May 21, 2013 in Culture
Which famous Communist would win in a quiz about football and popular culture? The Monty Python team find out.
May 10, 2013 in Quizzes
A final guest blog on the 2013 Celtic Nations Championship. Today, Ger Slattery tells us what it was like to be on the Irish C team in Edinburgh.I was delighted to take part in the inaugural Celtic Tri-Nations Quiz. It was a nice, yet humbling, experience. To be in the presence of, and compete against, some of the World’s top quizzers was obviously a thrill for an amateur, not-so-experienced quizzer like myself. I achieved my main aim – not to be completely out of my depth, though it’s fair to say that I justified my place in the Ireland C team!
Arriving in to Edinburgh on Thursday night, after making the long trip from County Mayo, I spent my first day walking the streets, checking out some of the many sights of that beautiful city. After indulging in so much culture, I proceeded to that other important part of Scottish culture – the pubs!
The Ireland C team (Michelle Coyne, John O’Sullivan, Derek Cray and mé féin) started brightly, when the quizzing actually began on the Saturday morning. In the end we lost out narrowly to Scotland (whether it was Scotland A, B or C, nobody could ever be sure as they kept switching team members throughout the weekend – rather disconcerting for the opposition… but anyway!).
One of the categories I was glad our team picked (at the time!) was ‘New Zealand’. “Great”, thought I. I like all things New Zealand, especially since a lovely 3-week holiday there in 2008, and if it’s physical geography questions that come up, then I’m happier still! Lo and behold, three geography questions they were!
Tablequiz.net now has an international section, which will host details of past and future international quizzing events and provide links and resoruces for anyone interested in venturing into the world of cross-border quizzes.
The first major addition to this section is a page all about the recent Celtic Nations quizzing championship. The page features results, standings, how the scoring system worked and an archive of (a lot of) the questions asked during this inaugural event. Thank you to everyone who contributed the information here, especially the question setters, and Welsh legend David Edwards, who compiled the scores.
In the debit column, I have demoted the site’s interactive quiz rankings. Changes to the system the site uses resulted in an annoying bug (or perhaps it was intentional?) which provided quiz participants with zero feedback after doing a set of questions.
Besides, Irish quizzing now has its own rankings system, in which anyone can take part. If you’d like to give that a go, you can find out more on the Irish Quiz Organisation’s web site.
May 3, 2013 in Quizzes
As always, I welcome guest posts here on the site, especially if covering things I missed. Today, question writer, Presidential advisor, future TV star and, most importantly, member of the Irish quiz team, Paddy Duffy takes us through his experiences at last weekend’s Celtic Nations Quizzing event in Edinburgh.
In one form or other, I’ve been quizzing for about 18 years. I’ve done GAA table quizzes in pubs with a disconcerting amount of other 10 year olds, I’ve done gameshow-style events for youth work residentials, I’ve done inter-faculty competitions and I’ve written the odd question for television.
So when my old friends and collective quiz Obi-Wans (John Nolan, Mike and Michelle Coyne) started talking about going international, I was all over it like acetylsalicylic acid in H20.
So several months after essentially being a lone ranger at Hot 100 events, I thought the Celtic Nations in Edinburgh would be a good way to test myself against the great minds of the islands and flex the old world ranking in a team for the glory of the country. You know, take that No. 32-in-the-world ranking out for a spin to see what it could do. It turns out though that this keen mind was less Sherlock Holmes and more Maxwell Smart. Hubris will always get you in the end. Hubris, and Barry off Eggheads.
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April 30, 2013 in Quizzes
On Sunday night, at around 10.20pm, I lay down on the couch. My intention was to watch Match of the Day 2, which was about to begin. However, I never did manage to turn on the television. Next thing I knew, it was 4.40am! Such was the effect of the fantastic weekend I had at the first Celtic Nations Quizzing Championships.
It was fun. It was friendly. It was full of quizzing. Here’s a run-down of Saturday’s timetable, for instance: 10am Irl v Sco; 11am Irl v Wal; 12.30pm Individual quiz; 3pm Social quiz; 5pm Wal v Sco; 7pm dinner; 8.30pm Social quizzing (buzzers!). No wonder I was bushwhacked by the end.
The Irish team was 14-strong. We had teams in the A, B and C divisions. Alas, I must now admit that we didn’t win a single match.
In the cold light of day though, I don’t think we’re that far off the pace. True, our A team were hammered on both occasions they took on Scotland, the eventual winners. However, Wales beat Scotland in one of their matches and we could have beaten Wales in BOTH of our matches against them.
It’s always the ones that got away that sting the most and, for me and the A team, those defeats against Wales were the cruellest things. In both matches, decisions made in the last round of questions cost us. In the first game, we were two points ahead and facing a set of questions called ‘Euro snacks’. In the second half of these matches, questions are worth three points each. We got the first and third ones right but we were stumped by the second: “Caponata is a tomato and aubergine dish, native to which Mediterranean island?”. It sounded Italian so we were between Sicily and Sardinia, obviously. We plumped for Sardinia. Incorrect. Our opponents, strangely, didn’t go for Sicily either but that is indeed where it is from. So we were eight up, and they had to face three questions on the remaining category ‘Judith’.
Blow me over if they didn’t go and get three-out-of-three! And they weren’t easy either, being about a character from the Biblical book of Judith, a renaissance sculptor and a piece of music by Thomas Tallis. So, a one-point defeat (and admittedly 10 losing bonus points) were our only reward.
April 26, 2013 in Quizzes
The first-ever Celtic Nations Quizzing Championship takes place this weekend and will see a team featuring some of Ireland’s top quizzers travelling to Edinburgh to take on the best of what Scotland and Wales have to offer.
I’m lucky enough to be on the team for this event and I’m really looking forward to it. 14 Irish quizzers are taking part in this event, which will last through all of Saturday and half of Sunday. A series of A, B and C team matches will take place (four v four) as well as an individual quiz before a final rankings table will reveal which country is the weekend’s champion.
The two days will also feature a social team quiz and a celebrity challenge, in which a team of TV quiz stars, including Barry Simmons (Eggheads) and Anne Hegerty (The Chase), will take on the winners of a local quiz contest.
It promises to be a great weekend and, of course, I’ll keep you abreast of how we all get on right here on the site. You can also keep an eye on the IQO Facebook page.
The Irish team: Micheál Coyne, Michelle Coyne, Derek Cray, Lorcan Duff, Paddy Duffy, Padraic Fanning, John Groarke, David Lea, Dave McBryan, David Murphy, John Nolan, Colm O’Sullivan, John O’Sullivan and Ger Slattery.