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How much would this set you back?

It’s time for a bumper post.  This one will include all the answers to those mentioned in Spot the ball-room and one more.

No, I haven’t remembered what the tie-breaker question was that we answered correctly with “3”.  However, I have remembered a spot prize question, which the quiz master posed mid-way through the night.  Here it is:

  • Name either of the Westmeath men who have played at centre-field in an All-Ireland football final in the last 15 years.

I’ll give you the answer to that at the very end of the post.  If I was to give you a clue, I’d say don’t take it too seriously…

The quiz master delighted in a bit of word play.  Whether this was intentional or not, I’m not sure.  At one point he created a hubbub by mistaking the ‘l’ for an ‘r’ in a question relating to venue of the Pope’s election.  I’m sure that was deliberate.  However, his introduction of the raffle prize (a ticket to the All-Ireland football final) as one of the “most converted” items around probably wasn’t.

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Spot the ball-room

I had a definite sense of deja vu on Thursday night when I sat down in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, to await the start of quiz in aid of the local GAA club.  We took part in a quiz there last Easter and, as it was available, I sat down at the same table we’d used that night. History was to repeat, in another way, shortly after when the quiz master started speaking and I realised it was the same man who hosted the Karate club quiz last week.

The host was in more ebullient form this time.  He started off by telling us all that first prize was going to be a set of Kiltimagh GAA Club hoodies, whilst the runners-up would be getting a matching set of windbreakers. “No, no – only joking!”  First prize was actually four night’s B&B, sponsored by the venue. (Just like that night last Easter, funnily enough.)

The runners-up were to receive four free tickets to the Mayo county senior football final.  Remembering last year’s dire battle between Ballintubber and Castlebar Mitchells, we wondered if this was also a joke… *

After round 3, we were three points behind the leaders.  Frustratingly, we could never get closer than a two point deficit for the rest of the quiz.  Our final score of 84 was good enough for joint-third, two points behind tables 6 and 15.  Thus, a tie-breaker was needed to separate first and third.  However, at least we got to dodge the county final tickets.

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A town called Lost?

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday in Found and lost.

I mentioned in that post that some of the questions were, to put it mildly, a bit easy.  Throughout, it was also possible to see how the question setter’s thought process had developed.  Sometimes this was very obvious.  For example, check out these three successive questions in round one:

  1. How many ‘Angry Men‘ were there in the famous 1950s film?
  2. How many people traditionally sit on a jury?
  3. Complete the title to the famous film: ‘The Dirty……

They had obviously hit a rich seam of questions there.

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Found and lost

If you’re not in, you can’t win. So goes the old maxim. My team very nearly proved this truism on Friday night as we got lost on the way to a quiz! However, luckily (for the blog’s post count, if nothing else) our path crossed with that of a local farmer, who helpfully pointed us in the direction of Turlough, Co Mayo.

In a first for the blog, I managed to capture some of our manic chase to reach the quiz in an Audioboo (that’s “podcast” for recent arrivals to this site) and you can check it out for yourself right here:

When we did arrive at the Turlough Inn, we found probably the most packed quiz I’ve ever taken part in.  26 tables were crammed in to a pretty small Irish pub.  How packed in? Well, the route to the toilets from our table involved a journey out one door and back in another.  It was handier than having to say “Excuse me…” about 20 times!

Mind you, we were in the most remote part of the bar.  ‘Remote’ here meaning furthest away from both the quizmaster and the aforementioned toilets. We found it very hard to hear the quizmaster; the amplification just wasn’t up to the job of getting the better of such a large crowd. Not that I’m saying we couldn’t hear the questions – everyone hushed at those points.  We did have rounds sneak up on us though as the hush would arrive like an aural Mexican wave out of the blue as, in our part of the bar, we presumably didn’t (actually couldn’t) hear the quizmaster announce the start of the round.

The questions were, from a difficulty point of view, all over the place.  There were some very hard ones, of course, but many of the others must have come from the primary school curriculum.  Examples of the (many, many) ridiculously easy ones include:

  • How many people sit on a jury?
  • What type of animal is a beagle?
  • What’s bigger: a hurricane or a tornado?

I’d tell you more only, as my team-mate Marie said afterwards, “It’s hard to remember questions you didn’t have to think about.”

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Dude sounds like a lady?

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday, in Wax on, wax off.

As well as three picture rounds, this quiz featured an audio round.  However, I wasn’t as impressed with this as I had been with the photos.

Firstly, the quizmaster would start playing the tune whilst still outlining the question, in the manner of a DJ on local radio.  When asked, politely, by one of the contestants to perhaps ask the question first and then play the tune, he didn’t endear himself to the crowd by snapping back “Do you want to host the quiz?”

The questions in this round were a bit of a hotch-potch, including the likes of “What town is this singer from?”  The worst incident though, involved track 6, which was Bounce, a current record in the hit parade. He told us at least three times that he wanted “the singer here… just the singer.”

Now, I knew that this was by Calvin Harris but I also knew that it was ‘Calvin Harris featuring [somebody]’.  No great leap of knowledge this, as it’s clearly a female voice singing. This must be what they’re looking for here. Who was it again? Sad to say, I was the only one at our table who’d heard of it so I spent the rest of the round racking the brain, trying to dig out the answer. Thankfully, this period of labour did produce an answer: Kelis.  Chuffed, I scribbled her name down and handed up our answer sheet.

10 minutes later, when the answers to the music round were announced, it turned out they were looking for …. Calvin Harris. The quizmaster even added “… and, apparently, that’s a man…” Grrr.

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Wax on, wax off

My 100% start to the new table quiz season is over.  In truth, it only lasted 24 hours. On Friday night last myself, Ger, Breda and Ger’s sister Marie took part in the Karate Club quiz in Kiltimagh – where we lost by a point.

Now, regular readers to the blog will know that there’s nothing I hate more than losing by a point. It makes the after-quiz post mortems all the more depressing as you’re always looking out for the one that got away: the point that could have saved you from defeat and at least got you into a playoff.  That said, by my count we actually had 87 points (the winning score) but the scorers’ table obviously didn’t agree.  If the top prize had been anything other than four bottles of wine I may have gone up for a chat!

The quiz itself was very good in places but also very annoying in others. At one point the quizmaster told us “don’t blame me, I didn’t write them!” but later on, when the (excellent) flags round was presented, he said “anyone who’s been at one of my quizzes before will know that I love this kind of thing…” So did he create the questions or didn’t he? Was there a co-operative in use here?!

We were also asked if it was true or false that, at the proprietor’s upcoming birthday (next week), he would be 45 years of age. “Where is he?” someone asked.

“Stand up John, the out-of-towners want to get a look at you.”

Where was he? He was at table 4! Just what you want to hear, a question about someone who’s taking part in the quiz

We guessed false and it turned out we were right. Alas, we did manage to get four of that round wrong which, given they were all 50/50 shots, was a bit of a disaster. That’s why we didn’t win this quiz.

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Right, seeing as we’re now back into the swing of the quizzing posts again, here’s the cart that follows that particular horse.  As always, the answers can be viewed after the jump.

By the by, I had a funny brain stall at this particular quiz.  During the interval we were provided with some mighty fine sausages.  Round 6 kicked off and the first question was quite easy. We all knew it.  This I’m certain of because, when I didn’t write anything on our answer sheet, my team-mates all told me the answer at the same time.

“I know that.” I said

“I just had to finish chewing before I started writing…”

WHAT?!?

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Summer, as you know, is a quizzing wasteland.  There must be something in the Irish psyche which is uncomfortable with being in a pub doing a quiz while it’s still bright outside.  Not that we have any problem being in the pub in the first place, mind you.

So, anyway, September has arrived and already I’ve heard about three quizzes this week!  Two of those were on last night (one in Ballinrobe, one in Castlebar) and it was off to Castlebar that we headed.

The quiz was held in aid of the ISPCA and it took place in Bar One on Rush Street.  It’s a lovely place, by the way.  The quiz was generally pretty easy, with the exception of the picture round (see below), which was pretty novel.  It featured two audio rounds: one-hit-wonders and film clips.  These were quite well done (and very loud!) albeit a bug cropped up in the dialogue round when the first 8 were replayed (as if that was all) before we were treated to clips 9 and 10 (and just once each at that).

There was also a ‘Tricky’ round.  This was, alas, not a round based on one of Bristol’s most creative musicians, but one composed of 10 questions were from the great big book of riddly questions.  Some that I can remember were:

  • How many of each animal did Moses take on to the Ark?
  • If you have 20 apples and you take away 4, how many have you?
  • What happened in 1961 which won’t happen again until 6009?
  • Why are 1939 pennies worth more than 1938 pennies?
  • What cheese is made backwards?
  • How many birthdays does the average person have?
  • What word do all university graduates spell incorrectly?

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I will be putting up two blog posts today as I’ve had a very notable weekend, quiz-wise.

However, there’s no point putting the cart before the horse.  Some of you are waiting on the answers from last Friday’s post, The song remains the same, and I will put those online first.

A funny thing happened last Thursday night at the quiz.  When we were asked “What is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland?” debate ensued between proponents of two answers: Lough Corrib and Lough Ree.  Someone came up with a genius solution: “Let’s pop outside and look at the map on the wall.”  Our pub, The Corner Bar, does indeed feature a large map on its gable wall.

So, off our intrepid researcher went.  He came back in about 10 seconds.  “Erm, it’s just a map of Mayo!”

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This time last year*, The Corner Bar team scored 88/100 in the Ballyhaunis Inter-pub quiz.  A good score you’d think.  However, it turned out that our efforts were nowhere near good enough as the winners got 99 points.

Believe or not, the exact same scenario was played out again last night when we emulated our score of last year.  And, yet again, it turned out we were 11 points behind the winner.  Winners, actually, as there was a tie at the top.  Paddy Phillip’s and The Hazel had to go through an extra round before the former was declared the winner.

The winning score in this round was never announced so I can’t say how close our 7/10 was.  Not that it matters, of course.  Our 88/100 was only good enough to finish third-last in the field of 12!

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