The Vikings’ season will be over Sunday after losing to the Seahawks in their wild-card game, so this seems like a good time for a Minneapolis trivia quiz, before it’s too late.
Today, we honor one of America’s great cities. It’s one of the most literate cities in the country, a bike-friendly, tech-savvy paradise with beautiful lakes, great restaurants, plentiful outdoor opportunities, brimming with arts and culture.
No, not Seattle. The Minnesota Vikings’ season will be over Sunday, so this seems like a good time for a Minneapolis trivia quiz, before it’s too late.
Good luck. (Prince, Fran Tarkenton, and members of their immediate families are not eligible.) Check your answers below.
1. The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” was so good they built a statue in downtown Minneapolis of Mary tossing her hat. Who recorded a hard-rocking cover of the show’s theme song, “Love is All Around?”
a) Sir Mix-A-Lot
b) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
c) Walter Mondale
2. Who wrote the song “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis?”
a) Tom Waits
b) Bob Dylan
c) Johnny Cash
3. Which singing sisters are from Minneapolis?
a) Ann and Nancy Wilson
b) The Andrews Sisters
4. What was Tiny Tim doing when he suffered a fatal heart attack in Minneapolis in 1996?
a) Singing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” at a benefit gala for the Women’s Club of Minneapolis
b) Taping a “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” reunion with Goldie Hawn and Jo Anne Worley
c) Going mano a mano with Danny Bonaduce in a celebrity boxing match
5. Sorry, that took kind of a dark turn. Let’s lighten things up a little. Which actress was named for a city in her home state of Minnesota?
a) Virginia Madsen
b) Meryl Streep (real first name, “Duluth”)
c) Winona Ryder
6. In the ’80s, a Minneapolis City Council candidate was indicted because he:
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a) Was caught riding his bike to work without a helmet
b) Wrote a scathing review of the Prince film “Purple Rain”
c) Provided $31 worth of Twinkies, Ho Hos and coffee to elderly voters in an attempt to sway their votes
7. Former Seattle Pilots knuckleballer Jim Bouton wrote the greatest baseball book ever, “Ball Four.” Which popular Minnesotan did he refer to as “The Fat Kid?”
a) Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew
b) TV newsman Lou Grant
c) Pro rassler and future Minnesota governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura
8. Which of these was NOT invented in Minneapolis?
b) The Bundt pan
9. Which cartoonist was born in Minneapolis?
a) Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert”
b) Charles M. Schulz, creator of “Peanuts”
c) Matt Groening, creator of “Life in Hell”
10. Minneapolis native J. Paul Getty was named the world’s richest private citizen in 1966, 10 years before his death. The miserly billionaire once stuck it to guests at his country mansion near London by:
a) Installing a pay telephone
b) Putting vibrating beds in each guest room, 25 cents for three minutes
c) Charging exorbitant prices for autographed photos of former Minneapolis mayor, U.S. vice president and U.S. senator Hubert Humphrey
11. I know Minnesotans are tired of hearing about how cold it must be there, and you probably think it rains here every day. But seriously … on Jan. 10, the date of Sunday’s game, the average high temperature in Minneapolis is 21 degrees, the average low is 4. The record low temperature for the city on Jan. 10 is:
a) Cold enough that your tongue would stick to a pole
c) So cold I can’t believe I live here, this is just stupid, why am I still here, oh my God, I can’t feel my face
12. Of course, there’s a movie about hockey based in Minneapolis. In “The Mighty Ducks,” Emilio Estevez, a hot-shot lawyer forced to coach a peewee team, offers up this gem of a pep talk:
a) “Now here’s the long and the short of it: I hate hockey, and I don’t like kids.”
b) “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
c) “How come Rob Lowe didn’t have to be in this movie?”
13. Prince played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007. One of the songs he performed was written by a music icon born in Minnesota and later performed by a Seattle-born superstar. The song was:
a) “All Along the Watchtower”
b) “Baby Got Back”
c) “Thrift Shop”
14. The late, great, Minneapolis-born actor Peter Graves — as Captain Oveur — uttered the line “Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?” in which classic movie:
a) “Citizen Kane”
15. Minnesota’s state motto is:
a) “L’Etoil du Nord” (The Star of the North)
b) “Ouvrez! On gèle dehors (Open up! It’s freezing out here)
1. B. Joan? Well, it’s you girl, and you should know it.
2. A. There’s a happy ending. The song’s imprisoned prostitute is scheduled to be paroled on Valentine’s Day.
3. B. If you answered Ann and Nancy, we need to ask you to leave Seattle. Immediately.
4. A. Minnesotans might not claim Tiny Tim; he moved there late in his life. And he was Tiny Tim.
5. C. Wouldn’t it be great if “B” had been true?
6. C. Charges were dismissed against the 71-year-old criminal mastermind.
7. A. “The Killer,” the pride of Payette, Idaho, hit 573 home runs, including two off Bouton, who was a better writer than pitcher.
8. C. Also invented in Minneapolis: Armored cars. To carry the Bisquick and Bundt pans, one can only assume.
9. B. Hey, Hauschka: If Lucy offers to hold the football, don’t let her do it.
10. A. This is the same guy who wrote a 1965 Saturday Evening Post article entitled “The World Is Mean to Millionaires.”
11. B. Although we’d have accepted “A” or “C.”
12. A. It ain’t exactly “Rudy.”
13. A. All these songs were performed by Seattle-born singers but only “All Along the Watchtower” was written by a Minnesota native, the great Bob Dylan.
14. C. He uttered a few others we can’t repeat in this newspaper.
15. A. The Vikings sent the Cowboys roughly 47 draft picks in the deal, one of the worst in NFL history.
If you got:
0-5: You probably think Fargo is in Minnesota.
6-10: It’s possible you’ve heard of Kevin Garnett and the Coen brothers.
11-15: Admit it, you own all the Replacements’ records.