Ándale! Ándale!

November 18, 2010 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Another Tuesday, another visit to Gilligan’s Pub, Claremorris.  It’s the nature of this quiz to combine random teams with a random quizmaster, so one’s experience can vary radically from week to week. I’ve had a great time there on my first two nights. Unfortunately, this week’s quiz wasn’t as enjoyable – for a number of reasons.

Before I get to them, I also have to admit that I don’t know if I was on the winning team this week. To explain, I received a phone call from my better half just before the start of the last round, telling me that our daughter wasn’t well and asking me to hurry home. I explained this to my team-mates and quickly looked over the final round (pictures, see below) with them before dashing out the door.  We had been in second place at half-way and I don’t think we had an exceptional second half so I doubt we were in the winners’ enclosure. Then again, you never know!

Our quizmaster (quizmistress actually) was freshly returned from a holiday in Spain and she certainly had recharged the batteries. She flew through each round. Round one kicked off out of the blue, so much so that we didn’t even have a pen. By the time we’d hurriedly got one it was already question four!

I also had an issue, personally, in that I was put on a team of three friends. Teams are assigned by the organiser, who places slips of paper with the players names on each table. I was first to my table and sat down.  Almost immediately three guys got off their bar stools (all of five steps away) and came over to the table. Clearly friends, perhaps even pub regulars, throughout the evening I got the sense that they had made being put together a condition of their attendance. So I ended up being an outsider, same as if I’d just gone along to a regular table quiz on my own, looking for a team that needed a seat filled.  Nothing unusual about it, but just not what I was expecting.

For all that we didn’t do too badly, being in second place (albeit four points behind) when the only score that I heard called out was announced. We did miss some howlers through over thinking though. An old quizzing buddy had a frustrating habit of vociferously arguing for wrong sounding answers. At least once a quiz this would occur and he’d really put his all into swaying you from your answer in favour of his. So much energy that you’d invariably end up conceding to him, thinking “well, he must have heard it somewhere if he’s this determined”.  What would happen 90% of the time? His answer would be wrong and he’d shrug his shoulders and say “Well, I wasn’t that sure of it, to be honest…”

Well, I had three team-mates like that on Tuesday night.

Here are a list of some* of the questions we got wrong:

  1. What is the name for an official announcement from a bishop to his diocese?
  2. What was the name of the Inquiry into collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and Northern Irish state forces?
  3. Which film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1995?
  4. What is the name of the lighthouse seven miles off the coast of Dublin?
  5. In which town was the first ever All-Ireland final** held?
  6. Which company has supplied tennis balls to Wimbledon since 1902?
  7. In which town is there a statue in memory of actor Richard Harris?
  8. Who is the Governor of the Irish Central Bank?
  9. Which is the highest male singing voice?
  10. What word is used to describe a cat with a stripy pattern on its fur?
  11. What was the previous name of Dublin’s Pearse Street railway station?
  12. What is the surname of the couple who were released from captivity in Somalia last week?
  13. Owen McDonnell is the star of which RTÉ drama series?

Picture round:

Bit of bumper round there, 20 questions.

Update: answers here.

* I didn’t actually manage to jot down all the questions we got wrong. That’s how fast this lady was!

** This question relates to hurling, but I’m reproducing it here as it was called out.

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