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HQ Round 8: Answers

March 20, 2009 in Habitat for Humanity, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the Photoshop’d picture round I posted earlier.

By way of answering I’ve simply created a mirror of the earlier montage, but this time without the effects.  If you’re still drawing a blank then, the names are printed aswell!

Click more… to see

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Don’t make me… hurry

March 20, 2009 in Quiz Show, Quizzes

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.

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HQ Round 8: Photoshop round

March 20, 2009 in Habitat for Humanity, Quizzes

habitat_for_humanityPicture rounds can be very boring. Pictures rounds can be very samey (how many times did we see Grainne Seoige last autumn?). Picture rounds can be almost indecypherible due to crappy photocopying.

I attempted to address all these issues with this round in last week’s quiz. Firstly, the photocopying issue was taken out of play by the fact that we had our big screen in action and the pics were being shown on a loop with the round was on.  Secondly, instead of just showing you simple pictures, I hoped to get everyone to engage the brain by passing these photos through various Photoshop filters.

It worked better for some than for others! Anyway, click more… to have a look.

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HQ Round 7: Answers

March 19, 2009 in Habitat for Humanity, Quizzes

round-7-thumbHere are the answers to the Sporting Losers round I posted earlier.

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HQ Round 7: Sporting losers

March 19, 2009 in Habitat for Humanity, Quizzes

habitat_for_humanityAfter a slight tangent there last night, it’s time to return to the rounds from last week’s Habitat for Humanity quiz.

Round seven is the sports round.  More specifically it’s not about sporting victory, but sporting defeat. Then again, I’m sure you grasped that from the title Sporting Losers. 🙂

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Clare FM county pub quiz

March 18, 2009 in Quizzes

This happens tomorrow night tonight so, if you’d like to give it a go, you’d better get your skates on. From the Clare FM website:

“Clare FM, in association with Special Olympics are looking for pubs all over the county to host an all county pub quiz on March 19th.  Numbers of participating pubs will be limited. If you’re interested in getting a team of 4 together please contact your local pub. Top prize of €500 cash, sponsored by WoodlandCover Insurance, please call 065 6842759 for more information.”

Everyone has to be in their seats in the pub of their choice by 8pm (no Irish time!) and the questions will then be broadcast live on Clare FM. Correctors in each pub will collect answers, compile scores and presumably relay them back to the station.

This method also means, of course, that if you don’t feel like competing, or don’t live around Clare, you can still play along at home. Simply tune in to 95/96 FM or listen to their web stream.

HQ Round 6: Youtube answers

March 18, 2009 in Habitat for Humanity, Quizzes

Round 6 - Click for full sizeHere are the answers to the 20 questions posed earlier today in the Youtube round.

Hopefully the video worked fine for everyone.

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HQ Round 6: Youtube round

March 18, 2009 in Habitat for Humanity, Quizzes

habitat_for_humanityOn we go with this recreation of last Friday’s Habitat for Humanity tablequiz.

Round six marks a first for the blog as we brave the Web 2.0 and present you with a video round.

On the night itself, these clips were played one at a time, with the competitors being asked two questions on each video. Yes, that’s right, this was the first of two rounds where 20 points were up for grabs. Anyway, for the purposes of the blog, I’ve combined the clips into one video, with the questions posted underneath.

Click more… to see the clips.

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