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,


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 event this coming weekend. What’s more, the Davis couple in question are both musical and artsy, so there will be many performances and arts and crafts tables at this days-long event. Even Kate will be joining me this weekend, the first wedding of mine she will have attended, at least since our own.


On Labor Day 22 years ago Kate and I concluded our own days-long celebration of friends and family in Hinsdale, Illinois. A gentle mist began to fall upon our closest friends and family at our outdoor event right after we finished (obviously we didn’t get married in California), and at the indoor reception we dined heartily on Middle Eastern food before heading upstairs to the dance floor. On the second floor, we all danced so exuberantly that the DJ had to elevate the record player (!) to compensate for the juddering.


A recent unscientific poll of the members of my household revealed that very few people know the verb “To judder.” Therefore, you shouldn’t expect it to appear on tonight’s Pub Quiz. That wouldn’t be fair.


Speaking of the earth moving, I will be performing a poem before the City Council tomorrow evening at 6:30 and using metaphors stolen from Facebook responses to our recent earthquake. Immediately before or after that performed poem, I will be elevated to the position of Poet Laureate of Davis. There will be refreshments at this event, and you are invited to the City Council chambers to join us. You are not obligated to stay for the rest of the proceedings, though the Public Comments are often entertaining.


Tonight’s Pub Quiz will feature questions about capitalists, new device entries, decision-making energy, brass monkeys, market share, injection molded plastic, laboring in soft soil, dudes named William, short sports memories, indeterminism, transporting products (out), rhetorical repetitions, figurative oysters, movies, basketball, new brides, islands, popular books, swimming mammals, geometry, art history, noblemen, U.S. states, children’s books, Ellie Awards, holiday films, “it” boys, puffier postmen (such as Newman), football, pop music, torches, traveling France, contingencies, federated states, and Shakespeare. Sometimes something happens on a Monday afternoon that necessitates a substituted Pub Quiz question, and on a topic not anticipated by the above clues. Be advised.


Labor Day marks a change in the Pub Quiz season. Whether you are exhausted from moving, eager to start a new year at school or work, or managing other sorts of transitions, I hope you will still join us tonight at the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz! As you know, it’s often advisable for you and your team to arrive by 6 PM if you want to claim a favorite table.


Your Quizmaster






Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:


  1. Common Words. The most common English word that begins and ends with the Y has nine letters total. Name it.   


  1. Robin Williams. Robin Williams played Teddy Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum movies, including one to be released in 2015. What 20th century US President did he play in the film Lee Daniels’ The Butler?


  1. Pop Culture – Music. The hammers inside a piano are typically padded with what monosyllabic material?


  1. Sports.   Manny Pacquiao is a boxer and politician from what country?


  1. Science.   Butterhead, crisphead, leaf, oil, summerhead, and stem are cultivars of what?


One of my favorite wedding invitations

One of my favorite wedding invitations


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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The “Pick Two” Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

August 11, 2014

  Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   Vacation for me means I get to choose my work. A painter must paint, and a musician must fill her home with glorious sounds. I get to write poems. To practice such activities is the job and the pleasure of the artist. My literary agent Michael Larsen […]

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The Wistful Whistling Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

August 4, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   Many people don’t know that the Steinbeck book title Of Mice and Men comes from a phrase coined by the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns. The relevant late stanza of Burns’ poem “To a Mouse” requires a bit of translation:   But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane, […]

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The Outings and Innings Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

July 28, 2014

  Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   I was “outed” in the newspaper last week. It’s true. It may be an “open secret” in many circles that I host a weekly trivia contest in an Irish pub in downtown Davis, but many of my colleagues at the University don’t know that I spend my […]

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The Inchoate Cloud Anger Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

July 21, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, Here’s the first sentence of this week’s newsletter: This week one of my Academic Technology Services colleagues came to guest-lecture on storyboarding in my “Writing Across Media” class. No one else gets to write a sentence such as that one. (I should ask you: What is the one sentence […]

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The Edgeless Omnispinner Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

July 14, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, On July 10 I attended the commemoration and launch of a new universally accessible play area at the north end of Central Park. The event was hosted by city councilmember Rochelle Swanson, and supported by other city dignitaries such as Davis School Board member and onetime Pub Quiz champion […]

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The Skittish Schoolchildren Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

July 7, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,   I’m pleased to announce that the Davis City Council has confirmed me as our city’s next Poet Laureate. I begin that important work in September, and will let you know, should you be interested, when I am sworn in and when I will be holding my first Poet […]

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The Subletters with Helmets Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

June 30, 2014

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz, For many, vacations have finally begun in the City of Davis. As the school-year bicyclists retreat to their hometowns and cities, the percentage of helmet-wearers shoots up to new records. Last week a close friend was visiting Davis, and it took us a full five minutes of talking and […]

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