Welcome from Your Quizmaster

by yourquizmaster on February 7, 2012

Welcome to the website and blog for the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz, held Monday nights at 7 at de Vere’s Irish Pub, 217 E Street in Davis. The most anticipated restaurant to come to Davis in many years, voted by Davis Enterprise voters to be the best 2011 addition to Davis, voted by The California Aggie to be the best bar in Davis, de Vere’s Irish Pub has room for 30+ tables and more than 200 Pub Quiz participants.


Launch Time: 7pm
Recommended time to claim a table: 6pm or earlier, but no earlier than 5:30
Team size: Up to six
Questions: 30 and a tie-breaker
Prizes: Gift Certificates worth $50, $25 and $15 for First, Second and Third Place
Bonus Prizes: A bonus 4th place prize of swag
Quizmaster: Your Quizmaster, Dr. Andy

Below please find the weekly Pub Quiz Newsletter, containing reflections on events of the week, hints about upcoming quiz question topics, and sample questions from the previous week’s quiz. If you would like to add yourself to the YourQuizmaster Mailing List, please do so by entering your name and email to the form on the right (and unsubscribing is just as easy). If you prefer, you can review future Pub Quiz newsletters via your RSS reader, and keep up with the Quizmaster by following him on Facebook and Twitter. You can also send him an email.


Dear Friends of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz,


We were lucky to have the internationally acclaimed poet and playwright James Ragan visit Davis this past week, performing at the John Natsoulas Gallery and on the UC Davis campus. Ragan impresses audiences with his stories, with the many movie-stars and heads of state with whom he has worked and performed, and the quality of his poetry, much of which he has memorized.


One of my favorites of the poems Ragan keeps in his head is titled “Rilke on the Conveyor Belt at Los Angeles International” (found at the website of the journal Rattapallax):





A rick of pages, it falls hardly noticed

into motion, and down the track, unspined,

it cycles time between a rucksack and laundry.

A book no thicker than a wallet or a comb,

it is the unworthy carry-on, newly bought,


colliding with a carpetbag and steamer

on the unlikely navigation into being

where it’s not. Each passenger has watched it

circle more than once, a bold intrusion

into the archipelago of things familiar.


There is no fixed point of concentration,

no laughter, no elation when the eyes dissect

the slow descent of baggage into orbit

as if in taking up an armstrap, each handler

slews a body to the spars of his shoulder.


Had Rilke himself fallen, unbound,

lying in united state, he would have passed

unnoticed by the baggage check or porter

who fail to think it odd or such a pity

to tag him at the lost and found.


How many miles had his words trespassed,

how many cities, alive, unread

among so many ports of authority, a gold leaf

of art so grand in the pall of memory

it gives the mind encouragement to survive.


Unless, unsung like a soldier’s duffel, duty bound,

fear spreads its tarp along the spine of language.

Creation can end this way, abrupt and final,

like travel to the ends of the world

with no intent, or vision, but destination.


(from LUSIONS, Grove/Atlantic)


I hope you are making time in your life for great performances.


Tonight’s pub quiz will feature questions on U.S. Presidents, the Dalai Lama, football, early film pioneers, nearly defunct companies that start with the letter S, illuminated readings, California companies, A-List celebrities such as Johnny Depp, the cities where famous events took place, mountains, star-gazing though the centuries, meditation, sports that surround, Star Wars, people who have appeared on Seinfeld, British poets with whom you are familiar, political parties, prime numbers, Hamlet’s ethic, knights, big arrivals, the Boston Consulting Group, John Lescroart’s original fiction to be performed by a talented Sacramento actor Saturday night at the Pence Gallery, genetics, South American, and the topics of a few questions that I haven’t written yet, including the Shakespeare question.


If you bring a new person or a new team to the Pub Quiz tonight, which I encourage, make sure to introduce me to the newcomers. See you tonight!


Your Quizmaster






Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:


  1. Mottos and Slogans.         Starting with the letter P, what Japanese company founded in 1955 uses the slogan “Ideas for Life”?


  1. Internet Culture. What successful American international commerce company headquartered in Seattle, Washington has revealed plans to open its first ever brick and mortar store in New York City?


  1. Newspaper Headlines.  According to the ranking firm Interbrand, what is the world’s most valuable brand?


  1. Four for Four.    According to the most recent polling, which of the following Republican governors, if any, has greater than 50% approval rating by voters in his state? Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker. If for some reason you don’t know which US State one of these governors is from, that would be embarrassing.


  1. Oscar-Winners. What do the following Oscar-winning actresses have in common? Julie Andrews, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o, Anna Paquin, Barbra Streisand. We know it is not country of origin, for Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico.


P.S. What are your Halloween costume plans this year?


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October 13, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   Thinking back, I believe now that my family and I were the troublemakers in my Washington, D.C. neighborhood. During the 1970s, my mom would throw parties (salons, really) that were exclusively attended by women, sometimes too many women to fit in our Glover Park row house. I bet […]

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The “Life During Wartime” Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

October 6, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   The fall quarter has finally begun for me, for I’ve just finished teaching my first writing class: “Topics in Journalism: Silicon Valley and Internet Culture.” In some ways, I’ve been in training to teach this class since I first started hosting “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on […]

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The Gluten-Free Weltanschauung Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

September 29, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   September is almost over, and with it for me an extended season of officiated weddings. This morning a new bride thanked me for bringing a little bit of Davis to her wedding in Sacramento this past weekend. As an Aggie alum, she meant this as a compliment, but […]

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The Neck Twists Like a Rope Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

September 23, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, The Poet Laureate of Davis has been meeting the expectations of his office with great gusto! In the last week I have lectured on sonnets at the high school English class of Pub Quiz regular and frequent champion Dianna Huculak, hosted a reading by Davis poets Henry 7 Reneau, […]

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The Picasso Quotations with Hegnar Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

September 15, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, One of my favorite faculty members at UC Davis is an art history professor named Hegnar Watenpaugh. She and I met with a couple of her colleagues this morning to talk about the sustained and sustaining importance of art and art history to Art History majors at UC Davis, […]

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The Finding Love in a Clearing Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

September 8, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   I spent my weekend making new friends and celebrating the wedding of one of my favorite couples.   Imagine standing in an outdoors clearing, called “the chapel” by the longtime attendees of a camp in the Napa Hills. The wedding Officiant directs those congregated to behold the trees, […]

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The September Weddings Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

September 1, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   This coming weekend I get to officiate the wedding of a couple that I met through the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz. Having spent time at many meals and a few poetry readings since, I am beyond excited and honored to play a part in this joyous […]

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The Flaring and Fading Last Days of Summer Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

August 25, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   For Davis schoolchildren, today is the penultimate day of summer.   The plans, the parks, the picnics, the trips, the swimming, and the ceaseless films: They all come to an end this week, as our children return to school. My son Truman has some concerns about his return […]

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The Celebrity Deaths Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

August 18, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   Who will be the third?   That was the question asked of me by a friend after we realized that Lauren Bacall had died the day after Robin Williams. The “rule of threes” applies to celebrity obituaries, we have been told, and so when two movie stars die […]

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