Sunday, April 10, 2016

Quiz Nite

Every second Friday in the winter months there is a Quiz Nite at BPYC. 

Rob and I have hosted twice this year. Duties are to provide snacks and come up with 50 questions. Ideally the questions are not too hard, but not too easy. Coming up with the questions was actually fun.

I've been wanting to include poetry for awhile. Rob talked me out of it the first tie around, but this time I was obstinate.  I also added questions about the ukulele, cocktails, birds, the golden age of television (now!), and some Scarborough attractions.

Let's just say the poetry questions didn't go over as well as I thought they would, but otherwise our topics were a hit.

I put together some "sniffy cups," visually hiding the contents of small cups filled with aromatics and then asking people to identify what was inside by smell alone. In this case, all the smells were gin related (juniper, cardamom, orange peel and lavender). It was the first time smelly cups were used at a quiz nite, and people liked the challenge.



The next five questions are about poetry. all these famous poems mention the sea. Get a half point for knowing the name of the poem, and another 1/2 point for knowing the name of the poet.

I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
T.S. Elliot
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'
The Owl and the Pussycat
Edward Lear
may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea
maggy, milly, molly and may
e.e. cummings
'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
'To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings.' 
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Lewis Carroll
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, 
And the rocks melt wi' the sun; 
And I will luve thee still, my dear, 
While the sands o' life shall run. 
A Red, Red Rose
Robbie Burns
Some say we are living in a GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION…. The next set of questions are about some critically acclaimed series.
In Breaking Bad what is the name of the actor who played Heisenberg?

Bryan Cranston
What is the name of the new series on HBO with executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger?
Actor/writer Bob Odinkirk appeared in Breaking Bad, and is now starring in his own series. What is the name of the series?
Better Call Saul, now in its second season
In Modern Family, three different, but related families face trials and tribulations. The show tied with Frasier for most consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy series. How many consecutive Emmy wins would that be?
What is the name of the actor who plays Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones?
Peter Dinklage 
All of the Beatles played the ukulele. Which one was the most involved with it?
George Harrison

He said: "Everybody should play a 'uke' it’s so simple to carry with you and it is one instrument you can't play and not laugh! Its so sweet and also very old - some are made of wood - some are made of armadillo's. I love them - the more the merrier. Everyone I know who is into ukulele is 'crackers' so get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves."
The ukulele, a small four-stringed instrument of Portuguese origin, was patented in Hawaii in 1917, and derives its name from a Hawaiian word that means….
“leaping flea.” 
True or false? Each for a quarter point
Elvis played a ukulele in Blue Hawaii
Marilyn Monroe played a ukulele in the movie Some Like it Hot
Audrey Hepburn played a uke in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Steve Martin played the ukulele in the film The Jerk
Elvis played a ukulele in Blue Hawaii TRUE
Marilyn Monroe played a ukulele in the movie Some Like it Hot TRUE
Audrey Hepburn played a uke in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. FALSE, it was a guitar
Steve Martin played the ukulele in the film The Jerk TRUE
This American musician, singer and songwriter is best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam. He released a collection of Ukulele Songs as his second solo album. What is his name?
Eddy Vedder

This anise-flavoured spirit is derived from botanicals.  It rose to great popularity in France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. It is also known as “the green fairy.”  What is it?

Where did the Sidecar get its start?  Paris, London or New York

One bonus point for knowing the main ingredients.
The sidecar took off in Paris during the early 1900s. 

A sidecar mixes brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice.
This bourbon cocktail was invented in the mid 1800s in New Orleans. What is its name? 
It was invented in back in 1838 and many experts identify it as the oldest known American cocktail.
Combine three parts of gin, one part of vodka and a half part of Kina Lillet. Shake or stir as you prefer, and garnish with an olive or a lemon twist. What's the name of this cocktail?

a Corpse Reviver
a Vesper
a Ladykiller
A Vesper
By law, in both America and Europe, for gin to be sold as gin, it needs to contain what essential ingredient?  (other than alcohol!)
The next set of questions are about some Scarborough neighbourhood attractions.
She died in December 1940 and in 1959 her husband offered their property to the city of Toronto as parkland in her memory. What was her name, and what is the attraction?
Rosetta McClain
Rosetta McClain Gardens
The building was first constructed in 1914 as a 33-room Arts and Crafts-style manor for the wealthy military family of Colonel Harold Bickford. The country home changed hands over the years — but was later abandoned. What is the site now called?
The Guild Inn
Built in 1867, this relaxed alehouse offers pub fare, happy-hour deals & live music on weekends.
Olde Stone Cottage Pub also home to the uke jam every second Monday
This exclusive club was first established in 1843 and is a private club owned exclusively by its members.
The Toronto Hunt Club 
The water intake pipes for the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant run through two pipes under the bed of the lake. 

How far are they located from the shore?

2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi)
-  3.6 kilometers (2.2 mi)
The R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant has been used in dozens of films and television series as a prison, clinic, or headquarters. 

2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) from shore in 15 metres (49 ft) of water
Sniffy cups! Come smell and guess what these scents are. All are sometimes used in gin.  See you after break.
orange peel
Up to how many scents or smells can the human nose distinguish? 
about 10,000
around one million
at least one trillion
In 2014, scientists at Rockefeller University tested people’s sense of smell by using different odour molecules. The results, published in the journal Science, showed that the nose can smell many distinct least one trillion distinct scents
In the year 2000 Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Street Spit was declared a Globally Significant Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.
How many species of birds have been recorded there, according to its website?
316 species of birds have been recorded at TTP
These next birds have been recorded as residents of Tommy Thompson Park.
Black-crowned night heron
name this bird
great egret
name this bird 
Northern Goshawk
What city is home to the Tivoli Gardens?
1960’s MUSIC  – A 1 Artist only 
Dusty Springfield
1970’s Music Trivia A – 1 (Name tune)
Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
1970’s MUSIC – A3 (name the tune)
Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
1980’s MUSIC – Title 7 C Name the tune
Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles
What is referred to as chine in ships and boats?
Cross section shape of a hull (hard chine, soft chine)
In 1883, this Canadian sports team combined Oxford University blue with Cambridge University blue for their team jersey?
Toronto Argonauts
What is the total number of states and provinces bordering a Great Lake?
What famous landmark has been the site of 1200 recorded suicides?
Golden Gate Bridge
True or False: Dogs see only in black and white
How many whiskers does the average house cat sport? 
6, 12, 16, or 24
What is the official name of the statue at the top of Sugar Loaf mountain? Either language is fine
Christ the Redeemer or Christo Redentor 
What is the only name of the only member of the Nazi party to be buried in Jerusalem, Israel?
Oskar Schindler
In what musical key does Big Ben chime?
E Major
What’s par for the Old Course at St. Andrew’s?
Name the 4 sections of a classical orchestra? ¼ point each
Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, string
In inches, what is the maximum length an average human scalp hair grows?  Accept any answer +/- 4 inches
40 inches
FILM  audio clip A1
Pulp Fiction
Classical MUSIC 2 A – Opera or Composer
Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
Classical MUSIC 3D – Opera or Composer
Guiseppe Verdi - Rigoletto

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