Q. What is smarts?
But what kind of smarts? This NYT article centers around the meaning of intelligence. Is 33 time (and counting) Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings a genius? No, probably not, be he's got the right kind of smarts - and clicker skill - to keep him winning game after game.
One interviewed expert calls what's being tested verbal memory - the ability to recall facts, names, dates, songs, etc that you've read or heard just once or twice.
I've heard from a reliable souce that the key to the game is in the clicker and when you click it. Personally, I fancy myself a bit of a trivia savant (I'm fabled at UC Santa Cruz, apparently. Thanks, Dorothy Parker), but, I also realize that while such accumen makes me a kick at cocktail parties, it doesn't make you summa cum laude at law school either. Eh, what can you do?
I'll still take smarts over intelligence any day, though. Helps you live longer . . . .