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With the Seahawks hosting the Saints on Saturday, seems like a good time to test your New Orleans (and a little Seattle) pop culture knowledge. No Googling allowed.

1. “A Confederacy of Dunces” is:

a) A book written by New Orleans author John Kennedy Toole, published in 1980, 16 years after it was written and 11 years after Toole’s suicide.

b) A side project of New Orleans-born rapper Romeo and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, plus former members of Seattle bands Goodness and Hammerbox.

c) The name producers originally wanted to use for the 1965 Steve McQueen movie “The Cincinnati Kid,” which was based in New Orleans.

2. The first Super Bowl played in New Orleans was Super Bowl IV, on Jan. 11, 1970. The halftime entertainment was provided by:

a) The Rolling Stones, who were roasted in a scathing Times-Picayune review of the show that referred to them as “over the hill.”

b) Carol Channing and the Southern University marching band.

c) Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.

3. The “Real World” season featuring the zany shenanigans of sassy Melissa and Mormon college student Julie was:

a) Season 7 (1998) in Seattle

b) Season 9 (2000) in New Orleans

c) Season 24 (2010) in New Orleans

d) Who cares? Seriously, is this show still on? Has anyone watched this since Puck left?

4. Ellen DeGeneres was born and raised in:

a) Metairie, La., a suburb of New Orleans

b) Lake Forest Park, a suburb of Seattle

c) Roslyn, a suburb of Cle Elum

5. This New Orleans-based rock band’s 1993 album “Surprise” was certified platinum:

a) Better than Ezra

b) Better than Nothing

c) Better than Hootie and the Blowfish

6. From 1982 through 1995, Seattle and New Orleans each hosted three men’s college basketball Final Fours. Which city has hosted more total men’s Final Fours?

a) Seattle

b) New Orleans

c) It’s a tie

7. The 1972 hit song “City of New Orleans” was recorded by:

a) Gilbert O’Sullivan

b) Brewer & Shipley

c) Harry Chapin

d) Arlo Guthrie

e) Jim Croce … I can do this all day if you want. Don McLean? Cat Stevens? Bill Withers?

8. Which movie is not set in New Orleans?

a) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

b) “Interview with the Vampire”

c) “Deliverance”

d) “A Streetcar Named Desire”

9. Which of these is not a New Orleans nickname?

a) “The Big Easy”

b) “The Crescent City”

c) “America’s Most Interesting City”

d) “The Big Sweetgrass Basket”

10. Which of these is a sister city to New Orleans:

a) Innsbruck, Austria

b) Bergen, Norway

c) Nantes, France

d) Reykjavik, Iceland

11. The 1963 Elvis Presley movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair” was filmed in Seattle. Elvis said his favorite of all his movies was this 1958 film set in New Orleans:

a) “Girls! Girls! Girls!”

b) “Harum, Scarum”

c) “King Creole”

d) “Easy Come, Easy Go”

12. Which original “Saturday Night Live” star was born in New Orleans?

a) John Belushi

b) Gilda Radner

c) Garrett Morris

d) Laraine Newman

Extra credit

Time for a question about Louis Armstrong, a man so beloved in his hometown of New Orleans they named their airport after him. In the 1969 film “Hello, Dolly!” Armstrong sings the title song with:

a) Liza Minnelli

b) Barbra Streisand

c) Cher

d) Annette Funicello

Extra credit, Part Deux (in case you’re struggling and just need to get a ‘W’).

Paul Tulane, a 19th century businessman and philanthropist, was the major benefactor of which school:

a) Tulane University

b) Faber College

c) University of Washington

d) This must be a trick question. I’ll say none of the above.


1 point for each correct answer

1. A

2. B

3. 1 point for B, 2 for D

4. A

5. A

6. C, five each

7. D, and give yourself a bonus point if you owned the 45

8. C

9. D, that’s Charleston, S.C.

10. A, the others are Seattle sister cities

11. C

12. C

Extra credit: B

Extra credit, Part Deux: A.