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The annual Inter-Pub Quiz takes place in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, on Thursday night next at 9pm.  Indeed, it is the opening event in this year’s Ballyhaunis Summer Festival.

For those who didn’t see my report on last year’s event, this quiz is quite a novel one.  Basically, everyone who wants to take part gets in to their pub of choice by 9pm.  There is only one answer sheet per pub so, thus, everyone who is inside the door is on that pub’s team.  The pub’s radio is then tuned to a local, community frequency and the questions are read out over the airwaves.  The quiz gets physical in between rounds as each pub has to dispatch a runner to return their answer sheet back to quiz HQ.

Last year’s event produced some amazing final scores.  At the time, this prompted me to suggest that this year we’d gather as many blog fans as we could and attempt to wrestle victory from the mighty Gill’s.  However, I’m afraid it has snuck up on me.

Still, if anyone’s near enough Ballyhaunis (or feels like travelling), you’re more than welcome.  Email me and I’ll let you know where the tablequiz.net approved pub is. 🙂

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Good morning all.  I know I said at the end of my most recent post that the answers would arrive “tomorrow morning” but, sometimes, life gets in the way of blogging.

You see, the reason I knew on Thursday last that I would have to post up the answers on Friday morning or else they wouldn’t be up for days is that my brother got married last Friday afternoon.  We had a great time, thanks for asking.  However, the day ended up being so busy that I simply didn’t have time to get to a computer.

Mind you, I did manage to squeeze in my weekly show on Claremorris Community Radio so the Friday Five Trivia are present and correct.  Albeit, they were posted on a Monday!

Check them out here:

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In fact, the end is here.  After eight months of going almost every Tuesday night, the Quiz Night in Gilligan’s, Claremorris, went on Summer holidays  this week.

As befitted the week that was in it, the quiz had an end-of-year feel to it with free food on offer and a free raffle also.  In this I managed to win a bottle of wine! Alas, that was the only victory that came our way as we were defeated by two points in the quiz.

This was hosted by Eddie, my old buddy from the Irish Independent photo back in January.  He put on a nice quiz, illuminated by some of his more colloquial pronunciations!

I shall miss him, and the rest of the Gilligan’s crew, throughout this upcoming Summer recess.
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Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday in It’s Rock n’ Roll (Kids).

I received a mail from a reader wondering about my lack of a picture round.  Specifically, they wondered if I had deprived them of a Eurovision-themed round.  Fear not! It was just a ‘regular’ picture round.  If it had featured 20 Eurovision performers, I would definitely have gone the extra mile to post it up!

The Eurovision really is a gold mine for trivia.  What a shame it won’t be around again for another 51 weeks…

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This year’s Eurovision Song Contest may have come and gone but our host at this week’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris, had just come back from attending the event in Düsseldorf.

This led to the round I’ve been waiting my entire life to try: a Eurovision music round!  More on that later.

I was paired up with Aidan, who I’ve been been with before, and his mate Andrew, who was making his Gilligan’s debut.

Our highest scoring round on this night was nothing to do with the song contest, mind you. Round 5 featured a hand-out listing 20 car models, with teams asked to identify the manufacturer of each. A 20/20 here took us from also-rans into joint second at half-time.  In the end, our team won by the narrowest margin possible, our 120/150 pipping my mate Ger’s group to the line.

At least it wasn’t on countback

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Irishman John Cosgrove runs Cosgrove Trivia Challenge, a business which is based around the concept of trivia/interaction and entertainment for corporate events, in the USA.   Last year he returned to his Pub Quiz roots, creating a company that has only female hosts, Sassy Lassy Trivia.  I had a chat with him about making a living from quizzes.

John Cosgrove, a native of County Fermanagh, moved to Minneapolis just over 12 years ago.  Within a year he was hosting a monthly quiz in the Irish Pub he worked at.  Since then he has built a business based around hosting quizzes.

So, were you always into quizzing John?

“I wasn’t much into quizzing growing up.  The few experiences I had were fund-raisers for repairs to the local chapel or for the GAA club.  These were rare and the atmosphere was typically stale.  The host was usually one of the local school teachers and that style of classroom atmosphere was not attractive to young fella like myself.  I had a brother who attended a lot of local quizzes and was part of many winning teams as he was the expert on all things sport, which combined with the more intellectual types was a winning team combo.”
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Happy Friday the 13th to you all.  I’m in a pretty good mood today as we are slap bang in the middle of Eurovision Song Contest week. 🙂

In honour of this special event, the Friday Five Trivia on this morning’s radio show were all about Europe’s biggest television show. You can check them out by clicking the convenient play button below.

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Like a Bat into Hell I’m back with the answers to yesterday’s many, many questions in their many, many posts.

This article will be the one post to rule them all.  In other words it will contain all the answers in one, handy location.

If you’ll cast your eyes to the right, you will see the poster for the movie from which the tie-breaker audio clip came.  That’s right, it’s The Blues Brothers. It was sort of a must-see movie for our generation and, combining that with the fact they chose probably the film’s most famous line, I wasn’t exactly chewing my fingernails worrying that Mike wasn’t going to win that tie-breaker. 😉

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We’re into Bonus Time this afternoon as I did find a spare half hour to recreate the Movie theme tunes round from last Monday night’s Movie Quiz in Kelly’s Bar.

Of course, there were 10 tracks on the night but Soundcloud‘s snazzy anti-piracy thingy has once again stopped two of them from uploading. Cos I’m really ripping somebody off by playing the opening 30 seconds of their song…

Movie themes:

I’ll post the answers to these, along with the answers to this morning’s post, sometime tomorrow.

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When we were young

Kelly’s Bar in Galway hosted its third Movie Quiz on Monday night.  We may have won the first quiz, two months back, but we felt as if we were well off the pace last time out, when we eventually won a playoff to finish third.  Could we up our game this week?

Well, yes (slightly).  We ended up in another playoff – this time for second place.  Mikey once again strode forth as our champion in this joust. Once again, I don’t think I’m doing him down to say it was quite an easy playoff.  Following on from identifying the whistled melody from The Bridge On The River Kwai, which he got in about 0.5 of a second last month, this time were told it would be a snippet of dialogue from a movie.  The bar held its breath (collectively). The audio file struck up and we heard:

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes…”

And that was as far as it got before Mike put his hand in the air. Perhaps it’s because I’m the age I am but isn’t that a bit of a gimme?* Then again, I guess it wasn’t for Mike’s opponent in the playoff.

Congrats to the winners ‘Tango versus Cash: This time it’s personal’. That’s two months in a row they’ve won now. They were two points ahead of us at half-time and finished with the same margin of victory.  Well done there.

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