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The difference maker

April 14, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

The vagaries of the random draw threw up an interesting situation for my team this Tuesday night at Gilligan’s, Claremorris.  Three of us (myself, Tom and Turlough) had been together last week as well. As you probably remember, we ended up losing by (a largely self-inflicted) four points.  So, this week, would the addition of one new player (Mick) make the difference?

The answer to that question was “yes” as, with a nice bit of symmetry, we ended up winning by four points. 🙂

It was interesting to notice the dynamic that developed even after just two weeks.  We’d already started cracking in-jokes!  However, that ends now as I’m sure next week’s shuffle will see us scattered to the four corners of the bar.

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One of those nights: answers

April 8, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

A Paisley pattern

Here are the answers to the questions posed yesterday.

I hope no-one had a brain melt looking at such a large amount of questions! I don’t normally inflict such a long list on you.  Mind you, I’m afraid the site’s readers weren’t what was top of my mind on the night. “How did we manage to get that one wrong?” was more the standard thought running through my head.

I did remember one of the two ‘missing’ questions earlier today. However, I don’t think there’s much point in adding it in now.

I’ll keep it under my hat and use it for the ‘Might come in handy someday…” box – someday.

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One of those nights

April 7, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

A clue for #12.

Following last week’s hiatus, I resumed my usual Tuesday night travels to Gilligan’s, Claremorris, and its Quiz Night.  Alas, it wasn’t to be a triumphal return.

Myself and my randomly assigned team had one of ‘those’ nights. Mental blanks on answers you know, changing correct answers to incorrect ones, mishearing the question – we did them all. We still came in second, four points behind the winners, but it all felt a bit self-inflicted.

Hopefully, I used up enough bad luck and bad judgement to leave me in the clear for at least my next four quizzes!

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The Bloodening: answers

April 6, 2011 in Movies, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions in yesterday’s discretely titled Move Quiz II: The Bloodening.

First off, check out the accompanying picture (click for a larger version).  It’s the poster I mentioned yesterday.  As in, during a round in which posters were doctored to remove all text, this is the only one our team couldn’t identify.  To be honest, even after it was revealed, I still couldn’t say I’d ever heard of this film!

If you’d like to give this quiz a go, you still can.  At the end of the night, the MC announced that there will be at least one more Movie Quiz before the summer comes. Keep an eye on this site, I’ll post it into the calendar as soon as I hear about it.

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Movie Quiz II: The Bloodening

April 5, 2011 in Movies, Quizzes

Do you recognise her?

Kelly’s Bar, Galway, hosted the second quiz in their late-in-the-year movie series last night.  We were the defending champions, having beaten off all competition last month, when the quiz was initiated (or perhaps resurrected, for those of us with long enough memories).

By half-time, we pretty much knew that we wouldn’t be winning again.  By then, we were in fourth following a shocker of a round – 5/10 in ‘Film Scores’.  Just like the All-Ireland final last November, one (terrible) round was to prove the difference between winning and not winning.

That said, we did manage to grab third place. We actually ended up in joint-third, on 66/80.  Mind you, we thought we’d scored 67* but, no matter, our main man Mike bravely went up to the stage to take part in a play-off.  The tie-breaker was to involve the playing of yet another film score excerpt. As soon as one of the guys taking part put up their hand the music would stop and they could give an answer.  However, if they got it wrong, the other side automatically won. I don’t think Mike will be too offended if I suggest that the tune they did play (the theme from Bridge On the River Kwai) was towards the easy end of the spectrum and, sure enough, he won the race to get his hand into the air. 🙂

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In good company: answers

April 4, 2011 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday.

Hope you did well with these.  Ourselves, we had a few near-misses amongst them. We thought Home and Away began in 1989, we picked the wrong Wexford town for #7 and we answered ‘O’ to #10.

That last one being marked incorrect seems a bit harsh but it didn’t matter in the end so I shalln’t complain.

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In good company

April 3, 2011 in Quizzes

On Thursday night last, the blog (and I) had a bit of a landmark event.  Two weeks ago, I threw open the doors to the calendar, asking anyone who’s organising/hosting/involved with an upcoming quiz to submit their details here.

My Galway quiz buddies were attracted to the Monster Company table quiz in Fagan’s Bar and thus, for the first time, I attended a quiz that a reader had organised.

One of our number works at Medtronic, in Ballybrit, so that was the company we represented for the sake of the quiz. We didn’t let them down, eventually winning by five points with a score of 85/100.

The quiz was a well-run affair with some highs and lows. The highest high: the snazziest half-time finger food ever (we’re talking Michelin Star stuff here – the dipping sauces arrived in shot glasses!).  The lowest low: the MC’s mic was very loud.  Perhaps we were unfortunate and just happened to be sitting directly under a speaker, but the volume was so high as to prevent any relaxing chit-chat. We had a running joke about getting the odd word in, just in the gaps between words coming from the MC.

Bizarrely, this quiz featured the easiest question I’ve ever heard at an adult table quiz. I can’t dodge round it. If ever there was a question you’d feel comfortable putting the house on EVERYBODY in the room getting it right, it might just be:

  • What global event took place between 1939 and 1945?

This wasn’t representative of the quiz at all. It was just a weird outlier. So weird that I felt I had to tell you all about it! 🙂

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