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Past Pub Quiz Q's

Curious about de Vere's Pub Quiz night, but not sure what it entails exactly? We asked Dr. Andy, our Quizmaster in Davis, to share some sample questions with us to give everyone an idea of what to expect. Study up and come join us every Monday night 7pm-9pm at either location. It's super fun, we promise!

1.   Mottos and Slogans.    “Uncommonly Good” is the commercial slogan for what cookie and cracker company? Keebler
 
2.   Internet Culture – Microblogging Platforms that start with the letter T. Whereas Twitter has a 40% retention rate, the tenth largest online social network has an 85% retention rate. Name it. Tumblr
 
3.   Newspaper Headlines.   When 36-year-old Kandace Seyferth collapsed from a severe asthma attack on November 25th, her 10-year old daughter Madisyn quickly dialed 911 and started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while her friend, 12-year-old Katelynn Vreeke,performed chest compressions. Madisyn and Katelynn learned CPR from watching what ABC medical drama for the previous six years? Gray’s Anatomy
 
4.   Four for Four.    In a famous illustration, Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat stands on a ball balancing 13 items. Which of the following items, if any, are among those 13? A bat, a boat, a book, a broom. (NYYN)
 
5.   Christmas Classics. In the 1965 television show A Charlie Brown Christmas, which character says “All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share”? Sally
 
6.   Art and Art History. If Vincent Van Gogh had lived as long as Salvador Dali, in what year would Van Gogh have died? You have a ten-year margin of error. He was born in 1853, and Salvador Dali lived to be 84, so the correct answer would be 1937 (1927-1947)
 
7.   Pop Culture – Music. The man with the most recently-announced GrammyAward nominations this year is 34 years old and has a middle name of Omari.Name him. Kanye West
 
8.   Sports – Boxing.   The only champion to hold the heavyweight title and go undefeated throughout his career was born in 1923.What was his name? Rocky Marciano
 
9.   Science.   What five-syllable word do we us to describe the set of chemical reactions that happen in the cells of living organisms to sustain life? Metabolism
 
The Short Round
 
10.                 American Inventors.  Dean Kamen’s most famous invention was what? The Segway PT
 
11.                 Korea. North Korea borders the eighth most populous nation to the northeast. Name the nation. Russia
 
12.                 Pop Culture – Television.     What current CBS sitcom features Patrick Warburton and David Spade? Rules of Engagement
 
13.                 Big City Mayors. Jean Quan is the mayor of what northern California city of 390,000? Oakland
 
14.                 Another Music Question. What is the best-selling Outkast song of all time? "Hey Ya!" (2003)
 
End of The Short Round
 
15.                 Anagram.     One of the best-selling living European authors has written six novels and 36 works ofnon-fiction, and his name is an anagram for the common phrase OCTOBER EMU. What is his name? Umberto Eco
 
And now five questions on the same topic. This week’s topic is The Muppets!
 
16.                 What is the first word of the theme song of The Muppet Show? “It’s”
 
17.                 Which Muppet has a Muppet body but exposed human hands? The SwedishChef
 
18.                 Both those old hecklers in the balcony of the Muppet Show Theatre were named after New York City hotels. What are their names? Statler and Waldorf 
 
19.                 Surprisingly, the puppeteer who provided the original voice of MissPiggy and Grover was born in England. What is his name? Frank Oz
 
20.                  The only actor working today who has appeared in a silent film, the 1927 film Orchids and Ermine, had a cameo in the recent film The Muppets. Name the actor. Mickey Rooney, the last surviving male star from 1930s Hollywood
 
And thus end our round of questions on The Muppets.
 
21.                 Unusual Words. What word beginning with the letter G means “to bend the knee,” or “to touch the knee to the floor or ground especially in worship”? Genuflect
 
22.                 Film.  In what 2007 film that won the Oscar for best original screenplay does Mac MacGuff say these words? “Hey there, big puffy version of Junebug!” Juno
 
23.                 Irish Culture. Saint Brendan of Clonfert, an Irish monk, allegedly discovered what in the 5th century AD? America (Expect an Irish culture question every week at the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz)
 
24.                 Cities of the World.  The name of the city that served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911 once began with a C, but now beginswith a K. Provide either name of this city of almost 4.5 million. Calcutta / Kolkata
 
25.                 American Cities. The fastest-growing city in Illinois (and 4th largest in the state) was the “birthplace” of musicians Jake Blues and Lionel Ritchie. What is this city 40 miles southwest of Chicago? Joliet
 
26.                 Science.  What do we call species of edible grasshoppers that change color and behavior at high population densities? Locusts
 
27.                 Books and Authors.   What is the name of the beautiful gypsy who is the object of much affection in Victor Hugo’s book The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Esmeralda
 
28.                 Current Events – Names in the News.    Of what former GOP presidential hopeful did Newt Gingrich today say “Of course I want his endorsement,” thus knocking Herman Cain out of the headlines for at least a few hours? Donald Trump
 
29.                 Sports – Baseball Team Names that start with the letter M.  All-Star closer Heath Bell and his new splurging baseball team have finalized a $27 million, three-year contract. Name the team. The Miami Marlins
 
30.                 Shakespeare.   What number, divisible evenly by five, is the correct number of Shakespeare’s histories? 10
 
Tie-breaker.    In what year was Victor Hugo’s mother, Sophie Trébuchet, born? She was born in 1772. (1772–1821)

 

Q&A with the de Vere's Davis Quizmaster

We're so excited to announce that Pup Quiz night is starting this Monday, November 21st at de Vere's in Davis. We're even more excited to announce the return of "Your Quizmaster" Dr. Andy as our weekly host! Davis locals might already know Dr. Jones from his days at Bistro 33. He's now officially quizmastering at de Vere's every Monday evening from 7-9pm.

Get to know the local celeb, grab some friends, and come join us for Pub Quiz night!

 

How long have you been a quizmaster? How did you get into it?

I worked as a Quizmaster for about four years until late September, 2011. I’m really looking forward to returning to Quizmastering on November 21st!

 

Where else have you been a quizmaster?

I was the Quizmaster at Bistro 33 for four years. Before that, I attended the Pub Quiz at Streets of London (Sacramento) from about 2001 to September, 2005 (whereupon my third child was born, and I had to give something up). I’ve also used quiz show approaches to testing in my classes at UC Davis, and presented such approaches to other faculty at teaching conferences.

 

What's your day job? Any hobbies?

I have hosted the KDVS public affairs radio show “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on Wednesday afternoons at 5 since 2000. I also produce and host the Poetry Night reading series at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursdays of the month; I do this literary and outreach as part of my work as the Chair of the Cultural Action Committee of Davis. Find out more about the poetry series at http://www.poetryindavis.com. The rest of my time is taken up by my wife, Kate, by our three children, and by my teaching and administrative duties at UC Davis (where I have been teaching writing and literature classes since 1990). My hobbies include bicycling, chasing after my children in Davis parks, and reading.

 

What's the format for a typical trivia night?

The Pub Quiz at de Vere’s Irish Pub will begin with the rousing ringing of a cowbell and the sort of vainglorious barking that one might associate with a circus ringmaster. The Pub Quiz will include 30 questions on a variety of topics, including history, literature, current events, pop culture, internet culture, unusual words, Irish culture, Shakespeare, sports, and . . . science! A break will come after question 15, which will be an anagram. Round one will include five short questions (a dozen words or fewer), which we shall call the Short Round. Round two will include five questions on the same topic.

I’m looking forward to starting at 7pm, a reasonable time for people who have to work in the morning. Because Pub Quiz participants will have to come early to claim tables, I also look forward to catching up with old Pub Quiz friends before the show starts. Because of de Vere’s Irish Pubs, both here and in Sacramento, I’ve also developed a fondness for Guinness.

 

What drew you to become quizmaster at de Vere's?

Anyone who has spent time in the new de Vere’s Irish Pub can’t help but be drawn to it. I grew up and attended college in the cities of Washington DC, New York City, Boston, and London, so I have dined in restaurants that are older than, say, California. Although now only days old, the new Irish pub offers a similar sense of history and authenticity. Interpersonally, I was drawn to Simon and Henry, the owners of this new pub. They have made a huge investment in our community of Davis, and they are men of vision and integrity. I should add that dozens of my former Pub Quiz participants recommended that I consider moving to de Vere’s for the relaunched Pub Quiz, and those recommendations helped me choose de Vere’s over all other suitors.

 

Any tips for preparing for quiz night?

I recommend forming a team of varied interests and strengths, for I will present questions that appeal to people of various ages, genders, academic disciplines, occupations, and geographic and life experiences. Outside of that, I encourage pub quiz participants to read widely, to be curious about the world, and to engage in conversations with friends about what they know. Once the Quiz has begun, I encourage participants to be thoughtful and trustworthy, and to attend more to the value of the Pub Quiz experience than to the outcome of the Quiz. As Vince Lombardi once said, “It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you have got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.”

People who are curious about my interests may want to know that I have three degrees in English, and abiding interests in film, funky music, African-American history and culture, technology and social media, politics and current events. I have three children, and enjoy scanning their textbooks for Quiz question topics. I listen to National Public Radio and KDVS, but I try always to include a few questions that will appeal to people who do not.

 

What's the best team name you've ever heard?

Three of my favorites are “Beer and Trembling,” “Drink Tank,” and “The Last Pigs in Afghanistan.”

 

Any words of wisdom for those new to quiz night?

Yes, I recommend that new participants observe the rules of the Quiz. Rules Two and Three of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz, for example, are “No Shouting Out the Answers” and “No Outside Help.” This means that, no matter how difficult, participants should keep their cell phones in their pockets or purses until the conclusion of the Pub Quiz. Pub Quiz participants should come ready to have fun. Consistent exuberance will be rewarded.

 

We hear you're big on social media. Where can fans follow you?

I can be followed in five ways. First, all are encouraged to visit the website http://www.yourquizmaster.com to sign up for the mailing list and to learn more about the Pub Quiz in its previous iteration. I will update that site further as I learn more about the participants in this new Quiz. Secondly, if readers would like to tell me more about themselves as Pub Quiz participants, they can email me at yourquizmaster@gmail.com. If you have pictures for me to post on the website, they can be sent there. Thirdly, Pub Quiz participants should friend the Quizmaster on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yourquizmaster to see what sort of additional hints, pictures, and comments can be found there. Fourthly, I can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yourquizmaster. I follow back, and welcome Pub Quiz question topic suggestions. Finally, I send out a weekly Pub Quiz Newsletter that brims with hints and insights. Everyone on the mailing list receives a copy, and you can also find it appearing each week as blog entries on the http://www.yourquizmaster.com web site.

I’m really grateful to be working with a Pub that values social media, outreach, and engagement as I do. I look forward to seeing all of you at the de Vere’s Pub Quiz!

Trivia Teaser Answers

Last Friday, we posted the pub quiz questions from that week. To help inspire you to join us tonight (and EVERY Monday night), we're now posting the answers. How many did you know? See you tonight! 1. Who wrote the book entitles "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?" MARK TWAIN

2. Bonus: Yesterday (Sunday 7/10), the U.S. women's soccer team won their match against the team from which nation in the Women's World Cup. For a bonus point, in which nation is this tournament being held? BRAZIL, GERMANY

3. What continent, on average, experiences the most tornadoes annually than any other? NORTH AMERICA

4. What famous actor won a Best Director Oscar for directing the 1982 film "Reds"? WARREN BEATTY

5. Made by the Annabelle candy company, what is the name of the white taffy candy bar with the peanut butter center that is packaged in a black and yellow checkerboard wrapper? YABBA ZABBA

6. What is the name of the NHL team that plays their home games in Carolina? HURRICANES

7. In "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the Knights who say "Ni" demanded that King Arthur use a specific type of fish to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest. What type of fish? HERRING

8. The star Belegeuse gets its name from the Arabic for "the giant's shoulder" and can be found in which constellation? ORION

9. Who is the author of the story known as the "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?" ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

10. In the first Gulf War, the U.S. put patriot missiles to the test against what 4-letter, Iraqi ballistic missiles? SCUD

11. What is the capital city of Uruguay? MONTEVIDEO

12.  Xylem or phloem: which is concerned with upwards water transportation through a plant, moving water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves? XYLEM

13. After a 20-year hiatus, which hugely popular CBS TV series, that ran for 13 full seasons, is set to return to the airwaves this fall, this time on TNT and with 3 of its most popular original cast members? DALLAS

14. Bonus: The word LASER is an acronym. What do the S and the R stand for in the acronym LASER? STIMULATED, RADIATION

15. Anagram: What specific professional job title can be made by unscrambling the phrase "Doogie is practical dirt?" Clues: 2 words, medical field. PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST

16. Who was the scientist that is most often credited for being the first to propose the theory of a sun-centered universe? COPERNICUS

17. Bonus: On the classic TV sitcom, "The Munsters," who played Lily and who played Merman? YVONNE DE CARLO AND FRED GWYNN

18. Speaking of Lilies, the character Lily on which current TV show is going to be replaced by another actress for next season? MODERN FAMILY

19. Similar to how a UPC symbol works, these types of matrix bar codes found on signs and objects allow people with smartphones to take pictures of them to download information. What is the two-letter term for these types of barcodes? QR CODE

20. Anagram: The name of what city, followed by its state, can be made by unscrambling the phrase "Own creamy pig?" CASPER, WYOMING

21. Before adopting the Euro, what was the unit of currency of the Netherlands? GUILDER

22. Which U. S. president had the most children, 15 of them?! (Legitimate) JOHN TYLER

23. With regards to cholesterol, what do the letters in the acronym LDL stand for? LOW DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN

24. What controversial science-fiction and self-help writer with the first name of Lafayette, dies in 1986? L. RON HUBBARD

25. What nation has as its only two land neighbors India and Myanmar? BANGLADESH

26. What make and model of car was the General Lee on the classic TV show "The Dukes of Hazard"? DODGE CHARGER

27. In which U.S. city will you find the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium? NEW YORK CITY (FLUSHING, QUEENS)

28. Which Canadian province or territory is bordered by Alberta to its east? BRITISH COLUMBIA

29. Ireland: Ardrahan, Corleggy, Durrus and Cooleeny are all what type of Irish foodstuff? CHEESE

30: Bonus: Who are the managers of the American League and National League teams in this year's All-Star Game? BRUCE BOCHY, RON WASHINGTON

Tiebreaker: In what year was the first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, CT? 1965

Our First-Ever Trivia Teaser

Every Monday night is trivia night here at the pub. For the first time, we're posting questions from this week's pub quiz. How many do YOU know? Leave your answers in the comments...we'll post the full set on answers on Monday to get you ready for another round that night! Happy weekend, all! 1. Who wrote the book entitled "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?"

2. Bonus: Yesterday (Sunday 7/10), the U.S. women's soccer team won their match against the team from which nation in the Women's World Cup. For a bonus point, in which nation is this tournament being held?

3. What continent, on average, experiences the most tornadoes annually than any other?

4. What famous actor won a Best Director Oscar for directing the 1982 film "Reds"?

5. Made by the Annabelle candy company, what is the name of the white taffy candy bar with the peanut butter center that is packaged in a black and yellow checkerboard wrapper?

6. What is the name of the NHL team that plays their home games in Carolina?

7. In "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the Knights who say "Ni" demanded that King Arthur use a specific type of fish to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest. What type of fish?

8. The star Belegeuse gets its name from the Arabic for "the giant's shoulder" and can be found in which constellation?

9. Who is the author of the story known as the "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?"

10. In the first Gulf War, the U.S. put patriot missiles to the test against what 4-letter, Iraqi ballistic missiles?

11. What is the capital city of Uruguay?

12. Xylem or phloem: which is concerned with upwards water transportation through a plant, moving water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves?

13. After a 20-year hiatus, which hugely popular CBS TV series, that ran for 13 full seasons, is set to return to the airwaves this fall, this time on TNT and with 3 of its most popular original cast members?

14. Bonus: The word LASER is an acronym. What do the S and the R stand for in the acronym LASER?

15. Anagram: What specific professional job title can be made by unscrambling the phrase "Doogie is practical dirt?" Clues: 2 words, medical field.

16. Who was the scientist that is most often credited for being the first to propose the theory of a sun-centered universe?

17. Bonus: On the classic TV sitcom, "The Munsters," who played Lily and who played Merman?

18. Speaking of Lilies, the character Lily on which current TV show is going to be replaced by another actress for next season?

19. Similar to how a UPC symbol works, these types of matrix bar codes found on signs and objects allow people with smartphones to take pictures of them to download information. What is the two-letter term for these types of barcodes?

20. Anagram: The name of what city, followed by its state, can be made by unscrambling the phrase "Own creamy pig?"

21. Before adopting the Euro, what was the unit of currency of the Netherlands?

22. Which U. S. president had the most children, 15 of them?! (Legitimate)

23. With regards to cholesterol, what do the letters in the acronym LDL stand for?

24. What controversial science-fiction and self-help writer with the first name of Lafayette, dies in 1986?

25. What nation has as its only two land neighbors India and Myanmar?

26. What make and model of car was the General Lee on the classic TV show "The Dukes of Hazard"?

27. In which U.S. city will you find the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium?

28. Which Canadian province or territory is bordered by Alberta to its east?

29. Ireland: Ardrahan, Corleggy, Durrus and Cooleeny are all what type of Irish foodstuff?

30: Bonus: Who are the managers of the American League and National League teams in this year's All-Star Game?

Tiebreaker: In what year was the first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, CT?

 

Don't forget to show your smarts! Leave answers in the comments!