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,
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, Jr. and Allegra Silberstein, given my own reading atthe Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis with the poet James Lee Jobe, read a global warming poem at the People’s Climate Action Day at Farmers Market Park, and finally I was publicly interviewed for an hour-long podcast with the former Poet Laureate of Sacramento, Bob Stanley. I also wrote a half-dozen poems, at least a few of which will appear in much improved form in my next book, Tentacle, to be published in 2015.
The global warming poem that I will share here, “Gecko at Noon,” was also published in the Davis poetry anthology Entering (edited by the aforementioned Allegra Silberstein). I wrote it a year or two after watching Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth at the Varsity Theatre.
Gecko at Noon
When it is hot,
when the ground sparks like the thought of lightning
and the air is so thin that the birds just wait it out,
that’s when I emerge.
Hot hot hot hot hot
I sample the stunned insects,
big black beetles that scramble in my mouth,
green katydids that jumped too late,
the complacent moth.
My neck twists like a rope;
my eyes are little suns.
Driven by absence, by lack, by
The sun, it is crushing, crushing
We are small and becoming smaller,
bug-eyed in the bush;
we are like mercury underfoot,
just as toxic.
Once it was cancer, the slow crab at the end.
Now we are becoming hormonal misfits,
each generation afraid of the next.
We dare not look into their faces
The land is like the original bush,
still burning after three thousand years,
still giving orders,
still blanching the locals.
They are stuck in the book,
but they ache for a cycle.
Tonight’s Pub Quiz will feature questions on books and more books, but too little poetry. Expect also questions on famous boats, articles from today’s Wall Street Journal, dogs, Stanley Tucci and other even more famous actors who appear in movies with him, the bay area, license plates, radish cousins, California cities, London, Rand Paul, virtuosos, “the most powerful man in BLANK,” increasing bitterness, red cups, obesity, Jane Goodall, crime dramas, roaring anthems, Madame’s complaints, beloved notebooks, California prisons, Ireland, happiness, big cities, Sacramento notables, and Shakespeare.
I hope you can 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.    According to the advertising slogan, “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s WHAT?”
  1. Internet Culture. What company confirmed it’ll acquire the studio that created the hit “sandbox” game Minecraft for $2.5 billion?
  1. French Words. The most common French word for “bread shop” or “bakery” start with what letter?
  1. Four for Four.  Which of the following were parents to three children? Hamlet Sr., King Lear, Prospero, Shakespeare himself.
  1. Pop Culture – Music. The biggest hit for American dance duo Reel 2 Real was a 1993 reggae fusion Eurodance number that became the theme song for the Madagascar animated films. In the song, the speaker repeatedly proclaims that he likes to do something. According to the song’s title, what does he like to do?
P.S. If you would like to follow the Davis poetry scene, please subscribe to the free newsletter athttp://www.poetryindavis.com. It comes out about twice a month.


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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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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