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 Pub Quiz,


I have been trying to work this extended saying by Mohandas Gandhi into a Pub Quiz question, but I haven’t figured out how:


Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.


I’d appreciate your advice on that.


Happy Picnic Day aftermath! I hope you enjoyed Saturday. I realize that people in our town have different attitudes towards Picnic Day. Most UC Davis students participate eagerly in the variety of available activities, some of them elicit, but most licit. Some townies, who I suppose prefer to be called long-time residents of Davis, stay away from the entire downtown, especially after the parade has concluded. I heard somewhere that some Davis residence rent out their homes for the weekend, and use the profits made to take a short vacation elsewhere in California.


I myself had the pleasure of officially announcing the Picnic Day Parade down on 2nd and D streets, right around the corner from our favorite Irish pub. I enjoy yelling out the names of friends and friendly organizations, such as the gay veterans organization that led the parade this year. One of the best things about being a volunteer announcer for the Picnic Day Parade is the expectation that the California Aggie Marching Band will surely stop and perform right in front of you. We could hear the marching bands’ faraway drums just at about the time that the locals were growing eager and restless. I appreciated the late start, for that gave me an opportunity to catch up with some old friends, and even to sell a few books.


Speaking of which, the book release party of my new book Where’s Jukie? takes place this coming Saturday at 8 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, and I hope you will join us. The book-buying prize for last week goes to The Mavens, one of the most devoted teams who participates in our Pub Quiz, because I think every team member purchased a book for $10 knowing that all the proceeds would go to medical research. I hope to mention the name of you or your team in next week’s newsletter. I will bring some more copies of the book with me this evening.


Tonight’s quiz will feature questions on additives, faults, fictional (?) California cities, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, cell phones and email, the word “love,” spices, year of the Tiger, rivers in the east, Canadians (Hi Dianna!), astronomy, a bonus sports question, new things, southern cities, killer governments, four-syllable adjectives that start with the letter C, Ellen and her friends, valuable commodities, needful fees, spell-checked anagrams, love songs, depth, translation problems, Lawrence Fishburne films, boneless chicken, big cities in the (really) deep south, diversity in sports, bones, NPR, first couples, Hippolyta’s playground, Shakespeare, the book release party Saturday night, and Picnic Day.


See you tonight!


Your Quizmaster






Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:


  1. Gambling on TV. Gambling website Bovada has released its odds for the next host of the Late Show on CBS. What 49 year-old is leading the pack, with 5/2 odds? Obviously the odds-makers were correct. Did any of you place a bet?


  1. Science.  What, specifically, does an animal known as a “folivore” eat? I like everyone to score in double digits. 


  1. Current Events – Names in the News.     What alleged arms trafficker with a three-letter last name describes himself on Twitter as “Father, husband, educator, child psychologist, reformer, #CA Senator and Candidate for #California Secretary of State”?


  1. Sports.  With a single to right field in the 4th inning of a game against Toronto yesterday, what member of the New York Yankees passed former World Series MVP Paul Molitor for 8th on the all-time hit list?


  1. Shakespeare.   What were the four letters in the name of the Shakespeare character most famously played by Mickey Rooney in a 1935 film? Name the character.




P.S. Beloved Davis poet Hannah Stein will be reading at the John Natsoulas Gallery this coming Thursday at 8. I hope you can join us!


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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, In my head while hiking around Muir Woods this weekend, I wrote an extensive newsletter about the importance of David Letterman, amending it last night to discuss the importance of Mickey Rooney. But then my sons wouldn’t go to sleep, and my 9-11 PM office hours were full of […]

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The Unlikely Spiritual Magnet Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, One of my best friends in elementary school, Aaron Gilmartin, left Washington DC in about 5th grade. That was about the same year that Stephanie Kolman, who some thought to be the prettiest girl in the class, left for Florida. In retrospect, it seems unlikely that I would remember […]

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The Healthy Dilly Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, I have been looking forward to returning to de Vere’s this evening after our St. Patrick’s Day-inspired week off. A couple days before our last quiz, we heard of a Malaysian Airlines plane that had disappeared, and today we discovered more authoritatively where the plane “ended.” I tend to […]

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The Sleepy Birthday Monday Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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Dear Friends,   Happy Sleepy Monday! That’s what some researchers are calling the workday after we set our clocks forward, causing all our appointments to start an hour earlier. According to a recent USA Today article, today “our risk of having a car accident will rise about 6%, research shows, as will our chances of […]

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The Montague David Lord and Davey Marlin-Jones Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, March 2nd is my own personal Day of the Dead. I think first of my best friend from my pre-teen and teenage years, Tito, and how often he pointed out that he was eight days older than me. Living less than a mile from each other in the Glover […]

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The Worker’s Rusty Weekend Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

February 24, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, Treasure your moments of inactivity. Although we find distraction in television, video games, and endless web surfing, we often approach peacefulness  and contentment though a more purposeful inactivity: time spent in reflection, meditation, contemplation, invention, or prayer. I enjoy turning off my email on Friday evenings and Saturdays. I […]

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The Gracious Hosts with Bongos Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

February 17, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   I’ve spent the entire weekend at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I chaired or presented formally at 10 panels over four days, and hosted three evening poetry readings, including a raucous open mic that featured a live jazz trio (with whom I got to play my bongos). I’ve […]

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The Church Lady Bike Mishaps Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, The elderly church lady who almost hit me asked if I wanted to recover from the bike accident while sitting in her car. I told her that I didn’t want to bleed all over the seats of her Mazda. She blessed me several times after being assured that I […]

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The Win and Two Losses Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   The title of this week’s newsletter, surprisingly, does not refer to yesterday’s Super Bowl, though I suppose all of us lost who expected an exciting game. So many of you viewed the game yesterday that I feel compelled to include some relevant questions on tonight’s quiz. I hope […]

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