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July 8, 2011 in Quizzes

All is quite quiet in quiz land at the moment, as quizzers take part in sporting, outdoor pursuits throughout this delightful Irish summer.  However, there is still quizzing fun to be had in the city of Cork, from where long-time friend of the blog Peter writes.

I recently attended a charity quiz for a charity I’d never heard of and now can’t remember. It was held upstairs in the salubrious confines of Clancy’s Bar, Cork City. 8 rounds, 8 questions each (except for the last round, more of which later). Lots of multiple choice answers provided to the moderate and difficult questions which made the quiz quite close all the way to the final round. The final round however, threw everything open.

Interesting Questions (give these a go):

  1. What year did Glenroe finish?
  2. In what city is the Orange Bowl Stadium?
  3. Since its inception, how many of the Premier League’s teams have never been relegated?
  4. Who has won the most Wimbledon titles, Serena or Venus Williams?
  5. What is the first number with the letter ‘A’ (excluding and)?
  6. Aside from Kerry, what other county has won four All-Ireland football finals in a row?

Controversial Questions:

  1. What language is part of the Leaving Cert.: Russian, Greek, Japanese or Arabic? Answer given: Russian.  What the question should have been: “Which language is NOT part of this year’s Leaving Cert?”
  2. In alphabetical order, name the first of the seven deadly sins? The problem here is that this is not actually a standardised list.  The MC had “envy” as the answer. There were calls for “avarice” to be accepted but he told people not to be so greedy.

Picture round:

Where to begin. The round was handed out and the MC explained that it was 8 pictures of €2 coins currently in circulation. He said that to make it easy he had added the names of the 11 original adopters of the euro (while Monaco got understandably overlooked, obviously San Marino were well and truly jipped here).  I’ll talk more about it in the answer post, so here is the sheet:

Notable Moments:

The final round. After 7 rounds of 8 questions each, our team were 3 points off the lead. Then came the Family Fortunes round. The MC had picked some Family Fortunes questions off the telly, don’t ya know. There were 1-3 points available per question, relating to the top three items on the survey. So the MC started with name “a fruit beginning with P”. Yup, tough stuff. Pineapple got us a point, Pear got you two points and Peach was the top answer for 3 points. There were seven of these: name “a famous Tom”, name “something you would use only once”, name “something hard”, name “something an airline would charge you extra for” … etc.

A perfect score up to this round would have had you on 56 points. A perfect score in the final pot luck round would get you 21 points. 37% of the quiz’s scoring was coming from random survey guesstimates. Thankfully the team who had been in the lead heading into this round, won out. We went from 3rd place to 8th. At least the raffle only took 45 minutes while we waited to find that out.

Thanks Pete.  We’ll have the answers to Peter’s questions, and the full details on how the picture round went down, next week. 

Update: answers here.

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