After the Fact: 1956

March 16, 2018 in Quiz Show

ATF 403: 1956, first broadcast on March 15, 2018.
Blue team: Ger Slattery and John Martin
Red team: Micheál and Michelle Coyne

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After the Fact: 1999

March 9, 2018 in Quiz Show

ATF 403: 1999, first broadcast on March 8, 2018.
Blue team: Anne McLoughlin and Carol Cronin
Red team: Linda Conway and Elaine Wright

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After the Fact: 1963

March 6, 2018 in Quiz Show

Last Thursday night’s After the Fact.

ATF 402: 1963, first broadcast on March 1, 2018.
Blue team: Andrew Newman and Dan O’Malley
Red team: Micheál and Michelle Coyne

After the Fact: 1984

February 23, 2018 in Quiz Show

After the Fact is back! I will be posting details for each show here, along with an easy-to-use ‘listen back’ feature.

ATF 401: 1984, first broadcast on February 22, 2018.
Blue team: Ger Slattery and Marcella Connolly
Red team: Linda Conway and Brendan Cox

Listen to Play by Ear

March 11, 2016 in Quiz Show

Play-by-Ear-logoAlmost two years after the end of After the Fact, I’m back in the quiz show hosting business.

A few weeks back, we premiered Play by Ear, a weekly music quiz show on Claremorris Community Radio. As before, I will be collating the scores etc on a specially-hewn records page. You can have a look, listen to previous shows and follow the progress of the teams at the following address:

We’re a few weeks in to the series already.  The plan is for each team to have three matches, a lá some big football tournament.  Following that, the top two teams in each group will qualify for semi-finals, followed by a final, obviously.

In the land of the blind: answers

December 13, 2015 in Quizzes

Here, eventually, are the answers to the questions I posted previously.

Sorry for the delay. I had a very, extremely, super busy week at work. Stop sniggering. Yes, I know that’s a rare thing…

The final of this event has taken place since I posted my initial blog. Congrats to the Dublin team who won the final. Being made up of a slew of top-ranking IQO members, their win was undoubtedly deserved – if a little unsurprising, surely!

Aside, by winning this event, they received a trophy (more accurately, a shield). Let’s hope this signifies an intent within the NCBI to continue it in the years ahead.
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In the land of the blind

November 30, 2015 in Quizzes

SixLast Friday-week, I had the very unusual experience of being on a table quiz team of six. Normally, six people at a table will result in both open and covert complaints being sent to the quizmaster about the cheaters in the back corner. However, the NCBI are currently running a national* table quiz where that team size is the norm.

I managed to round up five team-mates for the Galway heat of this event, which took place in (handy for those of us who want to avoid city traffic) Claregalway. For a group thrown together in about 24 hours, we did very well. In fact, we almost won!

But we didn’t. 🙁

Going in to the eighth and final round, we led by one point. As it was a sports round, several of us felt we should be able to hold on. However, not knowing which golfing legend had recently been appointed US Ryder Cup vice-captain, saw us lose that lead. Our closest opponents had put in a tremendous run, scoring 10/10 in rounds 6 and 7. They then repeated that feat in the final round, and so we were set for a playoff.

The quizmaster announced five extra questions. Good news: we scored 5/5. Bad news: so did our opponents. The final question-to-end-all-questions was “How many rooms are there in Buckingham Palace?” This was meant as a ‘closest to the flag’ question. However, this rule wasn’t even needed as our opponents knew the exact answer!

So that was that. Best of luck to them in the national final, which will take place in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Saturday.
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On top of the Hill: answers

November 24, 2015 in Quizzes

redhills-attendanceHere are the answers to the questions we missed in Cavan on the Sunday-before-last.

First, let’s talk about the question I described as the “greatest fluke ever”. It was “Who wrote ‘The Boy at the Top of the Mountain’?”

None of us had ever heard of it. It wasn’t even ringing the tiniest of bells. No bells in fact. There was silence on the bell front.

Not surprisingly, we all hated the thought of handing in a blank answer so, from what I recall was a piece of desperation, Kevin suggested “Maybe it’s by the guy who wrote ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’…”

Still no recognition from anyone. One of us joked, “Yeah, it does start with ‘The Boy…’. Maybe that’s his thing?”

Anyway, since I did know who that author was, I wrote down his name: John Boyne. Correct-a-mundo!
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