Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Five Questions from Last Night's Pub Quiz

Tuesday is pub quiz night at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell, and last night I was the guest host. The post-Labor Day crowd was small, but we still had 12 teams playing, and I congratulate the two-man team of Bar None, who won.

The pub quiz is 30 questions; last night's winning team got 22 of them right. If you couldn't be there, try your luck with these five. In the pub, cell phones and Internet searches are not allowed . . . answers are in the comments section.

1. Charles Simic lives in New Hampshire and holds a national public office that pays $35,000 a year. What is his title?

2. The Barnevelder, Jersey Giant, Leghorn and Orpington are all breeds of what?

3. If I make you a cocktail with Scotch, Drambuie and lemon peel, what am I giving you?

4. How many schools comprise the Big Ten college sports conference?

5. The cassia tree is the source of what common spice?


AnswerGirl said...

1. Charles Simic is the U.S. Poet Laureate. If you're considering a career in poetry, think about the fact that the nation's highest-ranking poet (if you can rank poets) earns an annual stipend of $35,000. It's not a steep earning curve.

2. Those are all types of chickens.

3. That is a Rusty Nail. I've also seen them with orange slices, but the official recipe calls for lemon. Someone last night asked whether there was a cocktail called the Tetanus Shot you were supposed to drink with it. Now I have to go look that up.

4. The Big Ten is, as somebody said last night, the Spinal Tap of college conferences; it goes to 11. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin are the members.

5. Cinnamon comes from the cassia tree.

Kevin Wignall said...

Wow, I only knew two without checking - suffice to say, it's knowing my way around a farmyard and a cocktail bar that earns me a place in your team!

Claire said...

We had trivia night last night too! For the second week in a row, Shootouts are for Hosers came in third to a two-way tie. Next time that $50 bar tab will be ours!

Karen Olson said...

I knew the chickens one but didn't know the rest.

I feel like such a loser.

Anonymous said...

I knew chickens because everyone at work seems to raise them..and rusty nail. My memory of reading the Pensey's catalogue is that Cassia is the same Genus as true cinnamon and is sold as cinnamon but is not as cinnamon-y as true cinnamon. Penseys catalogue is always information overload on spices


AnswerGirl said...

I probably should have said "a" source instead of "the" source. Cinnamon comes from one of two trees: the cassia tree, Cinnamomum aromaticum, or the Ceylon cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum verum. Penzeys actually sells four different types of cinnamon: China cinnamon, Vietnamese cinnamon, Korintje cinnamon, and Ceylon cinnamon. We should have a tasting one of these days.

sarirose said...

I grabbed three as I knew what a Leghorn was (Isn't that in a cartoon?), Rusty Nail (that's an old comments) and of course I go to the Pensey store here in Jacksonville and have smelled and read about the cinnamon.

norby said...

I knew the chickens, and the only answer to #4 that matters is OHIO STATE baby!!!!!