The dreaded countback

April 20, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

The scores were very close at last night’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris.  My team, The Pub Spies, led at half-time by two points but, alas, had a bit of a ‘mare after the break.  To cut a long story short, we ended up tied in the lead on 95/110 with, funnily enough, the team whose answer sheets we’d been correcting all night, Eurovision. So, a playoff was announced.

Now, I’m pretty sure the evening’s quiz master had turned up without any playoff questions!  However, he did a pretty good job of thinking some up during a five minute spell.  Here’s how the playoff went:

  1. In the world of cycling, what is a Mamil? (As it turned out, this should be written MAMIL)
  2. Which team are the current Heineken Cup champions?
  3. Which two European capital cities are closest to one another?
  4. Claremorris native Lucinda Creighton is the Minister of State for what portfolio?
  5. In journalistic short-hand, what does the term “manne” signify?

Stone the crows, but both teams ended up on 2/5.  Due to the fact that it was getting late, and that there weren’t any more questions, it was then decided that our scores from the main part of the quiz would be examined to see who got the most 10s. Unfortunately, ‘they’ did, and we were defeated by 4-3.

I suppose it was fitting that a team named after the event that first introduced me to the term ‘countback’ should end up winning.

Here are the questions we missed during the regular part of the quiz:

  1. The languages of the Balkan belong to what language family?
  2. Who is the Chairman of Mayo County Council?
  3. In Ireland, criminal cases are announced as “The State versus…” but how are they announced in the British system?
  4. Rathlin Island, off the coast of Antrim, is served by a ferry from which town on the mainland?
  5. Which river, which passes through the town of Shrule, also forms some of the Mayo-Galway border?
  6. The name of which dance comes from the Portuguese term meaning “the crack of the whip”?
  7. What colour are the houses in a game of Monopoly?
  8. What are the distances covered in the three parts of an Olympic triathlon? *
  9. A vexillologist amuses him/herself with the study of what?
  10. Which metal is the most abundant in the Earth’s crust?
  11. What is the English translation of the Irish name “Críochfort a Dó”?
  12. Going by alcohol level, which is the most expensive: whiskey, wine or beer?
  13. Which is Ireland’s most landlocked county?
  14. The left-hand page in a book is known as the “verso”.  What is the right-hand page called?
  15. The term “ombudsman” originated in which Scandinavian country? **
  16. On what street is the new Central Criminal Court located? **

The picture round drought continues. None this week.  We did have an enjoyable audio round though, with songs ranging from ‘Mandy’ by Barry Manilow to ‘Ruby’ by The Kaiser Chiefs.  Indeed, the theme of it was that all the song titles were girls’ names.

Anyway, give these questions a shot.

Update: answers here.

* A point for each. We got one right.

** Like last week, we got these correct, but I think they’re two very good questions.

1 response to The dreaded countback

  1. Off the top of my head:

    3. The Crown vs. …
    7. Red
    11. Terminal 2
    13. Laois

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