Six humans, spanning two generations, three homes, and two time zones, gathered together on Saturday for the now weekly Walker/McGee/Scally family quiz.
We can’t be together. But we sure as hell can mock each other’s appalling lack of general knowledge from a distance, thanks to the wonders of wifi technology.
It works like this: each person chooses ten questions on a specific subject (respect to Robert, whose chosen subject was “Saturday” #WTF). After each round, the answers are revealed. We keep our own score. No googling. No cheating. There’s a lot of trust involved, obviously. And if you can’t trust your own family, you’re kind of screwed.
So, still on a high from the weekend’s narrow defeat (that round on history and mythology was my downfall, dammit), I thought we could have a Hell’s Kitchen family quiz. What do you think?
Coming up, 10 questions on the subject of the New York-Scottish connection. Because – hello, if you didn’t know already, I’m Scottish! No cheating, friends. The answers are at the bottom.
OK, here goes …
1. Alexander Hamilton – the subject of the hit Broadway musical – was the son of a Scotsman. But who (or what), according to the opening number, was his mother?
2. Which famous soup brand, founded in Scotland in 1869, was immortalized by Andy Warhol?
3. The Davidson brothers, whose father came from Angus, Scotland, were responsible for which famous motorcycle brand?
4. Which two Scottish writers have statues in Central Park’s Literary Walk?
5. Andrew Carnegie was one of the richest Americans in history. But in which Scottish town was he born?
6. Which Perthshire-born actor won a Tony for his portrayal as the Emcee in the 2014 Broadway production of Cabaret?
7. Donald Trump fell foul of locals when he attempted to build a $1bn golf course in Scotland – but where was it?
8. Which Scottish actor – star of the Bourne Identity and Succession – recently played LBJ on Broadway?
9. In what month does the Tartan Day parade take place on 6th Ave?
10. Which Scottish singer’s performance as Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway in 2004 could have been described as a bit wet?
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Tell me your name and give me ten questions on your chosen specialty subject. Let’s make this quiz thing weekly, OK? Go!
1. A whore.
2. Campbell’s soup.
4. Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
6. Alan Cumming.
7. The Menie estate, Aberdeenshire.
8. Brian Cox.
9. April (not this year though).
10. Marti Pellow, former lead singer of Wet Wet Wet.
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