From Dogger Bank to Rockall

February 16, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

The rules were relaxed a little for last night’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris, certainly in relation to my own participation.  Upon arrival, I bumped into a couple of chaps I know from the local community radio station and I ended up sitting with them as we waited for the quiz to begin.  I didn’t expect things to remain this way as the names would shortly be drawn out of the hat. However, when that did occur, we were told that we could just stay where we were – which was a nice gesture.

We promptly adopted the team name of “CCR 94.6 FM”.  Well, it was one of those rare occasions when a team genuinely had a unifying fact to justify their grouping!

This week’s quiz was hosted by Liam, a local gent who was quite complimentary about my efforts last week.  I’m pleased to say that, after his quiz last night, the feeling is definitely mutual. Liam’s a fan of weather-related questions, by-the-way – both of the names in the post’s title came up last night. 🙂

As it turned out, our rag-tag bunch of radio volunteers won the day with a delightfully coincidental score of 94 points.  Steady on – that was out of 110!

Here are the questions we got wrong:

  1. Name the brothers who invented corn flakes.
  2. What web site was originally called “(David and) Jerry’s guide to the World Wide Web”?
  3. Tahir Tahrir Square was the epicentre of the recent Egyptian protests but what does Tahir mean?
  4. Which is Ireland’s second-longest river?
  5. What make of airplane was involved in last week’s Cork Airport tragedy?
  6. Which organisation won the Meitheal award at this year’s Mayo People of the Year Awards?
  7. Who wrote Shirley Valentine?
  8. Comparing the circumference of the earth round the poles and the equator, the equatorial route is how much longer: 23, 46, 230 or 460 miles?
  9. On which sea can you find the port of Murmansk?
  10. Which is larger: North Korea or South Korea?
  11. What is the common name in English for wine from the Bordeaux region?
  12. On what date is St Swithun’s Day?
  13. Which European country has a national anthem which features 158 verses?
  14. Name the Irish journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad, whilst working for the Guardian, in 2005.
  15. What is Poland’s national airline called?

Picture round:

Feel free to give them a go and feel free to tell me how stupid I was to miss #2.

Update: answers, get your answers…

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