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Ireland's Four Fields will close at the end of June.
Appearing this month:

Jun 8thSean Fleming
June 9th Kevin James
June 15th Kevin James
June 16th Brendan Sheridan

Events planned for our last weekend at this location are:
June 22nd 40 Thieves
June 23rd The Sean Fleming Band
June 24th We open at 3:00 PM. Music by Sean Fleming and other Irish
Performers Benefit, 3 to 7 June 27th - Final Pub Quiz and Closing Party.


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By Sarah Schmelling
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, December 9, 2007

Pub Quiz

When: Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Where: Ireland's Four Fields (3412 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-244-0860).

Cost: The stress that comes from attempting to recall the Energizer Bunny's footwear.

The gist: Unlike at other trivia nights, self-chosen teams have 90 minutes to fill out a lengthy (on this night, 85-question) quiz sheet and hand it in. Then bar owner Frank Hughes announces the answers and the names of the three winning teams. Prizes include cash, a round of drinks and movie tickets at AMC Mazza Gallerie.

Perk: Hughes himself. "Seems like a lot of teams copied from other teams," the Irishman scolds before reading the results. "And they all had the wrong answers." For five years he's been writing the quizzes and relaying the answers -- sometimes sighingly, sometimes with a spark of Alex Trebek know-it-all-ism -- with topics from the British army rank between major general and colonel (brigadier) to the TV character whose blood pressure was minus-3 (Herman Munster).

Unexpected extra: The night I was there, the quiz asked players to identify 12 drawings of countries, causing the most tension at our table, where someone insisted that Turkey was in fact Puerto Rico. But it was Turkey. Which is what I said.

Downside: Waiting until 11 p.m. to get the answers. And feeling moronic for thinking the first word of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is "mama" (it is, of course, "is").

More fun than: Any other written quiz I've taken.

Worth it? It's a nice alternative to shouting out answers, and there's such a variety of trivia, everyone should know something. Though some may know more than others (um, Turkey!).


Sample Pub Quiz   

Tie Breaker: How many times have Tampa won the Superbowl? Ans Only 1

How about the Redskins Ans. 3

1. Normally a colorless gas, it does put the red in red blood cells. What is this essential element, the most abundant element in the earth's crust? ____

2. This team's lowest paid position player in 2004 was Bubba Crosby, who made $301,400. Its highest paid player made $22 million. What team? ______

3. One of the seminal books of 19th century Americana might never have been written if Mark Twain hadn't been persuaded to drop this character from the original final chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Which character, who starred in the sequel to Sawyer in his own Adventures? _____

4. In her 90s, she was still winning court cases. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled she had the right to sue the rap duo Outkast for using her name in the title of a song with the lyrics "Ah, ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the back of the bus." Name this icon. ____

5. Its tourist attractions include the George Wythe (WIETH) House, the Raleigh Tavern, the Governor's Palace, the Abby Rockefeller Folk Arts Collection What is this restored colonial town? ___

6. The Margherita version, with basil and mozzarella, was created and named in the late 1800s to honor Queen Margherita during her visit to Naples. What is this foodstuff? ____

7. The new man in her life is a blond Australian surfer named Blaine. He's the brother of her Aussie friend Summer. She hooked up with Blaine just five months after agreeing to some "quality time apart" from her steady for 43 years. Who is this absolute doll? ____

8. In 1903, it was leased to the United States in perpetuity for the annual payment of 2,000 gold coins, a price later fixed at $2,000 a year. Not bad for 45 square miles of property on the largest island in the Caribbean. Identify this military base, home to some 600 detainees from 40 plus countries. _____

9. Like so many other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, it has a leaky roof. In its case, the worst leaks come from the skylights in the rotunda directly over its grand spiraling walkway. Name this 45-year old museum in New York City. _____

10. In 2002, this nation negotiated and pledged itself to enforce a "permanent cease-fire" in Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war. Name that peace-loving nation of just 4.5 million people where, each December 10th, the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out. _____

11. In 2004, he was named the NFL's Senior Vice President for Football Operations and Development, making him the highest ranking African American in NFL history. Name this ex Raider, first black NFL head coach and Hall of Famer. ____

12. Most Islamic schools of theology hold that it, like Allah himself, is uncreated and eternal. Those Muslims with the title of hafiz have memorized and can recite all of its 114 Surahs. Name this text. __

13. He became the U.S. Navy's youngest pilot when he earned his commission at age 18 and went on to fly 58 combat missions in World War II. In late 2002, he was presented with a model of the U.S. aircraft carrier to be named for him. Who is this former U.S. president? _____

14. Michael Paterniti's Driving Mr. Albert is a chronicle of the bizarre cross-country trip he took with Dr. Thomas Harvey and the Tupperware-enclosed brain of Dr. Harvey's best known autopsy subject. Name that subject who died in 1955 at Princeton, New Jersey. _____

15. It's been trying to grant independence to its last significant colony, the South Pacific island of Tokelau, but the Tokelauans keep refusing. Its former colony of Niue also wants to become a colony again. Name this unlikely colonial power Southeast of Australia. ____

16. In Britain, this four-syllable noun is defined broadly as "any entity that has legal personality." In the U.S. it is restricted to "an entity with authority to act as a single person and with rights to issue stock." What's the word? ____

17. White was the unofficial Islamic color from the time of Mohammed till the rise of the Fatimid Dynasty in the tenth century. The Fatimids adopted another color now most associated with Islam and seen on most flags of Islamic nations. Name this only color on the flag of Libya. ____

18. Its actual first sentence is: "The pale usher -- threadbare in coat, heart, body and brain; I see him now." That opens its Introduction, and includes a chart listing the word for "whale" in 12 different languages. Name this novel, and the famous first sentence that opens its First Chapter. __________

 19. What is the most common non-contagious disease? ____

20. What membrane controls the amount of light entering the eye?____

21. Where is the human skin the thickest? ____

22. Which finger's nail grows the quickest? _____

23. How many verses does the national anthem of Greece have? ___

24. If you saw 'canard' on French menu, what type of meat would be on offer? ____
25. Which vegetable is in the dish 'eggs Florentine'? ____
26. Which spirit forms the base of the liqueur 'Benedictine'? ____
27. Which strong smelling herb, which tastes of aniseed, is often used in fish dishes? _

28. Connect Three Eg: Bag Ball Basin Answer ‘Hand’

1. Work Ball Profit ________Key Mind Piece _______ 3. Metal Lightning Music ______

29. Name the five countries in which polar bears can be found? ____

30. What type of milk is an essential ingredient of Thai cooking? ____

31. Which religious ceremony comes from the Greek word for 'to dip' ____

32. Which European airport has the shortest flight time to continental USA? ____

33. Which Irish City is closest to Shannon airport? ____

34. How many wives did the long suffering Mormon leader Brigham Young have? __

35. In order, name the most northerly, southerly, easterly and westerly states of the USA? ____

36. In which famous building will you find the world's heaviest bell, The Tsar Kolokol? _

37. What can come in types Blue, Spear, Couch and Arrow? ____

38. A mother has 6 daughters and each of them has a brother. How many children are there? _

What is the next letter(s)?

39. a, t, g, c, l, v, l, s, s, c, a, ______?

40. ii, iii, v, vii, xi, xiii, xvii, ________?

41. j, f, m, a, m, j, _____?

42. z, x, c, v, b, n, _____?

43. dd, pp, lal, ld, mam, sas, _______?

Keep the word “great” in mind. That word appears in each of the following 4 answers and/or questions.

44. It’s a Charles Dickens novel? ____

45. Kind of like a good morning cup of coffee---this religious revivalist movement swept through the American colonies in the mid 1750’s? ____

46. The Great God Brown is a familiar play by what 20th century American playwright? ____

47. Derived from Greek myth, Ursa Major is the Latin name for what constellation? ____

48. Celebrity Anagrams: Unscramble letters to name a celebrity Lives = Elvis. 

a. Costumier = _______b. Presbyterians = _________c. Lost hairpin = ___________

d. Germany = _______________

e. Bursting Presence = ________________

49. What is the only letter of the alphabet which does not appear in any of the names of the 50 American states? ___

50. What is the only US State not to contain any of the letters of `George W Bush`? __

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