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I hope you all enjoyed my little summertime diversion and tried your hand at the Trivia Quiz — and entered the contest. I will post the winners later this week in the comments section.

I realize some of the questions were pretty tricky, but what fun would a trivia contest be if all the questions were easy? Anyway, without further ado, here are the answers:

I. General Knowledge

What does House like to drink when playing cards? House likes to down energy drinks while everyone else is downing all manner of alcoholic beverage. Notice in "House vs. God" that while everyone else at his poker game has an alcoholic beverage, House does not. In "All In," as Wilson and Cuddy drink, House abstains. When he tells Ian's parents he hadn't been drinking at the party he's being truthful. Of course he does pop a Vicodin in front of them. But that's another story.

Who's Wilson's favorite movie director? Who could miss the Alfred Hitchcock movie posters on Wilson's office walls? And what is on the tube when House arrives home (while Wilson was living with him) in season two's "Safe?" Hitchcock's Vertigo.

How do you test for a tapeworm in the brain? You look for it in the thigh. "Tapeworms love thigh muscle," House tells the fellows in the series pilot episode.

Why would Cuddy have had to call the RIAA? When a clinic patient shoves an MP3 player up his butt, House tells the clinic receptionist "the RIAA wants Cuddy to check for illegal downloads" ("Occam's Razor").

How much does a Reuben sandwich (dry, no pickles) cost in the PPTH cafeteria? About $3.80, House tells Lucas, the patient's son, in "Socratic Method."

II. Quotable Quotes: To what do these quotes refer, who said them, and when?

"I thought it was pithy," says House to Edward Vogler in "Role Model" after trashing his company's new "wonder drug" in a speech.

"It's like Oscar Wilde in the third grade!" Stacy quips about the childish repartee between House and her husband Mark in "Spin."

"He likes to see," remarks House to Stacy in the opening scene of "Honeymoon," referring to her crucifix.

"You have little people in you," House snarks to his disbelieving clinic patient in "Heavy," a somewhat zaftig and assertive woman as she and House trade barbs in the exam room.

"Wear a cup," House tells a lecture hall full of fellow-wannabes at the end of "Alone."

III. It's never lupus: Name the disease and episode in which these diagnoses occurred.

Cool coppery eyes. Wilson's disease ("Socratic Method").

It's not AIDS! Bite your tongue! Epilepsy, which House figured out from the scar on his patient's tongue (eventually) in "Role Model."

A horse in a herd of zebras. In "House Training," Lupe had a simple staph infection, which the team missed looking for something more exotic. By the time they figured it out, it was too late and she died.

Don't you know bird fighting is illegal? Psittacosis is what Alfredo, Cuddy's handyman, has in "Humpty Dumpty."

The incredible shrinking baby is Olive Kaplan, who has Dejures syndrome in "Babies and Bathwater."

Sand worms. Adam, the young autistic patient in "Lines in the Sand," has a case of roundworms (from raccoons) after eating the sand in his sandbox.

IV. Where have I seen that guy before? Who's the actor and what did he or she play on House?

George Washington was a doctor? David Morse (the Javert-like detective who relentlessly pursues House in part of season three) played George Washington in the HBO miniseries John Adams, and also an idealistic resident on the 1980s series St. Elsewhere.

Street performer in Billy Jack before he became a DJ. A very young Howard Hesseman appeared in Billy Jack before he became Dr. Johnny Fever, the aging rocker-DJ on WKRP, and long before he got a heart transplant on House. ("Sex Kills").

He orated and ogled in Harry Stone's courtroom. I know. This one was too easy. John Larroquette played the smarmy Dan Fielding on Night Court before playing the dying "vegetative-state guy" in season three's "Son of Coma Guy."

He played Mel Cooley's brother-in- law in a legendary 1960s comedy. Carl Reiner, the elderly clinic patient in "Both Sides Now," was long ago known as a comedy genius. He played variety show host Alan Brady on the iconic 1960s situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show.

He guided the IMF (and I don't mean International Monetary Fund) long before Tom Cruise got involved. Peter Graves, also of the hilarious film Airplane ("What's the vector, Victor?"), has a small problem with his girlfriend Ramona (something about droopy wood and Jeopardy!) in "Love Hurts."

Tony Award-winning Actress. Cynthia Nixon, who played Anica in the second season episode "Deception," won a Best Actress Tony Award for her role in Rabbit Hole in 2006.

Mighty Aphrodite. That would be Mira Sorvino, Cate Milton in season four's "Frozen."

Ironically, she played Sean Connery's sister-in-law in Marnie. Diane Baker played Lil Mainwaring in Marnie. Ironic because, as Wilson notes in "Birthmarks," House's suspected biological father strongly resembles Connery. Okay, so it was only slightly ironic.

This father and son each guest-starred on House. John Rubinstein and his son Michael Weston each guest-starred on House. John played a transplant surgeon in "The Mistake" (season two) and Michael played private investigator Lucas Douglas at the beginning of season six.

"Vilkomen, bienvenu, velcome…" That, of course, refers to Joel Grey, who guest starred in "Informed Consent" (season three). Grey starred in Cabaret as the Master of Ceremonies on Broadway and in the film.

Dual role in an early X-File. Zelijko Ivanek played Dr. Arthur Grable and his brother Roland Fuller in the first season X-Files episode "Roland."

V. Mixed Metaphors: Name the episode and what House was talking about.

Tumor as a terrorist organization. “The tumor is Afghanistan; the clot is Buffalo,” explains House about Andie’s blood clot in season two's “Autopsy.”

How do the Inuit fish? “They look for the blue heron circling overhead,” explains House in “Role Model” about how to find hairy cells.

"Like a bad doubles partner," is how House explains his patient’s “alien DNA” in “Cane and Able.”

Your kitchen's on fire! House’s apt metaphor as he argues with Foreman trying to find the cause of his patient’s failing heart in “Safe.”

This train skipped a few stations on its way to death's door. The rapid progress of Ian’s illness compared to Esther’s in “All In.”

Blitzing linebackers. Otherwise known as fungi in “Role Model.”

Embolic buses. House tries to explain clots, but takes the metaphor too far in "Euphoria Part One.”

VI. Where in the House-verse would we find:

Fiji: House's chosen bottled water brand.

Sota: House’s high-end turntables (he has one in his office and one at home).

NOS: The power drink sometimes consumed by House (and occasionally in large quantities).

Eames: House's office lounger is an Eames chair.

Bose: House has Bose headphones and (what appears to be) a Bose sound system in his apartment.

Hill-Rom: The medical equipment manufacturer whose beds are used on set (and in many hospitals).

Flying V: House’s vintage (and very expensive) Gibson electric guitar, which was kidnapped in “Alone” (season four).

And now for the contest questions. Are you ready for the answers??

1. House sings “The Trolley Song” in “Both Sides Now,” a song made famous by Judy Garland in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis. That film was directed by Vincente Minnelli, and it was in that film that he and Garland met and became an item (and later married). In the 2001 film Life with Judy Garland, Hugh Laurie played Minnelli to Judy Davis’ Garland.

2. House’s favorite artist (or presumably so) is Leroy Neiman. When House is treating Lucy Palmieri in “The Socratic Method,” Wilson wonders why he’s so interested in a “woman with a bump in her leg.” Wilson equates House's involvement in the no-brainer case to “Picasso white-washing a fence.” House says “I’m more of a Leroy Neiman man.” Yes, I know it’s obscure…

3. Auric Goldfinger, James Bond's nemesis in Goldfinger, surely would have appreciated the woman who poisons her husband with gold in season two’s “Clueless.”

4. The two incredible shrinking tumors happened in season one’s “Socratic Method” when House shrinks Lucy’s tumor to con the surgeon into operating on it, and in the next season, when Grace’s tumor shrinks, magically “healed” by Boyd in “House vs. God.”

5. And finally, “cocaine with a PG rating” is Ritalin (“Need to Know” from season two).

Don’t forget to enter the drawing for a free copy of the season five DVD set.

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Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics, as well as a noted entertainment writer. Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., her primary beat is primetime television. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality. She is a contributor to the book called Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014) and has a story in Riverdale Ave Press' new anthology of zombie romance, Still Hungry for your Love. She is hard at work on what she hopes will be her first published novel.
  • wackjob

    WOW! That was a brain-buster! (I didn’t even try the first part.)

    My only disappointment is that I can’t stand Leroy Neiman. House likes sports paintings??

  • Barbara S Barnett

    Interestingly, he doesn’t have any in his apartment. The art on his apartment walls is really tasteful, very modern and no sports.

  • julia

    I was sure the other shrinking tumors were Sgt. John’s brain tumors that disappeared

  • Barbara S Barnett

    Julia–that was only a very brief thought by the team, after they disappeared, they really didn’t consider them tumors at all.

  • Serket Watches

    It was a lot of fun doing this quiz.. even though I disagreed with a few of the very specific answers!

  • rbrown205

    Great answers!! Did you come up with the questions, or did you have help? If you did come up with them, I salute you as the greatest trivia fan around!! “SALUT”!

  • Meena

    Barbara, this was an intense quiz, one where I’m exaggerating to say I knew even half the answers (I was still in elementary school when night court ended I think:)). However, there is one answer you provide that I would slightly disagree with.

    In Wilson’s office, he only has one Hitchcock poster, from Vertigo. The other perpetual poster is from A Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles (famous for its long, complex, one-take opening shot especially). And in season five, there is also Robert Redford’s Ordinary People poster in rotation. So one could theoretically argue for any one of these…though I’d argue back that the scene in Safe with Wilson and House watching Vertigo would tip the scales:) Just wanted to clarify, thanks.

  • Orange450

    Barbara, I got all five!! I got all five!!!!! I’m SO EXCITED!!!!! I NEVER get all the contest questions right!!!!!

    OK, I’m alright now; I just had to do a little yelling and screaming :-) And I know that there’s still no guarantee of a T shirt. But that was SO MUCH FUN! Bring on the next one! 😀

  • julia

    I have a trivia question of my own to ask. I think of myself as a fairly close viewer – I got three and a half answers right on the t-shirt quiz – but I’m stumped. At one point, House says something to Cuddy about not being used to having sex sober, and I figured it was just House being rude. Then in Both Sides Now, Wilson was clearly shocked to hear that Cuddy was sober when she and House (he thought) did the deed.

    I can’t remember any episode that established Cuddy having a drinking problem. Did I miss something, or are they injecting backstory here?

  • Mary

    Sweet, I didn’t do too bad. Got all the important ones right and about 3/4 of the “fun” ones. Does this mean I need to get out more?! LOL!

    The guest stars killed me and the mixed metaphors… I could picture each scene, and what House was trying to explain. I just couldn’t get the episodes and patient.

    And now that the contest is over I’d be interested to see if anyone else thought of a second answer for the “Bond Nemesis” question. It’s a very good match but the phrasing of your question lead me to choose Goldfinger.

    Viktor Zokas aka Renard in “The World is Not Enough”. He actually has two connections to House. First, and the part that fit your question, he had a bullet in his brain that made him sick (and would eventually kill him). This matches the diagnosis of the patient in “Birthmarks” although she had needles in her brain, not a bullet. Problem was I didn’t think Renard would have “appreciated” it in anyway.

    The second, slightly stretched connection would be, because of the bullet in his brain he could not feel pain just as the SEPA patient in “Insensitive”. Two different condition but similar presentation. But in “Insensitive” that wasn’t the diagnosis, just a condition the patient had.

    Sorry, don’t mean t osound like a know-it-all, I just wondered if anyone else went in that direction.

    Thanks again for the stimulating distraction over the very long break. I really enjoyed this!

  • Sue

    There were two episodes with sand worms. The other one was 97 seconds, where the patient was laying in the sand and got strongyloides (a sand worm). Do I get a free DVD?

  • barbara s barnett

    I would accept the sand worms in “97 seconds,” because the patient did get worms from the sand. Whether you win a DVD depends on your other answers, and how many correct entries there were (still working on that). Random draw breaks any ties.

  • Mary

    Barb, you must be really busy and/or really tired. The DVD is another giveaway altogether (No answers needed, just enter!). This one is for the cool T-shirts. Wouldn’t happen to have a “Snakes on a Cane” one would you? (She asks hopefully)

  • Libby

    Re: the James Bond question–I thought the answer was Blofeld who threatened the world with extortion through viruses that would attack crops and livestock.

  • Barbara S Barnett

    Libby-That’s pretty general for a guess. Goldfinger is really the only real answer.

    No snakes on a cane t-shirt. Sorry. Wish I could oblige. But the shirts are gorgeous.

    DVD is a different giveaway. And I’ll have one more to do with season premiere!

  • Jennnn

    I thought John Henry Giles was House’s favorite artist? From the “DNR” episode?

  • Southpaw

    Julia – I don’t recall anything about Cuddy and a drinking problem, I think it was just a case of Wilson thinking “whoa, it’s unlikely to happen, but if it did it would be under these circumstances”

  • savta

    I agree with Southpaw. That’s exactly how I understood it. I thought he meant to ask “was she clear headed when she slept with you?”
    There was one other interpretation that could apply. I wondered if during their one encounter when she was in college 20 years before, she had been drinking and that’s why he asked.
    In either case, there has never been any indication that Cuddy drinks at all – much less has a drinking problem.

  • Barbara S Barnett

    Will try to post the winners tomorrow sometime. So watch this space!

  • Mary

    I concur with Southpaw and savta as far as interpreting Wilson’s reaction.

    Cuddy, based on her own comments, seems far too driven to have or have had a drinking problem. Not saying she doesn’t drink (IIRC we’ve seen her at home with a glass of wine on several occassions and I think she had a drink while playing poker in “All In”)or that she didn’t have wild college days (not many people escape college without at least one wild weekend involving too much alcohol) but personality and timeline wise it seems unlikely that she let it become a problem.

    Although sometime people who are as driven as she was/is use alcohol/drugs as a stress reliever/crutch and run into issues. The question in my mind then becomes “Is that why she leads such a healthy lifestyle now” (And by healthy lifestyle I mean her “keep fit” attitude, not her stress filled position as House’s keeper)? Did she have a problem and clean herself up? And even if she did I don’t think Wilson’s reaction really had anything to do with Cuddy’s past. It has more to do with the ramification of what happened and knowing that Cuddy, unless impaired in some fashion, would have considered this as well and he finds it shocking that she would do it anyway.

    Barb, as anxious as I am to learn if I’m one of the lucky ten I realize you’ve got you a very, very full plate lately. Take all the time you need, those t-shirts will still be there and I’m pretty sure we all will be too. Remember to take care of yourself during this busy time.

  • savta

    I am so curious to see how many people submitted answers and whether any answer or reasoning used surprised you. Was there anything submitted that gave you pause and made you realize that another answer other than the one you were looking for could have fit? (besides the different answers submitted above.)Where did all the submissions come from? Did your readers from Europe or China post?

  • Barbara S Barnett

    There were many more than 200 submissions. the contest was only open to US residents, unfortunately.

  • Orange450

    More than 200 and you have to go through all of them?? I hope you get your pick of the T shirts, because you deserve the nicest one :)

  • tantevespa

    great set of questions..! But House liking energy drinks when playing poker is a leap too far for me…where is the evidence of that? Him not drinking while playing, yes..drinking liquor and beer in bars and at betting shops, yes…. But energy drink… I couldn’t enter because I’m strictly not a US resident, although I do have an address there… but the set of questions on teh actors and their passage in other series was too hard for me, not being familiar with all of American tv. But I thought it was an absolutely great quiz!
    Keep it coming.

  • barbara s barnett

    tantevespa–watch both House vs. God and All In and view the can of whatever it is he’s drinking. It’s some sort of energy drink can. It’s completlely not alcohol. And because they did it twice (and it’s the only time he’s seen playing cards) it was intentional. I think the point was to show how serious and focused he is when playing. While everyone else is buzzed, he’s clear (and has to do all that math for playing).

  • tantevespa

    I agree totally on the focused and serious side… nothing is ever ‘ a play’ for him, it seems.. but I must confess I totally missed the can (apologies for that, I thought he wasn’t drinking) …The whole show is so full of tiny but meaningful and ‘inside out’ details, it’s mindblowing. When you get to talk to Doris Egan again, could you ask her if that is all intentional? Seems like a sheer impossible task to keep track of all of them and keep them sometimes ‘flowing’ through different episodes (sorry for the inacurate metaphors, it’s still early where I live and I ahd a very short night..:))
    I’ve been wondering about that quite often..
    But I love ‘unearthing’ these details, especially knowing there are other gem diggers around!

  • Joanna

    Barbara, I enjoyed doing this quiz and thanks for doing it, but I must take exception with one answer, to question 2. I think House’s line to Wilson about being a “Leroy Neiman” man was almost said in jest, one of those things he comes out with off the cuff. He never actually said Leroy Neiman was his favorite artist. Looking at the paintings on the walls of his apartment, I’d say his taste in art runs much more towards true abstractionism. The red “blobs” on his bedroom walls, abstract nearly colorless piece over his fireplace, and Picasso like human form near the door to his kitchen are nothing like Leroy Neiman.