Major quizzing before Christmas

November 25, 2014 in Quizzes

Sorry everyone, I’m still not back in the swing of blogging. However, I do want to keep you all connected with the major events of the Irish Quiz Organisation’s calendar.

Our next event is a biggie.  We’re hosting a satellite event of the British Open.  It will take place on Saturday, December 6th, in the Addison Lodge, Dublin.  For more info, please visit quizireland.ie.

The day will also feature a social quiz, featuring ad-hoc teams made up on the day, with questions set by a very special quizmaster – namely me.  :-)

Nice to BQC ya

August 15, 2014 in Grand Prix, Quizzes

The next official IQO event will take place on September 6th.  For the second time, the organisation will host an Irish satellite of the famous British Quizzing Championship.  The day will feature three quizzes and is open to all.

Check out the official announcement post from the IQO Facebook page below.

Todo sobre mi madre

August 4, 2014 in Thoughts

Three unwritten poems which explain my year

Readers of the blog will know that this is my first post since April.  You may not know why though.  In this post, I will try to explain my life in 2014, via the medium of yet-to-be-created poems.  Hopefully, that’ll make sense by the end of the post.

Mum-youngMy mother, Mary, became sick, quite suddenly in late January.  She was returning from Galway, where she had just spent the night accompanying an old friend who was herself very sick.  Sick enough that she needed constant company.  Mum’s friend was keen on her husband getting at least one night a week off, so she sent the word around her circle of friends seeking volunteers to spend the night with her in Galway.  A rota was compiled, with my mother putting herself down for one night each month.

On the street in Ballyhaunis, just as she was about to get into my aunt’s car, she got sick.  10 days of varying degrees of pain, sickness and uncertainty followed before she was finally sent to hospital.  It turned out she was admitted just in time, as the cause was found to be a tumour in her bowel.  It had grown to such a size that it basically blocked and caused her intestine to become ‘perforated’. I’ll let you figure out the implications of that.

She was rushed in to emergency surgery and the tumour was removed. Telling us about it the next day, the surgeon who operated on her expressed the opinion that she wouldn’t have lived another 24 hours if she hadn’t been admitted to hospital.  Things were touch-and-go for the next 48 hours while she was kept in an induced coma.  All I wanted to do at that point was simply talk to her again. Read the rest of this entry →

10-year-old answers

April 9, 2014 in Quizzes

Life is still not what it once was, or should be.  Issues away from quizzing continue to take up my time and, as readers of the blog will have noticed, keep me away from the site.

Sorry about that.

Here, about two weeks after I posted them, are the answers to questions in the Are you smarter than a 10-year-old? post.

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Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

March 26, 2014 in Quizzes

quiz-greenboardRecently I hosted a table quiz in aid of my local primary school.  “Be sure and don’t make the questions too hard,” the headmaster told me “as there’ll probably be several kids in attendance.”

Seeing as he was also the principal back in my own youth at the same school, I did what I was told.

Seriously though, I don’t think I needed that advice.  It’s part of the quiz master’s job to judge the potential crowd and what sort of questions will both challenge them and be attainable.  Too hard is bad, true.  But so is too easy.  (Here I mention the Ballyhaunis town quiz where the winners got 99 out of 100!)

At the end of this night, the winning team scored 79/100, which I regarded as a pretty good par score.

Would you like to have a go at some of the questions?  Read on so.

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(Formerly) upcoming quiz answers

March 12, 2014 in Quizzes

2014 Irish OpenRightyo, this post will include the answers to the questions I posted last Friday. Before we get to them though, I will report on some quizzing I’ve done in the interim.

I’ve been to two quizzes since and I hope you’ll forgive me but I’m going to step out of order to cover them.  The more recent of the two took place in Dublin on Saturday last. The first Irish Quiz Open was held in the IQO‘s home venue, the Addison Lodge. In truth this was a continuation of our first such Open, which took place in March 2013. However, that inaugural event was called the ‘Dublin Open’. We’re aiming higher than that now…

Three of our members Derek Cray, John Groarke and Colm O’Sullivan took charge of preparing the question set for the main event, the individual Open, and I think they did a great job. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring home my question paper when the day was done so I can’t pick you out a few choice examples of their work. I’ll see if I can sort that out in a later post.

The individual quiz was ran over two halves, each featuring three sections, each containing 40 questions. We didn’t do a discard section, so all six counted. I was happy with my own performance, averaging in the high 20s (from 40, remember) in each section. When the scores were totted up, I had finished fifth, one lower than last year but bang on my Irish ranking. I was happy with that.

At the top of the board, Lorcan Duff had some daylight between his score and second place. Second was a much closer affair, with Dave McBryan squeaking past Kevin Jones by a single point. Mark Henry (aided by near infinite horse racing knowledge) finished a few ahead of me, in fourth.

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Upcoming quiz plans

March 7, 2014 in IQO, Quizzes

identify-the-flagsHi all. I’m afraid my life outside quizzing is still affecting my ability to (find the time to) post articles here on the site.

However, I am still managing to find the time to attend the odd quiz. Things would really be bad if I couldn’t do that.

In fact I have a few events coming up in the next few days. Tonight I will take part in a table quiz in aid of the IHCPT, a children’s charity, which is being held in the Dalton Inn in Claremorris. It’s down for 8pm so come on in too if you’re about.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the the IQO host their first big event of 2014. The 2014 Irish Open will take place in The Addison Lodge, Dublin. A full day of quizzing, featuring team, individual and social quizzes, it is open to all and all are welcome. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/232690113582313/.

I’m afraid the Movies Quiz, previously announced for next Monday night in The King’s Head in Galway has been postponed. The next big quiz in the Galway venue will be the third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz, which will take place on the night of the Easter Monday public holiday. I better get preparing.

As it happens, I will be hosting a quiz next week. On Friday next, I’ll be asking the questions at a quiz in aid of the primary school I attended in my youth. That should be fun!

Right, now for a few questions to keep you interested. I was at a quiz (for the school attended by my daughter) on Wednesday night. I just turned up on my own and was recruited by a team of three ladies who had a spare seat at their table.
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Galway knowledge answers

February 26, 2014 in Quizzes

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Rightyo, here are the answers to the questions I posted as part of the post General and Galway knowledge last week.

Click the link to see ‘em…

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