Linda Lee — My personal bridge blog

Big Easy Answers

In the previous blog I posted a set of questions about New Orleans and a bridge deal played by Bill Milgram.  So read that blog first.  Here is the answers to the questions:

New Orleans’s Quiz

  1. When did Katrina approach New Orleans: month and year?  Answer: August 2005.  This one proved surprisingly hard for our guest who did remember it was in George Bush’s second term.
  2. What song by the New Orleans group Dixie Cups knock the Beatles out of Billboard’s top songs in the 1960’s?  Answer: Chapel of Love.  We all sang a few lines  Goin’ to the chapel and we’re  Gonna get married
  3. What does Mardi Gras mean?  Answer: Fat Tuesday, an easy one for French speakers.
  4. Which three colours are used during Mardi Gras in New Orleans  Answer: Purple green yellow
  5. Who composed the song City of New Orleans a) Woody Guthrie b) Arlo Guthrie c) Willie Nelson d) Steve Goodman Answer: d) Steve Goodman, tricked ‘ya
  6. Which of the following bodies of water does not border New Orleans? a)      Gulf of Mexico b) Lake Pontchartrain c) Mississippi River  Answer: Gulf of Mexic
  7. Who are the Creoles Answer: Native Louisiana natices who are of mixed ancestry.  Originally the Spanish and French settler
  8. Why were the Acadians expelled from Acadia leading to many of them moving to Orleans and becoming Cajuns? Answer: They wouldn’t take an oath of allegiance to the Crow
  9. What famous cathedral is in Jackson Square? Answer: St. Louis Cathedral (Nobody in our group could remember that).

Can you name these famous people from New Orleans

  • a)      Wrote novels about vampires Answer: Ann Rice
  • b)      American left-wing playwright romantically involved for 30 years with crime writer Dashiell Hammett?  Answer: Lillian Hellman.  Bill our local American liberal remembered after a struggle.
  • c)      Writer of Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Answer: Truman Capote
  • d)     Pulitizer Prize winning author of streetcar named Desire  Answer: Tennessee Williams
  • e)      BAM! Answer: Emeril
  • f)       Famous pirate of the early 19th century who worked in New Orleans with his brother Pierre?Answer: Jean Lafitte
  • i)        One more… you can do it.. we are sweatin’ to the oldies? Answer: Richard Simmons
  • j)        American trumpeter and bandlead. He is best remembered for his million selling recordings of Java? Answer: Pete Fountain.

Recall the deal Bill Milgram played in six spades”







♠ AKJ9




The way the defense carded Bill decided that the clubs were breaking four-four.  He played off all four clubs throwing diamonds from dummy.  He cashed the top hearts and  the top diamonds ending in hand and ruffed the third diamond.   At this point Bill was trump tight.  He could lead a trump or a heart and lose the trick to West.  This ensured that he made the the last three spade tricks.  As it turned out West had four spades to the Q10 so an endplay was needed to make the hand.  This seems like quite a good line if you are certain clubs are breaking but probably not otherwise.  As you can imagine this was a great result!  Bill has a way of making these hands.


Dave Memphis MOJO SmithJanuary 2nd, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I believe Pete Fountain played the clarinet, while Al Hirt played the trumpet and recorded Java.

Linda LeeJanuary 3rd, 2011 at 10:40 am


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