November 28, 2008 in Quizzes
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November 28, 2008 in Quizzes
I came across the questions from the 2008 Brain of Mensa competition recently.
This is an annual quiz open to members of Mensa UK. The final of this year’s competition took place in Liverpool during September and featured four quizzers taking on 40 questions. The winner, Les Hurst of Derby (a man with several appearances on 15 to 1 to his name), scored 30 points with the other finalists finishing on 28, 23 and 19 points respectively.
Anyways, you can give them a go by clicking the more. They’re an interesting mix: a lot of history questions, some are very Brit specific and good luck answering no. 36 without writing a whole sentence.
For what it’s worth, I managed a majestic 14 when I tried…
November 25, 2008 in Quizzes
My most recent quiz post gives a fair impression of the standard of quiz that I, personally, have encountered in Ennis, since moving here in 2004. Some highlights* include: a sports quiz in which all 10 rounds were about English and Scottish football, a Christmas round which included questions about inventors who later claimed to have first imagined their most famous creations on Christmas Day (when it was actually patented or released had nothing to do with it) and a quiz in which one could buy a correct answer at the end of each round for €5 (this on top of the €40 we’d paid for the table).
So it’s no surprise that I continue to seek my quizzing fix in Galway, the city I left in 2004. This isn’t that crazy an idea: it’s only an hour’s drive, most of my old quiz buddies still live there, and there’s a pretty active quizzing scene.
Back in September, Galway’s The Front Door started a series of three quizzes, in which a grand prize of €1,200 in travel vouchers would be won by the team whose agregate score over all three nights was the highest. This challenge necessitated the rounding up of the A team i.e. Mike, Michelle, Dave and myself.
November 24, 2008 in Housekeeping
However, I haven’t yet found out how I can do that using the posting system here on WordPress (if anyone knows how, please leave a comment) so it’s basically just a text box I edit by hand.
With that in mind, I’ve created this entry, which will serve as an archive for all past facts. You don’t need to click “more…” on this post – just be safe in the knowledge that it will always be here if you feel the need to search for a fact that you’re positive you saw but can’t quite remember. Read the rest of this entry →
November 17, 2008 in Quizzes
Last Friday night, along with my mrs and two of our two friends, David and Rena, I took part in a table quiz organised by the Social Club of our local county council. David used to work in said council.
The quiz took place in a (very brightly lit) back room of the Queens Hotel, Ennis. It wasn’t a very big room, which was handy for the host, who had to shout out the questions. Obviously someone had forgotten to book an amplifier!
All in all, we had a fun night. For almost the entire time, my only bug bear would have been standard of questions. Almost all were far too easy, apart from maybe one in each round, which would be damn near impossible. Perhaps this was to make up for the preceding questions? Consider: our team were two points behind the leaders a half-time (5 rounds). At the start of the final round (9, weirdly) we were still two points behind the leaders – almost everyone had gotten straight 10s for rounds 6 through 8!