Monday, November 10, 2008

Scholars' Bowl and Food

The lights were turned out in The Greasy Skillet's kitchen tonight. It's rare for me to go an entire day without cooking, but I spent my evening moderating a high school scholars' bowl tournament. I tried my best to measure up to the standards set by Alex Trebek.

In high school, I participated in scholars' bowl, and I was a star in practice. However, during actual competitions I always cracked under pressure. My performances were reminiscent of the Cheers episode when Cliff Clavin appeared on Jeopardy.

Like any good moderator, I previewed the questions several times and practiced pronouncing some of the more difficult words. Much to my surprise, there were a few food-related questions, so I thought I'd quiz you this evening:

What food item was referred to as "liberty cabbage" during World War I?

What is the name of the city in India at the foot of the Himalayas that is noted for its teas?

What color comes in shades of quince and saffron?

From what language did English get the words dinner and supper?

take care,
muddywaters

4 comments:

nella said...

I'm not going to look up any of the questions until after I post my answers:

1. brussel sprouts
2. Darjeeling
3. yellow
4. Latin

I never was good under pressure.

Marianne said...

1. brussel sprouts aka yucky sprouts
2. no idea
3. Yellow
4. French

How fun to moderate the scholars' bowl. Do you ever judge at the debate tournaments? They are too fun!

Sarah said...

Okay, here's my best shot:

1. Brussel spouts, but I need you to know that I cheated by looking at the comments before me.
2. Darjeeling (this one I knew)
3. Yellow (ditto)
4. Le francais, bien sur.

muddywaters said...

Thanks for playing everyone.

Here are the answers:

1. Sauerkraut
2. Darjeeling
3. Yellow
4. French

It looks like Sarah is the winner. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Well done,
muddywaters