The New York restaurant Haakon's Hall hosts a trivia contest every Sunday evening, continuing a tradition that began more than ten years ago at the nearby Night Café (now closed). It's more for the fun of competition and camaraderie than for the occasional bottle of wine that's passed out as a prize.
For the evening of September 27, 2009, I wrote a set of 48 questions (short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, spelling doesn't count, consult quietly with your teammates) on food and drink. If you couldn't join us, here's an opportunity to amuse yourself and match your wits with the winning team, whose score was 43. Answers are posted in the comments; it's more fun if you don't peek.
Crossword clues "M"
All correct answers will begin with the letter "M." As with many crossword puzzles, the answer may include more than one word.
1) 3 letters: a flavor enhancer, or the nickname of the Knicks' court.
2) 5 letters: Batali.
3) 6 letters: sometimes you feel like a nut, but for this candy bar, you don't.
4) 8 letters: to soak meat, fish, or vegetables in a seasoned liquid.
5) 8 letters: a cookie traditionally made from almonds, sugar, and egg whites.
6) 8 letters: "lucky peach," in Japanese.
7) 9 letters: current [September 27, 2009] No. 1 film, Cloudy with a Chance of [blank].
8) 12 letters: squilla.
Things That Are Stuffed
By "stuffed," I might mean filled, or encased, or wrapped; I just like the name "Things That Are Stuffed."
9) A deboned turkey, stuffed with a deboned duck, which itself is stuffed with a deboned chicken, goes by this compact name.
10) These Sicilian "little tubes" of fried pastry dough are best when their filling of flavored ricotta is piped in just before they're served.
11) This is Kellogg's brand name for its flat, rectangular, pre-baked toaster pastries introduced by the company in the 1960s (my favorite flavor was brown sugar cinnamon).
12) At a Shanghai-style restaurant, if you order xiao long bao you'll be served a steamer basket of dumplings usually filled with pork, or crab and pork, that because of their internal consistency are given this English name.
13) According to the website of snack-food company Hostess, this item was first deep-fried at the Brooklyn restaurant Chip Shop in 1992.
14) A preparation of boneless chicken breast that has been rolled around butter, then breaded and baked, is named for this Ukrainian city.
15) Beef tenderloin coated with pate, mushrooms, onions, shallots, and herbs, then wrapped in puff pastry and baked, shares this name with the victorious commander at the Battle of Waterloo.
16) This "great chieftain o' the puddin-race" — in which sheep's liver, lungs, and heart, with oatmeal and chopped onions, are stuffed into the animal's own stomach, then boiled — is traditionally served on the birthday of the Scots poet Robert Burns.
17) Stumptown, a retailer based in Portland, Oregon that recently  opened its first New York shop in the Ace Hotel, is best known for this beverage.
18) In From Russia With Love, James Bond first becomes suspicious of Donald Grant, the Spectre assassin played by Robert Shaw, when Grant orders fish and asks the waiter for a glass of this.
19) This sports drink was developed by medical researchers at the University of Florida, in 1965, and named in honor of the school's football team.
20) Where would you find these words: "From the glass lined tanks of Old Latrobe, we tender this premium beer for your enjoyment as a tribute to your good taste. It comes from the mountain springs to you."
21) This beverage, flavored with oil from the rind of the bergamot orange, is named for a British prime minister of the 1830s and is a favorite of Jean-Luc Picard.
22) Using an illustration of a cocoa pod as his model, in 1915 Earl R. Dean designed the prototype of the bottle for this.
23) Although a chocolate egg cream can be prepared with any syrup, the classic New York version uses this brand.
24) Bouye, a milky drink served at many Senegalese restaurants, is flavored by, and named for, the fruit of this West African tree.
Each correct answer will contain a number.
1) The ales crafted by this Red Hook, Brooklyn brewery include Brownstone, Righteous Rye, and Sweet Action.
2) and 3) Today [September 27, 2009] in its Page Six gossip section, the New York Post wrote of the battle between these two restaurants on 52nd St. to be first to host President Obama.
4) Through the end of this month [September 2009], Michael Jordan's Steakhouse NYC is offering a special burger combo in honor of his induction into the NBA Hall of Fame. For a burger, fries, and a beer or soda, what is the cost, in dollars?
5) This constitutional amendment established Prohibition in the United States.
6) This amendment repealed it.
7) This street, which shares its name with a Cuban restaurant on Columbus Ave., is the central thoroughfare of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.
8) The final question of the category "Number, Please" concerns the 1962 film version of The Manchurian Candidate. While emptying a bottle of ketchup over his steak, the often-confused Sen. John Iselin asks his wife to come up with one easy-to-remember number. In the next scene, the senator asserts that there are exactly this many card-carrying members of the Communist Party working in the State Department.
At the Market
9) Cortland, Empire, Newtown Pippin, and Northern Spy are four varieties of this fruit that you'll find at New York farmer's markets.
10) A variety of any fruit or vegetable that was commonly grown long ago, but today is preserved through the efforts of small-scale farmers, is commonly sold with this one-word description.
11) In November 2005 the Fulton Fish Market relocated from its historic location in lower Manhattan to this neighborhood in the Bronx.
12) Anthony Bourdain currently holds the title of chef-at-large for this restaurant, which was named for the traditional central marketplace of Paris that was demolished in 1971.
13) In New York state, a ban on growing the black variety of these berries was lifted in 2003; this past summer , the red, white, and black cultivars all were on offer at local farmer's markets.
14) Though you can buy this notorious malodorous fruit, and even have it husked, at outdoor stalls in Manhattan and Singapore, only in New York are you allowed to carry it onto public transportation.
15) Though the product of their labors is available at many farmer's markets, these animals, whose scientific name is Apis mellifera, cannot legally be kept in New York City.
16) The final question of this category concerns Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. (I know it best from the 1952 film.) Algernon Moncrief and his cousin, Jack, consume all of a particular tea-time treat that he was saving for his Aunt Augusta. Later, when Algernon's aunt expresses her dismay, his butler lies for him, stating that though he went down twice, there were none of these items in the market that morning, "not even for ready money."
17) A hot dog on a poppyseed bun — "dragged through the garden," the saying goes, with the addition of onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, peppers, relish, celery salt, and mustard — is most closely connected with this U.S. city.
18) Poutine, which smothers french fries in cheese curds and brown gravy, is a favorite snack and bar food in this Canadian province.
19) Injera, a pancake-like bread that functions as both platter and utensil, is served at New York restaurants including Awash, Meskerem, and Queen of Sheba, which feature the cuisine of this country.
20) The po' boy, a regional variation on the hero, submarine, hoagie, wedge, grinder, or what-have-you, is the local name for oblong sandwiches in this U.S. city.
21) In that same city you can also find a sandwich called a banh mi, brought there, to New York, and elsewhere by emigrants from this country.
22) The patacon Maracucho, a sandwich that replaces the bread with two pieces of twice-fried plantain, originated in this South American city.
23) Though it's still eaten in longstanding immigrant communities in the United States and Canada, lutefisk — prepared from cod, haddock, or pollock that have been treated with lye, till it acquires an almost jelly-like texture — is a traditional dish of three countries outside North America. Name any one.
24) The Hangtown fry, a bacon-and-oyster omelette still prepared in a few old-school restaurants in San Francisco, was invented during the California Gold Rush in a nearby community. In the 19th century that community was actually called Hangtown; this is its name today.