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If you’re eating nyotaimori, how is dinner being served?


That question, again: What literary work inspired a Spider-Man villain, an episode of Gilligan’s Island, paintball, and a Jean-Claude Van Damme film?

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What literary work inspired a Spider-Man villain, an episode of Gilligan’s Island, paintball, and a Jean-Claude Van Damme film?


That question, again:

If you’re looking for pad kee mao at your favorite Thai restaurant, you’ll usually find it listed under what more colorful English name?

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Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on Sept. 2, 2008
Average score: 6.27/10 (11 teams)

1) What 1997 biography substitutes John Stamos for Luke Perry, and almost starred Jeff Goldblum until the subject decided to play himself?
2) Before directing episodes of Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, and Gilmore Girls, Nicole Holofcener wrote and directed what 1996 film, her first with Catherine Keener?
3) A pilot and a magazine editor fall in love while evading pirates in what 1998 adventure-slash-romantic comedy?
4) Katie Holmes’ film debut came in what 1997 drama, which featured the tagline “It was 1973, and the climate was changing”?
5) What Oscar-winning 1999 drama, originally written as a play by Alan Ball, shares its name with a Grateful Dead album and a variety of rose?
6) When she witnesses her husband being scalped, Renee Zellweger flees from Kansas to Hollywood in what dark 2000 comedy?
7) What 1999 romantic comedy riffs on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, setting the action in Padua high school?
8) Elaine May was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for what 1998 film, an adaptation of a novel originally credited to Anonymous?
9) What 2007 comedy features Spider-Man’s boss as the father of an X-Man, and won an Oscar for the woman behind the Pussy Ranch?
10) What actor or actress appeared in all nine of these movies?

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Quiz: Zombies

Round 5 at the Old Pequliar on August 12, 2008
Average score: 6.55/10 (11 teams)

1) According to a chatty zombie in Return of the Living Dead, what’s the only thing that gets rid of the pain of being dead?
2) The classic 1943 film I Walked With a Zombie was partly inspired by what classic 1847 Gothic novel?
3) What 2006 comic book by Robert Kirkman features brain-craving undead versions of Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and more?
4) There are many recipes for the zombie cocktail, but they all involve what liquor?
5) In 1994, what Irish band asked “What’s in your head?” in their international hit song “Zombie”?
6) George Romero’s Land of the Dead features cameos by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the creators of what zombie spoof released the year before?
7) British pop group The Zombies landed three singles in the US Billboard top 40 between 1964 and 1969. Name any one of them for one point.
8) What music video begins with this disclaimer from the artist: “Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in theoccult”?
9) The phrase “klaatu barada nikto” turned off Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still. In what 1992 horror sequel does a mangled version of the phrase raise a legion of hostile zombies?
10) The hilariously gory 1985 film Re-Animator, which brought a whole new meaning to the term “giving head,” was based on the story “Herbert West: Reanimator” by what American horror author?

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Fictional high schools

From the vaults! This is one of the first pub quiz rounds I ever wrote, back a few years ago when a friend of mine was hosting at the Old Pequliar. I’m posting the questions as I wrote them; in the next few days, I’ll go through and revise them applying what I’ve learned since then. (I don’t think it’s a bad batch of questions, but there is, as they say, room for improvement.)

1) What was the name of the big dance at Hill Valley High School back in 1955?
2) Sunnydale High School attracts more than its fair share of vampires, demons and other paranormal bad guys because it sits on top of what mystical/geographical feature?
3) The Ramones’ visit to Vince Lombardi High School was immortalized in what 1979 movie?
4) Students of Tromaville High School are exposed to radioactive waste from the neighboring power plant in what 1986 b-movie?
5) Riverdale High school is home to a multi-decade romantic triangle: Archie Andrews can never choose between Betty and Veronica. What are Betty and Veronica‘s last names?
6) What series of over 150 books, centered around the lives of twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, ended in 1998?
7) What TV show featuring a petite blonde heroine fighting for justice in Neptune High School did Buffy creator Joss Whedon refer to as “Best. Show. Ever.”?
8) Before moving to Lawndale High School and getting her own MTV animated series, this brainy student was a foil to Beavis and Butt-Head. Name her.
9) What’s the name of the Twin Peaks High School homecoming queen who turns up dead, wrapped in plastic?
10) Molly Ringwald and George Clooney were two stars of what TV series set at Eastland Academy?
11) Ms. Chandler, Ms. Duke, and Ms. McNamara are the most popular girls at Westerburg High School – and all share the same first name. What is it?
12) What 1934 James Hilton novel set at Brookfield School has been adapted into two movies, a TV movie, and a miniseries?
13) What movie set at Shermer High School was promoted with the tagline “They only met once, but it changed their lives forever”?
14) Self-proclaimed boozer, user, and loser Jerri Blank becomes a 46-year-old freshman at Flatpoint High School in what Comedy Central series?
15) Which Canadian city is the series Degrassi High set in?
16) What TV series about students at Bayside High School was originally set in junior high, when it was called Good Morning, Miss Bliss?
17) What Midtown High School student and future superhero was bitten by a radioactive spider during a field trip to a science exhibition?
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Quiz: Marvel Comics

1) Marvel Comics had its first major success in 1961 with an issue detailing the origin of what super group?
2) What scrappy X-Man first appeared October, 1974, brawling with the Hulk?
3) The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in the same accident that created what Marvel superhero?
4) What word, also the state motto of New York, did Stan Lee end most of his Bullpen Bulletins with?
5) What iconic superhero was recently shot to death in front of a federal courthouse?
6) Which of these Marvel characters was not co-created by artist Jack Kirby: The Black Panther, The Hulk, Spider-Man, or Thor?
7) Name two of the five founding members of the Avengers.
8) If a Marvel comics fan pointed out a mistake in an issue and came up with a plausible explanation for it, what did he win?
9) What occupation do the secret identies of She-Hulk and Daredevil have in common?
10) Which mystical Marvel character is most likely to say “By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth”?
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