Are you smarter than the average Annapolitan? Test your knowledge with Pub Quiz 465 at Galway Bay!


Without fail, there are certain events that occur every week during the summer in Annapolis: Galway Bay hosts a pub quiz on Tuesday, sailboats vie for first place in the Annapolis Yacht Club race on Wednesday and it's free Brats and German potato salad at Ram's Head Tavern on Thursday. This all-important schedule is firmly fixed in my mind. Yet, Stephane and I always manage to arrive at Spa Creek Bridge just in time to see thirsty sailors popping open cans of icy cold beer to celebrate the conclusion of another exciting race on Wednesday.

Fortunately, we had better luck on Tuesday night because we were already half way through our fish and chips when Finton Galway revealed the answers to Part I of the pub quiz. If you would like to match your wits against rowdy sailors, professors from St. John's College and the Naval Academy and local Annapolitans, here are 10 of the 30 questions included in Pub Quiz 465. Rules state that no life lines (text messaging, cell phones, etc.) are allowed. Two to six people are on a team.
  1. What is the actual title of Leonardo de Vinci's great painting, "Mona Lisa"? (An easy one for all of you who are frequent visitors to the Louvre or who have read The Da Vinci Code).
  2. Why did a Bible published in London in 1632 become known as the Wicked Bible?
  3. According to legend, who fired the arrow that hit Achilles in the heel, his only vulnerable spot?
  4. The capitals of which two South American countries are located on the mouth of the same river, the Rio de la Plata?
  5. In what country did the windmill originate?
  6. What was Juliet's last name in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"?
  7. After German flying ace Manfred von Richtofen was killed in action in World War I, which famous man became commander of his "Flying Circus" fighter squadron?
  8. Who designed the Statue of Liberty's iron skeleton for French sculptor Frederick Auguste Bartholdi?
  9. What major European country is not a member of the United Nations?
  10. If you flew due east from Cape Horn, where would you next pass over land?
Best of all, most of the money from the weekly pub quizzes goes to charity. [Update: When I returned to Galway Bay to pick up the answers for the pub quiz, I learned that they have raised approximately $100,000. The winning team donates the earnings to the organization of their choice, such as Box of Rain, a local charity that offers maritime programs to disadvantaged youths ages 9-14.

Here's a bit of Annapolitan trivia for you: which local Irish pub appears in the recently filmed, Better Living Through Chemistry? Galway Bay, of course!

Answers:
  1. La Giocanda (La Joconde in French)
  2. Because the word "not" was missing from the 7th commandment, hence "thou shalt commit adultery)
  3. Paris
  4. Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, and Uruguay's capital, Montevideo
  5. In Iran
  6. Capulet
  7. Hermann Goering
  8. Gustave Eiffel
  9. Switzerland (When Stephane and I passed by Galway Bay for a beer and to pick up the answers to this quiz on Friday, we mentioned that the answer is incorrect because Switzerland joined the UN in 2002. It was at this point that I was reminded of one of the rules of the Galway Pub Quiz: Finton's answers are always right! His brother also took the opportunity to make a couple of jokes about the Swiss, including "How do you make a Swiss Roll [sponge cake roll]?" Answer: You knock one down a hill."
  10. Cape Horn, there is no other land at the same latitude (Remember, Finton's answers are always correct!)
Filming at Galway Bay in May, 2012.

Comments

  1. Ooh I love pub quizzes! Are you going to publish the answers? Here's my attempts (no cheating, scout's honour)

    1. La Joconde
    2. Definitely because of a typo, I think it was "Thou SHALT commit adultery"
    3. Paris
    4. Ummmm Bolivia and Ecuador?
    5. The Netherlands... or is that too obvious?
    6. Capulet
    7. The Red Baron? Snoopy?
    8. Gustave Eiffel
    9. Germany? That can't be right, I don't know.
    10. Australia I think

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    1. Well done, Gwan! The next time that you're in Paris, we should find a place that does a pub quiz...as long as it's not in French.

      When I was typing the questions for the quiz, I thought that there was a good chance that you would know the answer for the "Naughty BIble" question!

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    2. It's the only Bible I use while preaching!

      Yes, I went to a pub quiz here earlier this year and the language being French was okay, but we just did horribly because it was 100% focused on things like pop trivia and movies (which aren't my favourite categories anyway) and half of them were things like 80s French TV shows or singers we'd never heard of.

      I hate when the pub quiz answers are wrong though (#9)! I'm awarding myself an extra point ;) I might have to take a penalty point for "Bolivia and Ecuador" after looking them up. Major geography fail!

      Happy travels back home!

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    3. And here I thought that you had given up your job as an itinerant preacher! I like your creative scoring system but wouldn't want to take extra points off for some of my wrong answers because I'd invariably have a negative score!

      Thanks for the travel wishes - we arrived in Paris this morning after a rather cramped flight from DC. I swear that airplane seats shrink a little bit every second...at least that's what it felt like last night. But who am I to complain? At least I don't have to travel as far as you do when you go to NZ.

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  2. 1. La Gioconda
    2. no idea
    3. Cupid
    4. no idea
    5. Holland
    6. Montague
    7. no idea
    8, Eiffel
    9. Switzerland or Vatican City but that's not a major nation
    10. Oz

    hmmm.

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    1. According to Finton's rules (see above) your answer for number 9 is absolutely correct but you wouldn't be able to argue about the answer for number 10!

      Oops - have to stop commenting. It's time to board the plane for Paris!

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    2. I'm back "home" and back to commenting.

      Are you surprised by the answer to number 5? I was and even double checked the answer online because I've never associated Iran with windmills.

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  3. 1. La Gioconda
    2. Also known as "The Adulterer's Bible": A slip of the pen: "Thou shalt commit adultery."
    3. Paris
    4. Uraguay and Brazil
    5. The Netherlands
    6. Capulet
    7. ??
    8. Eiffel
    9. ??
    10. Australia

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    1. After seeing your answer to number 2, I'm curious how it is that both you (an Aussie) and Gwan (a Kiwi) knew that it was a slip of the pen. Down under, are there lessons in school on "The Adulterer's Bible"? Or, is it because, like Gwan, you're interested in old books and history?

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    2. You have hit the nail on the head Mary Kay; I am interested in both. Part of my university life revolved around a double major in history and literature.

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  4. ah, ow I know that Juliet was a Capulet and Paris shot Achilles. How could I have made those mistakes?

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    1. No worries. I made quite a few myself! That's the fun of trivia. Sometimes the answers that I'm sure I've got right are wrong and vice-versa.

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  5. Ok, without looking it up or reading the comments, this is all I could come up with:

    1. La Gioncianda (sp?)
    3. Paris, Prince of Troy
    5. Holland
    6. Capulet
    8. Gustav Eiffel

    Some of those were pretty hard!

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    1. I agree. The quizzes at Galway Bay are always challenging. Whenever we participate, we always try to have 6 people on our team so that we have more brain power and diverse knowledge! But even then, we never fare very well against the professors from St. John's (a liberal arts college that focuses on a classical education) or the people from the naval academy.

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  6. I'm glad to see the rules are strict. I once did a trivia quiz in a bar and I had an impossibly brilliant guy on my team. My husband and I knew a few, but this guy was on fire. Anyway, I was really surprised that one team kept beating everyone, and it turned out they were looking up every answer on their phones. I pointed this out to the moderator, who just shrugged and said it wasn't worth it to make a big deal about it. That put me off trivia night ever since. If cheating is allowed, what's the point?

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    1. Oh! That would have been annoying! Looking the answers up on phones really defeats the purpose. I hope that they weren't awarded a prize for their "efforts".

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    2. They won free drinks. Grrr.

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  7. Im glad its not me up there! Richard

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    1. Me, too, Richard! I shuddered when I saw the man at the top of the mast because my brother broke his hip when he fell from one many years ago.

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