A night in the Park

April 26, 2011 in Quizzes

I hope everyone had a pleasant Easter.  As I stated last week, there will be no weekly quiz at Gilligan’s tonight. However, that’s not to say that I don’t have any tales to tell.

Last Thursday night, myself, Ger, his good lady Breda and Gilligan’s regular Mick took part in a quiz for the Western Care Association in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh. A quiz for a good cause and a quiz which didn’t threaten marital harmony.

You see, Ger and Breda have a running debate/argument about whether one should always give back prize money won at a charity quiz. Breda says yes, Ger says no. Call us what you like but I agree with Ger. You’ve already contributed to the charity with your entrance fee and (almost certainly) tickets for the raffle.  That’s what the quiz is for – it’s a vehicle to get people to make those particular donations. Of course, certain winning teams, either through knowing the organisers, supporting what the charity does or just because they have a generous nature, choose to redonate their winnings.  That’s fine.  Indeed, it’s admirable. But it’s still their choice.

Which is a long way of telling you that Thursday night’s quiz didn’t have a cash prize up for grabs.  Instead, a “weekend break in the Mill Park Hotel to the winning team” was promised.  The Mill Park Hotel is in Donegal and none of us thought that too far to travel for a free weekend. 🙂

Before I continue on to my usual feature of telling you how we got on and what we missed, I really must highlight the fact that this quiz featured three ‘howlers’ – that’s more than any I’ve been at since leaving college.  We got two of them wrong, one right. The one we got right was announced as wrong before general discord in the room caused a bit of a rethink from the top table. One of the two we got wrong, we actually got right as we found out the next day that the second answer chosen by the correctors and quiz master was as wrong as the first. Well, not quite AS WRONG. Watch out for them below (marked with §).

Once again, it was notable that the quiz master was not the person who wrote the questions. I now feel sorry for quiz masters placed in this position. Unless they happen to know that the given answer is wrong they end up being the personification of the mistake whereas it’s obviously nothing to do with them. At the same time, one wonders where is the question writer? Did he/she not even come along to the quiz?

Here are the questions we missed: *

  1. Who is Prime Minister of France? §
  2. Name the four dioceses that cover County Mayo.
  3. What is the Capital of Malaysia? §**
  4. Who was the bungling Police character created in the early films of director Mack Sennet? §
  5. What unpopular short word derives from the Latin for poison or slime?
  6. In Russia, Shigula and Zil are types of what?
  7. Which planet is named after a god who, amongst other things, was responsible for commerce and dreams?
  8. Which famous movie couple had a child named Bonnie Blue?

Dingbats round:

Picture round:

We scored 7/10 in the picture round above.  As well as I can remember, that’s probably my worst score in a picture round for years.  Congratulations in advance if you get them all. 🙂

At the end of the evening, we had 88/100 points.  Well, we thought we had 88 points.  We were actually announced as having 87 points.  Thankfully, there was no need to call in James Baker – the nearest team were on 84 points.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about our prize.

Until then, have a good one.

* I have phrased the questions exactly as they were called out.

** This is the one we got right – eventually.

2 responses to A night in the Park

  1. well the right answers are Francois Fillon, Kuala Lumpor and the keystone Cops. So the likely answers were probably
    Sarkozy
    Singapore
    The Bangville Police-which is really obscure and the question is a singular not a plural.
    Seriously though whatever about the Kops and Sarkozy, how do you get the capital of malaysia wrong?

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