Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘questions’

A rugby ball, wow!Being a young (well, youngish) professional living in an urban environment without a regular sporting outlet, it’s almost inevitable that I would end up playing Tag Rugby during the summer months.

Our local tag league hosted a table quiz for charity following last night’s programme of games, with almost all teams in the league entering a team. As we obviously had nothing else to do, our team entered three teams!

The questions were mostly* well-thought-out and the standard of answering was high.  The winning team finished up on 56 out of 60**, with my own brigade in joint-third on 54. Yes, it was that tight.

You can check out the picture round and the questions that defeated us by clicking on the continue…

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Ever heard of wordle.net?

It’s a very handy website which generates word clouds from any block of text, identifying individual words and then showing them at a size relative to their frequency (in the fashion of the Topics box on the right of this page).

Since things are a bit quiet these days on the quizzing scene, I’ve come up with a use for wordle.net.  After the continue… you’ll find Wordles of 10 famous songs (or their lyrics, to be accurate).  See if you can identify them from the words alone.

Here’s ‘Firestarter‘ by The Prodigy, by way of an easy example:

Firestarter (more…)

Read Full Post »

Lordi win the EurovisionThe 2009 Eurovision Song Contest takes place this Saturday evening in Moscow. Or rather the final does. The main event is preceded by two semi-finals, the first of which takes place tonight (Tuesday), with the second semi occuring on Thursday night.  After the semis, the field of 42 countries will have been whittled down to the 25 competitors who will take part in ‘the world’s biggest television programme’.

The first Eurovision took place in 1956 and, in the 53 years since, it’s become something of a cult. Nothing else combines culture, popularity and negative street cred as the ESC does. In its time, it’s managed to spawn a GrammyRecord of the year‘, a revolution and, perhaps most famously of all, ABBA.

Unsurprisingly, it’s also something of a quizzing gold mine, with venues, hosts, interval acts and gaffs all being viable themes for quiz rounds before one even gets to the acts and their songs.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

16bolt-600aTension was in the air last night as we arrived for the final round of The Front Door‘s latest three-part quiz. As was outlined previously (here and here) we arrived at the venue in second place overall, 1 point behind the leaders The Living Room Rats.  We’d lost to them by a solitary point on night one and night two (in my absense) had been even closer, with my team-mates only prevailing following a playoff. Definitely these were worthy opponents!

Before the quiz kicked off there was some confusion as to whether we were indeed trailing.  One of the staff members told us that we’d be given the extra point for last week’s playoff win and were, thus, level with the Rats. This didn’t quite ring true with our sense of things but, not wanting to stare too long at the gift horse, we said nothing. However, the same lady did come back to our table a few mins later to admit that she’d made a mistake and we were still 1 point in arrears.

The eight round quiz started with a couple of Front Door staples. Today’s News, Acting Connections and Song Titles. You’d think after doing almost 10 quizzes in this bar since the Autumn we’d be able to ace these but, no, you’d be wrong. In fact, we lost all seven of our dropped points in these first three rounds (as usual, click more…). We finally reached maximum points with 5/5 in round four, the Picture round. This gave us 10 points – that particular marking scheme being another Front Door staple.

The scores were read out for the first time at half way. We were in the lead with 33/40, with the Rats trailing in joint third on 29 points. Thus we were 3 points ahead on aggregate!

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Actually season 4, but since we sat one out it hardly counts ;)

Actually season 4, but since we sat one out it hardly counts 😉

With John away again, it’s Mike filling in here with another guest blog.

People like to win. Leaving aside the “doing it for the craic” losers – yeah, right – we all love to win something, sometimes. Table quiz, office sweepstake, race to the elevator, whatever. If there’s a sense of superiority on the table, all the better. Call me an old romantic, but the nature of winning is almost equally important to me. As a Liverpool fan, I see both sides of the win/loss chasm on a regular basis, from lucky wins to games thrown away or lost to some cynical cheating. Now, a part of me just wants to win, no matter what, but I try to keep my baser instincts under wraps.

Which is why I’m so cheered at the thought of serious competition in this quizzing series. Sure, a nice easy run-in to the grand prize of €500 would be nice and all, but having to earn it, as it were, is doubly rewarding. Tonight was a case in point. Firstly, we started a point behind overall – you may remember that particular tale – so we’d a point to prove. We’d borrowed Michael Lang as an able sub since John was doing his husbandly duties and came up against no shortage of surprises. Firstly, the questions were good. Not just “good by the Front Door’s standards” but genuinely varied and challenging. They’d the usual hallmarks of being composed mere hours – maybe even minutes – beforehand but were a vast improvement on previous quizzes.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Doh!As in all things, the more you practise, the better you get.

At last night’s quiz in The Front Door, Galway, our team reached a plateau very near the top of Mount Perfect Quiz. When the event was over and the scores were tallied, we had scored 66/70. Of the four we’d missed three had been in one round (more of that later) so, doing the maths, we’d obviously scored 10/10 in six of the night’s eight rounds.

The only problem: we didn’t win the quiz!

Yup, second place was to be our lot as our score of 72 saw us defeated by 1 point.

How 72? Well, therein lies the source of our defeat. Two of the night’s rounds contained just five questions, with each right answer getting 2 points. It was our bad luck that all of our wrong answers came in these two and, thus, our mistakes were multiplied by 2. Our particular nemisis round on this night was #5 ‘Quotes‘. The quizmaster referred to the round as “famous quotes” but, to our ears, the word “famous” could easily have been replaced by another word: “obscure”. 2/5 here (and both guesses at that) saw us concede huge ground to the eventual winners, who got all five. In other words, it was 4 points for us and 10 points for them. A 6 point gain is huge in a tight quiz and we just weren’t able to reel them back in before the night was over.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

habitat_for_humanityIt seems that Habitat for Humanity is inextricably linked with my quizzing at the moment.  Last night, less than two weeks since our event in Ennis, I found myself taking part in another Habitat quiz.  This time the venue was The Huntsman Inn, Galway.

It was a nice, small quiz but run pretty well. I got to overhear the funniest statement that’s been said in my vicinity for a long time. Following a question about Pádraig Harrington’s world rank in golf, a debate ensued on a neighbouring table. Fiji’s most famous golfing son must have been mentioned. “Vijay Singh?  Is he not the guy who wrote the Playboy of the Western World?” Oh joy – the ‘Overheard in Galway’ blog can now be started!

We had two picture rounds (included after the more) and an audio round to keep us entertained aswell as some questions from straight out of left-field. A decidely funny murmur went round the room when question 6 of the 10th round was read out: “What is the capital of Japan?”  The incongruous ease of this question sparked off suspicion and all tables must have had the same debate – ‘Is that a trick question?’. Bizarrely, it wasn’t. One of my team-mates reckoned there was a simple explanation – “They probably only got round to writing the final round at 6.30 this evening…”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

habitat_for_humanityI know what you’re thinking. “Surely there can’t be any rounds left from the Habitat for Humanity quiz?!”

Well, I’m afraid you’re wrong. And there’s still one to go after this! Even though this one here may seem a little out of date at this point.

To explain, this round was originally called On This Day, as it is based completely on questions to do with Friday March 13 (the night of the quiz). As it’s now Monday March 23, I’m worried that this ship may have sailed. Oh dear.

Anyway, click the more… if inquisitiveness, or an obsession for completeness, compells you.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

old-radioHere are the answers to the questions posed in the Don’t make me… Hurry round I posted on Friday. Sorry for the delay but, hey, it’s the weekend!

(more…)

Read Full Post »

me angryLast night, at 7.30pm, I was in an Ennis pub (which I won’t name here) to take part in the Special Olympics All-County quiz, hosted on Clare FM. Why 7.30? Well, we’d be told (several times) that the quiz would start at 8pm sharp. This time didn’t go to waste though as the main invigilator read us out the rules, in detail, from an email she’d printed off, in a manner that suggested the table quiz being a new-fangled concept we needed help understanding.  That said, being told that each round would have five questions did cause us to do a double take!

When did it start? 8.20pm.  This is indicative of the timing problems that would plague this quiz. At 8pm Clare FM broadcast a news bulletin, followed by an ad break, followed by a Saw Doctors tune. Finally we got to hear the voice of the host but, even then, we still had to listen to his explanation of the rules, in detail once more, before we could kick off.

Round one (the Mixed Round) started off and the host flew through five general knowledge questions. This didn’t seem like a problem at the time as we knew them all. Great start, 5/5, easy!

Round two (Cocktails) followed very quickly. “Cocktails?” I asked out loud. “Good luck to ya, if you’re not a big drinker.” It turned out we weren’t big drinkers. We only knew three of them straight off but, as we do, we noted down the other two to mull over. The only problem being that we weren’t going to get and thinking time as the collectors were out of the blocks almost as soon as he’d finished repeating question 5.

This didn’t seem accidental though as, on air, the host almost immediately proceeded to round three (Inventions). We only got two of these right but I won’t complain about that. Questions are like the cards you’re dealt and everyone who’s in a quiz has to cope with them as best they can. What’s hard to understand though is structuring the quiz itself in such an awkward and unfriendly manner.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »