1) The doctor
2) The statistician
The ones that got away
1) What is the highest number of goals scored by one player in a FIFA World Cup finals tournament?
2) What name is given to a baby guinea pig?
3) In the nursery rhyme, where does the Muffin Man live?
4) Which general led the victorious army in the final battle of the Second Punic War?
5) Which Vice President of fuel company Exxon was kidnapped and murdered in 1992?
6) Who wrote the play Major Barbara, about an Officer of the Salvation Army who becomes disillusioned with her Christianity?
7) Who is the youngest brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter?
8) In which west coast US city would you find the Jack Murphy stadium?
3) Drury Lane
4) Scipio Africanus
5) Sidney Reso
6) George Bernard Shaw
7) Aaron Carter
8) San Diego
Poll results: 24 votes (including one impressive 8/8) with the average voter scoring 2.5/8!
2) Young animal names are one of those things that appear in pub quizzes and pretty much nowhere else. The male and female names, at least, make use of porcine nomenclature, being boars and sows, respectively.
3) The doctor seemed convinced that (via Shrek) it was Pudding Lane, which is presumably part of his elaborate conspiracy theory that the Muffin Man started the Great Fire of London.
4) A spectacular failure of the 'play the quiz, not the question' strategy. The doctor had the correct answer immediately, but was alas swayed by my "that seems really hard for this quiz...".
5) Apparently no-one in the pub got this one right, to the great surprise of the quizmaster. The story is quite an interesting read, although best saved until after you've checked out the alternate questions below.
6) With little else to go on we played our 'American playwright' card of Tennessee Williams. On the plus side, it allowed me to make hilarious jokes for the rest of the evening about how we hadn't got the playwright right.
7) Presuming that the answer would be a famous Carter, and deploying around 90% of our hip hop knowledge in the process, we stuck down Sean Carter (AKA Jay-Z). On retrospect, quite a funny mis-step, but worth some style points, at least.
8) There only seemed a few options here (mainly in California) but we plumped for one of the wrong ones. Apparently it's called the Qualcomm Stadium at the moment, and has been since 1997. The Jack Murphy in question, meanwhile, was a sportswriter who initially drummed up support for a stadium in the city.
The alternative questions
1) Frank Fontaine is a major antagonist in which video game, whose concept was based on the ideas of objectivism (as popularized by Ayn Rand)?
2) Papua New Guinea occupies half of the island of New Guinea, the other half belonging to which nation?
3) The Drury Lane of Muffin Man fame was, in 1869, home to the first store of which eponymous (and now) nationwide retailer?
4) Scipio defeated the Carthaginian Hannibal Barca, the centre of whose Empire was located at (you guessed it) Carthage, now a suburb of which African capital city?
5) In their ransom note, Reso's kidnappers posed as members of Greenpeace angry (amongst other things) about the sinking of which ship in 1985?
6) The musical My Fair Lady is based on which Bernard Shaw play?
7) Despite their extensive discography, the Backstreet Boys have only managed to top the UK singles charts once with which 1999 song? A parody titled 'eBay' was released by Weird Al Yankovich several years later.
8) The Qualcomm Stadium is home to the NFL team the San Diego Chargers. California is home to a further 14 major sports teams (those that play American football, ice hockey, basketball or baseball in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB respectively), name 5 of them.
5) Rainbow Warrior
7) I Want It That Way
8) NFL: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers (and the aforementioned Chargers)
NHL: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks
NBA: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants.