A victory of epic epicness

April 30, 2010 in Quizzes

Since moving house last August, I have managed to compete in just three quizzes – and finished second in all of them.  That run of bad luck came to an end last night, although it was a close run thing.

At the end of what might be called ‘normal time’, my team had finished joint-first on 95 points out of 100. A tie-break was announced and both tables were given a fresh sheet of paper and told to answer five further questions.  Unfortunately at the end of this round, we were still tied – we’d both gotten three right.

An abortive attempt at settling the quiz then took place when the quizmistress asked us to write down the name of the recent Icelandic volcano which had caused the suspension of flights.  As it turned out, both teams did such a poor job of this task that the idea was abandoned!

Finally, after yet another five questions (and at about 1am), we were declared the winners, having beaten our opponents by four to three. Phew!

The quiz was in aid of the Mount St. Michael sports field and was run by the school’s Parents Association.  They might as well have been teachers themselves, so officious was the running of the night!  That said, the quiz kicked-off so late, as to make it almost impossible to finish up before midnight.  They almost did it though – the final round finished at 12:05.

Questions throughout the night were varied and, if you notice our final score, a bit easy.  Apart from the five we got wrong, we only had to stretch the brains (if you get my drift) on four or five occassions.  On that score, I’m quite proud of (somehow) knowing that Eugene O’Neill wrote Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh. 🙂

Lastly, I must salute an old aquaintance.  Back in my university days (i.e. the ’90s), I lived for one year with a flatmate called Con.  Con used to love to tell us about his favourite word in the English language.  Con was that kind of guy.  I never thought living with Con would ever come in handy until round six last night, when the lady with the mic asked us:

  • What does the word Triskaidekaphobia mean?

And I knew it!  Funny how the brain works, isn’t it?

Here are the few questions we missed (including those from the tie-breaks):

  1. How many hairs are there on a human head: 100,000 or 500,000 or 1,000,000?
  2. If bovine refers to cows, what does ovine refer to?
  3. Who wrote A Clockwork Orange?
  4. What was Robert Burns speaking of in the line “Wee, sleek, cowering, timorous beasty”?
  5. What is the only word in the English language that ends in the letters MT?
  6. Which geographical region is shared by Chile and Argentina?
  7. What do England, France, Spain and Algeria have in common? *
  8. True or false: According to most psychologists, the mind is a part of the human brain? **

Picture round:

There was no actual ‘picture’ round.  Instead we had two dingbat rounds.  The quality of the copying was pretty poor, so I’ve redrawn the best of the two rounds myself. Here they are:

So what did we win after such a marathon affair?  Four €25 vouchers for the restaurant in the hotel where the quiz took place.  Still. it was worth it – just to get back to winning ways.

Update: answers here (including Triskaidekaphobia).

* How vague is this question!??!  I can think of at 10 things they have in common.

** Oh how I hate questions which begin with “According to….”

2 responses to A victory of epic epicness

  1. Taking a shot at these without Google:

    How many hairs are there on a human head: 100,000 or 500,000 or 1,000,000?

    1,000,000

    If bovine refers to cows, what does ovine refer to?

    Oxen

    Who wrote A Clockwork Orange?

    Anthony Burgess

    What was Robert Burns speaking of in the line “Wee, sleek, cowering, timorous beasty”?

    Death?

    What is the only word in the English language that ends in the letters MT?

    Dreamt

    Which geographical region is shared by Chile and Argentina?

    The something or other glacier?

    What do England, France, Spain and Algeria have in common? *

    All playing in the World cup this year? (dodgy question!)

    True or false: According to most psychologists, the mind is a part of the human brain? **
    True

    Triskaidekaphobia – the fear of the number 13.

    • Good show Eoin.

      I totally agree with you on the dodgy question. Your answer is of course right – but it’s not the one that they happened to be looking for on the night.

      Finally, nice to see that you are also a triskaidekaphobiaphile 😉

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