The Witty Brevity Edition of the de Vere's Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter

In which Dr. Andy writes briefly on brevity, with the help of Shakespeare.

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,


Shakespeare, as we all know, tells us through Polonius that “Brevity is the soul of wit.” The effect is ironic, for Polonius is one of the most garrulous characters in all of Shakespeare, even though he gives some fine advice, such as these words for his son Laertes:


Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.


Good advice, no?


Tonight’s Pub Quiz will feature questions on The Academy Awards. I don’t watch the Grammies or the Golden Globes, but I do watch (and study) the Academy Awards. Expect also questions about Apple and Google, Obama in the news, O Canada, Michael Jackson videos, grammar (fun!), word games, King Lear (rather than Hamlet), alloys, garments, band names that I just learned this morning, science and religion, clean jokes involving priests, space travel, speed, humorous critics, I-80, number one hits, the beginning of belching (anagram), torn bonds, Honda, Hollywood bigwigs, worth its weight in gold, procedures, Dublin, Israel, announced retirements, left turns, blowing winds, and more Shakespeare.


Despite the brevity of this newsletter, I expect a big crowd tonight. You come too.


Your Quizmaster






Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:


  1. Newspaper Headlines.   What did Jerry Buss most famously own?  


  1.  Food and Drink.  The honey and malt whiskey liqueur known as DRAMBUIE comes from what country? Canada, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales.  


  1. Pop Culture – Music. What is the title of Adele’s best selling album ever?


  1. Sports.   Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart both attended the same California college or university. Name it.


  1. Science.   Starting with the letter U, what is the name of the groups of mammals which use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, to sustain their whole body weight while moving?


P.S Have you ever seen the great local poet and UC Davis professor D.R. Wagner perform? He will appear as part of the Poetry Night Reading Series on March 7. Details next week!

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