Archive for January, 2011

Time waits for no man

I feel old. In a quizzing sense, that is.

Last night I hooked up with Ger, his sister Marie and brother-in-law Willie and took part in the Claremorris GAA Club quiz.  It was our first outing as a group since our epic triple overtime win last April so we felt confident.  However, it wasn’t to be.

The reason for our defeat was quite plain: the music round. Nothing in the world of quizzing makes you feel aged more than listening to some modern tunes and being totally baffled by them.  It’s one thing to think “Oh yeah, what is that one?” and spend some minutes trying to drag the song title from the depths of your brain.  It’s totally disheartening though to listen to a track and not have a single flicker of recognition.

Unfortunately, the music round was worth 20 points (one each for title and artist) and, being the only such round on the night, meant that doing badly here was doubly punishing. We scored 12/20, with the eventual winners getting 20. Their not-so-secret weapon was a teenage daughter.

I need my own little girl to grow up fast!



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Those of you with highly tuned inference antennae will obviously have picked up from yesterday’s post that my team didn’t win Tuesday night’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris.  Our 92/100, whilst well ahead of third place, left us one behind the winners – my friend Ger’s team.

Grrr. That’ll teach me. Hubris is a bitch. 🙂

Certainly, I’ll be reminded of it when we next hook up for a quiz – which is tomorrow night, as it happens.

Until then, here are the answers to the questions I included in the post.


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The Dáil, yesterday.

The Christmas season is well and truly behind us.  Heck, even those hard-working folks in the Dáil are back at work today as government reconvenes.

As has Tuesday Quiz Night in Gilligan’s, Claremorris.

My mate Ger, an absentee since the first night we discovered this regular event, came along last night. “Ye can’t sit together” we were told.

“No matter!” said I, “I couldn’t beat him otherwise.”   Oh, hostages to fortune…


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Wedding (Singer) answers

So here we go, the answers to yesterday’s 1980s themed questions, as asked at my friend’s wedding.

Obviously, how well (or otherwise) you did in these will give away your age!

In our case, I’m pleased to report that we didn’t let the good name of MacGyver down. We scored 19/20, which was good enough for us to be declared joint-winners with the law-abiding citizens of the Hill Street Blues table. Both tables received a free bottle of Prosecco to celebrate their tremendous knowledge. 🙂


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Wedding (Singer) quiz

Last Friday, New Year’s Eve, I was an attendee at the wedding of my good friend Niall and his lovely wife Catherine.

A really nice touch, well if you’re me anyway, was the holding of a quiz for the first hour or so of the wedding banquet. 🙂

As we took our seats in the dining room, we noticed the Lewis Carroll-esque box you see here. Upon opening this we discovered 20 cards, each containing a trivia question. As the theme of the banquet was 1980s TV (I was sitting at the MacGyver table, for instance) most of the questions related to this.

However, the quiz also featured four questions about the bride and groom. These were a clever addition, in my opinion, as they were obviously google-proof.  That said, our table actually did well on these questions, even managing to correctly guess how many stitches Catherine had to receive after a nasty fall, aged 5.

It was seven, just in case anyone ever asks…


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