Monday: Medieval, Open Mic, & Pub Quiz Answers

Irish and British pubs in MinneapolisHappy days, friends. We’re starting off the week in historical–and possibly historic–fashion with a medieval history gathering here in the pub. This isn’t necessarily knights and bards and damsels in towers. It’s the Isles and histories to names, families, places (quite possibly pubs). It’s literature and language. It’s the many things that connect here and over there.

So when you pop up for a pint tonight, look for the Merlins Medieval History Group. We’re gathering for an hour or so at 7 PM and you’re invited.


The weekly Open Mic with Harrison Matthews will start around 8:00 / 8:30. Bring your guitar, your voice. Bring a poem, a short story, the cliffhanger chapter to the novel you’ve been tapping at. Whatever it is, share it. It’s your mic! We’re listening.


We’ll see what we can do about posting John Dingley’s weekly brainbusters here on the site! The quiz and answers cried 3 February 2008 is as follows:


1. He wrote scripts for, Highway Patrol, Have Gun, Will Travel and also established the story ideas and concept for the series, Andromeda. Who was he?
Gene Roddenberry

2. What is the motto of the 12th-largest state by area in the U.S.?
Star of the North

3. I is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area and has no outlets. Name it?
Caspian Sea

4. Merak, Megrez, Mizar and Alkaid with three others all belong to this well know group. What are they and what is the group called?
Big Dipper

5. Phill Novak weighed 387 pounds and lost 100# by lowering calorie intake and doing what else?

6. Bigmouth, Brassy, Cutlips, Fathead and Tonguetied are the common names of species in this family. What are they?

7. JFK’s head has been on the half dollar since 1964. Whose head was on it before that?
Ben Franklin

8. On this day in 1959 the greatest tragedy in rock and roll history occurred. What happened?
A plane crash killed Buddy Holly

9. $500, $1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 100,000 Bills were all in circulation up to the middle of the last century. Whose portrait was on the $1,000 Bill?
Grover Cleveland

10. Pimephales promelas is the most popular bait fish in the upper Midwest. What is it commonly known as?
Fathead minnow

11. Bellatrix, Alnilam and Alnitak amoung others are also well known and belong to this group. What are they and what is the group called?

12. On this day in 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and do what?
Collect taxes

13. Calico, Comet, Lionhead, Pompom and Celestial Eye are the common names given to some of the varieties of this creature. What is it?

14. Baku is the capital of what country?

15. If you are at a party and you double dip the snacks you might be endangering others. Why?

16. Cyprinidae are the largest family of fishes in North America. What are they better known as?

17. NASA on Monday will broadcast the Beatles’ song “Across the Universe” across the galaxy to what star?

18. On this day in 1690 the first of this was issued by Massachusetts Colony. It was the first of its kind in America. What was it?
Paper money

19. What colors are the flag of Bangladesh?
Red and green

20. Carassius auratus was the first one of these ever to be domesticated. What is it?

21. Name the US president who came between Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley?
Grover Cleveland

22. A small group of stars has this name. What is it?

23. Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan all have this one geographical thing in common. What is it?
aspian Sea

24. Who wrote and performed the following: “Down the Line,” “Everyday,” “What to Do” and “Raining in My Heart”?
Buddy Holly

25. Name the fish that is revered in many countries of the world. Not in the US. More of it is eaten than any other fish in the world. What is it?

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