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.

Details:

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.

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Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,

 

I got to introduce the bike-commuting advocate Paul Dorn to my Silicon Valley Journalism students this morning, and thus was unavailable to compose thoughtful insights on important topics by my regular due date of 10:30 on a Monday morning. As a result, today’s newsletter contains mostly hints. Next week I may talk more about transportation concerns.

 

Tonight’s Pub Quiz will address the following topics: the ante-chambers of a queen, bad occupation choices, sports numbers that are divisible by three, industrial banks, realty stats, biopics and many other films, killer apps, Kali, invertebrates, light, African names, feeling free, spheres, moderately great Americans who appear in bad films, quickenings, sleep deprivation, characters named Julie, South America, Pacific rim films in which flowers are braided into the hair of lead actors, measurements, indirect Halloween, golden arrows, scary books, one-word titles, big films, October 27, food and “drink,” things mapped by Ptolemy, world capitals, the Cold War, Swedish culture, football, and Shakespeare.

 

Happy Halloween! Tonight, in celebration of the holiday, I shall wear black.

 

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Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:

 

  1. Newspaper Headlines.  Facebook and Apple have established new policies in which they will pay for female employees to freeze their WHAT?

 

  1. World History. In what city was Archduke Ferdinand assassinated in 1914?

 

  1. Pop Culture – Music. What Lorde song has recently been banned from radio play in San Francisco?

 

  1. Four for Four. Which of the following A-List celebrities, if any, has ever been married? Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey.

 

  1. Science.   Up until the early part of what decade did most astronomers think that all of the stars in the universe were contained inside of the Milky Way? Was it the 1620s, 1720s, 1820s, or 1920s?

 

P.S. Thanks to all Pub Quiz participants who stay until the end of the evening’s entertainment to discover who has won. The winners and the staff appreciate your patience.

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The Rilke on the Conveyor Belt Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

October 20, 2014

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 […]

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The Taut, Serpentine Spring Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

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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