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,


Happy Patriots’ Day! When I was a Bostonian, I relished having a Monday off in late April. My friends and I would either watch the Boston Marathon runners go by from one of our dormrooms, or head out to the sideline of the race to cheer on the finishers. I have heard that the cheering was particularly loud this year. I suspect that if I were running the race this time, I still would not have crossed the finish line as this newsletter goes to print.


I probably should have joined a running group when I lived in Boston, for I would have benefited from the inspiration provided by regular runners. As the Stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” I tended to run solo: along and across the Charles River to Cambridge, home to the great bookstores; along Commonwealth Avenue and then Newberry Street to end up at the Boston Common and Gardens which I had once learned about in childhood picture books; and sometimes out in some randomly chosen direction through neighborhoods that I sometimes revisit in my dreams. Alan Sillitoe explored this sort of determination to cover ground as a solo runner in his most famous book, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. He wrote: “You should think about nobody and go your own way, not on a course marked out for you by people holding mugs of water and bottles of iodine in case you fall and cut yourself so that they can pick you up – even if you want to stay where you are – and get you moving again.”


In Davis, of course, most of us bicycle instead of run, and we most often bike for transportation rather than for freedom-seeking exercise. I wonder to what extent the City of Davis took a hit during the aftermath of Lance Armstrong’s duplicity, his betrayal of all those who cheered him on. Had he been a legitimate champion, our US Bicycling Hall of Fame would have had Armstrong appearing in vivid and perpetual exhibits, much like those Smithsonian Institution exhibits devoted to Captain America in the most recent Marvel film. By contrast, Armstrong’s accomplishments are obscured by the largest possible asterisk.


Willy Nelson recently came to Davis to perform at the Mondavi Center, causing some Davisites to revive the apocryphal remark supposedly shared by Nelson when the Armstrong scandal broke: “I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my bike.” Willie and Lance were friends, so who knows if the musician really said such a thing. Either way, the story is worth a chuckle. I just hope that however you venture to de Vere’s Irish Pub this evening, you will do so safely.


Tonight’s Pub Quiz will feature questions on Kill Bill, metal nuts, CEOs, civic holidays, perseverance and energy, newspaper headlines, things that are hastily sealed, acreage, buffalo milk (I know, again), wingmen, coaches, names in the news, American novelists, cops and their rotating partners, rumblings, medieval physiology, wandering popes, Star Wars, 129 countries, Amazon, American heroes and patriots, animation, familiar tunes, alliterative titles, real estate, publishers and polynomials, happy employees, odorlessness, running, lyrics of isolation, repeated names, India and Shakespeare.


Thanks to all of you who came to my book party on Saturday. We filled every chair in the John Natsoulas Gallery with about 120 people, and feel very lucky to be living in the City of Davis. Copies of Where’s Jukie are available at The Avid Reader in Davis.


I hope you will join us this evening for the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz!


Your Quizmaster







Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:


  1. Mottos and Slogans.    What energy corporation promises “Gasoline with Techron”?


  1. Internet Culture. What video game is set in municipalities such as Vice City, Liberty City, and San Andreas?   


  1. Pop Culture – Music. What Canadian rock band was the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, behind The Beatles?


  1. Four for Four.      Which of the following former world leaders, if any, were former mayors? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Jimmy Carter, Nicolas Sarcozy, Margaret Thatcher.


  1. Name the Year. Tiger won his first Masters, Harry Potter was first published in the UK, and Ellen DeGeneres outed herself all in the same year. With a one-year margin, name the year.



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April 14, 2014

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 […]

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The Hilarious Chemistry Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

April 7, 2014

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

March 31, 2014

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

March 24, 2014

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

March 10, 2014

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

March 3, 2014

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

February 10, 2014

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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