is final.

3. Your team not repeat an answer.

4. Once the time begins, it will not be stopped. If the judge asks you to repeat or to clarify your answer, it counts against your time. Speak loudly and clearly.


You may have heard the expression "different as night and day." Your problem is to tell things that might be associated with NIGHT or things that might be associated with DAY. You must say the word "DAY" or the word "NIGHT" before giving your answer. For example, you might say "DAY, the sun comes up." (Judge repeat this paragraph, "You may have heard …")


Be sure to give exactly one minute to think and three minutes to respond. Timing is critical. Students responding at the buzzer can finish and be scored.You should repeat the problem for each team. You may answer questions during the one minute thinking period.Score: One point for each common response and three points for each creative.

Common Responses: Things that happen in the day or night, such as "the moon shines", "I go to school", "my parents go to work", "everyone sleeps".

Creative Responses: Answers that incorporate unusual ideas, answer that use "night" AND "day", or which use "night" or "day" associations in a different way, such as literary references. For example:

"NIGHT and DAY" – Song by Cole Porter

"NIGHT and DAY" – "Hard Day’s Night"

"DAY" – He scared the living daylights out of me!

"NIGHT" – "Knight of the Round Table"

"DAY" – "Listening to Dave Matthews Band" (Has sound of Day in it)

NIGHT" - "Goodnight, Moon" by Margaret Wish BrownNOTE: Once an answer is given and then another very similar answer is given, count it as common only and then declare any other answers which are basically the same as repeats.

Also note that answers do not have to have the word "night" or the word "day" in them but must be prefaced by those words. (For example, "DAY – Early to bed, early to rise!")