Name that Flyover City! — Aug. 11, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. What city is the home of Duquesne University?
  2. In what midwestern city would you find a “speakeasy-themed” tavern called Ball & Biscuit?
  3. What midwestern city is the birthplace of Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects”?

And here are the answers:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA. Officially recognized as Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit and pronounced “du-kane,” Duquesne first opened in 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students. Named for Michel-Ange Du Quesne de Menneville, the Governor General of New France, the small, private research university in Pittsburgh’s Bluff neighborhood has a current enrollment of over 9,000 students. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney and filmmaker Werner Herzog are among its notable alumni.
  2. Indianapolis, IN. Named after the nickname of a uniquely shaped vintage microphone, Indy’s Ball & Biscuit offers a classy and lively atmosphere, innovative cocktails and small plates. Who hasn’t wanted to try a cocktail called the “Disgruntled Pelican”? Owner Kendall Lockwood, who also operates a diner called “Baby’s” on Talbott Street, is an Indy native and major proponent of “nightlife experiences” that are putting her hometown on the cultural map. The Ball and Biscuit is located on Massachusetts Avenue and is open from 4 p.m. to midnight every day except Monday.
  3. Kansas City, MO. Gillian Fynn was born in Kansas City in 1971, the second of two children born to parents were both teachers. She attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate years, and later received a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Her first three novels, “Sharp Objects” (2006), “Dark Places” (2009), and “Gone Girl” (2012) were all set in small-town Missouri, and incorporated Flynn’s early interest in crime reporting. All three became filmed adaptations. “Gone Girl,” the most successful, is a delightfully dark and twisty thriller directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.