April 23: Quizzes, Answers & Jams

Tonight: Specialist Pub Quiz – “Trees, Bushes & Forestry”
Time: 7:30 pm
Afterwards: Folk Jam

The Specialist Pub Quiz has become a fixture here for Wednesday nights. It’s Humpday! Get out, have a pint, share a few laughs, and try to win some money while you’re at it.

The Specialist Quiz isn’t necessarily technical. By “specialist” we simply mean a single topic or theme. And we’ll often even let you know the topic ahead of time, so you can be sure to invite your ringer to join your team! Tonight’s theme: Tree, bushes and forestry. (I detect an Earth Day echo, John Dingley.)

Our Welsh publican John Dingley will cry out 25 questions while you cry our 25 heckles or so before writing down your answers on the scorecard. Your team of up to 4 is welcome to conspire against the pub and take home the coveted cash pot. Each week Dingley puts up to $40 in it. You get one point for participation, and your weekly participation points accrue and are added to your final quiz score.

For example, if you score 42 and this is your third quiz, you have a 45 on the aggregate. The goal: a perfect 50. When someone reaches 50, they win the pot.

We’ve had some rather sizable pots over the past year. Play often and improve your odds. Participation points make all the difference. One or two quizzes might not strike you, but you’ll get that one quiz built for you and with your participation points you’ll be lifted over the top. Cheers to that!

(Note: Participation points reset whenever someone wins the kitty, so you’re always in contention.)

Quiz starts at 7:30 pm sharpish.


After the quiz, join the jam! The Folk Jam is an informal gathering of musicians. No mics. No amps. Just jamming somewhere in the pub. It gets underway shortly after the quiz each Wednesday night.


1. 1841 – In Philadelphia, PA, this mans first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was published in Graham’s Magazine. Who was this writer?
Edgar Allen Poe

2. 26 billion gallons of water are used daily across the country. How much of this is used outdoors?

3. Park your car under a tree in the summer and you are likely to find drops of sap raining down on it. The tree does not exude this so how does it get out of the tree and on to your car?
Plant sucking insects

4. A stiff breeze from the east is carrying this to London and parts of England. What is it?
Manure smell

5. An old saying indicates that this will happen if the Oak leafs before the Ash?
Splash of rain

6. Which of the following should be, but is not on the top ten list for keeping fit and healthy? A. Drink water. B. Take the stairs, C. Park in the far end of the parking lot of the places you visit, D. Eat a healthy breakfast, E. Learn your family health history.

7. Paper, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink and fuel can all be extracted from this plant it requires minimal water and fertilizers and can be grown just about anywhere. Why cant it be grown in the US and what is it?
Marijuana illegal

8. Bubbler and drip methods of this are the most efficient way to get water to your plants. What is this generally called?

9. Many ant species are known to farm aphids, moving them around from place to place. What do they get from the aphids?
Honey Dew sap

10. Corvus corax is the worlds largest passerine. What is it commonly known as?

11. According to a study done in Marshfield, Wisconsin what has only been 44% effective this 2007 – 2008 season?
Flue vaccine

12. In the 1980’s Denver Colorado water officials created methods and ideas that led to water efficient gardens and yards. What is this process called?

13. Who was the well known individual who was born on this day in 1889?
Adolf Hitler

14. A gesture, by George Bush has been called too little, too late. To whom and where did George Bush make this gesture?
Climate talks Paris

15. On this day in 1836 – This U.S. territory was created by the U.S. Congress. What was the name of this territory?

16. Cyanocitta cristata is known as the gangster of the bird world. What is its common name?
Blue Jay

17. Bratislava is the capital of what country?

18. If you exercise and stay physically fit it will improve your efficiency in your work by which of the following. A. 12.5%, B. 18.5%, C. 22.5% or D. 25.5%?

19. Many people in the Twin Cities and many other parts of the country have created these features in their yards to help eliminate major water run off after heavy rains. What are these features called?
Rain Gardens

20. On this day in 1861 – this general resigned from U.S. Army?
Robert E. Lee

21. The Greeks used a word called Xeros to describe this condition. What is the English translation?

22. What colors are the flag of Austria?
Red white

23. Pica pica builds a domed nest out of sticks. This bird does not live around the twin cities but is common in many other areas. What is its common name?

24. April showers are known to bring what?
May Flowers

25. “Tis some visitor, I muttered, tapping at my chamber door: Only this and nothing more.” Where are these lines from?
The Raven/POE

The next Sunday Pub Quiz is April 26 at 8:00 pm.

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